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Comment Re:LOL (Score 4, Insightful) 195

The simple answer is that the phone companies hope you'll be to embarrass to contest the charges.

Simmilar examples can be found in:

1.) Back in the good old days of dial-up, there were adult sites that would give "free" access assuming you (stupidly/unknowingly) dialed into a south-pacific island nation number that had a north American prefix, with your unlimited long distance account.*
2.) All the cell joke and ring tone numbers you can "get for free" that are/were advertised on TV.

*my brother found out about this the hard way

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 134

I think you have misinterpreted this quote. What they want to do is turn CoD into a pay to play game, where they get monthly fees for multilayer game play like WoW. While I can't find the links now, there was a secretive poll by Activision to judge this possibility and other innuendos like your quote to suggest that this is where they are trying to go.

Comment Re:Where's the... (Score 1) 507

Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.

Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Comment Re:Yes! (Score 1) 478

Except that in many larger counties for 1996 and newer cars to pass emission tests or vehicle inspection the engine computer must be fully OBD-II compliant. AFIK, no after market engine computer does this directly. The system must either be used in conjunction with the stock computer which limits tuning, or the stock system must be swapped back in each inspection time.

Comment Re:Is this really a big deal? (Score 1) 133

US naval based air-power would have been setback a few years*. Instead of relativity quickly recapturing the outer south pacific islands, we may have moved to further support Australia from threat of invasion, and in their fight in the Pacific. It should be remembered that Japan had been at war for five year prior to the Battle of Midway, and was experiencing shortages of resources and personnel. If Japan hadn't surrendered to the US (in this hypothetical case due a US loss at Midway) it may have faced invasion from the Soviet army, after the fall of Berlin.

*As Adm. Nimitz strongly believed in a carrier based battle group it would seem unlikely that he, or the Admirals in charge of the carriers, would (engage in)/(not disengage from) the battle if the entire carrier fleet was in imminent danger of being sunk; even if this meant sacrificing ships.

Comment Re:I thought they.. (Score 1) 635

I must have taken the wrong test...

My answers were: I ain't telling you shit, Ouch! That fucking hurts, ok-I got the weed from Tony down the street
After witch Rorschach broke the rest of my fingers and took my weed...don't know what happened to Tony. Can't believe it took Dr. Manhattan so long to kill that jerk.

Comment Re:56 bit DES? (Score 2, Informative) 43

I don't know what keying option ATMs generally use with 3DES, but assuming they aren't using the weakest (only equivalent to DES), then "14 full 56-bit' searches in 26 days (13 June - 8 Jul) doesn't pose a significant threat. Being generous, their search is about equivalent to a single complete 60-bit (log(14*2^56)/log(2)=59.8) search over the same time, and according to the Wiki article keying option 2 of 3DES provides "80 bits of security". So their setup would take about 27 million days (26 days * 2^80/2^60) to do a single complete 80-bit search.

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