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  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I'm puzzled - surely they would only show passwords if they went in plain text in transit? If the password went through cloudflare encrypted (via SSL?) the memory leaks would only show the encrypted password.?...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    My current laptop doesn't have a drive activity LED, which up to now has been a wee annoyance. I guess now I don't have to put more masking tape on my laptop....
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    I understand the 'pat-downs' are quite gropey. I wonder if there is legislation that excludes this from being treated as sexual assault. What do they do if a child opts out of screening?...
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    Oh, that reminds me: some of you are wondering if I had any trouble entering the United States, right? Today, this: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-25/mem-fox-detained-at-los-angeles-airport-by-us-officials/8303366 Mem Fox is a children's author. Seems like goons at the border took issue with her visa, and...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Pigeon@446: It's a trap! I know it sucks not to be able to make any repairs, but if you do, and the landlord finds them, they can use it to keep part or all of your bond. If you put...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Beowulf @63: Yes, for now they seem to be quite chaotic and disorganised. But that may not last. Bannon won't get away with a cute trick like the executive order that placed him on the National Security Council - they've...
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    heckblazer @140: So why did Trump act so hostile to the PM of Australia? Likely because Trump had heard that Turnbull was the head of the Liberal Party, and therefore assumed he was dealing with an immigrant-loving lefty trying to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Beowulf @63: Yes, for now they seem to be quite chaotic and disorganised. But that may not last. Bannon won't get away with a cute trick like the executive order that placed him on the National Security Council - they've...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Wōdan Shodan @ 50: Science has long predicted that climate change would see a rise in pests / disease. I went to a seminar in about 2012 on some modelling done on the Murray river system - I think they...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Wōdan Shodan @ 37: The White Nationalist "breeding us out / genocide" cry is not a new one Yeah, I remember hearing the 'breeding us out' argument in Macedonia in 1987 - the claim was that ethnic Albanians were deliberately...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Under your rational and humane strategy, how about expanding work on other food sources, like insects and algae?...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    I was wondering the same thing, sort of. Why would people keep pushing the humor theory for so long? Things must have gone right from time to time, and these would have been ascribed to the correctness of the humour-based...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Ah. For those who may have been following the sub-thread about Hitler and laughter, I think I know the book I saw this idea in. It's Ron Rosenbaum's Explaining Hitler. I read it in the 90s, but I see that...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    "Spreen"? Anyone? Is this a portmanteau? ddg just points me to Honda dealers......
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I apologize for not speaking up, but I was struggling to find the words, because he set up an extreme hypothetical, and it's hard to counter fantasies. However, @John Hughes, others did challenge jaju on other claims, although not specifically...
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    Hey Wōdan Shodan, maybe you know something about this. Video streaming services like Netflix and Stan - has the viewing history of users been used to make inferences about people's political tendencies?...
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    @513(joat): Well, yeah, mostly. Depends on how harsh the mockery is. And how thin one's skin is. Some of us can cope with some chiding. My kids give me shit sometimes - and sometimes, it is funny. The little fucks....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Thank you for opening this space, Charlie. I find this forum a safe place to discuss the current woes, with people who post intelligently, respectfully, and with dignity (apart from the occasional post-300 squabble)....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    SFReader@13: Suggestions: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1995/06/22/ur-fascism/ an essay by Umberto Eco in the New York Review of Books. The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer - on the psychological mindset of Right Wing Authoritarians, people who are predisposed to follow authoritarian leaders. Free PDF book....
  • Commented on Free ebooks! Get 'em while they're hot!
    Gateway drug! Hook 'em with a little free taste! Seriously - I was recently in a conversation about how to develop better appreciation of science, and it was suggested that SF often leads people to science. Laugh if you will,...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    I actually tried to do an Archimedes measurement once. I had left a coffee pot on the stove unattended, and came back to find a molten lump of metal. I was curious what the metal might be, so I thought...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    @SFReader 148 Wouldn't a high power laser in space violate the Outer Space Treaty, specifically the bits about weapons of mass destruction in orbit? Some countries would be very nervous about other countries putting a laser capable of burning large...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Melania Trump books an 8 hour slot on QVC pushing sales of Trump-branded gold bricks. (Early purchasers complain that their gold bricks are actually a thin layer of gold plate over a lump of (much cheaper) tungsten: the Trump...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    That word, 'cuck' - doesn't it reveal a partitioning of the right? The traditional conservatives hold the family (traditional, nuclear) as sacrosanct. But when 'cuck' is used as an epithet, it's not just a noun. The implication is that cuckolding,...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Oops, I left out languages in the list of worthy subjects - they show different perspectives and ways of doing/thinking about things. Apologies to other disciplines I've left out....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    @97 (Charlie Stross) The ABC in Australia is state-funded, but not under state control, a distinction which was lost on our penultimate prime minister: [[ link here - mod ]] At the time, people pointed out (look it up, ICBF)...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    @84 (Jocelyn Ireson-Paine) While I broadly agree, "education" by itself can't be the whole story. There are plenty of highly educated people who commit egregious fallacies and believe in utter nonsense. Whichever sector of politics you live in, you can...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    @60 (Edward Morbius, Bill Arnold) I haven't read it for a few years, but I recall first encountering the discussion of the influence of radio on the Rwandan genocide in Daniel Goldhagen's Worse Than War. (Yes, it has its critics.)...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Charlie said: Twitter, with its 140 character limit, is very constrained: it's almost impossible to express long, nuanced opinions. This is also the problem with powerpoint, or any slide presentation, or any format that forces text into small boxes....
  • Commented on A reminder
    PrivateIron @ 367 Could you clarify: was ST a hypocrite, or was s/he pointing out hypocrisy? Your post reads either way for me....
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