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Researchers Find Crippling Flaws In Global GPS

stubob Re:$2500 Spoofing Transmitter (179 comments)

Use a multi-million dollar missile to take out a $2500 pile of electronics? Your tax dollars at work...

more than 2 years ago

With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

stubob Re:Drug and alcohol use and driving (608 comments)

Half of 16% is 8%. The quote says " 16.3% having used alcohol or drugs, with half them (them being the 16 percent )high on marijuana"

But the concept of a voluntary, no consequences roadside survey would seem sketchy to me, and most likely skew results one way or the other.

more than 2 years ago

Boeing's CHAMP Missile Uses Radio Waves To Remotely Disable PCs

stubob Re:Faradays cage (341 comments)

And just imagine if Bin Laden had a pacemaker. We wouldn't even need to go in, except to get the body.

more than 2 years ago

FTC Offers $50,000 For Best Way To Stop Robocalls

stubob I'll take that $50,000 now (614 comments)

Change the law so that the phone companies bill the caller, not the callee. Make it prohibitively expensive to do it, and the problem will solve itself.

Seems like all the solutions involve getting the carriers to give a shit about the problem.

more than 2 years ago

Spoken Commands Crash Bank Phone Lines

stubob Buffer overflow? (178 comments)

Must have been talking to my mother-in-law.

more than 2 years ago

Surfacestations: NOAA Has Overestimated Land Surface Temperature Trends

stubob Re:Not Published = Trash (474 comments)

I don't know how to compare Watts to Einsteins. Now, Watts to Newtons, on the other hand...

more than 2 years ago

Worst Design Ever? Plastic Clamshell Packaging

stubob Re:it's worse that that! (398 comments)

Since we're getting way off-topic, W5921XD refers to the subsequent encounter at the hospital, not by the turtle.So, if you need a follow-up visit for some reason, that's the code they use.

And way, way off topic:V91.07 - burn due to water-skis on fire.

about 2 years ago

Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

stubob Re:A week? (1004 comments)

By streaming, I assume you mean "Not their streaming."

more than 2 years ago

NY Times: 'FBI Foils Its Own Terrorist Plots'

stubob Re:It's not Entrapment. (573 comments)

1)That the FBI/informants came up with the plan, they avoid this by asking the suspect how would they want to commit the crime or simply let them share their plans.

Take the Stinger missile defendant James Cromitie... Mr. Hussain proposed the idea of using missiles, saying he could get them in a container from China. Mr. Cromitie laughed. It took 11 months of meandering discussion and a promise of $250,000 to lead him, ... to plant fake bombs at two Riverdale synagogues.

2)The FBI/informants persuaded the suspect to commit the crime, they simply facilitate the crime not coax the person into committing it.

When an Oregon college student, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, thought of using a car bomb to attack a festive Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in Portland, the F.B.I. provided a van loaded with six 55-gallon drums of “inert material,” harmless blasting caps, a detonator cord and a gallon of diesel fuel to make the van smell flammable. An undercover F.B.I. agent even did the driving, with Mr. Mohamud in the passenger seat.

3)The person was not ready and willing to commit the crime before FBI involvement, again they just give the opportunity.

Typically, the stings initially target suspects for pure speech — comments to an informer outside a mosque, angry postings on Web sites, e-mails with radicals overseas — then woo them into relationships with informers

more than 2 years ago

How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

stubob Re:Uh, no (897 comments)

There needs to be a name for this situation, like a Prisoner's Dilemma, or something.

more than 2 years ago

What To Do With a 1,000 Foot Wrecked Cruise Ship?

stubob Re:Thats given me an idea... (416 comments)

Everybody knows cruise ships lose half their value when you drive them off the lot.

about 3 years ago

Who's Flying Those Drones? FAA Won't Say

stubob Re:Too Many Movies... The troops are the good guys (405 comments)

The same soldiers who followed an illegal order into Iraq? The same soldiers who follow illegal orders to abduct, torture, and hold without charge people, including American citizens? The same soldiers who follow illegal orders to execute anyone declared an unlawful combatant? Need I go on?

about 3 years ago

Is the Time Finally Right For Hybrid Hard Drives?

stubob Re:It'd better happen quick then (311 comments)

That's my problem with it. I have a previous generation Momentus XT 500GB, and you described what I want it to do. Sure, it's great that the cache learns what you're doing, but I rarely do the same thing repetitively. Some days I'm running VMs, some days I'm working on video, some days I'm just messing around on the web. If I could tweak to say "optimize for boot time" or "optimize for application loading" and tell it what to keep in the cache, that would be great.

If we could look at it like a traditional HD with a small, dedicated SSD, that would be ideal. Just let me tell it what to put on the SSD and leave it alone.

more than 3 years ago

Failures Mark First National Test of Emergency Alert System

stubob Re:Failures, what a surprise... (451 comments)

I think that's kind of the point. Eight million people were affected by 9/11. What possible sort of disaster, natural or otherwise, could necessitate notifying everyone from Alaska to Hawaii, California, Texas, Florida, Maine and Minnesota? I can see maybe a huge earthquake needing notification of the entire West Coast, but at that scale, what are the odds that the radio station towers will still be operational?

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It

stubob Up next (862 comments)

Microsoft introduces the Start Menu Ribbon!

more than 3 years ago

Tom's Hardware Pits Newest Firefox, Opera and Chrome Against Each Other

stubob Re:Is performance really an issue? (272 comments)

That would be a useful addition to the Tom's test: cross-platform performance (although adding the test suite to Windows 7/Vista/XP/OS X/Ubuntu would make the test much bigger).

Anecdote: I just updated to Firefox 7 this morning and already had a page that didn't load correctly. I don't recall that ever happening with Firefox 6.

more than 3 years ago

Canadian Ice Shelves Halve In Six Years

stubob Re:The Alarmism misses a key detail (458 comments)


Most of the current global land ice mass is located in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets (table 1). Complete melting of these ice sheets could lead to a sea-level rise of about 80 meters, whereas melting of all other glaciers could lead to a sea-level rise of only one-half meter.

So a 15% melting should show a 12m rise in ocean level.


Measurements gathered by tide gauges through the 20th century show that global sea level rose at an average rate of 1.7 mm per year – this translates to about two-thirds of an inch per decade. Satellite altimeter data gathered from 1993 to 2003 indicate that the rate of global average sea level rise increased to 3.1 mm per year, or about one and a quarter inches per decade.

There has been an 18 cm rise since 1900, and the rate of rise is increasing.

more than 3 years ago

An Operating System For Cities

stubob Re:It's called SCADA (216 comments)

I expect it to be staffed by Homer Simpson.

Homer: [reading screen] "To Start Press Any Key". Where's the ANY key?
                I see Esk ["ESC"], Catarl ["CTRL"], and Pig-Up ["PGUP"]. There
                doesn't seem to be any ANY key. Woo! All this computer hacking
                is making me thirsty. I think I'll order a TAB. [presses TAB
                key] Awp...no time for that now, the computer's starting.
                  [reading screen slowly] "Check core temperature, yes slash no."
                [types] Yes.
                "Core temperature normal." Hmph. Not too shabby.
                "Vent radioactive gas." [types] NO.
                "Venting prevents explosi-on." Heeheee...whoa, this is hard.
                Where's my Tab? Okay, then, [types] YES, vent the stupid gas.
                  [Cut to a farmer tending his corn. The gas release blows away
                part of the crop.]
Farmer: Oh, no! The corn. Paul Newman's gonna have my legs broke.

more than 3 years ago



My Gym Wants My Fingerprints

stubob stubob writes  |  more than 4 years ago

stubob (204064) writes "National fitness chain 24 Hour Fitness has started a new program in which members must submit a fingerprint scan before entering the gym. So far this policy is optional, and members may continue to use traditional plastic cards, along with photo identification. The company claims that the new policy will allow members to access the gym without their ID cards as a convenience, and that the stored fingerprint scan cannot be used to recreate a copy of the member's fingerprint. The company also claims that the policy will save them money by reducing printing costs to replace lost cards as well as eliminating people who use other member's identification cards."
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Best Tech Cities / Websites to Find Work?

stubob stubob writes  |  more than 6 years ago

stubob (204064) writes "I've begun the job search here in Denver, and to me, it looks like the job market is not good. It seems like there's five headhunters for every one job that's out there, and there's not a lot of jobs out there. Am I looking in the wrong places? I've tried the major job boards (monster.com, dice.com, careerbuilder.com), craigslist.org, and looked around in linkedin.com and myspace.com/facebook.com. I know the economy isn't great at the moment, but there's really a lack of work for a J2EE developer.

Now I'm not a recent college grad, but I'm stuck in the same position as if I was: I don't have the experience for the positions that interest me, and can't get that kind of experience in my current position.

So I throw it open to the slashdot crowd: am I missing something/some place to look? Do I really just need to polish my resume on "my time" to even be considered for anything? Or is this area really just a desert that's drying up?"


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