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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

mrex Re:...The hell? (289 comments)

In the olden days, we'd have said he's "looking a gift horse in the mouth."

In the olden days, few people who paid a company for a product and service considered the return to be some sort of favor magnanamously bestowed upon them by their corporate feudal barons. It's taken over a century of wage slavery to beat down the American worker's psyche to such a low nadir.

4 days ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

mrex Your tax dollars @ work (310 comments)

Wow, NYPD runs ELINT vehicles capable of triangulating radio signals?

about two weeks ago
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What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

mrex Re:The answer nobody likes... (286 comments)

Penalties include up to ten years in prison, or a fine of up to $1,000 and two and a half years in jail.

If you're going to bother at all, don't just quote the penalty, quote the whole statute. It clearly states that intent to use the tools for a criminal purpose is required for prosecution. This is the case in many states, and what it means is that you're free to carry around locksmithing tools as long as you aren't engaged in any criminal activity that would be aided by using those tools.

In other words, you'll incur an additional count if you possess lockpicks (or a sledge hammer, for that matter) while breaking into a house, and you might get charged if you have lockpicks while walking around wearing a ski mask and carrying a canvas sack with dollar signs on it, but other than that you're good to go.

about a month ago
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The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

mrex Not from the FBI (124 comments)

The document says it's something to help you "keep tabs on their children and grandchildren". Something tells me that this isn't actually used by the FBI.

about a month ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

mrex Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

All jokes aside, it actually is fairly secure against some types of intrusions.

And in all likelihood, *much* less secure against others. This strategy is a textbook example of the "security through obscurity" approach. Translated from Brass-to-English, what General Weinstein said was, "hurr durr, nobody remembers how our shit works so we're unhackable". That's fucking stupid.

Maybe the processes really are well-architected and reasonably secure, and the General is just dumbing it down for a lay audience. It's possible to accomplish that with older technology. But the mentality that says "we're secure BECAUSE we're using older technology" hints at an unnerving gap in understanding what constitutes legitimate IT security measures.

about 3 months ago
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Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

mrex Re:This is good news... (333 comments)

Overly pessimistic.

Yes, population could soar if nobody died. But so could our knowledge and capabilities, as we could stop losing gobs of it through the most experienced among us randomly logging out of life.

about 3 months ago
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Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

mrex Re:Who Wants To Live Forever (333 comments)

Some are like water, some are like the heat
Some are a melody and some are the beat
Sooner or later they all will be gone
Why don't they stay young?

---Alphaville

about 3 months ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

mrex Re:Ever glass of tap water in LA. (332 comments)

The only people that don't have someone 'upriver', drink cattle urine instead.

I'm not sure whether or not I have to say this, but I will: milk is not actually the cow's urine. Rather, it's exudate from mammary glands.

about 3 months ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

mrex Re:Asinine (322 comments)

You are mistaken about how cockpit voice recorders work. They record much more than "the last two minutes of talk before a crash". They typically record two hours on a continuous loop, and in the wake of the MH370 event that will probably be increased to eight hours or more.

about 3 months ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

mrex Re:Easy solution (322 comments)

>It shouldn't be hard to come up with *something* convenient.

It isn't hard, it's actually easy. These are all solved problems. The issue is that the powers that be don't want the problem to be solved, because it benefits them.

about 4 months ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

mrex Re:Asinine (322 comments)

I'm leery of reducing a job as important as police officer to call-center working conditions.

That's a straw man argument. Nobody has recommended that we "reduce police officer(s) to call-center working conditions". Recording their on-duty interactions is as appropriate for police officers as it is for pilots. When something goes wrong and innocent people die, the public deserves to know why so that lessons can be learned. That's why we have cockpit voice recorders, and that's why we should have video and audio recording of all police interaction with the public.

If they aren't doing anything wrong, they have nothing to hide, right...?

about 4 months ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

mrex Re:Asinine (322 comments)

As I read these responses, I'm forced to wonder: would any of the posters tolerate having every spoken word recorded by The Boss throughout their shift? Even one of you?

That's the case for a great number of ordinary workers, and especially for those whose jobs entail great responsibilities, particularly the safeguarding of human life.

Pilots' every spoken word are recorded by "the boss" during flight. Call center employees interactions with customers are often times recorded by "the boss", heavily scrutinized, and used to evaluate the employee's performance. US government employees with high clearances surrender their privacy almost entirely, and fully expect that their communications are monitored.

The job police do is vital to the functioning of society, but it carries at least as much potential for abuse than any of these others I just mentioned. A police officer who does not perform his job appropriately puts the public at an extreme level of risk. It is appropriate that, given this extreme degree of power, we monitor, check, and balance their behavior through a commensurately extreme degree of supervision.

about 4 months ago
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Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

mrex TV Reality (150 comments)

'You wouldn't believe the number of producers who called us,' says Binsted. 'Fortunately, we're not ethically allowed to subject our crew to that kind of thing.'"

Isn't it sort of an indictment of our culture that we do something for casual entertainment that we would never allow ourselves to do for the purposes of advancing human scientific knowledge?

about 4 months ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

mrex Re:but their streaming service sucks.. (490 comments)

So basically, you're a "videophile", and your evaluation of Netflix's stream is colored by the fact that you loathe anything lower quality than IMAX. That'd have been worth mentioning in your original post. Nothing wrong with being a format snob, but don't act like the problem is that Netflix's bar is too low when you know good and well that the real one is that your own personal bar is set very very high.

about 4 months ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

mrex Re:but their streaming service sucks.. (490 comments)

Have you seen how low bitrate and over compressed Netflix is?

Netflix dynamically scales depending on the quality of the network path between you and them. It's never quite Blu-Ray quality, but if you have good network speeds it's not bad at all. You probably have a crappy internet connection, or a provider who is QoSing Netflix.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

mrex Bikesheds in Spaaaaace (127 comments)

Seriously, they're all functionally the same suit, just with three different-but-equally-hokey electro-luminescent designs. I appreciate what NASA is trying to do here in terms of involving the public. Their intentions are laudable. This is as close to literal "bikeshedding" as it gets, though, and so it feels more than a little patronizing. Evidently what NASA thinks that the public cares about is style and no substance. Maybe that's not as untrue as I wish it were, but I can't see something like this as an effective way to pique the interest of "those" people.

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I think, for the good of the space program, we need to make Justin Bieber an astronaut.

about 4 months ago
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Embedded SIM Design Means No More Swapping Cards

mrex Re:Hardware write locks? (192 comments)

I don't really understanding what you are saying.

What I'm saying is that a SIM card is a computer designed to operate in a way that I find philosophically repugnant and deleterious to individual rights. As a computer, it both stores and processes data, but is specifically designed to exist as a black box that locks out the owner and frustrate attempts for the owner to exert control over how or what data is processed on their device. Thus, it violates the principles of open computing in a fundamental, and very dangerous, way. The technology is specifically anti-consumer, anti-citizen, and anti-property-owner. SIM cards are not there for your benefit, and do not serve your interests. They are designed and built specifically to disempower you, their owner and operator.

I don't like, and do my best to avoid using, technology like that. You should, too! Normalizing this kind of technology ultimately causes real harm to real people. Industry and government have a deep and abiding desire to make us all into passive consumers rather than empowered and active users of computers and networks. Technologies like SIM, CableCard, proprietary firmware, etc. are one of the main tools they leverage to accomplish this.

I believe that computer owners should be free and empowered to leverage their property in any way they see fit. Technology should work for, not against, its owner.

about 7 months ago
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Embedded SIM Design Means No More Swapping Cards

mrex Re:Hardware write locks? (192 comments)

Don't even get me started on how much I hate SIMs... almost as much as CableCard. I don't like being locked out of hardware that I paid for.

about 7 months ago
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Embedded SIM Design Means No More Swapping Cards

mrex Re:Hardware write locks? (192 comments)

Ooooh. USB 3 and everything. Much thanks!

about 7 months ago

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Woz Immigrating to Oz

mrex mrex writes  |  about 2 years ago

mrex (25183) writes "Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer and geek extraordinaire recently announced his intentions to immigrate to Australia, citing several reasons for the move including a better education system and more positive attitudes among the population. In this story from AU's Sun Herald, the Woz disputes previous reports that Australia's National Broadband Network initiative, which aims to supply broadband internet access to all Australians, was a major factor in his decision."
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