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Comment Re:Didn't we do this already? (Score 1) 284 284

While this is creepy, and might be interesting in a clinical sense ... why have we started covering the crazy end of the tech spectrum? I'm afraid this just reads like "batshit crazy guy writes gibberish OS, come look at our ads".

I would've agreed if TFA wasn't posted yesterday and did not add substance to the story. As it turns out, it's a fascinating read and really does a wonderful job of finally doing a technical piece on TempleOS instead of focusing on the creator's mental illness.

Comment Twice conversion to the other side (Score 2) 284 284

Interestingly, the man claimed to be an atheist at some point.

He’d grown up Catholic, but later embraced atheism. "I thought the brain was a computer," Davis says, "And so I had no need for a soul." He saw himself as a scientific materialist; he believes that metaphor—the brain as a computer—has done more to increase the number of atheists than anything by Darwin. He still considers himself scientifically minded. "Today I find the people most similar to me are atheist-scientist people," he says. "The difference is God has talked to me, so I'm basically like an atheist who God has talked to."

Comment Wow, much Tor, OTP and Faraday's Cage! (Score 1) 42 42

Like all the amazing cryptographic solutions from people whose understanding of security boils down to Tor == anonymous and OTP == tehshitz, the article conveniently glosses over the exchange of OTP key or the Twitter account name.

Whatever channel is used for agreeing upon those essentials, it will complicate claim of "hardly any trace that an interaction even happened" quite significantly.

Comment Can someone please answer (Score 1) 420 420

Why is this particular image such a viral hit? Have people tried creating images which would appear of different colors but failed to split opinion on such a wide scale?

First everyone started arguing over their gut-reaction, "it's obviously color X!"

Then everyone started trying to sound smart by doing some variation of: "Colors are perceived by your brain! Can you imagine that? Your brain. Like, literally!"

The /. crowd can mostly understand without much fuss that colors are subjective. A more geek-oriented analysis -- which I'm pining to read somewhere -- would deal with what took the Internet so long to catch up to this phenomenon.

Comment Re:DirectX is obsolete (Score 0) 135 135

It does not exist, and the "best" solution is abstinence. (In this case, Not running every EXE you find on the internet.)

Actually, the equivalent analogy would be to just not go on the Internet. Even then you run the risk of getting infected with something like Stuxnet. The real "abstinence" would be to not interact with any external/untrusted data at all.

Comment Re:Note to HotHardware (Score 3, Insightful) 227 227

I honestly, sincerely, without-any-prejudice, spent 5 minutes on that page trying to figure out the differences in quality in "three-way comparison" but for the life of me all I am able to discern is minor differences which can be attributed to a plethora of reasons other than the hardware capabilities.

If anything, this comparison served well to make me consider buying a console. I mean, if I'm not able to see a significant difference, why would it make sense for me to spend extra bucks on the PC? Just because some videophile found the console version to be "muddy"?

Comment Re:Games do not make people violent (Score 1) 250 250

People who have problems making the difference between reality and fantasy could also snap by reading a book or any other trigger.

Exactly. Imagine the outrage if Mark David Chapman was caught with a PS Vita playing Killzone instead of The Catcher in the Rye.

Comment Re:It helps to actually use the thing. (Score 4, Funny) 296 296

Nearly all of the development tools of Linux are available on OSX via ports, brew or simply compiling oneself. Even fairly advanced stuff like valgrind. There is no shortage of cross platform GUI toolkit like Qt.

In what way is OSX crippled as a dev box ?

Well, obviously the lack of systemd.

Comment Are people still going to buy this thing? (Score 2) 76 76

Sure, the Kickstarter is canceled but the makers have continued their marketing campaign. From the official website:

Looks like the Kickstarter is over. The device will be for sale soon directly through this website though, so check back soon. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified as soon as its [sic] available.

It'll be interesting to see how the general public's trust pans out over this thing. Do they take Kickstarter's cancellation as a red flag or are they so desperate for a easily-configurable Tor router that they'll pay whoever they can for it. Even if that means trusting these assholes vs. their ISPs.

Comment I hate Comcast just as much but (Score 3, Interesting) 349 349

With hundreds of millions of distinct websites "out there," if the same proportion holds, that would suggest that there about a million or more websites similarly affected.

Why are you assuming that this scales linearly? Are you suggesting that this is a technical glitch? If the websites are blocked due to the nature of their content it most certainly won't scale in a linear fashion.

Comment Enter the Matrix (Score 2) 38 38

Had the most interesting built-in "pseudo-hacking" experience for a video-game.

Even though it's nowhere close to the real deal. It did require the casual gamer to go through a command-line interface, guess a 5-digit binary code based on feedback about how many did he get right, solve a Kanji puzzle, find password in one directory and apply it to the other etc. The end result neatly tied in with the game where you could, for example, acquire a sword in the Matrix or set off an EMP.

Certainly much better than a Michael Bay fever dream.

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