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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

zugmeister Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

How does a copy of a drive image wipe itself after any number of failed attempts?

Apple branded rainbows and magical unicorns. I'm fuzzy on the details, but any Apple fanboy could probably explain it to you.

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

zugmeister Re: So everything is protected by a 4 digit passco (504 comments)

Additionally, there’s no known way to make the boot loader just dump an image of the encrypted flash for you to start brute forcing on. You’d need to disassemble the phone, desolder the flash chips, and read them out in another circuit.

As I understand it, if they're serious about getting the contents of your phone and it's not unlocked / trivially made available, they just get your backup files and hack the information out of those. Encrypt your backups!

about two weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

zugmeister Re:Zero! (260 comments)

No need for Wi Fi when Wired Ethernet is much faster and more secure!

Says the AC with no phone, tablet, or laptop to carry out to the back deck when it's nice or out front while the kids are playing.
While they are important there's much more to data than speed and security!

about a month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

zugmeister Re:missing 0 option (260 comments)

"Makes the Nook tablets unable to connect to the 'net at home, but, at home, I don't need them connected, anyway, since I feed them by SD card."

E-readers gently sip at the battery, until you turn on the wireless radio. By leaving my Paperwhite in airplane mode I get about double the battery life, about 2-3 weeks of heavy reading.

about a month ago
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Wireless Contraception

zugmeister Re: yes but (302 comments)

A straw man argument is when one party mischaracterizes what another party said in order to defeat the "reinterpreted" argument and thus appear to have "won". If you scroll up and actually read the words I wrote, you'll note that I never claimed HL took away anyone's freedoms or dictated choices to employees. Discounting the two straw man arguments in the previous post leaves your first line about why you're using your sock puppet account to reply and a statement about being free to negotiate a contract which clearly came from some other discussion. Rather than continue this thread, I think I'll just agree to disagree with you.

about 3 months ago
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Wireless Contraception

zugmeister Re:yes but (302 comments)

I tend to wonder if you'd feel the same way if you owned a business and the Federal government passed a law stating you had to pay for female genital mutilation procedures for young girls and "straight camps" for gays.

Assuming I found the idea of male or female genital mutilation and "straight camps" reprehensible I absolutely would feel the same way. See below.

There were 4 specific methods which the owners found to be abhorrent to their religious convictions. In essence, they consider those 4 specific methods to be murder.

If I consider cockroaches holy I still don't have the right to forbid or obstruct a fumigator from doing his job.

There are many actions I disagree with committed in my name (and with my tax money) by the federal, state and local governments in whose jurisdiction I happen to reside. The fact I don't like how my resources are being utilized does not give me the right to refuse to pay taxes, permission to disrupt law enforcement activities or anything similar.
In both cases there is a law in place. In my case I have to comply or face the consequences. In HL's case, they apparently do not have to comply with some of the law because they don't like it?
While I understand that HL was able to summon the money and political clout to push the issue clear through the Supreme Court for an exception, I remain unconvinced that what occurred here was just/right even though it's clearly legal.

OT: Thank you for your considered statements, reasonable tone and for not trying to turn this into a flame war.

about 3 months ago
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Wireless Contraception

zugmeister Re:yes but (302 comments)

You just cannot require hobby lobby to pay for the procedure.

Hobby Lobby may not want to pay for certain (or any) coverage, but they are required to. The ACA was signed into law on 3-23-2010.
We're discussing under what circumstances (sky wizard edict, talking unicorn, invisible secret friend) parts of this law can be ignored, if you really want to ignore it and own a company, in light of the recent SCOTUS decision.

about 3 months ago
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Wireless Contraception

zugmeister Re:yes but (302 comments)

...people that run businesses must not be abused by the government and having their freedoms revoked just because they are running a business.

As I mentioned above, the owners of HL are free to use (or not) contraceptives as they choose. Weather they should be required to provide the insurance in the first place is a different matter entirely.
In this case which would you support, the freedom of the employees to make their own choices or the freedom of HL to try to dictate those choices for them?

about 3 months ago
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Wireless Contraception

zugmeister Re:yes but (302 comments)

They did not ask to be put into the situation where they control the womans healthcare. The government forced them, by law, to provide health care. Then the government forced them, by law, to include contraceptive devices that abort a fertilized fetus. (many of the contraceptive devices covered kill the post-fertilized egg) Their only option out was to pay a fine that would go directly to paying for the very same services they oppose.

From their point of view the government just required them to pay for their employees to have the ability to murder babies. Now, you can disagree with that point of view, I know I do. But it really is their point of view. They really do view it has killing babies. That's a violation of their ability to freely express their religion. The government could have addressed this a dozen different ways. Exempting them from the penalties if they didn't provide the care would have been the simplest. But they didn't. The whitehouse should have seen this coming, they should have provided a religious exemption, but they didn't.

This is getting a bit muddled, so I'd like to list a couple points of fact:
- HL is required to provide healthcare to their employees. The legislation has been enacted, it's a done deal.
- This birth control is part of that healthcare.

Nobody is telling the owners of HL not to use birth control. They have the right to make that choice for themselves.
We are talking about weather HL has the right to selectively refuse to provide this federally mandated medical care coverage to their employees because they (HL) don't like/agree/approve of it.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

zugmeister Re:My experience (143 comments)

I have a client with a very fancy (and frighteningly expensive) Crestron setup, and nobody uses it. Too complicated and does not give repeatable results.
OTOH, for about $35 one can get a Chromecast and via their "beta" functionality export the screen of any computer running Chrome. Sure it's laggy and I don't think it does sound, but when someone just wants a powerpoint on the screen with no room full of people waiting, it does the job admirably.

about 3 months ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

zugmeister Re:We should have a choice (455 comments)

There will always be a need for car dealerships, but there is no good reason to ban direct sales. This is pure rent-seeking behavior. The dealerships should position themselves as Tesla's partners in buying/selling used Teslas and in repairs.

I'm not so sure about that. While I'm no expert on the subject I found this podcast. It's from NPR and 16 minutes long, but I thought it very informative.

about 3 months ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

zugmeister Re:Mexico Vaccinates Better Than The US (387 comments)

Couldn't agree more. If someone has snuck across the border and evaded the established legal process to come here by doing so, that would make them an immigrant who has entered the country illegally. While it is technically correct to say they are "undocumented", it's also technically correct to say that Japan was "splashed" or "moistened" by that tsunami in 2011.

about 3 months ago
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Local Police Increasingly Rely On Secret Surveillance

zugmeister Re:More taxes! (146 comments)

Found it! Franchise by Asimov.

about 4 months ago
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Local Police Increasingly Rely On Secret Surveillance

zugmeister Re:More taxes! (146 comments)

I seem to remember a fairly old (sci-fi?) story where the president got picked in a lottery. It dealt with the ramifications, both large and small scale, of this method. Anyone having better luck remembering or googling than me?


At a certain point, maybe just randomizing the system would result in a better setup than the entrenched, bought-and-paid-for bureaucracy we have now.

about 4 months ago
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Local Police Increasingly Rely On Secret Surveillance

zugmeister Re:More taxes! (146 comments)

Sorry, ignore the previous, I meant to reply to the post below...

about 4 months ago
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Local Police Increasingly Rely On Secret Surveillance

zugmeister Re:More taxes! (146 comments)

I seem to remember a fairly old (sci-fi?) story where the president got picked in a lottery. It dealt with the ramifications, both large and small scale, of this method. Anyone having better luck remembering or googling than me?

about 4 months ago
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I Want a Kindle Killer

zugmeister Re:nook (321 comments)

As a paperwhite owner, my device is almost always in airplane mode. Load books on it via Calibre over a USB cable and charge it every couple weeks. A modest investment of time and effort will thorougly break the "vice-like grip on the content" you referenced, but probably not for your father.

about 4 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

zugmeister Re:What you're really saying is (422 comments)

... where the company's years-old ENTIRE lifetime of work and data is passed around e-mail as a 80MB Excel attachment.

This... is retarded enough to loop all the way around the spectrum and land squarely on awesome.

about 4 months ago

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