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Extracting Data From the Microsoft Band

SecurityGuy Re:I'm so disgusted (and yet uplifted) (51 comments)

I suppose I find it less interesting and simply factual. People respond well to having a number to try to move, or a goal to try to reach. Knowing this about myself, it's a useful tool to have.

The one thing I wouldn't mind changing is having a vendor that keeps all the data local rather than uploading it to servers somewhere. I don't care too much that it's uploaded to servers somewhere, but it'd be a nice plus if I had the option to keep everything local. Then again, I use sites that have a social fitness component, so I'd probably still share. Maybe what I want is just the option to restrict the vendor from sharing, and the right to permanently delete the data when I'm done with it.

3 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

SecurityGuy Re:I can't believe you're saying this either (575 comments)

So which set of laws are you going to choose to enforce?

Neither. US laws aren't applicable to North Korea, and North Korean laws aren't applicable here. I'm arguing that the correct moral and ethical standard is that we are not liable for what other people say. If Sony did something wrong, that's on Sony, not the U.S. government or the U.S. people. Do you feel compelled to apologize for me holding an opinion you disagree with? You shouldn't. You're not responsible for what I say, any more than the U.S. government is responsible for what Sony says, which by the way they only "say" in a work of ficiton, that happens to be a comedy.

it would stand to reason that the diplomatic solution would be the most rational of actions.

No, that reinforces the false notion that the government is responsible for things its private citizens say. That may be difficult for a dictatorship to understand, but it's the truth. Just go take a look at all the people on the planet who have at one time or another chanted "death to America", and notice how very many of them we've attacked for it. That would be, what, none? I suspect if the roles were reversed, our response would be something between total indifference and "That's tacky."

The diplomatic solution is to say what's true. Whatever it is in the movie you guys are ticked about, we didn't say. Apologizing for what other people do has always seemed like nothing more than a meaningless statement to me.

4 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

SecurityGuy Re:I can't believe you're saying this either (575 comments)

No one ever said that they could co-ordinate 18'000 attacks simultaneously. No one's worried about that.

+1 Insightful (if I had mod points today). This is exactly what I came here to say. The major chains likely thought there was a sufficiently greater than 0 chance that they'd target at least one, and it might be theirs.

If it gets to that level, as it just did, Sony ought to back off and your government ought to step in to do something -- I know exactly what my country would do: publicly apologize for the insulting movie, as a sign of respect, and move on.

On that, I differ quite strongly. Just like the bottom of my Slashdot tab says "Comments owned by the poster.", comments made by American citizens are not owned by the government, nor should the government have anything to say about it, including apologizing for them. I suppose if asked, the government should simply say that: "The movie was the product of Sony and doesn't reflect the opinions of the U.S. government." Just like every other movie the U.S. government isn't involved in. And that's the end of it.

4 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

SecurityGuy Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (596 comments)

Time spent on a bus is time spent not doing things I need to be doing, unfortunately, since many of them require my physical presence to do. The bus route from work is 90 minutes. Driving takes 30. Giving up 2 productive hours of my day is too high a cost. If I could telecommute on the bus and count that as work time, I could do it, otherwise it's a non starter.

That, by the way, is someone who doesn't like driving and will be first in line for self-driving cars (when they're affordable, not when they're toys for people with lots more money than me).

about a week ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

SecurityGuy Re:its not as if american cops have anything to fe (515 comments)

This is really important.

A buddy of mine posted an article the point of which was something like "never enact a law you're not willing to kill to enforce." Because, at the end of the day, that might be how you enforce it, and this is exactly that sort of case.

I don't care if this guy sells cigarettes. Seriously, of all the wrongs in the world, this is one I can't possibly care about. I don't want someone choked out because they might be selling cigarettes. I don't want them accidentally killed, for sure. Worst case, write the guy a ticket and go on your way. Best case, repeal the law and officially stop caring whether this some guy sells cigarettes or not.

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

SecurityGuy Re:How about criminal charges ... (515 comments)

I like the theory of "then vote their sorry asses out" but have come to the conclusion that the reason we still have a lot of these problems is that they really can't be solved without large, damaging changes to the entire system (we're basically trying to legislate to force people to stop being assholes).

I like the theory but have come to the conclusion that it doesn't work because people don't actually do it. People should have a list of things they demand of their officials, and vote out everybody who doesn't meet them. Few do. Some do, for issues like abortion, guns, etc, but a lot of people who vote vote for a party. And of course, a lot of people just don't vote at all.

You can't legislate people not being assholes, but you can legislate putting them in jail when they do it. That's pretty much the entirety of the criminal code, after all.

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

SecurityGuy Re:How about criminal charges ... (515 comments)

Telling your politicians what you think is never a bad idea. Do that, AND vote.

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

SecurityGuy Re:How about criminal charges ... (515 comments)

I blame your voters if said mayor is still there after the next election.

Seriously, people need to step up and take responsibility for having bad leaders. We put them there. Vote them back out. If no one decent is running, run yourself.

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

SecurityGuy Re:How to stop it? Just stop it. (515 comments)

Officer: forcibly takes your phone

You're missing the point. If the police in these cases were following the law, there wouldn't be a problem.

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

SecurityGuy Re:Soon to be a felony in Illinois (515 comments)

Of course not. Not if there's a law that specifically says doing it is illegal. That's what laws do, you know. They define what's legal or not legal.

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

SecurityGuy Re:How about criminal charges ... (515 comments)

None of this circling the blue wall crap, and being on paid suspension. Fire the bastards.

No, stick to your guns. Firing is not enough. If you did this, you'd be prosecuted. When they do this, they should also be prosecuted. If that's not happening (which it isn't), then go up the chain until you find the elected official who can fix it. I assume that's the mayor. Fire him at the next election. Repeat until there are prosecutors who actually prosecute criminals who happen to be police.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

SecurityGuy Re:solution: (398 comments)

Not necessarily large sums of cash, but "some cash". Lots of people don't have a lot of reserve in the bank. People staring unexpected unemployment in the face without a lot of money to fall back on take the severance package. It almost doesn't matter what it says.

about two weeks ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

SecurityGuy Re:Even if their wet? (194 comments)

I had the same concern with the mosquito-zapping lasers, which IIRC are only around 40W (which is still a LOT). It's a really cool idea until someone throws an aluminum can in my yard and a reflected laser hits someone in the eye. I'd think the power required to burn leaves off would be a lot higher than the power required to warm up mosquitoes enough to kill them.

about two weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

SecurityGuy Re:But, as the feminists say.. (333 comments)

Fair point, but I don't see it justifying sexism now. I have daughters as well as sons. Do you think it's reasonable to tell the boys that their sister gets to do something cool but they don't because someone entirely unrelated to them or me did something wrong so long ago their father wasn't yet in elementary school when it happened?

I'm completely for stopping all kinds of discrimination, but when you're taking things from the grandchildren of the people who actually performed the discrimination, you're doing it wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

SecurityGuy Re:The "Protesters" (1128 comments)

I don't know that the justice system failed. I wasn't a witness, and I haven't reviewed all the evidence the grand jury saw.

IF the justice system failed, heck, even if it didn't and people wrongly think it did, I'm totally fine with them protesting. You can have a million man march for too much mayo on your sandwich if you want, that's fine with me. I just draw the line at busting up property (or heads) of people who had nothing to do with this at all. Burning businesses and looting is NOT taking action against the justice system, failed or not. It's just creating more victims. If people really care about justice, they need to stop turning innocents into victims.

about a month ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

SecurityGuy Re:Moderate BS (1128 comments)

According to his testimony before the grand jury, he did know there was a robbery (a "stealing" as he called it).

about a month ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

SecurityGuy Re:The "Protesters" (1128 comments)

It's not even revenge. Revenge would be directed at the people who allegedly wronged them, not innocent bystanders.

about a month ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

SecurityGuy Re:This is the way we sue the school (320 comments)

Actually, one of the things I value about my degrees is that students who have them actually had to earn them. They're not just paper, they represent something real. In my graduate work, we heard on a number of occasions of students who were caught cheating. Some came to light after graduation. I many cases, they rescinded the degree. If you're a Duke student and think you won't get smacked down for this sort of thing, you're wrong. It's the very same reason I'm ticked off at UNC. They demonstrated they're willing to give degrees to anyone who is good at sports.

Duke has nothing to fear from a lawsuit unless they tag someone who didn't actually cheat. If you turned in something that's byte-for-byte identical to something off the interwebz, you deserve, at a minimum, to fail the class.

about a month ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

SecurityGuy Re:Jade (461 comments)

This is extra funny coming from a pope.

about a month and a half ago

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