Andreas Vox

Andreas Vox

  • Commented on Service update
    I think the Border Reivers appeared because the police and judicial system broke down, not because the army was missing....
  • Commented on Service update
    "No, I say they're useful for it, and that we should possibly consider how else to do the parts of the job conducted without gun in hand before getting rid of it." Ah, but an independent Scotland would need to...
  • Commented on Service update
    Well, some countries with army have those, too. I'm not against coast guards and border patrols as far as they are needed to control smuggling. I just don't see any need for tanks, ICBMs or fighter jets....
  • Commented on Service update
    And here I was thinking having an army was all about being Macho, harassing smaller countries and forking lucrative contracts to your cronies from the defense industry. You say we need armies so we can cope with disaster recovery?...
  • Commented on Service update
    Why would Scotland need an army at all? Who's going to invade, Vikings? Look at Costa Rica, they haven't had an army for 66 years and did quite well despite all the conflicts around them....
  • Commented on So ...
    BTW, is there a thread for ongoing discussions of "The Rhesus Chart"? Because obviously what you want after winning a Hugo is a persnickety set theory erratum. There's a blog named "Spoilers" from a few weeks ago. But if...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Just finished. + Vampires doing Scrum! + Spooky kitty! - Chapter 9: "our clearance overlap but are disjoint sets" - I think Bob needs a refresher on set theory and the concept of "disjoint"......
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    The problem with 32 bit time_t is the year 2038 problem, not the choice of 16/32/64/128 bit architecture. Current processors have no problem working with different bit sizes and with 64 bit I doubt any problems with address range will...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Here's another quote from that article: [Results from] a massive new study, based on detailed interviews of nearly 30,000 people across America So I'd think that the study is restricted to one society with no full employment, marginal welfare and...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Just send all Englishmen to New England, all Welsh to New South Wales and then colonize the lower part of the British Isles as "New Scotland" -> problem solved...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    The point I wanted to make is who the Secret Service deems most dangerous: people who threaten the government (including POTUS) and are sarcastic about it people who threaten the government and are not sarcastic about it people who say...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    A simpler strategy would be to identify individuals who've lost their sense of humor. Simply hire Google to flash random/various jokes on screen with every search, or intermittently*, Now, THAT would cause me to loose my sense of humor in...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    ... and your first paragraph already disproofs itself!...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    Hm, the theory behind this seems to be that people using sarcasm pose no threat to the US government. Probably true....
  • Commented on Vacation
    Noted & conceded. I was thinking more of the wares as target, not the people....
  • Commented on Vacation
    What about playing with machine guns in a Microsoft store? That could be fun (well, as long as it lasts)...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    For any N bits you encrypt with a one time pad, you use N bits from that one time pad. So sending one OTP via another OTP doesn't increase the absolute number of OTP bits available....
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    For your non-techie/geeky readers ... please explain how all of this maps to or connects with 'cloud computing' ... For example ... I was of the impression that cloud computing basically meant that my every keystroke is already being automatically...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    As Charlie points out, it's the processor architecture that's the issue. You complain about C, but C is doing nothing that machine code can't do (and can't do some things machine code can do). The alternative isn't machine code but...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Sure, UTF-8 and ASCII are identical for the range 0-127. If you display UTF-8 text with one of the Windows codepages, you will see chars above 127 as two (or more) random chars from that codepage - just switch the...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    While I am willing to argue in favour of C for the kernel, and some low-level libraries, there is simply no justification for using it to write applications. What use are secure applications on top of an insecure kernel? C...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Windows, OSX and Qt use UTF-16 internally, and once the data is in memory the endianness is already resolved. Windows also stores Unicode text as UTF-16, which doubles the size of files with ASCII characters only compared to ASCII, ANSI...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Well, look how well *that* played out....
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Why do you think transport layer encryption would have helped NSA against Snowden? As I see it it was an insufficient security regime of NSA and its outside contractors that made it possible....
  • Commented on Interstitial note
    you can comprehensively schtupf the biosphere with a modest asteroid impact. Not good enough: insufficient visual effects, especially when witnessed from space....
  • Commented on Interstitial note
    Any other ideas? Randall Munroe is always good for that: http://what-if.xkcd.com/92/...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Charlie, if we (or someone) had the power to force such a scheme on the rich, we could easily force them to support much smaller projects with more immediate effect. And I don't believe in the wisdom of big technology...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    we should really try to persuade the rich to invest in life-extension. Are you kidding? We'd never get rid of those buggers....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    3. Algal biofuel? I've seen reports that its EROI is down around that of corn ethanol, where you get 1.4 calories out for every calorie you put in. Civilization needs energy sources with an EROI of at least 5-9 (Inman...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    That won't fly, since it's an ill-kept secret that Putin was born on St. Lawrence Island while his parents, disguised as a pair of Danish bird watchers, were spying on the Northeast Cape Air Force Station....
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