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Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

danlip Re:Repair (52 comments)

in the US about 3 years ago it was easy to find a guy on craigslist with a mobile iPhone repair service - they drive to you and repair it in the back of their van while you wait. Clearly a low budget single person operation, but I had no reason to believe he was using stolen parts or anything else dodgy. Repaired a broken screen and got several more years of good use out of the phone. I assume such services still exist, plus many small shops offering repairs.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

danlip Re:Working in Tech - or DOING Tech? (391 comments)

I don't need a lib arts degree to write well documented code. I need a good technical understanding of the code and an understanding of what difficulties the next person who comes along will have reading the code - and understanding that I have acquired from lots of experienced reading other peoples code. And a desire to do a good job - I can't emphasize that last point enough.

3 days ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

danlip Re:I, Robot from a programmers perspective (164 comments)

Do remember these stories were written as far back as 1941. "I, Robot" was published in 1950. Your experience with technology and real world edge cases is very different from his.

3 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

danlip Re:Seriously, we're not rapists.... (595 comments)

Yes, but that's a completely different thing from what I was saying. An unarmed black man is far more likely to be shot by police than an unarmed white man.

about three weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

danlip Re:TOR (102 comments)

Yeah, I'm pretty much a bleeding heart lefty and I still think blaming the Republicans for Obama signing NDAA is pretty ridiculous. There are plenty of things to blame the Republicans for, but Obama is hardly blameless either.

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

danlip Re: The world we live in. (595 comments)

frat is just an abbreviation for fraternity. What is the distinction you are trying to make?

And they have a terrible reputation, which they have earned.

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

danlip Re:Seriously, we're not rapists.... (595 comments)

I think the main point is to prevent the woman from drinking the spiked drink. I think it is rather unlike that a guy gets convicted (or even prosecuted) based solely on this test. Perhaps arrested, but more likely just questioned. Unless he's black, in which case he would probably be shot by the police, but that's a problem which has nothing to do with this product.

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

danlip Re:Seriously, we're not rapists.... (595 comments)

No, it is not suggesting that every man is a despicable scum, it is suggesting that there is a reasonable chance that at least one man at a party is a despicable scum. And that seems like a reasonable suggestion.

about three weeks ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

danlip Re:That's no moon.... (80 comments)

Dyson Spheres are a rather silly thing to search for, as the technology required is too advanced to fathom (perhaps impossible). It seems the TFA was just talking about looking for aliens with huge power sources. That is certainly possible. But my point was that an advanced alien civilization may just have figured out how to be so efficient as to not need huge power sources. I was also responding to the "makes no assumptions about what alien civilizations may be like" statement in the summary, because it seems that they are making a pretty big assumption that could be easily violated without resorting to exotic materials or new laws of physics. We could even be there in 100 years.

about a month ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

danlip Re:Please, don't tell them ... (421 comments)

I believe Dan Savage coined the term unicorn, and it applies specifically to females (as it is generally much easier to find men who are up for MMF threesomes). Urbandictionary agrees too (mostly).

about a month ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

danlip Re:Thermodynamics (80 comments)

That seems like a fairly safe assumption. On the other hand if they get all their power from solar (or wind, hydro, etc., which are just secondary affects of solar) then it seems to me they'd be in equilibrium and they'd have the exact same thermal signature as a no-civilization planet. That seems more likely.

about a month ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

danlip Re:Sigh (748 comments)

While you say homosexuality is not a choice (and I agree) the people on the other side of the debate says that it is, and it committed to not changing their mind based on facts (they call it "faith"). So that argument is not going to convince anyone.

And that Baptist resolution you sited says they "deplore homosexuality as a perversion of divine standards" and it "is an abomination in the eyes of God". That's much stronger language than "dislike". The phrase about God loving everyone despite their sin is just a throw-away phrase to try and make them look less like huge assholes (didn't work).

about a month ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

danlip Re:I'm not so sure.... (171 comments)

You may be right with prescriptions. And the people using the fake medical identity would not be getting the prescriptions for themselves but for resale on the black market, and would probably be a career criminal. If they are local (relative to the real person) and they go to the same pharmacy (which would already have the account info in their computer) maybe they wouldn't be asked for ID or flagged as fraudulent. Although it's still a little hard to believe, because the drugs that are valuable on the black market are narcotics and I am pretty sure they ask for ID every time for those.

about a month ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

danlip Re:Just red tape? (142 comments)

Your classifying Fukushima as a minor accident? It's classified as level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the highest level possible. I agree that it is not as bad as Chernobyl, but hardly minor.

about a month ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

danlip Re:Diagnosed (200 comments)

Getting enraged when interrupted probably isn't normal. Although I do the hyperfocus thing and it is pretty annoying to get interrupted. My wife knows not to call me at work. But I don't think I'm ADHD.

about a month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

danlip Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Read the TFA. People aren't getting upset about skin color: Quote: "In the book, Wade suggests that such genetic differences may help explain why some people live in tribal societies and some in advanced civilizations, why African-Americans are allegedly more violent than whites, and why the Chinese may be good at business."

about a month ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

danlip Hi, it looks like you are writing difficult code! (116 comments)

The last thing I need when I am focused of a difficult chunk of code is Clippy popping up and breaking my focus. Some tasks are just much harder than others. I think any decent coder knows when they are struggling and increases their focus or grabs someone on their team to help. Bad coders may not, but bad coders are always bad coders, and no tools will help someone who just can't get it or just doesn't care.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

danlip Re:Google (116 comments)

The search-engine drive may contain stuff they'd rather not be public (for reasons of competition), like the software that manages all that data and the data structures it is stored in. Then there is Google Mail, which contains private emails and contacts. And I'm sure other examples.

about a month and a half ago

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Target Says Encrypted PIN Data Taken in Breach

danlip danlip writes  |  about 9 months ago

danlip (737336) writes "Target says Encrypted PIN Data Taken in Breach but doesn't think they can be unencrypted by whoever may have taken them because they never had the key in their system. The article has no details on exactly how they were encrypted, but it doesn't seem like it would be hard to brute force it given that there are only 10^4 possibilities for each PIN."

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