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Social Media a Threat To Undercover Cops

bombastinator Re:Here's an idea. (252 comments)

If an undercover cop gets killed though it wouldn't be hard to sue facebook for wrongful death.

The thing about facebook is that what they do is sell identities. They sell information about you to people who can make money off that information. As such they want to gather as much information as possible and give you as little choice in the matter as they possibly can. It's wrong. But until companies get their noses rubbed in it they won't stop. They have the most hidden system they can legally get away with because they don't want people opting out, and they don;t care who gets hurt as long as it isn't them.

  I avoid facebook like the plague, but they probably have data on me anyway simply because people I know use it.

more than 2 years ago
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Was Flight Ban Over Ash an Overreaction?

bombastinator there is a video demonstration (673 comments)

There's a british kid's show called "bang goes the theory" (it's awesome)that had a great little demo of what happens. Basically the ash turns to glass on the hot jet engine turbine blades. It might not be nearly as bad for piston engine planes assuming they have air filters, which is not always the case.

there's a blackhat video here (all I could find) it's the whole show. Luckily the demo is at the beginning. If someone could cut out the pertinant clip it would be cool

http://www.megavideo.com/?d=0XOVBR18

more than 4 years ago
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Linux Reaches 32% Netbook Market Share

bombastinator interesting they would pick the dell mini 9... Arr (389 comments)

Funny that their favorite computer is the Dell Mini 9. It's not a very advanced machine, to the point that it een got discontinued once.
They brought it back though because it is very popular for the single reason that it has a reputation as being the most hackintoshable netbook there is. This implies that a lot of these netbooks are running more MacOS than linux.

more than 4 years ago
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Encryption? What Encryption?

bombastinator hide it in your bra (500 comments)

The standard technique for moving such files a while was to hide the data inside pornography. They are one of the most commonly trafficked file types on the internet and people prefer not to look at it too closely. Or did before it became a standard..

more than 4 years ago
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Time Warner ToS Changes Could Mean Tiered Pricing, Throttling

bombastinator Adding unfair competition doesn't make it better (162 comments)

I wonder what corporate genius thought this would make it more acceptable instead of less acceptable. This is like the Simpson's "can we have a pool dad" chant.

more than 5 years ago
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The Case For Working With Your Hands

bombastinator Re:It's all about the money. (386 comments)

Schools in the US are funded almost entirely by local property taxes so quality can vary a lot by area. It is common for parents to choose where to live according to the quality of the local schools. Rich people can send their kids to private school, and often do. The education offered the is frequently (though not always) much better. I attended a high end private school for junior high and a public school for highschool. The difference was jaw dropping. I tested completely out of most of my freshman classes and probably some of my sophomore stuff too. I had taken algebra 1 through trigonometry by the 8th grade and there was simply no way to place me for math, so they just put me in the freshman class and I did algebra all over again. I basically took no math in high school.

more than 5 years ago
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The Case For Working With Your Hands

bombastinator Re:It's all about the money. (386 comments)

Sounds like you went to a much better funded high school than I did. Must be nice. The original article is about how services like this basically don't exist anymore. Typing huh? like with typewriters? How long ago was this?

more than 5 years ago
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The Case For Working With Your Hands

bombastinator Re:It's all about the money. (386 comments)

>"Most secondary schools have advanced networking equipment, multiple severs and hundreds of modern PCs, along with an IT services department."<
Sure. Much of the equipment is donated. Sometimes by the manufacturer. Apple has a huge educational program. A lot of companies will ditch machines after only 2 or 3 years. Schools also vary widely in funding. You ever attend an inner city public junior high?

>"I don't know of a computer in my college older than 5 years."<
Sure. And how much do you pay for college? Did you go to a private high school? If it's a tech school I bet they have trades equipment there too.

You're familiar with personal computer costs I'm sure. a CnC milling machine can easily cost 30k or more. The very very cheapest models still cost 3 times what a cheap computer would. Now insure it against a 16 year old. Remember it's got high speed spinning bits and if you get your hair caught it will pull your face right into the machine. Would you like to talk welding? Poisonous gas, temperatures that can make skin explode. Auto shop? Please bring an auto. Did you know it used to be common practice for there to be enough sports teams for everyone in the school to be on one? They didn't have gym at all. They had sports. Modern high school sports are a creepy last vestige of that practice. Why is it still around? Because it pays for itself. We used to pay for all of this in public schools. The US used to have one of the best public school programs in the world. We don't any more. Its getting worse every day, just as it has every day for 40 years.

more than 5 years ago
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The Case For Working With Your Hands

bombastinator It's all about the money. (386 comments)

The trades weren't pushed out of high schools because they were "retooling" they were pushed out because there was no money to teach them. Teaching trades requires expensive equipment that must be kept up and insured against accidents. Teaching IT requires obsolete donation computers that cost nothing and have very little upkeep. If Moore's law slows the donation computers will probably dry up too and then there will be nothing at all.

more than 5 years ago
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What OS and Software For a Mobile Documentary Crew?

bombastinator Re:What? (229 comments)

I have to agree. This is critical. Video editing is an art. Artists HATE changing their tools. It used to be with film cameras that if a pro quality camera got discontinued the second hand value skyrocketed, frequently to above the original new retail price. An artist has to get used to the behavior of a media to the point that you don't have to think about it before you can really really start to get work done. Your editors and pixel pushers will know only about the software suite they have trained to use whether they think so or not. Getting them to become efficient on a different software suite can take months, and you start risking horrible footage destroying "oops" mistakes while they train up. If you don't know what they trained on you are going to have to go MAC. It's the only thing that runs everything.

more than 5 years ago
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Reliable Male Contraceptive In the Works

bombastinator Re:after a few minutes of internet searches.. (519 comments)

I did find one site www.malecontraceptives.org/methods/others.php The site won't load but their google cached page did. The page claims that the male test never took place and instead was a test of the wives of 20 soldiers for a neem based spermicidal cream. They have an annotation too, but of course that page doesn't work either. This one has a bit more credence in that there is now a neem based spermicidal cream that is now widely sold throughout India.

more than 5 years ago
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Reliable Male Contraceptive In the Works

bombastinator after a few minutes of internet searches.. (519 comments)

Your affusively swenstionalist article points to the existence of neem oil as a pesticide, and apparently a fairly good one (doesn't make me want to drink it btw) but does not mention at all any trials by the Indian military or it's effectiveness. The much less evangelical Neem wiki and the neem entry at drugs.com mention many medical uses, mostly for skin diseases in traditional medicine, and food additives, but makes no mention of male contraception. Female contraception tests in animals are mentioned but not any clinical tests.

I was able to find for both male and female contraception at a new age herbal medicine site http://www.sisterzeus.com/neem.html which seems to contain linked end notes but all the notes are missing. This is quite disturbing as false annotation has been a repetitive problem in the New Age movement, the most famous being the "Chalice and the Blade" scandal about 20 years ago. Google searching the two names mentioned in conjunction with neem did yield some results. Noel Vietmeyer has apparently written a book (not a paper, a book) extolling neem as a wonder plant, but he is not the one who performed the study. It is the only reference I can find. All other references seem to lead back to that one.

I can find no first hand evidence at all on the internet that the Indian military study took place at all.

more than 5 years ago
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Murder Victim's Claim Denied for 'Pre-Existing Condition'

bombastinator Re:The pre-existing condition is a claim of fraud. (16 comments)

They can cure Hepatitis now? Wow! That's what I get for spouting things I learned way back in college without looking to see if they changed. Could someone mod dynasoar up please? I tried but I lack mod points atm.

more than 5 years ago
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Murder Victim's Claim Denied for 'Pre-Existing Condition'

bombastinator The pre-existing condition is a claim of fraud. (16 comments)

Hepatitis C eats your liver. It's incurable and fatal. This guy had numerous drug convictions and had really low chance of getting a liver transplant even if he could afford it, which of course he couldn't, him being a junkie and all. He was a walking dead man. If he knew he had hep C, or even merely that his liver was failing, not that hard since it turns your skin bright banana yellow, the chances that this is insurance fraud is very very high. I'm with the company on this one.

more than 5 years ago
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World's First X-Ray Laser Goes Live

bombastinator I wonder how long it will take (238 comments)

I wonder how long it will take for all the advances produced by the millions and millions of dollars and careers spent will be squandered by crappy information security and shipped to china for 37 cents in long distance charges.

more than 5 years ago
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Robo-Arm Signatures Are Legal, Gov't Buys One

bombastinator anything that can be sent can be recorded (154 comments)

On a business, rather than celebrity autograph level, how is this different than an autopen except that it's (lots) harder to detect forgery? How is this a good thing?

Anything that can be sent can be recorded, and anything that can be encrypted can be decrypted given enough time. The security of the device seems to be based on the fact that it is more or less unique. This will not remain true, and therefore the security offered will not continue to exist. All this machine has done is make one of our last fairly good low tech verification systems useless not even for some other great purpose, but for the convenience of celebrities. Forgive me if I find this less than noble.

more than 5 years ago
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EU Investigates Phorm's UK ISP Advertising System

bombastinator Re:Google (90 comments)

and you do this on a treo 680 running t-moblle how?

more than 5 years ago
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EU Investigates Phorm's UK ISP Advertising System

bombastinator Re:Google (90 comments)

You can choose not to use google in much the same way as you can choose not to be bitten by mosquitoes in the middle of the Minnesota woods.

You are free to swat at will. You may occasionally miss, You can wear bug repellant but it is imperfect and tends to wear off. You may be unable to swat at all. On many systems (such as say my treo 680) because the script and cookie handling functions are not advanced enough to be able to do more than simple global on/off you are more or less stuck with it. Almost everything I use on the internet requires scripts/cookies these days. Even with firefox+noscript/cookiesafe google has an annoying habit of staying on unless specifically killed every time.

In the end if you walk into the woods you get bit. The only question is how often.

more than 5 years ago
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Worst Working Conditions You Had To Write Code In?

bombastinator Re:Hmmmmm (1127 comments)

Religious shops always suck.
They have no problem with all kinds of favoritism and unethical behavior because it is for the cause. The ones I have seen have been Christian but this is generally how it works. At least they didn't pressure you unsubtly to convert and start donating part of your salary as well. That one is also pretty standard.

more than 5 years ago

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hulu may be blocking mobile phone browsers

bombastinator bombastinator writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bombastinator (812664) writes "I looked at my android phone updates this morning and in the skyfire browser update notes it mentions they are being blocked by Hulu. I guess that premium channel thing is going to get ugly, and the second class citizens are going to be mobile users."
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