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Comment: Re:Good luck for Holmes (Score 1) 308

by loxosceles (#43163233) Attached to: Using Truth Serum To Confirm Insanity

Except that it does work for some purposes in some cases, as long as you're not expecting it to be a literal "truth serum".

Anything that suppresses higher brain function will make someone more likely to self-incriminate. Anybody who has been to a party with alcohol knows this. It might also cause someone to make stuff up or engage in embarrassing behavior, but that's not the same as "truth serum doesn't work at all."

Comment: Re:Still relevant? (Score 1) 510

by loxosceles (#41813745) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?

20GB is not enough.

A fairly clean Windows 7 Pro VM I have (basic Word/Excel/Outlook/PP office, firefox, chrome, acrobat reader) takes up over 20G, mainly because of winsxs.

I don't do much with that VM. IOW, it's not pristine, but it's a lot cleaner than most win7 systems.

Windirstat reports 22.9GB in C:\windows with 13GB of that in C:\windows\winsxs

Some of that might be ntfs's equivalent of symlinks, but properties on C: reports 24.1GB used, 4.5GB free (I need to resize the VM disk eventually). I don't believe the C: space usage is a lie, even if C:\windows is slightly overreported by windirstat.

Comment: Re:Post bigotry here (Score 5, Insightful) 1113

by loxosceles (#41571455) Attached to: US House Science Committee Member: Evolution Is a Lie From Hell

People do not live in a vacuum. People who believe in imaginary friends and believe those imaginary friends have sent facts and instructions for how to live, usually want to make everyone else believe those facts and live according to those instructions.

evolution, or lack thereof
foreign policy with countries dominated by other religions
the legal status of a fertilized embryo - stem cell research and abortion
contraception, sex education
porn
many other social policies

Comment: Re:TRWTF (Score 2) 93

by loxosceles (#40865823) Attached to: Yahoo Sued For Password Breach

"It is always possible to recover a password."

This is not true. If a password has more entropy than the hash being used, there will be collisions that make it impossible to tell what the original password is.

This is a basic consequence of the fact that hash functions are irreversible and have fixed size. If you consider the space of all passwords of any length, there are infinitely many passwords (even if you limit passwords to those made of long strings of english words) that hash to a particular value.

For the vast majority of passwords in use, the entropy is lower than the entropy of the hash, so it's feasible to construct mappings of possible passwords to hashes and determine the most likely password that way. It is not *always* possible to recover a password, however.

Comment: Re:Well...not so much (Score 1) 2416

by loxosceles (#40488173) Attached to: Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

Doesn't matter if you're not for it, you're getting subsidized anyway.

No health insurance company has an insurance class for vegans or paleo dieters who do 30+ minutes of cardio a day, because until there are cheap tech means of measuring compliance, implementing that would cause the insurers to hemorrhage profits due to cheaters claiming healthy habits, getting the discount, then having diabetes/etc when they eat sugar 24/7 and don't exercise.

The Ins companies tend to only screen for pathological conditions, so trying to be healthy has negligible immediate monetary benefit over being average or slightly below average.

I strongly believe that society needs to tackle the problem of convincing people to be healthy first, THEN move to a public healthcare system (for-profit insurers making money off of people's need/desire to be covered against catastrophic medical problems doesn't seem ethical to me).

Comment: Re:Note to all governments (Score 1) 274

by loxosceles (#39830821) Attached to: Amazon To Pay Texas Sales Tax

I thought all states technically require that.

However, it's unenforceable in most cases, so the only cases where someone usually pays it are:
a) They're a goodie-two-shoes.
b) They itemize the purchase when reporting to government. For instance, itemizing something to deduct it from taxes, without paying a use tax, could theoretically be noticed by the State.

Comment: Re:Why the anxiety? (Score 4, Informative) 807

by loxosceles (#39237535) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

Dear luddite, get off of the internet. Please. Win 2k is 1.5 years beyond its extended support end date. http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?c2=1131

While you're whining about apps and OS that can't run in 512MB ram, the rest of us have blazing fast desktops that never touch swap, because 16GB of ddr3 ram is something like $100-150 today. It costs more money to sit around whining than it does to get more ram than you know what to do with.

Profiles gone? I don't know what you're talking about. Start any modern firefox with the flags -no-remote to prevent opening another window of an existing firefox instance, and -profilemanager to open the profile management/selection window. I have all my shortcuts changed to start it that way by default.

My mobile has more ram than your computer.

Comment: Re:and where is exactly the problem? (Score 1) 915

by loxosceles (#39012501) Attached to: Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

To say that a right is "granted by our creator" is just a rhetorical trick to give legitimacy to a right that most people already agree with.

Let's take "free speech" as the right in question. The western religious zealots agree with it for the most part, but their religion prevents them from declaring arbitrary things to be of critical social importance. Everything true religious believers know and trust has to come from God. So you tell them their God is the source of this right, and all of a sudden they're on board.

Secular humanists or utilitarians or whatever you want to call them don't need that Creator BS, so they just ignore it and agree that free speech is a good idea.

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