* Posts by Major Variola

19 posts • joined 16 Nov 2010

US highway agency awards Tesla Model S record safety score

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its the drivers, stupid

Tesla drivers are going to be high-G people. They die in accidents less, except for private-plane accidents.

Read the Bell Curve.

Or, don't.

Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

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Centrifuge rotors not motors

Just a tech note: it wasn't the Iranian centrifuge motors that were damaged, it was the centrifuge rotors. By varying the motor speed ridiculously you can cause vibrations that destroy the tubes. This will cause various automatic shutdowns and reduce the cascade's ability to separate.

How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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TWM has a task bar

Tom's Window Manager for the XWS has an optional bar allowing you to select windows, kill tasks, etc.

That predates all this newfangled stuff

Relax, Hollywood, ARM's got your back: New chip 'thwarts' video pirates

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Tap the LCD

The display is receiving decoded pixels. Plug in a device to substitute for the LCD. Add internet-distribution, Game over.

Also, the usual analog hole, without the popcorn or coughing.

'Liberator': Proof that you can't make a working gun in a 3D printer

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>>Washington is the real enemy, not the terrorists. <<

Not only is this true, but its DC which makes the Wahabist/Caliphaters try to affect US foreign policy via asymmetric warfare. Read the fatwas.

In a democracy, the citizens are responsible for the actions of their leaders?

Feh, ball bearing workers were bombed in WWII by you

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You boost self-loading is all

At $100 per you start reloading your brass.

Economics vs DIY. Classic.

And oh yeah, a black market might develop....

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Its a start,

Might be useful for assasinations if you can't get better.

Also, the yanks kinda kicked your brit asses with clunkier muzzleloaders.

Spotify spews 'unencrypted' FREE MP3s all over creation

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Silly Amazon, bits are copied or don't exist!

"The media file is not stored locally on the end user's system."


Silly Amazon, a bit that can't be read = copied is not a bit at all! Of course your content is copied as plaintext in our system. Then the buffers are played out. Perhaps you mean, "persistently by *our* software"

John McAfee talks of sex, drugs, and bad coding

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Fear and Loathing II

I hope that a documentary equally respectful and amusing as F & L comes out of this.

Meanwhile, shoot, at 67 he's a role model even if he can't code.

Larry Ellison forks out over $200m to slurp up sexy Malibu strip

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Drone over Malibu

All the more fun for our video-quadrocopters already flying over Barbara Streisand's estate... IR model coming soon.

PGP founder, Navy SEALs uncloak encrypted comms biz

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PGP was popular because you could trust it because you could READ it. And compile your own. Anonymously.

(Ergo free in the dollar sense)

And yes, given PZ's homosexual secrets at the time (ie motivation) and the govt hassles, he was trustworthy and a hero.

PGP commercial got eaten by RSA.

Phil then built a secure phone protocol, program. It was good.

Now Phil works with US govt agents and promotes centralized architectures with financial tie in (anonymity?

traffic analysis?) What are we to think?

And what is the biz model? The protocol is open, someone else can make a comsec phone.

And remember, other apps may be listening...

Is there anything to find on bin Laden's hard drive?

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Vi or Emacs?

Vi or Emacs?

Son of AV tycoon rescued following 'stupid' kidnapping

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Ransom paid, not to kidnappers

Quite obviously, K paid a good fraction (perhaps over 100%?) to the KGB

to recover his son and toast the kidnappers.

Good for him. His products are OK, and his hanging the kidnappers, excellent.

Free Libyana: Gadaffi networkjacker speaks!

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The NSA has the cell numbers

But probably won't leak them.

RadioShack franchises go gunning for business

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Single shot not good enough

wtf good is a single load shotgun, when the tyrants our constitution warns us about have fully authomatic rifles?

guess we'll have to go for the arsenals first.

terror works, ask the IRA

Ex-UK spy boss says WikiLeaks sparked Egyptian revolution

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Awesome, Reg.

Obama needs to give his fake Nobel to Assange.

From California

Oracle gives 21 (new) reasons to uninstall Java

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The universe is written in Java

The Universe is written in Java. Everything else is a historical contamination or worse, a microsoft infiltration.

Politics aside, Java is awesome. Oracle needs killing, but Java will persevere.

US ARMY prepares force of GIGANTIC BOMB RATS

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DIY vs Factory made

"IEDs, the primary threat to Western troops in modern conflicts, as opposed to landmines or other regular munitions manufactured in established arms factories."

Taxpaying arms factories, no less.

But its great that the DIY / Maker culture can thrive in a place like.. well, any of the Empire's colonies..

Exposed: leaked body scans published online

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European groping?

Anyone who's designed a system like this knows there are diagnostic modes, and modes to offload images.

All images from all scanners should be posted after a 24 wait period.

BTW, do europeans let themselves get irradiated xor groped? Just wondering. Can't imagine they do, which is a security hole :-)


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