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Comment Re: Clearly vaccination is to blame! (Score 1) 558

Why are people so quick to say vaccines are connected? Wait until some weirdo declares that soap causes autism, and see how the world behaves even after the claim is debunked times over. Just like with vaccines. Enjoy the smell of the (literally) unwashed masses then.

Because soap doesn't normally contain a mercury compound as a preservative.

OK, but vaccines for kids don't normally contain a mercury compound as a preservative either.

Comment Re:What the f*** Walmart? (Score 1) 455

Now, they likely do have some valid complaints here.

But bitching about a slow transition away from magnetic stripe cards when *you are one of the last retailers to install NFC payment terminals* and more importantly *knowingly skipped the start of migration during your last payment terminal upgrade cycle* is bullshit.

What does NFC have to do with anything? What Walmart wants is the contact chip, not contactless. And their terminals have supported those for years... However, I've never gotten one to read my EMV card (supposedly they do work in some stores that have a significant number of international customers).

Comment Re:Chip and PIN (Score 1) 455

the most likely scenario for paying for the switch is that banks will offer their customers a "New, more secure card!" for the low, low price of ($10? $20?).

They don't cost any more than non-chip cards. I requested EMV cards from both Citibank and Bank of America (via online account management) and didn't have to pay anything.

Comment Re:I suggest the ultimate legal protection: (Score 1) 15

Yes, and how do you trust your "visitors"?

You don't trust yourself? And even if you don't, how does that reveal info on who is running the hidden service? Of course you know your own entry point into the Tor network; the Tor client even shows you. netstat shows you. But if you want to find/sue the person running the hidden service, you need to find that person's entry point.

Comment Re:There's a reason people argue about vim and ema (Score 1) 248

As much as I love forwarded X11 apps, its rarely efficient over moderate to slow links. I can't justify using over 1Mbit of uplink traffic just to use my editor over the wire when even a VNC session is more efficient.

1Mbit? Back in the day, we ran X11 over dialup modems, and we liked it. Or at least thought it was semi-OK.

Comment Re:Obligatory xkcd, and rirst post (Score 1) 248

Here's the main reason I don't use Vim (or Emacs, for that matter): it's a "stateful" editor.

Insert mode? Command mode? Etc. etc.

If you think Emacs is stateful, aren't all editors stateful by your definition? Most people do not consider Emacs to be stateful. Sure, you can press Meta or Ctrl to start some multi-key command, but you can press Alt or Ctrl in Windows Notepad too. What makes vi stateful is that after you've typed a command, you're still in command mode and must type another command. In Emacs and Notepad, after you've typed a command, you're ready to insert text again.

Comment Re:wait, what? (Score 2) 102

When did his name change from Satoshi to Dorian? Did I miss something? The last article said they found him because his name literally was Satoshi.

1973. From the original Newsweek article, "At the age of 23, after graduating from California State Polytechnic University, he changed his name to "Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto," according to records filed with the U.S. District Court of Los Angeles in 1973."

Comment Re:The original article (Score 1) 102

doesn't speak/understand English that well

I don't buy that part... he's been in the US since he was about 10 years old, and has been here for 50 years. He's been working alongside English-speakers--i.e., he's immersed in the language. He's a smart guy. Therefore his English is comparable to a native's. I'm from an immigrant background too, and have many friends who moved to the US when they were around 10 (+/- a few years). They haven't been here as long as Nakamoto has, but their English is native-level. Some still have a bit of an accent, but they don't have any problems understanding or speaking English.

Comment Re:android was never meant to be highly secure (Score 1) 193

What dumb phone provides tethering?

I haven't been paying attention to the current crop of dumb phones, but back when I was using them, it was pretty much a standard feature. E.g., Nokia 8290 had a v.32 modem and an IR port, and IR was pretty common on laptops of the day. Point the two at each other, and you can start a PPP connection to your dialup ISP. Then when GPRS data became popular, I had a Siemens M46, which didn't have an IR port, but if you got the data cable, you could plug it into a serial port and tether by setting up a PPP connection that dialed a special phone number (*99# or something like that). And my last dumb phone was a Motorola V195, which showed up as a serial port when you plugged in the USB cable, and again, you could tether by setting up a PPP connection. Actually, I think you could also tether over Bluetooth DUN, although I may be thinking of another phone.

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