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Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 356

by rtb61 (#48623507) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Sorry dude, if I wasn't going to the mall, this would inevitably force me to get off my lazy ass and go. It's just the way of things, when you sell out due to cowardice you don't just sell yourself short, you sell out everyone else's future. You don't have a choice, either stand up and resist or suffer worse and worse and worse. So yeah, this is a movie I would not bother seeing at the cinema until now, I wonder if they planned it this way as a huge exercise in marketing, hmmm?

Comment: Re:I believe it! (Score 2) 20

by rtb61 (#48623461) Attached to: Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

Generating the images is technically very easy the real problem in animation is generating the motion, the interaction between animated objects. The logical push in that direction is the creation of virtual robots, digital actors that would act out the animation script (not just people, but all movable artefacts). Once the motion and interaction is established and achieves the desired story telling goal, it is just a repeated process of adding more and more visual finishes on the existing interactions.

Comment: Re:How? (Score 2) 29

by rtb61 (#48623431) Attached to: Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

You missed out one bit, the critical part, the ability to get away with the crime, bitcoins seem to have found their true market, criminal enterprise. Interesting side note the same countries were targeted each time and a very unlikely set, it would seem the logical relationship between the perpetrators in each targeted location would be a family relationship. There really isn't all that much secrecy in bit coins like anything else digitally transmitted across the internet bit coins have a recognisable bitmap and there movement can be readily traced.

Comment: Re:Confused. (Score 1) 191

by rtb61 (#48622267) Attached to: New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

Cough, cough, so I gather you would ban all advertising targeted at children across the board. Children don't decide, psychopaths with doctorates in psychology and their equally psychopathic corporate executes decide for those children via the nastiest possible peer pressure campaigns to turn child against child when their parents can not buy what they have been told they need. So trying to figure out what boys and girls actually want, first, separate them from totally corrupt main stream media and do it throughout the years of the psychological development.

Comment: Re:The US Internet Shutdown Switch (Score 1) 348

by rtb61 (#48622191) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

Don't confuse IP (internet protocol) address with domain names. You can run your very own internal domain address system based upon collected IP addresses, after all that domain name is nothing more than a more human identifiable short cut to the actual IP address. So breaking DNS is very much nothing more than taking a double barrel shotgun and shooting off your foot and then shoving the bloody stump in your mouth, DNS is nothing really much more than marketing identifiers of internet protocol addresses.

What they want to do of course is create a way to kill address locations for a token fee of say $10 and that costs the target say $10,000 and takes weeks or even better months to lift and there is only a whoops tee hee, when it was all wrong. This of course having nothing at all to do with copyright and everything to do with destroying all internet competitors and taking the internet back to 20th century style money dominated and controlled media.

Comment: Re:Displacing five times as much water... (Score 1) 104

by rtb61 (#48622119) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

Well, when it comes to weapons of war, the question is how big a bang will it make after a few years of corporate bonus pumping short cuts cut into safety. I would hope BP, Halliburton and Transocean having nothing what so ever to do with it. You would think with that volume of gas you would be up there with a nuclear sized detonation. Rather than too big to fail, it is so big, greed to drive up profits will inevitably result in failure.

Comment: Re:Balls (Score 1) 163

by rtb61 (#48622023) Attached to: Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

Once it is up there and accepted, mission change is no problem at all. So you could run a betting pool, how many days after is is launched just with radar will high resolution, deep focus, multiple frequency video and cameras be added, so that 'er' 'um' planes identified by radar can be visually identified and recorded, just planes of course and not people's back yards. But, hey, don't worry, that information with be classified under national security so you need not worry about it ;D.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 0) 322

by rtb61 (#48621977) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

How about the more likely reality of a Ukrainian style solution (well, more of a problem really). Where they need to get their foot in the door to forment a coup and insert their corporate preferred fascist government whose leaders will personally cash in on selling off all the nations assets to US corporations and as per the Ukrainian solution authorise the use artillery, helicopter gun ships, tanks and jets on any who protest, so much more publicly acceptable than snipers, well, depending upon how tightly the press/propaganda corps is controlled. Of course when it all screws up they can still blame Russia because, well, they always have to blame someone else. When it comes to the US there is the real problem of perception and that poisoned dagger buried in that all too pretty posy of flowers. Real problem for Cuba is what benefit is there to the US in proper relations versus exploiter and exploited relations and how many Cubans will die should it all go wrong, as it all to often does.

Comment: Re:EEE (Score 0) 166

by rtb61 (#48621869) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

That is like completely ignoring the reality of the total dominance of Android over 'loose'phone ( now how could I resist that, hmphm, winphone indeed). The problem M$ faces as part of it's services division is the public denial of expertise in open source software which excludes them from that growing market. To be able to gain space in open source markets they need to be able to demonstrate expertise in open source markets. Their biggest problem is being able to 'sell' it, they have no 'trusted' voices any more, they have all been sold out to maximise profits and they have yet to build up or attempt to buy in trusted voices. Of course just like IBM there is the whole security in essential computer infrastructure market that is now growing and developing as a result of the idiotic predations of the NSA and their partners and competitors in crime. Likely M$ will be forced to do the Google thing and start rebuilding their reputation via much publicised technology based research (cheap advertising) and rebuild their reputation away from software and the damage they have done to their brand in that market.

Comment: Re:No different than what we have here (Score 1) 64

by rtb61 (#48621707) Attached to: Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone

'Erm' yeah right, apparently you live in a happy delusional world. All the manufacturers can quite readily install software without the users permissions by the simply expedient of piggy backing the install of the software they want to install on any software or update that you attempt to install from websites they control. They only thing you can do to prevent it, is never update and never install an application from their servers. They can of course also force you to upgrade by purposefully breaking the protocols you need with new versions and slip in what ever they want and they can do this at any time.

Just like the infamous M$ upgrade cycle where patches cripple and slow down the software you are using when they are trying to force the next version on you.

Comment: Re:The biggest problem is fluid dynamics. (Score 1) 42

by rtb61 (#48621609) Attached to: NASA Tests Feasibility of 3D Printing on the Moon and Other Planets

It is all about the mass ration of the equipment versus the product to be produced. So for a permanent moon base the first and major extruded element will be the soon to be buried (buried as being the quickest way to provide the most protection from micro impacts) structure itself and the more mechanical elements of the moon base would be taken from dismantled landing craft. Of course how do they get back if they take apart their landing craft, easy, the next one that they do not pull apart. So save lots of mass in the trip from earth to the moon by making the landing craft dismantable and become the initial parts of the base, still a lot of mass but a whole lot less than taking the whole structure from the earth to the moon.

Comment: Re:Ecology vs archeology (Score 1) 463

by rtb61 (#48605411) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Basically yes, what do you not understand is that eventually they will fade away or via probability destroyed as a result of a storm extreme or geologic event. Even the people who originally made and used it had to walk all around the place, so never 'pristine' but right wing media could not resist the chance to grossly exaggerate and bash green peace. So a mistake but not 'OH MY GOD' the total destruction of a pristine thing that would otherwise last 'forever'. All this was really about was bashing green peace.

Comment: Re:It's difficult but (Score 1) 184

by rtb61 (#48605229) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

Not quite accurate. With climate change there is a definitive lead and lag, that of course being the difference between how quickly the atmosphere changes temperature and how quickly the oceans change temperature, that difference of course directly relates to hurricanes because they form over oceans. What we are really seeing now is not so much about climate change but more about the nature of our coastal cities and how bound they are to a stable climate and what current and future actions we will need to take in order to protect those locations from rising or even falling sea levels. No matter the cause of climate change, we are required to take actions to prevent any significant impact upon major areas of human habitation, END OF STORY.

Comment: Re:Ecology vs archeology (Score 1) 463

by rtb61 (#48599509) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Sounds altogether like a gross and extreme right wing exaggeration. Somehow I think it highly unlikely that people and animals avoided walking at that location for thousands of years as well as off course full exposure to weathering, wind and rain, which will obviously return the surface to uniform finish in short order. As for Luis Jaime Castillo, what is the difference between a grave robber and some archaeologists, apparently the number of years between when their targets are buried and when they are dug up, so a bit of don't throw stones if you live in glass house. As for green peace still far preferable to the corporations doing the real damage and I am sure that site is more at far more risk from acid rain and climate change than from a handful of people walking around it. Sounds very much like a purposeful media distortion to attack green peace with no sense of balance to the normal exposure the site receives from weather et al.

Comment: Re:And where are all the hurricanes? (Score 1) 179

by rtb61 (#48598633) Attached to: Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

Especially as tornadoes unlike say hurricanes are a very localised affect of a larger storm structure and as such a tied down to simple a matter of probability based upon a very complex set of variables, tied to overall weather, local weather, geographic structure, humidity etc. So really with regards to climate you are simple looking at how many days where weather conditions prime for the formation of tornadoes versus how days it was not and whether or not tornadoes form is simply just a roll of the probability die.

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