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Comment Re:Never do anything on the actual computer (Score 2) 197

I did exactly this, using Qubes at home. It took a little getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it makes sense. It greatly reduces the risk of things like XSS and browser exploits leaking banking or other important information. I don't particularly consider myself the enemy of any state, but the increasing number of drive-by exploits targeting Joe Nobody for the purpose of extracting money (whether ransomware, stealing card numbers, whatever) makes this a reasonable course of action even for people not participating in espionage or whatever.

Shame that trying to game in a VM sucks hard, but that's the tradeoff.

Submission + - Young grads in India aim to land a robot on the moon. (

GillBates0 writes: Team Indus ( is one of the 16 remaining from the 29 that had entered the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize (GLXP: competition. It plans to use ISRO’s ( workhorse — the polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) to send the spacecraft to the moon. Among it's rivals are – Israeli non-profit organisation SpaceIL and US-based start-up Moon Express. An official designated as ‘Skywalker’, said that such space missions used to be limited to extremely elite people and PhDs in the past. That stereotype is now breaking. “I was just a college student a couple of years ago and now I am working on an actual space mission, how cool is that,” said Karan Vaish, 23, who is helping the team to design the lunar rover. Eighty per cent of the team is reported to be less than five years out of college (

Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 388

When are drugs like flupirtine going to be available in the US?

When the DEA can figure out the correct amount of Tylenol to require to be added to every pill to ensure that anyone taking enough to get high will die. Just because it's not an opioid doesn't mean it doesn't make people feel good, and our government cannot allow that under any circumstances.

Comment Re: IP law has nothing to do with logic. (Score 0) 388

hrcck... krrkk...

Just a minute sir, I understand that you are in urgent need but we are still reviewing your account details.

gkk... ackk...

OK, we have determined you have a credit card with a $4000 limit and a current balance of $381.17. This brings your charge for our lifesaving drug to 3618.83. Do I have your permission to proceed?


Ah, sorry, I charged this to your bank card and it was rejected with an overdraft fee. I've reprocessed it to your VISA and it was approved.


Sir? Sir?

Comment I read the version with the photos (Score 1) 4

I've got to say your camera barely qualifies as a potato.

I used to do the convention thing, but then I realized that all I ever did was gawk at better-dressed people and occasionally spout gibberish at people who are significantly more famous than myself (As an example, back in the 90's I met Brian Jaques and handed him Salamandastron to sign. When he asked me who to dedicate it to, I replied "uh... I dunno?") or embarrass myself by asking really, really stupid questions at panels.

I just realized it's been a decade since I drove half a day to Dallas on a lark and went to A-Kon. Every now and then I think of going to cons again but work hasn't left time for having a life, even a nerdy life such as that maligned by the masses.

Comment Re: Why isn't this configurable? (Score 1) 141

I just wrote a comment to you and closed the window. Ctrl-shift-t restored the window, but did not restore the comment. It can be argued that Chrome ought to store the exact state of the window including all javascript junk, but it currently does not.

This also annoys me when Chrome unloads a background tab and loses all the form data.

Comment Re:Until that's possible ... (Score 1) 2

Interesting idea, but it kind of defeats the whole purpose of blocking them: wasting my bandwidth. I'm also not sure that you'd be able to "download slowly". For larger requests you can refuse to empty the kernel TCP buffer, but buffers are pretty large these days, they'd probably pump the whole thing out to you before you can start sending ICMP source quench packets to slow them down.

Privoxy does something like this, but it's not going to request the crappy scripts, and especially not multiple times.

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