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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

TarPitt Re:Anthropometrics (814 comments)

And post ticket prices in currency units per available seating space. They do this at supermarkets, post prices per standardized weight to permit comparison shopping, why not airlines?

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

TarPitt Re:Anthropometrics (814 comments)

And the airline could charge extra for the "really good" sedatives - profit center!

about two weeks ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

TarPitt Re:forensic 'science' (135 comments)

There was also an eyewitness who saw him leave a bar with a prostitute hours before the prostitute was horribly murdered. The eyewitness refused to testify in court.

Story I heard was that the police were very sure this was the guy, but knowing they couldn't convict, they arranged to have him locked up in an insane asylum. The murders then abruptly stopped.

Source: Recent "Jack the Ripper" tour in London. Not peer reviewed.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

TarPitt Re:there is nothing 'fair' about this (200 comments)

Looks like someone who is still living at home, supported by his parents, read Atlas Shrugged.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

TarPitt Re:good plan (200 comments)

That is your personal opinion and does not reflect over a century of case law. I should have said "I believe this is completely unconstitutional even though every properly constituted court of law has held otherwise, because my opinion is all that matters".

about two weeks ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

TarPitt Re:Have money to burn? Burn it (161 comments)

Knowledge may be free, but connections required to gain and advance in a highly paid corporate job are still very expensive.

about two weeks ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

TarPitt Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (217 comments)

Like Prohibition - which was not so much anti-alcohol, as a white rural reaction against the growing dominance of urban areas and their populations of (beer drinking) immigrants. It was an early form of our culture wars, with the drugs acting as a proxy for reaction against deeper social changes.

about three weeks ago
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The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

TarPitt Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (125 comments)

I am waiting for the ads for H1B candidates for these positions.

Another job that kept so many American employed now outsourced to foreigners.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

TarPitt Prior Art (238 comments)

Mick Jagger developed this in the '60s, before he became a specialist in historical cryptography :

Paint it Black

about 2 months ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

TarPitt Re:Amazoing (415 comments)

A dog's sense of smell is amazing. I bet a dog could tell if a search warrant is valid or not by smell alone. Perhaps the ACLU should train some of those dogs, to find invalid search warrants and prevent violations of the 4th amendment.

about 2 months ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

TarPitt Re:Sooo (415 comments)

What if you loaded the thumb drive with pictures of squirrels? Would the dog recognize that?

about 2 months ago
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California Property Tax Exemptions For Solar Energy Systems Extended To 2025

TarPitt Re:Why do we permit "property tax" at all? (76 comments)

Actually, that is the historical origination of private property under the English system. This was also the case with "empty" land (meaning devoid of Europeans) annexed by the US throughout its history. Original owner was the Federal government, which then delegated ownership to others (railroads, homesteaders) by deeding the property to them provided certain obligations were met (build a railroad, occupy and cultivate the land, etc.).

The idea that private ownership of land precedes government is a weird libertarian fantasy.

You in fact *do* lease your property from the government.

about 2 months ago
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New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

TarPitt Re:Made of Led? (119 comments)

name it Ozzy

about 2 months ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

TarPitt Re:How is the technology applied (195 comments)

Because private detective agencies hired by private employers to snoop on workers and ruin them is OK AND is FREEDOM.

Laws to prevent this are bad because GOVERNMENT EVIL.

For a real example of private company goon squads, try the Ford "Service Department"

about 3 months ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

TarPitt Re:Not to be snarky (538 comments)

*Not* being a college graduate is a certain guarantee of a lifetime of poorly paying jobs.

about 3 months ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

TarPitt We need more respect for trade schools (538 comments)

and for the skilled mostly blue-collar jobs that are vital to our society but do not require 4-year degrees.

Once a skilled trade provided a good shot at a decent middle-class livelihood. Something has happened to devalue these skills.

Young people get college degrees for which they are unsuited because it appears there is no alternative.

Despite all the jokes about degreed barristas working for the minimum wage, the absence of a degree is now the best way to ensure a lifetime of poorly paid jobs.

about 3 months ago
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DNA Study: First Farmers Were Also Sailors

TarPitt Re:No such thing as sailor farmers (40 comments)

Of course they used language. Early seafarers used terms like "Arr" and "Avast", hence the pirate-like roots of most modern languages.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

TarPitt Re:Classify net access as a utility? (343 comments)

Well, the NSA already spies on traffic carried by privately owned semi-monopoly communications concerns.

Given that we've already lost that one, we now have the worst of both worlds - poor service and high prices from unregulated monopolies, combined with government spying which those monopolies cheerfully provide the government.

about 4 months ago

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Hackers topple Huawei routers at Defcon

TarPitt TarPitt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TarPitt (217247) writes "Huawei routers turn out to be have multiple serious security vulnerabilities lending to easy exploit:

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Hackers at an infamous Def Con gathering were shown how to easily slip into computer networks through some routers made by Chinese electronics colossus Huawei Technologies. "For the 20th anniversary of Def Con the gift is China," Recurity Labs chief Felix "FX" Lindner said as he opened his presentation. "Nobody needs a back door; this is plausible deniability," he quipped as he detailed weaknesses in three small Huawei routers that could be exploited using basic hacking techniques. "You get what you pay for. Sorry."

Oddly this story has not picked up much notice in the technical press."
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