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Comment: Re:Protect us against cyber-threats? (Score 1) 72

by grep -v '.*' * (#47924969) Attached to: NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations
Well then I guess I'm a racist cunt too, because I agree with him (amiga3D (567632)) and I think he's right on the money: friends, Mecca, NSA, Patriot Act and all.

We'll both go take our racism over there, out of your way. Have fun chatting with the highly enthusiastic Religion of Peace supporters -- but I'm afraid you'll need a piece handy if you'd like to continue the conversation for an extended period of time.

May I point you to this highly charged and offensive picture and article here. His point is that this picture is designed to offend nearly everyone, yet no one has died from it -- that's been reported. But add a picture of "Allah" in there and things might get interesting. But I'm sure all of those Muslims were all just innocently sitting in a circle singing Kumbaya because that's all they ever do, right?

ISIS would like me dead (not personally) because I'm an atheist. Yep, they're extremists. So is most everyone (I assume) at Westboro Baptist Church, but at least they haven't killed anyone.

Maybe cockroaches should inherit the Earth -- we don't seem to be doing too hot of a job lately.

Mr. Cuntness signing off.

Comment: Re:Nobody took it far enough. (Score 0) 461

by grep -v '.*' * (#47886849) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"
I'll be modded TROLL for this, but it IS 9/11.

Islam at the top religion in the US in 10 years is just silly talk. It would require MASS conversion.

Alternatively, just reduce the number of non-Muslims in the country. And 13 years ago they started the job, if you get my drift.

Oh, you didn't? The radicals (ultra-conservatives?) want to kill the infidels. ALL of them. (Us, presumably. Or if nothing else, ME -- I'm an atheist and won't convert. [Well, I'd hope.]) They don't want to meet and chat, not have an election, nor tweet about it. You'll either convert, or you'll die, and I'm sure they'll be watching the newly converted for a decade or two.

I'm not sure what the Islamic moderates actually think, but I'm fairly sure they're scared of the radicals too. But what matters is what they actually do. "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." --Edmund Burke, maybe. It also applies to the Westboro Baptist Church.

WARNING! OFFENSIVE RELIGIOUS CARTOON PICTURE FOLLOWS! Don't click or view if you're under the age of majority in your location (usually 18-21, I think.) Gee, you're responsible for your own actions -- what a concept!

It's here.

"Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened ... Though some members of the Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist faiths were reportedly offended by the image, sources confirmed that upon seeing it, they simply shook their heads, rolled their eyes, and continued on with their day."

Comment: Mining Data With Forensic Tools (Score 1) 85

by grep -v '.*' * (#47884489) Attached to: Mining iPhones and iCloud For Data With Forensic Tools
Once your data leaves your direct physical possession, it's no longer yours.

You either better hope that you're not interesting or any encryption lasts for the lifetime of the data, neither of which is forever.

What was the saying a decade or so ago? "Don't publish it if you don't want to see it on the front page of tomorrows' newspaper."

(For you youngsters: "Newspaper", noun: a massively printed and delivered blog written by multiple people that other people paid for.)

Comment: Re:Apples and Oranges (buses are not cars) (Score 1) 485

by grep -v '.*' * (#47869361) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

I see a lot of cars driving around 80% empty.

Just wait until the self-driving cars get on the road in mass. They'll be 100% empty!

No? Right now I can email Pizza Hut and have them make me a pizza for pick-up. Automate the billing (I use a credit card to pay -- oh noes, how am I ever going to get that to them?) and have the (correct) pizza inserted in the car window, which then drives itself back home. Delivery? No thanks, I'll have my car do it. Hell, add a Coke (NOT Pepsi!) to that and I'll have the dual A/C cool it while keeping the pizza piping hot.

Upscaling that via Sams Club (Cosco), Staples, and others: right now you can place your order by internet and have it waiting on you for pickup. Now just pay a little extra for handling to have it placed in your car for you.

Why on Earth would I want to waste my time shopping (for standard items) when I can pay a small extra amount and not go at all?

Note: It'll be a cold day in hell before the self-driving car is accepted on the road for one simple reason: Liability Insurance. (Read: lawsuits and punitive damanges for the owner of the killer car, the mechanic who last worked on it, the car company that designed and built it, the programmers who worked on the software, and the sensor manufacturers. The parent/spouse of the first person hurt or killed by a self-driving car will win a large fraction of our national GDP. And if the lawyers are ambitious enough, it might even BE the GDP. My car bruised little Johnny inside who wasn't wearing a seat belt while doing an emergency stop? I don't care if the MS legal contracts say "Not for use in life-critical applications" -- you used it while building the car and software; you're libel as well.) That you might actually not be at fault has actually nothing to do with it.

And the other reason: TERRORISM! (They've won, by the way, if our government is so scared of them they're trying to control all of us.) Just think of all of the evil people who could pack the car full to the brim of explosives / radiation / anchovies and have it drive itself somewhere and explode? Think I'm joking?

Ummm: they can do that right now by adding a driver/drone who can also steer the car off-road while the car itself can't. They don't care at all about the driver; I don't think driver-LESS cars will make any difference. It'd be cheaper to buy a "normal" car and add a suicide driver than it would be to buy an "automatic" one.

Nice try, FBI and all -- but sorry, that's one's a miss. Keep trying; you can't guard against what you can't envision. Then again, remember: cost/benefit - don't guard against EVERYTHING, there is no 100.00000% safety. Ever. Anywhere. "We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security." -- Some Ignorant, Worthless Dude who Obviously didn't know Anything about Important Things.

Comment: 3 Short Walking Breaks Reverses Harm Sitting 3H (Score 0) 155

by grep -v '.*' * (#47867205) Attached to: 3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting
Cool! I'll get up right now, hop into my exoskeleton and walk around some. It's pimped out with camouflage paint, A/C, a radio, AND a leather seat -- no problems for me! (No in-dash GPS though; they're too darn expensive.)

And what's more, I generate much more energy that I use when running on a treadmill!

Now if I were to ACTUALLY take this seriously, I'd be up and walking for the rest of my life since I could never sit down AGAIN. Hell, I'd better order a stand-up coffin now and avoid the rush.

Comment: But won't someone consider the poor space pirates? (Score 1) 109

by grep -v '.*' * (#47770047) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

Oh noes! All of the future Space Pirates are now in serious trouble!

Captain: Arrr, ye matys! Let's board that tiny hauler thair before they knows what hit them. Ther'll be treasure enough for us all!
Crewmember 1: Arrr, ey, capt'in!
(Captain runs to the gangway in order to board the other ship.) "Open port -- board and attaaaack!"
Crewmember 2: Ey ey, capt'in!
Crewmember 1: But Capt'in! Ey -- my ey! I can't see the controls to dock us! (Door slides open. Entire problem shortly solved.)

Thus, Global Warming continues unabated. The world is doomed. News at 11.
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Comment: Re:Why not MP4? (Score 1) 126

by grep -v '.*' * (#47769763) Attached to: GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

She doesn't care about patent licensing, but just wants to watch a movie easily. ... My wife is fine with respecting copyright and paying for entertainment. She just expects that entertainment should not be the reward for solving a puzzle of compatibility.

OK, so seriously: since you ordered it from Amazon (but it wasn't in your physical possession yet), why not download it and watch from TPB in the meantime?

Or if that offends your sensibilities (since you didn't actually have the physical media and thus you haven't yet legally executed any shrink-wrap agreements), then put that copy up on the shelf and let someone else rip and encode it for you. THEY might not have a license to use or distribute, but YOU have a license to watch -- literally. Your wife wants convenience? That pirate copy will play on your Roku, Plex, HDMI, VGA, or even CGA. (You reallly want to look at that last link, it's funny.)

Going out on a limb here, you do need to purchase the show before watching it (which you've done.) But the actual device you watch the show on is immaterial, rather it be a 3" smart watch, a 11" tablet, or your brand new 19,720" TV

And if you feel you must watch your exact particular copy of bits, then visit: SlySoft which can generate a file that will (once again) play thru anything you have. Burning a new unprotected physical DVD and leaving the original untouched is what it's designed for, but I think more people (I know that *I* do) rip their copies and use the computer as a giant movie jukebox instead. The original DVDs stay in a box in the basement while the bits I actually use are getting dizzy spinning around on disks.

(And we won't even mention the evilness of this. It's a free NetFlix-like "publicly provided" movie source where the only thing missing (I think) is the legal license to distribute the source material to start with.)

Comment: Re:Stop being such a drama queen. (Score 2) 158

by grep -v '.*' * (#47759543) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

I'm not even 100% convinced that the ideal of universal access to information is an unalloyed good

That's actually an interesting question, I've always assumed that it is. That being said, I've always assumed the information is correct or can be verified correct, or can be eventually demonstrated as incorrect and then repaired.

Remember the pseudo-joke about how "unwritten laws are the worst to change, because they're not written down in any one place?" Rumors and hearsay are hard to correct, because maybe they're right, maybe they're only partially right, maybe they were right once but not now, maybe they'll be right AGAIN, and maybe "THEY" want to keep it secret from you. Oh, and it might just be someone's misunderstanding or compete total BS as well.

Now, it's impossible to ALWAYS check EVERYTHING out FULLY -- there's just not enough time. So you have to trust someone, and realize that THEY'RE trusting someone as well. Everyone ends up with information sources: some trustworthy, some not-so-much, and some completely worthless. And some actually less than worthless since they can cause confusion, angst, and dispute the common wisdom. (Anyone remember 'Question authority?') And it's also obvious that heavy things fall faster than light ones. And the Sun moves around the Earth, which is Flat -- all common wisdom at the time.)

Unless you're in math, I think it's a never-ending, never-settled topic. *I* think we landed on the moon; other people think we did not. We both have "truth" on our side, but seemingly I've got positive records (technology, written records, pictures, etc.) while other people have something similar, only I think pointing to a conspiracy.

So: did we go, or not? Make up your own mind. Or you can have your mind made up for you by a prominent scholar like this one: "there needed to be standards to prevent users from dangers such as 'immoral and inhumane' videos and photos, rumors, and espionage." This is coming from a man of high moral standards who have been vouched for by other people.

Oh, and the same leader says "mobile ... and broadband internet [are] morally wrong", too. I'm still confused if 300-baud is moral or not. After using it decades ago, I think I'd classify it as immoral -- but for a different reason.

Information is Power; that's why the powerful (Church, Governments, individuals, etc) want to control the flow (spin) if not the actual information itself.

Comment: Re:Never gonna work ... (Score 1) 506

by grep -v '.*' * (#47759159) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

I will believe driverless cars are ready for prime time when I can stumble out of a pub, crawl into the back seat and tell the car to take me home. Anything less than that is a giant failure of automation waiting to happen

FIRST you want a bloomin' car that can actually drive itself, and THEN you want one that can not only understand speech, but SLURRED SPEECH from a drunk that may not make any sense at all?!?

I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that. Besides, I have no idea what language you're even speaking, or if you're just burping in rhythm.

Comment: Re:Who has the market share? (Score 1) 336

Score:1, Troll -- Really?

I assume you're upset over step 4. It's not like I didn't give them any leading or trailing warnings. If I was a troll, I would have inserted this in the middle of all of the registry edits and not said anything.

And if you're ignorant enough not to glace over small incoming scripts, then sooner or later you WILL learn something.

Comment: Re:Who has the market share? (Score 2, Informative) 336

The only idiots who like using those "apps" are the ones ... for whom the actual power of a desktop is apparently wasted.

No, wait: I like Window 8. and I really, really like the interface formally known as Metro (ie, Metro.)

I like to see the visuals of virtual blood as it splashes across the screen as all of the Metro apps scream in digital silence and die. (ie, you can ignore the errors.) And then I install a real start menu and I'm good to go! Steps:

1: REMOVE Metro. (not disable, not hide; DIE.)

1: See here.

Run PowerShell as Administrator.

Show all
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers

Kill currently-installed Metro apps for your ID.
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

Kill Metro STAGED apps (Still gven to new users.)
Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

The only thing left is the Microsoft store itself, and all of the apps are online, so you can reinstall any Metro apps you miss having.

2: REMOVE SilverLight from the WSUS update list (Ditto.)

See here Basically run:

reg delete HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Silverlight /f
reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\D7314F9862C648A4DB8BE2A5B47BE100 /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\D7314F9862C648A4DB8BE2A5B47BE100 /f
reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{283C8576-0726-4DBC-9609-3F855162009A} /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\install.exe /f
reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AgControl.AgControl /f
reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AgControl.AgControl.5.1 /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{89F4137D-6C26-4A84-BDB8-2E5A4BB71E00} /f
rmdir /s /q "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Silverlight"
rmdir /s /q "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Silverlight"

3: Add a replacement start menu.

I like this one, but there are others that are free, and still others that are cheap.

4: And the final touch for those who just blindly follow along: Speed up your system by:

Starting a CMD as administrator and run:
rmdir /s /q %SystemDrive%\

...becuase if you're stupid enough to run random commands without knowing what they do, this will learn you better. ;-)

+ - Homeland ICE Mission Creep, anyone?

Submitted by grep -v '.*' *
grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "Now that all of the terrorists have been caught, no kids are waiting near the border, and Ebola is fully contained, U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is on the hunt for those notorious killers, destroyers, and child-rapists of IP who have released "The Expendables 3" early.

I'm so glad that everything else is completely under control in Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On the other hand they just could be after Jet Li (Chinese) or Arnold Schwarzenegger (Austrian), so I guess that's OK after all. /sarcasm.

PS — don't tell me about Arnold's new citizenship — *I* know a foreigner when I see one. He talks funny, y'all."

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten