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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

Darth Muffin Other detection methods. (258 comments)

Why not just count ammo distributed, or put a sensor in the holster to detect when it's drawn? Drawing it to threaten someone is also considered "gun violence" even if shots aren't fired.

about a week ago

Venture-Backed Bitcoin Miner Startup Can't Deliver On Time, Gets Sued

Darth Muffin Breach of Contract (120 comments)

They had a contract with the buyer and did not fulfill their half. Of course the buyer's recourse in this should probably be limited to the price of the machine, not any "missed opportunities".

Buyers should ask themselves why anyone would sell a money printing machine. If it was profitable they're going to use it for themselves, or use it until the bitcoin difficulty gets just to the point where it's marginal and sell it.

about 3 months ago

Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones

Darth Muffin Re:I'm sure the NSA wants their fingers on it. (137 comments)

First, I don't watch TV, except for Cosmos and it's over. The gov has no interest in you or I using our cell phone. There is no constitutional right to a cell phone, so no basis for a case. They would want to prevent further cell-activated devices from going off. They want to shut everything down so that only they have control of the situation. That's how SWAT teams, etc. work.

about 3 months ago

Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones

Darth Muffin I'm sure the NSA wants their fingers on it. (137 comments)

You can bet the NSA and other government agencies are drooling over the prospect of getting access to this.

If there's a Boston-type bombing, they would want to shut down cell phones in the area. That might even be a legitimate use, but next they'll want to use it preemptively around the President, then at the Superbowl.... and suddenly we've got tyranny.

about 3 months ago

$10k Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At Planes Goes Nationwide

Darth Muffin Profit! (264 comments)

1) Aim laser pointer at my own plane, parked in a hangar. 2) Turn myself in for "intentionally aiming a laser at an aircraft" 3) Profit!

about 3 months ago

Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

Darth Muffin You can bet NSA has the keys (139 comments)

The NSA is why this is a bad idea. Once this is in, I'll bet you'll start seeing this used by the govt. First at Boston Bombing type events, then later at demonstrations like Occupy Wallstreet, and then wherever the president happens to be touring at the moment.

What would the govt of some place like Egypt have given for a phone kill switch?

about 5 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Darth Muffin Re:It's crap (1633 comments)

That is extended to women by the 14th (and possibly 19th) amendment.

about 5 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Darth Muffin Re:It's crap (1633 comments)

+1 to this! It makes us subjects, not citizens, since we would then have rights only when the government says so. That's not a right. This is the bill of rights, not the bill of benefits. "When serving in a militia" is pretty much all the time since all able-bodied men and women make up the militia.

about 5 months ago

Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

Darth Muffin A few reasons why it won't work: (273 comments)

1. People frequently travel in groups. If your camp of 4 cars wants to travel together and leaves at the same time, who's plate do you go off of?
2. If you're in the 5am block and the rest of your camp is in the 4pm block, how are you going to break camp?
3. How are you going to enforce this? Needs people to do so.
4. What do you do with people who don't want to participate in the license plate lottery? Again, requires more people and a place to put them.
5. Still will have the problem of people who think they're special with exceptions as to why they need out now, why they missed their window, or why they should be allowed in a different time slot. This takes people and slows things down.

about 5 months ago

NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

Darth Muffin Ethical is irrelevant. (402 comments)

Whether sending a willing astronaut, who understands and chose to do this of his own free will, on a dangerous or even one-way mission is ethical is not a question for anyone except the astronaut. It's like trying to decide if gay marriage is "ethical". Unless you're one of the ones involved, nonya business trying to define ethics.

about 5 months ago

WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies

Darth Muffin How is cryptocurrency unique? (240 comments)

I don't get how buying and selling Bitcoins is any different than doing the same with Beanie Babies, Baseball Cards or mp3 files (that you have the right to sell). What is the legal definition of "Cryptocurrency"? New ones are popping up all the time. Where were the legislators crying for regulation when the bottom fell out of the Beanie Baby market?

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Should a Geek's Charitable Donations Go?

Darth Muffin A few suggestions. (263 comments)

Geeks Without Borders is one I like ( which sounds like it may be a good match for your wants. I know many of the people involved in it and it's legit. However, usually we (the organizations I'm in) go for local children's literacy programs instead. If you can't find one then buy and donate a pile of geeky books to the city or school library. We have also supported a local group that goes out and fixes up/repairs schools.

about 2 years ago

Meet the Very First Rover To Land On Mars

Darth Muffin A non-roving rover? (59 comments)

I would say that:
1. It's not a rover if it never moved, and
2. It was never deployed, so technically it was never on the surface of mars itself.

The Mars-3 probe did at least enough to count.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

Darth Muffin Brave New World (1365 comments)

Brave New World, Aldus Huxley. Perfectly horrible. Stranger in a Strange land was also pretty depressing.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

Darth Muffin No Solicitors (480 comments)

There are plenty of more important points already given in this discussion (the most important being that family members need to know not to bug you unless there are flames or blood involved), but one I haven't seen was a good "No Solicitors" sign, especially if you're working at home alone. Seriously, you have to be that grumpy "get off my lawn" guy. Those little b@stards have some sort of ESP and can tell when you're home... BTW, there's no law that says you "have" to answer the door.... even if you're right there in the window to see.

more than 2 years ago

How To Thwart the High Priests In IT

Darth Muffin Re:This is why the IT dept should be a cost center (417 comments)

In addition to what Scutter said, this also leads to departments outsourcing and hiring Bob's Neighbor's kid who's taking a class on web design at the community college, so he would obviously be perfect to set our our Sharepoint site...

more than 2 years ago

Bitcoin Price Crashes

Darth Muffin Re:This is not really a bitcoin story (642 comments)

Please, name 3 companies for me that do NOT handle security issues in a manner similar to this. Go ahead, really...

Disclosures required by law don't count, those were forced.

more than 3 years ago

Does Wiretapping Require Cell Company Cooperation?

Darth Muffin Tapping land lines? (174 comments)

The simplest and most likely explanation is that the dictator originally told the cell company "if you want to do business in this country, I need the ability to wiretap". Another explanation is that depending on who you call, a cell call likely routes over land lines at some point (especially in a third world country). Anyone with physical access to the lines has the theoretical capability to tap.

more than 3 years ago

Feds Won't File Charges In School Laptop-Spy Case

Darth Muffin Terry Childs also didn't have any criminal intent (398 comments)

Terry Childs didn't have any criminal intent either, and he caused a lot less harm. Look where that got him... I no longer have any faith in the "justice" system.

about 4 years ago

What Can Be Done About Security of Debit Cards?

Darth Muffin Something can be done. (511 comments)

My wife works at a Credit Union and gets these types of things all the time. There are a few things you can do.

1. Get a Bank or Credit Union that gives a damn. Investigate before you choose one. A good one will monitor your activity and shut it down and call you when something goes wonky (like charges from all over the place or charges from known fraudulent organizations). When it does go wrong a good one will either fix it quick or possibly give you provisional credit to get you buy until they do fix it.

2. Use a real Credit Card for most items and have the discipline to pay it off each month. Credit Cards are held to a higher standard than debit because it's *their* money and not *yours*. If you challenge a charge they have to credit you right away while they research it, and the burden of proof is on them. As a side benefit you might get mileage or an annual rebate.

3. Use your debit card for small ticket items -- lunch, gas, etc. Don't keep more than you're willing to lose in the account, a few hundred maybe.

more than 4 years ago


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