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Comment Go go laser aeros! (Score 1) 208

I dunno. Putting a laser on an aerospace fighter? First off, we don't have terribly great lasers and they're talking about pulsed operation so we're talking about an IS SPL or MPL at best. And given that (IIRC) vees and aeros need insulation to use energy weapons it's probably a single one. That's six damage with a six hex range on a very expensive aero. Even if we get two that's twelve damage at six hexes. Compared to that the F-16 can mount something like six OS Thunderbolt 10s in addition to a machine gun as a fallback weapon. Thats sixty alpha damage from twelve hexes out.

Sure, the F-16 mounting the MPL can fight longer in theory - but given the abysmal armor coverage on those things it's going to go down the first time someone hits it with an AC-10. And that AC-10 has superior range so to-hit bonus be damned, my money is on the AC-carrying ground unit.

In my opinion it'd be a smarter move to work on getting LRMs or HVACs on those aeros instead of trying to put a short-ranged weapon on an inherently fragile unit before you've even had significant experience using it on the ground.

Comment Re:Waste of money (Score 1) 335

I doubt that. Sure, the TLAs can read your emails and can tap into your cellphone conversations. The Stasi, on the other hand, had personally present spies everywhere so you couldn't speak up even in private because no matter where you were, there was a good chance that someone was listening. If there was any kind of organized event or trip there was pretty much a 100% chance that a Stasi spy was present.

So no, I don't think that modern day America is that bad. It's still appalling and undignified, though, and Uber/Lyft were definitely the good guys here.

Comment Re:We don't want web UIs! We want native apps! (Score 1) 144

Gmail and Dropbox have web UIs? I use Gmail over IMAP/SMTP and Dropbox over its native service. Hell, even my Google Docs use is pretty much entirely by means of the Android app. Web UIs are for when a native implementation is not feasible, such as when you want to access you mail from a computer you don't control. Otherwise they're usually so inferior that they don't compare.

Comment Re:So you checked a subset and made a pronouncemen (Score 1) 132

"All presumptive evidence of felony should be admitted cautiously; for the law holds it better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent party suffer." - William Blackstone

People like Benjamin Franklin and John Adams put their own spin on this but Blackstone said it first: Justice works better when we err on the side of caution. "This might possibly be misused so we must forbid it" is a terrible policy. In fact, this exact stance applied to encryption is what we like to ridicule the NSA for.

And no, RTBF claims are not destroying our historical record for all future generations to come. Your blog is not the sole source of historical information and in the grand scheme of things the important bits will be preserved throught things like court records. Sure, it might be interesting for future generations to do statistical analysis on blog posts - but then again I don't think that most blogs will be preserved in any form whatsoever for the next hundred years. A website dies, the information goes away. Perhaps the Internet Archive has a copy but plenty of times it doesn't. This is not a tragedy.

Comment Re:Right to be forgotten? (Score 1) 132

You can't sue every company that doesn't hire you because you suspect they might possible not have done sufficiently accurate fact-checking.

When a company sees an applicant like that they go to the bottom of the stack. If someone else is hired the company doesn't tell the alleged rapist "sorry, we didn't hire you because Google says you're a rapist", they simply tell them that someone else got the job. But that someone else could've gotten the job because of superior hard or soft skills or because they simply clicked with the team.

Also note that less reputable media outlets are quick to condemn people but very rarely retract anything. If $TABLOID puts your picture online accompanied by a text like "Is this the tattooed monster who raped and killed the little Jenny (9)?" and someone uses that picture and Facebook to identify you - do you think you will ever see $TABLOID or a blogger post "Sorry guys, fustakrakich is innocent" even if you are? If you're innocent you are simply not mentioned anymore while they focus on the real culprit - but the posts linking you to child rape remain online forever.

Of course all of this ties in with how various people see justice. American criminal justice revolves around punishing the culprit, which leads to PMITA prisons and the like. European crominal justice is usually built around making the culprit into a productive member society again, which leads to things like Norwegian luxury prisons. Of course Europe would come up with a way of scrubbing your permanent record of your past sins; not doing so would make it harder for you to live a normal life.

Comment Re:two for T (Score 1) 766

The floor and ceiling gaps actually have a function. Firstly, they allow for better airflow, which is obviously a good thing in a public restroom. Secondly, the floor gaps in particular allow toilet paper to be passed around without having to open the door.

As for your law: Principally yes but I'd give them more time to avoid the construction companies getting too swamped. You could write a three month deadline into the law and advertise your bill a few months before it's signed into law. That might work.

Comment Re:two for T (Score 1) 766

"If we allow people who *identify* as the opposing gender from what their anatomy implies, to use the restroom of the gender to which they identify as, it opens the door for any number of creepy dudes to follow a little girl into a womans restroom and eye her through the crack in the stall door, and when the police ask him about it, all he has to do is say "Oh, well I sexually identify myself as a woman, so i'm allowed to be in there."

Of course it would help if Americans stopped building restrooms where everyone can see everything. If there is a crack in the stall door that allows you to see anything but the occupant's feet you're doing it wrong.

Comment Re:That's called OCSP (Score 1) 64

This is not about whether or not support is available, this is about how the API works. The GGP said that existing APIs tend to be too complicated and asked for a simple binary function to check a cert. I pointed out that a function that can return more than just "good" nd "bad" would be more useful. Neither I nor the GGP ever asserted that no API exists at all.

Comment Re:the tools should make this easier (Score 1) 64

Not binary. I'm thinking of an asynchronous (because CRL servers can be slow) function that returns a status like "valid", "invalid", "self-signed", "expired", "revoked", "known-bad CA" or "request timed out". That way you can check for validity (result == CertificateCheckResult.Valid) but still react appropriately to specific issues, even if it's just to display the appropriate error message. Something like this (in pseudo-C#):

Certificate foo; // magically appears from somewhere
var result = await foo.CheckValidity(2000); // timeout in ms

switch (result)
case CertificateCheckResult.Valid:
return "It's valid! Hooray!";
case CertificateCheckResult.Expired:
return "2old4me";
return "I can't be arsed to write code for all the cases. Something is wrong."

Comment Re:Can't they load it up with bloatware anyway? (Score 1) 74

Cyanogen did that, to my knowledge. However, they did stuff like giving one company (OnePlus) a worldwide license without telling them that they gave another company (Micromax) an exclusive license for the Indian market. OnePlus had to develop a different Android distro for India and then decided they'd rather maintain their own distro than keep working with Cyanogen - hence no further Cyanogen-powered OnePlus devices.

If Cyanogen were more considerate of their partners they certainly could have much greater market presence...

Oh, and if they finally got stable COS 13 build done for their top-tier supported devices. And if they followed anything resembling a timely update schedule.

Comment Re:Can't they load it up with bloatware anyway? (Score 2) 74

Now if Cyanogen actually starts doing timely updates they may have a selling point. The ZUK Z1 was supposed to get Cyanogen OS 13 before March - it didn't and there is no word on when it will. Right now my phone keeps pestering me about a months-old firmware update that's known to render the tilt sensor effectively useless. Cyanogen couldn't be arsed to fix it so far.

The biggest problem with the Android ecosystem is that there is nobody who gives a shit about it. Google does deliver updates but their Nexus devices are firmly in the unimpressive camp and sometimes downright suck. Remember, these are the flagship devices for the entire platform. Cyanogen kinda sorta does something but if you want anything resembling what they promise you're better off installing unofficial CanogenMod builds someone posted to XDA. Plus, they're so terrible to work with that their OEMs tend to jump ship after one device, vowing to never release a Cyanogen OS device again. Samsung are known to break everything from the Linux kernel to the GUI in innovative ways because apparently their coders have never seen a real Linux before, much less an Android.

Between Apple's ridiculously overpriced hardware and overblown software restrictions, Android's extremely spotty update availability and firmware quality, Microsofts insistence on torpedoing Windows Phone every chance they get and Jolla's poverty-induced everything problems there really is no good smartphone on the market. The best you can hope for is to find the one that is the least terrible. And these are the devices today's world revolves around!

Almost makes you want to go back to a Nokia 6210 and a netbook...

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 2) 177

The problem is not that IFTTT offers no value. It does. The problem is that what they ask is gross disproportionate to the value perceived by Pinboard. Had IFTTT just asked Pinboard to implement their new API in a nice manner that could've gotten what they want. But the legal agreement was simply unacceptable and so Pinboard refused.

Now, the legal agreement and the email to the users were a nasty one-two punch: The email makes it look as if it has always been external websites' responsibility to write connectors - which it hasn't. It also makes it look like Pinboard just randomly decided to stop playing and never mentions that the "new platform" comes with huge legal changes. It's understandable that Pinboard is not amused.

In the end it boils down to IFTTT being useful but not useful enough for what they ask. To use yet another analogy: A powerful gaming rig might be nice but if the seller wants 10,000 Dollars for it then it's simply not worth the price. And if the unsuccessful seller later tells everyone how stingy you are because you didn't take up this obviously great offer they're definitely not in the "nice people" camp.

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