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Comment: Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (Score 1) 19

by SuperKendall (#46796477) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

As if food isn't going to be a problem in Europe, where the food and books and gas are far more expensive...

I was dirt poor as a student in college, but I still managed to eat just fine and have a car I could get away with when I needed a break. No way I could have afforded having and using a car in Europe.

Comment: Schneier's 11 was well-justified (Score 4, Interesting) 44

Lots of people scoffed at Bruce Schneier for saying Heartbleed is an 11 on the 1-10 scale... I agree that sometimes he goes overboard but this is not one of those times, and the attack mentioned in the article demonstrates this.

The summary is a little muddled on what happened here, but if you follow the link you'll find this is not a security test or a research group showing something could theoretically be done. This is a real live company somewhere just using a VPN many other companies probably use, that had over the course of many hours multiple VPN session hijacked and made use of. That is a huge deal, if one person can do this you can almost bet there is a script somewhere that even the great unwashed hacker masses can make use of.

Comment: You all miss the obvious reason NK agreed to this (Score 3, Funny) 112

by SuperKendall (#46795179) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Why would NK ever agree to do anything to help South Korea? They didn't care about paying bak the money anyway, so it's not that.

No, the real reason NK agreed to have a pipeline built through the country is they plan to insert NK frogmen spies into the pipeline to infiltrate the south. The beauty of the plan is, they cannot be spied upon the other way due to the pipe flow!


Comment: Re:Not the same, but tangentially related... (Score 1) 90

by SuperKendall (#46791729) Attached to: How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

increased rates of those that had poor overall driving techniques (fast acceleration, hard braking, etc.)

Yes, you should definitely make people pay more who are poor drivers.

But the things you list may not be indicative. They could mean someone avoided an accident instead of causing one...

The next time someone behind you is about to hit you, reflect on if they should apply brakes gently or with force.

Comment: Now We See The Real Greed (Score 1) 90

by SuperKendall (#46791713) Attached to: How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

Yes, because it can help others, you selfish bastard.

People always complain companies are greedy, but they should take a look at individuals who want a piece of the action for EVERYTHING.

What is wrong with you? Seriously? Why is everyone so greedy that a company cannot accidentally or otherwise make one cent off data you willingly contribute for the greater good?

Could you have sold that data anyway? No? Then what the hell man?

Comment: Re:Not in agreement (Score 1) 251

by SuperKendall (#46790509) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

There are some that go that far (I am not one). But at least they are logically consistent. If you are not OK with killing babies one second before birth, or one second before the brain activates, you are not logically consistent.

It's OK to not be logically consistent. It's NOT OK to not be so, while claiming others should be. Then you are just a dick.

Comment: Not in agreement (Score 1) 251

by SuperKendall (#46788017) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

I think abortion should be allowed twosome degree. But this argument has a problem:

it should be possible for everyone to at least agree that it can't happen before there is brain with some level of function. No brain, no problem!

When you buy a lamp without a bulb, do you throw it away before you plug it in because it's not emitting light?

Or instead is some value placed on the container before it's switched on, because of inherent capability...

Comment: Wrong (Score 1) 251

by SuperKendall (#46788003) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

And they do. Except on drugs. And media regulation. And pornography. And abortion.

The only one of those things that most people "leaning to the right" I know disagree about ever, is abortion. That's still a hot topic which society has not figured out an answer that pleases everyone, and probably never will.

But all of the other things? Please. Modern libertarians are not not for heavy regulation on anything, much less drugs... I personally think legalizing all drugs is the only sensible thing to do.

Comment: Re:Code names (Score 1) 172

by VGPowerlord (#46787371) Attached to: Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

I completely agree with this. I'm do not use Ubuntu regularly, but sometimes I have to help people who do. I do not know the names by hearth, I guess I can just do cat /etc/issue and get it? Nope! There is only says the version number. Ok, no problem, I'll google the number. No way, in the support forums everybody just uses the code name. Finally I have to check on wikipedia whatever name version 12.04 has.

At least for Ubuntu, checking /etc/apt/source.list will give you one of the words in the version you're running... for instance, I can tell my test game server box is running "precise" and typing "precise ubuntu" into Google tells me it's Precise Pangolin.

Which happens to be the 12.04 release.

Comment: Left-Wing Propoganda (Score 3, Interesting) 251

by SuperKendall (#46785639) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

the Colorado Government is already at it with their right wing propaganda

Colorado is (narrowly) governed by the Democrats, not right wing. The Democratic governor is trying to slow down states from legalizing, despite it being a roaring success for everyone.

In fact what you'll find these days, is that most right-wing people lean libertarian - which is exactly why the people of Colorado (who lead independent/to the right) were perfectly fine legalizing something so many people did all the time anyway.

Look to the Democrats to shut it down... They are the ones that need the massive funds the government gets from the war on drugs to help fund lots of other progressive measures.

Comment: Can have trippy cake and eat it too (Score 2) 251

by SuperKendall (#46785619) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

You can easily legalize MJ and continue your money-generatin war on all the other drugs. It's like a token gesture to the people to make them think the government has given them something, while at the same time pacifying them even further. Win/Win (for the government).

Comment: Republicans do help - directly (Score 1) 318

The US is allegedly a rich country, that your government chooses not to help is the problem.

We choose not to have the government help much, because government is inherently wasteful.

Instead many Americans donate money to charitable organizations that waste far less of the money, so more people obtain help... America by far has the highest rate of donation to charity.

I've always wondered how god-fearing republicans can choose to not the help poor people

That's where you are utterly, terribly wrong - I am an independent, and do not attend church. But I know a lot of "god-fearing republicans" that donate a large amount of charity, plus every church I've every know has lots of missionary work they do to help the poor.

In fact if you look at statistics you'll find that Republicans donate quite a lot more (on average thousands more) than Democrats do - because like you they don't really care about helping the poor, they just want to feel like they are.

Comment: Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (Score 1) 193

by SuperKendall (#46783315) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

First of all, sorry about your not closing the quoting tag you used. I do that sometimes, and it's so sad to see all your hard work obscured under an italic fog... so I thought I would at least respond in detail to help make up for it.

The charging point you make is a great one. There are some powered mounts that you can plug a phone into, but they require more work to fit... I prefer a general mount you can use with separate power so that as I change phones I can maintain the same mount.

A really excellent non powered mount is the FlexPod, if a model exists for your car... it's very sturdy and is not obtrusive when not in use.

If notifications are an issue you can usually set the phone to something like Do Not Disturb mode. But I've never had that really cause issues.

Now about the Garmin device giving great directions - that may be true, dedicated devices have had a while to build good nav systems. I personally use Apple Maps and find the navigation for that works pretty well, it also gives land guidance... (it was better than Google Maps for navigation from Day One).

But, there also exists a Garmin dedicated app with offline maps. You get all of the Garmin benefits you detailed, only it's easier to update,

And you can switch to Waze when not needing navigation (I totally agree with you about Waze navigation not working very well). As you say, nothing beats the Waze Police/Hazard alerts.

Comment: Re:Uproar? (Score 5, Insightful) 146

by SuperKendall (#46776245) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

The uproar was that with computers long term storage the IRS could do things like make you pay taxes on something your parents did 60 years ago, or use the power of tagging to harass specific organizations based on political leanings. What absurd notions those people of ancient times had!


You can tell how far we have to go, when FORTRAN is the language of supercomputers. -- Steven Feiner