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Comment: Re:Let me explain.... :-) (Score 1) 266

by nedlohs (#49127795) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

Then it's email not webmail.

The "web" part means accessed via a web browser as opposed to an email client. And usually that any browser will do (let's ignore browser HTML issues) so it will work equally well from your home desktop machine and from a random internet cafe machine and from a web only terminal in an airport.

And yes it is insecure and fundamentally broken from a security point of view - that's the point being made.

Comment: Re:Wow .... (Score 3, Insightful) 293

by nedlohs (#49127549) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

It means "holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation" which yes would usually mean you have stupid beliefs. Since "traditional" is another word for "old" with a connotation that that is better than something new just because it is older.

Whereas non-stupid beliefs would be those that are justified by evidence, and you wouldn't need to label them traditional to justify them since you have that evidence even when they are in fact old.

Comment: Re:eReaders are functionally bad (Score 1) 242

by nedlohs (#49124671) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

So apparently you have a crappy device, I'm not sure why you think that would apply to other less crappy devices.

I own some crappy books in which the cheap binding glue sees pages fall out, does that mean the physical book experience is universally terrible?

Comment: Re:Don't have Gov Employees Pay Income Tax (Score 1) 210

by nedlohs (#49100211) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

Because you can't determine taxes from merely one income source.

A government employee who also owns a rental property that they get an income from might pay a higher proportion of their income in taxes than one who has no source of income outside their employment. So you can't "pay them proportionately".

A government employee who is the only source of income for a family of five is going to have a different proportion to one who is married to an investment banker and has no kids.

So you'll need to duplicate the IRS in every other government entity that handles paying people. Which doesn't sound like it will save money.

Comment: Re:You can't. (Score 1) 576

Of course it can if it wants to be a beacon when it does release them. And said heat sinks aren't going to last very long if we are taking most of current physics as a given a trying to power FTL drives...

Using heat sinks of course generates more heat (you don't get anything for free when it comes to moving heat up hill so to speak).

Of course just travelling FTL is stealth in itself, and yes once you have FTL physics is already so different than what we know that you might as well have magic stealth too.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

"space-jumping fleet of invading space aliens" is forbidden by the laws of physics.

As we know them - which of course is certainly incorrect. But there's no point to the "not specifically prohibited by the laws of physics" rider if you are then going to declare that the laws as we know them are irrelevant since they are likely wrong.

Comment: Re:You can't. (Score 1) 576

Thermodynamics does not allow it. All the heat generated running the ship and all that absorbed radiation has to be radiated.

If there's only one observer than you could radiate it in one direction shielding their view of it - but that's a rather large assumption and one that makes you not "stealth" but just puts you in a joyous "my opponent is a moron" state.

Thermodynamics could of course be all wrong - we are in the realms of assuming FTL alien space ships after all :)

Comment: Re:You can't. (Score 1) 576

That's not what stealth means, and you must know that.

A B-2 is still a stealth aircraft even when you are standing next to it on a runway looking directly at it and seeing it fine. My house does not become a stealth house just because no one happens to be looking at the time.

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