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Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

Kernel Kurtz Re:Getting a warrant (55 comments)

It's difficulty will be on a scale of one to ten how reasonable it is.

"In 2011, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association reported to Canada's privacy commissioner its members received 1.2 million requests for customer information in one year and disclosed information about 780,000 customers. http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/news..."

I'm betting on a sizable dent in those numbers.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Climate Change With Trade

Kernel Kurtz Re:Does anyone oppose this? tsarkon reports (155 comments)

Especially when you pick which tree rings give you the answer you want, and then graft modern data on to it (cough).

And for our ability to measure becoming more precise, I guess that is why they change their methodology regularly (ie HADCRUT2, 3, 4....). We all know good scientists constantly change how they measure things, for consistency. And of course they continually "correct" decades old data as required as well. And if you delete the original data all the better. No going back LOL.

And I work in IT, I know a bit about modelling and algorithms, and though that is far from my expertise, I have to say their ability to model climate is pretty dismal. ALL the models overestimate over the last decades. You would expect in a good ensemble for some to be high and some to be low and reality to be somewhere in between, but they are ALL high. Oh Noes, we're gonna die!!! And it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why. Models assume as their raison de etre it is all about CO2. Climate is not all about CO2, it's way more complex than that.

I like science as much as anyone, and even ignoring the problems with falsifiability or reproducibility in climate science, few other branches of scientific inquiry leave me as underwhelmed with their predictive ability. If you want to know what it will be like in a century, you have to have some idea of what happens in between. In high school they called it showing your work.

So far it's a fail.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Climate Change With Trade

Kernel Kurtz Oh good. (155 comments)

Another climate change thread.

Let the fun begin!

about two weeks ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

Kernel Kurtz Re: How do you solve a problem that doesn't exist? (385 comments)

If your doctors know as much about physiology as scientists know about climate, you are gonna die either way.

about three weeks ago
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US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

Kernel Kurtz Re:Just a note (164 comments)

I expect the queen is just chilling with her corgis.

Myself, I'm profoundly glad I don't live in America.

So yes, it is nice.

about a month ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Kernel Kurtz This is not new (579 comments)

Even before the installation of countdown timers here, I've always considered the walk/don't walk lights as an indication of what the traffic lights are going to do. If you travel past the same intersections regularly you learn how long the don't walk light lasts before the traffic signal turns yellow, and you learn the sequencing of things like turn lights as well. This has always seemed to me to be common sense, though a lot of drivers are clearly oblivious to it.

If that useful extra information causes you to get in accidents, however, then you are not using it correctly.

about a month ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

Kernel Kurtz Re:Agreed. (242 comments)

I have a Pebble was thinking of getting a Gear just for the better screen and generally better quality materials.

It's handy in the car for reading texts. It would be illegal to do that on my phone here, but I can sit right beside a cop car and scroll through them on my watch with no issues. Obviously have to stop to send them though.

Also great having the GPS rangefinder on my wrist when golfing as opposed to constantly checking a phone.

It's rudimentary first gen tech, but I can see it getting better and more useful over time. I doubt the niche will just disappear as a fad.

about a month ago
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US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

Kernel Kurtz Re:Just a note (164 comments)

As a Canadian I do find it fascinating. So many Americans feel they need their guns to protect their rights and freedoms and are very vocal about that, but your rights and freedoms are disappearing at a rapid pace and the guns don't seem to be doing you much good.

Apparently the 2nd amendment is sacrosanct, but the 4th is disposable. I wonder which one will be next?

about a month ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy

Kernel Kurtz Re:Canada? (112 comments)

So this helps out like, 15 people?

Closer to a million

In 2011, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association reported to Canada's privacy commissioner its members received 1.2 million requests for customer information in one year and disclosed information about 780,000 customers.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technol...

I strongly doubt these requests prevented or helped prosecute 780,000 crimes. Thankfully the courts can tell gratuitous fishing when they see it.

about a month and a half ago
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US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

Kernel Kurtz Re:Preventing Stingray from working (272 comments)

There are several projects based on mapping cell towers.

There are also projects looking to use network diagnostic info from the phone itself. Everything is still very alpha at this stage, but hopefully that will change.

The most well known is probably this one;

https://opensource.srlabs.de/p...

There is also a project on XDA that has attracted some attention;

http://forum.xda-developers.co...

Unfortunately I don't think it is as easy as the parent suggests.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Kernel Kurtz Re:Put your money where your mouth is (784 comments)

Absolutely.

If you can predict the climate accurately you can be a billionaire easily.

I have no idea why all those climate scientists forgo the Ferraris and Swiss villas. Should be easy money.

about 3 months ago
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Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

Kernel Kurtz Re:This is TOTALLY okay (202 comments)

Government has a troubling history of using private citizens as proxy agents to do things for which they are prohibited.

We are not OK with Google sharing or selling our data to government without court oversight. That seems to be this private companies only business model. They are effectively owned by law enforcement in all but name.

about 3 months ago
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Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

Kernel Kurtz Re:Of course it's vanished! (202 comments)

It doesn't much matter anymore, now does it? :)

It never mattered.

It's not like we didn't all already know this was happening anyway.

about 3 months ago
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Nissan Develops a Self-Cleaning Car

Kernel Kurtz Waxing? (94 comments)

I wax my car several times a year, both to protect the paint with a sacrificial barrier and to make it really shine (Klasse + Pinnacle for anyone who cares). I use a clay bar once a year as well.

I'm guessing at best the wax will defeat the repellant qualities of the paint, and at worst the paint may repel the wax.

I can see this as being good for for people who can't be bothered with keeping their car clean. Probably not so much for people who care.

about 3 months ago

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