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Comment Re:Safe? (Score 1) 47

I think you mean it will be less unsafe.

Clearly 'safe' is an absolute. This is a fix for a known vulnerability.
You cannot be safer than safe, but you can be less unsafe than having a known vulnerability ;)

Its almost like no one is magically 'exempt' from such issues, fancy that.

Still, at least they turned around a patch reasonably quickly. Pity they didnt do so before it was
major media news..

Comment Re:It's research... (Score 1) 129

Back in about 2003 my wife and I were contracting to ACS up in Anchorage we drove up to the HAARP site. Can't see anything from the road but got nice pictures of all the nasty military do not enter under penalty of death signs at the gate. HAARP was a really cool project. I would love to get back there and take a walk through it.

Now that I'm older and have a lot of vacation time I want to go see science sites. My next is going to be the LIGO site at Hanford, at least it's just a day trip for me. You can't get more sciency than that!

73 OM, de w7com

Comment Re: It's research... (Score 1) 129

I'm actually crap at code, got my general after no-code. Mostly these days I just play with old Motorola gear I impulsively buy on ebay. My latest project is making an adrino IP to QuickCall II encoder for the pile of Pageboy II pagers that I bought. Not that I have any use for that, it's just something I like to play with. I love the old batwing and Bell System stuff. My work phone is a 5 line Touch-a-matic 32 with the KSU under the desk.. chime bell, of course.

Okay, I'm an odd duck.

73 de w7com

Comment Lawyers and other political animals.. (Score 1) 150

Once upon a time I asked the x264 people if I could ship the x264 installer inside a bundle of software I was selling.
note: I didnt ship it, I politely asked if that would be ok.

The answer I got back was, in short 'That makes your whole system GPL, please give us your details so we can pass them to our lawyers'
Now, I thought that was a little crazy, so, again, I politely asked why they thought that would apply if I did ship their installer.

'You have linked our code as a core part of your system, therefore you are a derivative system, send us your details immediately!'
Again, I asked 'that seems very odd, I certainly wont be using your system at all, however could you please tell me why you think that a piece
of software that the end user will install, that is only accessed through windows Directshow standard interfaces would make my software derivative?'

I was told to direct that question to my own lawyers, since 'they do not provide free legal advice', and again asked to provide my details to THEIR lawyers.

Needless to say, I never, ever, EVER used x264, or recommended it to my users.
The only reason I was asking to include it was to save them downloading it if they needed to read those particular video formats - and had exactly
zero intention of making any changes at all (of course, I was intending to distribute an exact normal distribution)

Sad really, and completely unnecessary.

Funnily enough I heard from others that the x264 people consider providing users with a button that automatically DOWNLOADS the same installer and runs
'no problem', and that they didnt consider x264 libraries in linux distributions being used by a plethora of other software to legally taint those with GPL
requirements, but they considered any shipping of an installer on windows as one.. hmmm.

I hope they enjoyed their power trip - but it just wasnt worth the legal battle/risk. I wonder if all the x264 contributors realised their contributions
were being used as a political hammer in such a way.

Comment Re: Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 255

You think so?

Name one. Just one.

Perhaps use the nice small country of South Korea for comparison.

Find a single medical procedure that is available in the USA and not in south Korea and is not some archaic leftover the rest of the world has already abandoned.

There are certainly many procedures available there that are next to impossible to obtain in the USA.. And pretty much every procedure is available privately for significantly less cost and at lower failure rate.

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 1) 505

If you're a Ron Paul supporter voting for Trump, I fear that "confused" is rather an understatement of your mental state.

I think not so much "confused" as "shallow". I can see a very surface correspondence between Paul and Trump: They both like to buck the establishment. The fact that the do so in very different ways and for very different reasons requires looking past the top millimeter of each. I suppose a vote for Obama (in his first presidential campaign) could fit as well if the same incredibly shallow analysis just focused on the "Hope and Change" slogan.

Comment Re:We need this (Score 1, Insightful) 220

Seriously, we need people actively looking into making those new type of batteries instead of just researching them and never do anything with the research, like we've seen for the past 5 to 10 years.

That's right! That's why my cell phone which uses more power than my cell phone of 10 years ago with a battery less than a third the size lasts significantly longer - because everyone's been "never doing anything with the research", right?

Good research results make news. Their employment in commercial products generally doesn't.

Comment Re:They actually want to kick appliances off. (Score 1) 151

I don't "misunderstand" anything, that is exactly what the device did. It didn't precool anything, it didn't ramp anything down, it just randomly shut off when too many people had their AC on (aka, when it was hottest). And in Iowa in July, even if you did know when it was about to go off and tried to "precool" (which I assure you, does not work well), you'd be burning up long before the AC kicks back in.

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