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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

CharlieG Re:Seems appropriate (353 comments)

And since when does the US 5th Amendment apply to anything in Northumbria?

about 2 months ago

Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

CharlieG Re:I smell a rat. (115 comments)

Well, How about (for real) a body was dumped in front of my house. They asked "Hey, we know that at 10:30ish this body was dumped in front of your house, did you happen to see the car?" (there were whiteness to the kidnapping a few miles away). Of course I told them what I knew "Nope officer, didn't hear/see a thing till I looked out the window and saw a bazillion flashing lights, sorry" "OK, Thanks"

about 2 months ago

Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

CharlieG Re:Wouldn't it be SMART (346 comments)

You are correct - they should be looking at the outgoing mail stream, and if outgoing, insist on encryption.

    Of course, they could also insist on encryption even internally, but there might be backlash

about 2 months ago

Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

CharlieG Wouldn't it be SMART (346 comments)

If GS and anyone else for that matter who was going to send data that could result in ""needless and massive" breach of privacy." start insisting on encryption? I know my wife's company basically sends an email with a link, and you have to go log in to see the data.

They are sending this stuff over the internet where anyone along the line can read it

MAYBE, just maybe, if the financial companies started insisting on say a public key encryption method to send confidential data, ALL of us would be much better off (GPG anyone?)

about 2 months ago

The Major Theoretical Blunders That Held Back Progress In Modern Astronomy

CharlieG Re:It's all a matter of perspective. (129 comments)

Ah, you're a bubblehead, eh? Thanks for your service! I worked on the Mk48 ADCAP for a while (civilian)

about 4 months ago

Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

CharlieG In further news (238 comments)

The sky is blue, ice is cold, and politicians lie

about 4 months ago

The Major Theoretical Blunders That Held Back Progress In Modern Astronomy

CharlieG SIGNIFICANT delays? (129 comments)

Gee, the telescope size limit. Guy proposes that they shouldn't be bigger - everyone on the west coast ignores him, build bigger. It may have held back a small group of astronomers, but...
X ray Observatory. It delayed things 5 WHOLE YEARS! GASP. Yes, I realize that the /. crowd is heavily biased to young males, but guys, it is to the point the average college student doesn't graduate in 5 years. I've got bottles of booze that I haven't had a drink out of older than that, and projects sitting on my workbench longer than that. One of my dad's HOBBY projects took 3 hours a night, every night for 8 years.. The only one I'd call at ALL significant is the 30 years

about 4 months ago

Silicon Valley Anti-Poaching Cartel Went Beyond a Few Tech Firms

CharlieG Re:is it illegal? (137 comments)

Read the article, yes, and the memo was uncovered during an anti-trust investigation for this practice. The memo is a smoking gun

about 6 months ago

Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

CharlieG Re:Most Transparent Ever! (152 comments)

But of course, it is all Bush's fault, due to the regulations and rules he put into effect

Bueller? Bueller?

about 6 months ago

Online Database Allows Scientists To Recreate Early Telescopes

CharlieG Can't really re-create the view (52 comments)

Can't really redo the view, the early observing sites are all in heavily light polluted areas

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

CharlieG Because a builder is a contractor... (716 comments)

Very simple - if a builder's EMPLOYEE puts a bug in the wall, the BUILDER pays to fix it, NOT the employee, who still gets his pay, and the builder bids/quotes the job on a flat rate
The developer, IF he owns his own company, says "I'll develop XXX for $YYY", then yeah, he's on the hook for the bug, but his employee still gets paid by the hour

It has to do with the difference between being an employee vs the owner

Want to pay me like an owner? OH, OK, so you are hiring me with a flat rate to do the job, not by the hour? No problem, I'll bid the job as such, and take out insurance, just like that contractor has

about 7 months ago

Telescope Designer and Astronomer John Dobson, 1915-2014

CharlieG RIP (57 comments)

I have my 8" F6 over in the closet. Man, that simple mount, and the hole idea of "Make a telescope, what's the worst outcome? You're back where you started". Been planning on rebuilding the scope as a truss tube unit. Maybe in memory of John I'll do this over the next few weeks

about 8 months ago

How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

CharlieG Re:WW2 machiny and WW2 units of measurement (150 comments)

Maybe because the source article (yes I read it) used those obsolete terms, and the /. author didn't bother to convert them for your convenience?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

CharlieG Re:My two rules of printing (381 comments)

I have 2 inkjet printers which violate your rules:
1)The "Main" family inkjet. Like a lot of folks, I'm probably in the 'sweet spot" for inkjet. I print circa 1-3 pages a day, enough that the heads don't clog, and low enough that the price per page just doesn't make a laser worth it

The other?

A serious photo printer (In my case, a Canon 9500MkIII, then again, as a semi-pro photographer, I want/need the control over papers/process that I could not get from the labs (I used to use a lab). The fact that I happen to have 3 different types of fine art paper in 8.5x11, 11x17 and 13x19, to fit the job at hand is just a "Oh well, it's paper, the price of the print more than covers it"

about a year ago

Fukushima Actually "Much Worse" Than So Far Disclosed, Say Experts

CharlieG Re:No water processing plant (274 comments)

wow, a pool about 34 ft in diameter, 4 feet deep, nope, no one can filter that much water

1 year,25 days

New York City Wants To Revive Old Voting Machines

CharlieG Re:Even simpler, #2 pencils and a scanning tool (211 comments)

But that is what the new nyc machines are. Paper ballot, pen, paper, and a scanner, but the voters and poll workers still have not figured it out. They make you wait on line to find out which line to wait in to get your ballot, then wait on line to get the ballot(and sign for it) the you have to fill it in where they can see you, but not your ballot, then you bring it to the scanning area, and the whole process takes more Room than the lever machines and walking from point a to b. last election, we had lines around the block to get into get your ballot, and with the levers, I never had more than 5 people in front of me

about a year ago

Mayan Pyramid In Belize Leveled By Construction Crew

CharlieG Re:Private land owner wanted to clear his land (276 comments)

depending on where you live, even in the US, you want to build an addition to you house, go right ahead. a lot of the country does not have zoning laws

about a year ago


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