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Car Hackers Mess With Speedometers, Odometers, Alarms and Locks

Tassach Re:Hmmm... (159 comments)

When you get clocked doing 20 over and you tell the cop that your speedometer is broken let me know if their words aren't "Tell it to a judge."

I've been in court when I've seen judges reduce the fine based on speedometer calibration report from a mechanic.

about 9 months ago

Car Hackers Mess With Speedometers, Odometers, Alarms and Locks

Tassach Re:Hmmm... (159 comments)

At least where I live (Israel), most (but not all) criminal charges require a "criminal intent" component. You cannot be charged with murder if you did not intend anyone killed (but can be charged with man slauter, as that one doesn't require criminal intent).

US law used to recognize Mens Rae (guilty mind) as a necessary component for a criminal conviction. However, the War On Drugs has given rise to the predominance of strict liability in criminal law (whereas it was formerly confined primarily to civil law).

about 9 months ago

The Case Against Gmail

Tassach Re:who cares? (435 comments)

The amount of grammatical mistakes that my friends make on Facebook and via SMS is outright annoying most times

Grammatical mistakes, like disagreement in plurality or using the wrong word, are very annoying.

about 9 months ago

How Big Data Is Destroying the US Healthcare System

Tassach Re:As an Asshole, I support this (507 comments)

Insurance is one of the most tightly regulated industries around. It also has one of the most effective lobbying organizations around. This results in a lot of regulation that works on their favor, but it's by no means universal.

about 9 months ago

Even the Author of the Patriot Act Is Trying To Stop the NSA

Tassach All in the name (322 comments)

Why do I suspect more thought has been given to giving the bill a catchy acronym than has been given to the legislation itself?

about 9 months ago

Telegraph Contributor Says Coding Is For Exceptionally Dull Weirdos

Tassach Re:brace yourself (453 comments)

Anyone who's worked for a company that uses the Mongolian Hoarde technique of software development can tell you that "not enough Indians" (literally) isn't the problem.

about 9 months ago

How I Compiled TrueCrypt For Windows and Matched the Official Binaries

Tassach Re:that's not even wrong... (250 comments)

The whole point of the Thompson hack is that it would survive a source code audit. If you compiled the clean source for the compiler with a dirty compiler, it would insert the backdoor into the new executable, making it self-replicating in an virtually undetectable fashion. The code you compiled yourself would be byte-for-byte identical with the bootstrap compiler.

about 9 months ago

Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

Tassach Re:Stallman would have something to say about this (488 comments)

Quoting the proposed version of legislature is meaningless. The bits you quote as "proof" for your anti-gun stance were stricken from those laws before they were adopted. Quoting the losing side of a 200-year-old debate to prove your point is disingenuous at best.

about 9 months ago

New Standard For Website Authentication Proposed: SQRL (Secure QR Login)

Tassach Re: That's how I say SQL (234 comments)

While sequel is an acceptable, if unnecessary, pronunciation of SQL, I have found it rare except in the specific case of users of Microsoft SQL server, where it seems to be the rule rather than the exception

I worked as a DBA for over a decade and never once met a DBA who pronounced it as anything but "sequel".

about 9 months ago

Blizzard Wins Legal Battle Against WoW Bot Company

Tassach Re:Can't open source it? (285 comments)

So fix the (broken) gameplay mechanic that allows bot users to have an advantage.

Having to 'grind' at mindless / meaningless tasks in game in order to play the interesting parts of the game is just bad game design - it disrespects the player's time and money. It's a transparent attempt to increase subscriber revenue. Get rid of the grind and you eliminate the incentive to use a bot in the first place.

about 9 months ago

Irish Government May Close Apple's Biggest Tax Loophole

Tassach Re:Because Apple (292 comments)

More to the point, the Saudi royal family owns Saudi Aramco, not the other way around.

Why we call these f*tards our "allies" is beyond me. We should take all the money we spend propping up their regime and spend it on alternative energy research.

about 9 months ago

Lessons From the Fiasco

Tassach Re:Tea Party not about race, xenophobia or religio (501 comments)

I pay attention to what the tea party candidates actually DO, versus what they SAY.

They SAY they're about fiscal responsibility and small government. What they actually DO when they're elected is work to enact far-right social policy.

about 9 months ago

Lessons From the Fiasco

Tassach Re:Impossible circumstances (501 comments)

Hell, can you just imagine the nightmare it must have been to get all the insurance companies to provide all their data/plans in a standardized format so they could be integrated to the store front?

That's where being the Government has the advantage: you just mandate that the data be supplied in such-and-such a format, and fine companies for non-compliance. I've been on both sides of that equation, and (from an engineer's perspective) it actually works pretty well.

In the end, though not unexpectedly, they ran out of time and testing was shat upon

That, and it was designed and managed by committee. Worse, you had people on the committee who wanted it to fail.

about 9 months ago

Lessons From the Fiasco

Tassach Re:* If your state didn't set up their own. (501 comments)

You have to remember that, prior to Nixon's Southern Strategy, southern Democrats (AKA Dixiecrats) were the Tea Party of their day: racist, xenophobic, religious fundamentalists bent on socially regressive and theocratic policies.

The south remained solidly Democratic from 1865 to 1965, a legacy of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The only thing that got them to switch sides was because the butthurt of a Yankee Catholic giving civil rights to the n*****s was greater than the butthurt of a Republican giving them freedom in the first place.

Most people tend to forget that, from Lincoln to Teddy Roosevelt, the Republicans were the progressive party, and the Democrats were the Conservatives. It wasn't until after the Taft-Roosevelt split at the 1912 Republican National Convention in that the GOP started becoming the party of big business and fiscal conservatism. The progressives eventually migrated to the Democratic party, but this just exacerbated the existing split between the northern Democrats and the Dixiecrat faction. For much of it's history the Democratic party was as dysfunctional and fractious as the GOP is today - unsurprising, considering that the Tea Party, the Dixiecrats, and the Civil War era Know Nothings are basically different manifestations of the same ideology and encompass the same demographic.

about 9 months ago

GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

Tassach Jumping to conclusions (621 comments)

So, if the parent had a child with them when they purchased the game, it must have been FOR the child. I guess if you buy beer at the supermarket with the kid in tow, it's for them too.

We have a lot of PS3 games that our kids are not allowed to play (and that the adults aren't allowed to play until after the kids go to bed).

Like the contents of the liquor cabinet and the gun safe, they know it's there, and that they're not allowed to use it (and, more importantly, WHY). Every household with children contains things that are not for children. A big part of parenting is teaching your kids to recognize and avoid the things that can hurt them (without turning them into the forbidden fruit).

about 10 months ago

BrewPi: Raspberry Pi and Arduino Powered Fermentation Chamber

Tassach Re:Do the same with a handful of transistors (96 comments)

Why do you need electronics at all?

All you need to brew alcohol is watertight container of moderate size, a sugar-rich solution, and a teaspoon or two of yeast. People were doing it for thousands of years. There's even some evidence to suggest that the neolithic transition to sedentary farming was motivated by the desire to have a large surplus of grains available to ferment.

about 2 years ago

You Can't Print a Gun If You Have No 3D Printer

Tassach Re:So before he returned the printer ... (632 comments)

What if you could print yourself a new toilet, kitchen appliance, ... would people buy them from shops ?

It's called a post-scarcity economy. We're already seeing the effects in the digital space. And, as with digital copying, the established players are going to fight it tooth and nail.

I suspect it won't be a real problem for quite some time, because the printer manufacturers know on which side their bread is buttered. Consumable costs will be kept high. Printing at home is still more expensive than going to a print shop. It costs me around $3 to $5 in consumables to print a 11x14 photo on my (professional grade) photo printer. I can get a better quality print for less than half the cost, including shipping, by sending it to a print shop. The same applies to regular printing, especially in bulk. Color Inkjet printing costs upwards of $.25/page. B&W Laser printing is around $.10/page. A print shop will do better work for a fraction of that.

about 2 years ago

You Can't Print a Gun If You Have No 3D Printer

Tassach Re:Machine tools (632 comments)

How is a 3D printer any different than a lathe, grinder or a milling machine?

A printer doesn't require any skill to operate. Even a CNC mill requires some training to use.

Not to mention that a 3d printer is at least an order of magnitude less expensive.

about 2 years ago

Power-Saving Web Pages: Real Or Myth?

Tassach Re:even more savings (424 comments)

this is minutiae.....

3.8W is hardly a minute amount of power. If I did my math right, it's approximately the amount of power it takes to lift a full soda can (~390g) 1 meter in 1 second.

Let's say each Google query takes 10 seconds of viewing time, so you could save 38 watt-seconds per query by going black. Multiply this by 3 Billion queries per day, times 365 days/year. That's 12GWh (to 2 significant figures) of electricity that could be saved annually by changing a couple lines of code.

Power costs around $0.10/KWh. I don't consider $1.2M/year to be a minute amount of money.

more than 2 years ago

Expect Mandatory 'Big Brother' Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015

Tassach Re:Big Brother? (628 comments)

The part where they determine who owns what that mechanical device is sitting on.

What part of "public" don't you understand?

more than 2 years ago


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