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General Discussion / Re: What kind of dumbass placement is this, YouTube?
« on: September 17, 2018, 04:19:48 AM »
Well, I'm listening to the most recent Bogosity podcast on YouTube, when THIS shows up as an ad:

That's the full video, folks.  I checked the channel it's stored on, and not only is this the longest version currently there, there's actually a version that apparently was created as a proper ad, and is a reasonable 44 seconds long.

The Podcast / Re: Podcast for 9 September 2018
« on: September 11, 2018, 01:35:50 PM »
What they're giving in the photo is the same salute the Nazis would later use. The hand is an extension of the arm, it isn't bent so the palm is facing the flag. At the time they called it the Bellamy Salute.

And, according to the description, they're actually doing it wrong.  It was specifically intended to be palm up (which is, as noted in the article, somewhat awkward).  If you can see the flag, it's obviously not a Nazi or Fascist salute.

Where the idea that this gesture was used in Classical Rome is something I'd like to know.  Was this just another example of movies just inventing a gesture when they needed one, like the thumbs up/down gesture for the Roman Emperor saying to spare or kill a gladiator?  (The classical sources only say the gesture involved 'pressing' the thumb, but no specific gesture is described.  Compare this to modern references to people 'giving the finger,' 'making the peace sign,' or [mostly in the UK] 'giving the V sign,' which you see commonly while not very often seeing specific descriptions of what these gestures actually are.)

The Podcast / Re: Podcast for 9 September 2018
« on: September 10, 2018, 09:05:30 AM »
Actually, the Roman salute only looks like a Nazi salute if you deliberately distort it with careful selection of the photography angle and/or cropping.  (The Roman salute is done with the right hand, and in this context begins with the arm extended, palm upwards, towards the flag, then the hand is brought over the heart.  By selecting an angle where the orientation of the hand is obscured and the flag is not visible or cropping it out the person can be made to appear to be giving a Nazi salute.)   It being used to discredit people during WWII resulted in the use of the Roman salute falling out of favor, now if any gesture is done at all it is usually just placing the right hand over the heart.

Yeah come to think of it, Nike is the bigger idiot here.  No doubt this campaign simply reinforces the notion that Kaepernick is just a whiny cry baby, but at least HE didn't lose BILLIONS of dollars.  This is meme-able but I haven't found this being applied to Communism/Socialism.

He is just being a crybaby.  His career had cratered BEFORE the kneeling nonsense.  He's already been benched in favor of a quarterback with a startlingly bad record.

The Podcast / Re: Podcast for 2 September 2018
« on: September 08, 2018, 06:48:02 PM »
It occurs to me that part of the problem with the IoT device security probably comes from the fact that these devices are being made, mostly, by the same companies that have been making the non-IoT devices of the same function.  Their software developers have been used to making either black box controllers (where security isn't an issue because the simply have no attack surface) or they were making things that connected to a sealed and totally controlled industrial control network (where security isn't an issue because there should be no attackers).  (Yes, the majority of attacks on computer networks have, historically, been inside attacks.  That's because of the vagaries of humans, not because a sealed control network should be built differently than the way they are.  If you're building a sealed control network, you're supposed to be able to trust your humans.)

Plunk these people down in an environment where you're trying to build something that exposes the control interface to the Internet by design, and you've got a problem.

More than $4 BILLION loss in market cap (2%)!  It looks like it's stopped falling (for now), but the new trend seems to be burning Nike products in public.

This is going to be about as good for Nike as the mistakenly elected Justin Trudeau's effusive praise for Fidel Castro.

General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: September 06, 2018, 02:21:49 PM »

Nice to see Rebel Media got their Gold Play Button.

The Podcast / Re: Podcast for 2 September 2018
« on: September 03, 2018, 09:15:16 AM »
It's generally been the case that almost everything with electrical power has some kind of embedded system in it unless it's something really simple like a simple lamp.  My electric toothbrush has an embedded microcontroller, which spends most of its cycles on battery management.  In most cases, it's just easier, faster, and cheaper to use a microcontroller than develop a complex electromechanical control device.

And well done to Hungary in their ongoing battle with George Soros.  I hope he does something stupid soon that will allow his widespread funding of dangerous idiocy to be crushed.

General Discussion / Well, this seems to be a new wrinkle
« on: August 21, 2018, 12:52:39 PM »
Something amusing turned up in my spam folder today:

How are you today.
The below payment has been awarded to you by the Nigeria
Government/World Bank to compensate you on the past experience had with
Nigeria scammers.
I write to inform you that we have already sent you 5,000.00
Western Union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your
compensation payment total sum of Five Hundred Thousand Euros
(EUR) 500,000.00 via Western Union by the Government.
I have on a good authority email you the MTCN and senders
details to enable you pick up the first 5,000.00,EUR and confirm receipt
so as to enable us wire the next EUR5,000.00 by tomorrow and subsequent
ones since we can only send EUR5,000.00 a day.

Please pick up this information and get to any western union in
country to pick up the 5,000.00 EUR and email the Western Union
outlets in charge of the payment so that they could send you another

I don't think I've seen this applied to the old Nigerian Letter Scam before.

There's more to the email, but what I'm not seeing is how they get money from me.  (The idea of using Western Union is amusing, to.  This would take over three months to complete if they were going to actually do it, and cost around $5000 to do.  To move money outside the Telex system.)

The Podcast / Re: Podcast for 19 August 2018
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:00:12 AM »
There's a fairly old quote that is, obviously and unfortunately, still applicable:

"If builders built buildings the way programmers write programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization."

It is probably not a coincidence that your quote is from one of the people who was ground zero for this situation.

No--and that wasn't what I was getting at. I was saying that I got called a racist for talking about India in the Civ games.

This ties in to the point that we live in a stupid age (which makes me wonder if human society hasn't always been stupid).

EDIT: also:


This is the most epic rollover:

The people complaining aren't even playing the games, so why worry about them?  (How do I know that people who complain about these sorts of things don't play games?  Simple.  Games that kow tow to these people invariably fail because nobody buys them.)

The famous screen corruption bug in the original Pac Man is actually in a different, and generally much more serious, bug.  It's a relative of a buffer overrun, in this case an unsigned 8-bit int overflowing into the next byte of memory when the level number when past 255, corrupting the screen display.

General Discussion / Hollywod studios are another step closer to the end
« on: August 15, 2018, 02:23:39 PM »
Now there's these bits of kit:

With free software (or $299 software allowing easy collaboration) and a starting pricepoint of about a thousand dollars for the simplest control panel, which looks like it should be quite adequate for HDTV-level projects.  Maybe not up to easy handling of full movie-quality work, but if you're getting the proper hardware kit for editing such movies, a $30k control panel is not likely to be seen as being outside the reasonable.

And the idiocy continues...

I was watching this Timeline documentary (great stuff if you want to learn about British history):

Which is a solid 53+ minutes runtime, when THIS came up as an advert:

Which is not only less than 5 minutes shorter than the video it's an ad in, it absolutely reeks of scam.

The Podcast / Re: Podcast for 12 August 2018
« on: August 12, 2018, 08:24:10 PM »
There is effectively no security in the SMS transmission system.  It is quite possible to both insert messages and access messages in the system.  Worse, you don't even need to access the server network, as SMS is routed to any device showing the correct SIM code, without any mechanism to verify wether or not the message actually reaches any such device.

Another good choice for an access token system is the tried and true RSA tokens.  These appear to be the same devices that Blizzard Entertainment uses for their 2FA.  (At least, they appear to be identical and function indistinguishably.)

All the usual pundits insisted that the corporate tax cuts wouldn't result in money coming back to the US or any such things as large corporations raising wages or handing their employees bonuses.  Rightup  until they started to do both of those things.  This is rather like how the actual taxes paid by corporate executives radically rose when Regan cut personal tax rates and suddenly it became much more attractive for those executives to take lots of cash instead of company provided cars, housing, and use of the corporate jet (which were tax-free benefits) and instead use the larger cash payments to buy the housing, cars, and travel they preferred instead of the somewhat less personalized options companies formerly provided.  (Oh, yes, this is why senior executives still lived incredibly swanky lives in the insane personal tax regime of the 1950's, it was all paid by the company as 'benefits' of executive positions.  Just giving them money is a whole lit simpler than having to maintain the assets required to provide those benefits.  And most of them didn't really get what they wanted since you couldn't get a Park Avenue penthouse if the company you worked for didn't happen to own any or it was reserved for someone in a different position.)

Could it be that YouTube is experiencing it's own "integer rollover"?

Probably not.

They ran into that problem in 2014 with the view count on Gangnam Style going past 2^31, and now use 64-bit integers for at least some counts.

(Now, why they used a SIGNED integer for a quantity which is, by definition, never negative is a completely different puzzle.)

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