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Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found On SUV

dorkinson Tracking Politicians (761 comments)

The administration, which is attempting to overturn a lower court ruling that threw out a drug dealer’s conviction over the warrantless use of a tracker, argues that citizens have no expectation of privacy when it comes to their movements in public so officers don’t need to get a warrant to use such devices.

Good, I've always wondered where politicians go, what hotels they stay at, etc.

more than 2 years ago

Sports Bars Changing Channels For Video Gamers

dorkinson Re:Sad to say (351 comments)

They've started selling bags of doritos

about 3 years ago

Customer Email Address Leaks

dorkinson Brute force (2 comments)

Spammers can generate "random" email addresses and try sending mail to them. If they don't get an undeliverable error, the address is good.

more than 3 years ago

Geotags in Photos Could Inspire Cyber-Stalkers

dorkinson Facebook strips EXIF (1 comments)

Actually, in a surprising show of privacy concern, Facebook strips all EXIF data from uploaded photos.

Or maybe it's to help those people with "myspace shots" from having the original thumbnail visible.

more than 3 years ago

'Zombie' Satellite Returns to Life

dorkinson Re:typos galore (4 comments)

Damn, satellites are more complicated than I thought!

more than 3 years ago

'Zombie' Satellite Returns to Life

dorkinson typos galore (4 comments)

  • wreaking, not reeking
  • ensuring, not insuring
  • rogue, not rouge

more than 3 years ago

Google Responds to NSS Labs Browser Report

dorkinson typo (1 comments)

According to Google not only didn't the report use Chrome 6 for the tests where as the current version is Chrome 8

I think "didn't" needs to be changed to "did". That sentence threw me for a loop.

more than 3 years ago

US Trials Off Track Over Juror Internet Misconduct

dorkinson Facebook (405 comments)

Wait until I tell my 571 friends about this!

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Fake Products and Fake Reviews

dorkinson Re:Affect (240 comments)

Maybe he's saying it won't cause him to start using Amazon, as he apparently already does.

more than 3 years ago

Corporations Hiring Hooky Hunters

dorkinson Hookers? (610 comments)

My brain combined the words hooky and hunters. That would have made for 1) an interesting read, and 2) a more disturbing photo.

more than 3 years ago

Denver Bomb Squad Takes Out Toy Robot

dorkinson Mental image (225 comments)

I can just see the police standing behind their open car doors with guns drawn while the negotiator takes out the bullhorn and says "What are your demands? Do you come in peace?"

more than 3 years ago

Finger length points to prostate cancer risk

dorkinson Duh (2 comments)

Well yes, how do you think a rectal exam works? At least they use gloves.

more than 3 years ago

Competence in Software Engineering

dorkinson More info (1 comments)

most of the verbal feedback I received about my performance consisted mainly of comments about my helpfulness, cheerfulness, and calm demeanor, i.e., incompetent

Is this something you concluded on your own, or were you told your technical skills were lacking? If it's the latter, then maybe you're right in asking for help. Otherwise, welcome to corporate america. With few exceptions, you'll probably be working with other people for the rest of your life, so companies want to make sure you're good at doing that.

Was the company a software shop? Did your manager have technical experience? Were you rated by your peers? All of these things can impact the type of feedback you get for your review. It could have been assumed that you had the required technical skills, therefore your sunny personality was more important to highlight.

Reviews can be frustrating, but if you come out with positive remarks, consider it a success.

more than 3 years ago

Airports begin to go private, opt-out of TSA

dorkinson Different pair of hands (4 comments)

The TSA points out that even if an airport decides to use a private firm for security, the screeners still must follow TSA guidelines. That would include using the full body scanners if they are installed at the airport.

Does this mean that the "upgraded" pat-down would have to be enforced too? While the potential for better hiring practices is enticing, it's mostly useless if the TSA still has carte blanche for security procedures. Still, it's good to see the backlash extending to airports.

more than 3 years ago

Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain

dorkinson Compression Algorithm (830 comments)

Given that we only use 10% of our brains (less, for women), I would think we could compress the code even further! We'd probably want to optimize the think_about_sex subroutine too.

more than 4 years ago

The Bus That Rides Above Traffic

dorkinson Re:Shades of Oakland (371 comments)

Maybe it's like LA and none of the people that live there use public transportation.

more than 4 years ago


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