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Comment: Re:I'd like Bulls*&t for 1000 Alex! (Score 1) 409

by dargaud (#48035143) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?
Why would that be the only solution ? Receiving a clear radio signal would be another one (even if we can't decode it). Direct optical observation of some types (seasons, artificially illuminated nights...) of planetary surfaces would be another one (granted we are not there yet, even if some plans for such telescopes are being drawn). And there are others.

Comment: Re:I'd like Bulls*&t for 1000 Alex! (Score 1) 409

by dargaud (#48034073) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Claiming that "we are going to find alien life by XXXX date" is akin to claiming "the world is going to end by XXXX date".

There are reasons for such a claim. Bigger telescopes are being designed or built right now with the express purpose of finding exolife. Methods are being devised for finding life and intelligent life (two different things): look for chlorophyll ? For radiated energy ? For pollution ? For radio signals ? For laser beams ?... Even if you take the low estimate on the number of planets with life, the rate at which we discover new planets makes it rather sure that by that date we should have found several candidates. If not, then something will be strangely wrong.

Comment: Here's what I don't get (Score 1) 9

by smitty_one_each (#48032119) Attached to: The Matrix is Mimetic
That quotation smacks of pure nihilism. Unsure then (in the sense of a thought experiment) why people who TRULY think that way don't just off themselves. How is death different that hanging around for a good meal?
For the truly dedicated to the kind of piffle you quote, the two ideas should seem indistinguishable.

Comment: Re:Now how about the third party ad networks (Score 1) 66

by squiggleslash (#48026031) Attached to: CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

Looking at the Wikipedia page, the two EOL'd environments that stand out are:

- Android browser on Gingerbread (and older) - hopefully this'll be solved soon, Gingerbread is finally disappearing but it's taken a while.
- Internet Explorer on Windows XP.

Everything else seems to be the kind of environment where if you're still using a browser that cannot support SNI then you're probably running into all kinds of problems anyway.

(I would like to think that Windows XP users are using Firefox these days, but...)

Question: aren't there privacy issues associated with SNI? shows no attempt to munge the server name. So even though a third party might not be able to determine what content you're trying to access, they probably can intercept - albeit with the victim experiencing an interuption in service - the hostname and determine whose content you're trying to view.

Comment: PTT ? (Score 1) 150

by dargaud (#48025803) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers
On my old 1995 Nokia, there was a Push To Talk function that used a little known option of the GSM protocol. But of course the provider disabled that function in the phone it 'offered' with the contract, since you didn't need to pay them if you used it. Is that function somewhat similar ?

Comment: Close, but I think it's simpler and more normal (Score 3, Insightful) 449

by aussersterne (#48020019) Attached to: Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

than that.

It's not that the public doesn't trust the abilities of scientists.

It's that they don't trust their motives. We have a long literary tradition that meditates on scientists that "only cared about whether they could, not whether they should," and the politicization of sciences makes people wonder not whether scientists are incompetent, but whether they have "an agenda," i.e. whether scientists are basically lying through their teeth and/or pursuing their own political agendas in the interest of their own gain, rather than the public's.

At that point, it's not that the public thinks "If I argue loudly enough, I can change nature," but rather "I don't understand what this scientist does, and I'm sure he/she is smart, but I don't believe they're telling me about nature; rather, they're using their smarts to pull the wool over my eyes about nature and profit/benefit somehow."

So the public isn't trying to bend the laws of nature through discourse, but rather simply doesn't believe the people that are telling them about the laws of nature, because they suspect those people as not acting in good faith.

That's where a kinder, warmer scientific community comes in. R1 academics with million-dollar grants may sneer at someone like Alan Alda on Scientific American Frontiers, but that sneering is counterproductive; the public won't understand (and doesn't want to) the rigorous, nuanced state of the research on most topics. It will have to be given to them in simplified form; Alan Alda and others in that space did so, and the scientific community needs to support (more of) that, rather than sneer at it.

The sneering just reinforces the public notion that "this guy may be smarter than me, but he also thinks he's better and more deserving than me, so I can't trust that what he's telling me is really what he thinks/knows, rather than what he needs to tell me in order to get my stuff and/or come out on top in society, deserving or not."

Comment: Re:Can someone explain how someone is exploited? (Score 3, Interesting) 325

by squiggleslash (#48019297) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Kinda. With "Mark 2" it becomes considerably more difficult, as you have to find a way to set an environment variable to the same name as a command that'll be executed - at least, from the proof of concept exploits I'm seeing. So even if a badly configured webserver sets HTTP_HOST to "() { wget ; chmod +x; ./; }", unless your script actually tries to run a program called HTTP_HOST it shouldn't be called.

(If I'm wrong, expecting angry flames now ;-) Please though include details of why.)

Comment: Re:How about protecting the public (Score 4, Insightful) 298

The only scenario I find credible and that is perhaps not so unlikely is that large parts of the army and national guard would split off and join the resistance [...]

Which is basically also the only way that any rebellion/revolution has managed to succeed in the past.

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