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Comment: Re:The "what?!" is reaction time (Score 1) 258

by mrchaotica (#48894601) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

It also means that, instead of just being charged with "distracted driving," the perp can be charged with "texting while driving" and "driving erratically" and "distracted driving," which adds up to triple penalty (including jail time!) unless he gives up his right to trial and allows himself to be railroaded into a "plea deal."

Comment: Re:It's just moving your trust to someone else (Score 2) 83

by mrchaotica (#48888911) Attached to: Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

Do you have an example?

To my naive understanding, the output of any encryption should appear random. Then, encrypting anything random should also be random -- the only effective difference should be that you now need (some mathematical function of) both keys to decrypt it.

I could accept that the above could be wrong, but I'd love for you to explain why it's wrong.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 4, Informative) 409

by mrchaotica (#48887367) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Then you have Khan. Perfectly good movie. And you had nerds raging because herpaderpawhiteguynamedKhanNoonienSingh.

No, we had nerds raging because the damn thing had plot holes big enough to drive a fucking starship through (except you don't NEED to drive a starship anymore because we can just BEAM TO GODDAMN Q'ONOS now...)!

Comment: Re:Most calls not really from Dish (Score 1) 230

by mrchaotica (#48886763) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

If Dish continues to exist, they will continue to need people to install the dishes -- whether they're outside contractors or Dish employees. Either way, you could still continue installing dishes.

If Dish went out of business (and DirecTV's sales didn't increase to take up the slack) and demand for satellite installations decreased to the point where your company went out of business, well, that's the owner's fault for not diversifying.

Regardless, concern for your well-being as a a Dish contractor is not a reason to disregard Dish's law-breaking!

Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 2) 155

by mrchaotica (#48885643) Attached to: Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

AMD64 would never have reached the market unless Microsoft had ported Windows to run on it.

I don't believe that. Since x86-64 is backwards-compatible to 32-bit OSs, It would have been just fine for AMD to release it running 32-bit Windows. It was still as faster processor, after all, whether it was running in 64-bit mode or not.

Then customer demand would have forced Microsoft to provide x86-64 support, Intel's wishes be damned.

In fact, the way I remember it, that's pretty much what happened. The first x86-64 chips came out in 2003, but Windows XP Pro 64-bit didn't come out until 2005. Even then, and most desktop users with 64-bit CPUs continued using 32-bit XP and didn't switch to 64-bit Windows until Vista (2007) or even 7 (2009). (I distinctly remember dual-booting 64-bit Linux and 32-bit WinXP for several years...)

Comment: Re:It's just moving your trust to someone else (Score 1) 83

by mrchaotica (#48885431) Attached to: Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

You could always use several layers of encryption, written by different groups (e.g. a GPG'd file inside a Truecrypt container, stored on a Bitlocker volume inside a Windows virtual machine run on a Linux computer with encfs).

And it gets even better, because if you end up choosing the best shitty compromise that actually kind of works, you flag yourself for extra scrutiny because you are using an effective solution. FML.

This part I have no solution for. : (

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 2) 787

by mrchaotica (#48877873) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

However, the '70s and '80s with the purring V8s are gone, and the vehicles that will be the norm will either be hybrids, diesels, or electric cars.

I love the sound a VW small-car diesel engine makes, especially when it's got a modded exhaust. First of all, it sounds like your Beetle has delusions of being a big truck, which is just funny. Second, when you're accelerating quickly the turbo whine makes it sound like it has delusions of being a jet!

Comment: Re:Real question is: how much are humans changing (Score 2) 661

by mrchaotica (#48870081) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Climate change (global warming?) skeptics admit that humans are affecting climate, but the real question is "how much are humans changing it?".

No. The real question is "does climate change fuck us over?" If the answer is "yes" then we need to do something about it whether we caused it or not!

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