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NSA-resistant Android App 'Burns' Sensitive Messages

Acid-Duck Re:Very little utility here (183 comments)

I just don't see that many legitimate uses.

How about a politician traveling to a less than friendly country?

1 year,18 days

Prankster Calls NSA To Restore Deleted E-mail

Acid-Duck Boring (221 comments)

Rather boring and uneventful. How did this ever get posted anyways?

1 year,19 days

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Monitor Traffic?

Acid-Duck Worried about legal when monitoring your family? (338 comments)

It sounds to me like either you're either dishonest in your submission or your client client told you a load of crap and you believed him. Why would someone (with good intentions) who wants to monitor his family's Internet activities be worried about legal stuff? Perhaps the husband believes his wife is cheating on him and is trying to put together some kind of proof?

more than 2 years ago

Texas County Will Use Twitter To Publish Drunk Drivers' Names

Acid-Duck Re:"Innocent until proven guilty" (301 comments)

Stop being so freakin ignorant, it's not because you got pulled over before you killed someone that it couldn't of happened. Yes, it sucks, the person didn't ask to be borned with diabetes, but he/she was! Just get over that and accept it, that person shouldn't be driving if he/she can't keep it under control. It's really that simple... I've looked into (and started) classes to obtain my private pilot's license, however one of the requirement for doing your solo flights is "not to have high blood pressure" Of course, there's a certain range that's considered acceptable... I personally don't fall within that range. What does it mean for me? I'm not going to be allowed to do my solo flights this year, that simple! It's up to me to exercise and to work to lower my blood pressure so I can hopefully start my solo flights next summer, otherwise the one after. If I'm not successful, as much as it sucks, it's very simple: The captain's chair will never be mine. The fact that my blood pressure isn't within the acceptable range doesn't mean I'll have a heart attack, but guess what? They're not willing to take any chances (and I don't blame them, although flying has been a long time dream of mine and it's quite disappointing).

Someone doesn't ask to be borned with a bad vision (some people can actually see, but their vision is so much diminished they're considered legally blind) but even if they didn't ask to be borned this way, if corrective lenses doesn't improve the situation enough so they can be safe on the road (both for themselves and the public), guess what, THEY SHOULDN'T BE DRIVING. Driving isn't a right, it's a privilege.

You seem to have this idea that, if they have good intentions, it's ok. How wrong you are... Someone can have "good intentions" and still end up killing someone. This simply isn't acceptable.

more than 4 years ago

Texas County Will Use Twitter To Publish Drunk Drivers' Names

Acid-Duck Re:"Innocent until proven guilty" (301 comments)

Btw... Because of the simple fact that the breathalyzer didn't show the person as being over the limit, doesn't mean he isn't drunk. As pointed out earlier (read my previous reply again) yes, you can get charged even being below the limit. 0.08 isn't this magical number that, if you keep below, guarantees you'll never kill someone or come into an accident. Your reflexes are still impaired even if you're not above 0.08.

Everyone knows that breathalyzers can be inaccurate for various reasons (sloppy code as it was once pointed out in a slashdot story once the code was opened for examination, maybe it wasn't calibrated properly or maybe the technician didn't supervise the test and ensure it was conducted as it should of...) That being said, urine/blood sample is definitely a more accurate measure and I don't think it's unreasonable for a LEO to ask for further testing if he has reasonable reasons to do so.

Now, to address the article you linked to ( it reads, and I quote

"The test showed that Lockard's blood-alcohol level did not exceed Indiana's legal limit, police said. However, police said subsequent tests of the samples obtained tested positive for six drugs including MDMA, also known as ecstasy"

So what, now you're upset that someone got charged based on drugs being found in his urine sample? I'll tell you my honest opinion (and you should realize based on this comment of mine that I'm not just trying to be a troll)

If the guy got pulled over because he was drifting from left to right in his traffic lane, after which they did the urine sample and found drugs in his system, in that case, he deserves to get charged. If the guy was being investigated because of a road block where they were testing everyone, maybe not...

I have to admit, as someone else pointed out much earlier, to me it sounds like you're trying to defend drunk drivers. I personally find that disgusting.

more than 4 years ago

Texas County Will Use Twitter To Publish Drunk Drivers' Names

Acid-Duck Re:"Innocent until proven guilty" (301 comments)

"The difference is intent" Bullshit. I don't care if you intended to be borned with diabetes or not, simply said, if you can't control it, stay off the freakin roads! Regardless if it was your intent or not to be borned with diabetes, you're still a danger. This is a binary decision.. Either you're safe for the roads, or you aren't.

more than 4 years ago

Texas County Will Use Twitter To Publish Drunk Drivers' Names

Acid-Duck Re:"Innocent until proven guilty" (301 comments)

If someone is wrongly reported as being drunk however is actually having a complication because of his/her diabetes, what's the difference? If he's driving erratically, it doesn't really matter if it's because of alcohol or diabetes, someone needs to pull him over. Someone who can't control his diabetes properly shouldn't even be driving in the first place... Would you want a pilot with a heart condition to be piloting an airplane if he was the only pilot on board? In regards to the tweet of him being drunk, even if he wasn't and it a problem related to his diabetes which caused him to drive this way, I would say it was still irresponsible on that person's behalf.

Second, in regards to "being convicted of a DUI without a breathalyzer", that really sounds suspicious... Do you have any actual proof to substantiate that claim? Maybe what you meant was "you can get charged even though you're not above the .08 limit". If that's the case, than yeah, you're right... I don't recall which one is which, but there are two different charges which are quite similar. One of them means you were driving and legally drunk (i.e.: over the .08 limit) and the other means although you didn't get a fail, you were still impaired and exhibiting signs of it.

To tell you a little bit about where I live... The machines I've seen in use (and I suspect this is the norm) usually have 3 results: pass, warning (between .05 and below .08) and failed (.08 or more). It use to be that, you could hit "warning" as often as you wanted to. There wouldn't be a mark on your record and you would simply get a 12hr suspension. After some time, they've noticed the same people over and over again getting "warning". What did they do about it? Now, they keep track of people getting "Warning".

First time caught with a warning: license suspension for 3 days

Second time caught: 7 day suspension, driving school for drunks

Third time caught: 30 day suspension and they force you to go into an alcohol treatment program.

The information stays on your driving record for 5 years. Is it harsh? Perhaps. Lots of businesses weren't happy with the decision! (upscale restaurants serving wine, clubs, etc..) however that's what happens when a few people screw it up for everyone else. I'm quite ok with these new laws...

One last thing.. I agree with you that cops probably have more pull than they should to stay out of the spotlight for stuff like this, however this doesn't mean we should make the laws more relax for everyone else. You're simply looking at this backwards.

more than 4 years ago

Texas County Will Use Twitter To Publish Drunk Drivers' Names

Acid-Duck Re:What? No Due Process? (301 comments)

When someone is charged with a DUI, there really isn't any questions about if they were drunk or not. If they get away with an innocent verdict, it just means they know how to work the system (or, I guess every so often, someone might be victim of a faulty machine however these are calibrated/tested before every use).

more than 4 years ago

Texas County Will Use Twitter To Publish Drunk Drivers' Names

Acid-Duck Re:"Innocent until proven guilty" (301 comments)

Simply because one gets away because of a mistake/technicality doesn't mean they weren't drunk. I've read about people beating a DUI charge a few times around here in Toronto, usually cops. Unless they got stopped by the RIDE program, the cops must of had a reason to pull them over in the first place (i.e.: drifting from one lane to another)

more than 4 years ago

Texas County Will Use Twitter To Publish Drunk Drivers' Names

Acid-Duck First! (301 comments)

Do people really care if their name is published on Twitter? If they'd really want to embarrass drunk drivers, force them to drive around with a pink license plate (or any other flashy colors)

more than 4 years ago

In total, I've downloaded X Linux ISOs, where X= ...

Acid-Duck Easier to download (483 comments)

It's easier to keep downloading new ISOs than finding a CD or even keeping a CD in good and usable condition.

more than 4 years ago

Face Recognition Goes Mainstream For Notebooks

Acid-Duck Re:and the downgrade? (130 comments)

I own a laptop which has a fingerprint reader, and the fingerprint is only meant as an alternate login method, i.e.: it can't be enabled without already having a password enabled for that account. So if, for any reasons, the fingerprint login doesn't work, I can always login typing the password associated with that account.

Also, facial recognition usually works by "storing information about facial features in a database and comparing it at login", I seriously doubt dimensions is excluded from that list, therefore your "all I need is a photo" theory is just plain stupid.

more than 6 years ago



Iran nuclear plants hit with yet another worm

Acid-Duck Acid-Duck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Acid-Duck writes "Iran's nuclear infrastructure was the target of another cyber attack, this time at two different nuclear plants. The worm targeted both the Natanz and Fordo facilities, reports a scientist inside Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization. The worm attacked the nuke plant's automation network, comprised of Siemens hardware, and played Thunderstruck by AC/DC in the middle of the night at maximum volume."



University education vs experience

Acid-Duck Acid-Duck writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Is university realy that worth it, over the experience I'm getting right now? I've been employed with CGI [] now for over 6 months. Although I knew in theory I could reset a user's password with active directory by doing a simple search and right clicking on his name, although I knew I could modify some of his user properties, when it came time to do it I realized that theory doesn't compare to experience! (These are simple examples). I always felt windows was quite easy since it's all point-and-click, but having the pissed off customer on the phone makes me a bit nervous, and I've realized I need to know where I'm going. Since this past 6 months, I had a chance to work with some great technologies, such as WindowsXP Citrix metaframe servers, CISCO's MeetingPlace, and more all of which I'm sure will come in handy eventually. I'm wondering if I should quit this job to get into even more debts, hopping to get a better salary once I graduate, or should I just keep the job and take the experience. I'm quite happy with this job, for someone who had no previous experiences, CGI is quite a nice company to work for.


Is this any good?

Acid-Duck Acid-Duck writes  |  more than 12 years ago I've been off University for a cpl of months now (since April) and since then I moved to the Toronto area. I'm currently working a full-time job. I doubt I'm gonna return to university, since I wanted to do a computer science bach, but the thing is I kept getting classes like history, marketting, astronomy. All classes which I really wasn't interested into and I couldn't do any good in. That is why returning is not an option. So in stead, I've been thinking of taking night and weekend classes at DeVy Institute of Technology . I'm interested in two courses, either the Computer and Telecommunications Electronics course at part-time or the Network Systems Specialist course full-time. Now I know papers all alone don't mean anything. But I wil still be passing some certs on the side of that. I plan on getting a chance to start my caree with a first job as a System Admin for a database/mailserver that we have at the mailorder warehouse where I work. That would give me a chance to build myself some experience. Anyhow what I'd like to know is, what do you guys think about that college. When you click on the description of one class you'll notice you can read the description of all classes. If anyone cares to read, lemme know what you think about that cours.


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