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Comment: Re:fundementally impossible (Score 1) 86

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#47539177) Attached to: Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

Have you seen all of nature to affirm without any doubt that something doesn't exist?

Besides, just because the overwhelming majority of something is a certain way doesn't mean it can't exist in another way. For instance, while all known beaches organize themselves as flat expanses of sand, there is still a probability that a wave comes along and spontaneously forms a sandcastle, albeit a vanishingly small one. Nobody's ever seen it, and probably nobody ever will, but it's possible. That's just math.

Comment: Re:Slashnerds know the price. I wonder about avera (Score 2, Interesting) 175

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#47514205) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Personally, I choose to make that trade only with Google. One company has my profile, and in exchange I get many services.

You can't really be that naive are you? When Google has your data, Google's business partners have it too (part or parcel), the law can have it through subpoenas, the NSA... just about everybody.

Besides, I suspect Google uses the data in ways I don't want it to be used. So even if it was the sole guardian of it, I don't want to give it to them. Not willingly anyway, and as little as possible when I don't have the choice - and people have less and less choice as days go by in the matter.

Comment: Re:New potential battleground? (Score 1) 118

by Dynedain (#47501355) Attached to: Preparing For Satellite Defense

By contrast to get even the same small warhead to geostationary, with guidance and course course correction ability, will require a rocket very similar to that used to put geostats into orbit in the first place.

I think you just backed up my claim. Reread what I wrote. If you can get a satellite to a specific point, you can get a weapon there as well.

By payload I am referring to the use type, not the mass. Assuming equivalent mass, it doesn't matter if you're throwing up a few kilograms of circuitry or a a few kilograms of rock.

Comment: And today (Score 5, Insightful) 211

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#47494233) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

The United States has abandoned its manned space exploration capabilities, relying on another semi-derelict cold-war era launch setup, provided by a country it's on the brink of war with (Russia), preferring to funnel almost unlimited funds to anti-terrorism and Orwellian surveillance programs instead...

I'm was born during the cold war. Tensions between the US and the USSR weren't ideal by any means, but at least when I was a kid, we looked forward to a bright future of scientific achievements and space exploration. Now all I look forward to is reaching retirement age with some money on the side that's still worth something despite the inflation, hoping that WW3 and the religious crazies don't overwhelm the world before I kick the bucket.

Sad, sad world...

Comment: Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (Score 2, Interesting) 253

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#47480509) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

What I meant was, you can train yourself to like healthy foods, to the point of craving them. Me, just eating one small burger from McDonald's makes me sick now.

As for exercising, it make you feel good. It really does. It's a real buzz after an mere half hour of cycling or swimming.

And then, in the grand scheme of things, when your health is good, you generally feel good too.

Staying healthy makes you feel good, but it does so in the medium to long run, and it takes a bit of effort to get going. Chocolate provides immediate, short-term and effortless pleasure. But it's not good for you. Don't you think it's worth investing a little effort for a few months to train yourself to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, so that you can feel good all the time afterward?

Comment: Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (Score 2) 253

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#47480375) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Too bad healthy food tastes and/or feels like shit and excercise is frustrating, wholly unpleasant and time-consuming :/

Yet those of use who exercise and eat healthy seem to lead a happier life. With so much frustration and time wasting, it's a strange thing isn't it?

Maybe you should give it a go some day. You might end up liking your veggies and feeling good exercising...

Comment: Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (Score 2) 280

by Dynedain (#47467569) Attached to: Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

I love KeePass, but the community needs some help...

There's a myriad of client apps for it, but the 1.7 vs 2.X database formats fragments the market.

2.X requires Mono if you want to run it on Linux or OSX.

I wish they had a central dev team with first-class OSX, Windows, and Linux versions like VLC or Transmission.

Comment: Just leave my microbiome alone (Score 4, Insightful) 21

I don't want to be tracked: I don't want my personal data stored and dissected in Google's servers, I don't want my fingerprints filed in some government agency's database, I don't want my DNA sequenced and recorded anywhere, and I don't want my microbiome analyzed.

I don't want to, but I have no choice apparently. Anonymity is going the way of the dodos. Fuck I hate this world...

Comment: Re:Subpoena vs Warrent (Score 1) 749

by Dynedain (#47452381) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Uh, no.

A warrant means that law enforcement has the legal standing to search and seize evidence in your control (forcibly if need be).

A subpoena means that you, the targeted party, are required by law to provide the evidence demanded.

Jurisdictional boundaries aren't the difference. A warrant can be issued internationally. The key difference is authorizing a government-operated search versus a legal demand that you provide evidence. The entities involved and their roles is the key distinction.

To understand a program you must become both the machine and the program.