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Comment: Two engineers, one hour, and a pencil (Score 3, Funny) 160

by yayoubetcha (#47680755) Attached to: The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

I worked (VRTX kernel contractor) at Rocketdyne on a NASA contract to build a robot which welded the Space Shuttle Main Engine. Because of strict government regulations I was walked over to a building that took 15 minutes to get to; filled out a requisition form; waited 1/2 hour; received my pencil; walked back to my desk with my escort and my pencil.

I was offered a permanent job with Rocketdyne. Although it was cool to work with rocket scientists, I declined the offer.

Comment: You gotta see the girls of Gaza Strip! (Score 1) 417

by yayoubetcha (#47679917) Attached to: Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

It is true you are more likely to die in US traffic accident than to be killed in a terrorism attack in Israel. I've investigated the numbers and it is indeed true.

A side note... My wife and I were returning to Tel Aviv in 2012 when the Palestinians began bombing. We rode a bus with a bunch of young men and women soldiers all armed with automatic weapons from Eilat. They all got off at Be'er Sheva (on way towards Gaza). We continued on to Tel Aviv without incident. Most bombs in that incident ended up hitting sand in the desert.

Comment: Redefining the 4th Amendment (Score 2) 176

by yayoubetcha (#47560299) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

Wow! Really? We need a new law that is already covered, pretty fucking clearly, by the US Constitution's 4th Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

So, let me get this straight... the 4th Amendment needs additional "refinement" to put teeth in its bite; but the 2nd Amendment is in a league of its own.

God Bless Amerifuckingca!

Comment: Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (Score 0) 152

by yayoubetcha (#47531843) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Please stop using the therm "Downloading Illegally". Downloading is not in violation of US copyright law. Uploading is.

So, if you "share" a bittorrent video from The Pirate Bay, and your upload speed is greater than zero, then you are illegally distributing the video. If your value is zero, and therefore not sharing/uploading, then you are not distributing the material, and not in violation of US Copyright laws.

Take a look at the famous text that is slapped on the start of DVD movies:

"The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment"

Note that the keyword is "distribution". It does not say, "... reproduction, distribution, or the receipt of a copy of this distributed work, ..."

I have paid attention to the many lawsuits the movie and audio industry has filed in the past. All of them, to my recollection, involves distributing the media. Not one case that I have become aware of involves solely the receipt of a copy of the material. Why? Because they would loose the case, and they do not want the public to be aware that "downloading" is not illegal.

Comment: Now complicated? How 'bout all src in 6502 ASM? (Score 2) 372

by yayoubetcha (#47518311) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

Stop complaining! It's easier now then ever! How about modifying the source 6502 Assembly source code to a word-processing editor in the early 80s?

"Damn! What's the instruction to do a string fast string copy? Doh! No problem, I'll just look it up on Stackoverflow.com. Oops! That won't be there for about 3 decades!

I guess I'll just have to bitch about my problems on Slashdot.org. Doh! Again.... decades away.

At least there's USENET! Doh!

Comment: Is a temporal self-destruct key possible? (Score 1) 353

by yayoubetcha (#47418551) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Like the series "Lost" where somebody had to push a button now and then to prevent a catastrophe, is there a crypto-equivalent?

Let's say I have the pass-phrase '"fat-guy-from-lost". But if I don't enter it every 42 hours, the data will be permanently scrambled (or /dev/zero'd); thus my valid key would no longer work?

Does this tech exist?

Comment: Free incoming text and talk in many countries (Score 1) 110

by yayoubetcha (#47368759) Attached to: FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

I travel abroad occasionally, and every country I have been to in Europe, the Middle East, etc., has free incoming text and talk. The Countries demand that carriers do that because who can control who contacts you?

Damn, if only we (U.S.) had a Government agency that could be in control of such things here.... Nah, we don't need something like that.

Comment: Unconnected Linux PC (Score 1) 248

by yayoubetcha (#47173845) Attached to: In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

As an experiment, I have done GnuGPG communications where I only did encryption and decryption on an stand-alone PC with an old version of Linux. I transferred the encrypted text to/from an SD card with "dd" (and validated).

It is a tedious process, but it is probably the best one can have "secure" electronic communications. But for those (not me) on the 'silk road"....

Comment: Too much "Tuco" at 1360x768! ... "BLONDIE!!!!!" (Score 2) 207

by yayoubetcha (#47131053) Attached to: 4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

I have a "old" 2006 SONY 40 inch TV which maxes out at 1360x768. I watched an 1080p version of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" recently, which, of course, is scaled down to meet my max resolution.

The picture detail is very detailed. Frankly, "The Ugly" is much more detailed than I care to see.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen

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