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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

JeffOwl Re:Already lost the "complete freedom" argument... (129 comments)

... but when we're starting to talk about hacking automobile electronics that other drivers and pedestrians depend upon for their own safety...you can probably see where we're developing a slippery slope.

And yet I can take the stock brakes off my car and install after market, or even home built custom components to alter the performance of one of the most safety critical systems on the vehicle. I can even custom build an entire vehicle if I want to. (Well, I probably shouldn't).

I would suggest that the skill/coordination/attention/mental stability of the driver is by orders of magnitude a larger risk than anyone tinkering with the ECU or other electronic systems on the vehicle today.

about three weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

JeffOwl Re:Is it legally binding (398 comments)

This is typical. They will offer you a choice, something like: 2 weeks of severance pay and you don't have to sign anything, or 4 weeks + 2 weeks per year of employment and you sign the agreement. The agreements often say you will stay quiet about the company and you give up your right to sue over the termination.

about three weeks ago
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Chinese CEO Says "Free" Is the Right Price For Mobile Software

JeffOwl Free Chinese stuff? (133 comments)

I don't know about spyware, but with apps at least you don't have to worry about lead or melamine.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

JeffOwl Re:Flip Argument (1128 comments)

All the facts given by the guy who was assigned to prosecute the officer. He made a point of saying he was going to present ALL the evidence he had.

about a month ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

JeffOwl Ts and Cs (85 comments)

I wonder what provisions the government put on the license. Perhaps something about infrastructure to aid in surveillance?

/Tinfoil?

about a month ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

JeffOwl Re:Dumb question? (163 comments)

A congressional coder takes requirements from lobbyists and translates them into a design and set of instructions that aren't readable by the average person but can be executed by a large bureaucratic machine. Note that the machine is subject to frequent single event upsets and has an executive that is prone to write it's own instructions.

about a month ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

JeffOwl Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

You miss the point entirely that one of the main drivers of highway construction is congestion, which is largely caused by passenger vehicles. Building more lanes has a cost. Maintaining more lanes has a cost.

about a month and a half ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

JeffOwl Re:TWC are (surprise, surprise) crooks and thieves (223 comments)

How about a compromise? Make the last mile providers utilities and require them to allow other ISPs to sell on their infrastructure. Since the infrastructure in many areas was a government granted monopoly when it was put in, regulate the rates that they can charge ISPs, but let the ISPs compete on prices, speeds and features. I remember when DSL was this way and I thought it worked pretty well.

about a month and a half ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

JeffOwl Re:Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (223 comments)

Never attribute to malice what could be explained by stupidity. Eg they could unintentionally be profitting millions and they have no clue why because they never audit the department managing the cash card offers.

They know not to ask questions to which they do not want to know the answers.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

JeffOwl Re:Quite the poker player (285 comments)

Yes, but if you look at the second derivative of each curve it doesn't look so lopsided.

about a month and a half ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

JeffOwl Re: DMCA (Defamation) (245 comments)

What does it say in the ISP TOS?

about a month and a half ago
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Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

JeffOwl Re:$50+, really? Can I get $50 for my copy? (107 comments)

Why the premium? Is it just because of the history?

Hipsters buying it ironically to play while drinking their Pabst are driving up demand.

about 2 months ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

JeffOwl Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

(although, if you're an "exempt" employee, there are no hours that are truly yours; being an "exempt" employee means that you trade having to punch a clock for a fixed salary, no overtime, and the possibility of being required to work 120 hours a week, all legal).

If you are an "exempt" employee you are on your own to negotiate the terms of your employment. Most of the exempt employees where I work do get OT pay.

about 2 months ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

JeffOwl Re:Time for Solidarity? (284 comments)

My COBRA insurance is higher than the mortgauge. This payment pretty much sucks up all expendable income normally used for living expenses.Many younger workers simply forgo the insurance payments.

Wait, I was under the impression that these health insurance exchanges would create a competitive marketplace where people could buy insurance at reasonable prices even if they weren't eligible for subsidies. You mean that isn't true?

about 2 months ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

JeffOwl Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

Many airlines offer seat upgrades to "economy comfort" (Delta's name) seats that are just like regular coach but have a few extra inches of legroom. These seats can be had for somewhere between free and $29 extra depending on the fair class you paid, frequent flyer status, and occupancy of the plane at check-in.

about 2 months ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

JeffOwl Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

I don't know. I've ridden facing backwards and it wasn't so bad. Although it was with windows on the side so it was obvious to our minds which direction we were headed. I don't recall anyone getting sick.

about 2 months ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

JeffOwl Re:Outrage! (200 comments)

Are you really that stupid?

Not in the way you are implying (maybe other ways). You see, the post wasn't meant to be taken literally. If you go back to the first woman is space, during that specific period of time there were only women in space and no men. But it loses something when I have to explain it. Now, as for your first question, I could retort with an equally juvenile response, but it wouldn't add anything to the conversation.

Regards

about 2 months ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

JeffOwl Outrage! (200 comments)

This is an outrage. I say we need to get a woman up into space as soon as possible. What? Women have been to space? OK, then I think we need to have a female pilot a spacecraft. Oh, that's been done too. Now it is time for a female mission commander. Already been done? What we really need is to have a female mission commander and a female ISS commander at the same time. No! that's been done too? Arrrgghhh. We need to setup a time when only females are in space and no men. Only then can we be equals.

about 2 months ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

JeffOwl Re: All about perception (200 comments)

For the US, I think fruit flies were first, then some monkeys that died, then some that lived, and some mice, and a whole bunch of other stuff before people.

about 2 months ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

JeffOwl Re:It's a Republican Thing (294 comments)

The Michigan State Senate has a 26-to-12 Republican majority and in the House a 59-to-50 Republican majority. With control of both the executive and legislative branches of government, it is certainly Republicans who are accountable for revoking the freedom to purchase a Tesla in Michigan.

So wait, 49 of the 50 democrat reps vote for this and all 12 democrat senators vote for this and it's a Republican thing?

you must be trolling.

about 2 months ago

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USB flash drives used in robbery of ATMs

JeffOwl JeffOwl writes  |  about a year ago

JeffOwl (2858633) writes "BBC is reporting that thieves are infecting ATMs with malware using USB sticks. The malware creates a backdoor that can be accessed at the front panel. The thieves are damaging the ATM to access a USB port then patching it back up to avoid notice. This indicates that the crew is highly familiar with the ATMs in question. Once the ATM is infected, the thieves use a 12 digit code to bring up the alternate interface. The thieves, not wanting their crew to go rogue, have built a challenge-response access control into their software and must call another member who can generate the response for them. Maybe they believe in the saying "no honor among thieves.""
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