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Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

Iamthecheese Tesla cars rock (152 comments)

But I will never EVER willingly buy a car that reports back everywhere it is.

about a week ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Iamthecheese Re:God that's hopeless (240 comments)

It's the number to be displayed on a chart by a mid level executive of Dice.com reading as follows:

24% of Slashdot readers spend at least $10 per year on apps

about a week ago
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Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

Iamthecheese missiles (365 comments)

I don't know, can they shoot down beta?

about 2 months ago
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An open letter to the management of Slashdot.

Iamthecheese Re:Noted (14 comments)

Would you kindly tell us in clear, unambiguous language what management is trying to do in regards to social media and Slashdot?

about 2 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

Iamthecheese Re:What could go wrong? (341 comments)

Crackers are just the beginning of the danger. Imagine a government with the power to shut off any phone (any portable data transfer device?) at any time using the T word as an excuse and not having to even justify it for several months. The laws that allow the latter are already in place, enacted, and only awaiting the ability.

This is one of the most dangerous laws imaginable.

about 2 months ago
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How to fix Slashdot Beta?

Iamthecheese Ads (17 comments)

It's obvious a large part of the Beta programming was designed to bypass tracker blocking and allow monitization of users. If you're going to do that at least be honest about it. Say upfront that you want to track and advertise at us. To pretend you're not doing this is at best dishonest and at worst an insult to our intelligence.

about 2 months ago
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Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command

Iamthecheese Re:OPFOR (221 comments)

Obviously you run into problems if you want any soldier to be able to destroy the hardware at any time creating a tradeoff but authentication is a very well studied topic. A hashed passphrase will suffice as long as you trust your data stores and if you don't trust your data stores it's probably better not to put the hardware out there anyway.

about 2 months ago
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Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

Iamthecheese Re:This "protest" (232 comments)

Indeed, and if Dice can't see past the next three months they may see that as desirable. Discussion boards like Slashdot need their contributors WAY more then the contributors need them. Remember what happened when Digg ignored their users? If Dice wants Slashdot for its large number of techies the dumbest thing they can do is to drive away said techies.

about 2 months ago
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Many Lasers Become One In Lockheed Martin's 30 kW Laser Weapon

Iamthecheese Multiple bandwidths (202 comments)

I don't know the physics of it, could someone tell me whether it would be both feasible and helpful to combine various lasers of differing bandwidths into one beam?

about 2 months ago
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CES 2014: HAL© is a Voice- and Gesture-Operated Remote (Video)

Iamthecheese ooooh Stealth Mode© (46 comments)

It's a super special secret. Optical tracking! how does it work? Who knows? Why does it change the channel every time I take a bite? Why does it already work as well as five year old technology? HOW DID THEY DOOO THAT?

Get this trash off the front page.

about 3 months ago
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Phil Zimmerman Launching Secure "Blackphone"

Iamthecheese bork bork bork (156 comments)

This is going to end up a complete mess. Either no one will use them in which case they won't make much difference, only evil people will use them, in which case the US government will shut them down, or a lot of people will use them, in which case the US government will subvert them.

about 3 months ago
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Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

Iamthecheese $50 (562 comments)

$50 is a lot more to a lot of people than you think. If you have a secure job or a lot of money it may seem like surrendering your privacy for nothing important. But for some people that means a chance to eat more than beans and rice this month, a phone card that could land them a job, or a 5 month overdue oil change.

Perspective is important.

about 3 months ago
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Judge: NSA Phone Program Likely Unconstitutional

Iamthecheese In next week's news (345 comments)

December 24, 2013 U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon was found dead yesterday in a severe car accident. The 54 year old highly regarded judge was under a lot of stress and drinking was reportedly involved. Mourning on this Christmas Eve are his late wife and child.

about 4 months ago
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Digital Taste Interface

Iamthecheese Doubt it (47 comments)

This video has a very high claim/evidence ratio. All I can see is a man with two electrodes in his mouth. Nothing about how it works. I'm going to file this in "speculative fiction"

about 5 months ago
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

Iamthecheese Re:Huh? (1216 comments)

responding to your sig: It's foolish to say who is "richest" in the world without comparing cost of living. It's foolish to assume anyone who thinks in terms like "the 1%" hates said 1%.

about 5 months ago
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File-Sharing Site Was Actually an Anti-Piracy Honeypot

Iamthecheese tastes like (225 comments)

Sour grapes. However many or few people used the site this is a real betrayal and it's necessary for pirates and torrenters to find way to become even more robust against this kind of activity. We're already playing a vigorous game of whack-a-mole but what I think is needed is a series of third party web-sites to filter and mix comment and posted torrents from various IPs to various different user names. Torrent sites could have an API that allows such filtering. For example Joe Anypirate would use torrentfilter.net to send a torrent to thepiratebay.sx. thepiratebay.sx would have only torrentfilter.net as the source of the file information. torrentfilter would automatically assign a random user name for data to forward to thepiratebay.sx. A pirates-only proxy. These third party sites wouldn't host torrents providing a level of abstraction and safety from laws targeting torrent sites.

about 6 months ago
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John McAfee's Latest Project: Shielding Against Surveillance

Iamthecheese No information is available. (100 comments)

Neither of the linked articles provided any information about what the device is and how it works. Given their descriptions it could be anything from an extra transport level encryption layer to, as someone mentioned, a tinfoil hat. This is a bad article and the editors should feel bad.

about 7 months ago
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John McAfee's Latest Project: Shielding Against Surveillance

Iamthecheese Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (100 comments)

I'm sorry to inform you that the Tor network is absolutely riddled with US government-owned computers sharing packet information. If you want privacy you'll have to migrate to Freenet.

about 7 months ago
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Metadata On How You Drive Also Reveals Where You Drive

Iamthecheese Privacy is for the rich (81 comments)

Throughout history and especially in today's world anyone able to pay extra can get more privacy and anyone sufficiently poor has none. This is simply a continuation of that trend. The poorer you are the more forms you have to fill out with personal information to get what you need and the less likely those forms are to be jealously guarded. On the extreme end you have people filling out dozens of forms daily dealing with hospitals, charity organizations, food banks, and government assistance organizations just to survive. In this case if you're rich enough you can choose an insurance company that won't log every mile you travel. At the other extreme you have people with private airplanes they board with the surrounding areas screened for photographers; houses surrounded by tall walls and guards; every form filled out by someone else and when possible with inaccurate personal information; cars with dark tint on the back windows; and personal physicians bound to secrecy with highly restrictive privacy agreements.

about 7 months ago

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Scammer's sentenced to super short, suspended stint

Iamthecheese Iamthecheese writes  |  about two weeks ago

Iamthecheese (1264298) writes "A scammer who used an Indian call center to sell free virus scanning software received a suspended sentence and a 5,000 pound fine yesterday. Members of the swindler's organization used cold calling and claimed to be Microsoft. Saying the victim's computer was infected, they tried to sell antimalware programs available free from microsoft for 50 to 100 pounds."

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