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Comment: Re:Need the ISS (Score 1) 51

by rtb61 (#49363021) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

Nah, permanent moon base and yep, free for all mines. You get there first and you stake your 1km by 1km mine and develop it within a decade, then it is yours. Want to stake a hundred, you had better develop them all and get them in production, else you will lose them. Think that is unfair, exactly how easy or hard do you expect it to be to develop a mine on the moon and that mine to start producing the materials for a larger moon base, a real space colony station and then a much larger space ship than people would expect for a trip to Mars, more a mobile space station.

We can either turn inward and become slaves to the greed of the 1% consuming the planet to death or we can reach out to the stars, focus on a sustainable planet and space as the only opportunity for growth.

Comment: Re:Waste is heat! (Score 3) 23

Yep, media pans a game console, ohhh, look at the power it consumes when you a playing with a pretend mega yacht but when it comes to the sheer insane waste of an actual mega yacht not just lost resources, a corrupted economy necessary to pay for it but the sheer volume of pollution generated in say one minute consuming the energy of a game in stand by mode for a year and this the quisling shit heads celebrate. Ever hear of main stream media picking on private jets, now how much energy do they waste not only during run time but during operation in year, what something like 10,000 game consoles and TVs to watch the output, again the whine about the energy use of us nobodies but when a somebody consumes at rates 10,000 times the average they through parties and celebrate. Want to see real waste, that is us, letting the 1% exist.

Comment: Re:Isn't Government wonderful? (Score 1) 132

It may be a private company, large portions of UK (and US I believe) functions are performed by private contractors and have been since the 1980s.

That said, even if it isn't, this experience is something most of us have suffered over the last 15 years from public and private entities. Most have ended up capitulating under pressure to knock it off with the "IE6 only" BS, in part because Microsoft (yes, Microsoft!) forced the issue with IE7 and its follow-ons, itself in part because too many people liked Firefox for Microsoft's comfort.

It shouldn't surprise anyone there's still "IE only" crap out there. Especially amongst organizations that are (1) large, and (2) constantly cutting their budgets and having to apply "defered maintenance" to everything they do to stop going under.

And those budget cuts are, for the most part, the fault of the same people who insist governments are always incompetent.

Comment: Re:Prepare to restore from backup often (Score 1) 255

by rtb61 (#49359839) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

When you cut and paste, the length and hence complexity will significantly increase ie a 15 character password can become a 128 character password. Now should that become default, the entered password no longer needs to be characters at all but can be a straight up bit stream of significant length. They then of course need access to your device to break down your password.

Comment: Re:What difference does it make (Score 1) 121

by rtb61 (#49358879) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

Where the point in reality is to readily selectively destroy people's lives if they don't vote right. So, the government can readily check you political allegiances and if you didn't vote right, prevent you from ever gaining government employment. Now, seriously, you don't think all right wing governments will be trolling through meta data to exclude left wing employees to ensure all government departments are stacked with ring wing employee, so even when the left wins their policies purposefully fail. That is why they are keeping meta data, when filtering millions to exclude thousands with out them knowing, to gain and maintain total control. Not only wont you be getting that government job if you don't vote right but you will be excluded from corporate employment, they will economically destroy you. The message, thinking left, see it makes you are failure, think right to succeed. It is as truly evil as it appears to be.

Comment: Re:Running joke (Score 1) 252

by rtb61 (#49358727) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

No that is not true at all. In this case the reality is they get fully funded by the government and their activities are only reviewed annually at budget time. Also they incorporate already full time career, paid staff, with university educations.

That's right radio free Europe is owned by the US government, the worlds staunchest defender of the truth, bwa hah hah hah. You guys so funny, it's like you're not even trying any more. Here read this, I mean seriously, dudes, be a little more artful in your subterfuges. Yes, all US government sources of information have been permanently tainted, well, at least until significant reform in the US electoral process has been seen and that starts to reflect in government administration.

Bwa hah hah hah (those full timers are spies, not very good ones it seems but yes NSA and/or CIA not sure how well those two play together, each seeking to grab their own power base). No I am not Russian nor am I paid by Russia, not that I would be averse to being paid by Russia, there ain't anything evil in that. The evil is in what you do and the means used always justify the ultimate end (not that short term one you think you win but the real consequences you end up with).

Comment: Re:Cher gouvernement (Score 1) 233

If you are going to have not-gambling (in reality just betting until the odds guarantee you lose), then isn't it better that only the government be allowed to play and that money go to pay for social services, rather than lining some slimy shit head greedy piece of shit arsehole's pockets as well as the lying advertisers who promote losing at those establishment whilst pretending you are winning.

Really it should be law, that all for profit gambling, should actually be an equal odds gamble and both sides should share the exact same chance of losing. When the government does it, should it not be only for tax services, to pay for social services. Allowing the other in full knowledge of the reality of what is actually going on is the epitome of corruption.

The reality of course about website blocking is the thin edge of the wedge to allow, corporations via their control of government to allow full and total censorship of the internet unless you can pay significant sums for access. Every single corporate controlled right wing government continually relentlessly pushes the censorship line and the argument is it must be safe for sheep 'er' children.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 727

by rtb61 (#49358577) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

The flip side of your claim is of course, if you are going to murder someone and make it look like suicide, after doing every thing else right, you make the mistake of shooting them in the head twice.

Problem here seems to be a global of problem of right wing cheapness and stupidity resulting in a collapse of proper mental health services. Perhaps certain roles, police, pilot, teacher, doctor, nurse, politician should undergo regular mental health check ups as well as of course at initial application to make sure they are in the proper mental state to carry out the role. Perhaps there should not be such great stigma associated with mental health and shock horror, government paid temporary payments whilst a person is recovering should be made, because of duration of illness and time to assure reasonably safe access back to work. Perhaps mental health services should be much more accessible and fully covered by universal health.

care. Nah, that's just to damn expensive, cheaper to 'PRETEND' to care how the poor and middle class die and make token efforts that look like they might have affect and then let the suckers die. Just fly private jet with pilots that we do check and dump at the slightest hint of mental illness.

Yep, we are dying all over the place directly because of a right wing cheap ass attitude to mental health services and will continue to do so if we believe stupid things like, lock the cockpit door to keep terrorist out but allow it to be opened from the outside, how about arm the crew yep the whole crew, shoot out in the plane will save everyone. Nah, just stick with PR=B$ to make them believe we are doing something about the problem while actually doing not much at all.

Comment: Re:Heisenberg compensator ... (Score 1) 83

I think of all the times anyone has tried to explain it to me, this is the one that clicked. If I'm understanding correctly, they're (electrons, photons, et al) not really either a "particle", as I think of it (like you say, teeny tiny baseballs with well defined boundaries and positions), or a "wave", but entirely different animals that happen to have some, not even all, of the features of both.

Thanks (assuming I didn't misunderstand!)

Comment: Re:I wouldn't mind the NSA so much if... (Score 1) 167

by rtb61 (#49351235) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

The US does not back coups, bwa ha ha, except when they do

Now if was done to an insider corporation or corporate executive, you can bet, they all would go all out to track the criminals down and have it solved in short order.

Comment: Re:Prepare to restore from backup often (Score 2) 255

by rtb61 (#49351145) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

I have a even simpler option. Use a pass phrase that you can easily remember. Now before you use that pass phrase, pass it through an encryption program that will encrypt it in the same manner every time. Then use that encrypted content as the actual password. Now that encryption is done locally on the fly and it never passes across the internet nor is it stored any where, except locally. By the addition of one step it becomes very complex whilst still in reality being easy to remember. When you want to access the password, simply type in your easy to remember phrase, access the encrypted password and preferably cut and paste it in. You could use a separate encrypted password for every site all actually based upon you one preferred password, each encrypted password being different based upon including the site name into the encryption algorithm. You could build all of this into the browser, so you only need a local master password to access many different sites with many different passwords. This could be a core function of web browsers, rather than an add on. So 'easytoremeberpassword' becomes '23d5n039tn310(ME))()@JFjfjfs@#%NFI@' now good luck with that. It works better because password checking programs could double the processing time between each failed password attempt (it doesn't tale make attempts to slow the process way down) and if they have the password, when text recognition programs try to figure out that it is the password and not just another failed encrypted pass, simply fail to recognise when they have the password.

Comment: Re:What difference does it make (Score 2) 121

by rtb61 (#49351027) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

To stupidly force the creation of apps that will run on people's computers randomly accessing all kinds of sites all over the internet to flood the databases with hundreds of thousands of bogus entries. Nothing does more to destroy databases than bogus entries that poison it to death. When 90% of your browser data requests are fake and cancelled prior to retrieving the data, what are they left with, apart from a massive bill ten times bigger than they expected. Let's just flood the crap out of meta-data, they want to pry, let them pry into an completely fake illusion.

Comment: Re:Why not? (Score 1) 121

by rtb61 (#49350989) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

Because the more people who vote for the non-colluding parties the sooner change will occur. Doing nothing, surprise, surprise, surprise achieves exactly fucking nothing. Want change then start working towards, don't have to win, you just have to try and who knows you might have some fun annoying the crap out of them.

Comment: Re:Using PayPal to pay for a nuke... (Score 3, Insightful) 68

by rtb61 (#49350959) Attached to: PayPal To Pay $7.7 Million For Sanctions Violations

So paypay needs to do exactly what mastercard does when it comes to paying bribes and laundering money. Issue business debit cards that are not in the persons name. They give the bribe recipient the card and the bribe recipient can spend the money available, with all expenditures going against the laundering companies income tax and all purchase by the bribe recipient are hidden. So basically they give birth to fake people, as corporations and the corporate pretend person spends the money not the real individual who is actually the corporation. Why do you think they bother with all that paperwork, lie, cheat and steal, it is simply how they deal.

Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 1) 481

by squiggleslash (#49336325) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

No, it's completely understandable and shouldn't even be thought of as strange to seasoned programmers.

The critical issue is there's a difference between calling an I/O function like write, and actually manipulating the IDE control lines on a hard disk. Typically for the former, the operating system is sitting there buffering things up in a relatively simple, uncomplex, way - ie it has some memory allocated, a pointer, and when you call the function all it does is copy the bytes to the memory and increment the pointer as needed. Once either enough time has passed, a critical function has been called, or enough data has been written, the OS then starts manipulating the IDE control lines to write the data.

Now, the comparison becomes "the OS's buffer handling" vs "Your language of choice's string handling and garbage collection algorithms." For C, chances are you're as good as the OS as C's string handling is extremely uncomplicated and bare metal. For almost anything else - such as Python and Java, both tested in this scenario - you're likely to end up with the OS handling some situations more quickly than your language would.

Does it make sense now? It should. There are very few programmers this should surprise. Unfortunately, I know quote a few that will be...

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