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Syria: a Defining Moment For Chemical Weapons?

SniperJoe Re:I never understood the principle. (454 comments)

I always harken back to the quote from William Tecumseh Sherman: "War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over."

Of course, he also said, "I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell."

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft: Xbox One Won't Require Kinect To Function

SniperJoe Rock and a hard place (216 comments)

Is it me or does it seem like Microsoft is between a rock and a hard place now? They've spent months telling us about how the Kinect was mandatory and that it would be used by all their games moving forward! Now developers are going to have to acknowledge that it is optional and that a substantial portion of the population won't use it. Furthermore, people are going to ask, if it's optional, why are you forcing me to buy it?

For every one of these u-turns they make (after touting the features that these things apparently relied on), they just seem more and more boxed in.

about a year ago
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Book Review: Locked Down: Information Security For Lawyers

SniperJoe We need better lawyers and better laws. (43 comments)

I attended an information security conference last year that had a prominent attorney speaking regarding information security. His biggest message to all of us was that he wanted to see more information security professionals consider becoming attorneys, as there was a serious shortage in experts in both security and the law. He said that his major issue is that there is a lot of bad law and bad precedent out there and he would like to see that change. I suppose this book is just a case in point of that argument. If there is a systemic issue of attorneys not being security-aware and not protecting their data and the data of their clients, how can we expect them to be able to argue before the courts and help create proper, forward-looking precedents?

about a year ago
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TSA Accepting Public Comments On Whole Body Airport Screening

SniperJoe Re:stupid idea for dealing with a stupid idea (223 comments)

At this point, based on the TSA's actions in implementing this whole scheme, the public comment may be the most informed and knowledgeable input in the entire process!

about a year ago
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TSA Accepting Public Comments On Whole Body Airport Screening

SniperJoe Re:Meet you on the No Fly list! (223 comments)

To further your argument, as another frequent flyer, you're absolutely right about the slowdown that the scanners present to passing through security. If you've ever noticed that when the line backs up, they'll open up the metal detectors again rather than forcing everyone through the millimeter wave scanners. That's hypocrisy in and of itself, as their actions demonstrate that there is negligible difference in security provided, even in their own minds! If you only force people to go through the scanners when it's convenient for you, that tells me that even you don't think they help. If you truly thought they were absolutely critical for security, you'd have additional lines ready to go rather than switching.

about a year ago
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TSA Accepting Public Comments On Whole Body Airport Screening

SniperJoe Re:Yes but... (223 comments)

I take a bit of the opposite tact, as I prefer to be treated like a criminal in private rather than in full display of the public. That and it forces them to use additional resources, as now two people have to be monitoring the pat-down.

Frankly, my largest problem (aside from the constitutionality of said pat-down) is the fact that the TSA agents seem to ask a lot of questions that they haven't thought about and don't really seem to want honest answers to. For instance, after opting out, I was once asked if I was I understood what would happen to me and if I was "comfortable with this process". When I answered "No, I think it's a waste of time and a violation of my Constitutional rights," that started a bit of a scene.

Another favorite is when they ask if I have any medical devices or implants on my body and I answer "Yes" and then they stand there looking at me in silence. Oh, you want me to describe them, well in that case, you shouldn't asked it as a yes/no question then!

Then we get to "Do you have any areas on your body that are sensitive to the touch?" "Yeah, mate, my whole body."

I realize I'm being difficult and something of a jerk, but I have no reason why I have to make it EASY to take my rights away. Sigh, now I'm probably on some list.

about a year ago
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With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

SniperJoe Re:Easy (608 comments)

Yes and no. The sphere of "decriminalization" also includes the reduction in penalties in addition to the outright removal of penalties (or de facto legalization). An example of decriminalization would be a state changing the penalty from jail time to a civil fine of $100. Whereas legalization is just plainly stating that it is no longer a crime. Essentially, it's de facto legalization vs. outright (de jure) legalization.

about a year and a half ago
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Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

SniperJoe Re:Probably (761 comments)

I'm sorry, but you are not correct on your last statement. The Bill of Rights precludes The Government from infringing on the public's free speech, but that protection doesn't apply to private citizens. You do not have the right to free speech in "all forums" as you stated. If you're protesting on private property, you can be kicked off. If you're on a private radio station and the owner doesn't like what you're saying, that person can remove you. If you're saying something on a forum, you can be banned.

Even in the case you cited, a judge could in fact order you to whitewash a wall covered in graffiti (or artwork), even if it WAS your wall, if you had previously signed an HOA covenant in your deed that precludes walls other than white.

However, I think we fundamentally agree on the base issue that a judge ordering a Facebook account to be deleted prior to trial is ridiculous without some extenuating circumstances.

about 2 years ago
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Space Station Spacewalkers Stymied By Stubborn Bolt

SniperJoe Re:Come on, this is 2012 (290 comments)

Very true! If I have a difficult time removing or installing a bolt (removal especially), often you can use heating or cooling on the various pieces to make it easier. It's odd using a torch on one piece and ice on the other in an attempt to dislodge something. I can't imagine how the interplay between different materials could impact things while in space given the huge swings in temperature.

about 2 years ago
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The Surprises In the Latest Apple V. Samsung Court Documents

SniperJoe Dockets vs. Briefs (257 comments)

I hate to be pedantic, but you don't file a docket. The docket is the schedule / container for legal filings. Rather, I believe the proper term would be brief in this case. You can also file other things such as suits, claims and motions.

about 2 years ago
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Charles Carreon Drops Case Against the Oatmeal

SniperJoe Re:Very strange. (107 comments)

Frankly, I was wording things very carefully because based on his ridiculous previous actions, I was considering the possibility that he would attempt to sue me for libel.

about 2 years ago
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Charles Carreon Drops Case Against the Oatmeal

SniperJoe Very strange. (107 comments)

Kudos to Oatmeal for winning this round, but this fight may not be over. Carreon seems to have shown himself to file odd lawsuits but being a lawyer, he isn't a complete idiot. Note that he dismissed his lawsuits without prejudice, which means that he can file them again at any time. He may just be waiting for the bad PR and public focus to go elsewhere before refiling. But kudos to Mr. Inman in the mean time.

about 2 years ago
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Sonic.net's CEO On Why ISPs Should Only Keep User Logs Two Weeks

SniperJoe Re:Cool! I wish ISPs could do that here (190 comments)

I wonder if their refusal is grounded in the knowledge of what it is like to live under a police state. If that is the case, perhaps it can give us hope that the pendulum will swing in the other direction for the more draconian governments out there.

more than 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

SniperJoe Re:Same problem here in the US (626 comments)

Would you prefer that the jobs stay overseas rather than come back to the States?

more than 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

SniperJoe Re:Huh? (626 comments)

If my colleagues are any measure, they're all playing Angry Birds all day.

more than 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

SniperJoe Re:Same problem here in the US (626 comments)

I would respectfully disagree. In certain cases, such as some of new automobile manufacturing facilities (Volkswagen in Chattanooga, TN, Kia in Georgia, etc.) they aren't causing a plant to move from one state to another, but encouraging the building of a new facility that wasn't previously existing in the US. Now, the potential argument could be that if they didn't build it in one state, they would simply build it in another, thus you wouldn't have a net increase overall, as it would be built regardless. However, the counterargument to the previous statement is that competition between states is providing a more attractive locale to building a manufacturing facility overall. Frankly, I'd rather have them say, "which state" than "which country." End result being more jobs for Americans.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Reverse Engineers Cobra Attack Helicopter

SniperJoe Turnaround Time (532 comments)

Given Iran's apparent 40 year turnaround time between gaining possession of a piece of military technology and producing reverse-engineered copies, I suppose I should start preparing for Iran's version of the RQ-170 Sentinel drone around 2041.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Ponders Major Firefox UI Refresh

SniperJoe Re:Chrome? (282 comments)

I think they're trying to clone Windows 8, which is far, far worse. I don't want to encourage Microsoft, as I'd rather Windows 8 die in the corner of ignominy.

more than 2 years ago
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Hulu To Require Viewers To Have Cable Subscriptions

SniperJoe Good luck with that. (648 comments)

Good luck with that Hulu. What's next, is CNN.com going to force me to prove I have cable before reading their site? Hulu, people gladly watch your content with ads and you buckled to the cable providers, torpedoing your independence.

more than 2 years ago

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Apple Patents Security Measure Involving "Smart" P

SniperJoe SniperJoe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SniperJoe (1984152) writes "Given the increasingly sensitive nature of data on mobile phones and laptops, including data used to initiate and process financial transactions, Apple has patented a new method of securing password recoveries. This method of securing the credentials used for recovering passwords is based on the idea of "splitting a users password recovery secret among two devices that are never carried together at one time." In this case, a "smart" power adapter and the device. Only by having both of those items can passwords be recovered, allowing access to the phone or laptop. Personally, I travel quite a bit and I have both of those items with me on numerous occasions."
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