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Comment: Summary contradicts headline (Score 1) 285

by staeiou (#42082215) Attached to: "Anonymous" File-Sharing Darknet Ruled Illegal By German Court
The headline implies that the entire darknet is illegal, but the summary and article note that the judge simply ruled that you're liable for all traffic that travels through your exit node. Of course, it makes it difficult to be a legal exit node if people are using the darknet for illegal purposes, but not that you're automatically a criminal for using it.

Comment: Re:But that's not the real problem. (Score 1) 1651

by staeiou (#41531421) Attached to: To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets
When you lock your bike to a rack or rail, put your bike lock through one of the holes in the helmet first. Or even put your lock through the thick adjustable plastic band in the back -- they can steal your helmet by cutting the plastic, but that will ruin it as it won't be able to stay on their head.

Comment: Re:This is gonna be very rant like (Score 4, Insightful) 622

by thhamm (#35404844) Attached to: Is Software Driving a Falling Demand For Brains?

"pure" socialism is a nightmare, but so is "pure" capitalism, unless you happen to be in one of the super-rich old money families that inevitably end up controlling nearly everything in the corrupt banana republic that results.

the problem is, in capitalism, humans exploit humans, in socialsim, it's the other way around.

The Military

A Look Back At Bombing the Van Allen Belts 237

Posted by Soulskill
from the shiny-and-fallout-y dept.
An anonymous reader points out a recent story at NPR describing one of the greatest lightshows in history — a US hydrogen bomb test 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean in 1962. The mission came about after James Van Allen confirmed the existence of radiation belts around the earth that now bear his name. As it turns out, the same day Van Allen announced his findings at a press conference, he "agreed with the military to get involved with a project to set off atomic bombs in the magnetosphere to see if they could disrupt it." According to NPR, "The plan was to send rockets hundreds of miles up, higher than the Earth's atmosphere, and then detonate nuclear weapons to see: a) If a bomb's radiation would make it harder to see what was up there (like incoming Russian missiles!); b) If an explosion would do any damage to objects nearby; c) If the Van Allen belts would move a blast down the bands to an earthly target (Moscow! for example); and — most peculiar — d) if a man-made explosion might 'alter' the natural shape of the belts." The article is accompanied by a podcast and a video with recently declassified views of the test. They also explain how the different colors of light in the sky were produced.

Comment: Compare the same exchange with other media (Score 1) 460

by staeiou (#32646188) Attached to: Why Engineers Don't Like Twitter

An avid football fan calls their equally fanatic friend after their team scores the winning goal and yells, "GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!" The friend yells the same thing back, everyone is excited, and both they shout about how much they love their country. After no more than fifteen seconds of conversation, they both hang up.

Sure, some people might not be able to understand why these two people are so football crazy, but everyone can identify that something rich and emotional just happened. But when the exact same thing happens on twitter, it gets denounced it as 'useless observation.' Why?

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.