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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Jumperalex Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Baloney. As someone who deals with the military industrial complex on a daily basis, I know for a fact that the forms you submit to the OPM ask you in plain English "have you ever belonged to an organization dedicated to the violent overthrow of the US government" and these forms are retained by the OPM for something like 7 or 10 years, after which you are required to resubmit them. If she said "no" to the question in question, but knew that her acquaintances went to jail, something objectively doesn't add up. The best possible excuse is that she's just pathologically oblivious, not that the OPM has trumped up charges out of nowhere.

I don't have mod points to upvote so I'll brave the repost of this. This person is not a troll, they are stating facts. Omission on an SF86 is the same as a lie. Not only do they specifically ask you about groups advocating the overthrow of the government they also ask you about ANY political group affiliations.

Anyone filling out an SF86 should two simple facts: 1) the lie is always worse than the fact and 2) when in doubt WRITE IT DOWN!!! The worst that happens is you've wasted some time writing it down and wasted some time of the investigator/adjudicator.

Let's be clear: I (and thus we) do not have enough facts even from TFA to really make an informed assessment. But parent is not wrong, not a troll, and for what we do know from TFA is on-topic.

about two weeks ago

Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

Jumperalex Socialism? ... riiiiiiight (171 comments)

If a 15 minute open refund period produced "obvious and intuitive consumer benefits" just think about what an hour could do. You know, like enough to actually test out the app for REAL. Especially apps that are more complicated than flappy bird and, oh yeah, more expensive.

Mea Culpa: though I will acknowledge that a "free" app with in-app purchase, that works well enough to test it out before spending money, is indeed one way to get around the limited 15 minutes to test the app.

But of course those apps are not the problem. The problem the government (you know, the supposedly by the people FOR the people) is trying to prevent predatory sharks from bilking people of money through shady practices like kids games that make it very easy to just click click spend a shed load of money.

about 1 month ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Jumperalex Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (560 comments)

I don't see why not.

First you are resumed innocent at least by US Law. So to claim that you setup the dead-man switch specifically to destroy evidence is to assume a priori that you are guilty.

Second, there are completely legitimate reasons for the scheme presented. Such as preventing absolutely anyone else in the world, other than the police, from accessing the data without your knowledge or consent. The fact that it is so elaborate and/or effective (I can't comment on that last bit) is evidence of skill not guilt.

Assuming a defendant didn't do something stupid like admit their real fear was prosecution using evidence of a crimes stored on those very same drives, I'd have a hard time as a juror finding the defendant guilty of evidence tampering. I am under no obligation to admit anything about those drives, to include my knowledge that the clock is ticking. That is the heart of the self-incrimination argument against having to decrypt a hard drive.

Mind you my assertions above are not backed up by a law degree and in some ways are still tenuous given the current state of jurisprudence in the various US courts. Though iirc, the SCOTUS has weighed in with a narrow decision along those lines. But I might only be thinking of a circuit court decision.

about 3 months ago

Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

Jumperalex Re:State constitution, not Federal (519 comments)

haha thanks, you mostly saved me from saying the same thing. So I'm just piling on for effect.

While it might be a worthy discussion to have concerning just how much work gives you how much "paid-retirement" the fact that the concept itself is looked at with derision is truly sad. Instead of lionizing the few left who still have the option, it might be better to start demanding answers for why more people don't.

*Disclaimer - I'm one of the lucky few

about 3 months ago

Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Jumperalex Re:So in other words, it will be just like Firewir (355 comments)

The problem lay with the peripheral manufacturers who didn't want to put in more expensive controllers and dual-ports on their enclosures. ... They buy on price and availability, plain and simple.

And they were right. Overall what is cheaper? Six devices and a computer with expensive controllers in them? Or one computer with one less expensive controller in it and six devices with really inexpensive controllers in them?

Daisy chaining - I'm sure it was nice, and I can even think of one or two cases where I might have used it if it were available, but in the end the fast majority of my devices were all within reach of me, which meant they needed to be ~the same distance from the computer, which meant they could both use the same length cables (give or take). Daisy chaining doesn't change the # of cables I need. At best is lets me use one shorter cable and slightly declutters the back of my computer. But that is what a USB hub is for, and combined it was cheaper than FW controllers, enclosures, and cables.

It was a very expensive solution to a problem very few people had: the need to move massive amounts of data in/out of a peripheral at a time when the user is unwilling to wait. That is to say, not even external-backups really needed it because those tend to be fire and forget.

At least that was my experience and I actually did buy an external FW HDD for backups because I really was just that impatient :)

about 4 months ago

Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

Jumperalex Re:Dangerous (490 comments)

My typical comment when i lived in Vegas was, "and your tombstone will read 'but he had the right of way!' "

about 4 months ago

DOJ Complains About Getting a Warrant To Search Mobile Phones

Jumperalex Re:Makes no sense (178 comments)

And if the officer is not in possession of the phone, then having or not a warrant has exactly zero impact on the suspect's ability to wipe the phone. The only thing that prevents that is physical possession of the phone by the officer. Not having a warrant does not prevent the officer from taking the phone into evidence, it just stops them from searching it until a warrant is granted. So no, it most certainly does not.

about 5 months ago

The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

Jumperalex Blah Blah Blah Haters Gonna Hate ... (163 comments)

I now know about a very handy parking app for DC. And I DID actually look for one and as the article suggests I found crap. Now I'm happy and his "textwall" not withstanding I have no baggage with this Bennett person so all I can say is "Thanks"

about 5 months ago

Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents

Jumperalex Re:you have things backwards (192 comments)

Also just stop and look at the insanity and stupidity of that logic ... a system that makes people be willfully ignorant of the current state of the art. A system that wastes resources by encouraging people to create something that will ultimately because it infringes. A system where investors won't (if they are smart) touch you if you haven't done due diligence at some point to protect their investment ... all the while knowing that no matter how hard you try chances are there is someone sitting out their just waiting for a target worthy of suing. How's that for stifling innovation??

I'm not saying patents would be 100% abolished, but the current system FAILS its intended purpose and is in need of a serious overall to avoid wasted resources, prevent submarine-ing, and generally stop ridiculously obvious patents in their tracks to the point of preventing them from being grants in the first place no less costing millions to fight.

I'll sum up with, if you are small entity and think the patent system is your friend ... you have not been paying attention.

about 6 months ago

Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Jumperalex Re:not really sales, just the first sale (490 comments)

First sale explains why Netflix is allowed / forced to use physical discs absent a streaming license for a specific title. It does not an explain why the studios don't offer Netflix the aforementioned "virtual" discs.

about 6 months ago

Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

Jumperalex Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (517 comments)

Yes, and charge a LOT of money for it and if it doesn't work blame the patient for not "believing hard enough" ;-)

about 6 months ago

Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

Jumperalex Re:Ok seriously though ... (367 comments)

I see your point. That might be the missing link. I just don't know how much they would have to pay for that once a distro goes EOL from the mainline support structure.

about 6 months ago

Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

Jumperalex Re:Ok seriously though ... (367 comments)

with banking and PCI compliance I don't know if it is really that simple.

I mean let me be clear, I'm not saying it is a bad idea to go open-source, or look for options beyond MS ... I'm just saying I'm not seeing how moving from one OS to another solves their software/hardware synchronization problem given that fact that they are themselves independent of each other and driven by different life-cycles realities [shrug].

about 6 months ago

Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

Jumperalex Re:Ok seriously though ... (367 comments)

But that same argument can be used right now with the XP ATM's ... until the hardware breaks those can run "forever". Well that is except for security updates which any old UNIX GUI would need as well. you can't get around the need for security updating. So then it is a question of who will perform that function. with XP is was MS, with [Linux Distro] it is [Linux Distro Owner] and they will both EOL a distro at some point and stop providing security updates.

At least that is my question ... what am I missing?

about 6 months ago

Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

Jumperalex Ok seriously though ... (367 comments)

I guess I'm missing the difference. Linux distros and kernels do indeed go EOL. When that happens there are no more security updates and backporting right? Well how is that different than what MS is doing right now with XP? In either case they will still have to face the fact that the OS isn't going to be supported anymore and will require them to upgrade software.

Or are they thinking they will go it alone and continue to update their Linux distro/kernel just because it is open source? Do they really think they are qualified to do that? Or is the hope that they can spend money to keep the OS in long-term-support status?

about 6 months ago

Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

Jumperalex First (367 comments)


about 6 months ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

Jumperalex Re:Cut them off (747 comments)

And make them wear a giant red "V" on their clothes

about 6 months ago

Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

Jumperalex Re:Why do they need to unlock it? (465 comments)

Even if they were asking for a new set of locks, your answer is still on point: they can charge a reasonable fee but they can't deny you. But perhaps that is just where fails ;-)

about 7 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Jumperalex And just like Sony ... (769 comments)

they deserve to fail miserably and go down in flames.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Review Sites Do You Consult For IT Equipment?

Jumperalex, - Beware! (129 comments)

Obviously anecdotes mean nothing, but I'm always puzzled by comments like this. I've got a several year old Vertex 2 that started as my win7 OS drive and is now doing duty as a Plex Media Server app drive. I also have a Vertex 3 as my win7 OS drive. Finally I have another Vertex 2 in my laptop, though I admit right now it gets very little use. Both have been operating with no trouble to include a number of trouble free firmware updates.

Yes OCZ does seem to have a higher rate of failure than most other SSD's (that alone would be enough had I known it back in the day) but it isn't like they are failing in droves. They are still at least as reliable as an HDD. And for the price they fit a niche. I'm not running a server farm so I don't need that level of reliability. That is why I have backups.

As to them going bankrupt ... well that is more a case of mismanagement than products that suck. Though I suppose their push capture the market via ultra-low prices couldn't be sustained long enough to work and so now they are suffering the consequences. So yeah, poor management decisions [shrug].

about 10 months ago


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