Andreas Vox

Andreas Vox

  • 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....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    So why, do you think, is it the unemployed person who gets blamed for this? Mental laziness: Unemployment is Bad. Bad stuff only happens to bad people. So unemployed people must have done s.t. bad. Works the same with any...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Conspiracy theory time When isn't? ;-) But I'm not surprised that some of the stuff is sealed: we already know that military doesn't like to give radar data away, and airport security recordings would need to be protected for privacy...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    After some digging I found that INMARSAT used the satellite's variance in orbit position to match the combined Doppler shift of satellite movement and aircraft movement. Sounds just about plausible but I'm not convinced of the accuracy....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Hey, didn't you read me addition about not using missiles and bringing the bodies to a US base? Anyway, I don't think a rate of > 239/month is realistic. Apparently they used to kill 1000 civilians/year in Afghanistan, mostly by...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    All but one of those seem to include a rapid descent or a direct crash. The exception is a pilot with no crew or passengers who killed himself and let the autopilot on. If MH370 was a suicide, then the...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Thanks for that info, El. I just listened to the CNN interview with INMARSAT VP and it sounds quite fishy. "Doppler effect ruled out the Northern path" ?? The Doppler effect only gives you a measure of the relative speed...
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