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by cphite
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What would happen if $-1 bills were minted?
Replies: 20
Views: 1790

Re: What would happen if $-1 bills were minted?

Would this have an effect on the economy, or would they somehow become collector's items with, ironically, positive value? Nah, it'd just be sort of a standard value debt... basically, there'd need to be some means of recording the transaction and identifying you (so that you don't just toss the th...
by cphite
Wed May 17, 2017 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

Your position is that dozens of veterans of the counter-intelligence community are wrong -- this was irresponsible and dangerous -- and that the most important thing here isn't that the President might have leaked classified information to the Russians, but that somebody else told us the President ...
by cphite
Wed May 17, 2017 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

No. We wouldn't expect that at all. We would expect them to do exactly what they are doing, which is to decline comment. So, anyone who could back up your point can't back up your point. Their silence about this problem is evidence that it is a problem. No. Their silence is simply evidence that the...
by cphite
Wed May 17, 2017 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

As an organization? No. A couple of unhappy people with a political agenda - quite likely. If this were true, we would expect the rest of the intelligence community to step forward and point out that these are the actions of a few unhappy people with political agendas -- and that they're endangerin...
by cphite
Tue May 16, 2017 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

Um, no... they're not. The people who are in danger are the folks out in the field, actually living among the enemy and reporting on them; they're the ones who are risking their lives. The ones who leaked this information most likely live and work in the Washington DC area, in some of the safest fa...
by cphite
Tue May 16, 2017 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

...you do realize that the people who leaked this information are probably the people most endangered by the President's leak, right? You're basically complaining that the CIA endangered the CIA by deciding to reveal that the President is leaking intel on the CIA. Um, no... they're not. The people ...
by cphite
Tue May 16, 2017 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

Basically, what the president "revealed" is that we're on the lookout for explosives built into electronic devices. No, what the President (allegedly) revealed was the source of this information. The President isn't being accused of saying "We're on the lookout for explosives built i...
by cphite
Tue May 16, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

The fact of the matter is: Donald Trump has revealed classified information before it has been declassified. That's big. Could you elaborate? Other than making him look terrible, what actual repercussions will he face for this? Honestly, I'm so cynical that I don't think he'll face any actual reper...
by cphite
Mon May 15, 2017 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS cyberattack
Replies: 82
Views: 3692

Re: NHS cyberattack

Administrators need to balance the risk of a critical patch with the risk of that patch screwing things up on it's own. I agree its a concern and your situation is realistic from my understanding. That's there's work to be done in Information Systems. With that said, Microsoft rates patches on how ...
by cphite
Mon May 15, 2017 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS cyberattack
Replies: 82
Views: 3692

Re: NHS cyberattack

Yes, sometimes patches break things. So I can understand sitting on a patch for a few days or a week to test things out. But if you get a SECURITY CRITICAL update with REMOTE CODE EXECUTION and then decide to not update all your systems... well... what can I say really? Microsoft warned us all two ...
by cphite
Fri May 12, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

It seems highly unlikely at this point. Even if the FBI finds evidence that someone on the Trump campaign was in contact with the Russians, they would have to show clear evidence that it was collusion. It's not enough to show that they had contact with Russians - it's not even enough to show that t...
by cphite
Fri May 12, 2017 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

Realistically now, the thing that will get Trump impeached, if anything, will be the results of the Russia investigation. If they can show he did knowingly act with the Russians in any way, that will get bi-partisan support to impeach him. Granted he's also unpredictable so there might be some all ...
by cphite
Fri May 05, 2017 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 162
Views: 9189

Re: Breaking Up the United States

What's so special about rural areas that they should have more power in a vote, again? What's so special about rural areas that they should have no power whatsoever in a vote? Even with the electoral college, politicians focus an inordinate amount on heavily populated regions. Without the electoral...
by cphite
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

Regarding the topic of "white identity", I think what we're seeing on the rise would more accurately be described as a "white conservative identity". The galvanizing shared experience that forms that identity for these people is their role in the political discourse itself. It's...
by cphite
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

Right yeah I'm still not clear who's not looking out for white people Off the top of my head? NCAA. Black Panthers. Black Lives Matter. La Raza. CAIR. ADL. Nation of Islam. PETA. Greenpeace. Occupy Wall Street. (Occupy <fill-in-the-blanks>), for that matter. I'm sure if I resorted to Google, I coul...
by cphite
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

The next one is the Montana special election, and I think there's a senate election at the end of the year as well? The rule of thumb is to average the difference in vote margins. Each race is quirky, but combined, you'll get predictive value. To be honest though, Trump doesn't seem politically muc...
by cphite
Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13758
Views: 1718332

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Google's home assistant is designed to be triggered by the phrase "OK Google", which it did. That's like saying if I happen to come across the key to your home, I'm allowed to walk right in and do what I want. If neither the owners of the device nor the creators of the device meant for th...
by cphite
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13758
Views: 1718332

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

They exploited is the intended operation of the device. Disagree. Pop-up ads are intended to activate when you're using your web browser, which they do. Google's home assistant is not designed to be triggered by TV commercials, it's definitely not the intended use. Google's home assistant is design...
by cphite
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13758
Views: 1718332

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I really don't understand why Burger King isn't facing criminal charges over this. This is a very clear cut case of hacking. They willfully exploited security vulnerabilities in Android devices to take over control of them, without consent of the owners, and all that purely for their own financial ...
by cphite
Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do you think that's ideology you're breathing?
Replies: 5
Views: 1101

Re: Do you think that's ideology you're breathing?

Most political discussion is predicated on two fallacies. The first is that people actually think through their positions and choose the one they think is correct, or just, or what have you. THIS IS SIMPLY NEVER TRUE. A lot of people have deluded themselves into thinking they have, but their ration...
by cphite
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 4845

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

No. It wouldn't be enough to have standard plumbing. It isn't just a matter of the robot knowing what parts are involved and how to fix them; it has to be able to actually find the parts and get to them. It has to know, for example, how to move all of the cleaning supplies you have under the sink. ...
by cphite
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 4845

Re: Ai discussion from The Darker Side of the News

It's one thing to create a robot that can put some standard pieces of something together in a standard way. We've had that for decades in the auto industry for example. We even have robots who can identify what's broken in a standard setup and decide how to fix. So what you're saying is that we cou...
by cphite
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 4845

Re: Ai discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Not having robots repair your sink is a matter of economics, not technology. Robots are expensive, plumbers less so. The only reason to make a robot plumber is because you need more plumbers than you have the capacity to produce through existing methods. Not a problem currently, or so I believe. Ho...
by cphite
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

The NYT article cited a poll that only 3% of the voters they talked to would change their vote if they could, and only 1% would change it to Hilldawg. It does make things seem difficult. There's a lot of room between Trump and the-worst-possible-president-you-could-possibly-imagine. Maybe I lack th...
by cphite
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 6138

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

It absolutely does, and there is a real world example that demonstrates it: Corrective eye surgery. For two decades the cost for the consumer has trended downward even while average costs in the market have trended upward, in large part because such procedures were not typically covered by insuranc...
by cphite
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 6138

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

The real problem is that we have a system that's trying to be "market based" but is almost completely prevented from acting like one. These ridiculous prices are due in very large part to a complete lack of market forces. These companies charge thousands of dollars for a pill because they...
by cphite
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 6138

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

TL,DR: The evidence seems to suggest to me that laissez-faire capitalism really isn't the best way to provide medical care. Agreed. The real problem is that we have a system that's trying to be "market based" but is almost completely prevented from acting like one. These ridiculous prices...
by cphite
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?
Replies: 22
Views: 1937

Re: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?

We should swap the orbits of Mars and Venus, and siphon gas from Venus to Mars. Mars would heat up, Venus would cool down. People who ask for details are just nay-saying.

We're going to do this, and it's going to be great. Really fantastic.
by cphite
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 3365

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

I guess what I'm saying is that I can live with the first option. I don't necessarily think it needs to be the CIA's job to give me safe-building advice if they realize I built a crappy safe. Maybe it should be somebody's job, but that's a different matter. Oh it definitely should be someone's job....
by cphite
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Mal-Ware named MacKeeper?
Replies: 6
Views: 1804

Re: Mal-Ware named MacKeeper?

Glad to hear you got it cleared up! :) If could make a suggestion, download a copy of MalwareBytes free version and install it, and also keep the install file on a USB stick; it's a wonderful program for dealing with this sort of thing. I don't recommend the paid version... not that it's bad or anyt...
by cphite
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 162
Views: 9189

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Czechoslovakia consisted of two distinct peoples; Sweden and Norway were two distinct kingdoms. The Soviet Republics, as well, were distinct peoples. Those were distinct countries that were separated from the British Empire. In each instance, you had a distinct culture and history and - the key - a...
by cphite
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 162
Views: 9189

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Hence my preference for "Red America" and "Blue America". Pointing at the states is a helpful shorthand, but it's only correlated with the underlying population. Similarly in a country like Lebanon, Belgium, the UK, etc. you're likely to see large enclaves corresponding to parti...
by cphite
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 162
Views: 9189

Re: Breaking Up the United States

I've read a handful of articles recently that have discussed the problem in the United States that the division between "Red America"* and "Blue America"* has become so severe that the two sides may be irreconcilable. The argument goes that, in essence, the United States is a co...
by cphite
Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 3365

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

Is there anything particularly surprising about the CIA's capabilities in the leaked documents? Wifi and auto-fill vulns are pretty commonplace. I don't find it particularly alarming or surprising that they have software to exploit that kind of thing. Not really... I suppose some people are surpris...
by cphite
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

Once again, there's exactly zero reason to believe there was ever any intention to send or receive any classified information on the private email server. Sure there is. There is the fact that classified networks are physically separated from the public networks; which means that you have to take d...
by cphite
Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

Ho hum. I'm sure that 'but that's different!' for some reason though. Well, the main difference is that it's legal in Indiana for a state employee to use a private email account for public business. How is that a difference? One was a federal department head handling classified information, and the...
by cphite
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

elasto wrote:Ho hum. I'm sure that 'but that's different!' for some reason though.


Well, the main difference is that it's legal in Indiana for a state employee to use a private email account for public business.
by cphite
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

Both the IC and the DOJ have stated publicly that Flynn didn't break the law. Without seeing the actual transcripts, you and I will probably never know for certain if he did or not. But the persons who leaked the SIGINT absolutely did break the law , irregardless of what Flynn did or did not do, or...
by cphite
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

And second... even if it makes sense to release selected SIGINT for the purposes of investigation, there are proper channels for doing that. Anonymous leaks to the f'king media by random people isn't anything close to the proper channels. Again, the entire problem is that the "proper channels&...
by cphite
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2180
Views: 108628

Re: Trump presidency

And second... even if it makes sense to release selected SIGINT for the purposes of investigation, there are proper channels for doing that. Anonymous leaks to the f'king media by random people isn't anything close to the proper channels. Again, the entire problem is that the "proper channels&...

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