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Comment It is all propaganda (Score 1) 255

Is there really a difference between Russian Propaganda and US propaganda? Not really. Change the names and places and they are the same. A lot has changed and now it is the US military is doing more spying and crying. Like when they go to Kaliningrad and cry that the Russian plane buzzed them to chase them out and the same spy ship was crying about the same thing the year before in Sevastopol. The news tells people what they want to hear. That is what sells newspapers. If you were to tell people the truth they would get upset and stop buying the papers. I remember talking to a Russian friend in the 1980s, before the wall came down, and I asked him about the difference between the east and the west and he said that the main difference was that in the east they know it is propaganda.

Comment All the passengers fault.. (Score 3, Insightful) 106

I am sure it's all the passengers fault. Not people desperately trying to get to their flight after a long delay waiting for their turn at a bit of ineffective security theatre..

Of course this would be solved by not requiring them to remove their laptops.. Something which would have next to no effect on the uselessness of their scanning anyway..

But no.. It's all the travelers fault. Silly travelers.. They deserve to have their items removed.

Of course it should be quite trivial door then to track down the owners right? TSA is so proud of how well informed they are about the travelers.. Surely they can localise the owners of one of a handful of people? No?

Comment Re:Billing address? (Score 1) 105

Maybe getting the card numbers (card, code, expiry) is just phase I of weakness with limited applicability for in-person transactions. Nobody asks my address at the electronics shop when I have a $800 TV in my cart.

And perhaps they have other databases that allow them to correlate incomplete card numbers with names and addresses to create useful online transactions where they info can be asked.

IMHO, the only useful solution to this is two factor RSA-style authentication. Go ahead and know all the card info, but unless you can guess the random digits it would be worthless. Pity that fraud doesn't cost VISA and merchants can build most of their costs into product pricing.

Comment Re:No safe-guards? (Score 1) 105

Why not just build 2 factor authentication into the card itself? They could offer a card with an in-built RSA token or a way to use a smartphone app for cards without token hardware.

Something tells me this is something we should have, but given the sparring and profiteering over getting chip enabled terminals in the US (I'm STILL swiping at many terminals). I suspect that it's not the two factor part that keeps it from happening but the terminals and merchant software costs combined with a bunch of middlemen who figure that fraud deterrence for merchants and consumers isn't their problem since they make merchants eat it, who then make consumers eat it in higher prices.

And then there's the spreadsheet guys, who predict transaction fee revenue drops from failed transactions and doom-and-gloom of lost sales pitched to merchants.

Comment Re:3D editing is hard (Score 1) 239

I think 3D modeling software is a big reason 3D printing hasn't been the home revolution.

I've been using computer based 2D drawing software since MacDraw in the 1980s and have used it for drafting home improvement projects, woodworking projects and floor plans. I've downloaded Sketch-Up a few times and always found myself baffled quite quickly, even tinkering with generic rectilinear shapes.

And even drawing some boxes or other regular geometric shapes doesn't get you very fair in a world of tapered curves, irregular shapes, etc, let alone the same needing accurate scale and tolerances down to the millimeter.

And it's not that it's impossible, either, but it's got a wicked learning curve over 2D just doing the drawings let alone the phase where you have to consider how you design will actually be output by the thing making it.

Strangely it's almost the blade-and-razor model in reverse. In theory, they should give you the razor handle (the easy to learn 3D design software) for free so that you'll buy the 3D printer and supplies, but I suspect that in terms of cost, the easy to use 3D modeling software is the actual expensive part and the 3D printer should be the cheap part. It's kind of like 2D design software -- an annual contract for Adobe Creative Cloud is almost more expensive than a decent color laser printer.

Comment Seriously? (Score 1) 270

Issues of systemd aside, all those computers switched on doing nothing use up a boatload of electricity when you total the amount. Not only that, but leaving a machine on allows plenty of time for potential hackers to have a crack at it - unless you specifically switch off networking when you leave it - plus counter to what people think, computer components do wear out when left on, not just fans and spinning disks but also the electronics. If you only use your machine once or twice a day its actually better for it in the long term to switch it off. Sure, of you're only going to keep it for a few years anyway who cares. But I've got a 17 year old linux file server still going that gets used once or twice a week and spends the rest of its time off. And aside from motherboard battery changes its had nothing done to it and its in as good condition now as it was in 99 when I bought it.

Comment Politically correct madness (Score 1) 228

I am a supporter of alternative fuels but currently there is no choice. It will take time to introduce choice. Electric sounds great but it is totally impractical for many people who need their car for work. Who wants to stop for 2 hours to recharge every 2 hours while on a 6 hour drive? Not everybody has a garage where they can charge their car, most people just park in the street. Petrol does have some advantages over diesel but diesel also has many advantages over petrol. Hydrogen etc. are far too new to talk about. I hope that we will continue to advance but often these moves are counter productive. Currently the best option for most people that actually do have a garage is a hybrid which still uses fuel. Diesel prolongs the life of the vehicle and is not a fire hazard which makes it a better option in a hybrid. The electric BMW i3 has a petrol generator to double the range, would that be banned? I think that these ideas are jumping the gun and we should all calm down and start taking baby steps toward a better future in order to avoid throwing the baby out with the bath water.

Comment There is only fake news (Score 2) 336

I used to turn to BBC for reliable news but once they became embedded during the Iraq war they never extricated themselves and are no longer a reliable news source. I turned to Al Jazeera who always reported both sides and went out of their way to help me understand the other side of the story but the US military actually targeted them and arrested them so they stopped printing the truth. There is only fake news left. I now read a variety of sources like Russia Today as well as western news and judge the truth to be somewhere in the middle of the two lies.

Comment Re:Not a proper study, get this astroturf out of h (Score 1) 74

our arguments are not based in law, nor are they in agreement with the physician's code of ethics, which works by informed consent in such cases.

I've already posted a couple of links explaining the history, the law, and the prevailing practice of ethics in medical research... which you very obviously have not bothered to read if you're making comments like that.

=Smidge=

Comment Re:Because it's not software (Score 2) 117

I thought Henry Ford was a visionary because of his business model -- an assembly line that could mass produce cars for everyone -- not because he necessarily innovated the automobile concept itself.

Musk's advancement mostly seems in the electric drivetrain, less so in the business model. He wants to do direct sales, but while it runs against the grain of the existing car sales business, existing regulation and low production volume make it appear less than revolutionary, especially when many products are sold directly buy their maker.

Comment Re:You should *NOT* be projecting.... (Score 1) 62

I think there are fair arguments about not distracting other drivers. But one thing nice about this vs. a HUD is that it actually projects imagery onto the surface you're supposedly to be looking at -- you want to focus on the road in front of you generally so seeing directional markings there is completely natural and doesn't require a change in visual focus or the distraction of having to look through a HUD's imagery to the road beyond.

Some potential ideas to make is less distracting for others -- don't display markings when another car is within a distance where they may easily see them, display markings such that they're oriented/displayed in a way meaningful to other drivers or communicate that they should be ignored. I drive through intersections many times a day with turn arrows and lane markings not relevant to me and I don't get confused.

I also wonder if there's some way of projecting them with a light color, pattern or polarization that's made more visible by filters laminated into the originating car's windshield, especially if it managed to do it such that other cars windshields acted as passive filters due to their polarization.

I think it's a great way to put information exactly where it belongs for driver visual focus. Distraction to other motorists *could* be a problem, but overall people are already visually attuned to ignore markings that are backwards or don't apply to them and their direction of travel. Roads have all kinds of markings already and nobody complains about excess street markings. And it may be possible to project them in a way that makes it difficult for other drivers to see them at all.

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