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Comment: Re:The NSA is becoming a new God for "True Believe (Score 5, Interesting) 170

by theskipper (#46760567) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

Well, personally my first thought after reading the summary was "but how do you trust the BIOS?" A few years ago I'd have immediately said that's conspiracy theory and dismissed it (along with the other items you listed). But after a year of exposure to the Snowden and RSA revelations and everything else, it pains me to say these NSA questions aren't so far fetched any more.

Sure they may not be probable but they could be possible. No matter how rational you think you are, it really messes with one's mind. Subtle paranoia, if you will.

Comment: Re:For God's Sake, Internet is a LUXURY not a UTIL (Score 1) 223

by theskipper (#46682745) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

Corporate profits and GDP growth have a pretty strong dependency on productivity numbers. Over the last 20 years a majority of the rise in productivity was due to the massive network buildout for telecom and internet.

So nowadays the internet is inextricably linked to the economy as a whole. Akin to other vital components such as electricity...things that qualify as "utilities" because of their economic importance to our society. Try removing the internet and see what the effect is on your 401-k.

Comment: Re:There's no liability (Score 3, Interesting) 440

by theskipper (#46617491) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

The real question is whether that projected liability cost would offset the bad PR cost (intangible but notable).

Really surprised Costco let it get to this point and didn't find a middle ground to spin it. They had to know social media would be all over this in a really bad way (facts be damned as usual).

Comment: Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (Score 2) 440

by theskipper (#46617447) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

It is a little difficult to parse at first glance. He's saying that Costco is completely focused on the "jars they won't sell" aspect (first two sentences).

By concentrating on that, they're blinded to the issue that the homeless wouldn't be buying peanut butter at Costco anyway. So the third sentence is really the key point, that Costco should do a facepalm when they realize the problem with their logic.

Carry on.

Comment: Re:Teach all alternate theories (Score 4, Insightful) 770

by theskipper (#45986271) Attached to: Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Yeah but we're talking about kids here, they aren't nuanced enough to recognize that. Plus they're getting bombarded with this nuttiness by their creationist parents every single day of their young lives, especially if home schooled. It's almost impossible for a 10 year old to see through the self-serving bullshit of it all. Rinse repeat as they grow up to be parents themselves.

And of course it's a slippery slope. As mentioned a million times here when creationism stories pop up, they're obviously not theories, just wild hypothesis w/ absolutely no way to test. In no shape, form or fashion is creationism related to science. Full stop.

Comment: Re:"Graphics" algorithm... right (Score 1) 365

by theskipper (#45901889) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

Bingo. And the hardware guys recognized it immediately too. Mainly because they're probably getting emailed the same question 10 times a day.

There's a reason scrypt asic has been a long time in the making, it's memory intensive. Only alpha-t.net seems to be making headway to a viable product. But even with them taking preorders now, nothing is written in stone. Commercially and technically, SHA asic was an easier cat to skin.

"If value corrupts then absolute value corrupts absolutely."

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