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

gfxguy Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (395 comments)

I don't know if it's gotten to SCOTUS yet, but several state supreme courts and federal judges have ruled that you must give the password to decrypt your device if they have a warrant. What happens if you don't? I don't know.... contempt of court, I guess.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

gfxguy Re:Alternate Link (202 comments)

That's what I would have added... curiosity. I think, like a lot engineers, the kind of people who took their parent's phones apart when they were kids to figure out how they worked... always playing the "what if" and "I wonder what would happen" games.

yesterday
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

gfxguy Re:Simple solution (455 comments)

Is it? A "lot of time?" I'd like to read your study showing that to be the case.

2 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

gfxguy Re:Simple solution (455 comments)

I suspect traffic circles ("roundabouts") would be a great solution in the long run around here if it wouldn't increase accidents by 5000% percent in the mean time from all the people that simply can't understand the concept.

2 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

gfxguy Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (455 comments)

A lot of the cases of police reports that I've encountered are police being there from an accident... or they're already giving someone a ticket (IOW, they're not going to jump in their car and come after you).

2 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

gfxguy Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (455 comments)

I don't know why people are scared of the police. The vast majority of them are good people just doing their job trying to keep you safe. People's opinions of them are colored by ubiquitous news stories of the tiny fraction of bad cops, and their depiction in popular media. I was a passenger in a friends car when a police car pulled up next to us at a red light. I looked over, the cop looked over, I gave a friendly wave, he waved back. My friend went ballistic. "Are you trying to get me a ticket?"

I asked "Why? Are you doing something wrong?"

"No."

"Then what's your f#@$king problem?"

I've gotten several speeding tickets in my life; been involved in several accidents (not related to speeding and not my fault), and I've never had a negative experience with a police officer... when they ask to see my license and registration, instead of arguing with them, I hand it over. I was speeding, they pull me over, I know I was speeding... I've never seen cop give anyone a hard time unless they started arguing about it.

Does it happen that there are bad cops? Of course... but they're in the distinct minority. With all these cop haters on slashdot, you can be guaranteed they're happy enough a cop is around when they need one.

2 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

gfxguy Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (455 comments)

Agreed.... speeding is a lot less heinous and much less annoying to other drivers than tailgating, weaving, cutting people off, failing to signal, signalling when not turning or changing lanes, using high beams in traffic, and host of other things.... and I've NEVER heard of anyone getting tickets for those things because speeding tickets can result in objective evidence (radar or speedometer readings). I've seen people turn left from the right lane, and right from the left lane (only once causing an accident, though). There is, IMO, a growing mentality of "my mistakes are not my problem... they're yours!" where someone failed to be in the correct lane at the correct time, so they just force their way where they want to go instead of continuing the way they were committed to and turning safely farther up the road. I see this all the time.... if I missed my turn I would turn at the next location is possible, maybe making a u-turn or something - I would never in a million years cut across several lanes of traffic at the last second because of my mistake.

2 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

gfxguy Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (455 comments)

It's a terrible system... and the majority of police reports I've seen are always in the same spots. This is in/near big city Atlanta... these are not speed traps since traffic can't possibly flow that fast anyway. It's the odd idiot in the HOV or luxury lanes going 80 that get nailed, not your average commuter that might take a 5 to 10mph "liberty" with the speed limit.

2 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

gfxguy Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (455 comments)

I don't know if it's required, but I believe they routinely do. My GPS consistently shows a few more MPH than my speedometer, and when I've taken long trips I've never gone as far as my speedometer told me I should have gone (based on MPH reported by my speedometer and keeping an eye on mile markers).

Back to the topic at hand, though, locations of police spotted in public locations is public information. This is the type of information that "wants to be free." My father was a police officer, I have several relatives who are still police officers, Several friends of my family are police officers... I highly respect them and, IMO, understand their point of view better than your average person. After seeing all the people lying, resisting, spitting in faces of police officers... I think that they have a LOT more restraint than most people are capable of. While it bothers me that police officers break, it's hardly surprising when the average person hates and distrusts them, despite the fact that 99% of the time they are good people doing their job... it's that tiny fraction that doesn't that makes the news, and colors people's perspectives.

I use waze... and I'll thumb up police reports if I see them, but I never slow down - because I'm not speeding to an extent where the cop would care. Around here the police on the interstates have a detrimental effect on commuter traffic, because when people see cops they slow down to 5 to 10 MPH below the limit, and it pisses me off. I cruise by police doing 5MPH over the limit and have never gotten a ticket. The very rare cases I've heard of people getting tickets for less than 5MPH over the limit have all been dismissed by the court. One department around here (at least) is ordered not to bother anybody doing less than 10MPH over the limit.

I give no credence to this complaint. I know that, in some locations, the police even use waze to see where they're being reported. Then they can move, they can "not there" the report - being a voluntary app (that I've only submitted information for twice because, hey, I'm driving here!) I find most of the reports dubious at best, and most of the time don't even see the cops that are supposed to be there.

The benefits of Waze over something like google maps is not the cop reporting - it's the accident and slow traffic reporting, it's the combined information from 100s or 1000s of "wazers" to help guide you around problem areas. The last time waze told me to detour and I didn't, I got stuck in an hour and a half of traffic I could have avoided.... never again.

2 days ago
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'Be My Eyes' App Crowdsources Help For the Blind

gfxguy Re:Noble Idea (66 comments)

Yes... I'm very cynical about human nature; I think it's unfortunately very likely some impaired person will be taken advantage of by some scumbag.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

gfxguy Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (893 comments)

Nothing. If someone gets fined or jailed for libelous or dangerous speech, do you still consider it "free?"

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

gfxguy Re:Pope is right! (893 comments)

No... it just means you're not free from repercussions from damage you do.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

gfxguy Re:islam (1350 comments)

But we're talking about the here and now, and here's the difference: someone like Eric Robert Rudolf kills in the name of Christianity, is summarily denounced by 99% of Christians, and is hunted, caught, and convicted - largely by Christians. Something like what happened today happens, and some fraction of Muslims cheer it on, a large chunk of Muslims say nothing about it (split between quietly agreeing and approval of what happened and people fearing for their own life should they speak out against it), and a tiny fraction that speak out against it... and placating denoucnements like "we denounce the killing of innocents." Of course, to radical Muslims, non-Muslims are not "innocent."

I'm not particularly religious myself, and I find a lot of preachy Christians pretty damn annoying, and they have little problem trying to control how I live my life... but at least I'm not in fear for it.

about three weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

gfxguy Re:It's not a "replacement." (377 comments)

Yes to TGA... I work in television graphics, and we targas far too often (not by my choice).

about a month and a half ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

gfxguy It's not a "replacement." (377 comments)

In this industry, there's no such thing as a "replacement," it's "just another competing format." None of the old formats ever dies, all we ever get is more new formats, all of which need to be supported, ultimately making everything more complicated. I'm not saying we shouldn't advance... but the belief that some new format you create will replace something instead of muddying the existing pool of formats is laughable. related xdcd. (yes, I know it's "standards" and not "formats," but the result is the same)

about a month and a half ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

gfxguy Re:How is that startling? (413 comments)

Right... we should have instant run off so people can actually vote for who they want without "throwing away" their votes. Since the two parties are so firmly entrenched, and the last thing they want is more competition (especially given they are both two sides of the same coin - very minor differences if you actually look at it), instant run off will never be allowed. And since neither party will ever give up power, you will NEVER see fair redistricting.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

gfxguy Re:How is that startling? (413 comments)

Personally it seems more like a liberal media is more likely to point out when republicans do it, ultimately giving the impression that you seem to have.

The both do it wherever and whenever possible. Under current laws, they'd actually be stupid not to.

However, what I'd like to see is a computer algortihm based redistricting that is approved by all parties. The rule of thumb when you cut a cake is that the person who cuts it chooses last... that ensures they make the fairest cuts. Unfortunately you can't apply the same logic here, but you can make it so everyone has to agree... the only way they'd agree is if it were fair.

Then again, I'd like to see instant run off implemented at all levels, including choosing electors in presidential elections... and I'll never see that, either.

about 2 months ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

gfxguy Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

I don't have it, but my parents have year round hot water from their solar water heating on their roof - but then they live in "The Sunshine State." I'd say that's a pretty good deal.

about 2 months ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

gfxguy Re:Stupid (130 comments)

That may be, but I agree with the GP... what you've described is already a problem, where you need to competing services to get all of the content, despite the fact that 90% of it overlaps. Now imagine Sony content (including TV shows and several motion picture companies they own as well as libraries of content from studios like MGM, which they acquired a while back) only being available from Sony.

about 2 months ago

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Radio frequencies help burn salt water

gfxguy gfxguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gfxguy (98788) writes "From the article at Yahoo News:

Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations. The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy said. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies, he said.
Isn't the oxygen also released? And wouldn't it burn, too? Sounds a bit too cool to be true, but it would be nice to think we don't have to wait for fusion to become viable."

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gfxguy gfxguy writes  |  about 8 years ago

gfxguy (98788) writes "I recently took advantage of a program Tivo was offering where they replace an older Tivo with problems with a newer unit for $10.00. They didn't even want the series 1 back, they just sent a refurbished series 2. Now I'm wondering if the old Tivo (defective due to a bad modem, but I have an external one I was using) can be revived with MythTV. Anybody out there try this? Is there a problem with proprietary hardware, or are there other limitations? I'd imagine those old boxes are becoming quite common (and cheap off of Ebay). With a good MythTV setup from scratch costing about three times as much as a Tivo, it seems like it'd be a useful hack."

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