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Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

TheCarp Re:Is this an achievement? (42 comments)

You are not alone at all. Forget gear and steel.... take a small glass bottle, put a piece of paper in it. Nobody will be all that shocked to find it, in tact, years from now, after surviving many such storms. There really is nothing impressive about building a small floating container that can continue to float after being shaken up....even if you have equipment inside.

13 hours ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

TheCarp Re:This is news? (207 comments)

Exactly. The old adage never was "Corrupt people get into power" it is, "power corrupts". It is not a matter of getting out corrupt people out of power because, it was never the who that was the problem, always the power you were giving them that creates the corruption.

2 days ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

TheCarp Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

You are correct and, after a few decades of observing my brethren I really should be more fair and point out the problem is NOT the people speeding past in the right lane.... but really that the people who drive the slowest overall like to be in the middle and for some reason feel the proper speed to be at is the same speed as the car directly next to them.... like they are trying for some sort of rolling phalanx.

about a week ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

TheCarp Re:Bah (278 comments)

Nope. Yubikey looks cool but it is a OTP solution that requires an OTP compliant service that works with it.

What I am talking about is a small device with not a button, but a mini-keypad on which you can enter your unlocking password. Once you do this, you select which password to send and send it....all from the device itself, with no PC interaction.

ALL it requires is an HID interface, no extra components. I can't find the original project (maybe it was arduino based? no pi based?) but it was a portable password vault not an OTP solution.

Very cool of course, but, not the same and not as universal.

about a week ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

TheCarp Re: Here it comes (435 comments)

Yes but, also in the real world, devices can be modified from their intended functions. Whether it is implemented via a remote command or simply autonomous identification, is immaterial, because the person in control has physical access to the hardware and can modify it.

Not that I think this is a real threat but, they are right about this as a possibilioty...and I am sure...someday.... it will happen. Luckily, blowing stuff up is already easy. "Terrorists" could have been using RC planes to deliver bombs what.... 40 years ago?

This doesn't really confer any new ability to them, just another way to accomplish the same old thing.

The ONLY real protection we have or ever had was, the vanishngly small number of people with any interest in actually killing others....and its actualy seriously effective.

about a week ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

TheCarp Re: Here it comes (435 comments)

Nobody is making you have knives in your kitchen. You can have nothing but sporks for all anyone cares.

This would be more like, the police requiring every home to have a glass case with a battering ram next to the front door....just in case they need to use it to get in.

about a week ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

TheCarp Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

Course some of them (I have been stuck behind my own grandmother on my way to work in the morning) drive so slow if they did get in an accident, it would be unlikely to seriously injure a pedestrian, never mind seriously endanger other drivers.

Also, if they are dead (say heart attack) before the accident, does that even still count? Technically nobody was actually driving at the time of the accident and nobody caused it, as the car was driverless at that point? Is it still a fatal accident if nobody actually died from the accident, or does that still get recorded as a "fatal accident" rather than an accident caused by a fatality.

about a week ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

TheCarp Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

No Mass mode is where you try to drive fastest in the rightmost lane, and turn left before oncoming traffic when the light turns, or roll out into oncoming traffic in order to block the travel lane closest to you so you can make a left (both seperately refered to as the "Boston left" in depending on who you are talking to)

about a week ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

TheCarp Re:Bah (278 comments)

I have to say, I REALLY like password manager someone was working on that was based on, I think, a rasberry pi, where it would actually act as a USB HID to enter the password, and keeps your encrypted passwords on its physical hardware device.

Still susceptable to keyloggers and other malware but...1) they can only get the passwords as you use them and 2) they will NEVER see your master password since it never even gets entered into the machine, but only to the password keeper device.

Now THAT is how to do passwords right.

about a week ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

TheCarp Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (526 comments)

> There will always be people in power. That's why good government attempts to balance this power so that the
> result is beneficial to society as a whole.

I was really interested in Alan Moore's statement on anarchism and how everyone always claims anarchy would lead to the biggest gang being in power; but that is really the state we have now, so isn't this just a "badly evolved anarchy"?

What I mean here is, I agree, there will, most likely, always be those who hold power over others and would use their power to control the lives of others, hell, we see it every day. The main function of government is not to enable that, but to hamper it and to attempt to make it easier for them to do other things than directly mess with people who don't have power.... kind of like the way you move the plant you don't want the cat to eat to a spot he has to work extra hard to get to, thus setting him up for success rather than putting it on the floor where his nose passes by it every few hours as he walks.

The thing is, those in power will always be looking for ways to slip their collar off; you have to be willing to ask whether the current collar needs to be replaced occasionally.

about a week ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

TheCarp Re:So (310 comments)

Hell there was a case where police raided a home looking for someone who wasn't even there. In the process tossed a flashbang in a kids crib....then disclaimed all responsibility and said it might even lead to charges against the...PERSON WHO WASN'T THERE!

Thats right, if the police have reason to suspect you of something, they are of the opinion its your fault they are investigating and you are responsible for any harm they cause to anyone else by their own actions.

about two weeks ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

TheCarp Re:UK is not a free country (147 comments)

> (a) it must be possible to determine whether someone's actions are actively harming another person and (b) that
> unless "privacy violation" equals "active harm", and it doesn't, any privacy violation is allowed.

Except that assumes that the law is always correct. Privacy is, fundamentally, a restriction on the reach of the law; an a necessary and right one. Why, not too long ago privacy was the best defense homosexuals had from persecution.

Society has always been full of people who disagree with the law, and break it to little consequence. Why shouldn't they? The law is just a few rules written by aristocrats....it needs serious limits on its reach, more so than we have.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

TheCarp Re:That'll show 'em! (702 comments)

Um I said something about attackers? You responding to the right comment? I mean I agree there are so vanishingly few real terrorists that even 36 a year would be a massive overstatement...agreed. However, those tiny vanishing few, those tiny number who do exist....they plan, and can and will tailor their plans to whatever security measures are in place.

So yes its true, this will prevent a terrorist from using a phone shell which has been simply hollowed out as a bomb. However, it will ONLY do that because, in the highly unlikely event that anyone was actually planning to do that, they would now revise their plan....slightly.....

So its a measure which is unlikely to be effective against a scenario which is unlikely to happen.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

TheCarp Re:OUTRAGE!! (223 comments)

You miss my point, I say no two Christians even have the same imaginary friend, since each of them has an independent imagination in which to instantiate their friend.

I mean yes, you can give two kids the same model of barbie doll, but if one cuts the hair on theirs, the other will not have short hair, they may be the same class of doll, but they are not the same doll.

about two weeks ago
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Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

TheCarp Re: Is it still braindeadly single-threaded? (138 comments)

You are missing my point though, finding the best path is not actually required. Not only that but the game itself has mechanics by which paths are made and points that might need to be pathed to are created. Paths could be pregenerated as the map is dug out and items built within it, individuals could pick from pre-defined paths and then follow them.

A few examples of where this is actually better....

Currently lets say a dwarf plans to go down hallways A B and C to D. But he could go A B E D instead. Now as he enters B, a door in C is locked, dissallowing him to move C to D.

Under a "I path find every step" scenario, He immediately starts moving towards E and then D. This is highly unrealistic unless they all have walkie-talkies, but then, it "works" for invaders too.

Now under a less rigid scenario, maybe he chooses A B C D. Then gets all the way to C and sees the path is blocked, so he turns around and repaths. It is less efficient but more realistic, and potentially requires less expensive pathing.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

TheCarp Re:OUTRAGE!! (223 comments)

No they each imagine a different imaginary man in the sky, but their stories all have common origin so they pretend he actually exists and thus is a single being. Far more accurate that way.

about two weeks ago
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Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

TheCarp Re: Is it still braindeadly single-threaded? (138 comments)

Sure but with a little cleverness I think the problem can be simplified since the same paths are going to be used a lot with significant overlap and repetition. It could even lead to more realistic behaviour. Real creatures don't do mathametical best path finding from a real map, they choose from amongst routes they know weighted by some hueristics, then if one of them fails, try to adjust. Its potentially a much simpler problem. It would mean less efficiency in situations where a prefered path ends up not being accessible....but thats normal isn't it? I have that problem all the time when streets get closed for maintenance.

about two weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

TheCarp Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

This is actually pretty unlikely. People hate shopping for auto insurance. I know people who sell it for a living, and they tell me that many people don't even know the details of their insurance and have just had the same one for years, even when they could save money by switching to another agency.

Generally, when insurance companies raise someones prices, they just pay it. You may be the exception, of course, but, most people don't shop around much.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

TheCarp Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

I can't answer that question since I didn't actually make that assumption, I was responding to it.

Why would you assume any part of the phone is suspect? People carry phones, including discharged ones all the time. there is nothing the least bit suspect about a phone, even one that is discharged.

Frankly, a bomb can be hidden anywhere, including inside your anus, so clearly anyone with an anus needs their inspected visually. In fact, any scar on a persons body could be where a bomb was inserted surgically....so full body searches must be conducted on everyone, and all scars opened up or medically imaged to show that there is no device inside....anytime a device is found, it must be disassembled to prove it really is a medical device, and not simply marked "pace maker" and placed next to someones heart.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

TheCarp Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

Not sure why people keep brinigng this up. Saying this is saying that it is the passengers responsibility to carry a charged device; when no such responsibility exists elsewhere; and there is no real justification for. Whether or not it would be easy to comply is not relevant, many people will, for one reason or another, forget, regardless of how easy you think it may have been for them to comply without any knowledge or consideration of their life up to that point.

about two weeks ago

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TheCarp TheCarp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TheCarp writes "I was on my way home from work today using the good ole MBTA. I saw my bus come, and the line form, and then I saw something quite shocking; a sign declaring "This Bus is equipped with a security system". Sure enough there was a camera on the top outside of the door, one pointing down the length of the bus, two at right angles crossing by the back door, and another in the back. There was virtually nowhere to go and not be video taped. Of course, with all the upgrades recently, I don't remember any mention of this decision. Apparently its not enough that we listen to ineffectual "please to report unattented bags and suspicous activity" announcements; Now the week after they nearly doubled the fares, there are cameras on the busses! I don't know if this bothers anyone else, but with all the stories of England and their cameras, it worries me that we have more than started down the path to a police state. I just filed a complaint through their comments page"

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