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Fifth Circuit Upholds Warrantless Cellphone Location Tracking

ArcadeX Re:expectation of privacy (149 comments)

if you send a sealed package, you have the expectation of that package staying sealed. you have no expectation that UPS won't keep track of where they picked up the package, and where it was delivered to; that data belongs to them. you have an expectation that the cel carrier won't read your text (not much of one), but where they pick up the text and who they deliver it to is not data that belongs soley to you.

about a year ago

Fifth Circuit Upholds Warrantless Cellphone Location Tracking

ArcadeX expectation of privacy (149 comments)

if you are using a cel phone, and paying a carrier to provide service to your phone, it's a 50/50 relationship. as crappy as it is, you shouldn't have an expectation of privacy. same reason i like to pay cash, i have no expectation of privacy when visa / mastercard keep records of all the transactions performed by them on my behalf.

about a year ago

Retail Stores Plan Elaborate Ways To Track You

ArcadeX Re:Does anyone actually... (195 comments)

anyways, the correct response to 'oh no target and walmart are going to be tracking me' is not 'ok well let me infringe on my personal liberties to fight back at the man'.

the correct response is just not to shop at megastores that do things like this. you probably shouldn't have been shopping there to begin with anyways. go find a farmer's market or non-chain drugstore.

friend of mine wrote a db program for target about 15 years ago that matches purchses to checks / debit / credit cards. unless you pay cash, target already has reports for if you're overdue to buy toothpaste, so this isn't exactly a big step for them.

1 year,1 day

'Space Vikings' Spark (Unfounded) NASA Waste Inquiry

ArcadeX Re:Huh? (147 comments)

The best part: the investigation into the non-existent waste probably cost more than the "waste" would have were it funded by NASA in the first place.

What kind of logic is that? Does the OP have knowledge of the future?

Doesn't have to, you can look at previous investigations and extrapolate. You'd be suprised how much 'simple' paperwork cost the government where investigations are involved. I used to be a Government contractor, seeing my taxes wasted first hand made each paycheck withholding sting a little more.

1 year,4 days

Five Charged In Largest Hacking Scheme Ever Prosecuted In US

ArcadeX Re:Charges Only if You're A Citizen (84 comments)

Dave Fox of 3124 Main Street, Chester,OH... YOU are the new congressional representative of your district for the next 2 years. An armed caravan will be there momentarily to pick you up.

And all of your assests will be liquidated and returned to you after your term, adjusted to reflect econmy performance.

1 year,4 days

Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

ArcadeX Re:I hope they ask SpiderOak for mine (339 comments)

Sign up for a new account under the name 'snowden' and i bet spideroak will be 'under new management' in less than 24 hrs, with all traffic being 'verified' be a new server complex...

1 year,4 days

Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

ArcadeX Re:how to make bureaucrats value privacy (339 comments)

bureaucrats are protected, it's the agency pukes that are making the request and only the 'secret court' knows which bureaucrats are involved, and that's a national security issue... even if it weren't, crooks get re-elected on a regular basis and jonh q public doesn't care about evil technology issues... THINK OF THE CHILDRENS!

1 year,4 days

Researchers Implant False Memories In Mice

ArcadeX Re:The Matrix (102 comments)

Am I the only one that now has the urge to go back and watch Robocop 2?

1 year,4 days

New Shrew Has Spine of Steel

ArcadeX way to go slashads (93 comments)

spinal compression add on the side bar... if only a tenth of the time / money put into advertising was diverted to FOSS. spent hours in a meeting yesterday for software to monitor aquatic mammals, and they kept going on and on about how you have to have a trained operator. kept showing screen shots of hydrophone input with obvious patterns, but when i asked if they were developing software to take the human factor out i was told the technology doesn't exist which is bs. PS. i mod myself off topic.

1 year,6 days

New Shrew Has Spine of Steel

ArcadeX Re:By Thor's Hammer! (93 comments)

thor's hammer gets all the credit, no one stops to remember grabthar's hammer...

1 year,6 days

My NSA-induced paranoia level:

ArcadeX Re:First and third (290 comments)

how about that monitoring software coded by the lowest bidder that adds your name to a list because of a software bug?

1 year,7 days

Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Non-Obnoxious Outdoor Lighting?

ArcadeX Why do you need lights? (445 comments)

Ambient light covers moving around at dark is most places, or just get a torch / flashlight. For cameras / security use IPcams with IR sources, or other lowlight solutions.

1 year,7 days

Disney Algorithm Builds High-Res 3D Models From Ordinary Photos

ArcadeX Re:Primitive, useless tech (80 comments)

Just have the CSI boys zoom and enhance. C'mon guys, they've been doing this for years.

Darkman did this in the early 90s, long before CSI was a glimmer in CBS's pocket book.

1 year,8 days

Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

ArcadeX Re:Smart guns... (814 comments)

Some buyers won't even buy a gun with an internal lock because of the perceived increase in the risk of failure. I say 'perceived' because I have yet to see any statistics that are trustworthy on the subject and not more than anecdotal.

I've got a Taurus .38 that I had to have a gunsmith fix the lock on. Out of the box it kept locking the cylinder every few rounds as the keyed screw would work loose and engage. The lock will never work again, but I don't have to doubt if the gun will.

1 year,14 days

Aussie Telco Telstra Agreed To Spy For America

ArcadeX Re:In Soviet Earth (125 comments)

Smells like...victory.

I thought it smelled like our embasy's grease trap, i.e. McDonalds...

1 year,18 days

DHS Chief Janet Napolitano Resigns

ArcadeX two comments (192 comments)

1. better the enemy you know.... who's the next terrorist, i mean head of the dhs? 2. i only fly when i absolutely have to thanks to the tsa oil checks, what types of security 'improvements' will be increasing the drop-out rate of UC in the future?

1 year,18 days

Obamacare Software Glitch Will Limit Penalties Charged To Smokers

ArcadeX Re:The Hat Trick (490 comments)

you left out railing against the military and guns

1 year,21 days

The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

ArcadeX Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (528 comments)

I bought a box after watching zombieland. i think i'm good for at least another few decades now, will prob take that long just to get it out of my system

about a year ago



Build your own network tools

ArcadeX ArcadeX writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ArcadeX (866171) writes "My new job has me traveling and working on ships in confined spaces. I currently have a Latitude D410 that belongs to the company and runs XP, but they allow me to run linux as a VM, which I use for network surveys, troubleshooting / sniffing, configing routers, you name it. I'm looking to find something as small as possible, with as much crammed into it as I can find. Been looking at UMPC's, I like the samsung, and the asus R2HV even has built in GPS (linux driver nightmare?). Trying to keep things under a grand, but not holding my breath, but the things I would need are wireless, at least one NIC, preferably two (i'm expecting to just have to use a 2nd usb nic), serial port, half way decent battery power, decent sized hdd, preferably solid state, pcmcia, and either onscreen or built in keyboard. I know most tablets would do the trick, but the idea is to go as small as possible and not have to carry the typical bag full of add-on's and usb devices. I'd expect any device I find would be a nightmare loading linux to get full functionality out of all the devices... It's a shame you can get something with the ethernet tools of a compass, and versatility of a linux desktop..."

/. and geek stock

ArcadeX ArcadeX writes  |  about 7 years ago

ArcadeX writes "Been playing the stock market recently based solely on /., and curious if anyone else has done anything similar. I know the few months that I've been playing are by no means a decent picture of what to expect, and for the most part I actually expect my good fortunes to crater like most imerging tech stocks, but so far I've gotten about a 50% return on my investments... course I haven't exactly invested much, I work helpdesk after all. One example would be GBRC (disclaimer: google finance is in beta for a REASON) mentioned a few weeks back on /. which has had a really decent short term return (yeah, yeah, doesn't mean anything for long term). Just curious if anyone has any long term input about what I've seen the last few months."

ArcadeX ArcadeX writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ArcadeX (866171) writes "I currently work for a local not-for-profit financial institution with five branchs. At our main office, we provide free wireless internet to our members (and local neighborhood from what the logs tell me), and the question has been raised about providing hotspot access at our other branches. Currently, we have no legal CYA, just a router with DHCP and several WAP's around the building completely separated from our network. Been looking at NoCatNet and like it, but need a total solution. Looking for a linux distro that is easy to install in a windows shop, than can handle DHCP (possibly with a time limit for the squatters?), some type of splash page to tell people they are responsible for what they do online, not us, a VPN tunnel through our network to our main branch internet pipe, to keep them out of our network, bandwidth throttling to keep our interbranch network lines from getting drowned, and would love some form of content filter (DansFilter?) to say we at least attempted to keep out the kiddy porn. I've used linux for years, but never as an advanced user, and no one else here knows anything about it, all of these options would have to have some form of web interface, and the easier to use the better, I've never even set up a VPN in linux."


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