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A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

MooseTick Re:Credit Card-Sized Game Device = "Old Phone"? (33 comments)

"Well, none of those can fit inside your wallet"

Perhaps so, but if I put something like this in my wallet, it will be broken in a day or 2. See, I put my wallet in my back pocket. And any electronic device thin enough to put in my wallet, will likely snap they first time I sit down too fast. And.... I'm only 165 lbs. I can't even imagine something like this being able to survive in the wallet of a comic book guy/neckbeard's wallet.


Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

MooseTick Re:The only good thing (452 comments)

According to the CDC ( there are "More than 480,000 deaths annually " related to cigarettes and ( "approximately 88,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States"

In 2011, the CDC says ( "33,071 (80%) of the 41,340 drug overdose deaths in the United States were unintentional"

So ciggs+alcohol deaths ~ 570,000 deaths per year
Accidental drug overdose ~ 33,000 deaths per year

Now which should be legal and/or a greater concern to society at large? Which likey have a greater economic cost to society? Which has a greater overall impact?

I'm not saying hard drugs aren't bad, but perhaps we should concentrate on what is causing the most damage first.


Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

MooseTick Re:Real life is complicated (452 comments)

"Some, like the sort you are thinking of, are simply idiots seeking pleasure"

Yes. They are the idiots. Why would anyone try to seek pleasure. They are obviously in the wrong.


Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

MooseTick Re:Customer service? (875 comments)

"she stole hundreds of pounds of my wife's make-up "

Your wife must be a real looker if she flies around with hundreds of pounds of makeup.

4 days ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

MooseTick Re:Maybe 35,000 in 1980. (285 comments)

My first job was in 1989, and I remember the federal minimum wage was $3.35/hour back then. I'm sure some people made more, but I doubt most students beat that by much.

about a week ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

MooseTick Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (435 comments)

"Personally, I'll never buy an automated car."

You will not have a choice one day. If the average driver gets in an accident every 100k miles, and the average automated car gets in an accident every 1M miles, then the insurance companies will charge you to the point that you can't afford to drive yourself. They already do that now for minors and people with DUIs on their record.

Plus, it will take longer to go places when the system is fully in effect. Automated cars will be able to travel closely at high speeds in convoys, likely have dedicated lanes, never need breaks, etc.

about two weeks ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

MooseTick Next... Wonder Woman is a man (590 comments)

If they want to sell some comics, they should make Wonder Woman a man. And Batgirl a guy as well. Maybe, then it would sell better.

about two weeks ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

MooseTick Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

Well, they are doing a sequel to Twins saying there were Tripleps. And of course, the 3rd guy is black.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

MooseTick forward your users (148 comments)

"Some of these domains are .us TLD, which unfortunately will limit my choice to U.S.-based companies."

Make a landing page on the .us servers that forwards them to servers elsewhere. Almost no one goes to web sites by name anyway. Forward it for now. Eventually your users will bookmark or remember the new site.

In reality, you can't not get sued if you put yourself out there. Anyone can sue you for anything. It doesnt' mean they can win, but they can still get the ball rolling. And it doesn't cost that much to sue, so they don't have to have expensive lawyers. And even if you countersued for damages, that doesn't mean they will have the ability to pay.

about a month ago

RAND Study: Looser Civil Service Rules Would Ease Cybersecurity Shortage

MooseTick GS can be decent pay (97 comments)

A GS-15 in Atlanta's starting pay is $120034 and they top out at $156043. Now, that's the top level, but you can make decent money as a gevernment employee.

Your basic FBI/DEA/ICE/Secret Service agent is a GS13. Their range is $86,355-112,261. I'm sure some people on here make more than that, but I bet a the majority don't. If you go here (, it states someone making $100k is in the 96%. That is the entire US workforce, but should paint a relevent picture.

about a month ago

Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

MooseTick The whole internet is a "threat" (125 comments)

""A 'threat,' according to the bill, is anything that makes information unavailable or less available."

With this definition, the whole internet is a 'threat'. If you are downloading something from site x, you are using bandwidth that could be making site y "less available". Therefore, any site that requires the use of bandwidth to access could be consider a threat.

about a month ago

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

MooseTick Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

"I would argue, though, that the man could have had other content on the drive, which was unknown, and which could have incriminated him for some other crime. In which case the ruling would be improper."

That doesn't work. Otherwise, everyone who commits a murder should keep some cocaine handy. Then when they search your house for the murder you could argue that the cocaine constituted an illegal search because they weren't looking for that.

about a month ago

Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

MooseTick Re:what is so special (371 comments)

"US law protects people in the USA. That's how "laws" work - they apply to a geographical area, not to a diaspora of people spread across the world."

Not totally true. You are liable for taxes as a citizen, even if you haven't set foot on US soil in 30 years. Even if the company you work for has no presence in the US.

Additionally, if you leave the US with intent to violate certain laws elsewhere you may be breaking the law. i.e. Going to Thailand with the intention of having sex with 13 year olds would be illegal.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is another example. You don't have to be on US soil to violate US law.

about a month ago

The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

MooseTick people don't know themselves very well (254 comments)

"According to the WSJ, citing Gallup, "62% of the more than 18,000 U.S. consumers it polled said social media had no influence on their buying decisions."

I suspect most people would answer a poll saying advertising NEVER influences their buying decisions. Independent analysis may prove otherwise. Coke, GM, or whoever don't spend billions on advertising because they think it helps. They have done lots of tests and analysis, and they know it helps. Sure, lots of advertising is a waste. But targetted advertising at the right time and place can have a ROI.

about a month ago

Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

MooseTick Re:Security Information and Event Management (SIEM (195 comments)

"Bill said he was out at lunch with clients for an hour, but the geolocation-software installed into his phone says he was located around a car dealership, and was there for 3 hours."

That sounds like horrible software if the managers don't know to take it with a grain of salt. GPS isn't accurate down to the foot, and there are restaurants located beside car dealerships. Plus, he could have dropped his car off for service, left his phone in his car, and gone to lunch wtih clients.

about a month ago

US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

MooseTick always exceptions (216 comments)

There will likely always be an exception. The car doesn't know that you are the only person in the car, and there is no reason that a passenger can't input nav data while the vehicle is in motion.

This will make for some great action movies though. Imagive the hero doesn't know where he needs to be, but can't stop the vehicle for GPS to work because there is a carload of mafia terrorists chasing him.

about a month and a half ago

How To Make Espresso In Space

MooseTick Re:Short black with one (192 comments)

Yeah. Its so hard to find a Kroger :/

Mine has probably 75 different cheeses from all over the world. If you can find a Whole Foods, you will probably have even more variety. Its not that hard to find anything anymore.

about a month and a half ago

US Government OKs Sale of Sharper Satellite Images

MooseTick Re:Oh...they have access to better imagery... (82 comments)

Exactly. They may have just realized they can't hide stuff in open view anymore. I'm sure someone has or is planning to buid a drone and fly it over area 51, the pentagon, and other "secret" and protected types of places. If they take those images with a decent camera and dump that via cellular as its taken, then shooting it down won't even do much good. If you are willing to lose $1000-5000 worth of gear, I suspect you could have extremely high resolution images of anywhere. And once you get those photos and post them on the web, there is no stopping their distribution.

about a month and a half ago

Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

MooseTick Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

OK, Wikipedia says fossils "are the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms from the remote past"

So I agree that laptops and coffee mugs don't become fossils, but that doens't mean thay can't still leave signs of their existance. According to the same source ( dinosaurs footprints have been found. They are even said "These tracks were fossilized and largely hidden until many were unearthed". I know its surprising that Wikipedia si contradicting itself, yet there it is.

And how do we know about those cities if they are compeltely lost? Perhaps from some record or artifact? Or is there a really old guy that remembers it and talks about it while sitting on the front porch when children wander up?

about a month and a half ago

Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

MooseTick Re:Rare Earth Hypothesis (686 comments)

You could also throw in the fact that intelligent life isn't enough. We were intelligent for thousands of years, and only recently stumbled across radio waves. That could have lasted millions years if we were a little less intelligent or motivated. Or if religion banned scientific research for some reason and executed anyone from that type of experimentation. Or if the handful of people who firgured out key parts of out knowlege were killed before their eureka moment. Or if there was a virus that killed 25% of the population every century. That could have kept mankind from ever advancing beyond a certain point. Or if silicon were as rare as gold, computers would not be as available as today. Or possibly a combination of those and 100 other potential items that could have kept us from advancing.

about a month and a half ago


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