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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

tacokill Re:Hoax (973 comments)

If it works as well as he says, he won't need lawyers. It will be the greatest invention in the history of mankind. No one will ever forget his name. We will name roads and bridges for him.

For something so earthshaking, lawyers aren't needed.

about a week ago
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Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

tacokill speculating (191 comments)

Maybe someone working at the Iceland data center discovered the SR server and tipped off the FBI? It doesn't have to be the NSA ya know. Occam's razor.

about two weeks ago
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User Error Is the Primary Weak Point In Tor

tacokill I don't think that's quite right (70 comments)

If "they" are listening to the entry and exit points they would not be able to deduce what hidden service and what hidden sites a user is accessing. All they would know is that the user is using Tor through entry point X but they would not be able to trace the traffic after that. However, if the user is using Tor to go to a standard website on the publicly available internet, then -yes- the NSA would be able to connect the dots and follow the trail back.

about two weeks ago
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Catch Oil Polluters With Open Source Tools Using the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

tacokill Re: Is this a joke? (52 comments)

well-researched and straightforward methodology for grading oil
What methodology are you using? Normally API is used to "grade" oil but that's for API gravity. You could be measuring viscosity. Or density. Or who knows what else. But that's the point.....:"Grading oil with a homebrew test kit" is not a viable project until it is better defined.

about three weeks ago
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Catch Oil Polluters With Open Source Tools Using the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

tacokill Re:Is this a joke? (52 comments)

Of course its more expensive. Real science isn't cheap.

about three weeks ago
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Catch Oil Polluters With Open Source Tools Using the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

tacokill Is this a joke? (52 comments)

Time to grow up. Homebrew oil testing for big bad oil when you don't even understand the chemistry is a bad idea. This kickstarter looks like it was written up by a 2nd grader.

I bet these guys know a lot more about this than a dinky little kickstarter project. I hope the kickstarter team realizes that they've been identifying, measuring, and studying hydrocarbons for over a century so there's a pretty significant body of work already. Use it.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

tacokill actually I think you did (504 comments)

citation.

Anyone can request anything from the courts. What matters is whether the courts gave it to them. In this case, the courts DID NOT compel him to produce his password/encryption key. That's the "ORDER DENYING...." part.

My previous point still stands but I have no doubt the government will keep trying and we, the people, will keep having to reassert our 5th amendment.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

tacokill well there's your problem... (479 comments)

The PhD was on a very technical topic that has very little practical application and so working on it does not seem to count as experience

So for 6 years, you've been working on something that has very little practical application. I think I've found your problem! Like others suggested, leave the PhD off of your CV. It will only hurt you unless you are looking to join academia.

about a month ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

tacokill Re:no, they can't order that (504 comments)

rgument could be (has been in England recently but citations escape me) made that refusal to disclose decryption passcodes to obtain data known or suspected to exist is confirmation of its existence and nature (Guilty until Proven Innocent)
Right. So again, in the US, you cannot be compelled to turn over a password or passcode. I know of no exceptions to this.

about a month ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

tacokill no, they can't order that (504 comments)

In the US, we have this thing called the 5th amendment so no one can be compelled to provide a password which, if used, may incriminate them. The UK is a different story but here in the USA, we still have that protection.

I am not saying they won't TRY to get you to turn it over or trample your rights in the process. That will most certainly happen. What I am saying is that there isn't any legal precedent to compel you to turn it over.

about a month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

tacokill hotbutton for me (545 comments)

Dear friendly helper person, please help me make Win 7 explorer look and act more like win2000 explorer. I gave this search up a long time ago but you have breathed some new life into my quest. I've been using Win7 for so long I kind of forgot how much I hated the new file explorer when I migrated from W2K.

Please share, my good man!

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

tacokill not for long (981 comments)

The only problem is we still need their damn oil.
Not so fast. Perhaps you have read about the recent energy boom in America? If you haven't you should read up. We are rapidly approaching a point where we don't need to import crude oil from anyone and we're actually talking about exporting it.

about a month ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

tacokill relevant article (324 comments)

I'll just leave this right here. Seems relevant before we get more stupid than we already are.

about a month ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

tacokill What just happened (552 comments)

Did you propose a free market solution to an argument? I..I...was told that couldn't be done.

about 3 months ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

tacokill You grossly misunderstand the problem (710 comments)

We are not burning coal because of stupid jackassery. We are burning coal because we have to.

Or did you think we could just shut off 1/3 of the power production in this country with no negative effect? Believe me, we understand your argument about coal being bad. Ok, fine: what's the alternative? How do you replace ~33% of power production with something better without seriously disrupting the electricity supply which seriously disrupts civilized society?

about 3 months ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

tacokill wrong (250 comments)

When it comes to security, one must always error on the side of caution. There are very strong signs and signals that there is a problem with Truecrypt. Those that don't heed that warning are placing themselves at risk.

The default position of everything is: insecure until proven otherwise. If there's a good chance something is insecure, then we assume it is. We don't want to error in the other direction because the implications are too great if we are wrong. This is where we are with Truecrypt. Those throwing caution to the wind - at this point - are doing themselves a disservice.

about 4 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

tacokill Re:Huh? (465 comments)

Keep dreaming with your head in the sand. If you can't buck up and admit there's a problem here, there is no hope for you. You're a partisan and your opinion is rightly devalued.

The IRS itself has stated Lerner's emails from 2009 - 2011 have been lost. That is a problem no matter who's side you are on. It's not about "pinning" something on Obama, it's about keeping the IRS (and all government agencies) in check so they aren't abusing their power.

about 4 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

tacokill Re:Raise the Price (462 comments)

Right. It's a PR stunt. For who, exactly?

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

tacokill Re:Wow (1198 comments)

We need to start differentiating between people we are rightfully scared of and those we are just mad at.

about 6 months ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

tacokill Who cares what PETA says (204 comments)

Who cares what PETA and their ilk spout.

PETA has shown itself over and over to be far beyond any rational thinking so I, like most other people, disregard everything they say. Frankly, I am surprised they garner as much attention as they do.

about 5 months ago

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