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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

SecurityGuy Re:What about hygiene? (229 comments)

This is stupid. If you're going to poke your finger to get a blood drop, disinfect the finger before you poke it, not every surface you're going to come in contact with.

2 days ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

SecurityGuy There's no privacy issue (114 comments)

The guy made his very own toilet tweet. If you don't want to announce to the world when you're going to the bathroom (and therefore when you're home, etc), then don't make your toilet tweet.

5 days ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SecurityGuy Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (363 comments)

I was stopped at a traffic light, waiting for a right-on-red opportunity. Lady behind me apparently thinks she's doing the same thing. Rather than waiting for me to go, she waits for the same right-on-red suitable opening in traffic, hits the gas, and runs right into me.

Luckily, I still had my nigh-indestructable car (it had been previously hit on 3 sides in an accident by a semi on a snowy road), and I couldn't find a scratch on it.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SecurityGuy Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (363 comments)

So, that's interesting. I pulled statistics for my state, and it bears out what you're saying. In 2010, there was about one reported accident per 478,873 miles. In 2000, 405,000. In 1990, 378,000. And way back in 1960, when I'm sure no one had a cell phone, one in every 313,000.

Is it possible that cell phone use is increasing accident rates but something else is lowering it? Sure, it's possible, but that's just guesswork. Somebody needs to dive deeper into the data to figure it out. Maybe people used to drink and drive more. My data source for alcohol involved crashes only goes back to the mid 2000s. Personally, I almost hit someone because I was messing around with my phone. I learned my lesson. I had some idiot 20something total my car with my kids in it because he was, by his own admission, fishing around on the floor for a CD. You're right, I don't care why you're distracted. Knock it off. Pay attention. My own experience tells me I'm a worse driver if I use my phone. I've heard of plenty of studies that report the same thing. It's also intuitive. If you're not actually looking at the road, it's hard to avoid hitting things.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SecurityGuy Re:Has too many problems (363 comments)

It doesn't. That's why driving on a revoked license should land you in jail.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SecurityGuy Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (363 comments)

It's not a nanny state thing. Nanny state would be preventing you from harming yourself. The problem with texting and driving is you hitting other people. Just last week I had some moron on a 2 lane road drift fully into my lane. Luckily, leaning hard on my horn got him to pay attention again.

If you want to text and drive yourself into a tree, be my guest. It's only if you want to text and drive yourself into someone else that I have a problem with.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

SecurityGuy Re:Comparative advantage (380 comments)

You also see enough new things to realize the latest and greatest is sometimes simply the latest. Now and again you see someone re-engineer something that works, and make it into a god-awful monstrosity that may fit the way its creator wants to work very well, but doesn't solve the underlying problem any better than the original. Build toolchains, for example, have had tools come and go, and more times than I want to remember the new and improved versions have simply become one more thing I have to troubleshoot when it doesn't work.

I'm more than happy to learn something new, I just want some reason to believe it's better, not just new.

about a week ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

SecurityGuy Re:In-class exams are the problem. (359 comments)

Humans are now distributed systems, there is no value in memorizing any fact when information is available 24/7 everywhere.

False. Speed. Everything I've been taught is in a book somewhere. You absolutely cannot take someone of equivalent intelligence, hand them a big stack of books, and expect them to perform anywhere near as well. You can't expect them to perform AT ALL. If you think this, you've never been in that situation. My workplace is filled with smart people with advanced degrees. It is laughable to think that the expert software developer can just switch seats with the expert CFD person. They're both intelligent, one just has a wealth of knowledge to draw on that isn't matched by a stack of books on advanced math and physics.

Basically, your method tests whether people are able to teach themselves physics on demand, not if they've actually learned physics.

about two weeks ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

SecurityGuy Re:How about a different kind of legislation? (253 comments)

Why? There's a simple solution when someone offers you a bad deal. Don't take it.

I used to buy insurance for phones. It was a decent deal. I spent a little money, and if the not super likely but possible happened, I was spared $hundreds out of pocket. Then prices went up, and deductibles went up, and before long I was spending too much money. When the not super likely but possible happened, I was out a fairly hefty deductable anyway. I just quit renewing the policy, and quit buying them going forward. I don't need someone to pass a law prohibiting me from doing something dumb. I'm capable of simply declining to do something dumb.

about two weeks ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

SecurityGuy Re:Don't Worry! (708 comments)

If you live somewhere with sufficient wind. In my part of .us, there's often not even a breeze unless it's stormy. I checked, and it looks like average wind speeds here are 4.5m/s at 80 meters. 4.5m/sec sounds breezy, and I wouldn't be surprised if that's enough to drive a generator, but 80m is really very, very tall for something in my yard. At a guess, it's about 2x the tallest tree I have.

about three weeks ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

SecurityGuy Re:We need to have no laws at all (465 comments)

Ambiguity: "Thou shalt not murder"? Well, is that killing I just did *really* murder, or just killing? What if it was an accident? What if he was trying to kill me? What if he just threatened to kill me? What if my property (dog) killed him? What if I told my dog to kill him?

Lawyers: Lawyers are multipliers of ambiguity.

Politicians: Politicians look like they're doing something by passing a law, even if it's a law that doesn't actually do what they hope or claim it will. When you have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

SecurityGuy Re:Safety vs Law (475 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.

about a month ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

SecurityGuy Re:Why speed only a little? (475 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.

about a month 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 (166 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 month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half ago

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