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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

jythie Re:Who needs a damn computer anymore? (86 comments)

*nod* that is possible. I can think of several applications like sensor platforms in remote locations (satellite uplinks are not that great) though even then it still would raise the question of why the data needs to be processed there rather then sent raw. As you say, speculation is fun.

1 hour ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

jythie Re:Prison time (216 comments)

Heh. Good catch. Virtual cross dressing is harder then people give it credit, over time we develop a 'feel' for language usage and someone pretending to be what they are not often comes across as somewhat off, esp if they do not really respect who they are intimidating and thus do not spend the time to learn the speech patterns.

2 hours ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

jythie Re:Prison time (216 comments)

Meh, the misuse of rape seem to mostly be coming from people who talk about how SJWs they have heard about misuse the term, or someone is using hyperbole and they decide to ignore the context. Though the most common form I tend to see is SJWs talking about sexual assault or harassment then being accused of trivializing rape. I guess straw is easier to fight then being nice to people.

2 hours ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

jythie Re:Prison time (216 comments)

I am getting fun images of SWAT teams breaking down the officer's home doors and yelling at their families to get on the ground, then have them charged with decades in prision. Sadly this is only done to awkward computer geeks ^M^M^M^M COMPUTER TERRORISTS!!!11!

2 hours ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

jythie Re:Prison time (216 comments)

Yeah, paramilitary groups getting police to back down only works if you involve rich white ranchers.

2 hours ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

jythie Re:Prison time (216 comments)

Heh. It would be amusing to see if a judge was willing to award damages on the same scale they did for the record industry. I could see someone who is bored and has too much money taking on such a case just for the book writing value.

2 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

jythie Re:Who needs a damn computer anymore? (86 comments)

Joking aside, I wonder why the OP is putting the number crunching in the outdoor box rather then splitting the work between an embedded system for data gathering (or whatever) and off the shelf desktop for processing.

2 hours ago
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Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads

jythie Re:Defaults (118 comments)

Yeah, SSL is not exactly a pancea since it is only really useful if you have a chain of trust you can use, which puts things in the hands of a few private points of failure.

yesterday
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Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads

jythie Re:Checksums (118 comments)

While in theory a good idea, any security that requires the average user to take extra (and tedious) manual steps will become another point of failure. Checksums are not a solution, they are just a way for people to feel superior.

yesterday
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

jythie Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (329 comments)

Guns are a force multiplier, most gun deaths in the US are not carefully planned 'I want to kill this person' events but instead result from escalations of conflicts. Situations that would only result in injury can jump to something deadly very easily when a gun is available, which is why a huge number of deaths are due to 'heat of the moment' domestic disputes. Sure if the person is determined they will find a way, but in most cases the person is not 'determined', they just happen to have a tool that is easy.

If we were going to look at the hypothetical idea of simply making the guns in the US vanish (since simply outlawing them would take decades or centuries to actually get the guns out of circulation), the big social question would be weighing the value of the lives of the people killed or wounded against the person freedom of law abiding gun owners. Regardless of where one falls on that scale, while removing guns would not save all 10,000 people in your example, the probability is high the number would drop significantly.

4 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

jythie Re:Government Dictionary (239 comments)

Well, yes and no. The problem with entrapment is it hinges on if the person would have committed the crime if not for the agent's actions, which is an inherently subjective test.

4 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

jythie Re:Eh (200 comments)

Yeah, but generally when a guy uses 'any means necessary' is held up as an ideal of dedication and risk taking, someone who cares enough to do whatever it takes to be a success. I have even seen plenty of cases of guys buying hookers for clients and the office rewards them with praise.

Women, not so much. Women are more likely to encounter the inverse, doing everything on the level and then being accused of something underhanded if they do well since people still seem to have the idea that women SHOULD do worse.

5 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

jythie Re:Eh (200 comments)

They had even less stomach for a woman doing 'mans' work. This was during the same time period that when they did publicity shots for high tech things like programming they replaced all the actual female scientists with male underlings. Politics played a huge role in stuff like this, but it was not fear of women getting hurt and blowback, it was fear of showing women doing intellectual work, which a lot of people were frightened by.

5 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

jythie Re: Eh (200 comments)

Nah, at this point the supervictims are middle class white men.

5 days ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

jythie Re:So complicated.... (304 comments)

Once you drop the idea of owning your partner, they become pretty simple relationships.

about two weeks ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

jythie Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

Problem is, the physical poles to run the lines and the maintenance of that infrastructure is public. Comcast physically can not enter an area without government assistance because there is no way they would be able to privately obtain enough land to set themselves up.

about two weeks ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

jythie Re:Already gone (304 comments)

We are talking about family court here, they are kinda the mirror bizzaro world version of the US legal system. I still see cases referencing 16th century english common law in decisions.

about two weeks ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

jythie So complicated.... (304 comments)

It is amazing what lengths people will go to when a simple solution would be something like poly or open relationships.

about two weeks ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

jythie Re:Already gone (304 comments)

As someone who both knows stalking victims and been one, no, stalking and normal fascination look nothing alike in real life. They look similar on TV but mostly because the writers sprinkle pixy dust on the recipient to ensure a ratings friendly response. There are people in real life who try to emulate these tropes and think they are being romantic, but there is rarely any question in the subject's mind and any attempt to communicate this is written off by the stalker as playing hard to get.

about two weeks ago

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