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  • Nov 5th, 2019 @ 11:09am

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    Not sure anything the Terminally Stupid Agency had done has made flying safer.

  • Nov 5th, 2019 @ 11:02am

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    I doubt NN had anything to do with it. Well before the NN vote, back when Google was still doing major fiber rollouts, both AT&T and Cox were heavily advertising their new Gig speed services in OKC. The moment Google said OKC was off their list, the roll outs stopped. The "coming in days" signs vanished almost overnight in my neighborhood. Cox did slowly roll out gig service over cable but I think that was more a side effect of improving the TV service infrastructure. Months before I moved, AT&T finally came through and finished deploying fiber and speeds went from 6mbs via copper DSL to 50mbs over fiber. But again, I think that was more motivated by AT&T wanting to rip out the copper network then really wanting to improve ISP speeds.

  • Nov 5th, 2019 @ 10:51am

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    Oklahoma has used optically scanned paper ballots statewide since the late 80s early 90s. Not sure why the Oliver piece showed us using the DRE machines. One big advantage of these machines is they tell the voter when the ballot is inserted if it is readable. If not, the voter is given a fresh ballot. Also, if power is out, the ballots can still be collected for later counting. I voted this way during an wide spread outage from an ice storm. Could be an issue in California today because of the power shutdowns.

    So far, all the manual recounts have been within a few votes of the first reported totals. It is to the point now that most candidates won't bother with a recount unless the margin is single digits.

  • Oct 29th, 2019 @ 6:50pm

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    Rather then one giant submission subject to 48 separate edits, sign a contract for 1 story with 48 chapters to be delivered 1 chapter per Monday the WSJ is published.

  • Oct 15th, 2019 @ 12:17pm

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    This officer's actions were a big WTF when I saw this on the news. Nothing he did seemed to follow either common sense or police policy.

    Several years ago, I called the local non-emergency number because my across the street neighbor's door was open and her dog was in the front yard at about 1am. She never let that old blind deaf dog out without her sitting on the front porch watching. When the two cops showed up, one asked me why the call which I explained. They then knocked on the door, called out several times, then slowly entered, still announcing loudly. She wasn't home so we rounded up the dog and they closed and locked the door. Turned out she was out that evening and her door had been not latching a few times. She got a good laugh out of it once she got over the OMG of her dog being out by himself. She had the door fixed a few days later.

  • Oct 10th, 2019 @ 9:40pm

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    It doesn't take much searching to find a long list of security breaches where the account names + passwords (or hash files) were stolen. The same will eventually happen with this biometric system. How long before someone figures out how to feed a stolen biometric file into an app that is supposed to scan a face and instead feeds the stolen file into the comparison part of the security system? At that point, the real account holder is screwed as they can't just change their face like they can a stolen password.

  • Oct 2nd, 2019 @ 12:52pm

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    "Yes, if you change what she's talking about then she's suddenly right. That doesn't change how wrong the original claim was."

    If she said what she meant, then sure, her numbers are fubar. But as it is likely she isn't a tech knowledge powerhouse, confusing total traffic with search result traffic would be an easy mistake to make.

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    "Want to help a certain politician or group? Change the results."

    Which is still as illegal as it is in any other kind of business.'

    Why would it be illegal? Private company offering a free service protected by layers of TOS, etc. that say things like use at own risk, not liable for damages, etc. Plus they could probably argue that search results are some type of speech protected by the 1st amendment.

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    "Try to force Google and other search engines to revel the magic behind the curtain, good luck."

    Why should they? Are people trying to force any other company to reveal trade secrets because they're too popular, or does it magically become necessary when you're a search engine for some reason?'

    Never said they should.

  • Oct 2nd, 2019 @ 4:24am

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    If you change 'traffic' to 'searches', she isn't that far off. A quick search shows that Google gets about 63% of all searches. Search results are where you can really influence what folks see. And we know Google and others modify search results based on magic formulas kept locked in a safe next to the Coke formula and the Colonel's famous recipe.

    Porn out of favor? Porn results get down ranked. Anti-vax a problem, down rank the results. Want to help a certain politician or group? Change the results.

    Try to force Google and other search engines to revel the magic behind the curtain, good luck.

    Don't see how yet another government agency will help much. Those legi-critters that want to learn about a tech issue will do the research. The others won't and yet another government issued report won't change that.

  • Sep 28th, 2019 @ 3:29am

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    The kid probably should have received a gold star instead of a strip search. He did make it to the bathroom before going. How much worse for the students and staff if he had instead dumped in his pants, decided he was too embarrassed to say anything and gone on to his next class, because being late for class is probably a felony in this school.

  • Sep 25th, 2019 @ 2:51pm

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    Used to work for a state agency. We ran a Microsoft Exchange email setup. Saw more then one "Oh Crap" face when I explained that email recall only worked in the building and that once the email had left the building, recall didn't work. Even in the building, messages that were already read often didn't recall. Lawyers had the most entertaining "Oh Crap" faces.

  • Sep 24th, 2019 @ 2:55pm

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    So the DA has used stolen money and compromised cameras to setup a camera network to increase the haul of stolen money? And invited his nearby friends to get in on the action? Nothing to see here, move along Citizen.

  • Sep 20th, 2019 @ 3:53pm

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    While Gen Yeager might own some rights to his name, any rights to the event probably belong to the US Air Force which was funding the program when Yeager flew the X1 faster then sound.

  • Sep 16th, 2019 @ 3:35pm

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    Since the victims in this case now have a court ruling that a theft did happen, the names of the Officers committing said theft, and a list of the items stolen, the victims should file a theft complaint against the officers with the state's version of the FBI.

  • Sep 16th, 2019 @ 5:09am

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    So 10 years qualifies as Permanent for placing a statue but Life + 75 years for Copyright qualifies as Limited? What are these judges smoking and why are they not sharing with the rest of us?

  • Sep 9th, 2019 @ 8:14pm

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    For most ISP setups, the IP address the ISP hands out goes to the modem/router. The modem/router then hands out a NATed address to any devices on the customer side. If you have the IP address AND a Time, you should be able to find the MAC address of the modem/router in the DHCP server log(assuming such was kept). With that you might be able to tie to a particular modem/router and derive the account using that device. Unless the ISP can read the DHCP logs from the modem/router, you can't identify any of the devices that received private IPs from the modem/router. Gets even harder if the customer has the ISP modem in bridge mode and provided their own router.

  • Sep 9th, 2019 @ 11:02am

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    To be fair, TFA does mention 'service provider' as the one suffering the outage and loss. But all that really does is add questions about who's responsibility it is to make sure the service provider has proper backup/recovery processes. Also maybe a FIOA request to find out who said service provider is so we know who to avoid using.

  • Sep 6th, 2019 @ 10:51am

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    Stock up on popcorn. This could turn into an entertaining event as several entities with deep pockets argue over just how enforceable TOS are and the penalties for deliberately violating them.

  • Sep 6th, 2019 @ 10:46am

    Re: Sue the Mom

    ^^ This. Mother can no longer claim she didn't know. Might have worked for the first claim Epic made, but no longer. She knows her kid is doing this and appears to be making no effective effort to shut him down.

    IMO - Epic is going about this all wrong. They should file a report with the IRS claiming the kid likely isn't filing Income Tax returns for his sales. The IRS does have jurisdiction to investigate and bring charges for failure to file + penalty and interest on unpaid taxes. As a bonus, Epic might get a percentage of all tax recovered. Also likely that when Mama gets an IRS audit notice she will get somewhat more interested in the legal mess her kid is getting her into.

  • Sep 3rd, 2019 @ 12:31pm

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    She is lucky they didn't charge her with some type of threatened domestic terrorism. She didn't just threaten the officer that arrested her son but everyone that works in the jail. Some poor janitor that works there could read that threat and feel some degree of concern. Same for a contract electrician there to fix a problem.

    In today's world, you can't assume that this is the harmless rantings of a pissed off grieving mother.

  • Aug 30th, 2019 @ 10:16am

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    The scanners also have problems with the difference between a colorful empty glass container and a steel sphere full of high explosive. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/28/tsa-bans-star-wars-galaxys-edge-thermal-detonator-coke-bottles.html

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