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Comment Re:That was one of the details wardriving and late (Score 1) 74

I'm sure that a makeshift homebrew directional antenna could sniff these signals out in a suburban or office park area just fine.

Even in your high-rise case, the signal could be narrowed down to a small subset of all devices. Processing the sum of a few signals to pick out "words" shouldn't be too hard, either.

Not to mention, I said three times the distance to frigging PLUTO. Presumably, attackers could get within 100m of most targets. I don't think you realize how much easier that is.

Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 2, Insightful) 300

What does Fahrenheit relate to? Who knows?

0F is the temperature of a particular ice/brine mixture, and it was approximately the lowest temperature typically experienced in Fahrenheit's area. I suppose that one advantage of that is not having to use negative values very often.

100F is approximately human body temperature. That's pretty easy to relate to.

One nice property of the system is that 0F is often dangerously cold, and 100F is often dangerously hot.

Comment Re:Code should be as concise as possible. (Score 1) 236

I never use variable names of more than one character unless all possible single character names have already been used, which rarely happens.

If you're not routinely using up all possible single-character variable names, then you're not making your functions large enough, and/or you're not using enough global variables. You can do better.

Comment Re:Most "automation" isn't, just like this. (Score 5, Insightful) 325

No, "better healthcare outcomes" is a measurment anomaly.

The fact that the average is dragged down because a large percentage of the US population doesn't get adequate health care is not a "measurement anomaly". It's an epic failure.

It's like a C average student claiming: "I'm really a straight-A student! I got As in all the classes I didn't flunk. (And BTW, for some reason my education cost twice as much as that of any other student.)"

Comment Re:Good! (Score 4, Insightful) 609

You are just repeating the oldest of all memes about the next generation. To the older generation, the next generation is always lazy, overconfident, whiney and doesn't know how to work. So your "evidence" is worth exactly nil, as the generation before you made the same experience with you and thought you would be lazy, overconfident, whiney and you didn't know how to work. And you just proved them right by being whiney about the next generation, overconfident in believing to be better than them and too lazy to do the hard work to really get them into the daily process of working.

What we have, despite you feeling entitled and being the special snowflake and superior to everyone coming after you (typical for people of the current generation), is for the first time, the next generation (which will also think that the generation after her will be lazy, whiney, overconfident and not knowing what hard work is) will be earning less than you.

Comment Re:Companies shouldn't have political power (Score 1) 415

This would be easily handled with "conflict of issue" or "bribery" laws.

I doubt the "easily" part. Because a lawmaker during his turn deals with so many different laws, there will always be a law that he had to vote on that affects a future employer. Basically a lawmaker ending his turn would be unemployable later. And even if he goes independent, someone has to buy his services for him to stay afloat, and there will always be a law he voted on, that affects the future contractor of his business.

So why should anyone ever be running for a political office, if it means the end of his professional career forever? All you get then are politicians who never want to let go from their political office because it's the sole source of income they will ever have from now.

Comment Re:Explotable from the internet? (Score 3, Interesting) 78

NAT requires packet inspection. Thus every NATting device is a packet inspection engine, and having some configurable rules which packets to translate and which packets to discard gives you a stateful firewall. That's the main reason why NATting is done on the same device that does firewalling.

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