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Car Hacking Concerns On the Rise

Randseed Re:This is your mom (95 comments)

I always liked cracking the lame-ass security that is usually used and send "messages from God" over the audio system in the car next to mine. It's hilarious.

more than 2 years ago
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Warp Drives May Come With a Killer Downside

Randseed Re:Fermi Paradox (458 comments)

Unless the resulting burst is a Gamma Ray Burst we should already have seen other aliens using this kind of tech.

But we do see unexplained, massive gamma ray bursts all over the place. For all we know, we're seeing what happened when someone dropped out of warp 5 million years ago or something in another galaxy.

more than 2 years ago
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Maine School District Gives iPad To Every Kindergartner

Randseed Re:It will .... (478 comments)

...As opposed to understanding how things work but not being able to receite a bunch of facts. Do you want the doctor, for example, that can recite loads and loads of random facts? Or do you want the doctor who can't do that but knows how to look it up, and can actually give you good care, rather than care that was terrific 10 years ago? Thank you. Rote memorization is dead. That is what people don't seem to understand. We can find information in a few seconds that earlier required hours in a library. We need to concentrate on HOW people think rather than memorization. I obviously can't do it, but I wish I could have a school of kids whom I taught HOW to think versus your school of kids who just memorize things. Unfortunately, the disgusting, pathetic, achronistic way that we do testing penalizes people who have good reasoning skills, and rewards those who can do nothing more than recite a book.

more than 3 years ago
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Maine School District Gives iPad To Every Kindergartner

Randseed Re:Dumbing Down is hidden agenda? (478 comments)

I'm a doctor and one of the things I can contribute is this: If you think for a second that our society is NOT catering to dumbasses, look at any drug commercial on TV. Thank you. Move on. Avoid the vomit I just put to the right.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Reveals New Images of Apollo Landing Sites

Randseed Re:Freaking Flash (again!) (269 comments)

Exactly. This would be because they hired a bunch of Devrys and/or retards for their IS staff.

more than 3 years ago
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(Possible) Diginotar Hacker Comes Forward

Randseed Re:WTF? (215 comments)

My comments were wrong. You (and other posters) have a good point. Specifically Ledow, and one random anonymous coward. However, I do disagree with the latter on the idea that people wouldn't have been clicking OK on random certificates: People are sheep, and, well, they DO.

more than 3 years ago
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(Possible) Diginotar Hacker Comes Forward

Randseed WTF? (215 comments)

What in the flying name of crap is this shit? First off, they didn't hack anything: this is more of a social engineering attack. Second, WHY THE GODDAMN FUCK IS THIS NEWS? I do penetration testing on my own damned home network. If some moron decides to set up an insecure network (and I have a few as neighbors), then screw'em. If people are clicking "OK" on random certificates...screw'em.

more than 3 years ago
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Michael Jackson Themed MMO In the Works

Randseed Re:One question (180 comments)

In Neverland, Michael rides YOU!!

more than 4 years ago
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HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

Randseed Fuck the MPAA (1066 comments)

Reading this, I am somehow drawn to the song by Futuristic Sex Robotz called "Fuck the MPAA."

more than 4 years ago
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Building a Traffic Radar System To Catch Reckless Drivers?

Randseed Re:red light cameras (483 comments)

...which increase accidents at the intersections. This has been said by the DOT. Why? Because usually what happens is the city reduces the yellow light time, then gets people who are in the middle of the intersection. As a result, people slam on the brakes when the yellow light turns, and there are more rear-end collisions. Toledo, OH is a perfect example.

more than 4 years ago
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Google's CEO Warns Kids Will Have to Change Names to Escape "Cyber Past"

Randseed Re:Either that (706 comments)

Yep. A prominent pediatric neurosurgeon killed himself down here a number of years ago after he got in an argument with someone and they made a malicious report of child porn to the authorities. They searched his place and found nothing, but as a result his life was destroyed. His career was over. His family life was ruined.

He hung himself in a closet.

more than 4 years ago
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Google's CEO Warns Kids Will Have to Change Names to Escape "Cyber Past"

Randseed Re:Either that (706 comments)

Yeah. The ones who actually knowingly committed a sex crime. Not those who went to a prostitute, urinated behind a tree in a park, got accused of something with no proof except some ten year old saying so, people named as rapists by some teenage girl who got caught by her father at a party she wasn't supposed to be at, naked and covered in two guys' semen, and made up the story to try and get out of trouble (true story), had sex with their 16 year old girlfriend when they were 18, had sex with some 16 year old in a club that she used fake ID to get into, and any of the rest of that crap. Unfortunately, with crap like 's Law it's just a profit-making, life-destroying industry that the government has created so that politicians can get votes.

more than 4 years ago
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Convicted NY Drunk Drivers Need Ignition Interlocks

Randseed Re:I made prediction 10 years ago. 10 years from n (911 comments)

It absolutely is. Let me throw this out there, though:
It's common practice -- and supported by the United States Government -- for medical students and residents to work 30 hours (realistically, up more since that's just WORK time) at a stretch. This is to support our lovely public health system. (If you doubt this, consider the fact that most academic institutions are predominately uninsured and Medicaid.)
There have been numerous studies that show that the impairment from this level of sleep deprivation is at least, if not worse, than 0.08 BAC. One showed 0.1 BAC equivalent.
Should we require a mental aptitude and coordination test before allowing someone to drive?
Either way, the government should pull its head out of its ass and regulate that. I worked with a doctor who twenty years ago left a 36 hour shift, went to pick up her kids, and veered off the road, killing her kids and seriously injuring herself.
And before someone says that it's these peoples' choice to work that long, here's a clue: It isn't. It's mandatory from the academic institutions, and encouraged by the government by virtue of regulatory agencies.

more than 4 years ago
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Convicted NY Drunk Drivers Need Ignition Interlocks

Randseed Re:Ineffective? (911 comments)

Next week they'll pass a stupid law banning cell phone use while driving, while similarly mandating this device for people on probation.

more than 4 years ago
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Convicted NY Drunk Drivers Need Ignition Interlocks

Randseed Re:Duh! (911 comments)

You underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups. Case in point: Hospital infant abduction systems, which are designed to keep infants from being stolen from their parents and the hospital personnel. I am aware of two different kinds of systems, but I do know there are more out there. System 1) Uses a sensor which attaches to the child's ID band. There is no accounting for whether that ID band is still attached to the child, or whether someone cut it (and the really obvious sensor) off and left it in the hospital. 2) A system called HUGS. Now it's a nice system, in theory. This one has three contacts on each side of the square tag, and a special band that goes around the child. The idea is that if it's cut, the circuit opens and it alarms. Unfortunately, there are two big problems with it. First, you can just short the connections. Second, if you have a tag you can short the connections, let the system recognize it, then disconnect it, and the system will arm falsely for a missing tag until everyone gets sick of it and turns it off. So no, I really don't think that they thought of that one two seconds into the meeting, or they didn't care.

more than 4 years ago
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Convicted NY Drunk Drivers Need Ignition Interlocks

Randseed Universally stupid. (911 comments)

Why not just install an ambo bag on the interlock and squeeze? 0.0 BAC every time, unless you put vodka in the bag.

more than 4 years ago
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Where To Start With DIY Home Security?

Randseed Guns. Lots of guns. (825 comments)

Guns. Lots of guns. And flamethrowers. And electrify all the door knobs by hooking them to 220V mains.

more than 4 years ago
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Sometimes It's OK To Steal My Games

Randseed Re:Actually.. (438 comments)

See, you have people like me who DO. For a classic example, Starcraft II. Starcraft II is a high-budget game, which Blizzard spent a lot of money marketting. All that is good. I was going to buy it. Here's what happened: I bought the thing, was confronted with a 36 hour download time, and used a version that I happened to have which was a torrented predownload. For reasons I still don't understand -- maybe it was regioning, whatever -- their DRM prevented me from using the game that day. I had to wait until July 28th, a day after it was released, to play it at all. On the release day, I'd tried numerous times to "authenticate" my copy, all of which failed. I went to my battle.net account, which claimed that I'd somehow activated too many copies. I called Blizzard and got hung up on numerous times with an "unfortunately, we're experiencing a high call volume" load of crap until I finally got through, at which point the hold time was 56 minutes. Now, I did the right thing. I bought the damned thing for $60. Blizzard's DRM caused a major screwup, which made me wish that I'd pirated it so at least it would work.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientist Infects Self With Computer Virus

Randseed Fucking moron. (393 comments)

Fucking moron.

more than 4 years ago

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Blizzard's DRM FUBARs Starcraft II

Randseed Randseed writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Randseed (132501) writes "Blizzard Entertainment spent by some reports $100M to create Starcraft II. Now people who have bought the game are unable to use it at all due to some error on Blizzard's servers relating to "associating" an account with the game. I legitimately purchased the game, and am wishing that I hadn't, and had pirated it instead, because at least a cracked version might actually work. Why do companies insist on instituting ridiculous DRM that ultimately makes them look like asses and doesn't stop piracy at all? Cracked versions are already out on the 'net."

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