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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

dbc Re:Second amendment zone of lawlessness (407 comments)

I think that is a very interesting concept. If it is a munition, it should be covered by the second amendment. The problem you face is that ever since the Miller case, the 2A has been eroding to the point where even though something is obviously covered by the second amendment, you still might not be able to keep and bear it. From a pragmatic standpoint, it is in everyone's interest to push back on government incursions into the 2A, because those same arguments can be applied by the government to 1A and 4A, and any-other-A. If you don't like what the 2A says, then try to pass an amendment to change it -- because trying rubbery arguments to contort the meaning will eventually erode the other amendments.

yesterday
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

dbc Re:worry about the other "Zone of Lawlessness"! (407 comments)

And where are my mod points today. Yes. This. The Zone of Lawlessness is mostly inside the DC beltway.

yesterday
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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

dbc Re:why the fuck (101 comments)

Exactly. All that infrastructure build-out costs lots of money. You need subscribers to pay the rent on the cell site, you need coverage (cell sites) to get customers. It takes a lot of cash to bootstrap that. Coverage pulls in customers -- I'm a past T-Mobile customer -- their plans are much more subscriber friendly that the other guys, but darn I need coverage in a couple of their holes. I'm just one data point, but I'm sure others make the same decision.

about a week ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

dbc How is this not a HIPPA violation? (204 comments)

Serious question. HIPPA is very strict. Or so I'm given to understand, not having done a deep dive into the details. How can they do this without violating HIPPA?

about a week ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

dbc Re:What's the graduation rate for women? (479 comments)

I pretty much agree with you. But the *perception* of being able to compete is important, regardless of the actual importance of said competition later in real life. The point is that college students (of both sexes) make decisions based on their perceptions of the importance of various factors, and many of those perceptions may not be well calibrated. IMHO lecturing them that their perceptions are wrong is just another way to erode their self-confidence. Making them confident in basic lab/bench skills is actually pretty easy, and should be fun for all involved, and even though they may have a skewed perception of the long-term value, the short term value of increased self-confidence at a critical moment in time is invaluable.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

dbc Re:What's the graduation rate for women? (479 comments)

Well, I have a lot of theories on that. My daughter, by the way, loves pink and purple and fabric arts. She also is a whiz at surface mount soldering, designs her own P.C. bpards, and completed multi-variable calculus at age 14. She is applying to engineering schools as a freshman for next fall. You do not have to do a princess-ectomy in order to end up with an engineer.

You *do* have to give girls the confidence that they can compete. I've made sure that my daughter has good bench skills. Now, I know and you know that bench skills don't matter for diddly when you become a program manager, or a senior grade individual contributor writing the documents that another 120 people will implement. But I've seen talented girls switch out of engineering majors because they were intimidated by the fact that their lab partners had memorized the resistor color code and knew how to use an o'scope and they didn't. In the long run knowing the resistor color code does not get you the corner office. But being confident enough to stick with the major is a big deal.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

dbc What's the graduation rate for women? (479 comments)

What percentage of the people graduating with qualifying degrees are women? If the hiring is close to that, is there a problem?

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

dbc Re:Central Computer (314 comments)

ahhhh, no. Now, don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Central Computer. But CC is not Radio Shack of the early 1970's. If you want basic components, visit Halted.

But in the end, no store is going to have everything you want for basic electronics any more. When RS started, a nearly complete catalog of useful vacuum tubes filled a few pages in the back of the Radio Amateur's Handbook -- and you didn't need to stock inductors, just enameled wire and coil forms, because hand-wound coils were a normal part of scratch building. Contrast that to when DigiKey stopped publishing a printed catalog, it was about 3 inches thick on thinnest imaginable paper -- and now the online catalog database is truly enormous -- no brick and mortar store could stock all of that.

Also, how can you possibly staff stores coast to coast with knowledgeable people at retail wages? Anybody with the knowledge to really be of help can get better work elsewhere.

about two weeks ago
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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

dbc Re:Open source base station? (104 comments)

Anything else I can help you with?

I will look at it and let you know. I am happy to see there is actual source code. Too many projects in RF-land claim to be open source, but are not.

about two weeks ago
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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

dbc Open source base station? (104 comments)

Gee... I didn't find links to the schematics and source code on their web site. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough? Where are they?

Or..... maybe it's yet another click-bait article abusing the term "open source'.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

dbc Not just self-employed.. (450 comments)

.. who doesn't have investment income?

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

dbc Out 'em: SnoopSnitch + Google maps (303 comments)

A StingRay detector for some rooted Androids exists: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/an...

So, I could see crowdsourcing StingRay mapping. Rooted Android + SnoopSnitch + IOIO board + interface application + Google maps + web site. If enough snoops were deployed, you could have a real time map of all StingRays in operation.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

dbc Re:Yeah, but... (303 comments)

Yes, they need a license. But how do you know they don't have one? The FCC has mechanisms for special licenses.

about three weeks ago
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Designing the Best Board Game

dbc Re:Easy to follow rules. (155 comments)

In middle school, I loved chess. Not that I was great, but I enjoyed it and studied it and became middling. Later in life, once I had a job that required concentration for 8 hours a day, chess totally lost it's appeal. A moment's lapse on concentration costs you the game in chess. It just wasn't fun at the end of a work day. That is when backgammon became my game of choice. Strategy, similar to chess, but the dice make it pointless to plan more than a couple of moves out. Within a broad strategy, you play the probabilities. A moments lapse of concentration or even a glass of wine don't kill you, especially if you play a short series of games for points..

about a month ago
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Designing the Best Board Game

dbc Re:Advance to Go (155 comments)

Yes, indeed. One time I owned the entire lowest-rent side, hotels on all. I down-built to houses when other players were getting ready to build. They looked at me like I was looney. Shortly thereafter, once they understood the rules, they paid me to build hotels again.

about a month ago
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India Blocks Code Sharing Websites On Anti-Terror Advisory

dbc Yes, let's destroy our fastest growing industry. (78 comments)

Were this any other country, I'd give this about 48 hours to get reversed. Since this is the Indian bureaucracy we are talking about, in may be more like two weeks for this to trickle through the system. But when you the take the fastest growing industry in the nation, that pays the best wages, and is your only hope for keeping the best and brightest from emigrating to greener pastures, and basically torpedo it, somebody is going to notice.

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

dbc Re:Driverless trucks (386 comments)

While the economic case for a driverless truck makes huge sense, speaking as someone with experience both building robots and driving heavy, articulated vehicles, I think trucks are a while off. Cars are much easier. The huge mass and articulated connection from tractor to load make a truck a much more difficult vehicle to control, with some rather catastrophic failure modes that cars just don't have.

Large straight trucks will come first, and they have a lot of applications. For instance, mining operations, or grain wagon. A driverless grain wagon shadowing a combine until it is full, and then a driver can take over and drive it to the grain storage facility to be unloaded would be a great app, for instance.

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

dbc Re:And for the people who can't drive (386 comments)

Absolutely. My blind friend could live farther than walking distance from his job. My blind uncle could actually visit his friends.

But heck, a lot of us could actually get some work done on the commute to/from work.

about a month ago

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