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Comment: Re:I wouldn't mind the NSA so much if... (Score 1) 151

by rtb61 (#49351235) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

The US does not back coups, bwa ha ha, except when they do

Now if was done to an insider corporation or corporate executive, you can bet, they all would go all out to track the criminals down and have it solved in short order.

Comment: Re:Storage space isn't the problem. (Score 1) 42

ROFL...needing THREE installs of the same OS along with a LiveCD just to keep a working system thanks to systemd, while the other guy has to use XP just to Google for fixes for his "modern and new" 2015 Linux install? Yep, its soo ready for the desktop ha ha ha ha! Been saying for years, if you don' t demand better, hold asshat devs like Poettering's feet to the fire? Then you deserve the half baked mess that you get. No wonder The Hairyfeet Challenge is celebrating its eighth year unbeaten!

As for are the MTBF for 3D NAND? Did they manage to lick the "controller fails and takes out the drive" issue? Because while the speed of SSD is great one thing that royally blows ass is how you get fuck and all for warning before they shit themselves and die. I'm sure some jackhole will pop up with some anecdote (while neglecting to mention he dropped the thing) about "his HDD just died" but since I've done more HDD replaces than many here have had home cooked meals and by and large? You get plenty of warning with HDDs. You get write errors, you get noise, stutters, they will usually give you enough time to get your data off...not SSDs, I thought Intel had the right idea by giving them a finite lifespan but on that big SSD shootout the Intel one did the "no BIOS/UEFI" brick bit just like the rest.

I mean as much money as they are spending increasing size, is it too much to ask to have a little "failover" chip that just leaves the drive in a read only state so you can get your stuff off if it shits the bed?

Comment: Re:Prepare to restore from backup often (Score 1) 170

by rtb61 (#49351145) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

I have a even simpler option. Use a pass phrase that you can easily remember. Now before you use that pass phrase, pass it through an encryption program that will encrypt it in the same manner every time. Then use that encrypted content as the actual password. Now that encryption is done locally on the fly and it never passes across the internet nor is it stored any where, except locally. By the addition of one step it becomes very complex whilst still in reality being easy to remember. When you want to access the password, simply type in your easy to remember phrase, access the encrypted password and preferably cut and paste it in. You could use a separate encrypted password for every site all actually based upon you one preferred password, each encrypted password being different based upon including the site name into the encryption algorithm. You could build all of this into the browser, so you only need a local master password to access many different sites with many different passwords. This could be a core function of web browsers, rather than an add on. So 'easytoremeberpassword' becomes '23d5n039tn310(ME))()@JFjfjfs@#%NFI@' now good luck with that. It works better because password checking programs could double the processing time between each failed password attempt (it doesn't tale make attempts to slow the process way down) and if they have the password, when text recognition programs try to figure out that it is the password and not just another failed encrypted pass, simply fail to recognise when they have the password.

Comment: Re:What difference does it make (Score 1) 61

by rtb61 (#49351027) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

To stupidly force the creation of apps that will run on people's computers randomly accessing all kinds of sites all over the internet to flood the databases with hundreds of thousands of bogus entries. Nothing does more to destroy databases than bogus entries that poison it to death. When 90% of your browser data requests are fake and cancelled prior to retrieving the data, what are they left with, apart from a massive bill ten times bigger than they expected. Let's just flood the crap out of meta-data, they want to pry, let them pry into an completely fake illusion.

Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 1) 232

by farble1670 (#49351007) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

1) If women perceive your "kind and friendly" behavior as "creepy," then you are not behaving "kind and friendly." You are, in fact, behaving like a "creep."

that's just not true. a lot of it depends on if there's mutual attraction. take two guys, one with brad pitt looks, and another with steve buscemi looks. put the same words in their mouth. see what happens.

what makes someone creepy is when they don't take a hint. you can't fault someone for trying.

Want to come across as "kind and friendly"? ...

yes, thanks for the "how to talk to girls 101" lesson. you are clearly the expert.

Comment: There is a comma (Score 1) 131

by dbIII (#49350997) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan
There is a comma which is meant to inform the reader that the first thing may not be the same as the second thing, but yes I could have put it in a different sentence.
Try reading it as:
The AP1000 reactors in China seem to be taking a while.
That reactor in Sweden (Forsmark upgrade) is taking a while (since 2004).

Comment: Re:Why not? (Score 1) 61

by rtb61 (#49350989) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

Because the more people who vote for the non-colluding parties the sooner change will occur. Doing nothing, surprise, surprise, surprise achieves exactly fucking nothing. Want change then start working towards, don't have to win, you just have to try and who knows you might have some fun annoying the crap out of them.

Comment: Re:Using PayPal to pay for a nuke... (Score 1) 40

by rtb61 (#49350959) Attached to: PayPal To Pay $7.7 Million For Sanctions Violations

So paypay needs to do exactly what mastercard does when it comes to paying bribes and laundering money. Issue business debit cards that are not in the persons name. They give the bribe recipient the card and the bribe recipient can spend the money available, with all expenditures going against the laundering companies income tax and all purchase by the bribe recipient are hidden. So basically they give birth to fake people, as corporations and the corporate pretend person spends the money not the real individual who is actually the corporation. Why do you think they bother with all that paperwork, lie, cheat and steal, it is simply how they deal.

Comment: Re:Emacs versus vi again? (Score 1) 197

by dbIII (#49350919) Attached to: Pixar Releases Free Version of RenderMan
Well I went from drawing board to AutoCAD, then on from there (pov, blender), and I still do a lot of time saving stuff with arcs as if I had a compass. The interface may change but the geometry doesn't and IMHO that's the really hard bit, especially in 3D.
However I'm not a 3D art professional and ugly but reasonably accurate visualisations of objects have been enough for me. For that level of operation the hard bit is not a changing GUI.

Comment: Re:Biggest issue is still liability (Score 1) 128

by bws111 (#49350843) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

Seriously? First, your liability does not end where your coverage does. If you are under insured, it is you who us responsible. Second, the insurance company does not pay out of the goodness of their hearts, they pay because you pay them to. And if you have a claim, you will pay more.

The lower insurance rates with dash cams are more about fraud detection than dispute resolution.

Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 1) 232

by farble1670 (#49350837) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

Actually they can still have booth babes they just need to look professional. Personally a beautiful woman tastefully dressed is more of a turn on than the slutty look anyway.

maybe it's a personal problem that you assume a woman that dresses provocatively is a "slut". well, i guess if she dresses like that it must mean she wants it all the time right?

wait, i guess you did only say "slutty look", so she looks like a slut but may not be one? i encourage you to try that distinction on the next "slutty looking" woman you come across and see if it makes a difference.

Comment: Re:Congress is a bunch of fucking retards (Score -1) 44

by SuperKendall (#49350733) Attached to: GAO Denied Access To Webb Telescope Workers By Northrop Grumman

Voting for the other corporate-controlled, militaristic party doesn't seem like a viable plan for getting out of this mess.

We already tried that a few times; voting in Democrats does not help.

Republicans are only into conflicts they can win and stop fighting; Democrats are the ones who like to cause endless conflicts they can pour money and people into. Under Bush we helped turn Iraq into democracy; under Obama we abandoned them to be consumed by ISIS, at least to the point we get to go over and fight for the same land all over again.

Comment: Re:Ukraine? (Score 1) 225

by jklovanc (#49350565) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

Germany, on the other hand, was a small, massively industrial country between the size of the 4th and 5th largest US states (Montana and New Mexico) and smaller than Severo-Kavkazsky federalny okrug, the second smallest of the nine federal districts of Russia.

According to this the population of Montana in 1936 was about 554k. According to this Germany had a population of 65M and the US had a population of 122M. Germany was 117 times as big as Montana. Your numbers are a bit off. Russia had a population of 131M. If you are talking land area then you are looking at the wrong numbers. Land area is meaningless when calculating ability to wage war. By that logic Mongolia should be quite powerful but it is not. Population is the most important factor. Then there is the recent memory of WW1 and had a desire to avoid another war with Germany at all costs. No WW1 Allied Power in Europe wanted to lose another generation of young men so soon. Hitler gambled on the US not getting involved and he was almost right.

Putin may be trying to follow Hitler's path but the west isn't. You need to take the whole time frame into context not just isolated actions.

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