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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

PPH Re:Japanese solution! (308 comments)

Then the trick is to make the door and lobby out of high strength glass. Let them push the button to get in. But lock the door if tampering is detected and send an alarm to the police. Perps delivered, all sealed in a nice box.

5 hours ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

PPH Re:inert gas (308 comments)

A fan and a vent pipe routed to a safe location. You suck the gas out faster then they can blow it in. Add a pilot light to the top of the vent and burn off the combustible gas. A visible gas flare above the bank should discourage the crooks from sticking around.

5 hours ago
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Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes

PPH Re:By "pass" they mean "died" (72 comments)

When I pass, it is because I fart

Yeah. But the rest of us are dying.

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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

PPH If this was so .... (407 comments)

... we would hear countless press releases from law enforcement to the effect that "Yet anonther Bad Guy was caught. And his phone/tablet/PC was secured with Evil Encryption." But we don't. So I'm calling Bullshit.

yesterday
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

PPH Re:Collection of wrong (352 comments)

And if you do it anyway, expect 120 xeyes windows to pop up pretty soon.

xroach FTW!

yesterday
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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

PPH Re:It worked for a while (142 comments)

So I just don't answer the home phone any more unless I recognize the number.

Same here. My home phone is generally used for outgoing calls like emergencies and where I want someone like a bank to recognize me (look up customer acount databased on my incoming number).

But here's an interesting thing I noticed lately: I may make one or two calls a week from my home number. And I get very few robocalls (having kept my number out of most marketing databases). But these robocalls all seem to come in within a few seconds of my having hung up from a legitimate call. I'm wondering if my phone company isn't offering some sort of service to these robots to signal when I'm near my phone, having just made or taken another call.

If the phone company is in the pocket of the telemarketers and actively assisting them, we are going to have a difficult time getting around their number spoofing and other trickery.

yesterday
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

PPH Re:Ed industry keeping kids stupid (207 comments)

Brought to you by the teachers' unions. Your kids are morons. We can't teach them. So no fair blaming us if they can't pass achievement tests. Just give us the raises for warehousing your brats and shut the hell up. And also parents of Bubba The Moron. My boy shouldn't be ranked against his peers. While everyone else is studying, he is winning football trophys for the school. So he deserves the same diploma as all the other kids, with no adverse grades attached.

Most of the rest of the world has figured this out already. Take the high achievers and move them into the fast track. Take the low achievers and send them to trade school. But Bubba doesn't want a diploma from Knuckle Draggers Acadamy when he has to go out and compete in the job market. And no teacher wants to teach there.

2 days ago
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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

PPH Re:Battery Fail (146 comments)

I was thinking Boeing. But as they were not on fire, you could be correct.

3 days ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

PPH This is what we used to call ... (390 comments)

... police work.

They will have to get closer to the bad guys. I predict we will see more close access work.

It beats running a drag net on the entire Internet just to see who you can catch doing whatever.

3 days ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

PPH Re:Perhaps ... (99 comments)

Various parties may apply various laws

And who funds these various parties? Taking on a for-profit entity that scoops up public domain IP and then chases you off of it isn't going to be cheap.

Defending IP isn't like real property. Where a simple call to the police that your clapped out Honda has been stolen will mobilize police forces willing to expend many times its value and put the general public at risk chasing it down.

Let me know when I can call 911 to report my photos stolen and expect an armed response.

3 days ago
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

PPH A Noble Venture ... (408 comments)

... to be sure.

The group is calling on volunteers to help with the ongoing work, which has been divided into three steps. The first is about collecting "all the factual information,"

So how will we know the difference between the Anon. warriors for justice and any other paedophile collecting material?

3 days ago
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A Call That Made History, 100 Years Ago Today

PPH Want to guess ... (51 comments)

... who they got to connect the call?

3 days ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

PPH Re:What if.. (99 comments)

First to file. Not first to invent.

4 days ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

PPH Re:Perhaps ... (99 comments)

OK, so then who supervises the term of the public domain copyright? Who stops the content theives from downloading your stuff, claiming the rights to it, submitting bogus take-down notices and claiming 'public' IP as their own?

Prommisory estoppel (if I understand it correctly) only obtains an agreement from the creator not to pursue claims. It does nothing to prevent some third party from doing so, unless the creator or an assignee actively defends the public status of the rights.

4 days ago
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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

PPH Galaxy Quest (216 comments)

Wasn't that a scene in this movie where the self destruct timer continued to count down to :01? In spite of the correct code being entered. Because all self destruct timers seen in movies are disabled with only moments to spare for dramatic effect.

4 days ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

PPH Re:What's unclear? (99 comments)

Well, since the armchair /. lawyers

I object, your honor. Opposing counsel is clearly trying to prejudice the jury with facts.

4 days ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

PPH Perhaps ... (99 comments)

... its a matter of pro-actively placing the copyright into the hands of a government entity chartered to hold it for the benefit of the public. Such an entity would have to be carefully created, with clear definitions of 'public benefit' and by-laws written to prevent takeover by special interests. The down side would be the creation of another bureaucracy that would need a funding source to operate. And would eventually leverage itself into a rent-seeking entity to serve its directors and other minions.

4 days ago
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NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

PPH Re:Lift? (83 comments)

the problem of a power source...

Much less power will be needed to spin large blades. The thin Martian atmosphere will produce much less parasitic drag.

4 days ago

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Douglas Englebart, Inventor of Computer mice has died

PPH PPH writes  |  about a year and a half ago

PPH (736903) writes "Dr. Engelbart died on Tuesday at 88 at his home in Atherton, Calif. His wife, Karen O’Leary Engelbart, said the cause was kidney failure."
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