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Comment Actaully the WSJ debunked Hillary's claim already (Score 5, Informative) 376

The TL:DR version of this story was that someone trolled 'The Daily Beast' pretty hard by creating a lot of fake racist Pepe's under a pseudonym of 'Jared Taylor Swift'. To quote the article the Daily Beast ended up publishing was 'more or less a complete troll job,”

Comment I was a trucker (Score 2) 159

I was driving OTR for Schneider National when Katrina hit. Ended up hauling a lot of paper goods to a big distribution center in Southern Mississippi. You know the trucking industry got all messed up when Katrina hit. We couldn't get out fuel cards processed, we couldn't get our billing paper work in, and half the time you couldn't even get a decent place to park a truck and get a shower or get repairs on account of how many relief convoys where rolling down there.

It really tells you a lot about how poorly prepared the US as a whole is for serious disasters. While I was driving down in Mississippi my family back in western North Carolina went three weeks without being able to get ANY gasoline because of how badly the fuel delivery infrastructure broke down when the gulf coast refineries went down.

Comment Pretty safe bet this happens everywhere. (Score 4, Interesting) 294

We've seen a number of stories involving TSA agents being arrested for any number of crimes. Everything from assault, to child pornography, to murder. This shouldn't be a surprise at all. Which is not to say that all TSA agents ARE the scum that they tend to be made out to be. But it's a worrying program.

In terms of this kind of activities detailed in this story... well hell. I know from talking with a former TSA employee that this sort of thing is VERY common. I've even meet a former TSA agent that not only admits doing this at an airport in California. But he did it aallll the time. And he wasn't the only one doing it.

Comment Highly unlikely this will ever show up. (Score 1) 75

Not a member of the Canadian Forces nor am I even a resident of that nation. But I've several friends. The issue here is that most of the equipment that the Canadian military has is completely outdated and work out. Mostly because there is no political will to purchase replacement equipment. In times past the military has had serious issues keeping tired on their vehicles because everything is so old that they can't get replacement tires for them. They've slowly had to cannibalize their small fleet of jet fighters over the years because they can't get the government to authorize replacement air craft. Hell... in 2012 the crew of the HMCS Victoria made history for making their sub marine successfully fire. That's right... the sub is in such poor shape they've never been able to get it to WORK.

Of course I do realize that the entire reason for this new weapons system is to at least get better rifles into the hands of the soldiers up there. I just don't think it'll ever get through the politicized purchasing process.

Comment Interesting. But might end up as more of a toy. (Score 4, Insightful) 56

As said this could be an interesting device. But I'm not really sure what this will allow anyone to do. Sure it's all well and good that you can collect data with it, but you'll have to be able to interpret this data into something that's useful. And that's not even touching the fact that this thing would be fragile as hell without a very well design and weather proofed case.

But as with any project like this I comment the designers for thinking up a new and interesting device. And who knows. Maybe the next generation of device might be useful.

Comment Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (Score 1) 419

So what you're saying here is that it's all well and good to 'teach your kids a lesson' by dropping them into a war zone and exposing them to potential harm. Be it from a stray rocket, random explosion, or imagery that may give them a LIFE TIME OF PTSD... all because some guy got all bhutt hurt that his kids like Call of Duty?

Comment Re:How long before we see a virus in a car? (Score 1) 191

Why thank you captain sarcasm. I REALIZED that the current generation of systems don't directly tie into engine management systems. However continually stick more and more crap into a system leaves for the potentiality of more and more problems. Hell, one day someone might actually make a virus that gets in there and screws with the in car systems.

Hell here's possibility: these systems become standardized. So instead of hardware hackers tinkering with the devices from one maker they all only have to learn how to mess around with the one most common system or OS. Well by general numbers a certain amount of those guys are going to be full on black hat and there's no telling what kind of 'fun' they'll have then. Personally I wonder what would happen if someone made a hack that locks the in car stereo at maximum. Or... hell... could someone make the display suddenly show a high rate flashing image that can trigger a seizure? That would cause all kinds of havoc.

I FREELY admit that these are all really out there concepts. However I still contend that this idea could lead to them actually becoming a reality. Especially if automakers end up being lazy with their code.

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