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Apple Can Extract Texts, Photos, Contacts From Locked iPhones

spinozaq Even though apple phones have encrypted files... (202 comments)

I had someone give me an iphone 4 last year where a child playing with the phone had accidentally deleted all the pictures. My task was to recover all the deleted pictures. It took me a few hours, mainly because I had never done anything with an iphone before. The process that worked invovled booting the phone with a different bootloader and breaking the encryption key. Most of the information and software to accomplish this can be found with a few minutes of searching.

about 2 months ago
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House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

spinozaq Re:Cue the fat jokes... (366 comments)

Society needs a punching bag. Preferably an enormous, lard filled, squishy one.

about 5 months ago
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Building An Uncensorable Course Guide At Yale

spinozaq Just stop giving out the data.... (47 comments)

Like they did before. All the professors told them it was a bad idea when the site was proposed. Someone should tell the people in charge of Yale that they have pretty smart professors. They would be more efficient and do a better job if they took their advice.

Students evaluate classes and professors in extremely bias ways. Usually based on well they did in the class. Class was too hard for some entitled rich teenager? I can see the review now... "This class sucks!" Do you remember college? Put yourself in the role of a professor. Would you really want your annual evaluation based on the thoughts of a bunch of immature emotional teenagers? The entire idea of using student evaluations is flawed. Sharing the data openly is just plain dumb.

about 6 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

spinozaq Re: change.Just Wait !! (937 comments)

There wouldn't be any criminal liability. The casualty would be classified as an industrial accident. The new sub department of the NTSB that handles automated cars would investigate the incident. The results would serve to change the protocols and make the self driving car industry safer. _IF_ an NTSB investigation shows gross negligence on behalf of the car manufacturer, that would open up the possibility for criminal charges against executives at the company.

As a side note. Do you think you would get criminally charged _today_ if you "accidentally" veered onto a side walk and ran over a couple of children?

about 6 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

spinozaq Re: change.Just Wait !! (937 comments)

The parent would be responsible for the actions of their minor children under their supervision. If the parent is not the owner of the insurance policy of the vehicle, the policy owner, or the insurance company itself, may attempt to recover damages from the parent.

Obviously each case is different, and lawyers will have some work. Your hypothetical situation is similar to the "brake shift interlock" issue that went through the courts a few years ago. Parents argued that it was unsafe to be able to shift a vehicle out of park without depressing the brake after several children were injured and caused damage by doing so. I believe the interlock is now a mandated safety device.

I think people are over complicating this to death. It doesn't matter how magic the technology is. Insurance is black, cold, flat risk assessment. Nothing more. Everything else is details, and the lawyers will _continue_ to make plenty of money on that whether we ride horses, or have automated flying cars.

about 6 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

spinozaq I don't think much has to change.... (937 comments)

The change will happen slowly, organically, over time. A self driving car will behave statistically as a very safe driver. Ownership of a self driving car should bestow upon you lower insurance rates. If the current insurance companies balk at the idea, the private market will take over and "self driving only" insurance companies will gladly take their place. Eventually, as more and more share of vehicles are self driving the size of the insurance industry will shrink significantly.

I see no reason to change the liability burden away from the "Driver". It may seem counter intuitive, but you are gaining economic advantage by using your self driving car. For that advantage, you accept the risks, and insure yourself against them. That said, operating a self driving car will/should carry significantly less risk and liability then driving yourself around does now.

That does not mean that the car makers are off the hook. Just like today, if a vehicle mechanically malfunctions in a way that the car maker is found responsible, the insurance company may attempt to subrogate the claim to them.

about 6 months ago
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Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

spinozaq Re:victory against science (510 comments)

Your sudden wheat allergy is probably a nocebo effect....

about 7 months ago
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Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

spinozaq Re:ASCII Art CAPTCHA for the Win (558 comments)

Maybe, but I think an ASCII art is quite a bit more difficult to break, even if directly targeted. There is enough font and size variation that you would have to get an image and then use OCR. That's a lot of extra work.

about a year ago
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Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

spinozaq ASCII Art CAPTCHA for the Win (558 comments)

I recently started getting hundreds of spam signups a day on my site. So I installed a CAPTCHA to prevent that. I setup a standard image CAPTCHA with a plugin for the CMS. More then 80% of the spam sign ups just walked right through it. Then I changed the type of CAPTCHA to an ASCII art CAPTCHA. I haven't had a spam sign up since. The ASCII art CAPTCHA is also much easier to read then weird image CAPTCHAs.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Funding Trends Low

spinozaq Re:I was going to buy one..... (251 comments)

You can use a credit card without a paypal account proper if you donate less then $500. So if you actually want a phone perk, you're going to need to create a paypal account. You can however just use the paypal account on top of your credit card, no need to move money into the paypal account or anything. It's pretty simple.

http://support.indiegogo.com/entries/20501786-How-to-Contribute-via-PayPal-without-a-PayPal-Account

about a year ago
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Are There Any Real Inventors Left?

spinozaq Re:iterative innovation (417 comments)

Extreme claims require extreme evidence. All available facts are not in your favor. The Concorde was canceled due to combination of economic and "age" problems. I can not find one citation "against" the Concorde for "ozone worries". Due to the high operational costs of the plane, and high fuel costs, the price of the ticket did not scale linearly with the Mach number. Even if it did, I don't think large numbers of passengers would be willing to pay more for the same flight. Would you pay $3000 dollars instead of $1500 to fly to France and back in 3.5 hours instead of 9 ? That's $270 for each hour saved.... I don't think a large percentage of the population would see that as a positive cost benefit. In reality the Concorde was more like $10,000 dollars instead of $1500 dollars.

How has competition NOT been allowed? There are multiple development efforts happening right now for supersonic transportation planes. It takes a HUGE investment to design and build an SST that can compete for economics ( even at the first class level. ) with newer super fuel efficient planes.

about a year and a half ago
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Are There Any Real Inventors Left?

spinozaq Re:iterative innovation (417 comments)

Option (b) is correct for nano-tech. The most promising "industrializable"(scalable) nano-tech I've seen in recent years is Rice University's recent breakthrough on wet-spun carbon fibers. That is a "true" invention. It will likely be in data cables within a few years.

about a year and a half ago
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If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

spinozaq Re:Do you guys really make that much? (660 comments)

I won't beat on you because I don't know exactly "how" you attempted to get a job in your field, or what your requirements were. Maybe you couldn't move very far or something. Let me continue my advice for others... and maybe, maybe you, if you're looking to start over again.

I will say this. Getting a job is a very _human_ endeavor. I find a lot of younger technology oriented people, especially in technology fields, want to land a job the same way they get everything else. Online. This can work for someone with all the right experience, and just the "right" resume. sure it can. However, if you want to beat that guy with your lesser resume, you walk in the front door. You network with current employees. ( Use online information to find them. ) Build rappor. You call HR, you ask if there are any short term contract type positions available so you can see if the company would be a good fit for you. If they say no, or, we don't do that, you say, "Oh, you should ask your technology managers if they could use a program like that. You get a lot of value for your money, and it almost eliminates bad full time hires."

about a year and a half ago
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If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

spinozaq Re:Do you guys really make that much? (660 comments)

If you are capable of software development, why the hell are you working a job with manual labor for $10 an hour? There are lots of software development jobs open out there. Go beat the pavement. Walk right in the front door with your resume dressed up. Make it happen. I'm not sure if this article is about "IT" or "Development", the media tends to confuse those things. However, if you are capable programmer, go make a living out of it.

Now, you might have a bit of learning curve to go from "coding" to getting the skills to be a good developer. However, you can find a place that will pay you less to start since you have no real world experience. Learn fast, and move up. It's not going to happen unless you try!

Just as an aside, "Plumber" hourly wages are a little different then an employee's hourly wage. It's like a car mechanic garage's "hourly rate". It's a business rate, out of that comes expenses before anyone gets paid. That said, they make a good living.

about a year and a half ago
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Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?

spinozaq Re:Times must've changed (630 comments)

Not really. There are just a lot schools teaching a curriculum now that they call "CS", that isn't CS. I graduated in 2002 and my experience with college appears to be similar to yours.

When I'm filtering applicants. I first make sure their degree is from a place that actually teaches CS. Then I move on to experience if it's not an entry level position. An applicant isn't likely to make it past the interview if they don't have an outside interest in technology or programming. Even with the CS degree, I need people who never stop self teaching.

about 2 years ago
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One Company's Week-Long Interview Process

spinozaq The real downside. (362 comments)

Is that you're programming in Ruby on Rails...

about 2 years ago
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Would You Pay an Internet Broadband Tax?

spinozaq Re:No, I would not pay another dime. (601 comments)

That would be how corporations behave in a perfect world, yes. However, the board of directors are likely other executives of other companies. The CEO is on their boards. They also travel in the same social circles, and are members of the same country club. They are getting the most money possible for their "friend", just like he'll do for them. It has nothing to do with ability anymore.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Safely Saw Up Motherboards?

spinozaq Re:Treat it like fiberglass or asbestos (247 comments)

Very likely true. HEPA certified shop vacs can now be found for a "reasonable" cost because they are required for lead paint removal by the EPA now. I own one. It was 400 dollars. I would run a shroud around the blade that is hooked up to the HEPA vac. Try to process as much exhaust as possible through the vacuum. Also where a P100 mask ( HEPA rating used for masks, they are pink. ) and put a fan in a window or do it all outside.

about 3 years ago
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G.M. Opens Its Own Battery Research Laboratory

spinozaq Re:Now actually take it in a positive direction... (173 comments)

It doesn't say it in this article, so I can't RTFA you ;) but in others that I've read it's stated that 90% of the energy goes back into the grid. The plant itself is very "green".

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Hires Artists, Then Sends In the SWAT team

spinozaq Re:Zappa (420 comments)

Most state governments have huge deficits because of health care costs these days. Extra revenue from speeding with the added benefit as a deterrent seems like a win-win to me. It's like being able to choose to not pay your taxes. Drive safe, and you get more money to spend, drive like a moron, give up some cash. I also think speeding fines should be factored by kinetic energy. That dicates possible damage, and would increase the fine at all speed levels for recreational tank, errr, SUV drivers. I see far too many people being very very careless on the road. In the US over 10,000 people die on the roads every year. If you are under the age of 50 in the US and you die, you will be killed in a car. Driving in your car is the most dangerous thing you will ever do in your life by a factor of 1000. I will never understand how people can act so carelessly when so many lives depend on their actions.

more than 7 years ago

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