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Comment: Re:When I lived in Japan and rode trains every day (Score 1) 178

by Carnildo (#47979151) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

Are you suggesting they can't detect when someone is preventing a door from closing completely by any means other than a person looking?

An obstruction interlock can certainly detect an arm or a leg, but if you set it sensitive enough to detect loose fabric (say, a scarf or a hanging sleeve), it'll be sensitive enough that thermal expansion will cause false positives and negatives.

Comment: Re:National Two-Factor ID (Score 1) 236

IMO our whole monetary system has evolved to promote convenience so much that we're losing basic security.

I just now cancelled a debit card because I'm tired of cleaning up after fraudulent transactions. The world is full of criminal organizations working full time to defraud anybody and everybody. I just can't see it as sustainable.

Comment: Solution (Score 1) 151

by phorm (#47976513) Attached to: Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

So what should happen:

Netflix releases data with an NDA against redistributing it or using it for other than a very strict purpose. Seed the data with some false users/address and take out a few PO boxes.

If Bob Nonexistent gets letters from Bell or somebody else because the CRTC gave the info out anyhow, then sue for breach of contract.

Comment: Guns in Canada (Score 1) 116

by phorm (#47974195) Attached to: Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

Yes, Canada has guns, but we don't have the same culture.

There's no public/concealed carry permits. You're not allowed to simply walk around carrying unless you're a police officer etc. If you see somebody walking around with a gun, you call the cops, and - depending on the location - he/she is likely to be surrounded by red and blue lights in short order. You're allowed to own guns (after passing certain tests/checks etc) but there are some fairly strict rules about where you're allowed to be out and about with them.

  In the US, it's not just gun ownership, but the number of people owning guns and toting them around in public.

Comment: Re:Cue "All we are is dust in the wind" (Score 1) 120

by phorm (#47974149) Attached to: "Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

The universe did not come from nothing. Thermodynamics prevents this.

But where did the something it came from, come from. And where did that come from, etc.

Whatever your belief, it seems the human brain is somewhat limited when it comes to the perception of infinity. I wonder if one day we'll discover that - like colours and mantis shrimp - there's a dimension to the universe that we're simply incapable of perceiving.

Comment: OpenGL issues (Score 3, Interesting) 87

by phorm (#47973961) Attached to: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

What OpenGL issues, exactly? The only ones I've had recently are with some nvidia-specific stuff for surface mapping, but that was in a coding demo. For the actual games, modern AMD/Radeon drivers seem to do just fine, and are actually sometimes less of a pain than the nVidia ones for installation.

Comment: Re:Cue "All we are is dust in the wind" (Score 1) 120

by Black Parrot (#47972683) Attached to: "Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

So, whether something is supernatural depends on your frame of reference? In our universe it's supernatural, but in its universe it's just that dork that's wasting its life creating universes in its mother's basement?

And if we manage to create a sentient artificial intelligence in a virtual environment, to it we'll be supernatural and that other hypothetical being will be supersupernatural?

Comment: Re:The campfire gave rise to two things (Score 1) 86

by Black Parrot (#47972255) Attached to: Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

It doesn't matter how prestigious the publication is, if it doesn't actually support what you want to think it does.

Last sentence of first paragraph:

The subjective nature and absence of a frame of reference for this experience lead to individual, cultural, and religious factors determining the vocabulary used to describe and interpret the experience.

Did you actually read that far? Or are you just citing it because some authority figure told you it supports your religious beliefs?

Comment: Re:MAD (Score 1) 309

by Black Parrot (#47972221) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

They apparently used it in the Crimea. (Some sources say Sevastopol, others Kerch.)

According to Wikipedia, when they interrogated Goering after the war, he told them the reason they didn't use their nerve gas to repulse the landings at Normandy was that they hadn't been able to make an effective gas mask for horses. The german army still relied primarily on horses for transport, and everyone learned in WWI that gas doesn't always go where you want it to.

At the end, Hitler didn't care a fig what happened to Germany. He said they had failed their destiny, and he ordered destruction of their own infrastructure. He also dragged the war on for months after it was obviously lost, to the great harm of the Geman people.

If deterrence worked, we wouldn't have had two world wars.

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