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Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

flink Re:If so damn many people are making nukes (260 comments)

fair enough, I should have been more specific. Anything with pseudoephrine has been behind the counter for years. I'm talking about a lot of stores now have a blanket policy on any cold medicine regardless of ingredients

  but I stand my my point regardless if you can make meth with it. How about instead of regulating things that could potentially be used to make bad things, we simply go after people who actually DO bad things. Stop inconveniencing the majority because of a very VERY small minority

Many cough formulas contain dextromethorphan, a mild dissociative that can be abused recreationally. When they check IDs for over-the-counter stuff, they're probably trying to screen out robotripping teenagers, not people cooking meth.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

flink Re:More specific (155 comments)


Actually naming the project here would help draw attention to it

It also might get them fired. It sounds like the author still works for the company. Posting negatively about your employer in a public forum is a good way to draw unwanted attention to yourself as well.

about a month ago

Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

flink Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Can we please stop comparing Ebola to the flu?

For starters, Ebola apparently has a 70% mortality rate. Additionally, Ebola kills people who are otherwise perfectly healthy. The flu does not.

Some flus are absolutely more deadly for healthy people. Part of what made the 1918 flu pandemic so deadly was that it could induce a cytokine storm resulting in multiple organ failure. Since the release of cytokines is an inflammatory immune response, the better your immune system the worse off you are. Thus a young, fit person with a healthy immune system is more at risk than an infant with a undeveloped immune system, or an elderly person with a failing one.

about a month ago

Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

flink Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (406 comments)

In fact were there any modern plane crashes where "brace for impact" was given or could have been given? I can't think of any.

Not quite a crash, but the emergency landing on the Hudson is a likely candidate. No idea if the order was given or not.

about a month ago

Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

flink Re:A bit early (279 comments)

TFA's commentary on patient zero being sent home with a bottle of antibiotics (for a virus, of course) was spot on though. That's what happens when you insist on running healthcare as a business.

The suspicion is that either the ER Doctor(s?) ignored the nurse's notes,
or the hospital's electronic health record (EHR) software didn't let the Doctor see the nurse's notes.

I spent 15 years designing/implementing hospital information systems and later HIEs. In every instance I can think of where a doc was denied access to a portion of the chart, we gave implementers the option of enabling a "break glass" button that would let them see the entire unredacted record in case of an emergency. Using the button would trigger an administrative alert to prevent abuse or routine use. A competently designed system should never get ion the way of the delivery of urgent care.

about a month ago

Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

flink Re:Mod parent up. (549 comments)

Was great on my PCs where I had KeePassX, but the first time I had to enter a 24-character randomly generated password with special characters on my cellphone to log in, I realized why it will never work for the average person. Big, long complex passwords are great until you have to type them in on a tiny ass keyboard.

Zetetic's STRIP is pretty great for this. I've been using it since it was a Palm Pilot V app. They've got Windows, Mac, IOS, and Android clients. On the desktop you you can dedicate a hot key for filling in forms, although admittedly on mobile you're stuck copy/pasting. It even has an RFC6238 TOTP generator built in so you can ditch Google Authenticator. Supports syncing between devices via cloud services, local WIFI, or a designated folder.

I usually don't shill for commercial products, but I've rarely used any one piece of software for so long and been so happy with it. And while the UI is commercial, they've released the encrypted repository that backs it as open source.

about a month ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

flink Re:Simple solution (462 comments)

You don't need to be greedy. Simply requiring the law enforcement to pay interest and to pay attorney fees should be sufficient.

Plus lost wages to go to court, plus inconvenience charge, plus opportunity costs.

about 2 months ago

Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

flink Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Frankly, I'm more concerned with hackers or script kiddies bricking thousands of phones for lol's, than I am about hypothetical law enforcement abuse of it, but it remains a possibility.

a PC packed with FPGAs and a microcell could work as a rolling nuke that cracked and bricked every cell phone in a 2 klick radius

I think any sane implementation of this would require the brick command to be signed by the carrier's PKI or some other fail safe to prevent brick commands from being spammed or spoofed.

about 3 months ago

Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

flink Re:FCC doesn't have a mandate to answer to the pub (140 comments)

The FCC is supposed to answer to Congress. Congress makes the laws that define the scope of FCC responsibilities. The FCC should only listen to the public as it pertains to regulated entities doing something wrong or the FCC not doing its job.

The FCC is an independent agency. Congress defines the scope of it's powers and the president appoints it's chairman and members of the board. However, when exercising those powers within the scope of it's statutory authority the FCC is answerable to no one, not even the president. If the FCC pisses off congress they have the power to redefine the scope of it's statutory authority, but that's about it.

I do agree that the FCC head should never be a shill for the regulated industries.

Agreed. If congress had any backbone they would place ISPs under Title II by statute and take the decision out of the FCC's hands.

about 4 months ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

flink Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

It's almost like there's this sort of happy medium built into the system where the Federal government represents the small government that doesn't intrude while more local governments (States and Municipalities) which offer more representation to their constituents can serve the role of the larger government.

The problem is that large corporations wield even more undemocratic power at the state level. A big company (or even just a small one that employs a lot of people locally) doesn't even have to spend much to gain influence. They just have to make noises about moving operations to another state and they can get all sorts of concessions out of state and local governments. So a lot of reforms, particular things that relate to labor or benefits, are harder to enact at a state-by-state level.

about 4 months ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

flink Re:Profit before subsidy? (247 comments)

Ha, well 40mpg is highway. My commute is 16 city miles round trip, all of then city miles, where I get substantially less than 40mpg. What it boils down to is I'm paying $200/mo car payment + $120/mo for gas. If I could trade that for $300/mo for the car + cost of electricity, I think it would come out basically even, especially if maintenance cost are lower or the car lasts longer than a comparable gas vehicle.

about 5 months ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

flink Re:Profit before subsidy? (247 comments)

I just did the calculation for myself, and compared to my $15k 40mpg Hyundai, and given the amount of gas I go through on a weekly basis, if I pay sticker price for the model E it will be just about at the break even point. Any subsidy is just gravy. My current car is only 2 years old, so I won't be in the market for a while, but I'll definitely take a long hard look at a Tesla when I am.

I can't be that unique. Hopefully this car will find it's niche.

about 5 months ago

Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

flink Human Subject Review (160 comments)

I haven't seen a human subject review or impact statement mentioned in any of these /. articles. Did Facebook even do one before proceeding with this research? If so was it reviewed by an ethics panel before they proceeded with the experiment? If not, then they should definitely be held responsible for any negative outcomes.

about 5 months ago

Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

flink Re:Similar bug in iOS (349 comments)

It probably creates a backup image of the current working firmware in the 4GB so if the update fails it can roll back instead of requiring a complete restore or bricking your device.

about 5 months ago

New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

flink Re: waste of time (380 comments)

And on the other side of things is the "no central planning at all, ever" which gave us the streets of the Metro Boston area.

1 hour to travel 25 miles. Realize the joy. Live it. Join my commute.

I fell your pain. JP to Cambridge/Watertown, surface roads all the way.

about 5 months ago

US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

flink Re:Overreach much? (216 comments)

My 2006 buick detects if someone is not wearing a seatbelt and turns off the passenger side airbag if no one is in the passenger seat

.....WHY??? Sure, it might be unnecessary if no one is sitting there, but what possible benefit is conferred by disabling an airbag?

It might be a child safety thing. An airbag can kill someone below a certain size, especially if they are not wearing a seat belt, so it's likely programmed to disable itself if there is less than e.g. 80 lbs in the passenger seat, or if the belt is not buckled. In those scenarios an airbag deploying would do more harm than good by turning an otherwise low risk slow speed crash into potentially fatal one.

about 5 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

flink Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

to be honest, I'm really surprised by the absolutist nature of gun nuts. Many people are uncomfortable with guns in their communities. instead of rallying against any moderation or worse like in the summary threatening people, find ways to compromise and come to consensus. it doesn't have to be black or white.

I'm someone who would like to see a whole lot less weaponry in our society, but I'm still on the side of the "gun nuts" because as much as I am not a fan of the proliferation of firearms, I'm even less of a fan of abridging the constitution. If people are serious about gun control, lobby to have the 2nd amendment stricken or altered, but don't try to weasel around it legislatively.

I personally feel that the 2nd amendment is somewhat of an anachronism, but part of living in a democratic society means putting up with laws you don't agree with. If we don't defend the 2nd so long as it is the law of the land, we can hardly complain when the 1st or 4th amendments are weakened as well.

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

flink Re:Bullet, meet foot (575 comments)

The graphics drivers for OSX are crap, at least for ATI. I get about double the framerate for the same game if I boot into Windows using the vendor's drivers vs running it in OSX where I'm stuck with Apple's.

about 7 months ago

Walmart Unveils Turbine-Powered WAVE Concept Truck

flink Re:Why so many trucks? Why not railroads (242 comments)

Also consider that while a large truck does carry a significant amount of weight, they also distribute it over a significantly larger contact patch. While I will grant you that load on the asphalt is still higher than most cars, it's not nearly as straight forward as one might think. If someone with more time could google a comparison, that would be very enlightening.

Damage done to the road rises exponentially with the load. The rule of thumb is damage to the road is proportional to (gross weight / # axles)^4. A single fully loaded tractor trailer can do as much damage to a road as 1000 passenger cars. So I don't know if the higher fuel tax trucks pay completely offsets the additional wear they put on the roads.

See http://www.pavementinteractive...

about 9 months ago


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