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Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 259

Michigan just banned sodomy despite the fact that have a whackton of real and devastating problems that are costing people their lives.

This is false.

They went so far as to produce fraudulent footage of planned parenthood just so they could open an investigation.

This is false. People said inconvenient things for PP.

It has been demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt, repeatedly, that they they lied and cheated in order to accomplish what they wanted

This is true! Also, unclear on the concept of an undercover expose (with the accent mark; thanks for being there when I need you, Unicode).

Women are now dying because of various medical issues that would have been trivially prevented by Planned Parenthood, because they either didn't have, or didn't know they had, options.

You could mean two things with this, and both things are false. First, if you're referring to the much ballyhoo'd mammograms, it would be helpful here to mention that PP doesn't perform them anyway, and never has. Second, if you're referring to women somehow not being aware of the fact that abortions exist, and need to be counselled on it's existence, then that simply stretches credulity.

Comment They can still be useful (Score 1) 181

Pagers tend to have better reception than cell phones, at least fairly recently when I last looked this up for my own curiosity. Also, many paging companies have "TAP" servers that you can dial into with a modem to send pages. This is could make a nice last-resort fallback for when a data center has lost network access and you can still provide outbound alerting via a backup landline.

Comment Why is the splash screen cyan? (Score 1) 88

It seems like emulated old versions of Windows end up with cyan where they're supposed to be white, and it's been this way for ages. I used to run Win 3.1 under PC-Task on my Amiga to handle one specific business app, and the splash screens even back then were cyan instead of white. That's still true in my browser just now when I launched a couple of the article's emulators. Why would that be? Is there some bug in ancient VGA hardware that Windows exploited to render white instead of greenish-blue?

Comment Re:Self Defense (Score 1) 195

We lack the will to do the necessary evil things that must be done to win. If William Tecumseh Sherman were fighting in Afghanistan the Taliban would be done. He crushed the core Southern States in the Civil War by war to the bone. He looted, raped and burned a path through Georgia that still over 150 years later is remembered. That level of destruction or more is what is required to subjugate a population. I remember a tale about a Roman officer back in antiquity that had a problem with supply convoys getting wiped out. He finally got fed up and went through every village along the route and took all the able bodied men he could find prisoner. He had sharpened stakes embedded along the roadway and every so many paces he had a prisoner disemboweled upon these stakes to die lingering deaths. They were left there until they rotted away. The convoy attacks ceased. I am glad we don't do such things today but I'm sure if it ever got to the point where the US were about to be destroyed we'd do that and worse if necessary.

Comment Re:Truth be told... (Score 2) 176

I once paid 12,000 dollars in cash for a car. The guy wanted 15,500 but I kept counting 100's until he folded at 12G's. Nowadays they'd take it away and make me prove I got it legally. I wish George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and all those guys could see what these fuckers are doing nowadays. They'd spit on 'em before they slid hard cold steel through their guts.

Comment Re:New black markets (Score 1) 176

Well of course it will bring crime. All those who don't conform are criminals. If US code were strictly enforced the entire population would be criminalized. There are laws against everything and laws that require you to do things and most people don't even know about them. I'd like to see all the victimless crime laws gone. Who cares if you don't wear your seatbelt, it's just another hundred dollars in the city kitty. All kinds of stupid ass laws meant to micro-manage our daily lives.

Comment Re:Unsafe practices still unsafe (Score 1) 93

To create a "brain wallet", you start with a low entropy string, so low that you can remember it in your brain, and then you do stuff to it to expand it out to the key length.

To be fair, it is possible to create a "brain wallet" with enough entropy to remain secure from this sort of attack. Such wallets will have randomly generated passphrases with at least 128 bits of entropy (generally 12-24 words selected uniformly from a standardized 2000-word dictionary, yielding about 11 bits per word). A 24-word passphrase of this sort is equivalent in entropy to a standard 256-bit Bitcoin private key, and within the memorization capacity of most humans.

The problem is "brain wallets" generated from low-entropy passwords, especially ones supplied by the user. Offline attacks against low-entropy passwords are, naturally, trivial to implement with modern computing capabilities.

Comment Re:Terabit ethernet (Score 1) 24

You don't have to regenerate the signal, just amplify it. Optical amplifiers have been around for decades and with current technology you can go thousands of kilometers without an OEO (optical-electrical-optical) regeneration just by placing amps every 100km or so. Chromatic dispersion is irrelevant these days because the Coherent optics have ridiculous CD tolerance.

Comment Re:that's what I just said, it depends on if arg o (Score 1) 148

You're moving the goalposts. What you said was:

So on Linux, -AB can have two different meanings. -A -B has only one meaning, it's always two switches.

"-A -B" is two switches only if "-A" does not have a required argument, otherwise it's one switch. It is not true that "-A -B" is always two switches.

If you're not sure whether a switch takes an optional argument, then the "-AB" and "-A -B" forms have the minor advantage of being unambiguous given that the switch either can take an argument or can be used without one, respectively. However, a better solution would be to consult the --help text or manual page and remove the uncertainty.

Comment Re:Terabit ethernet (Score 3, Informative) 24

This is aimed at optical transport. The framing will be OTN and it can carry many payload channels of 10GBE, 100GBE, or Sonet, SDH, whatever is needed. Ethernet sucks for long distance transport because it doesn't have built in layer one performance monitoring to match OTN and even old school Sonet/SDH.
Right now you can buy a single transceiver from Infinera that will do 500gbps using 10 carrier wavelengths. Ciena, Nokia and some others offer 200gbps over short distances on a single carrier. So, 1.125 gbps over 15 carriers isn't a huge leap forward, but is going to be table stakes for the next generation of optical transport.

Comment Re:Interesting. (Score 1) 188

Exactly! After the fall of the wall, what was East Germany became a huge drag on the economy. Yes, there is strength in numbers when it comes to productive and trade. However, if you have a huge imbalance, that takes time to (pardon the pun) work itself out.

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