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Comment Re:Save coins. (Score 1) 448

Think of what I said. Writing down, by hand, the price of EVERY item in a grocery store. Multiple times, as many as you have checkouts at the store. You'd have to shut down the store just to wait for those lists to be ready.

How do you think stores worked before there were 24/7 self-serve supermarkets? These are not problems that people haven't already dealt with (or still do, in rural areas).

Comment Re: Another reason why cash is garbage (Score 1) 448

How will you stop me from taking your gold when I have a gun pointed at you?

The common way in literature is to convince the assailant that you're worth more alive than dead, due to skills or knowledge that would be lost with you.
The assailant, on the other hand, will always be a target because he has weapons, goods and enemies.

Comment Re: Another reason why cash is garbage (Score 1) 448

Guns can, believe it or not, be used for hunting non-human animals.

Look at the areas of the world where there have been great humanitarian catastrophes. People with guns almost invariably use them against fellow man. It's far less work to use a gun to bully the food from someone else than it is to hunt.

And even if you use it to hunt, there will be someone else with a gun who goes for the far less work option. And because you have a gun too, they team up to outgun individuals like you.
If you have a gun, the real choice is between joining a militia that exploits people, or death. Few choose death.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Should I really be concerned about internal browser security?

Shadoefax writes: I use Firefox and have recently turned off automatic updates (don't want Fx v57 — I want all of my old extensions). People have said this is a bad idea because I won't be getting any security updates. I have McAfee antivirus installed and it is supposed to protect me from malicious web content.

My question is this: Is Firefox (or Chrome, Edge, IE, Opera, etc.) any better with security than using McAfee (or Symantec, Kaspersky, Avast!, etc.)? I know that Firefox only updates every six weeks or so, but my McAfee updates much more frequently.

Comment Re:Rude (Score 1) 204

I'm not sure when I last saw a bin that didn't include an ashtray in its design. Do people violently oppose installing them where you live?

No, but they're either designed by someone who has never been around smokers and lack a way to extinguish or de-ember cigarettes, they are waterlogged due to bad placement or lack of awning, or if by a miracle they are actual usable ashtrays, they're full of paper waste that others have tossed there, being too lazy to even aim for the hole a few inches lower, making it hazardous to use them as an ashtray.

Egotism and laziness isn't something that smokers have a monopoly on. I remember my old place of work, where the smoking room had a sign saying "If you don't put teabags in my ashtray, I won't put cigarette butts in your tea".

I don't see cigarette butts as more of a problem than leaves or dead insects. Since the 60s, filters are made to dissolve, and the tobacco, well that's leaves. Chewing gum and bottle caps is a much bigger menace in my opinion.

Comment Re:Rude (Score 1) 204

There are lots of other options. Carry your own ashtray with a lid. I've even seen nice leather cases that do that duty. They're stylish and everything.

Yeah, and you can trade them in for a Mogwai.

But they require both hands, and from what I can tell, smokers a much as anyone else often carry stuff. Any solution expected to work has to be convenient. Perhaps the greatest convenience is to ban smoking altogether and subsidize personal mist devices for ex-smokers.

A problem I see as bigger is bottlecaps. They harm nature more than cigarette butts which dissolve within months.

Comment Re:Rude (Score 1) 204

Why is there an expectation that ashtrays should be provided at any random spot that someone might finish smoking? Like any other trash, hold onto it until there is a proper place to dispose of it.

Unless there's a chance to stub it out, a typical cigarette will continue burning and melt the filter, and create a stench that's far worse than the tobacco smell, or burn the person's fingers. Or did you want them to stub it out on the nearest wall? Some do, and I think that's a far worse solution than dropping it and stepping on it.

Best would be if smokers didn't smoke, but they do, and I personally prefer to (a) provide usable ashtrays, and when ashtrays aren't available, (b) for the smoker to dispose of the fire hazard on a patch of fire-proof ground, not a container of flammables, and (c) any other solution.

Comment Re:Rude (Score 1) 204

I think almost everybody is raised by their parents to throw garbage in the bin, instead of on the street. So why do smokers discard their cigarettes on the ground?

Do you want them to toss it on the ground, or toss it in a bin where there's paper and other flammables? Think about it.

If there's an ashtray around (and not one of those pole-with-a-hole designed by non-smokers with no clue how stubbing out a cigarette works), smokers will generally use it. But the anti-smokers don't want ashtrays.

(And yes, I'm a non-smoker.)

Comment Re:human smokers will be trained (Score 1) 204

Anyway, on my day I asked the work detail a simple question: Who here smokes?

No one raised their hand. I asked again, and again. Finally I said "OK. Nonsmokers, point to the smokers." Hands went up pointing out the 7 or 8 smokers.

I don't believe you. No soldier would ever rat out their fellow soldiers.
Soldiers would stand there all night if need be, without saying a word, unless the smokers themselves stepped forward.
Someone ratting out others would find themselves ostracised at best, and likely the reaction would be more severe, but the real reason they would not betray their fellow soldiers is that the first thing soldiers learn is that they have to be able to trust each other completely, because their lives depend on it.
Not betraying trust is a big thing.

Submission + - SPAM: Airbus Corruption Scandal May Lead Straight to the Top 2

schwit1 writes: Airbus CEO Tom Enders, 58, speaks of a past that Airbus has long sought to deny, years in which the company partly relied on bribes as it rose to become the world's second-largest airplane manufacturer, after Boeing. And Enders speaks of a present in which all of that is beginning to come out — a situation that poses grave dangers to the company he runs.

At issue are potential multibillion-euro fines and multibillion-euro losses. Indeed, the very survival of Airbus, with its 134,000 employees and its annual turnover of 67 billion euros ($78.6 billion), could be at stake. Hence, the message from Enders to all those who haven't yet got the message, to those who think they can just carry on as before, including the bribery: "Leave this company rather than make us take you out of the company. Because we're in a dead serious situation, dear colleagues."

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Submission + - 8.5 Ton Chinese Space Station 'Tiangong 1' Is Going To Crash To Earth (cnbc.com) 1

dryriver writes: China launched a space laboratory named Tiangong 1 into orbit in 2011. The space laboratory was supposed to become a symbol of China's ambitious bid to become a space superpower. After 2 years in space, Tiangong 1 started experiencing technical failure. Last year Chinese officials confirmed that the space laboratory had to be scrapped. The 8.5 ton heavy space laboratory has begun its descent towards Earth and is expected to crash back to Earth within the next few months. Most of the laboratory is expected to burn up in earth's atmosphere, but experts believe that pieces as heavy as 100 Kilograms (220 Pounds) may survive re-entry and impact earth's surface. Nobody will be able to predict with any precision where those chunks of space laboratory will land on Earth until a few hours before re-entry occurs.The chance that anyone would be harmed by Tiangong-1's debris is considered unlikely

Submission + - North Korea accused of using NSA tools to cripple the NHS with WannaCry (telegraph.co.uk)

StevenMaurer writes: Brad Smith, the President of Microsoft, publicly accused North Korea of being behind the WannaCry attack on the British National Health Service. This led to ambulances having to be rerouted, and vital equipment such as MRI scanners and X-ray machines being taken offline. Over 200,000 computers in 150 countries around the world were infected with the ransomware. North Korea has been widely thought to be behind the attack, but this is the first open and direct allegation.

While it is an obvious ploy on Microsoft's part to get the NHS to spend money upgrading their equipment, they do have a point. The simple truth is that seventeen-year out of date software is bound to have some vulnerabilities in it, no matter what is installed.

Comment Re: Media Matters? Correct the Record? (Score 1) 95

classic whataboutery

Otherwise known as mentioning something they didn't want to hear.

I've seen Chomsky accused of "whataboutery" because he thinks US allies should be held to the same standard as US official enemies.

But you no doubt are perfectly in tune with reddit's zeitgeist and are far better suited to comment the discussions I was involved with than I am. How dare I question the "wisdom of the crowds".

Submission + - Unpatched Exploit Lets You Clone Key Fobs and Open Subaru Cars (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Tom Wimmenhove, a Dutch electronics designer, has discovered a flaw in the key fob system used by several Subaru models, a vulnerability the vendor has not patched and could be abused to hijack cars. The issue is that key fobs for some Subaru cars use sequential codes for locking and unlocking the vehicle, and other operations. These codes — called rolling codes or hopping code — should be random, in order to avoid situations when an attacker discovers their sequence and uses the flaw to hijack cars. This is exactly what Wimmenhove did. He created a device that sniffs the code, computes the next rolling code and uses it to unlock cars. The entire device costs between $15 and $30.

The researcher said he reached out to Subaru about his findings. "I did [reach out]. I told them about the vulnerability and shared my code with them," Wimmenhove told Bleeping. "They referred me to their 'partnership' page and asked me to fill in a questionnaire. It didn't seem like they really cared and I haven't heard back from them." A video of the exploit in action is available here.

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