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Comment of course (Score 1) 286

Elkins-Tanton calculates that the iron in 16 Psyche would be worth $10,000 quadrillion ($10 quintillion).

Yes, the ten pounds of iron they'll be able to transport back will cost that because of the enormous cost of the space mission to retrieve it. But it will be worth it because of the awful iron shortage we're suffering through.

Comment "frankly unlikely"? (Score 3, Insightful) 210

ZDNet adds: ... And while the likelihood that the company is doing anything nefarious with users' information is frankly unlikely ...

This quote is a case of somebody writing something to just fit a grammatical template, rather than thinking about what they're writing. Substantiate that wild speculation, ZDNet, or turn in your beard-stroking license asap.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 401

It's really a lot like having a low /. user number. It gains some respect and whatever but it doesn't really mean much.

Of course that's what someone in the 800k range would say. Down here in the 300k range, we're feeling no pain. Except for those stuck-up 100k range-ers, they really boil my potato.

Comment Re:Yabba Dabba Doo! (Score 1) 401

If they paid branding consultants millions to come up with "Altaba", somebody deserves to be beaten black and blue with a briefcase, including the consultants.

It's actually a remarkable word, in that it *feels* like it's a palindrome but isn't, and simultaneously is an anagram of "A tabla". Hats off to the marketing genii.

Comment Re:By any other name (Score 1) 431

[Cold Fusion and Star-in-a-jar] are as different as gay and straight sex.

Your answer makes me feel like I'm watching Star Trek and they just got to the part where they offer an overly-simple metaphor that "clarifies" something highly complicated or nuanced. As illustrated by this Futurama episode that spotlights StarTrek:

Fry: Usually on the show, they came up with a complicated plan, then explained it with a simple analogy.
Leela: Hmmm... If we can re-route engine power through the primary weapons and configure them to Melllvar's frequency, that should overload his electro-quantum structure.
Bender: Like putting too much air in a balloon!
Fry: Of course! It's all so simple!
...
Leela: It's not working! He's gaining strength from our weapons!
Fry: Like a balloon, when... something bad happens!

Comment How about this (Score 3, Insightful) 412

"What really bothers me is that the people of NSA, these folks who take paltry government salaries to protect this nation, are made to look like they are doing something wrong," the former NSA Director added. "They are doing exactly what our nation has asked them to do to protect us. They are the heroes."

Let's make a deal: I'll make it clear I don't want your flavor of so-called heroism, and you can quit what you're doing and stop feeling put-upon and self-righteous.

But you're so addicted to your "hero" narrative that you'll never step away from the spy cams. Pricks. Can you at least mute your press conference drivel?

Comment By any other name (Score 1) 431

If there's a difference between "Star in a jar" and "Cold Fusion", then I cannot for the life of me tell what it would be. The summary very strangely doesn't clarify at all, instead simply to contrast SIAJ to Fission. If they're hoping we won't notice that this sounds exactly like cold fusion, they're going to be disappointed. The whole approach makes me think this is marketing-heavy rather than science-heavy, which bodes very poorly for their actual progress.

Comment Building it would be easy (Score 1) 588

I'm very opposed to such a registry, but it seems silly to ask companies whether they'd "build it" when a small team of two or three people could easily slap postgress and a web interface together. Whatever fraction of the US population are Muslims can't be much... 20 million? Twice that? Doesn't matter, it's easily in the capacity of a free database and some elementary web programming, esp for a site that's not offering lots of complicated choice paths and won't be visited repeatedly by any given person. Seems to me like approaching Boeing and asking them if they'd be willing to build a go-cart... even if every company says No, it doesn't make building it prohibitive in the slightest.

Comment Re:Encrypt! (Score 1) 394

Let's encrypt (LE) runs some kind of agent that does some voodoo to automatically renew certs on a quarterly basis.... If certs want to be free why not just let them be free without requiring these weird agents and piecemeal expiry periods? What's the point in that?

Stray thought: if they renew every 3 months as you describe, I wonder if that's intended to be a substitute for the cert-revocation abilities that come with CAs?

Comment Re:Encrypt! (Score 1) 394

Just to be clear: I was responding to a comment about HTTPS-Everywhere, which -- although stewarded by EFF the way Lets Encrypt is -- is a totally different thing. The first is a browser plugin that attemps HTTPS by default, the second is a cert-issuing program.

I don't have a position on LE, and indeed your post suggests you may have researched it more than I as I'm not acquainted with the description of its inner workings that you give. I'm not saying that I therefor condone thinking LE is confusing or wrong-headed, just that I don't have a position on it at the moment.

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