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Research Unveils Improved Method To Let Computers Know You Are Human

sudon't Re:I... (87 comments)

Off topic, but, are you kidding? These homeowners associations are in the news all the time for the egregious stuff they perpetrate. Just one memorable example: They took the paid-for home of a soldier who missed some assessment because he was busy fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. He only got it back when the media caught on to it, and his congressman stepped in. Do you really think that contract you signed isn't enforceable?

12 hours ago
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Research Unveils Improved Method To Let Computers Know You Are Human

sudon't Re:I... (87 comments)

Since when are insults "informative?"

I'm with the O.P. I can't make out a large percentage of captchas.

12 hours ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

sudon't Re:Militiarization of police... (264 comments)

Will you be among the best and brightest serving arrest warrants in barricaded drug houses to heavily armed drug dealers?

The cops think they're in a Steven Seagal movie, too. Allow me to excerpt one paragraph:

In 2010 a massive Maricopa County SWAT team, including a tank and several armored vehicles, raided the home of Jesus Llovera. The tank in fact drove straight into Llovera’s living room. Driving the tank? Action movie star Steven Seagal, whom Sheriff Joe Arpaio had recently deputized. Seagal had also been putting on the camouflage to help Arpaio with his controversial immigration raids. All of this, by the way, was getting caught on film. Seagal’s adventures in Maricopa County would make up the next season of the A&E TV series Steven Seagal, Lawman.
Llovera’s suspected crime? Cockfighting.

Believe me, there's a lot more where that came from. If you have the attention span and the interest, the whole article is worth reading. But the truth is, it's almost never a "barricaded" anything, just people living their lives. Especially in these sleepy southern towns, where a lot of this SWAT nonsense goes on.

2 days ago
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Twitter Reports 23 Million Users Are Actually Bots

sudon't Re:Twitter Bots are GREAT (84 comments)

Twitter Bots are GREAT!

Yes they are. In fact, I am in love with a Twitterbot. Her name is Olivia Taters.

about a week ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

sudon't The Solution Has Been Around for a Long Time (382 comments)

The solution has been around for a long time. If people would use password managers, then they could use better (and unique) passwords. I've never had an account compromised, and I believe that is in large part because, thanks to Apple's Keychain, I'm using strong, unique passwords for every account I sign up for. Every Apple computer has come with this integrated password manager since at least 2002, (that's how far back my oldest passwords go), but idiots don't use it. I have no idea what the situation is like for Windows users, but I'm guessing you'd have to pay for one, and it might not be as well integrated, as far as working with apps. Every OS should come with a password manager, enabled by default, and with a strong password generator.

about a week ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

sudon't Biological Basis to Race (537 comments)

"Unfortunately many social scientists have long denied that there is a biological basis to race."

This is not my field, but clearly, people from different parts of the world look very obviously different. I've never understood how that could not be biologically, or genetically, based. It just seems logical that there might be other differences. This is true of every other animal, when populations become separated. It is unfortunate that people immediately start ranking traits as superior or inferior.

I haven't read the book, but the author's statement that, "opposition to racism should be based on principle, not on the anti-evolutionary myth that there is no biological basis to race," seems eminently sensible. It's always disappointing when politics influence research, but it happens far more often than many people think.

about a week ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

sudon't Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Computers and code always function perfectly, and never fail. Have you ever had a computer crash while you were doing something important? Of course not. I will happily put my life, (and yours), in the hands of a computer.

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

sudon't Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Maybe in Lake Wobegon. As someone who drives over 10,000 miles per month, (and has an excellent view of the road), let me assure you that your made-up statistics are wildly optimistic. From what I see, most car drivers are barely conscious of what they're doing, and behave like they're defending territory.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty

sudon't Re:a bit of a copout (71 comments)

That's right. Give a kid free internet, he has free internet for six months. Teach a kid how to collect and analyze packets, he has free internet for life.

about two weeks ago
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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

sudon't Everyone is Responsible for their Own Security (176 comments)

People ought to know by now that the internet is not "private." You can't expect privacy from providers. Everyone is responsible for their own security. You can't store something on someone else's server and expect no one will ever look at it, unless you've encrypted it, and encrypted it on your own machine. The only area where we don't have this control is with email, since it takes two to encrypt. But that's not your email provider's fault.

about a month ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

sudon't Re:i'm glad to work for free (418 comments)

Good. Take your ball and go home. The internet could use a few less for-profit entities twisting their content in order to maximize cashflow.

Wish I had mod points, I couldn't agree more. I liked the web better before the commercial gold rush. Of course, I've been blocking ads since they began appearing, so that's not a big problem - but content was better before, IMO. And the whole spying game began with, and continues to be driven by, advertisers.

about a month ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

sudon't Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

I wonder what would happen if we opened the border in both directions? Let their workers come up, let our investors go down, (I'm not talking about maquiladoras, I'm talking about changing Mexican law). It might even out after a while.

about a month ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

sudon't Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

I don't really understand why this is an issue. Neither Google nor Facebook ask for IDs. I don't use my real name on either service, or anywhere else on the internet. In fact, their insistence on "real names" kinda gives you some cover. If a potential employer ever asked me for my Facebook password, I can plausibly say that I have no Facebook account, which they can verify by searching under my real name.

about a month ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

sudon't Re:Bah (280 comments)

If your password manager lives on your own computer, and you don't access it remotely, you have little to worry about. That is, unless you're the kind of person that has to worry about someone willing to break into your home and install a key-logger. This is not a problem for the vast majority of users. Regardless, it's a much better solution than using the same simple password for everything.

Mac OS has come with a very good password manager since at least 2002, (that's how far back my passwords go, anyway), and it's trivial to use it to generate unique passwords, which is what I do for every account I sign up for. I've never had an account compromised in all that time, yet almost everyone else I know has.

about a month ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

sudon't Re:And good luck asking for APAP-free medicine! (162 comments)

I think most doctors believe its beneficial but I also think they somehow see acetaminophen opiate formulations as some kind of bulwark against abuse.

That is, in large part, why it's in there. But, a lot of people are unaware of of acetaminophen's toxicity, and others will use it anyway, out of desperation, making it the "denatured alcohol" of drug prohibition. Instead of Jake leg, you get liver failure.

Myself, I won't take anything except aspirin when I want a simple over-the-counter pain reliever, and always insist on acetaminophen-free opiates.

about a month ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

sudon't Re:Or, you know (150 comments)

Soon, you won't be able to. Already, you can't buy a new car without all of that crap, and you can't get Photoshop without connecting yourself to Adobe's servers. TVs are next, and soon enough, everybody selling any kind of appliance will be implementing some kind of so-called "smart" technology, so that shit won't work without an internet connection. Better stock up on appliances now.

about a month and a half ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

sudon't Re:How do you defeat dogs? (415 comments)

Right, what he said. Vacuum-sealing doesn't work, nor does trying to hide the odor among more pungent odors. You can't fool a dog's nose. What you can do is encourage a dog to alert, even when it detects no drugs, (or whatever it's been trained to alert for).

about a month and a half ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

sudon't This is great news! (567 comments)

This is great news! (at least for Americans). See? We are not the only idiots denying climate change. Take that, rest of the World!

about a month and a half ago
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Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze, Part II

sudon't Re:The REAL value of the transit system (170 comments)

"If its so fucking efficient then why do they keep needing to take other people's money to make it practical?"

It's because too many lazy assholes won't get out of their cars and take the bus. And yeah, government funds are inevitably mismanaged. The truth is, most government funds are intermingled, whatever their intended use was. That's why Social Security is "broke." They spent the money on other shit.

about 2 months ago
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How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

sudon't Re:Where is the Vacuum Tester (183 comments)

Where can I find a vacuum transistor tester. They took all of the tube testers out of the front of my local Radio Shack years ago, will they be replaced?

Yeah, and if you think it's a bitch to replace a burnt-out tube in your amp...

about 2 months ago

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