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Comment law abiding (Score 2) 367

So the FBI wants people to cooperate with them, to use weak encryption so they can unlock data when they need to. OK. Who is going to do that? Let's say law-abiding people will cooperate. What compels criminals to cooperate? What compels non-Americans to cooperate? What prevents people from use their own additional encryption, like putting a 2nd lock on your door? What prevents people from obfuscating their data? Here's the key, see, it's a Rick Astley video.

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Comment one instance (Score 1) 361

Yes, the Harvey's Casino bomb story is interesting. But saying "here's what a real bomb looks like" is like showing an image of a bowl of noodles and saying "here's what real food looks like." It doesn't help you identify whether or not another thing is food (or a bomb).

Comment other points (Score 1) 9

what if you're half a mile away from the south pole? i think that works. what about 3/4 of a mile? 7/8? as long as the one mile south gets you to a point on a circle around the south pole whose circumference is 1/2^n of a mile, I think you'd be good. Would he really ask about miles rather than km?

Comment Re:Who gives a shit? (Score 1) 593

The original note says "To put things in perspective, it [Google] looks like the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers." That doesn't put things in perspective. In 1947, there was a Negro League full of very talented players who were barred from major league baseball. If there was a league of very talented black hackers today, would Google (and the rest of the tech industry) hire them? How long would it take?

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 230

The article talked about 1983. In 1981, you could get the Cadillac of ASCII terminals, the Ann Arbor Ambassador, for about $1000. In today's terms, you might call that a dumb terminal, but in those days, dumb terminal was an LSI-ADM3A, and Ann Arbor Ambassador was the hacker's choice. The LSI ADM-3 cost about $1000 in 1975.

See: http://terminals.classiccmp.or...

You also had bitmap terminal options like Bell Labs Blit/Jerq and BBN Bitgraph that had Motorola 68000s but used them as display processors, sort of like an X Window System terminal, but with their own custom windowing systems.

By 1983, Sun, Apple, and dozens of other companies were selling fancier personal computers with UNIX and other OSes based on the Motorola 68000 series and other CPUs, but their cost was more like $10,000-$30,000.

Comment the Guardian article is wrong too (Score 1) 360

The article says: "how could a siphon possibly work by a difference in pressure when atmospheric pressure is the same for the liquid at both ends of the tube?" It does work by a difference in pressure, just not a difference in atmospheric pressure. The liquid falling out of the exit end of the siphon causes a difference in pressure.

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