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Hacking Team Manuals: Sobering Reminder That Privacy is Elusive

VorpalRodent Nifty Overview (35 comments)

Questions about government overreach and whatnot aside, the analyst's manual is quite a nice read on how mundane intelligence analysis can be. They've apparently got a very nice application for establishing persons of interest and automatically creating a directed graph of who knows whom based on address books / calendars, but the rest is still human analysis. I particularly liked the pictures which clearly showed location information as being "somewhere in this two block radius".

yesterday
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New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

VorpalRodent Old Physics Joke (139 comments)

So, the punchline is now reality? "Assume a spherical driver."

yesterday
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

VorpalRodent So...? (168 comments)

I don't see the need for a tinfoil hat here. If my phone is actively searching for a network, and the airport is using that information in a way that doesn't identify me, doesn't make my phone think it should be sending any other data, and generally makes my experience better, I don't see a problem. They're even letting me know that they do it.

I love my privacy, but this use seems perfectly sane. Yes, they could hire a Walmart greeter to sit on a stool and watch the line, periodically holding up a chalk board with an estimated wait time. But then we'd be decrying the creepy guy who keeps staring at us in line.

How about we actually see how some innovations play out before deciding that the airport is going to stalk us?

about a week ago
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Genes Don't Just Predict Intelligence, But Also How Well You Do In School

VorpalRodent Re:Bell Curve anyone? (154 comments)

Without information as to which race you're representing with the poodle, I can't ascertain exactly how offended I'm supposed to be.

about three weeks ago
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Genes Don't Just Predict Intelligence, But Also How Well You Do In School

VorpalRodent Re:Intelligence (154 comments)

You must be new here. We use car analogies, not luge analogies.

about three weeks ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

VorpalRodent Delorean (151 comments)

Delorean, along with a flux capacitor, please.

about three weeks ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

VorpalRodent Delorean (151 comments)

Along with a flux capacitor, please.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

VorpalRodent Re:Better call it Windows 11 (644 comments)

It's the alphanumeric ones that suck.

I'm holding out for Windows !

about a month ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

VorpalRodent Re:Tight pants (730 comments)

My Sony smartwatch does that, though perhaps not intentionally. It buzzes when it loses bluetooth connectivity to the phone. It's great, except for when I intentionally set my phone down and then wander around right at the edge of where it can connect.

about 2 months ago
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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

VorpalRodent Re:Better Idea (64 comments)

But you can't then just leave the printed document in the tray. That's not secure. You need to have a shredding module attached so that after the email is sent the original can be destroyed.

about 2 months ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

VorpalRodent Re:Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (455 comments)

I think you meant something more like "Yovtvbvs".

about 2 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

VorpalRodent Re:Cats (708 comments)

As Red Dwarf proved pretty clearly, everything in your premise is completely wrong. The Cat was none of those things.

about 2 months ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

VorpalRodent Re:Very, very easy to fix (155 comments)

I loved that movie, but I found the ending too predictable.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

VorpalRodent Re:Idiots (205 comments)

I was talking with a friend who recently went back to school. He has a degree which doesn't remotely relate to anything he wants to do, and decided that he wanted a computer science degree. But then he shifted gears - he was saying "I could stop after getting the minor, and save all the extra money from the additional year I'd have to go". His logic is that all the interviews he's gone to have asked him whether he's had SQL, Unix, etc. experience. Now that he's been exposed to those, he figures that's it, now he can be hired as a professional software engineer. There seems to be this misconception that if only he had these couple checkboxes ticked, he'd be fine.

Being well rounded isn't about hitting all the checkboxes (or in the case of the summary, getting the appropriate modules). It's about everything that isn't explicitly in those checkboxes. It's about seeing how all those things relate to one another in useful and sometimes unintuitive ways. It's about being able to take everything and go and do something new.

In school, a professor told me that what they were teaching wasn't for our first job out of college, but for our third. It's a bit oversimplified, but it's more or less valid. You get well rounded not so you can handle the stuff that they hire you for initially, but so that as you advance along your career path, you have some scaffolding on which to put all the other things that you learn along the way.

about 3 months ago
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More Forgotten Vials of Deadly Diseases Discovered

VorpalRodent Re:Homeland Security (55 comments)

I'm just going to take my foot out of my mouth before someone else beats me to it. Clearly the wrong agency. I'll go back to lurking in the corner.

about 3 months ago
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More Forgotten Vials of Deadly Diseases Discovered

VorpalRodent Homeland Security (55 comments)

So, the department that pretends to keep me safe on airplanes is now also the one that pretends to keep me safe from deadly airborne pathogens?

Why is the CDC not holding on to these for safekeeping? Their obvious failure here notwithstanding, I'd think that this is more their bailiwick than DHS's.

about 3 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

VorpalRodent Re:the executive can't just wave state law aside?? (382 comments)

It took me a minute to parse this for context. I was grasping at straws for when Michael Jackson and/or the Jackson Five was giving orders to Diana Ross.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

VorpalRodent Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (272 comments)

I'm having a little trouble parsing the slavery comment.

"In order to ensure you will not use the valuable cotton picking skills you've acquired here at another employer, we've purchased these shackles so that you cannot help another plantation compete with us."

about 4 months ago

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VorpalRodent (964940) writes "Some of you may remember when ionic air filtration systems were modified to be used as system cooling. Well, InventGeek has done it again. The plans for the Ion Cooler 2.0 have been released.

As an added bonus, the system is significantly cheaper and easier to set up."

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