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  • Dec 16th, 2017 @ 3:07am

    Police _lied_ about something!?!

    color me *shocked*.

  • Dec 6th, 2017 @ 6:53pm

    Re: Is this happening in the same country ...

    being forced to resign for sexual harassment because they touched someone's arm two decades ago?

    I don't think "rubbing elbows" means what some think it means. /snark

    And I'm not aware of anyone accused of sexual misconduct for an uninvited touch to the arm. That would be simple assault, not sexual assault. Please give citations and links to news stories where someone was accused of sexual assault and claimed "they just touched their arm" so I can evaluate it for trustworthiness. This sounds like bad deflection, or partisan spin. Let me be very clear here - I do not give one good G.D. what party someone belongs to. If someone is a sexual predator, they need to go.

  • Dec 3rd, 2017 @ 12:18am

    My thoughts on what should happen to Martin Shkreli

    Martin Shkreli should be infected with AIDS and forbidden from having medical help. He should have I'M HIV POSITIVE tatto'ed on his chest, and jailed for 500 years.

    It is outrageous that he can buy a drug priced at 13.50 per dose, and simply mark it up to $750 per dose simply because he can. Free markets? Where are you for out of patent, vital drugs? So much for those that constantly throw "the free market will balance all evil."

  • Nov 21st, 2017 @ 9:30pm

    Re: Re: Re: This smear job has flopped. Dropped off Drudge.

    Or worse for the RNC, he gets elected and they have to deal with a high-profile pedophile senator defining the party in addition to Donald Trump.

    As far as I can tell, the Republican party is perfectly fine with supporting sexual predators, homosexual hypocrites, and pedophiles as long as they are a "solid" Republican.

    Contrast that with how the Democratic party is dealing with Senator Franken on his groping issue, and indeed, Senator Franken's own words.

    My opinion is simple: "Being a Republican means never having to say 'I'm Sorry' for being a pervert.'

  • Nov 21st, 2017 @ 9:14pm

    Pig. Leg. Wrong.

    Extreme Vetting isn't about anything more than finding "something" to exclude those that don't look like you. It has nothing at all to do with "security", nothing at all to do with accurately assessing a security risk, and everything to do with being able to slap "DANGEROUS" label on pure xenophobia.

    This won't make us "safe", all it does is to allow us to exclude those we don't want. Interestingly, when it suited the government to do so, they allowed card carrying nazi's to enter the US, to give them citizenship. (whispers) Werner Von Braun.

  • Nov 20th, 2017 @ 8:00pm

    Rule #1 in security research

    ... Never, not ever, access anything to test if it's secure.
    ... Never, not ever, leave bread crumbs back to yourself.

    For every 1 time a security researcher finds and reports a bug and it's handled well, I would guess they get legal threats 9 more times. It's just not worth the hassle.

    If you want to make money finding vulnerabilities, find them, then sell them on the dark web. If the companies that have vulnerabilities don't like it, then they can stop being asshats to people trying to tell them "Uh, dude, you've got a problem you might want to look at..." and the good companies that treat the researchers like gold can put pressure on the bad ones.

  • Oct 16th, 2017 @ 9:03pm

    Re: Re:

    But if everybody has a felony record, who could we elect as president?

    I'm sure the special interests would find someone. /sarc

  • Oct 5th, 2017 @ 4:11pm

    Not just sex toys

    I was playing around with an SDR and discovered that I could down load quite a lot of information from my pacemaker. Since I'm not suicidal, I didn't try to change anything, but I have (opinion here folks) little confidence that the security to change settings is any more secure than to download everything (EG: No security at all.)

    The frustrating things are:
    1. I researched the model of pacemaker before it was implanted and rejected two options because they were known to be lacking in security.
    2. If I want to have another, more secure pacemaker implanted, it would appear that it will not be covered by my medical insurance since my current one has a battery life of 11 more years. Just for giggles, let me tell you that just the wires used (2 or 3, depending) cost $5,000.00 each. Think about that. Less than 1 meter of copper wire, collect $5,000.00. Sucks to be me. The device itself runs around $80,000.00 USD.

    I don't know about you, but there are only so many moderately priced houses I can buy. In 2015, I paid out of pocket $110,000.00, in 2016, I paid out of pocket $102,000.00, and in 2017 to date I've paid out of pocket $77,500.00. And I have pretty good insurance, and I don't have complex or rare medical conditions.

  • Sep 15th, 2017 @ 10:29pm


    Mike's an OK guy. He can be a bit brusque, but that simply reflects he's got a lot on his plate and no time. Richard Stallman, on the other hand, is a complete - ahem -. But I guess he should be allowed to be, considering his contributions. When my CV can match his, then I guess I can be allowed to criticize.

    I remember this maxim from my childhood: "Always be polite. Being polite is a stock you never run out of, allows people to want to work with you, costs you nothing, and can enrich you through the good will of others."

    In my life, I've never had good luck in money, investments, jobs. The only area I consider I've been blessed with great fortune is other people. And I am very grateful for that. Some are rich in monetary terms, and I guess that's OK. But I am rich with my friends and acquaintances, and I consider that a treasure beyond price.

  • Sep 12th, 2017 @ 11:33pm

    Re: Re:

    The close relationship with the local PD probably precludes any video coming from the casino of that quality, short of a court order.

    Having worked in the wagering industry for a decade, even if a court issues an order, the video will have been "aged off and deleted before the order was issued".

    Typically, they only keep 96 to 168 hours of video before deleting it.

  • Sep 12th, 2017 @ 3:44pm

    Open to question?

    Whether racism was a factor or not is an open question.

    So - how may large white men have been running from gunshots, tackled, thrown to the ground, and told "I'll blow your F-ing brains out!"? And how does that compare to the percentage of each race in the population?

    I don't have any question at all that many police actions normally have an element of racism.

  • Sep 12th, 2017 @ 3:38pm

    Re: Voting machines will improve when the purchase contract improves

    With the machines retired, they won't need to provide any support for them

    Very likely the support costs are a year over year cost. It isn't like buying a computer where you'd get a fixed number of months of support, it's a cost built in to next years budget.

    Now, if there's an early termination clause to the support contract, then yeah, there's pure profit there.

  • Sep 6th, 2017 @ 8:20pm

    I'll bet...

    I'll bet that since they didn't post anything after this that they all went out for a pint. Big heads tomorrow!

  • Aug 30th, 2017 @ 4:28pm

    Gaming the system

    So, what the government's aim in fighting the FOIA request was to delay as long as possible the release of the information. They achieved that objective. The is no deterrent here for the government not to do the same action again as no government employee will be negatively affected by the tax payers picking up the tab all the way around.

    The only way to discourage this going forward are consequences for the person or persons that decided this was a good choice.

  • Aug 21st, 2017 @ 4:27pm

    Re: Fools or tools

    you almost have to wonder

    No "almost" about it. I do not wonder either. I'm pretty sure it's the case. What I'm not sure of is if it is intentional, or just run of the mill stupidity.

    "Never ascribe to malice what can be explained by stupidity".

  • Aug 11th, 2017 @ 2:02pm


    Course, China wouldn't appreciate us nuking their neighbor, but they would get over it.

    Just like America would get over it if Mexico nuked Ottawa and fallout poisoned Albany.

    Yeah, dude, I don't think so.

    China has two dogs in this fight.

    1. They don't want the NKPR rejoining the south. They want a buffer between South Korea and themselves.

    2. They don't want a refugee problem from the unrest should they attempt to oust KJU. They do not like Kim, never have, not any of them. But they wouldn't like the results they'd have if they took over NKPR, and they aren't too sure the US would not object if they tried that. (Although, with President Trump, I'm sure he'd miss the implications of that and wouldn't care.)

    In any case, it's not a certainty they have miniaturized their warheads to the point of being able to fly them on a missile. I would fear a nuke by UPS or FedEx more at this point.

  • Aug 8th, 2017 @ 1:11pm

    Like someone else noted earlier....

    "People still use AOL", I'll ask "People still have cable TV?"

    I think the last show I watched on cable TV was a Discovery show - I mis-remember which now. I haven't watched television since 2005 or so, when I got fed up with 99.9999% of the providers and Hollywood. These days, I read, study, or (rarely) watch hobby DVDs that are mostly self published or You Tube videos of the same.

    I'm in a club with others that purchases series DVDs of old programs and binge watch those, then pass them on.

    Seriously - a 40 minute episode with 20 minutes of ads? "Nobody got time for that!"

  • Aug 8th, 2017 @ 12:57pm

    Re: Not quite...

    Partly. It was illegally operating a mail SERVER

    For the purposes of FOIA, there's no difference from using AOL than in running a private mail server.

  • Aug 4th, 2017 @ 3:38pm

    Re: Fulsome support

    but make sure it also applies to the manufacture and sale of firearms.

    I'm surprised the howls of outraged gun supporters hasn't drowned out the conversation. In other fora they are quick to point out how much I wouldn't like it if they started regulating my 1st amendment rights. Next time I see that, I'll post "Well, when an offset press is used in the next mass shooing incident, we can look at that."

    If I have to show ID to drive, cash a check and vote, I see no good reason I don't have to show ID to purchase the 250 rounds of ammo I use every month for target practice.

  • Aug 3rd, 2017 @ 4:35am


    I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to think this might not be just one or two "bad apples."

    I work with LEO quite a lot in my job. In my previous job I worked with LE issues at least twice a day.

    My opinion is that 75% of LEO are willing to cheat to obtain "evidence".

    Are they evil? They don't consider themselves so. I believe that it is evil to plant evidence, to lie, and to cheat. Motive to me does not matter.

    Here's the thing: Justice is important to me, and is second only to mercy and understanding. Justice untempered by mercy is not justice, it's simply revenge.

    Yes, there are situations were mercy and understanding should be withheld. But the point of the rule of law is not to blindly apply the law, but to make a livable society. So there are times where we are better off setting aside the letter, and going with the spirit of the law.

    People fuck up. It's important to understand if that mistake is excusable, or if it should be punished.

    Lies by LEO should never be excused or covered up.

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