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Red Cross Debates If Virtual Killing Violates International Humanitarian Law

HaloZero No. (516 comments)

No. Next question.

more than 2 years ago
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Massachusetts Plans To Keep Track of Where Your Car Has Been

HaloZero Re:Just overexpose the image (521 comments)

The sensor alarm's the cops console in this case. They may or may not pull you over and issue a ticket for an equipment problem. Something along the lines of 'License Plate Light Bulb Not Operational - replace and reinspect'.

about 3 years ago
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Massachusetts Plans To Keep Track of Where Your Car Has Been

HaloZero Re:License Plate Bracket (521 comments)

The sensor alarm's the cops console in this case. They may or may not pull you over and issue a ticket for an equipment issue - generic or otherwise.
 
Your good passive defenses include:
  - Using a full plate cover which filters UV or is smoke-colored
  - Using a full plate cover with magic tape on the inside to change the IR appearance of the actual lettering of your plate.
  - Not washing your car.

about 3 years ago
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Massachusetts Plans To Keep Track of Where Your Car Has Been

HaloZero New York State already does this (521 comments)

The State of New York (atleast, out in the Western bit, where I live) already engages in this practice. A lot of the municipalities and law enforcement agencies here have taken advantage of state and federal money to equip cruisers with the Remington Plate Reader (read: http://www.elsag.com/detail.asp?i=17). The cars use the vehicles onboard AVL, combined with the results of the plate reader, and transmits the location of the cruiser with what plates its spotted back to the State Police.

about 3 years ago
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Flight 447 'Black Box' Decoded

HaloZero Re:So much new and yet nothing new (449 comments)

The pitots on this aircraft were heated, and on this specific tail number, had been replaced recently.
 
  The leading theory also includes that the volume of supercooled water ingested by the tube simply overwhelmed the heater elements on all three pitots.

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Create Computer That Fits On a Pen Tip

HaloZero Sheesh... (110 comments)

Researcher Create Computer That Fits On Pen Tip

My team obviously went the wrong direction. We've just completed work on a breakthrough - a pen that's large enough to fit onto a computer - comfortably. We figured that computers were tired of just writing to disk, so we'd let them write on paper as well. The actual apparatus is so comically large, that, obviously, only a large-ish computer would want to use it.

Embarassing.

more than 3 years ago
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California County Bans SmartMeter Installations

HaloZero Re:Grow Ops in Marin? (494 comments)

No, actually. I support it whole heartedly.

Are you being funny?

more than 3 years ago
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California County Bans SmartMeter Installations

HaloZero Re:Grow Ops in Marin? (494 comments)

...and more power to them.

Very clever. Quite a few places are considering similar bans, for different reasons. One of the more prevalent issues is union labor pushing to keep meter-readers in business.

more than 3 years ago
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Police Can Search Cell Phones Without Warrants

HaloZero Re:Passwords (438 comments)

My wallet is not locked, but my phone is.

If I lock the glove compartment in my car, I can refuse to open it, on the grounds that they will then need a warrant to search it.

more than 3 years ago
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Police Can Search Cell Phones Without Warrants

HaloZero Passwords (438 comments)

What if my device is password protected? Can I be compelled to hand over the password? Because I won't.

If I cannot be compelled to hand over encryption keys for other forms of media, I'm not giving up a password to my mobile device, either.

At the same time, if they elect to seize and search my backpack, which is also locked, they have the option of breaking the lock to gain access to the contents. But is that legal? At that point, you're also destroying my property in the process.

Are these 'law enforcement officials' permitted to install software on devices in the course of conducting a 'search'?

Sticky.

more than 3 years ago
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PS3 Root Key Found

HaloZero Re:PS2? (380 comments)

Is it infeasible to think that someone couldn't emulate/virtualize the PS2 environment in the PS3's hardware? I know the PS3 is no dog when it comes to available firepower. Not sure how it compares to the PS2 overall. It'd be nice to think.

more than 3 years ago
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PS3 Root Key Found

HaloZero PS2? (380 comments)

Will this awesome bit of back-hackery enable PS2 backwards compatibility again?

more than 3 years ago
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Twitter Suffers Web Interface Exploit

HaloZero Re:mocking illiterate editors is too easy (165 comments)

You're entirely right, and that is an oversight on my part. I had originally mis-typed 'mutated' (mutaed?), and instead of spell-checking it to 'mutated', it went to 'muted'. I didn't realize until I saw it on the front page, and said 'Doh!'.

You got the idea, though.

more than 3 years ago
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Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Sell Speeding Passes for $25

HaloZero Re:Organ Donation? (825 comments)

The supposition is cynical, and intended to be a jab.

Licensed motorcyclists in states such as North Carolina and New York are registered as organ donors as part of the licensing. I'm expecting this is also practice in other states, as well. You're welcome to Google it.

more than 3 years ago
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Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Sell Speeding Passes for $25

HaloZero Organ Donation? (825 comments)

Nevada must be looking to get a foot in the door on the organ/tissue donation market. What they're not telling you is that when you get loaded into the DB, you're also flagged as a donor - much the same way licensed motorcyclists are.

Moral of the story? If you need an organ, move to Nevada.

more than 3 years ago
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Fire and Explosion At Hydrogen Station Near Rochester Airport

HaloZero Loud boom (357 comments)

I was out to lunch when this occured. It sounded like a giant dump truck slamming it's trailer. Glad to hear everyone is okay.

more than 3 years ago
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UVB-76 Broadcasts New Voice Message

HaloZero Re:Lat/Long (560 comments)

More Lat/Long stuff: 74.14W 35.74N is right off the coast of North Carolina & Southern Virginia. 74.14W 35.74S is right off the coast of Chile. 74.14E 35.74S is in the middle of nowhere, with Madagascar.

more than 3 years ago
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HSBC Bank Sends Activated Debit Cards Through Mail

HaloZero Great (220 comments)

According to the expiry date on my HSBC card, one of the mailed cards could very likely have been mine.

I will be cancelling my HSBC account as soon as I can find an effective replacement bank. We have an ESL Credit Union nearby; looking for any other alternatives if anyone has any suggestions.

about 4 years ago

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Twitter Suffers Web Interface Exploit

HaloZero HaloZero writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HaloZero writes "We're seeing lots of re-tweets on Twitter.com right now, all containing a fragment of JavaScript, which re-tweets itself when moused-over on the Twitter web interface. This could easily be muted into a more sinister attack, so it is recommended that you use a third party client application, or refrain from social media altogether until the problem is resolved."
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Frontier tells Rochester, NY 'You don't need FiOS'

HaloZero HaloZero writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HaloZero writes "Frontier Communications feels that rolling out FiOS service to it's Rochester, NY market is unnecessary, despite having just bought some of Verizon's FiOS assets. From TFA: "The general manager of Frontier’s Rochester division, told WHAM-TV reporter Rachel Barnhart the company believes its current DSL service is more than adequate for residents in the company’s largest service area. This, despite the fact Frontier recently adopted a handful of FiOS markets purchased from Verizon Communications. While Frontier has promised to continue delivering the fiber-to-the-home service in areas already offered the service started by Verizon, they have no plans to expand FiOS.""
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Powered, Controlled Flight turns 105 today

HaloZero HaloZero writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HaloZero writes "Today, 105 years ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright performed the first powered flight (Orville, piloting). More information about this monumental accomplishment is available here."
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Sony: $400 80GB PS3, No Backwards Compatability

HaloZero HaloZero writes  |  about 6 years ago

HaloZero writes "Sony just announced at E3 that it's cutting the price of the 80GB PS3 to $400 in September. Unlike the outgoing 80 gigger, the new model doesn't have backwards compatibility, though — so it's really more like the the 40GB PS3 is getting a capacity bump. That also means that the 80GB PS3 now costs the same as a 60GB 360 and an Xbox Live membership. Will this entice those holdouts to get one, finally, or is the price still too steep?"
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HaloZero HaloZero writes  |  more than 7 years ago

HaloZero writes "ComputerWorld reports that the popular BlackBerry email service hosted by RIM has suffered a major network outage in the 'entire Western hemisphere.' The speculation is that the loss of one of the two Network Operation Centers in Canada caused the outage. As of right now, my BlackBerry email service (carried by Cingular) is working fine, while the rest of our team (who uses Verizon), is in the dark. Our T-Mobile people haven't complained yet, though they usually do that by way of email anyway."
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HaloZero HaloZero writes  |  more than 7 years ago

HaloZero writes "Having just recently discovered pfSense, I am now looking for a platform to run it on. It's running currently on a 2.2GHz P4 with a gig of RAM, and that seems to be way, way too overkill for this type of application. The box itself is also huge in comparison to what I'm used to having as my 'firewall' appliance. I've done some looking into MiniITX stuff like the VIA EPIA offerings (and those seem to be the most promising), but the cases are still very large. I'd prefer a device that offers me a small case, compact flash (or an IDE port) fanless, and atleast three ethernet ports. Has anyone out there had any success with any of these small, embedded platforms? Form factors, hardware, their cases, loading media onto the device — what else should I be wary of?; that sort of thing. For the sake of argument, pfSense's hardware requirements are pretty basic; a 233MHz CPU and 128MB of RAM will do you just fine."
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HaloZero HaloZero writes  |  more than 7 years ago

HaloZero writes "The LucasArts PC Support Forums are peppered with the complaints of more than a few pissed off gamers (and atleast one reported case of a child's tears) at the release quality of the latest LEGO Star Wars title. The game has a pretty high rate of critical failure during the install process. It seems that an error occurs with the latest version of WinTrustVerify — a .NET control — when it tries to verify the main .cab-inet file. The game seems to have a better installation success rate on underpatched versions of Windows. Still, in most cases, a total reinstall of XP Pro SP2 won't affect a change in the outcome. There were a couple of minor fixes posted — one of which was a questionable, hacked .msi file — but they didn't work for me, or my roommate. The end result is that there are many people who've burned $30 on a game that doesn't function properly. How long should we wait for a fix?"

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