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Comment Re:unix (Score 1) 64

MacOS has very little malware or viruses because only the rubes buy anti-virus software.

The market for malware is driven by a large network of freelancers who find viruses and malware and give the profiles to the anti-virus companies. And how best to get it first? Make the damn virus.

I have no real proof of this, but it can't really be disproved either. And the market incentive is strong to NOT run out of virus and malware threats.

By bundling virus solutions with their OS, Microsoft put a good dent in viruses. Now the big growth area is malware.

Comment Re:The government won't enforce this new law eithe (Score 1) 128

In regards to the US citizen and any action by the US government -- the Constitution applies everywhere.

But when the Bush administration came up with the weasel word; "Enemy non-combatant" to get around military code and Geneva Conventions by placing rights in a no-man's land.

So that's not to say that rights will stop it, just to point out that they will re-interpet the rules and ignore the spirit of it. Fourth amendment DOES apply at the border. Unless the Mexican government is doing it to you, in which case the US government SHOULD intervene.

The tiny threat of terrorism is just an excuse now and pales to the threat of our government security state. If they were any good at this, we wouldn't have elected a Russian agent.

Comment Trade winds can effect tides faster than meltwater (Score 1) 369

I'd read somewhere that the Eastern Seabord was a few meters lower than other areas and North America due to prevalent trade winds.

If the trade winds suddenly stop or reverse course, that's going to, in the short term, have a more meaningful effect than just an increase of melt water.

Comment Re:Classical physics, er, error (Score 1) 418

Well, the simple wrinkle is that we don't know how much time the super-universe takes. Any computation could take a nano-second or a billion years and we would recognize that as the smallest division of time.

If the simulation means that a bus running into you ends your life - it doesn't matter if it's not real.

Comment Why is it assumed this is related to Time? (Score 3, Interesting) 129

I think it's flawed logic to assume that the lowest energy state in a universes so fluid and in motion would be absolute stillness.

Perhaps it's oscillations due to the quantum foam, or space/time itself moves, and thus a lower energy particle would vibrate at some frequency rather than not.

Comment Re:Help them leave (Score 0) 251

Replace the term "Country" with "Trump" everywhere it appears. They aren't destroying the country by leaking, they are affecting the POTUS -- in no way are those the same thing.

Now, if they think that the POTUS is a huge security risk, they might actually be acting on conscience rather than just "having a beef" with the administration.

The current behavior has turned them into enemies of the Democratic party.

Do you feel the same about the Tea Party? I'm not a fan of them, but I admire their conviction and willingness to stand up and be heard.

What I like here, is that Democrats are finally realizing that they are liberals and that they have to fight for their principles. Maybe people are shocked and expect Democrats to sit back and sip tea and crumpets, rather than getting dirty in the trenches.

Leaks at the NSA might not be lawful, but not everything right is legal. The POTUS seems to have no problem pushing the envelope -- but we have Jeff Sessions to make sure he behaves.

Nothing is going to happen to Trump, because the Republicans have the power but lack the ethics. It doesn't matter what is leaked and foreign adversaries can just buy all our sensitive data from contractors (as was exposed on Wikileaks). So you needn't worry.

Comment Re:Has slashdot been taken over by the poor? (Score 1) 172

I started on Slashdot many years go, back when I was making $100,000 a year and my IQ was 165. Now I make less and have started blogging on Reddit. Junk food and the stress of poverty have reduced me to taking fashion tips from Paula Dean, and cooking from Honey Boo Boo's mom.

By leaving Slashdot, I suppose I've lowered the quality on both websites. Until I make more money, I should probably stay away.

My sincerest apologies
That Guy

Comment Re:I seriously doubt this works... (Score 1) 142

I could think of a number of mechanical means to destroy a chip; a Poseidon vise, cables that you wind until they tighten, perhaps creating the substrate on a chip that has a layered meta-material that expands at different rates when a current is applied, forcing the chip to shatter as it curved.

This is Slashdot, nothing is impossible.

Comment Re:Against TOS (Score 1) 652

Do you think they wanted to create a 10-year backlog on reviewing potential immigrant social media accounts on purpose?

I mean, how many people are they going to hire to speak Yemeni or Syrian or what-not to read thousands of blog posts?

We already have good vetting, but this is deep, deep, penetrating vetting. Like a good relationship.

Sadly, most applicants pets will die of old age before the vetting finishes; "Is this your cat! Where is your cat? Where?!"

Comment Re:Because... (Score 1) 217

Well it does kind of work in a way, every business that has a few jobs to keep in USA will show up at his door; "See, this is for you!"

It will create the impression that his influence is working. The number of jobs be damned.

But 2017 will of course be an economic boom year, and we can thank Trump for that.

2018 however, the economy will tank, and we can blame Obama for that.

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