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Comment: Re:KC-135 (Score 1) 96

by idontgno (#47928041) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

You mean KC-10. The KC-135 platform is based on the ancient Boeing Dash 80 airliner prototype, the forebear of the 707.

The US Air Force is contemplating retiring the KC-10 as it takes on the new KC-46 (tankerized cargo Boeing 767) so that they can continue to maintain only two tanker types in the fleet.

Comment: Re:Not Hacked? (Score 0) 187

by idontgno (#47918713) Attached to: Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

If you think like a cell in a Corporate Person, it's a critical distinction.

It's why you can't sentence a corporation to death, as much as it might be deserved.

So, yes. It's a distinction that makes no difference to the user, but every difference to the corporation.

And, at the end of the day, we all know whose interests the corporation is looking out for.

Comment: Satre was an embittered multiplayer game player (Score 1) 285

by idontgno (#47917125) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

"Hell is other people."

My current game addiction is WoW. It's explicitly multiplayer, although you can pretend ("the illusion of single-player") that you're playing by yourself for a lot of the play. Until someone ganks you, or starts spamming inane bullshit in the yell channel, or you have to go into a pick-up raid to accomplish something (damn legendary cloak quests).

In that latter case, you run into the worst of people, all in a little 10-player or 25-player microcosm. Narcissistic douchbags, trolls (some of whom are actually trolls), lazy asses who expect you to carry them, clueless weiners who don't understand the fight and can't be troubled to learn...

Too bad for me I actually enjoy the game, except for the parts where the "multiplayer" part ruins the rest.

Comment: Re:What ? That's not biologically possible (Score 2) 104

Editorial responsibility one step above basic spelling, grammar, and sense* would have eliminated any submission citing IBTimes as source material. It's right up there with "Nothing submitted by Bennett Haselton" or "Nothing posted by Samzenpus**" or "Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line."

*Which is to say, two steps above what we have now

**Except that I notice that Samzenpus seems to be the only editor on duty lately. What an odd coincidence.

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 2) 607

FWIW, some people weren't really ready for the arrogance of Apple deciding you really really really wanted this album. Those are people who clearly haven't been paying attention. As long as Apple is calling the shots, they know better than you, and they can prove it.

As to the "auto download not the default" setting, sure, the user had to switch it. If they were trusting enough to assume that THEY would be the ones who decided what music is in their own collection, that's a legitimate convenience decision. The mistake was in naively they controlled their music selection. I imagine they won't make that mistake again.

I, for one, welcome this event. Apple's customers need to be reminded of who's in charge. That way they can take the appropriate defensive measure when welcoming our fruit-themed entertainment overlords.

Comment: Re:Locked doors (Score 2) 417

by idontgno (#47909537) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Did you know that the bodies of every criminal, unindicted, indicted, convicted, ALL OF THEM, are riddled with dihydrogen monoxide? ALL OF THEM. Their bodies are so heavily contaminated with the stuff that around 50% of their weight is this insidious substance!

We must BAN this potion of malefaction, this great insanity drug, this terrible criminal enabler!

If you're not a criminal, you have no need to pollute your body with this stuff. If your body is already polluted, purify yourself before it's too late!

Comment: Re:I need this in comparable terms. (Score 2) 210

by idontgno (#47893625) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

1/1075th of one LoC, given the numbers in this Wikipedia article and extrapolating from its information:

Library data: The U.S. Library of Congress Web Capture team claims that "as of March 2014, the Library has collected about 525 terabytes of web archive data" and that it adds about 5 terabytes per month

525 tb + 5 months of 5 tb / month = 550 tb.

(Not counting September as completed, so only April through August.)

Or, you'd need a stack of 1,075 of these SD cards to hold one LoC. (The actual calculation is 1074.21 or so, but you have to round up or truncate off 100 gb of data, and it's the Library of Congress... you can't just throw away 100 gb of data!)

Comment: Re:Right. (Score 1) 140

by idontgno (#47883103) Attached to: Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

Maybe this guy is genuinely sorry, and maybe he's not. I don't know, and unless you personally know him, neither do you.

Given the limits of what anyone can ever really know of another person's intent and thoughts, arguably true. Nonetheless, the observed evidence is a pretty good indicator.

If he felt remorse at any point before incarceration, it wasn't sufficient to actually make him stop his bullying and harrassing. As such, it's not relevant as "remorse", unless you choose to cling to a particularly futile and ineffective definition of "remorse".


Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots 230

Posted by Soulskill
from the perfectly-in-character dept.
An anonymous reader writes: For some time now, Comcast has setting up public Wi-Fi hotspots, some of which are run on the routers of paying subscribers. The public hotspots are free, but not without cost: Comcast uses JavaScript to inject self-promotional ads into the pages served to users. "Security implications of the use of JavaScript can be debated endlessly, but it is capable of performing all manner of malicious actions, including controlling authentication cookies and redirecting where user data is submitted. ... Even if Comcast doesn't have any malicious intent, and even if hackers don't access the JavaScript, the interaction of the JavaScript with websites could "create" security vulnerabilities in websites, [EFF technologist Seth Schoen] said. "Their code, or the interaction of code with other things, could potentially create new security vulnerabilities in sites that didn't have them," Schoen said."

Comment: Re:Add genetic sequence for .... (Score 1) 228

by idontgno (#47854141) Attached to: DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

So you'd actually need to genetically engineer the pickers, turn them into cat people. Then they would pick the good beans with their mighty cat powers, which would be force fed to the caged civets,

HIghlighted portion is not cost-effective because of redundancy.

You already have civet-cat people. Have them eat the coffee cherries and crap the beans. You can encourage this by paying them not by the hour, but by production weight... same as you pay agricultural pickers now, but with the requirement of an additional "processing" step.

It's all civet crap, right?

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 4, Insightful) 266

A dowser is less effective than a geologist and bears, at the minimum, a higher opportunity cost over the average (of instances of people searching for water with a dowser instead of a geologist).

A fine economic analysis, but you're forgetting the balance-of-costs comparison.

If what you saved using a dowser (who, by your own scenario, is cheaper than a geologist) is more than the cost of two wasted wells, the dowser was a cost-effective alternative. In that case.

If, on the other hand, the dowser wasn't much cheaper, or you had to sink 5 dry wells, or your dowser never finds water, the dowser was a net loss.

I think that on balance, the latter scenarios are more likely. If you're thinking about choosing dowsing, you're better off just throwing darts at a large map of your property and saving that cost for the same effectiveness.

But if you're going to do an economic analysis, show all your work.

Comment: "More advanced economies?" (Score 5, Insightful) 146

by idontgno (#47777161) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession

Still, Americans work more night and weekend hours than people in other advanced economies,

I believe the correct definition of an advanced economy is one which enables, empowers, and encourages a worker to be fully engaged and continuously productive at all hours of every day of the week, maximizing shareholder value and business agility while minimizing costs.

Question for the reader: Am I joking, trolling, or serious?