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Comment: Re:It works quite well. (Score 1) 231

by wiredlogic (#47439051) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Sadly Israel really needs to be allowed to take more offensive action or else things will simply continue in this steady-state for the foreseeable future.

Their quarry is systematically marginalized and trapped in a small area. A concentration camp if you will. The only thing that can be done to "take more offensive action" is to ramp up the current extermination program.

Comment: Re:Alternate use for this technology (Score 2) 169

by wiredlogic (#47435683) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

Great way to bankrupt an enemy...

Israel's defense budget, and a good chunk of Iron Dome in particular, is funded by the US taxpayer as a kickback scheme to funnel more money to US weaponry manufacturers. Israel only benefits when they have an excuse to fire their guns every once in a while since it keeps Congress from questioning why we give them so many billions in the name of "peace". 1984-style perpetual war is great for business.

Comment: Re:That probably won't change... (Score 1) 412

by wiredlogic (#47411879) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

but even python 2.3 to python 2.6 can create worlds of headaches.

That's because the 2.x series went through a significant amount of churn. Part of that is the steady flux in the standard libraries to fix bad design decisions and the rest is improvements to the core language including backports of 3.x features. Those early days are over and 3.x is intentionally designed to be more rational and consistent.

Comment: Re:Correction...That you know of... (Score 3, Funny) 115

by wiredlogic (#47381041) Attached to: Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

I prime all my drives with GNU shred since its PRNG is faster than /dev/random and good enough for creating background noise. I've considered writing a program that exhibits statistical anomalies such as Benford's law or randomized MPEG blocks for kicks. Or maybe even valid MPEG encoded noisy frames of Goatse zooming in repeatedly.

Comment: Re:wut (Score 1) 112

Retransmitting analog cell phone calls was made into a crime which is why Google is getting slapped over this. Multi-band radios used to be able to tune them in before analog became essentially obsolete. The difference, of course, is that WiFi APs *advertise* their presence on purpose rather than carry the presumption of privacy but we can't expect old people to understand technology.

"The geeks shall inherit the earth." -- Karl Lehenbauer