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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

SecurityGuy Re:Safety vs Law (467 comments)

Really? I've driven in near whiteout conditions, fog so thick I could barely see past the end of my hood, and a freak rainstorm that dumped so much rain I literally couldn't see past the end of my hood. I coped with all in the same way. I slowed down a LOT. The last was especially worrisome as I had to completely stop on a road with a 45 MPH speed limit. Normally, I'd call that insane, but I LITERALLY could not see the road anymore. Forward motion at all was fairly soon going to mean driving into a ditch. I had no choice but assume and hope any other cars on the road also had to stop. I don't see how they could have done anything else.

Personally, I think all such vehicles are going to have to have a very basic failsafe that alerts the occupants LOUDLY that it's about to stop, then does so if driving or equipment conditions become inadequate for navigation. That's all people do anyway, really. Conditions too bad? Pull over. Injured/incapacitated? Pull over if you can.

2 days ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

SecurityGuy Re:Why speed only a little? (467 comments)

Lately, I think you're lucky if the cars around you have situation awareness extending as far as the brake lights in front of them. Too often it extends not beyond their smartphone.

2 days ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

SecurityGuy Re:Summary misplaces emphasis on one point (165 comments)

Well, technically there was a ton of support from Congress, considering Congress passed the actual law in the first place, and therefore provided funding for the entire thing.

It's more like there was one part of congress very much in favor of Obamacare, and one part very much against, and the in-favor group carried the day.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

SecurityGuy Re:I mail the author (430 comments)

There's a kernel of truth in here.

If someone writes software for you for free and you want something else from them, pay them (or someone else) to write it. If you don't want it badly enough to pay for it, write it yourself.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

SecurityGuy MySQL in particular drives me nuts. (430 comments)

For YEARS there's a been a file named INSTALL_SOURCE or something like it. Indeed, there's a section on that, but a lot of the file is how to download and install precompiled binaries. It's a little thing, but it just bugs me ever time I have to skip past the stuff that shouldn't be in there to get the stuff that should.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

SecurityGuy Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

I like Javadoc (or Doxygen, which I use often), but read the source is horrible advice. Source code can be anywhere from elegant and clear to $DIETY awful spaghetti. Source code tells you precisely what the code does, not what it was meant to do (sometimes those differ and we call them bugs) or why it was done that way.

about two weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

SecurityGuy Re:the ARTICLE states (790 comments)

i don't think the spin being placed here as it being an 'invasion' of privacy is accurate here considering my prior statement
you should thank google for helping to stop people invading the child's privacy by putting a stop to sharing of images like this

Actually, I was thinking the perhaps we shouldn't jump the gun because maybe Google was troubleshooting something and discovered the image accidentally.

The hash table of a lot of things could be a problem. I have a relative who sends me political memes. How hard is it to hash those and get a list of known Conservatives/Liberals/etc. McCarthy wasn't that long ago. Not too long ago being gay got you kicked out of the military. Drug laws are in flux. The list of things which are good or bad depending on either time or your own opinion goes on and on. The post office doesn't get to open your mail and compare the contents to a list of known bad things. Why does Google?

about two weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

SecurityGuy Re:FUD much? (409 comments)

So, your argument is that because a bad thing is probably going to happen eventually, we may as well just do it now?

about three weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

SecurityGuy Re: Fucking ridiculous (409 comments)

I wonder if he's in any condition to ask if he wants to be transported to the US. If I volunteered to go try to cure people with Ebola, I think the last thing I'd want to do is bring a body-weight ebola culture back to a major US city.

about three weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

SecurityGuy Re:FUD much? (409 comments)

And yes it is an excellent idea, because it gives the CDC a living "test tube" of the actual active Ebola virus, not a sample of infected blood collected, and shipped on ice.

Right, because it's absolutely impossible to ship a plane full of CDC scientists and equipment. Far, far, better to ship a live human body full of ebola over and to a densely populated area. What could possibly go wrong?

about three weeks ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

SecurityGuy Re:Did anything improve? (285 comments)

How do you plan to measure this, exactly? I get your point that the end goal is competent adults, not test performance per se, but I've firsthand seen how my own kids can fail to get a concept well enough, and that leads to not getting the next concept, and so on. If you're not good at addition, you won't be good at multiplication, and so on through high school and you're just HOSED when you need to be good at trigonometry.

Come on, people. Science works. Things that work are...testable. If you're advocating some educational strategy, but reject the notion that it's testable, you're rejecting basic science. If that describes you, kindly keep your hands off education policy.

about 1 month ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

SecurityGuy Re:meh. (285 comments)

I don't think it's corruption, necessarily. Some people are just rabidly pro-Apple. Some people don't (yet) get that technology isn't an education silver bullet. When you get people who think technology is a silver bullet AND love Apple products, you get things like this.

about 1 month ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

SecurityGuy Personally, I *HATE* those things. (102 comments)

I don't mind dealing with computers. I don't mind dealing with people. I hate dealing with computers that pretend to be people. "Wait a minute while I look that up for you." (pretend typing noise) NOOOOOO thanks. If people want a more human experience, they're saying they want actual humans, not computers that pretend to be humans.

about a month ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

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

The point of having it is very simply that people screw up eventually. Drive long enough, and you'll make a serious mistake. Most of the time, you'll come through it with no harm. Occasionally, you'll wreck your car. Occasionally, you'll kill someone. The point is also saving time. I don't have enough of it. If I could claim back the hour of my day I spend driving, that'd be great. The point is removing an unpleasant task. I have family 6 hours away I'd like to see more, but 6 hours in a car is unpleasant. If I could get in the car about midnight and wake up in their driveway at 6am, that'd be fantastic. Don't tell me to take the bus/plane/train, either. That's either more unpleasant or lots more expensive.

Keep in mind, this whole idea is predicated on developing cars that drive better than you do. If that doesn't happen, none of the rest does. It seems like the people who get all bent out of shape over the idea think we're going to put automated cars on the road that are WORSE at driving than people are. Why would we ever do that?

about a month ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

SecurityGuy Re:Can't live with/without them... (353 comments)

I have family in Canada who aren't happy with the system there and had to come here (US) for treatment due to stupid long waits. I suspect health care is one of those things that works "fine" for the majority of people because the majority of people are "fine" and don't need it. A good friend of mine is permanently disabled and on Medicare, which works "fine" for her, too, aside from a month or so wait to get on it. After that, it appears that when she needs to go to a doctor, she does. When she needs meds, she gets them. When she needs to see specialists, she sees them.

If the US can't come up with an efficient-enough bureaucracy to make it work there, then it's really time to change how you guys do things.

Well, yeah, that's probably true, but even if we do, single payer still means no options. You're happy with your system now, but when it gets changed down the road and you're no longer happy with it, what are you going to do? I can switch plans at work once a year. If I want private insurance, I can pick up the phone and buy it. If I want to see any doctor, I can walk in and pay them. With single payer, what are you going to do? Change countries?

about a month and a half ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

SecurityGuy Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

True, it doesn't, but it does delete the key which is used to encrypt everything. With no key, it's gibberish, indistinguishable from random data. Or so claims Apple, anyway. If you have better data, I'd be most interested to see it (and freely admit it's possible ANY vendor is lying about their security precautions).

Personally, I find it quite possible that Joe RandomUser would "delete" pictures, etc, and not know how to do a proper wipe. Heck, I had to look it up, but it took knowing that in general "delete" means "remove the pointer to". Casual users mostly don't know that.

about a month and a half ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

SecurityGuy Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

Encryption that works now can be broken a year from now

Not remotely. If you find 256 bit AES broken in a year, let us know.

about a month and a half ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

SecurityGuy Re:Can't live with/without them... (353 comments)

Exactly. There's one example where you say it works fine, and one where it's apparently pretty bad. Do you see why I don't want to take the crapshoot? It's hard to unwind. If people want to opt in, I don't have a problem with that, but don't compel everyone into the same boat and hope it actually floats. The VA is a concrete example that it might actually be worse.

Ice cream doesn't cause health issues. I eat ice cream. I also exercise 3-6 times a week. That won't stop politicians and their "sin taxes". Maybe your government is wonderful and all that tax money would go to make sick people well, but we mostly turn taxes into bureaucracy. I don't want more.

about a month and a half ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

SecurityGuy Re:Can't live with/without them... (353 comments)

How's that working out at the VA these days?

That perfectly highlights the problem with having only one option. When that option is bad, you can't go somewhere else.

There's also absolutely nothing anywhere that keeps lawmakers from deciding that people who eat too much ice cream should be taxed on it, you know, to offset the increased healthcare costs they impose on "the system".

about a month and a half ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

SecurityGuy Re:dont care (150 comments)

This'd be one of those false dichotomies they talk about. You can actually care about both of these. I don't want anybody reading my email or listening to my calls. I also want my property wired to the gills with sensors only I can read. If I choose to share that data with a company, I want a big red button marked "Forget everything you know about me.", and I want them audited to prove that they actually do it.

I'm not so naive as to think I'm going to get those things any time soon, but if enough people want them, ask for them, and don't buy stuff from companies that do otherwise, we'll get them eventually.

about a month and a half ago

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