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Comment: Re:Update to Godwin's law? (Score 1) 437

by kheldan (#48041281) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics
Friend, for half a second there I thought you were going to be one of those 'if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear' jackasses, but then I read on and discovered that you actually understand: What one man can create, another man can hack in a fraction of the time, and some bored teenager somewhere in the world will crack it in about three days and spread the hack all over the Internet by the end of the week.

Also, SCREW YOU Obama Administation, for your big fat 'Fuck You' to the American public and their civil rights and constitutional rights.

Party on, AvitarX.

Comment: Maybe in 100 years.. or so.. (Score 1) 489

by kheldan (#48036501) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity
There would have to be massive infrastructure, of course, to support a colony that size, and as someone else pointed out, we're not going to up-and-move 1,000,000 people to Mars, even if the infrastructure magically appeared out of thin air.

Honestly, I'm a big fan of the idea of starting with the Moon. Build a colony there. Most of the bugs can be worked out that way, relatively close to Earth, where people can be reasonably rescued if things go horribly wrong. Once we have a million people in permanent settlement on the Moon, then we could realistically think about having a million people living on Mars.

Comment: Re:Fuck them sideways with a rusty chainsaw! (Score 1) 117

by kheldan (#48019367) Attached to: World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet
Listen, asshole: If we find ourselves living in a world where bullshit like that can happen, then we ALL have worse problems than insurance companies wanting to put tracking devices on our cars, we'll be living in a world that would make George Orwell get shocked into catatonia. There are plenty of intelligent, responsible people like myself that will prevent such a world from becoming a reality.. and it starts with saying HELL, NO! to shit like this.

..and for the record: I haven't had a moving violation or an accident of any sort in more than 10 years, so all you haters can suck it.

Comment: Re:Police?? (Score 1) 298

"Show us your papers, citizen!"
That's what that 'police chief' sounds like.

What is 'freedom of speech', Alex?

..yes, I know, Britain is not the U.S., but here we have yet again some yahoo public official that thinks they should be able to dictate to the rest of the world how the Internet is operated.

Comment: Re:C=128 (Score 1) 165

by kheldan (#48014019) Attached to: Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled
It wasn't an all-in-one-minus-monitor design like a C64 or C128, it was an S100/IEEE696-bus system, but Morrow Designs produced a Z80 processor board that had memory management hardware on it for more than 64K of system memory. Of course there was no operating system that supported it, so it wasn't very useful. Personally, I wrote a RAMdisk driver around it that worked in CP/M 2.2, and had a 128kB RAMdrive.

Comment: Gee, what a shitty, dystopian world that would be (Score 3, Informative) 173

by kheldan (#48013955) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
Sounds to me more like your 'things' own you, instead of you owning them -- or should I look at it as corporations owning us?

To be blunt about it: Fuck that shit. It's already bad enough that for too many people, their 'phone' is more like a 'lifestyle' instead of just being a communications tool; is it serving them, or are they serving it? Will so-called self-driving cars (something else I have less than zero interest in having anything to do with) be a tool for us to use? Or will it be just another way to control us? When every goddamned thing in your house, right down to your lightbulbs and your toilet, are connected to the Internet, is it really your home anymore, or is it a prison, and all these things are just there to facilitate the monitoring of you by corporations and governments? For fuck's sake, you can't even ride your bike somewhere anymore without some corporation trying to convince you that you should take a GPS tracker with you, and voluntarily upload the tracking data to them (Strava).

No thanks. I don't live to serve things, it's the other way around.

Comment: Re:These people are doing it to themselves (Score 1) 904

by kheldan (#47997415) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running
You sound like a flaming asshole, and finance companies that pull shit like this are likewise flaming assholes and should be prosecuted for any harm that comes to any person because of this practice. Do you work for these finance companies? You sure sound like it to me. Oh and by the way I'm not one of those people who run out on their debts, I pay all mine, so don't you even dare come at me with that. Get correct, mister.

Comment: Militarization of the Moon (Score 4, Insightful) 197

by kheldan (#47983309) Attached to: Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon
Regardless of what anyone 'agreed' to 50-odd years ago, that's what's going to happen in the next 50-odd years, and it looks like China and Russia are going to be competing to see which one breaks the seal first. If the U.S. wants in on the party, we'd better get off our increasingly large asses and get moving.

Comment: Re:By design (but not the way you think)? (Score 1) 408

by kheldan (#47955053) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

We're all different. For people like me (who are fortunate enough to have sufficient cash to pay for the privilege), design is as important as function. Good design sells stuff.

For 'some people' there's a phrase to describe what you're talking about, by the way: 'Conspicuous consumption', or more rudely put, 'F.U. money'. :-)

Comment: 100bpm 90bpm? (Score 3, Informative) 169

by kheldan (#47954639) Attached to: My resting heart rate:
I find it rather disturbing that the distribution of the current votes increases at the >=100bpm end of the scale. If this is you, you need to see a doctor, and more to the point you need to get a gym membership, or go walk for an hour a day, or something, because you're probably not going to live much longer like that.

The first Rotarian was the first man to call John the Baptist "Jack." -- H.L. Mencken