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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

Derekloffin Re:Conspiracy to commit... (185 comments)

Usually conspiracy requires that you actually have an agreement with at least one other party to commit the offense. Note that said other party however need not be truly intending to do so, nor that said other party's involvement needs to be a big part of the plan, just something deemed legally significant. However, it seems that has become rather nebulous over the years any communication of the intent with some act that could be seen to forward that intent significantly seems to often be the bar now.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

Derekloffin Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

Canada had the same thing going on with some absolutely absurd roaming charges. They recently changed the laws to limit how much you can be billed (can't comment to how effective that change was as I've had no cause to find out).

about 3 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Derekloffin Re:No thanks (583 comments)

While I sympathize with your position, you are setting an unrealistic bar to beat, which is common place problem in this comparison. Human beings are no where near 100% infallible (in fact, you likely F up every day your drive, you just get away with it because we have a lot of sloppy driving allowances). The purpose here is not to be 100% infallible, as nothing is 100% infallible. The purpose here is to beat human fallibility ratings.

about 3 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

Derekloffin Have my doubts (626 comments)

While the driverless cars might get less traditional tickets, I suspect police departments would merely which focuses onto other matters than are ticketable. Head/Tail Light out, ticket. J-walker, ticket. Parked slightly beyond the allowable limit, ticket. I'm sure it will hit their bottom line for a bit as they adapt, but they will adapt.

about 3 months ago
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It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords

Derekloffin Re:Not happening. (116 comments)

Indeed, and I've never understood the advice to change your password frequently. The only thing that would help against is if someone has already compromised your account and has been laying low (rather than what they usually do which is clean it out asap). However, changing passwords constantly highly encourages you to use less and less powerful passwords as you can't remember them all the time meaning you're that much more likely to get that initial compromise.

about 4 months ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Derekloffin Re:The nanny state continues (518 comments)

Even if you check every mirror religiously, unless you are Superman and come equipped with X-ray vision or some equivalent, you still will have blind spots including, very importantly, the area this camera system is meant to cover, and even more importantly it is the path you are moving in. Even if you go the extra mile and circle check your vehicle before getting in, that only tells you nothing was behind you when you did the circle check. Due diligence will not eliminate the problem, it can only reduce it. This camera also won't eliminate it, but will likely do a lot more to reduce it.

about 5 months ago
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Programmer Privilege

Derekloffin Don't think this sort of thing is limited to CS (353 comments)

I got my CS degree and by Biology degree and I can attest at times there were lectures or meetings where stuff was flying miles over my head, but that was true in both departments. The general assumption, I think, in any department is that once you get by the entry level, you're assumed to know stuff, sometimes way beyond what you probably actually know. I think it is just human nature. You go into a group of people that you figure know a topic, you don't give them all background checks to ensure they do actually know the topic, you tend to assume it. The best you can do as someone bringing the topic up is ask if people are really following you and hope they are honest.

about 7 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

Derekloffin Re:Wrong target (934 comments)

I agree that a city ban is useless. Geography and the realities of enforcement make any such ban on firearms pointless as they are easily avoided. However, the point that it is the illegal owners is rather pointless too. At one point, pretty much all guns were legally owned, whether by their manufacturer or some individual. The problem is that it is painfully easy with that many guns out there circulating to get one of those legal guns and have it become an illegal gun. And so far, no one has come up with an even modestly effective means of stopping that conversion process so people naturally look to the next thing up the chain which actually could be enforced if it weren't for a certain amendment.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

Derekloffin Re:Two things: (465 comments)

I remember seeing a job add long time ago that required 5 years experience with Java... when Java was 3 and a bit years old. That was amusing.

about 9 months ago
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Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Against Apple, Google and Others Given the Green Light

Derekloffin Re:Where's the union? (172 comments)

Don't get ahead of yourself my friend. This is just the start of the suit. Nothing says this suit will be successful, or that the resolution will be helpful to the employees even if it is successful.

about 10 months ago
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Elon Musk Making a Working Version of James Bond's Submersible Car

Derekloffin Re:impossible (91 comments)

I don't think it is impossible, but there will definitely be a lot of hurdles. If I recall, to get it to transform, you'll need the planes to somehow come out from the wheel wells and be controllable. You'll need the shutters to slid into place over every window. Keeping the cabin water tight will be fun while still having it function properly out of the water (most subs don't have conventional doors for instance). Of course you need air supply and ballast control, as well as the rudders and props. Definitely not an easy project.

about 10 months ago
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Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products

Derekloffin Re:Rightly So (298 comments)

Indeed, while the situations aren't the same, the situations speak to resolutions that we're getting the opposite of. The FRAND patents are very important tech patents, the very fact that they are vital speaks to their importance, while the design patents aren't, yet, the design patents are getting more protection than the tech patents. That really makes no sense. Maybe Samsung was abusing things, I can't really say for sure, but the reasoning that they are FRAND therefore they should be bypassable is just destructive.

about a year ago
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Could IBM's Watson Put Google In Jeopardy?

Derekloffin Re:Better searches no good if they're too slow (274 comments)

This, this, and more this. People seem to always forget that you don't get exclusive access to something like this on the net. It is like guys going gaga over the cloud and misapplying the possibilities, completely ignoring that you have to server thousands, perhaps even millions of requests at once.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is Patent License Trading Not Trolling?

Derekloffin Re:NPEs truly aren't the problem (191 comments)

Pretty much. Put another way, the Patent system is being gamed now. It is like a really old server running old software, all the hacks are known and it will be serving porn within the hour. Patent system really isn't much different. The law is really old. All the cracks and exploits are now well known by the legal community, and it is now not doing its intended job, instead of the legal hackers are exploiting it.

about a year ago
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NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

Derekloffin Re:This just in: (531 comments)

Well, I'm not so sure. Although it is wholly illogical, there is a common issue of human perception that having X associated with Y when you view X negatively, makes Y seem negative as well. I must admit, that the NRA's case is so... sloppy, it kinda makes me feel like the whole issue is likewise overblown, even though it isn't.

about a year ago
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Federal Judge Rules NYC "Stop and Frisk" Violated Rights

Derekloffin Re:I don't understand (308 comments)

That depends. Several things play into crimes that are even difficult to conceal. Just because we know Joe was murdered doesn't mean we find his killer. Just because we find Joe's killer doesn't mean we can get a conviction. Even if you can get a conviction doesn't mean the crime is punished in the same way. Add to that that in the long term, a bias in enforcement can cause behavior shifts in the populous and that further complicates the matter.

1 year,16 days
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Federal Judge Rules NYC "Stop and Frisk" Violated Rights

Derekloffin Bloomberg, I have a great PR idea for you! (308 comments)

Just have a directive that all city officials will be frisked at least once randomly each day. I'm sure once people see their public officials undergoing the same unwarranted searches they will be perfectly fine with it... assuming the public official don't quit first.

1 year,16 days
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Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

Derekloffin Re:Good riddance (558 comments)

Indeed. A couple sites I visit have captcha's on their login pages, not account creation, login, and the really annoying ones that even I, a well sighted person, can't read about 1/2 of them. I know they want to avoid spambots, but seriously, why do I need this stuff when I already have an account? You afraid someone is going to hammer the login? Well, I can tell you implementing a simple couple second timer is far less annoying than those captcha's are.

1 year,23 days

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