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Comment: Re:How do you do that? (Score 1) 552

by drinkypoo (#48624561) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

You can't take down a full movie theatre with one suicide bomber, you would need several (at least one for each screen, somehow synchronized to maximize damage).

So you attend several ahead of time and plant bombs while you're there, there's loads of places in the average theater where you could hide an explosive. Then you set them off by cellphone. It's not rocket surgery. That nobody has done this already proves just how few terrists there actually are active on merican soil.

Comment: Re:Boycott (Score 1) 552

by drinkypoo (#48624549) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

You're missing the point. They didn't choose not to show the movie because of a terrorist threat. They chose not to show the movie because it would cost them money. Regardless of what they say, they are not taking the threat seriously.

They are acting like they are, so the damage is done. They have promoted kowtowing to terrorists.

What they are taking seriously is the number of customers who would choose not to come see The Interview

That sounds to me like taking it seriously.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 344

by drinkypoo (#48624523) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Encryption has a cost, it isn't free.

Thermodynamics, how does it work!@!@@#!!

It increases CPU utilisation and power consumption.

Negligibly for the user; only slightly for the server end if specialized hardware is used.

It interferes with caching

Only at the proxy level.

and reduces network efficiency.

...and only if you're using proxy caching.

This is a dumb idea. A very dumb idea.

It's still smarter than making it easy to intercept your communications.

You say dumb, but some of us have been calling for end-to-end encryption of all communications since forever. If we have a right to privacy, then we should protect it by default. To me, dumb is enabling a surveillance state by not using encryption. In fact, I call that evil.

Comment: Speaking of theft, what about actual theft? (Score 0) 103

by drinkypoo (#48624507) Attached to: RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

These clothes will be easy to steal, because you can just wrap them up in a wad and they will block their own theft tag. And once you've stolen them, you can use them to steal other items, because they will block theft tags. Sounds awesome for theives and like total wankery for everyone else.

Comment: Re:Calling it fraud could stop identity theft (Score 3, Informative) 103

by drinkypoo (#48624505) Attached to: RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

And if somebody steals your identity by taking out loans in your name, it's on the lender to prove that you were the one who actually took out the loan to begin with. It's inconvenient as hell granted because of all of the shit you have to go through to sort it out

And that's why you're wrong. It's on YOU to prove that the loan is fraudulent. My identity was stolen by an illegal mexican who "bought" a car. Now that's on my record until I go to court and prove that it wasn't me.

Comment: What's the purpose of all those bodyguards then? (Score 4, Insightful) 552

by denzacar (#48622017) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

You know... Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, NSA, CIA, FBI, NRA, bronies...
If they can't secure a fuckin mall for an afternoon... What are you paying them for?

Also, WHAT "rational cautions and plausible evidence"?
All the public got so far was some overdue candid insight into scheming of a mega-corporation and what it REALLY thinks about people it uses, hires and its customers.

If that's terrorism, seems to me there's a great demand for more of it.

Comment: Re:"Michigan, give us your water!" (Score 2) 315

by drinkypoo (#48615807) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Those wetlands keep the rain from flowing straight out into the ocean; part of the reason we're in this mess now is that we've spent the last 100 years plowing them into the ground and pouring concrete over them (see: LA river).

The general tendency to cover the ground with concrete is more than half of the problem of LA, they receive more than enough rainfall every year to cover 100% of their needs but more than 99% of it runs off because that's what they designed the city to do. It's not just wetlands, it's all the lands.

Comment: Re:In IT, remember to wash your hands (Score 1) 153

by drinkypoo (#48615751) Attached to: In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

I'd say CUVs are a fad. They're for people who need a minivan but feel emasculated by not owning some ludicrous SUV.

Minivans are what happens when you take a car and stretch it into another vehicle. CUVs are what happens when you purpose-build a vehicle to do a job.

What's not to like?

Minivans get crap mileage and have crap handling.

Comment: Because he doesn't think that to be suffering... (Score 1) 438

by denzacar (#48614713) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

He sees Asians doing "so well" and concludes that it must be some unfair racial advantage that is starting to backfire on them - so it is perfectly acceptable if they get deducted points for identifying as "Asian".
See... It's one of those "positive racial things"... Like all blacks having big cocks, all Asian women being sexy... Or was that Latinas? Indian women? Swedish? I get confused about that topic...

Anyway... It's not suffering but a GIFT OF NATURE.
Or Santa or whatever...

His cognitive dissonance is so deep in, he doesn't even realize that he's using an example of discrimination based on racial prejudice - as an example of how "well" a certain minority is doing.
"They are doing so well by simply being Asian, that schools are forced to discriminate against them."

See, if you're lucky enough to be born Asian - you're automagically gonna do SO WELL in school some handicaps will simply be fair, to make you more like everyone else.
I have this nagging feeling that he's also a fan of Harrison Bergeron, and that the irony of acceptable handicaps for perceived and prejudiced advantages is lost on him.

Cause apparently in his mind, it is "the system", not the people who make it, that is racist.
And there are "real racism" and "imaginary racism" and "pretend anti-racism" in that "system".
It's you know... like a plan. There are these rules about what is real, imaginary and pretend.
Secret rules of the "system". Which pretends about using one set of rules, but is actually using another.
A conspiracy, if you will.

But you gotta love that cognitive dissonance of his.

They do not, however, show any of the symptoms, for which the imaginary racism is usually blamed when failures of Blacks are discussed: they are not incarcerated disproportionally more often than others (heck, you can't even find them on the chart!) and their incomes aren't lower than those of Whites â" quite the opposite, in fact

"incarcerated disproportionally more often than others" is imaginary racism - because failures of Blacks.

When it's BLACK people who are "incarcerated disproportionally more often than others" - it is imaginary racism, cause Blacks SIMPLY ARE MORE PRONE TO CRIME.
It's their failure as a race.

And can't you see that it's actually the whites who are discriminated?
Just look at that median household income sorted by race - where "White Hispanics" are a part of white Americans group, and "Asians" are generalizing "Chinese", "Filipino", "Indian", "Vietnamese", "Korean", "Japanese" and "other Asians" into one group.

So, whites become poor cause Mexicans and Puerto Ricans and Cubans etc. (all well below the "white" median) are bunched together with Russians and Brits, while Asians become all rich due to immigrants in the tech industry and A MUCH SMALLER SAMPLE.

White Americans are 77.7% of population.
Asians are about 5%.
While "African Americans" are some arbitrary subset of Black Americans (12.6%) who identify themselves as such and not actually by the particular country or region of origin - like the way others do.

The bigger the sample the closer the median is to THE AVERAGE.
Whites are getting averaged out with Puerto Ricans and Iraqis, while Asians are showing a median between Indians on the top of the list (just above South Africans) and Bhutanese at the very bottom.
Meanwhile, "African Americans" don't get to be counted with Algerians, South Africans, Egyptians, Sierra Leonean Americans... who are ALL ABOVE "African Americans" on the list.

So, surprise-surprise, a sample ("whites") much closer to the size of the population ends up having a median ($ 54,857) very close to the median of the population ($ 51,914).
While small samples deviate significantly - Asians to the right of the population median ($68,088) due to high wages of Indians in IT, and "African Americans" end up deviating to the left of the curve ($ 35,341).

Note how the same thing happens to "Pacific Islands Americans" ($ 58,859) - 0.5% of population, most of whom are from Hawaii.
Where median household income is $63,746.

But have no fear...
He'll soon dig up another source to "prove" how racism is just an imaginary ploy by feminazis and liberal Hitler-commies or something to rob the proud white man of his testicles and fruits thereof.
I wonder when he'll mention Jews and reptilians being in on it?

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