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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

turp182 Re:symbols, caps, numbers (546 comments)

I like to concatenate song lyrics first letters.

My favorite password, which I can't take credit for was:
sdftr,ndtwtsotr!

Translates to:
Seasons don't fear the reaper, nether do the wind, the sun, or the rain.

Needs more cowbell!

about a week ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

turp182 Re:Performance (283 comments)

I can't YouTube from work, but there's a video shot in Alaska of a Traxxis road car going 100mph down a highway for a few miles.

It was this model:
http://traxxas.com/products/mo...

0 to 100mph in 5 seconds. I'm happy with my much slower (35mph) off roader by the same company. Awesome fun while camping.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

turp182 Re:Relative sizes (213 comments)

No, it cost two pence.

about two weeks ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

turp182 Re:Fuck Greenpeace (252 comments)

Your last sentence is quite ironic (I have little to no idea what you were talking about), but I thoroughly enjoyed your post.

Keep it up, whatever it is (I believe "it" = framing various parties as D&D entities and then, somehow, performing mathematical calculations based on the words describing moral direction, resulting in nonsensical results?).

"Sea Ranger" was my favorite part.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Robot Picking Challenge 2015

turp182 Re:How does an automated shelf work? (106 comments)

The shelves come to the human picker with the items for a particular order.

http://www.kivasystems.com/sol...

They describe is as "Kiva is the ultimate goods-to-man (goods-to-person) automation system."

Now they want to replace the word "man" or "person" with "robot".

The next step from there is to automate stocking of the shelves (I'm would bet the shelves come to the loading area when there are items available to resupply them).

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

turp182 Re:We need a movie to spread the word (238 comments)

Unfortunately, Real Genius suffers badly from horrific acting (the young teenager and the girl, not to mention most of the others), some terrible scenes (the water party takes the cake), and an unappealing 1980's shooting style that dates the movie badly.

But, the movie holds a very special place in my heart, I love it. Actually, it holds a very special nostalgic place in my heart, my memory of watching it a lot of times a long time ago are special to me.

About a year ago I tried to watch it again, and within 20 minutes I realized I had to stop. I was going to ruin my memories of the movie, as my appreciation of quality acting and good production values had changed considerably.

I love to replay it in my mind though, but never actually watch it...

Always check your optics.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

turp182 Swiss Banks? (335 comments)

So are we working to hack Swiss banks or other off-shore financial institutions, looking for tax evasion by US citizens?

It would be a dragnet, but we know there is tax evasion occurring.

This would seem reasonable if the precedent stands. Especially if the evidence can be used for further warrants.

I need to watch Sneakers again...

about two weeks ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

turp182 Re:This makes sense. (134 comments)

Taking it a little further, but still not too complicated for advanced physical security:
1. Require HR be present to open the door. This prevents security conspiracy to enter. And if HR conspires then:
2. Have an alert sent to the "owner" of the system, automatically. Head of HR controls the automatic alerts.
3. Control when security can access physical security recording tapes (if ever). HR or even another C-Level should be present outside of "swap the backups" time.

It wouldn't be harder to be even more strict, and not that expensive. And this is off the top of my head, and I haven't done much physical security.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

turp182 Re:This makes sense. (134 comments)

Only the head or heads of Security would have such access. Maybe not even then, an HR rep might be needed in an emergency.

And I would expect good physical security for secure rooms, at least motion detection and cameras (and door access alerts during certain hours).

about two weeks ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

turp182 Re:In other news (225 comments)

Thanks for the Dumb Warnings website, nice laugh on a Friday morning.

I may have to make a submission to them, I noticed that fireplace logs always say "Warning: Flammable".

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

turp182 Re:T-Mobile (209 comments)

One downside, rural coverage can be a bit limited, but that only impacts people who regularly visit rural areas. Their LTE is fantastic.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

turp182 Re:Unlimited = No Sharing (209 comments)

T-Mobile doesn't care if you tether/hotspot (since March):
http://www.technobuffalo.com/2...

I didn't even know their policy and tether regularly, but not for large transfer communications on my non-root Nexus 5. Shoot, the carrier can't even prevent tethering on the Nexus 5, it's built into the operating system (and my phone was a private purchase). I'm guessing the carrier can tell if you are tethering, I'm not sure, but then again it doesn't matter to me.

T-Mobile's coverage isn't the best (AT&T has that in my experience, especially outside of cities), but I've seen noticeable rural coverage improvements in the last two years (around the St. Louis area).

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

turp182 Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

I don't believe this to be the case, as the "armaments" in question were only regulated for export. The regulation aspect was not against the citizens of the US.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

turp182 Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

I read the PDF a couple of times, and in terms of suspicion indicators, it seems pretty reasonable to me. Especially since it is specifically for military surplus stores. I would expect more indicators for gun stores to be honest (although the surplus stores I have visited never carried ammo).

There are a couple of things I find comical or don't like:
Suspicion Indicator: Have missing hand/fingers... I laughed out loud at that, then got a little bothered that people with those conditions would be singled out. I would be much less bothered (even supportive) if it mentioned missing body parts that were fresh (bandaged). Chemical burns seems like a reasonable suspicion to me.

Suspicion Indicator: Insists on paying with cash. That shouldn't be an indicator in my opinion. But if combined with some other indicators, it is something to be aware of. And the word "insists" is important, if I am paying with cash I don't insist anything, I just pay. If one were to bring it up by insisting, that would be weird (an indicator).

Bulk Purchase: Meals Ready to Eat (MREs). Having a long lasting food stash is important to me, and I have a considerable collection of MREs and dehydrated foods. I use them while camping so they turn over (I buy the cheap MREs, the older ones). I also have multiple water filters, tons of replacement filter, and other assorted "let's go" stuff.

Otherwise everything seems pretty straightforward. If one mentions violence or aren't familiar with things you are purchasing then I would say it is a fair indicator.

And I don't see the Constitution mentioned, only anti-US commentary is called out.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

turp182 Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (269 comments)

Saving a file for web in Photoshop is like playing Twister on the keyboard:
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S

One of my other favorites is to open up Task Manager: Ctrl+Shift+Esc

And of course Alt+Tab and Shift+Alt+Tab to switch windows (although I wish the icons had the program names, I can scan those faster)

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

turp182 Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (269 comments)

Ctrl+Esc opens the Start menu in Windows 7, and the cursor will be in the search bar (I start most programs this way, just type "excel" for Excel for example).

about three weeks ago
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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

turp182 Re:Maybe not so silly (90 comments)

It's a slippery slope (because of all the blood).

If it is used to "predict future results" then the conversation may become "We need your parents to give X units of blood for you to get an A on the upcoming test."

about three weeks ago
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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

turp182 Re:The root cause. (90 comments)

Quote: Unless China is ruled by vampires.

I'd watch that TV show...

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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NASA is Ending Most Activites With Russia Over Ukraine/Crimea

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 7 months ago

turp182 (1020263) writes "NASA is suspending much of its work with Russia in light of its actions in Ukraine but said it will continue to collaborate with Russia's space agency on International Space Station operations.

A statement sent out by NASA on Wednesday said the U.S. space agency was acting "given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.""

Link to Original Source
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NSA Still Funded to Spy On US Phone Records,Vote Fails

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about a year ago

turp182 (1020263) writes "The Amash Amendment (#100) to HR 2397 (DOD appropriations bill) failed to pass the House of Representatives (this link will change tomorrow, it is the current day activity of the House) at 6:54PM EST today, meaning it will not be added to the appropriations bill. The amendment would have specifically defunded the bulk collection of American phone records.

Roll call may not be available until tomorrow.

Subjective: Let freedom be reigned."

Journals

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Analysis - Oklahoma, the Ten Commandments, and Satan

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 9 months ago

In 2012 a Ten Commandments monument was placed outside the Capitol building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Since then Temple of Satan has proposed another monument to complement the Ten Commandmentâ(TM)s one.

In response to the Satanists, some Oklahoma state Representatives have come forward to comment on the situation.

From the above linked CNN article:
* Oklahoma state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft told CNN that he doesn't think the Satanists' statue will be approved. âoeWhat will disqualify them has really nothing to do with Satan as such; it's that it has no historical significance for the state of Oklahoma,â he said.
* An Oklahoma lawmaker told CNN that the Satanists' message wouldn't fly in the Bible Belt state, where nearly two-thirds of the population is Christian. "Any monument displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahoma or memorialize those who built or defended our freedom," Rep. Bob Cleveland said Tuesday. "In my opinion, this Satanist monument does not meet with the values of Oklahomans."

In a roundabout way, they are positing that the State of Oklahoma adheres in some manner to the Ten Commandments.

What follows is a lightweight analysis of Oklahomaâ(TM)s consistency and adherence to the Ten Commandments.

First, letâ(TM)s decide which of the Ten Commandments should be reviewed.

Iâ(TM)m not concerned about honoring moms and dads, nor having to work on Sunday, or the name of the lord being taken in vain, or false images or other gods. These are minor Commandments in my opinion.

Letâ(TM)s focus on the big ones.

Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not kill

Oklahoma uses capital punishment to kill prisoners. They last did so, brining in the New Year, on January 9, 2014. They have killed 109 prisoners since 1976.

So Oklahoma fails at what I consider to be the most important Commandment on the list.

Multiple Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not steal; Thou shalt not covet your neighborâ(TM)s house; Thou shalt not covet your neighborâ(TM)s male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighborâ(TM)s

Oklahoma is a big fan of âoecivil forfeitureâ (they are among the âoeworst abusers in the nationâ), and property can be taken without charges, much less a conviction, and then retained or sold for profit.

Thatâ(TM)s stealing, so another Commandment broken.

Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

âoeBearing false witnessâ is effectively lying, and in the realm of State/Local officials and staff the key things to look for are corruption and a lack of transparency.

Oklahoma, as a State, ranks 38th out of 50 with regards to their Corruption Risk per the website StateIntegrity.org.

In 2010 The Daily Beast ranked Oklahoma 10th in their list of The Most Corrupt States, citing many cases of corruption, extortion, fraud, etc.

So we have another Commandment breached.

Conclusion

I see a minimum of Five Failed Commandments that Oklahoma doesnâ(TM)t live up to.

So, it appears Rep. Paul Wesselhoft was incorrect in citing the âoehistorical significanceâ for Oklahoma with regards to the Ten Commandments. Significance would mean compliance in this situation, and that certainly isnâ(TM)t the case.

Rep. Bob Cleveland stated that âoemonuments displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahomaâ. Given that statement alone it makes sense that the Ten Commandments should NOT be on display at the Capitol building.

Iâ(TM)m not sure what type of monument would truly reflect the âoehistorical significanceâ and the âoevaluesâ of Oklahoma, but it is pretty clear to me that the Ten Commandments is not an appropriate choice.

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