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Comment Bonus Army (Score 0) 217

In late-stage capitalism, living indoors is optional for workers.

"They live in tents because they've chosen to live in tents. Now pass me some more frog legs and foie gras."

CEOs and gangster capitalists are going to be so shocked when they see mobs building guillotines outside their office windows. The recent elections - Brexit and Der Trumpen - have moved us toward that day. What will voters who said, "Fuck it, I'm voting for Trump to burn the whole motherfucker down", say when Trump doesn't improve their lot (like the 1100 Carrier workers whose jobs are going to Mexico despite Trump's much-trumpeted "deal")? Hell, they're going to skip right to, "Let's burn this motherfucker down ourselves."

Comment Re: They could always work elsewhere. (Score 1) 217

Extra points if you get one in a wheelchair or one with bad teeth, because then you get to use your inbred and meth-head jokes.

Inbreeding doesn't really limit itself to poor meth heads.

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And the kicker:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/...

Comment "Second Covers" (Score 4, Interesting) 67

UFOs are often convenient cover for secret Re:Carl Saganflight tests.

That gives the government an incentive to encourage UFO nuts.

A lot of the cold-war-era "conspiracy theories" sound like "second cover" stories. That's a psychological technique for diverting investigation into some large-enough-to-be-worth-the-effort secret project. Works like this:

Plant TWO cover stories. The first is plausible but misdirection. The second is fruitcake-nuts (but ideally has aspects that look attractively like actual artifacts of the project being hidden). Somebody investigating what is going on first hits the first cover. If he accepts it, fine. If he notices it doesn't quite fit and digs deeper, he finds the obviously screwy second cover. Oops? Now what?

The tendency of the more rational is to reject it - but bounce back to the first cover and give up there. The less well-hinged may report the second cover (much to the glee of the security people). Few are going to keep digging past both to discover some approximation of what's really going on - and if they DO get there and talk about it in public, if they happen to have said anything related to the second cover story (or even if the HAVEN'T), they can be debunked by painting them as having accepted the self-evidently tinfoil-hat-grade second cover story and propagating a variant of it.

The "conspiracy theories are always wrong and insane" meme is very convenient for this as well (as it is for any actual conspirators B-) )

Comment Re:Carl SaganUFOs are often convenient cover for s (Score 1) 67

UFOs are often convenient cover for secret flight tests.

Wasn't there a not too long ago release of government info-or-whatever about the Roswell incident?

Story was that one of the things they were testing there was the reentry mechanism for the upcoming (and still very cold-war-secret-military-tech) mercury launches, by lifting various model reentry vehicles to the edge of the atmosphere using weather balloons and dropping them . Not all that good a model of the heating, but a great way to check whether it would end up flying heat-shield-first until it was at low-atmosphere terminal velocity and time for the 'chutes.

Video showed a mercury capsule heat-shield, with retro-pack still attached, upside-down on sawhorses-or-the-like in a hanger. Looked very much like the canonical flying-saucer artwork of the era, and the picture was given as an explanation for the story of a passerby seeing what looked like a flying saucer in a hanger.

Comment Re:Be careful (Score 1) 81

What will rather happen, since they can neither enforce nor control this sensibly and at a reasonable cost, is that they will simply include a clause in their contract that allows them to cut you off if they notice any harmful traffic coming from you.

With "harmful" being "you using more bandwidth than we want you to", of course.

Comment Re:No mention of the internet architecture of cour (Score 2) 81

How to create an economic incentive for security? Easy. Remember Part 15 of the FCC Rules? That sticker nobody reads anymore that says
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Create the same for the IoT rubbish.

Failure to comply makes YOU liable for any damage the device you created caused.

Comment Re:Solution exists: CSR (Score 1) 171

CSR has several "receive-and-forward-in-sync" chipsets available. Of course, Apple doesn't like CSR for iOS type devices (hence no AptX for iOS, but AptX for OSX). But then, if they used the proven, off-the-shelf solution they couldn't brag about their W1 chip (which apparently doesn't work as well as the existing solutions), so... Courage?

CSR was acquired by Qualcomm a little while ago. So Qualcomm has the chips, yes. And yes, Qualcomm showed off aptX HD earlier this year at CES. Of course, Qualcomm is using this to promote their SoCs which will come with aptX HD as a differentiator.

So Apple may have tried to negotiate licensing terms with Qualcomm and couldn't come to an agreement or an agreement for the chips. Especially since Apple started mixing Qualcomm and Intel chipsets for the cellular connectivity.

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