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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

redmid17 Re:Rich like the Twinkie Filling (353 comments)

Some courts, not all. It varies by district. Most do not in the US.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

That is, unless you're outside the US. I'm not super familiar with laws in other countries, but I believe most require a defendant to provide the password.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

redmid17 Your employer (182 comments)

They should be bearing the cost of the training and conferences. The only time I've shelled out cash for anything was when I didn't prepare enough for a certification test and needed to retake it. That was all on me though. Had I studied a bit more, I'd have passed on the first time.

Companies that want to retain talent need to shell out for training and conferences, especially if the budget isn't a concern for the time being. It's not as if they squirrel that money away for a rainy day. If the conference is as relevant to your work as you say and isn't insanely expensive, this should be a slam dunk.

about a week ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

redmid17 Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

There's essentially no difference between purchasing a firearm in the US vs CH, assuming one is not a prohibited person in either country*
The only real substantive difference is the statutory vs constitutional issue. The universal militia service is a misnomer, since the majority of swiss can purchase a firearm but don't serve in the military. There are even parts of the US where you get a purchase permit (MN, NJ, CT, CA, DC, IL). I live in a state where I have to have a permit/license to purchase a gun. Frankly I think it's a bit ridiculous as the process to get said permit is identical to what I need to do to purchase the gun. Lots of redundancy that doesn't really accomplish much.

* Swiss law bans several nationalities/ethnicities from purchasing firearms (primarily Balkans peoples). They can do that as its firearm ownership is a statutory allowance in CH versus a civil right in the US.

about two weeks ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

redmid17 Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

"We" didn't cross talk. You can't read the conversation properly. What is required to get that 'license' in CH? A instantaneous background check? By the way, it's not a license, it's a permit. Literally the only difference is stopping at the police station and forking over some cash. The US simplified the process, most likely because it's a civil right in the US to bear arms and it's not in Switzerland. And once again, there is a difference between a carry permit and a purchase permit

about two weeks ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

redmid17 Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

That's wasn't the point of the OP or my refutation. That's something you invented out of thin air. It's more or less as easy to get a gun in Switzerland as it is the US. It requires a passed background check (and some additional cash in CH). Muzzleloaders are free of background checks in both countries. No militia or firearms training is required to own a gun in either country. Only difference is point of sale versus at the police station. If you want to get into carry permits, well you'll find it very similar in the US. In the big cities and a lot of states, carry permits are impossible to get. In other, especially rural states, they aren't difficult to get at all (or you don't need them period). Same with urban vs rural cantons in CH.

about two weeks ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

redmid17 Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

Good for you. Doesn't mean you're not wrong as shit.

I've visited a few times and saw people carrying guns on the train (ostensibly for militia training or a shooting competition). Weapon shops weren't out of the way either. The only real difference between Switzerland and most of the US, is that you need to buy a "purchase permit" which is when they run their background check (identical to the US one) instead of running it at the time of purchase and they require private sales to be tracked, which is something that needs to be happen in more US states.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

redmid17 Re:Wow (268 comments)

Literally punching in what I suggested into Google yields this Slashdot discussion as the 2nd result

http://ask-beta.slashdot.org/s...

Whodathunkit?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

redmid17 Wow (268 comments)

Literally anything can get posted as an Ask Slashdot these days. This one isn't as bad as some, but when did Ask Slashdot become a substitute for a basic Google search. It's not like you're not gonna get zero hits for "long term video tape backup"

about two weeks ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

redmid17 Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

Switzerland has a shit ton of guns. It's more or less as easy to buy a gun there as it is in most of the US

about three weeks ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

redmid17 Re:NT is best (190 comments)

So does Windows. You just have disable automatic updates. You can actually do that at installation time.

about a month ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

redmid17 Re:NT is best (190 comments)

So don't let it automatically update.....

about a month ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

redmid17 Re:NT is best (190 comments)

Are you gaming on your office computer?

about a month ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

redmid17 Re:What about for iPhone? or Windows Phone? (368 comments)

I'm sure there are apps for iPhones. No idea about Windows phones though, small market and tiny app selection.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

redmid17 Re:Android and call recording (368 comments)

The Voice Record app works fine for me. Like I said below, I typically use it to record meetings for review later, but I've used it on phone calls. It's not a professional recording setup, but it works fine for recording calls.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

redmid17 It's pretty god damn easy (368 comments)

Use your smart phone. It's got a recording app that works when you call people, and the quality of my recordings have been surprisingly good. I usually use it to record sessions with clients so I can review them later, but it would work in a pinch for CS calls.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

redmid17 Re:If only... (131 comments)

If it doesn't matter *what* conference you attend, tell us what your job is or where you'd like to visit.

Then again, if he had put that much thought into the question, he probably could have answered it himself.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

redmid17 Re:If only... (131 comments)

He didn't even tell us what he does, so it's kind of hard to recommend a conference or two based on the most generic job title ever.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

redmid17 It would be a bit of a help (131 comments)

to know exactly what you're doing. IT supervisor is about as generic as consultant.

Do you run the helpdesk?
Are you in charge of the student hourlies?
Do you have a cadre of minions running the data center?

If you don't know that, what would get you fired in 2 seconds?

about 2 months ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

redmid17 Re:Good to hear (296 comments)

I have know. It appears more painful than a root canal. Pass

about 2 months ago

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