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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

sacrilicious Re:why start after the fact? (219 comments)

Exactly. If the police get to unilaterally characterize what happened up to the point of tasing, what the hell does it matter that we've got footage of the hapless subject on the ground convulsing? How about if we throw the police in jail and start recording the court proceedings as soon as the iron door has slammed shut on them as they start their sentence, sounds like about the same thing.

about three weeks ago

Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

sacrilicious This doesn't take a genius (166 comments)

Genghis Khan really, really didn't want anyone to know where he was buried. The soldiers escorting his body to its final resting place killed everyone they passed, killed the people who built the tomb, and then were killed themselves.

First guy: Hey dude, do you know how to find Genghis K's tomb?

Second guy: Yeah, just follow the trail of blood and dead bodies.

about three weeks ago

US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

sacrilicious mitigating (698 comments)

Unfortunately, with school crisis situations, it's about mitigating loss.

Hmm, unlike, um, every other situation that police are involved in? Kinda the nature of the beast, I woulda thought.

about 3 months ago

X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday

sacrilicious Re:spaceweather.com (145 comments)

You might also want to check The Sun Today

I went out and stared at it for as long as I could, but I don't feel Any More Educated.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

sacrilicious Lynch was right on (405 comments)

Lynch remarked that Brees was "not watching movies on his iPad."

A true statement, apparently.

about 5 months ago

Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

sacrilicious Re:Guilty (102 comments)

yeah! It's "for all in tents and porpoises"... an historical reference to those who lived nomadically or disguised as intelligent sea creatures.

about 5 months ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

sacrilicious Probably all too plausible (421 comments)

The school officials probably felt that since it was only 6000 years ago that dinosaurs weren't only confined to zoos, the plausibility of the essay was too eerily real.

about 5 months ago

Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

sacrilicious But snooped on with what? (96 comments)

Researchers will demonstrate the process used to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. Researchers from Stanford and a defense research group at Rafael will demonstrate a way to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. According to the "Gyrophone: Recognizing Speech From Gyroscope Signals" study, the gyroscopes integrated into smartphones were sensitive enough to enable some sound waves to be picked up, transforming them into crude microphones.

I can't help but feel like there are gyroscopes involved in this process somehow...

about 5 months ago

WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

sacrilicious Re:How many years could he be charged with? (299 comments)

Right, that's why the US didn't fly into Afghani airspace to get Bin Laden, because doing so without the consent of the Afghan government would have been illegal.

about 5 months ago

New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

sacrilicious "bad press", "interested in security" (306 comments)

Because despite recent bad press, they are interested in security.

Your post makes various other points that sound reasonable to me, but I have to call out the above line from a couple of angles:

1) using the phrase "bad press" implies a virtuous subject that has been distorted by a reporting industry with a non-virtuous agenda. NOTHING OF THE SORT has happened to poor lil' NSA here... they FUCKED us, straight up, and got caught red-handed.

2) Whatever the extent to which the NSA is "interested in security", it might as well be the extent to which a wolf is interested in "keeping chickens alive"... yes the wolf wants a food supply, but that doesn't make the wolf a proponent of livestock. The NSA is all about surveillance at this point; their putting on the badge of promoting security is a means to an end. I won't rehash the extensive list of public standards they secretly compromised to that end; it speaks for itself.

Again, I think much of what you wrote makes sense, but in this particular line you stray notably too far into something approaching neutrality about the NSA. They are bad people with a bad agenda, and they'll fuck YOU the first chance they get.

about 6 months ago

Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

sacrilicious Re:You can't sell what you don't have! (274 comments)

There is a huge difference between "limited by physical laws to the best of humankind's understanding of them" and "limited by policy". Your implication that Verizon has been portraying "unlimited" to mean "any amount of data in any arbitrarily small amount of time regardless of physics" is utter drivel... bullshit of the most asinine form.

about 6 months ago

Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

sacrilicious future successor (61 comments)

I hope they eventually come out with a model they dub "Kwijibo", thereby validating Bart's scrabble gambit.

about 6 months ago

New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

sacrilicious Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Really liked reading your entry... I'm same-minded about exercise and what I eat, for largely the same reasons. Thought I'd put in a plug for xylitol; exactly as sweet as sugar gram for gram, no bitterness/weirdness in taste, natural, long long history of usage in Europe, *is safe for diabetics* because it doesn't cause the same insulin reaction that sugar does, and even helps prevent tooth decay (because it looks enough like sugar to mouth bacteria that they try to digest it, but fail/die). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X...

about 6 months ago

US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

sacrilicious Re:always exceptions (216 comments)

Don't worry. The plucky geek sidekick will - via phone - talk him through reprogramming his entire GPS operating system by pushing five buttons in the right order.

"This is Unix. I know this."

about 7 months ago

US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

sacrilicious Re:What The?!? (216 comments)

The hundreds of thousands of people who are alive today because of those actions probably don't consider it "nonsense".

Actually, yes we do.

about 7 months ago

NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

sacrilicious Re:Throw the book... maybe literally at him. (220 comments)

I remember when the RIAA had some pirate place raided years ago, and the coverage of the raid said that they'd found "thousands" of dvd burners. Turns out the actual number was lower by an order of magnitude, and that the numbers had been inflated on the pretense that a 16x speed burner was "equivalent" to 16 dvd burners.

Do not -- by any stretch -- put it past the interested parties to thusly lie.

about 8 months ago

A Look at Smart Gun Technology

sacrilicious Everyone (765 comments)

>While the idea of a gun that couldn't be turned on its owner seems like an obvious win for everyone involved

Um, except for the intruder/burgler. Not that I'm pro-intruder/burgler, but... "everyone involved"?

about 9 months ago

Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

sacrilicious Re:V2V Developer (390 comments)

If it's not transparent and open, it will be hijacked and abused by the government. Not even a question. You yourself may have the best of intentions, and the evolving system may currently be in a benign state; that's well and good, and I thank you for both your intents and for your summary of things as they seem at the moment. That being said, it does not in any way serve to derail the larger theme that this will be abused and corrupted. I have no doubt, however, that the government will do its utmost to pretend otherwise. And this opinion of mine is based on a LOT of evidence.

about a year ago



Tired of telemarketers

sacrilicious sacrilicious writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sacrilicious (316896) writes "I want to eliminate telemarketing calls from my life. I'm on the DoNotCall list but I still receive calls. I pay the telephone co an extra $5/month to block calls without callerID, but telemarketers dodge this by configuring their switches so the telco can't distinguish between "suppressed caller id" vs "old equipment which is incapable of transmitting callerID and so is grandfathered into the whitelist". More simply, telemarketers can simply reveal their callerID... which I can ignore but which still requires me to walk over to a ringing phone. And even if telcos start offering newer packages that filter things in new ways, I'm no longer interested in giving the telcos money for these kinds of things; the telcos just keep finding ways to squeeze yet more money from customers by goading both sides in a never-ending game of one-ups-manship (perfect example: as mentioned above, my telco should block non-ID'd calls originating on old hardware, but they don't). So I envision a technological solution to this problem in the form of some kind of hardware that triages calls before I ever hear the phone ring, passing whitelisted numbers through while handling non-whitelisted numbers in various ways... perhaps making the caller hit a key combination to get through, or sending them straight to voicemail, or having them say their name and then ringing only the name through to me for approval, there are many possibilities. I don't have a lot of time to dedicate to this, so in terms of software I'd ideally like a system where I configure it by scripting things, rather than by compiling things; more generally, solutions that require more than a few hours of my time are not interesting to me. In terms of hardware, I'd like to either buy a prefab system or assemble a simple set of hardware components that get up and running without major fiddling. What solutions or starting points can anyone recommend?"


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