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Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch

DroolTwist Re:Ob (71 comments)

That was the point, he was replying to the guy saying 'on behalf of ESA haha etc etc'.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

DroolTwist Re:Silk Road 3.0... (219 comments)

Dire Straits: MDMA For Nothing

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

DroolTwist Re:Nonsense (328 comments)

Doesn't this involve remembering which finger you used? IE., basically the same thing as remembering your passcode? Also, a lot of the article comments were about some Touch ID system where a few wrong print reads failed over to the passcode, also if the phone was turned off and/or rebooted, it forced the passcode. Basically, if you get pulled over, turn off your phone before the officer gets there.

about a month and a half ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

DroolTwist Re:Great idea (331 comments)

I worked with a guy in my last job who was doing some FISMA work with our group. He accepted a position doing IT support at some remote base in Iraq so he could cash in on ~110k in a year if he was able to work the full year, which I believe was also going to be tax free if over 12 months. The reason? He had over 90k in student loans to pay back, and was making less than 40k/year. I felt for the guy, as he was literally going to risk his life to try and pay off the loans since he wasn't able to get out from under them, ever, for the most part if he made minimum payments.

about a month and a half ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

DroolTwist Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

Free Hat! Free Hat!

about 2 months ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

DroolTwist Re:For Starters (320 comments)

I think correct terminology needs to be applied here. I'm of the opinion that any accident involving texting while driving already involves a 'driverless car'.

about 2 months ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

DroolTwist Re:Wait... (315 comments)

60% of the time, it works every time.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

DroolTwist Re:I like... (643 comments)

I agree with your post, except for the last part about rioting. There would absolutely be riots, because the rioting had nothing to do with the issue at hand. The riots were nothing more than a means to an end (ie, a bunch of thugs getting free stuff). Heck, half of the rioters came in from out of town if you believed the news reports, and people that lived in the area who were interviewed.

about 4 months ago
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Geophysicists Discover How Rocks Produce Magnetic Pulses

DroolTwist Re:Animals? (72 comments)

No, in his only furball with a cat the cat was definitely the aggressor. However, he's hell on prairie dogs.

I'm loving your auto-correct. LOL.

about 6 months ago
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Samsung S5 Reports Stress Levels Through Heart Rate Variability Measure

DroolTwist Re:Is this HIPAA data? (62 comments)

That never happens

The data was never collected/available before. Now that it is, it's just a matter of time before the first demand.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

DroolTwist Re:Solution (552 comments)

While the brain can remap, as someone mentioned earlier, it can take up to a year of effort on the patient (as well as the doctors) for the process to really begin. It is draining on the patient, severely draining. My wife lost the toes on her right foot recently, and she is beginning therapy soon to try and stop the phantom pain by using a mirror to re-wire her brain into thinking she has toes on that foot and to stop with the pain and 'oh crap toes missing' messages that are currently being sent.

She isn't expected to even begin to see results from this for 9-12 months while the brain re-wires itself.

Unless there is some possibility of quick recovery from this, I would have to go with some of the others and recommend the painful (painful for you; remember, funerals are for the living), but more humane, option of pulling the plug. This situation is exactly why my wife and I both have extremely detailed living wills.

about 7 months ago
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

DroolTwist Re:Okay, but... (144 comments)

(who may or may not be thrustworthy)

As a guy, I hope I never, ever, enter this categorization.

about 8 months ago
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Is GWU Econ Prof. Nick Szabo Satoshi Nakamoto?

DroolTwist Re:Is he what? (120 comments)

Is GWU Econ Prof. Nick Szabo Satoshi Nakamoto?

Is GWU Econ Prof. Nick Szabo Satoshi Nakamoto what? Apart from of mixed Hungarian and Japanese descent...

Hunganese?

1 year,16 days
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Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time

DroolTwist Re:What are they being used for? (371 comments)

According to a recent article, SR 2.0 is online, with plans for SR 3.0 to be activated within 15 minutes of 2.0 being shut down (if it gets shut down). There are a lot of other places on the darknet where you can get the same products/services as SR, btw.

Also, pseudo-anonymous currency isn't always used by bad people for bad things. Sometimes, people just don't want to be tracked doing legal activities. Privacy, and all that.

1 year,22 days
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

DroolTwist Re:Should be legal, with caveat (961 comments)

With enough morphine, it feels really good.

I'm assuming you are trying to be funny. Guess what. You aren't (I realize I'm overly sensitive due to what we went through/witnessed; I am not trying to be a dick to you with that statement).

Last Christmas I watched my mother (and my aunt shortly after) go through this. I watched her basically starve/dehydrate to death. No amount of pain medicine, that doesn't knock you out anyway, is enough to overcome everything associated with dying of cancer/dehydration/starvation.

People who are against assisted suicide think that what she went through was 'humane?' Fuck them. We'll see if they have this same opinion once one of their close relatives goes through this.

Before I die, assuming I know it will be coming soon, I will be moving somewhere where it is legal.

1 year,23 days
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Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC

DroolTwist Re:Call it... (263 comments)

Probably not, but I doubt they'll care.

about a year ago
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Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC

DroolTwist Re:Call it... (263 comments)

How about the THC? (titanic hadron collider)

about a year ago
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Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

DroolTwist Re:Passwords are property of the employer (599 comments)

While funny, the issue is not with a personal password. These are passwords for infrastructure. It's kind of like working for a trucking company and taking the truck keys with you when you quit, except that it sounds like this was a pretty big ass truck (thinking in $$).

Could the company get a new set of passwords? Sure, same as the truck company could get a new set of keys made. But while they were waiting to access their property they lost money at a minimum. Since they were not _your_ trucks or devices you have no right to refuse to give them their keys back.

I agree with you that what he did was wrong. The person(s) that allowed this to happen are just as much at fault, IMHO. Maybe he was high enough up to where it was easier to get away with, but I just find it astonishing that there was no system in place requiring all passwords to be kept in a centralized area (sealed envelope in a safe, one on-site and one off-site for disaster recovery purposes) with upper management having access to it in the event he left/was fired. DR exercises would have ensured that the passwords matched what was stored.

No one person should ever have that much control over a mission critical system.

about a year ago

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KongFu Trojan Horse Hides in "Angry Birds Space" for Android

DroolTwist DroolTwist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DroolTwist (1357725) writes "From the article:

Unofficial Android app stores have been found to serve a malicious variant of the popular Angry Birds Space game.

Identified by Sophos as Andr/KongFu-L, the application seems to be legitimate at first glance, but once it’s installed on a device, it leverages the GingerBreak exploit to gain root access and install other malevolent elements from a remote website."

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Exclusive: Millions of printers open to devastatin

DroolTwist DroolTwist writes  |  about 3 years ago

DroolTwist writes "I administer a few hundred printers, a lot of which are HP. While we do not allow internet access to our printers, now that this vulnerability is out and being discussed, I imagine its only a matter of time before a virus compromises a machine and attempts to exploit this. It's definitely a nightmare scenario in the making if someone figures it out."
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