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Comment: Powers (Score 1) 319

by shortscruffydave (#48773827) Attached to: MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

It doesn't say what new powers he wants. It makes it hard to decide whether this is good or bad, because general surveillance of everyone is very different from powers to monitor those who are already under suspicion - with prosper controls like court warrants, etc.

I suspect that he needs an alternative to what he has been doing, because Snowden blabbed about the surveillance techniques used and so the bad guys know how to evade them

Comment: Re:Haleluja ... (Score 1) 669

by shortscruffydave (#48261317) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

If the Pope is (according to the Catholic Church) the infallible representative of God on this earth, then logically now, how can two popes say two different things? Two contradictory statements cannot both be correct, and one contradiction is enough to reject the status of infallible.

This confirms that God is indeed a woman - what other being could make a statement as being an absolute truth, then change their mind and state categorically that the opposite is true?

Comment: solution? (Score 2) 172

by shortscruffydave (#48045753) Attached to: New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

The backdoor applies the MD5 hash function to the value and sends a query to The query template is as follows: Here MD5_hash_first8 is the value of the first 8 bytes of the MD5 hash value from the current date. The search returns a web page containing the list of botnet C&C servers and ports published by criminals in comments to the post minecraftserverlists under the account vtnhiaovyd.

So...get Reddit to nix this query and deny the functionality to the botnet?

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 0) 549

Fair point, and I must admit that I was thinking more about self-inflicted rather than externally-originated extinction. That said - and I don't have any strong opinion one way or the other - should mankind really consider itself the pinnacle of evolution that must preserve itself at all costs? If an extinction-level event comes along, then maybe mankind should go the way of the dinosaurs, and let evolution come up with an alternative (an improved mankind v2.0) out of what remains. ( I realise that I've basically just paraphrases Falken's speech from the movie Wargames, but the point still stands).

Comment: Why? (Score 2, Insightful) 549

Why would we need to populate Mars in order to preserve humanity? In case humanity managed to wipe itself out on this planet? If that's the case - humanity has managed to f*** up so catastrophically as to destroy itself on its home planet - then it doesn't deserve to be preserved.

Comment: Re:Emma Watson is full of it (Score 1) 590

by shortscruffydave (#47984059) Attached to: Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

I think the elephant in the room is that most women have babies. They love those babies and they want to stay home with them.

Where I work - medium-sized development shop - I can recall one or two females who went on maternity leave and never came back, and several who dropped to part-time after they had kids. Not one single male changed working patterns after fatherhood.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton