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FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

sound+vision Re:Transparency (133 comments)

Almost any relevant law, such as the FOIA, has exceptions carved out for "national security". Those were put in as escape clauses, so that all the government has to do is say those two magic words and they escape providing any information they don't want you to have. In many cases where that excuse is used there is no security concern at all, except the job security of government officials.

5 hours ago

Exhibit On Real Johnny Appleseed To Hit the Road

sound+vision Re:Johnny Weedyseed (71 comments)

Mr. Weedseed is a cool guy, but not as cool as Mr. Shroomspore or Mr. Peyoteplanter.

about a week ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

sound+vision Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

It's Russian hardware, so Russia could be seen as the "country of origin" regardless of whether they supplied it directly, or if it had belonged to the Ukraine government and was recently captured by rebels.

about two weeks ago

Preparing For Satellite Defense

sound+vision Re:Why bother with a defense? (118 comments)

I don't think anyone sane would refuse that deal, but what concerns me more is the possibility of someone insane getting within arm's reach of the launch button. History is littered with examples, but one thing that immediately comes to mind is something Hitler said during the last few days before German defeat - something like "We may be defeated, but we will take the world along with us" as he ordered that German citizens fight down to the last man, including children and civilians. There didn't seem to be much concern for either his or anyone else's population, and he had already resigned himself to suicide, so all the gold in the world would have meant nothing.

Currently the closest we have to that craziness (out of nuclear-armed nations) is North Korea, but that can change quickly. Maybe Kim Jong Un decides to pick up a speed habit like Hitler did, and it puts him over the edge? Maybe political instability somewhere results in incompetent and/or crazy people getting a hold of some nukes (similarly to the Malaysian jet that was just shot down)?

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

sound+vision Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (536 comments)

If your host doesn't allow multiple versions of PHP to be chosen at will, you have a shitty hosting company. I worked at a web host until recently - they were a shitty host but we still had PHP 5.2 through 5.5 available (inclusive). We may even have had older stuff available but I never got asked about it. And, this was on the shared servers. If you were on a dedicated server or VPS, you could of course run whatever version you want. We'd even install it for you if your devs weren't competent enough.

about a month ago

WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

sound+vision Re:yep (222 comments)

The NRA is essentially a gun lobbying organization with a side of hillbilly hunting club. The idiots running our country into the ground are politicians of all stripes. The biggest connection you can make between the two is sometimes NRA lobbyists might run into the people doing real damage in the halls of congress.

I presume you were trying to make some commentary on party affiliation of these groups, but I see you have provided nothing to that end. I'd like to hear you try, preferably with some kind of reasoning involved, not World-Cup-esque cheerleading.

about a month ago

Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

sound+vision Re:Hacked? (378 comments)

You have a Blockbuster?

about a month and a half ago

GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

sound+vision Re:Ignition switch not the main fault (307 comments)

Until recently I drove a 1990 Dodge Shadow. Occasionally the engine would stall, and once this happened to me while going around a tight corner. Thankfully I was going slow and it was in an isolated area, but the sudden loss of power steering and brakes was kind of scary.

If power steering and brakes go out, you *can* still steer the car, but if someone who had never driven a non-power-steering car was in the situation I could easily see them freaking out and not being able to brake or turn. But what bothers me even more is, now I drive a 2008 Hyundai that has steering, brakes, and gas drive-by-wire. If the engine or electrical system goes out in this new car, will I be able to steer at all?

about 1 month ago

Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

sound+vision Re:Raise the Price (462 comments)

Maybe what you can draw from this is that every president will "act like a Republican". Then realize that when you say "Republican" you actually mean "Plutocratic", and that both of the parties are plutocratic. We have been conditioned to root for one team or the other like a sporting match - to divide us, distract us, and keep an illusion of choice. And, like a sporting match, both teams are fighting for the same objective.

about 2 months ago

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

sound+vision Re:Add patents to the mix (483 comments)

The substances used in lethal injections aren't covered by patents. All the ones mentioned here are barbiturates, which were first synthesized in the 1800s, and started being used medically in 1903.

about 2 months ago

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

sound+vision Re:Stupid question (483 comments)

I'm sure the phenobarbital will come back to prisons somehow. It will probably involve the state having to bankroll production of the drug, which is why it hasn't happened instantly. Once the funding gets in place, a juicy contract will go out to a domestic drug manufacturer to produce the minute quantities of drug involved. It will cost a lot. There is near-zero medical use of barbiturates now, they've been all but banned, so there'll be only minute quantities needed. A normal dose of phenobarbital is measured in milligrams, even for executions I don't see the dose exceeding a couple of grams, since it's not actually the lethal agent in the mixture. 50 - 100 grams, a liberal estimate, is very low for annual production of a drug. The majority of the cost is going to be overhead.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

sound+vision Re:Company support rarely works (253 comments)

If you asked me about a "real IP" I would ask for clarification too. Does that mean a static IP? Dynamic IP? An IP not behind any kind of NAT? Or simply any IP that exists here in the observable universe, opposed to an imaginary IP?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

sound+vision Re:I'm Okay With It (253 comments)

Do you expect to be able to get a developer on the phone immediately to fix a bug in a free service? Be glad that they do have someone manning the phones to point you in the right direction to where you have the best chance of getting this addressed. In most free software, even the open source model, the answer is "Code the bugfix yourself".

about 2 months ago

DARPA Unveils Hack-Resistant Drone

sound+vision Re:Nice Dice. (107 comments)

Jesus... sometimes this place is worse than the web hosting customers I deal with. "What do you mean the SSL expired? I didn't know it had to be renewed! Why wasn't I notified!!" "Sir, the certificates come with an expiration date the moment they're issued..."

about 2 months ago

DARPA Unveils Hack-Resistant Drone

sound+vision Re:Frosty piss (107 comments)

The quote reads:
"The software is mathematically proven to be invulnerable..."
wait for it-
" large classes of attack."

Since he does say 'mathematically proven', probably he's referring to some cryptographic subsystem of the software, maybe even just the encryption algorithm itself. But whatever he is referring to, the statement is that it is invulnerable to some types of attack (not all types of attack). This is just standard propaganda designed to give the impression of "our forces are invincible!". In this case, the propaganda might even be factually correct, but the way it's phrased is designed to give people with poor reading comprehension the idea that the drones are invincible. Apparently, that is the meaning you took from it as well.

about 2 months ago

Trillions of Plastic Pieces May Be Trapped In Arctic Ice

sound+vision Re:(oblig.) One Word (136 comments)

It's actually "Plastics." I don't know where this quote came from, other than I have heard it many many times playing Civilization V, but it's definitely in the plural.

about 2 months ago

Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

sound+vision Re:not so bad (250 comments)

Fecal transplant. (Real thing - being used to treat C. difficile and other antibiotic-resistant gut infections lately. I had a relative nearly die of C. diff, he was in the hospital for several months, then more weeks bedridden at home, being administered combination IV antibiotics, to no avail)

about 2 months ago

Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

sound+vision Re:Does shower mean soap? (250 comments)

Believe it or not, there are variances in people's bodies that cause some to smell more and some less. Some of the variance is known to change with age (see 'Old Person Smell' on Wikipedia). I presume the rest of the variance is due to genetics, microbes like we are discussing here, or other unknown factors.

Some people obviously require a strict regimen of daily soaping, powdering, de-odorant, and re-odorant (perfumes etc) or they become grossly offensive. That does not necessarily mean he is the smelly guy in the office - just that he can become the smelly guy without the aforementioned mitigation efforts. So, in no way is this meant as a treatise against deodorant. Some people need it.
Some other people do not need to coat themselves in these products on a regular basis to stay inoffensive. For whatever reason they do not produce the same quantity and/or quality of odor. In a low-activity lifestyle these individuals may not need more than a daily water rinse, with occasional more thorough cleaning as-needed.

I'm also curious about your anecdote, was this gentleman aware of his odor? If so, how was he made aware? You mentioned a second opinion from an unbiased source, can you be more specific?

about 2 months ago

Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

sound+vision Re:Why make a journalist suffer? (250 comments)

I dunno if you're serious or not, but if so, you must have an exceptional use case for jeans, or be getting knockoffs, or the crap jeans that come pre-torn. I currently have 3 pairs of Levi's that have been used in heavy rotation for the past 6 years. I almost never wear anything but those jeans - don't own much else and not subject to a dress code.

This is the current status of those jeans, after years of continuous usage:
Black pair - Still holding together, one leg has developed a fray in the knee. I consider this pair to be in the prime stage of its lifecycle.
Brown pair - The color is a bit dull but other than that it shows nearly zero sign of wear.
Blue pair - This one developed a full hole in the knee and it was decided to turn them into cutoffs. It should be noted this pair is several years older, circa 2005-06

All three are still in regular use several times a week. I wear them anywhere from 1 - 3 times (average probably 1.75) between washes.

about 2 months ago


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novocain stain

sound+vision sound+vision writes  |  more than 8 years ago

"With fear and fascination
On what was here
And what's replacing them now
Interchange plazas a mall
And crowded chain restaurants
More housing developments go up
Named after the things they replace
So welcome to Minnow Brook
And welcome to Shady Space
And it all seems a little abrupt
No I don't like this change of pace"

-Modest Mouse

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