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Comment: Ozane (Score 1) 172

by MillionthMonkey (#48899095) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Nobody uses these names, but technically the IUPAC systematic name for ammonia is "azane", and water is "ozane". (Google says they're a Star Refrigeration subsidiary in the US and an exterminator business in New Jersey.)

I'm imagining Slashdot stories like "Fracking Fluid Contains Significant Amounts of Ozane", "Ozane Responsible For Rising Sea Levels", "Guantanamo Prisoners Tortured Using Ozane", "Oncoming Ozane Crisis Threatens Civilization", "Weak Beer Found To Contain Excess Amounts of Ozane", "Linus Torvalds: Ozane Has No Role In Linux", "Ozane Layer Disappearing Along East Coast", "Tesla Motors Introducing Ozane-Based Fuel Cells", etc.

Comment: Re:The "what?!" is reaction time (Score 1) 272

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:People who don't read it are telling us about i (Score 2) 64

by MillionthMonkey (#48893893) Attached to: Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11
That's got to be a large part of it; they're a waste of space. Imagine a stack of hundreds of those things, turned on their sides. They would occupy a whole seat. With Skymall gone they can compress your knees further into the back of the guy in front of you and cram in an extra row of pig crates.

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) 410

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. : (

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