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Comment Re:Commander's Diary, Startime 4637A.Q (Score 1) 108

My Valcun first officer tells me we're running the risk of Klangon attack, but I never listen to that pointy-nosed pink-blooded twerp.

Ironically you should mention this.

The series Andromeda was based on unused material from Gene Roddenberry, much of which was from Star Trek so its no surprise that a lot of it was very similar (I.E. Commonwealth == Federation and Nietzschiens == Klingons). However it was picked up by another production company so someone ran a find/replace through it just enough to avoid Paramount's lawyers.

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 1) 1337

The few Finns I've talked to seem rattled by Russia's annexation of Ukraine. Like Crimea, Finland was once a territory of Russia. So I expected that Finns would not be happy about having a US president that doesn't support NATO and has almost forgiven Russia for their acts in the Ukraine. Finland has been moving to join NATO for over 10 years.


And one of the things he said in his inauguration speech was that he wanted to reduce the trade restrictions with Russia. Putin has got his two favourite things, a destabilised Europe and a Ruski friendly US president... Basically no-one to oppose him. I hope the GGP speaks Russian.

Now a few things I noticed were absent from his speech.

1. Lock HER up. That was never going to happen. The whole email thing was deliberately overblown to create a media shitstorm to detract from how bad Trump was. It worked because he bullied the US population into believing a lie. Now that the election is over the Clinton email scandal is being pushed quietly aside. The main reason for this is to protect Trumps own ample orange arse. Whatever he does to Clinton is tacit permission for the same thing to happen to him. So now she'll be treated with a modicum of respect.

2. Mexicans go-home. Another thing that was never going to happen because it meant that he'd have to pay American wages for Americans to clean his properties. That means he'll need to charge Americans prices they cant afford. Trump needs cheap labour.

So two of the key points were clearly and obviously utter bullshit. I bet the people who swallowed this bollocks whole will regret it very shortly.

What was also absent was a plan to reduce the deficit. Sure he had a lot of spending that wont come to fruition because the US Govt is broke and there is only so much debt that they can continue to accumulate.

His attacks on are also very short sighted as they own a significant amount of US debt. They dont need a war to cripple Trump, they just need to ask for what is owed.

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1337

No, Nazis are a specific brand of racial and religious supremacy. And you can say that Trump is a bad person without saying he's a Nazi (he'd be a really bad one, seeing as how his daughter converted to Judaism).

So... are you saying he's just a regular, garden variety Fascist, or perhaps just falls into the despot group in general.

Because his first acts were to start putting his friend and family into positions of power... which is something I expect to see in a 3rd world dictatorship, not on the so-called bastion of the free world.

And I suspect that is just the beginning of the comparisons we'll be making between Trump and tin pot dictators.

Comment Re:Take a note of who is doing the requesting (Score 1) 67

Real security people don't expose themselves to the public, much less talk to the press.

Are you kidding? Nobody listens to you if your name doesn't ring bells. Publish or perish IS pretty much what makes or breaks your career as a security expert these days. You think any of them have a problem getting a speaker slot at any security conference if they so please? Or get any contract they'd want?

It's sad, but yes, security has become a spectacle. Welcome to the show, watch our CSI-esque presentation of how we penetrate your defenses with style...

Comment Re:Take a note of who is doing the requesting (Score 3, Insightful) 67

Yes, but even in the area of science you'll notice that who says something still has some meaning.

If I say that at the center of every black hole there is a little pink teapot, you'll call me a crackpot and be done with it.
If Stephen Hawking made this claim, I bet you would want to know his reasoning.

At the very least this meant for me that I would want to see why Bruce considers it a non-issue.

Comment Re:Take a note of who is doing the requesting (Score 4, Interesting) 67

Dude, take a look at what's happening here.

The "security hole" in question here is basically the same deal as you have with every other service where you can transfer your service to a new device. You know, you buy a new phone, then want to continue using your IM or whatever on the new phone... but with the new phone you'd also get to negotiate new encryption keys. And that means that all messages still in the queue would be lost, because they have been encrypted with your old key.

That's the whole "exploit" here.

There's plenty of reasons to distrust WhatsApp and even more reasons to avoid it like the plague, not the least of which being that it hands all data over to FB despite first claiming and vowing that it would never do that.

If THIS is your reason to distrust WhatsApp, you have bigger problems.

Comment Would the trendy customer please stand up? (Score 4, Interesting) 81

I actually started going out of my way to ask around among people that I run into (at meetings, conferences, etc) whether they want slimmer phones. Even the markedroids didn't give a shit.

Who the hell wants those phones thinner? Nobody I know cares. Yes, we don't want the inch-thick bricks from the 1990, no doubt about this, but phones have been "thin enough" for well over 5 years now.

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