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Comment: A hearty meh. (Score 1) 383

by scubamage (#47987063) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food
I already compost all of my food waste, most of which goes into my garden. What little there is, anyway. I spent too many years nearly starving, so usually when we cook (which is about 98% of what we eat) it goes through 3 cycles of leftover re-hashes until it's all gone. What can't be used immediately gets frozen and used later. My wife and I live on 60$ a week for groceries, which includes all toiletries, paper products, and cleaning goods. Learn to compost and make use of your food intelligently and responsibly - life is cheaper, and better for the environment. And a proposal like this one will do exactly nothing to your life.

Comment: Re:This has nothing to do with wasting food (Score 1) 383

by scubamage (#47986991) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food
Honestly, I think it's because those of us who submit actual scientific/geeky/nerdy articles gave up trying to make decent headlines/summaries after the 100+th one failed to get greenlit. Folks start doing more and more to get something to get folks attention with their articles.

Comment: Re:I blame Phrack Magazine (Score 2) 231

by scubamage (#47826591) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?
I miss phrack!! 2600 is a bit of a hollow shell compared to what it was once - a quarterly mag just can't keep up with the rate that zero-days are released and patched these days. I used to write BASIC programs that would lock up machines and block out all keyboard input (including break sequences) to drive librarians batty. In high school AOL Instant Messenger was installed on several machines, and folks would forget to remove their login info. So I used to use snadboy revelation to find out usernames and passwords and raised hell that way. Coincidentally and on an entirely unrelated note, several jerky meathead guys in my class came out of the closet to their best friends - it was all quite progressive really for such a conservative school. Such strength! So brave! Much courage! Wow! It's sad how quickly the popular quarterback becomes unpopular when no one is willing to be in the shower with him.

Comment: The first rule of technology (Score 2) 448

by scubamage (#47826071) Attached to: Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?
You cannot permanently defend technology with more technology, just add timesinks. If you create a killswitch, you add multiple attack vectors - either the people who control access to the killswitch themselves, the people who designed the killswitch, or the possibility of brute forcing or exploiting that killswitch.

Comment: Re:Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (Score 1) 134

by scubamage (#47825819) Attached to: After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy
You are 100% correct. This is yet another place where the victims (and they ARE victims), in their move to try and stop the information from spreading, completely ignored that the Streisand Effect is a very real and powerful thing. Honestly, a better approach would have been the Paris Hilton/Kim Kardashian approach, "Ok, I can't get rid of this, may as well make an official distribution channel and make money off of it." But obviously, given the personal nature of the leak, they'd have to be ok with that decision and its moral implications. It's a shitty way to make lemonade out of lemons though, but lawsuits and DMCA notices will almost always backfire on the internet.

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 789

Well, to be fair he landed a spot in Yeltsin's inner circle for a reason. I have a feeling that isn't a club you just walk into, you know? I don't know what his actual position was, but I know that's where he first started getting the limelight. At that point, his ascendency really took off. But I totally agree - that KGB experience probably helped launch him forward.

Have a critic? Wow, what a shame that he passed out and suddenly woke up next to a dead prostitute. Thankfully the polaroids proving it are safely in Putin's pocket. Did I say critic? I meant number one fan.

He's dead, Jim.