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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

dargaud Re:die by taser or gas? (139 comments)

You can't tase 500 people at once (which is what you'd need in cases of mass hostage situation where you can't tell hostages from hostage takers).

Also for once the summary is spot on: "these weapons rely on exact dosage to prevent fatality, and that the ability to deliver the right agent to the right people in the right dose without exposing the wrong people, or delivering the wrong dose' is a near-impossible expectation". Maybe you should have read it. Or remembered that in the russian vs Chechen situation a decade ago, most of the hostages died because of the incapacitating agent. Also, if all it takes is a few gas mask, expect the next hostage takers to use gas masks.

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

dargaud Re:The good news (687 comments)

It appears that FTDI have reverse engineered the fake chips and found that they can be reprogrammed. When their driver detects a fake chip, it uses the internal configuration commands to erase the EEPROM memory containing the Vendor Unique ID.

So this goes well and beyond the simple "Let's have our driver refuse to talk with the chip in case we detect it's compatible/counterfeit" and completely into "Let's destroy somebody else's property whenever we want". Completely unacceptable.

2 days ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

dargaud Get a virus... (324 comments)

...and as it starts spewing Gb after Gb of spam, you are now bankrupt. Nice. Or if you have a server in the country and fall victim to a DOS attack, you must now pay for the Tb of data exchanged in the DOS and must sell your firstborn to pay the tax.

2 days ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

dargaud Re:I'm betting on balloons (99 comments)

I mountain areas coverage is very spotty, even in densely populated mountains like the Alps: in deep twisted valleys you have to install too many antennas, and north faces (in the northern hemisphere) impede the use of geosync satellites by blocking line-of-sight. And there's never an irridium above you when you are in a valley. When I was in Himalaya we had a chart of time windows when satellites were above us and we could make quick calls or SMS. Balloons/drones can improve on that.

3 days ago
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Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting

dargaud Now this pisses me off (81 comments)

Over a decade ago I submitted a project to carry data in Antarctica by a 1500km fiber for a large project. It was shut down by the Americans because according to the Antarctic Treaty you cannot leave anything in Antarctica permanently. Now the US has this project (how are they gonna get it out of the Ice ?), Ice Cube (which has thousands of detectors under km of ice) and others...

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

dargaud Re:Feature not a bug (285 comments)

Hmmm, so, is this 'master' control something we can ignore nowadays ?

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

dargaud Re:Feature not a bug (285 comments)

I have no idea what 'master' is even supposed to mean. Since the device that is in use is actually selected in the [Audio settings][Device Preference], what is the point of having a 'master' ?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

dargaud Same here (285 comments)

And if you throw buetooth speakers into the mix it turns into a complete nightmare that only a reboot can fix. Sometimes.

about a week ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

dargaud Sue them ? (180 comments)

So, why can't they be sued into the ground for product misrepresentation ? There needs to be cases like that with hard jail time before the practise will stop (ha! As if).

about a week ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

dargaud Re:Why Not???? (366 comments)

And who will pick up your trash ? Einstein 2.0 ?

about a week ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

dargaud Re:Cue slippery slope arguments now... (366 comments)

I don't understand why the dowry problem doesn't solve itself by simple economics. If a woman has 10 men to choose from, why doesn't she (or her parents) choose the one(s) that doesn't require a dowry ?

about a week ago
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Early Childhood Neglect Associated With Altered Brain Structure, ADHD

dargaud How is that news ? (87 comments)

By now everybody knows that having a dumbfuck mother like Jenny McCarthy will give you autism...

about a week ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

dargaud Re:CipherShed (220 comments)

As long as I can run both on the same computer temporarily so I can copy from old container to new one, it should be OK.

about two weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

dargaud Re:Why? (986 comments)

Why is it so fucking hard to get a team of reputable people, using a well designed experiment, test this thing?

Because we are busy. It takes 10 times more time to debunk bullshit than to spew it around.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

dargaud Re:What this fuss over nothing? (179 comments)

It cut both ways: what do you think of the use of jury nullification to free KKK murderers by all white juries in the south ? Yes, it happened.

about two weeks ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

dargaud Re:Oblig. xkcd (103 comments)

I can't stand the Family Circus. I don't go around posting about how much it sucks. Get a life and let others enjoy what they want.

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

dargaud Re:Rising Tide Lifts All Boats Falling Tide Sinks (283 comments)

The Pauper Post Doc Army is collective punishment for lack of significant clinical advancement in Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Alzheimer's and Schizophrenia.

Have you seen the rate of survival of cancer now vs 30 years ago ? Don't say there aren't advances.

about two weeks ago
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Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

dargaud Re:Here's how it works (146 comments)

But the real story is even more absurd, the fact that the average person believes they are of any interest to anyone but marketers.

Nobody is of interest until something happens that makes you commited.

about two weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

dargaud Re:I'd like Bulls*&t for 1000 Alex! (534 comments)

Why would that be the only solution ? Receiving a clear radio signal would be another one (even if we can't decode it). Direct optical observation of some types (seasons, artificially illuminated nights...) of planetary surfaces would be another one (granted we are not there yet, even if some plans for such telescopes are being drawn). And there are others.

about three weeks ago

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Ubuntu closes longstanding bug #1

dargaud dargaud writes  |  about a year ago

dargaud (518470) writes "Mark Shuttleworth of Ubuntu fame has closed the primal bug on launchpad, standing since 2004 and titled "Microsoft has a majority market share", due to the 'changing realities' of tablets, smartphones, wearable computing..."
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Ask /.: are home drones a possibility ?

dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dargaud writes "I live in an alpine setting and I'd like to be able to remotely view various remote valleys to check for ice formations for winter climbing. I wonder if there are cheap drones that could do that. Requirements would be: GPS guided on a preset route (no remote control necessary, and anyway there's no line of sight), at least 20km autonomy, 1 or 2 cameras on the sides to record valley walls, easy launching and autonomous landing (parachute?) at predefined point, ground detection to avoid crashes (if preset route is wrong or GPS echoes on valley walls as is often the case). Is there anything commercially available cheap enough, or any DIY that doesn't require a year of assembly ?"
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You can say that the Taser kills (in France)

dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dargaud writes "Although in the US Taser International is known to sue anybody who claims tasers contributed to the cause of death of people (even going as far as changing causes on death certificates), in France things now go the other way. A communist leader was sued by the company after claiming in an interview that tasers had killed 150 people in the US and Canada. And they lost yesterday (link in french) after failing to prove otherwise. It's the 2nd victory for free speech in the country against the company which is trying to sell its devices to police forces. But where the story gets even more interesting is that 6 staff members of the company were arrested while spying on the political leader..."
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dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dargaud writes "I just received a spam message that was so geeky that I held my finger off the delete key in curiosity: it's the usual pump'n'dump scam, but in ASCII art ! The message contains only numbers and spaces, but when read in a monospaced font it spells a stock reference 11 characters high and contains nothing else. The hitch is that in the usual windowed mail reader it's pure giberish so I doubt this new attempt at evading spam filters will catch on."
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dargaud dargaud writes  |  about 8 years ago

dargaud writes "The Washington Post (reg necessary) is running a story about yet another airport paranoia: MPAA sponsored DVD sniffing dogs! Two dogs have been trained to recognize the smell released by the plastic of pirate DVDs. The catch? They smell just like legal ones..."

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