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Comment Re:Not a big deal (Score 2) 224

Actually, America's Army was a US military recruitment tool.

Cheating in that game could be considered patriotic, educational trolling of the DoD to teach them that video games are a terribly useless way to find new recruits.

Bravo, good sir! The b-tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of simulated patriots and aimbotting tyrants.

In a real war, cheating is considered a good thing. It means fewer of your troops going home in body bags vs the enemy.

General Patton: “No dumb bastard ever won a war by going out and dying for his country. He won it by making some other dumb bastard die for his country.”

Comment Re:Nothing running on an Intel chip can be trusted (Score 1) 42

The progress of Tails is welcome, but there is a lack of trustworthy hardware to run it on. All current Intel processors are hopelessly and fundamentally flawed. The state of x86 security was never good, but Intel has taken it to a whole new level, and now provides the perfect platform for invisible backdoors, rootkits, and other malware.

True, so use a computer that can't be traced to you.

Buy a second hand laptop for cash in a private sale, somewhere away from the cameras, and use it only for that purpose. Transfer files using USB keys or disposable data CDs, to or from your working computer which is air-gaped, or at least not used for anything the watchers may be interested in.

Comment Re:illegal storage (Score 3, Informative) 74

If you are thinking of storing illegal things this way, remember that the FBI can take over the server, keep it running, and then track it back to you.

The "server" will be someone ELSE's laser printer, and you'll probably be accessing it via a VPN, or Tails and Tor, so it's not a problem (for you).

Comment Re:Why does every story need a villian and a victm (Score 1) 214

Yeah, and I wanted to put a urinal in the stairwell of my parking garage.

No dice - couldn't get a permit. Not ADA compliant because of the stairs, didn't pass health because no dividers, and there wasn't a sit-down for the ladies.

So, no urinal.

The bums still piss in the stairwell, however.

See if you can get a permit for a large sink.

Comment Re:4KW (Score 1) 44

whoa there! The article you quoted is misleading. First off, it lists Recommended Power Supplies. This is NOT the same as the power draw by the GPU. This is the manufacturers recommendation of what you need to ensure stable performance of EVERYTHING in the PC with that card installed. The higher end the card, the greater the recommended minimum, partly to compensate for increased GPU needs, but also because the kind of people that run these cards are likely to have a crap load of other stuff that needs feeding as well.

Actually the high power recommendations are to cope with the clueless noobs who buy white box PSUs, which can barely supply 50% of their rated current for an extended period without catching fire. Oh, and maybe also to allow some small headroom for later system expansion.

Comment Re:after reading the details, this is significant (Score 1) 146

It's really a Chrome issue, on Firefox LasPass uses an OS dialog. According to TFA there's an outstanding issue report in chromium to make the legit extension URL more clear (the exploit relies on the user not seeing a slight modification to the extension URL).

Also in TFA, he was able to pretty effectively fake the OS dialog. Most people would be fooled.

Comment Re:Good? (Score 1) 230

"Once both sides of a conflict start playing with nukes, even if it starts out with small, tactical, targeted nukes, the other side will too, and whichever side is losing will be tempted to scale up, "

Even if the conflict is with a non-nuclear country, or one with no long-distance delivery technology, there is a fear that a contained strike, say the US blasting an ISIS underground redoubt, would 'normalize' nuclear warfare in the future.

Not to mention that if the fallout is encountered by even one citizen of another nuclear state, let alone an embassy or crosses a border into a nuclear armed country, they may well consider that an attack and retaliate. Nuking Daesh should be safe-ish in that one regard, but even there you have Israel (still denying they have nukes), would they show restraint if, say, fallout from a Russian nuke contaminated their northern territories? How would Turkey, a member of NATO, respond if their country was irradiated? If a Chinese embassy was rendered uninhabitable by fallout, what would they do? Best to leave that can of radioactive worms unopened.

That's a load of crap. Do you really think Israel with its piddling few bombs and tiny population would go nuclear on Russia?

Most likely there's be a bucket load of bluster and a demand for an apology and compensation. Even China would not risk an expansion of a situation based on an accident. The MAD doctrine still applies.

Comment Re: Great (Score 2) 230

Considering even a small nuke would come in at a weight exceeding that of a 2000lb LGB, mass and penetration isnt an issue - and delayed fusing is a norm for most guided munitions these days...

According to Wikipedia the tactical version of the B61 weighs just 700 pounds (336kg) and the B61 mod 11 bunker-buster weighs 1200 pounds.

Comment Re:The worst humanity has to offer (Score 1) 125

It's worth noting that while 50% of all marriages end in divorce, most people who get married stay married. The stat gets skewed by the fact that many who get divorced will marry and get divorced again.

In Australia when you count first, second and third marriages, the amount of people who actually end up staying married to somebody is about 70%.

I guess that either they've finally found their true loves, or they're just too exhausted and can't afford the legal fees anymore.

Comment Re: Karma! It IS a bitch! (Score 1) 245

I prefer the way that they do it in Australia, that everything that even supplements sold to the public have to show structure and function. This immediately cuts out the kind of shenanigans that happen in the US like when you buy herbal supplements and find out later that there is 0 amount of the plant or substance in the pills you bought. That is what we call "Fraud" in the US.

But you can still buy "homeopathic medicines" in Australia, so the rules are only partially enforced, usually only when some consumer kicks up a racket.


Comment Re:Sure, Philips... (Score 1) 110

That's a unfounded statement that spells corporate mistrust. Not all corporations are vile and the fact that they didn't resist to the change tells me it was a mistake. Don't forget that they did this with intentions of avoiding problems, not creating more as stated by Philips themselves:

“The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the way to bet.”

And not all corporate decisions to the detriment of consumers are made because the boards are comprised of sociopaths only interested in making a buck but . . .

Comment Re:Safety devices (Score 0) 165

Safety devices like reinforced doors and crumple zones give more protection against other morons. So do better brakes and sticky tyres, although they aren't usually considered as safety devices.

Things like blind spot monitoring and automatic braking are crutches for bad drivers, as the OP said.

Yes but they benefit us all in reduced costs in car insurance, public hospital and rehabilitation costs, and a generally reduced likelihood of someone running into us, regardless of how good a driver we imagine we are.

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