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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

aardvarkjoe Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (166 comments)

You're not even supposed to run the amber, never mind the red.

It is a physical impossibility to avoid running the yellow light in all cases. If the length of the yellow has been decreased, it may be impossible or extraordinarily dangerous to avoid running the red in some cases as well.

1 hour ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

aardvarkjoe Re:Many passwords just don't matter. (546 comments)

The thing is, with a good password manager, there's no reason to have a weak password, even for the sites that you aren't worried about.

Most non-technical people (the ones who we're most concerned about in terms of password security) aren't very good at figuring out where security is and isn't important. For instance, I can't count the number of times I've heard statements along the lines of "I don't care about my e-mail password, because I don't care if a hacker could read my e-mail." Better to create tools methods to make sure that people can conveniently create secure passwords across the board, rather than hoping that people will make the correct decisions related to security.

about a week ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

aardvarkjoe Re:Security requiring cell phones (74 comments)

Of course I do. But the fallout of fraud is expensive, in terms of time for me, and in terms of money for retailers (which indirectly gets passed on to me.) A responsible person takes measures to avoid it.

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

aardvarkjoe Re:Time for anew distro? (302 comments)

How will jdLinux be different than the hundreds of other distributions out there?

Not saying that you don't have some ideas that haven't been tried, but it's not like there's exactly a shortage of existing distributions, so yours would have to have something pretty unique to gain any real traction.

about two weeks ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

aardvarkjoe Security requiring cell phones (74 comments)

I really hate these "security" features that are based on the assumption that you've always got phone service available.

I've run into this recently with my credit card company. It used to be that I could use their service to generate a one-time use credit card number for use in online transactions. But now they've implemented a policy that every time you use it, you have to first receive a code via text message and type that into their website -- so if (like me) you spend a lot of time in places with no cell phone service, but with internet access, it becomes unusable.

The end result: I'm now stuck giving everyone my real credit card information again if I purchase something online. Genius "security" move, guys.

I don't have anything against the idea of having the option of receiving a code via a cell phone for added security -- but it needs to be an option, not something that's required across the board.

about two weeks ago
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Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape

aardvarkjoe Re:What shape would you like (60 comments)

The gauges I've been looking at sell for between $100-$300 EACH,...so if I could avoid spending $1600 for a full set of gauges by going digital, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

Somehow, I suspect that the same people that are able to convince you to spend $300 on a premium analog gauge are going to be able to sell you a $300 digital version just as easily.

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

aardvarkjoe Re:Why so slow? (132 comments)

Amiga stuff and friends were made in assembly, C or even BASIC for the slow stuff, with no memory protection, no safety and no networking. Dumbphone firmware would be the boring, shitty equivalent...

In my experience, modern "dumbphones" are as bad or worse than smartphones in terms of the speed of their interfaces. (My understanding is that they're written mostly in Java, which is a bizarre choice given the hardware constraints.) If you have had the misfortune to use one, it's obvious that the designers and programmers never actually use these phones.

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

aardvarkjoe Re:uh no (132 comments)

$35 is not a great deal for a phone. Granted, it is cheap. But you can get Chinese smart phones for around $100.

Not everyone has an extra $65 sitting in their pockets. The people that are being targeted here have the choice between the $35 phone and no smartphone, not a choice between the $35 phone and the $100 phone.

It sounds like this phone is not a good deal for $35.

Also, your $100 estimate is way too high -- you can get low-end smartphones here in the US for $50, retail; I've got one of them, and it's much more functional than the phone described by the article.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ: Google X Display Team Works Toward Bezel-Free Modular Displays

aardvarkjoe Re:Desperate Times? (56 comments)

This has been going on forever -- it used to be back in the early 2000s that every other article was a link to the New York Times with a "subscription required" warning.

People frequently used to request an option to get rid of postings that linked to pay sites, but we never got it. Although at least we eventually got the "Shut Up JonKatz" option.

about two weeks ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

aardvarkjoe Re:You underestimate football's popularity (242 comments)

Football is *REALLY* *REALLY* stupid. I can't get my head around the overwhelming exuberance that people feel over this brief period of watching people chase a ball around a field.

Tell me, is it more or less stupid than watching a bunch of people dress up in spandex and pretend to fly a spaceship?

about three weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

aardvarkjoe Re:Excuse Me? (577 comments)

That, combined with the "device drive congestion" phrase (WTF is that supposed to mean?) makes it obvious that the submitter doesn't really understand anything about the topic.

And given that samzenpus gave it the green light, he obviously doesn't understand it either. Which I suppose is unsurprising.

about three weeks ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

aardvarkjoe Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

In the case of Argentina it sounds like they're flat out lazy. How can you not see a house built on a lot that was supposedly vacant? You have to plat the lot, take out permits presumably and then have inspections. Maybe in Argentina they don't have building codes? I doubt that but somebody isn't doing their job.

In the case of Argentina, they're not using Google Maps (etc.) They're going out and taking pictures of the property, getting timely evidence. That's what the whole article is about -- them using drones to do their job.

Lazy is when now during re-appraisals (which we go through annually here) means that they have to have an up to date photo of the property to assess "condition" We caught them last year using a 6 year old Google Street View image. That's lazy and I already pay well enough for these morons to just drive around and get up to date information, it's in the tax law for my state and we caught them not doing their job.

If they legally need a photo less than a year old, and they're instead grabbing photos off of Google, then yes, they're using Google inappropriately, and it's fair to call it lazy.

about three weeks ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

aardvarkjoe Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

Its stale. I've got news for you Google Street View and Satellite images can be years old. If I were relying on it for up to date information then I'd be mistaken. My house on street view was taken in 2010. A lot has changed since then.

How much is that more-up-to-date information worth to you?

Depending on what the government is using it for, using street view or maps images may or may not be effective. A blanket statement characterizing it as "lazy" doesn't make sense until you have determined whether or not the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

about three weeks ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

aardvarkjoe Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

Google Street View, Google Satellite View are all now being used by lazy local governments.

A rare example of governments using a cheap, effective method to do their jobs rather than finding an expensive and inefficient way to do it.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

aardvarkjoe Re:Not Brute Force (93 comments)

20,000 is not a brute force attack. That will only succeed if your password was 3 characters long.

I find it hard to believe anyone was actually vulnerable to this.

While you're correct that 20,000 attempts is too small to "brute-force" a password (by trying all combinations of characters), it's plenty to do a dictionary attack. If you can try 20,000 popular passwords on a whole bunch of accounts, you'll almost certainly be able to break some of them.

about a month ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

aardvarkjoe Re: Trolls are bad people (240 comments)

What if I dressed up as a doctor, had an air of gravitas, videoed from what looks like an ivy covered university and gave terrible terrible medical advice about Tylenol maximum dosages?

Not really the same thing, as that could cause death (or death-like symptoms).

Or if I dressed as a garage mechanic used all kinds of mechanical words and gave horrible advice such as sugar in the gas tank eliminates the squeal when you hit the brakes?

This falls under the category of life lesson. Just like the iPhone trick.

about a month ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

aardvarkjoe Re:Why is this on Slashdot? (240 comments)

If you search for "microwave iphone", at least you end up with some articles with evidence that people actually tried this.

The dice.com article doesn't even manage that.

How the hell does this company manage to make any money with this kind of ineptitude running the show?

about a month ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

aardvarkjoe Re:IP Stolen (67 comments)

Stephen Hawking can only communicate at about 1 word per minute. Using morse code may be slow compared to speaking, but it still could represent a pretty substantial improvement for some people.

about a month ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

aardvarkjoe Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

Exactly. It looks like the change that actually helped was that, near to intersections, they replaced a lane used for parking with a left turn lane. I don't know why anyone would be surprised that adding a traffic lane would help improve traffic flow.

The only thing that the bike lanes apparently have to do with it is that adding bike lanes was the reason why they decided to change the lane layout.

about a month and a half ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

aardvarkjoe Re:Awesome (107 comments)

What's an extra $10-20? One or two pizzas.

Maybe I'd rather have the pizzas than waste money on something that I don't need?

about a month and a half ago

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aardvarkjoe aardvarkjoe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aardvarkjoe (156801) writes "I'm doing a short project on the RIAA and its impact on society. A considerable part of this project has been looking into people's perceptions of the music industry and the heavily negative bias of that perception. Since Slashdot is one of the world's forefront leaders on RIAA hatred, I wanted to know: just why do you hate the RIAA? Please be as descriptive and as thorough as you like. Counter arguments and positive comments are also appreciated.

I've got a hundred of these questions, keep posting them!"

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