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Comment Who Will Protect the Internet Archive Itself? (Score 5, Interesting) 590

If you have a domain name under which you have a lot of content -- an example is kuro5hin.org -- and, after a decade or so you find yourself impoverished and stressed to the point that you can't renew the domain registration (as did Rusty Foster), a domain squatter jumps on it and holds it hostage for thousands of dollars. When that happens, frequently even "The Wayback Machine" is told to deep-six the archived content by the simple expedient of placing a robots.txt file in the home directory of the hijacked domain. "The Wayback Machine" then dutifully removes public access to the content. OH but the fun doesn't stop there! So now let's say you fork over the ransom money to the domain squatter, get the domain name back and remove the robots.txt. Of course "The Wayback Machine" then restores public access to all those articles... right?

WRONG!

archive.org does keep it stored and it is accessible to those with insider status, but no more public access EVER.

There really is value in hoarding history and if you can get away with it by doing it "on accident" all the better!

Submission + - SciAm Brains Fall Out Of "Open Mind" Toward Cold Fusion?

Baldrson writes: Close on the heels of Chemical and Engineering News' article "Cold fusion died 25 years ago, but the research lives on", Scientific American has published an article titled "Cold Fusion Lives: Experiments Create Energy When None Should Exist". Both of these articles prominently feature Brilliant Light Power's recent claims of reproducible, sustained, high-density power with 100x Coeffienct of Performance (COP). As Carl Sagan famously quoted James Oberg, "Keeping an open mind is a virtue but not so open that your brains fall out.." A quarter century ago the American Physical Society concluded, to a round of applause and laughter, that "cold fusion" was "incompetence and delusion". A year ago Idea Futures judged Cold Fusion false. Has Scientific American's brains fallen out of their "open mind"?

Comment Exposed our jugular veins to predators (Score 2) 141

I don't care how clever you all think you are, you cannot design a system that cannot be hacked.
We've gone far too far, hooking up control and command to the internet. We did it to fire people and save money, or at least divert the money once given to ticket takers to computer companies.
So, this is what the future is.

Comment Re:Will Starship Troopers Follow Heinlein's Book? (Score 1) 457

Governments are by definition power. They aren't a reading society.

You spend two years serving. Not as a zombie, not as a brainwashed monkey. You could ring the bell and leave at any time during your service. Even active military could resign before a drop, and the only punishment was the loss of the vote and full citizenship.

You simply did a necessary job and proved you could understand the need to put the welfare of your fellow wo/men over your own. The very opposite of Ayn Rand's sloppy love letters to sociopaths. The job could be anything that was sometimes dangerous, unpleasant, but necessary and no one would want to do.

The situation in the novel described a spacefaring society that had actual, real, gosh-darned alien races that were attacking the Terrans, so a military was warranted.

Comment Re: .... Politically Correct Starship Troopers? (Score 2) 457

Semantics was one of Heinlein's passions. The idea that the word "fascist" would lose its actual meaning would sadden and infuriate, but not surprise him. That he would be called one would earn the mouth-breather a well-earned verbal beatdown. The man was the opposite of a fascist. Infuriating.

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