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The Ineffectiveness of TSA Body Scanners

Caradoc Re:Not only ineffective, but not proven safe (494 comments)

A millimeter-wave scanner looks like an oversized phone booth with either windows or large open spaces, while a backscatter scanner looks like a pair of large boxes that one walks between, turns to face one wall and assumes the "surrender" position.

more than 2 years ago
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Medical Billing Codes For Injury Via Turtle Among Thousands Created by New Law

Caradoc Re:Beaver Attacks? (380 comments)

I take it you don't ever watch Jeff Foxworthy...

more than 2 years ago
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Medical Billing Codes For Injury Via Turtle Among Thousands Created by New Law

Caradoc Beaver Attacks? (380 comments)

So what's the code indicating "nipple bitten off by a beaver?"

more than 2 years ago
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US Congress Tries To Cut Body Scanner Funding

Caradoc Re:Excellent (241 comments)

I was thinking that their head must be stuck in the sand if they think that the TSA has had the slightest effect on actual terrorist activities.

more than 2 years ago
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The 'Three Ton' Hard Drive Destroyer

Caradoc Re:Thermite. (206 comments)

Or a bucket of liquid nitrogen and a sledgehammer. Don't forget to wear safety goggles.

about 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates... People Who Complain About TSA

Caradoc Re:TSA jobs (379 comments)

If you ask a TSA employee, their job is not catching terrorists. Their job is preventing "dangerous items" from getting onto an aircraft. The problem is that if that really is their job, they're horrifically bad at it.

That's not their job.

TSA was founded for several purposes: 1. To shift the power over airport security to the federal government (several subpurposes to this -- among them shifting responsibility in the case of another failure, and creating a single point of influence for contractors to target.)

Don't confuse the direction of the Agency with the directives issued to their front-line morons.

about 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates... People Who Complain About TSA

Caradoc "Behavior Detection" (379 comments)

I've often wondered why the TSA's "Behavioral Detection" crap can't detect thieves like Brown, Burton, Simmons, Defelis, Noukeo, Burley, German, Persad, Webb, Pepper, and Arato, or actual sex offenders like Sean Shanahan and Charles Henry Bennett, or complete suicidal whackjobs like Diego Gonzales who was an actual TSA BDO. Shouldn't his fellow BDOs have noticed... I don't know... something wrong?

about 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates... People Who Complain About TSA

Caradoc Re:This is why profiling is so stupid (379 comments)

Use smarter screeners. We don't need better scanners or more of them, just screeners able to stay alert and recognize a problem.

You're not going to find those by putting "Help Wanted" ads on the tops of pizza boxes.

about 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates... People Who Complain About TSA

Caradoc Re:Yep... (379 comments)

If you ask a TSA employee, their job is not catching terrorists. Their job is preventing "dangerous items" from getting onto an aircraft. The problem is that if that really is their job, they're horrifically bad at it. They've missed box cutters, knives, a brick of primers for handloading, multiple handguns, Jamie Hyneman's 12" razor blades, and assorted other items I'd consider far more threatening than the leather bookmarks and silver cake servers they've been confiscating and fining people for. They're awfully quick to claim "success" when they find someone with a doobie tucked into their shorts, though. My guess is that their publicly stated mission of "Transportation Safety" has taken a back seat to their new unstated mission of "drug interdictment." Additionally, looking at pure statistics, in any interaction between the TSA and a single passenger it is almost infinitely more likely that the TSA employee is a thief, rapist, kidnapper, or bully than that the passenger is an actual terrorist bent on mayhem during the flight. They don't actually contribute measurably to "transportation safety." So why should we put up with their theatre?

about 3 years ago
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DIY Sound-Activated High-Speed Photography

Caradoc Re:Quicker Than Sound (106 comments)

Using a sound trigger to capture lightning strikes is counterproductive. Using an IR sensor to measure the ambient IR, then trip the shutter when the IR spikes up works a treat, though. I built a variation on the Camera Axe last summer, and have been using it to take daylight photos of lightning strikes like this one.

more than 3 years ago
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DIY Sound-Activated High-Speed Photography

Caradoc Re:OK (106 comments)

Seriously, why do we need an Arduino to make a sound trigger?

I agree that the Arduino is overkill for a basic sound trigger - but projects like the Camera Axe make a lot more sense. I use a variation on the Camera Axe for photographs of lightning among other things.

more than 3 years ago
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DHS CyberSecurity Misses 1085 Holes On Own Network

Caradoc Security? (86 comments)

So the Department of Homeland Security's network security measures are approximately equivalent to the security measures on the border between Mexico and the United States.

I am Jack's Complete Lack of Surprise.

The Department of Homeland Security's primary mission is not "security." Its mission is "training the public to be properly responsive to idiotic demands from the Federal Government."

more than 3 years ago
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Angry AT&T Customers May Disrupt Service

Caradoc DDOS, served! (572 comments)

Slashdot has done to Fake Steve Jobs what Fake Steve Jobs was trying to do to AT&T.

Awesome.

more than 4 years ago
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Spam Back Up To 94% of All Email

Caradoc The Russian Solution (330 comments)

It's too bad the Russian spam solution turned out to be a hoax.

about 5 years ago
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IBM Says 'Couldn't Fire 150K US Workers If We Wanted To'

Caradoc Re:Duh (219 comments)

I don't see how IBM could fire 150,000 regular employees.

I can easily see how they could dump that many combined regulars, long-term supplementals, and contractors.

more than 6 years ago

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