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Comment: Re:Look at previous disasters (Score 1) 331

Your comment about not having been in a situation where an FM radio would save your life is solid evidence that you NEED the radio.

It reminds me of the situation in WWII where British looked at all their shot up airplanes to decide where to put extra armor. They put the extra armor on every place that was NOT shot up.

Why? Because not a single plane that was shot there survived - they all died.

When you look at the survivors of a group of people that do not have X, of COURSE none of them were in a situation where they needed X. Otherwise they would be dead and not here to complain on Slashdot about needing X.

Comment: Re:Story is that it's a very low power camera (Score 4, Insightful) 85

by gurps_npc (#49479145) Attached to: Researchers Design a Self-Powered Digital Camera
I can think of several situations where a camera is desirable but what you want won't work. The main example is observation of large areas where capture rate is meaningless.

For example if you want to look for forest fires, you plant a camera on a high spot, overlooking a large area of forest. It takes a picture every hour.

Another example is time lapse photos for environmental/biological research.

Comment: Scientologists are crazy. (Score 0) 699

by gurps_npc (#49477895) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status
But so are the Mormons. Not to mention West Baptist Church.

They are a religion. They deserve tax free status as much as the Mormon church and the West Baptist church does.

That doesn't mean they shouldn't be arrested for the multiple crimes they are currently doing.

But I see no reason to single out the Scientologists tax free status and not go after the many other questionable churches.

Comment: Re:Seems fair (Score 1) 108

by dissy (#49447807) Attached to: ICANN Asks FTC To Rule On<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.sucks gTLD Rollout

I just keep adding these low-value (as in, user content) TLDs to blacklists, particularly for email. I'm sure I'm not the only sysadmin doing that

You are not the only one taking such a stance, however a couple years ago it became clear that a whitelist method will be far easier, quicker, and softer/fuzzier to your sanity.

There are currently 1300 active english gTLDs added and active in the past 16 months alone.
There are over 7000 unicode gTLDs for other languages and alphabets.
There is no end in sight for those numbers to stop rising.


Here at work I whitelist the following: .?? (aka two letter ccTLDs - though not really a safe assumption any longer) .com .net .org .edu .gov .mil .int .arpa - and for now .info

Be aware that along with .info were a few other restricted gTLDs in the initial batch that may be safe: .info .biz .name
(and I think .pro was restricted too, but I've never seen it used nor been asked to whitelist it here)

Ones I do not allow here, but others should be aware were in the same second-gen gTLD batch are: .pro .bank .aero .museum .mobi .post

Anything else came in the third-generation batch and should be blocked/ignored if you don't do international business (and in most cases, even if you do)


Comment: Re:ad blocker? (Score 1) 358

by dissy (#49436947) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

And what gives you the prerogative to be the freeloader? Obviously not everyone can be.

1) I just made $1500 in donations this month to my favorite four video streamers, with a fifth scheduled in a couple weeks (the one without paypal in another country, so takes a bit longer than normal)

I'm quite interested in your personal definition of "freeloader" if that is what you call me for blocking ads yet ensuring money lands in the pockets of the content creators I wish to continue creating content.

2) I have the same prerogative to be a "freeloader" as you have the prerogative to be a "script-kiddie hacker."

Stop trying to repeatedly infect my computers via flash exploits delivered over your ads and we'll talk about me not blocking them.

Until then, just remember that the unauthorized access to a computer act you perform is a very serious criminal act compared to the non-crime of blocking your ads that I do.

Comment: Re:Better question than "what's next" (Score 1) 83

by gurps_npc (#49426507) Attached to: TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis
Your solution does not explain why they wouldn't SAY that's what they were doing and why.

As such your simplest explanation fails badly.

My explanation may be wrong - but it not tinfoil hat. The NSA has done far worse things than illegally put back doors into software. More importantly, I was using overly specific example to convince a real tin-foil hat guy that he was crazy. I don't claim to know the specifics - I don't know if it was the NSA or some other agency, nor do I know the specific order. But it was in keeping with how the US and similar espionage agencies work. Minimal effort, only a threat of legal actions, probably an appeal to patriotism.

Comment: Re:Better question than "what's next" (Score 2) 83

by gurps_npc (#49425261) Attached to: TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis
They did NOT comply.

The order was not "shut down" - the US government is not stupid enough to give that order. It's against the basic principles of Capitalist Republic Democracy.

Any non-psychotic person can easily tell that the NSA went up to them and said:

"Hey, you TrueCrypt people, making a safe, un-crackable encryption system? You are going to put in a back door to let us, the NSA in - and you are NOT going to tell anyone about our order or you will go to jail."

The order the NSA gave was legal. The true crypt devs are law abiding people. But they weren't going to obey the NSA. So the True Crypt Devs said "Screw that shit, we shut down."

You on the other hand are a wanker that thinks normal people - who are not anywhere near wealthy enough to defend themselves against the full might of a TREASON charge - should go to jail just to keep you happy! Because that's all it would have done - the court would have shut down TrueCrypt and put everyone in jail. Look what they did to Snowden.

Stop screaming at other people for not standing up for your principles.

Comment: Re:Better question than "what's next" (Score 3, Insightful) 83

by gurps_npc (#49424927) Attached to: TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis
Because they did NOT get to the original devs - they tried and FAILED. The devs refused to bow down to their orders and shut down the project.

Getting to the auditors is harder than getting to the devs, because anyone can be the auditor.

The thing about a free society is that the fact that we find out about the tyranny. That makes paranoid fools think their is more tyranny going on. But the truth is that real tyranny hides.

In North Korea, they would not have shut down the the devs, the devs would have put the back door in and kept their mouth shut.

Here in the free world, the devs say no and shut it down, because we have more freedom than they do.

Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.