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Comment Re:Yep - impersonation (Score 3, Interesting) 539

The CDC leaders are on the record with quotes like "We’re going to systematically build a case that owning firearms causes deaths.". These weren't studies, these were cherry-picked propaganda. They had decided on the conclusion, and the only challenge was building the case. They then went on to fund ludicrous studies that confused cause with effect (critics point out that the same methods would show that hospitals cause death, and therefore it is safer to never go to a hospital), cherry picked samples, etc. Basically what any good advocate would do while attempting to affect social change and giving not one fucking hoot for reality. Additionally and more importantly why the fuck should the *center for disease control* be funding gun studies? Shouldn't congress make them spend their money on fucking fighting disease, instead of our constitution?

Comment Re:Miro$oft? (Score 1) 120

> Humans can improve themselves as well, yet here we are.

Humans are optimized for similar purposes to other animals. Our brains didn't do that optimizing either, making it ludicrously complex to make changes. A computer starts without these, which obviously has massive downsides, but very interesting potential.

Comment Re: 78% of Crapdot stories are worse now (Score 1) 206

(1) is even more relevant for SSDs.
(2) is of course the best advice, but many avoid crypto because it can make it hard to recover files even knowing the password, and it can be hard to find a good crypto solution that works on boot if you still use Windows.
(3) is the most relevant for this particular article, and sort of shows why this discussion is unlikely to help many people- no one contributing to this discussion will ever sell a hard drive of theirs.

The best secure deletion method appears to be a claw hammer, some goggles, and a few spare minutes. But I'm puzzled that ANYONE would sell a used hard drive. Your data could be there, and the drive could fail shortly after transfer, leaving the purchaser or giftee pretty well stuck.

Comment Re:Simple fix. No 3rd party required. (Score 1, Funny) 212

> two Boolean flag vars in the Registry
> drill down to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows]
> not present then use the editor to create new key names
> add a dword named DisableGWX under GWX and set it to 1 (true)
> That's it.

Oh, that's it? Well, I see why people use windows. You only have to use a proprietary binary editing tool, move to an address with a hugely named space, instantiate and name correctly a 32 bit binary number, set it to the correct value, and do it all again.

Super easy! I mean, in Linux, you sometimes have to type a thing on a command line. Whoa, nerdy-mcnerd face! I'm much more comfortable with fucking Gate's dword editor.

Comment Re:Galactic North... (Score 1) 267

> and then assume that there is a comparable property in reality

Well, if you are arguing that its an object with a volume curved around a fourth dimension, then it is a natural objection.

Look, right now, a line from the Earth through the Sun will roughly point at the constellation Gemini. That means that the mass of Gemini and the mass of the sun are, at all points today, on the same side of us. Six months from now, that won't be the case- Gemini will be on one side, and the Sun on the other. That means you could define a point in the universe (or several) from which ALL the mass would be on one side (within a hemisphere), or a point from which mass is roughly equal on all sides (center of mass)- unless the universe is curved, wraps around, etc. That could all the be the case, but I'm pretty sure we see no evidence of that. Am I incorrect?

Comment Re:I'm not a physicits, but... (Score 1) 267

I don't believe it. The study doesn't call out this statement (what, do they all point to the best stone crabs?), and the line, if quoted correctly, might mean something entirely different (such as the shape being consistently pear-like, or that it maintains a shape relative to something entirely unremarkable). Finding that a bunch of Radium atoms point to to a specific star would be pretty amazing, and look for a kooky youtube about it soon! ...but I doubt it really says anything of the sort. If you speak Physic any better than me (likely!), just go grab the study from any hub of sci, especially a .bz one...

Comment Re:Galactic North... (Score 1) 267

Right, but I know where the center of a balloon is. And if I'm a two-dimensional creature on the surface, I can make three marks, then move in a direction, and eventually notice that I see them from another direction, and then estimate the distance.

If the argument is that the universe is the three dimensional equivalent of the balloon (or N dimensional, or whatever), then we'd expect there to be a way to gauge this, by basically looking out and seeing if we can see a really distant anything from one side in one direction, and another side in another direction. Given enough time and a strong enough telescope, we could even look at our own butts this way. But we see neither our own butts, nor both sides of crazy distant things. If the universe isn't wrapped around like a pacman game, we probably can discuss the idea of a center by asking "where is the center of density of this thing", if you were to measure it from an outside (the existence of "outside" likely not being relevant). There exists some point where there is roughly the same amount of stuff in every direction, and there exists many points where all or almost all of the mass is mostly in one specific direction.

The one thing I can say about astronomy versus astrology is that one of them has changed a whole bunch in my lifetime, and has predicted nothing ever, being updated with literally every new instrument or experiment ever invented. Astrology has at least predicted some shit entirely by accident, I assume...

Comment Re: Not necessarily (Score 2) 309

Good fucking grief. Passive voice, "there are concerns". If there's a backdoor in systemd, that would be massively huge news. I get that you don't like it, and I agree that it is spooky that it is getting pushed into pretty much every place, but that doesn't justify a massive claim like this at all.

Rhel 7 uses systemd. Industry and military use the living shit out of Rhel 7. If systemd had a backdoor, tons of industry and government computers would be compromisable instantly. Keep in mind, this is for a theoretical backdoor, somehow hidden in plain site, and used on serious and sensitive machines all throughout US infrastructure.

That seems unlikely, right?

Comment Re:What Constitution? (Score 1) 309

The Court cannot take judicial notice that a computer having storage greater than 18 kilobytes has today any reasonable relation to the preservation or efficiency of the security of people in their houses, papers, and effects, and therefore cannot say that the Fourth Amendment guarantees to the citizen the right to keep and bear such a device.

Comment Re:Cost Increase...for customers (Score 1) 595

Oof, that guy is over a grand. Top of the line iphone is nowhere close to that. I'm not at all surprised it is a better listening experience though. I have some pretty sweet headphones too, and while I don't always listen to them on the iphone, I assuredly do sometimes. It is certainly silly to entertain the idea of either a stupid dongle to add to my list of random gadgets, or a whole different headphone JUST for the fucking phone.

Mind telling me a bit about the Cowon? Can I maintain all files in it in Linux? Exchange the battery / buy a second battery? Does it have wifi or any other thing like that?

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