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The Problems With Drug Testing

TheCarp Re:not true because... (155 comments)

Um.... me too, and still never been even asked. In fact my last employer was basically a hospital (or rather if them and the hospital were facebook friends, their relationship status would be 'its complicated'). Now the actual insurance industry, that I could understand....they seem more um.... uptight.

Hospitals themselves I am pretty sure have the same issue as IT given what I have heard from the horses mouthes about doctors and drug habbits

3 hours ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

TheCarp Re:not true because... (155 comments)

nah its easier to just shrug it off when I get one wrong. As far as off topic comments go, it hardly even registers compared to the gay nigger brigade still trying to cover natilie portmans hot grits in pants; so overall.... could be worst.

7 hours ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

TheCarp Re:not true because... (155 comments)

Really? because its been my experience that most of the people subjected to employment drug testing are the lower salary employees. Then again, I work in IT where most companies don't drug test because they know what the results will be.

7 hours ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

TheCarp not true because... (155 comments)

I have never, and will never, submit to a drug test. In fact, in the past decade, every single time I have been on the hunt for a new job and on the phone with an HR person, I have been silently practicing my vitriolic rant should they ask.

As of yet, nobody has asked, so nobody has gotten my rant.

People who get paid to piss in a cup for someone elses amusement are called prostitutes, and honstly, I have nothing against honest prostitutes; its only the ones who delude themselves into thinking they are something else that I take issue with.

yesterday
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More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

TheCarp Re:Limits of Measurement (121 comments)

> I have never been a fan of the quantum "weirdness" either. Everyone gets caught up in the Copenhagen
> interpretation and Schroedingers' cat and all, and ignores a simpler explanation.

Ignores? I am a lay observer but I have yet to see one that actually explains.

> when single particles are allowed thru, we see only single points on the detector.
> It is only when a flood of electrons are allowed that we see an interference pattern similar to that of a wave.

Wrong. when single particles are allowed through a single path yes. However, if multiple paths are available even a single particle interferes with itself. Take enough samples of a single particle going through with multiple paths, and you get an interference pattern: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

The problem with the simple explanations is, we already know they are wrong. Between the double slit and the bell inequality, classical theories are pretty sunk. I would love to see a simpler model that actually predicts things like single particle interference and the violation of the bell inequality!

yesterday
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The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

TheCarp Re:Sponsored by Mars Candies: (118 comments)

Well thanks for that. I was actually wondering recently why it was so hard to shop for pants. I have a hard size anyway, as I am built for a much smaller inseam than my waist (or rest of my torso) would seem to indicate. In fact, I would say if you look at my torso vs legs, I have the torso of someone several inches taller than me, and the legs of someone an inch or two shorter.

Looking back, I think this is why my childhood doctor was always suggesting my weight should be unreasonably low based on her height charts. I mean, she was right, I was overweight, but, not nearly by as much as she made it out, once I got into HS sports I found out her "ideal weight" for me based on height was about 10 lbs less than my lean body mass!

In any case, I find this makes pants shopping hard. Often over the years I have had to buy pants that were too long and then have the legs shortened, which is no help for inseam issues at all.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

TheCarp Re:You can create a token but keep it off nets (110 comments)

I am sorry that the advice I give for free on slashdot doesn't live up to the impossibly high standard of being unassailable by major national governments with deeper pockets than the vicar of christ.

Every system has weaknesses; if you have to worry about directed attacks by dedicated actors with the resources (time and skills, or money to hire them) to focus on your systems.... then by all means, don't take the free advice you get on slashdot and feel free to raise the bar high.

However, for everyone else, raising the bar even a little bit is enough. You have to understand there is a gulf in threats between "at risk of having data casually scraped or stolen by a trojan" and "the target of a directed attack" and then again "targeted by a group with resources". Each step you can take away from the first category of risk is huge, whereas every step away from the others, really only helps a little bit....unless you have good reason to fear it.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

TheCarp Re:You can create a token but keep it off nets (110 comments)

All true and yet, I don't see how any of that matters. The point of using the phone is it is something you have, and its not tied to the device you are connecting with. Yes, you may lose the phone more often, BUT...that just means you replace the phone and reload the software with a new key....BFD.

Stealing your phone doesn't reveal what systems you would connect to. Getting access to your laptop, doesn't provide the authentication token. Its about using two factors that are not tied to eachother in a way that a remote attacker can discern that improves the security of such a system.

which is why I strongly disagree that an app on the laptop is better.... because an app on the laptop is on the laptop, one device which connects to it all. Or another way to think of it...where is the safest place for the key to your safe.... in an unmarked envelope in your house....or in an unmarked envelope at your friend's house?

Even if your friend's house is less secure than your own, its still the better place because.... there is no way for the attacker to make the association needed to find it....even if it is your friend's house that he robs, even if he finds the key there!

Sure its not protection from specific kinds of attackers, but, if your security measures need to stand up to NSA levels of scrutiny, I have no problem declaring your requirements out of scope for this level of discussion, and far beyond most people who could benefit from simple tokens.

2 days ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

TheCarp How long did that take? (175 comments)

So this would:
> prohibit the government from collecting all information from a particular service provider or a broad geographic
> area, such as a city or area code

Sounds rather specific. My bet is this was very carefully crafted, with help of the NSA to specifically and publically ban a slice of activities so narrow and specific as to stop NOTHING that they are currently doing.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

TheCarp Re:You can create a token but keep it off nets (110 comments)

> For fans of software scheme: you must tell how your soft tokens resist attack by malware.

A solution doesn't have to be a panacea for all attacks. A soft token could be on your phone, assuming you do not also use the phone to directly access the service, that is pretty decent protection. I would consider needing to also find and gain access to your phone, in addition to whatever access they may otherwise be able to get, as a pretty decent addition to the resistence.

> Remember that to get pay-tv signals, folks were willing and able to design special ICs.

Remember that people were willing to pay for those ICs to decode signals they already otherwise had access to, meaning there was a rather large potential market for those ICs before they were produced, especially since it is decently hard to justify how you are doing anything wrong by simply recieving and manipulating a signal...you aren't even stealing a service, you are just, not using their descrabling service, just providing your own instead; for a signal you could already recieve.....

2 days ago
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Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

TheCarp Re:Is this an achievement? (47 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.

about a week ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

TheCarp Re:This is news? (217 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.

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

TheCarp Re:Bah (280 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

TheCarp Re:Bah (280 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 two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

TheCarp Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 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 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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