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Do Slashdotters Encrypt Their Email?

Vegeta99 Re:well (601 comments)

Beware, though, not having that OTP if your cell phone is out of commission. Interestingly, said cell phone had a "special password" so that, even though it had no cell service (and I couldn't get Google's SMS to authorize my login on a computer), it was the only way to access my email for a while.

more than 2 years ago
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Black Friday, for me, means ...

Vegeta99 Re:Black Friday (198 comments)

The "shopping" black Friday is on the same list, moron.

Single days

        Black Friday (1869), the Fisk-Gould Scandal, a financial crisis in the United States
        Black Friday (1881), the Eyemouth disaster in which 189 fishermen died
        Black Friday (1939), a day of devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia, which killed 71 people
        Black Friday (1945), an Allied air attack against German ships in Norway
        Hollywood Black Friday (1945), a riot at the Warner Bros. studios
        Black Friday (1978), a massacre of protesters in Iran
        Black Friday (1987), a tornado in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
        Black Friday (2011) or United States v. Scheinberg et al., a case involving online poker companies

Recurring days

      Black Friday (shopping), the day following Thanksgiving in the United States
        Black Friday (partying), the last Friday before Christmas

I'd have made it blink too, but Slashdot won't let me.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Creates Super-Black Carbon Nanotube Coating

Vegeta99 Re:Picture (132 comments)

What the hell is that site about?

more than 2 years ago
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US Marshals Ordered To Seize Righthaven Property

Vegeta99 Re:take their servers and router (120 comments)

Cool. Thanks for the info.

Seems like a place someone who knows what they're talking about could make a few bucks.

more than 2 years ago
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US Marshals Ordered To Seize Righthaven Property

Vegeta99 Re:take their servers and router (120 comments)

In Illinois (and in every other state, I guarantee) attorneys are responsible for retaining and protecting client information -- including things like draft memos and attorneys' notes -- from access by any third party without client permission.

How far does that duty go? If some thief knocks down my reasonably secure door and steals my reasonably secured filing cabinet, am I on the hook? Where's that go with computerized files? If a reasonably secured filing cabinet is just the cheapie you can buy at Staples (and indeed, I don't know if it is or not), would a zip file with a password be sufficient, or are we talking 3-DES or better?

(I'm a law student, and I'm curious why some attorneys i've worked with think "well my office door is locked" constitutes computer security, but too damn busy to actually do any research on the matter until I take Professional Responsibility)

more than 2 years ago
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PROTECT-IP Makes Its Way To the Floors of Congress

Vegeta99 Re:You ain't seen nothin' yet (145 comments)

So ... that'll be one camping pass ... and one hunting/fishing permit, unless you plan to eat only plants, then you'll run afoul of the regulations on havesting plants, which are protected, on public lands.

Well, I'm a hunter, and back home in Pennsylvania, one needs not an extra permit to hunt on state game land, just the $20 or so license. Even without that, you can hunt and eat nuisance animals (coyote, crows, starlings, perhaps bobcats) on any day of the week, without limit, even Sunday when no other hunting is permitted. A license to fish is only required for public waters, and only if you're over, IIRC, 16.

more than 2 years ago
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DHS Stonewalls On Public Comment About Body Scanners

Vegeta99 Re:Land of the free (192 comments)

The last state I lived in never handed you the form ahead of time. Arizona does, but it's certainly not sufficient to keep you occupied. They should give you a crossword, too.

more than 2 years ago
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Human Blood Protein (HSA) From GMO Rice

Vegeta99 Re:Rats with liver cirrhosis (89 comments)

They don't need to puff. My buddy has a bulldog that is downright vicious if you light a cigarette near him and refuse to blow a little smoke in his face. Why? When my buddy was at work during the day, the bulldog would eat butts out of the ashtray, and this went on for some time before anyone figured it out. Goofy friggin' dog, that's for sure.

more than 2 years ago
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Official "Firefox With Bing" Released

Vegeta99 Re:Pretty easy to change the default (274 comments)

That's a whole 'nother level of Rube Goldberg there going to a japanese search engine to just type in the URL. At that point, one would wonder if the user even examines the screen while navigating.

more than 2 years ago
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HPV Vaccine Recommended For Boys

Vegeta99 Re:Vaccinating carriers... (569 comments)

I was told in some training in undergrad that the reason is that women have to deal with more, well, trauma than men do, leading to microabrasions. Now, I don't know if HPV can be passed from blemish-free skin-to-skin contact, but if it's like most STDs and requires some sort of fluid contact, a woman has a higher likelihood of having such contact than a man. So, we get off a little lucky in the evolutionary department, and so does the STD - I'm sure not going to pop out a free host in 9 months.

more than 2 years ago
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Jaguar Recalls 18,000 Cars Over Major Software Fault

Vegeta99 Re:My car has a fail-safe device... (356 comments)

It is, but it isn't the rule here.

I have a 2000 Jetta, VR6 standard. I can start it just fine in gear, it will happily smash its front end into a wall.
My girlfriend has a 2003 Jetta, 2.0L I4 standard. It will not start without the clutch fully depressed to the floor.

My car is the only car I've ever seen do it, but I've seen plenty of 4x4's that do it, too.

more than 2 years ago
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Jaguar Recalls 18,000 Cars Over Major Software Fault

Vegeta99 Re:My car has a fail-safe device... (356 comments)

Seconded. If you have to use your emergency/parking brake to drive, you're doing it wrong. Even on the steepest of inclines, it's a rarity that I'd roll back more than 4 inches.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Catch a Laptop Thief?

Vegeta99 Re:Hate to say it... (485 comments)

They even graciously told him, 'If you miss your flight, I'll be my fault.'

West Virginia has customs now?

about 3 years ago
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OccupySF IT Admins Using Pedal Power For Protest

Vegeta99 Re:so do what load up on student loans and learn s (202 comments)

Lol. I have a social work degree, and that woman is an idiot. Who the hell do you think is going to PAY you to support hairy clams?

about 3 years ago
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Calif. Appeals Court Approves Cell Phone Searches

Vegeta99 Re:Passcode (367 comments)

Look, buddy, you're just wrong. The fourth amendment says that nobody will be deprived of their property unreasonably. Where in that amendment does it say that a warrant is a requirement? Between the first and second clauses, there's a comma and the word and. There's no way to fit your extra words in ther. Where do the Federalist papers talk about it? Where does it say "A search is reasonable ONLY when there is a warrant." Where does it even say that probable cause is reasonable?

You can do your research (or ask a lawyer!), or you can plug your ears and act as if you knew the intent of the Framers. Article III, Section 1 says "The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court[.]" Let them do the judging, OK? I'm going to take back my offer of a reasonable discussion, because clearly, you have no idea how criminal procedure works. Did you notice the 4th Amendment applies equally to people and things? So if a cop sees someone murder another in cold blood, they should have to run down to the courthouse, swear out an affidavit, and get a warrant before they arrest someone? Kafka would have a field day.

about 3 years ago
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Calif. Appeals Court Approves Cell Phone Searches

Vegeta99 Re:Passcode (367 comments)

That states the requirements for warrants. It's meant to prevent general warrants, where English tax collectors would get a warrant to search through and seize ALL of your belongings to find evidence of wrongdoing. Warrants require probable cause, searches do not. Warrants are not always required (see, among others, consent and plain/open view searches).

Shoot me an email if you'd like to know more.

about 3 years ago
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Calif. Appeals Court Approves Cell Phone Searches

Vegeta99 Re:Passcode (367 comments)

No, there's a comma between those clauses. Warrants shall only be issued under probable cause, not searches. You don't always need a warrant.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice For Using a Cell Phone In China?

Vegeta99 Re:Getting a cell phone (149 comments)

You can tip the cleaning lady and have it affect your customs experience?

That's AWESOME! Why is bribery illegal?!

about 3 years ago
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Zune Dead, Then Not Dead, Then Officially Dead

Vegeta99 Re:Monthly cost of a Windows Phone (181 comments)

We do have GSM. When I was a kid, I had a prepaid with Immix Wireless, they run a GSM network. I now use AT&T, also GSM, and the network is indeed fully interoperable. I've stepped on a plane on the East Coast and landed in Europe, and received text messages sent while I was in the air and my phone was off. In fact, the phone itself needed no adjustments to pick up data service.

While they're not required to unlock, AT&T is usually quite happy to give you the unlock code if you're going overseas. In fact, you can even tell them, "Well, you're just too expensive. I want to be able to buy a prepaid SIM." Unless it's an iPhone, you'll be given the code right then and there. I think the RDF keeps them from giving out unlock codes for iPhones.

about 3 years ago

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Vegeta99 Vegeta99 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Vegeta99 writes "CNN is reporting that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of bacteriophages in lunch meat to battle listeriosis, an infection that only 2,500 people succumb to each year. What frightens me is that "Consumers won't be aware that meat and poultry products have been treated with the spray." I'd rather be aware, just imagine what happens if they decide to mutate just a bit!"

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