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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

harl Re:I wish I'd thought of that (221 comments)

Covering your VIN is illegal in some jurisdictions. In some it's printed on required registration stickers more easily visible on your dash.

about 3 months ago

WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

harl Re:keep calm everyone.... (183 comments)

If you admit your ignorance how can you reject the claim?

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

harl Corrected Title (430 comments)

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of All Software Documentation Everywhere?

about 6 months ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

harl Re:Connect with a VPN (390 comments)

Verizon is most likely telling the truth in a highly deceptive way. Technically there is no throttling. There are not fucking with any packet that comes through that connection. They are not actively doing anything to inhibit the flow from Netflix. They've simply chosen to architect a bottle neck which only impacts one provider. The end result is the same but they can truthfully say they're not throttling.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

harl We tried and dropped it due to cost (143 comments)

We tried something similar. We ended up dropping it because we couldn't justify the cost. Each ipad costs around 20,000 printed pages for the hardware alone. That's before labor and ancillary software licensing.

about 7 months ago

Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

harl Auther has never heard of first sale doctrine? (490 comments)

The writer needs to do better research. Physical DVD rentals happen because of the First Sale Doctrine. The studios don't allow physical DVD rentals. They're powerless to stop them. Once they've sold a copy of the DVD they lose all control over what is done with it.

about 10 months ago

How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

harl Re:How can they be certain no one survived? (491 comments)

Stipulates that the plane crashed into the ocean at night in such a manner than people could evacuate. Water is worse for landing than land. It moves and doesn't compress.

about 10 months ago

How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

harl Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

The cause of the crash is fuel starvation of the engines. What killed the crew I think we will never know for sure since the black box only records a 2 hour loop. If they recover it it's going to show 2 hours of autopilot flight in a mostly straight line until the fuel ran out and the engines shut down.

about 10 months ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

harl Then the country falls apart. (712 comments)

Then the country falls apart because so much electricity comes from coal. Without a replacement it there would be vast blackout crippling large portions of the country. Let's get on it!

about a year ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

harl Re:LED (921 comments)

That LED is impossible to alter/disable/modify/cover? The software that controls that LED is impossible to alter/disable/modify? You must assume the glass is recording at all times because you have no way to tell if they are or aren't.

about a year ago

Supreme Court Decides Your Silence May Be Used Against You

harl Re:wtf (662 comments)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The first amendment doesn't apply.

If two private parties agree via contract to not talk about something then it's a contractual issue not a constitutional issue.

about a year and a half ago

Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres

harl Difference between reality and fantasy (1006 comments)

For video games to be a cause the shooter has to have a basic flaw. They have to be unable to tell the difference between reality and fantasy.

  To be unable to distinguish between reality and fantasy is insanity. That is the cause of the violence not some silly game.

Every new art form goes through a blame period. Remember when rock and roll was blamed for causing people to rape and kill?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Extreme Cable Management?

harl You have a trivial problem not an extreme one. (242 comments)

First off you have a trivial cable set up. You're orders of magnitude from "extreme."

With the setup you mention there's almost an infinite amount of solutions. Tape, twist ties, tubes, velcro, hooks, labels, etc.

Almost anything will work. Basically you have a laziness problem. When you ran the cable you didn't label it, or loop and tie, or use a cable hook, or do anything.

I use hooks for mouse and keyboard. Long net cables are wound and tied. Power cables are velcroed together near the PDU.

Honestly all you have to do is anything but what you're doing is adding cables with no organization.

When you're up to thousands of cables come back and we can talk about extreme solutions.

more than 2 years ago

Experts Warn About Security Flaws In Airline Boarding Passes

harl Re:Photoshop? (199 comments)

That's a nice story. Too bad men pat men and women pat women so it couldn't possibly be true.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

harl Re:You want ad-blocking, not AV (515 comments)

Why would my bank ever send me an .exe?

You're talking about an unprotectable group. It doesn't matter how strong the door and locks are if the person inside opens it without checking who's there.

more than 2 years ago

The Futility of the Ongoing Piracy War

harl Re:It's been said a thousands times before... (232 comments)

Number 2 is a major factor. One of the largest I think.

Every baby pirate goes through a phase where they download everything they can because well they can.

Even after that phase wears off so many things are downloaded that never get unpacked. Since the opportunity cost is almost zero why not down load something that you think you might maybe like. There's no downside to downloading it and never touching it.

more than 2 years ago

Complex Systems Theorists Predict We're About One Year From Global Food Riots

harl Re:Catastrophe (926 comments)

Planes are more efficient than other means of long distance travel I have access to.

more than 2 years ago

FAA To Reevaluate Inflight Electronic Device Use

harl Re:What could possibly go wrong? (336 comments)

You're correct the "bandwidth" arguments is a lie.

They don't allow voice apps because they don't want people coordinating attacks with them.

It's impossible to coordinate something with irc, or email, or im, or twitter, or facebook.

more than 2 years ago


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