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  • Nov 21st, 2017 @ 1:16pm


    "I shot you eleventy times in Call of Duty! You're DEAD!"

    Unless he's been to the toy store and bought an airsoft. You could put your eye out with one of those.
  • Nov 21st, 2017 @ 1:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Depends on how Georgia law works. In my state, minors have few rights to start with, and the school is de jure "in loco parentis", and has extremely wide discretion as to what can be done to or with their charges.

    I'm still having trouble with the "no drugs were found" part, though. Out of 850 students, I'd expect at least a dozen dealers and fifty or more people with a stash, judging by where I went to school. Unless their definition of "drugs" that particular day happened to be quite specific and they weren't counting the usual pot, Percocets, and Ritalin.
  • Nov 21st, 2017 @ 1:01pm

    (untitled comment)

    > Google didn't store the auto-collected cell tower info. That doesn't excuse the practice, but it at least keeps it from becoming tracking data the government can access without a warrant.
    Sure. Unless Google was just passing the data straight through to the Fed or some third party.
  • Nov 9th, 2017 @ 6:08am

    (untitled comment)

    The question for me is, why does the state of Florida feel that pictures of current and former firemen are such sensitive information that they have to be restricted from public view?

    We have any number of police departments who seem to feel they should be operating in secret, but... firemen? What's next, dogcatchers? The DMV? Will the state legislature start meeting in ski masks?
  • Nov 4th, 2017 @ 9:56am

    (untitled comment)

    >I honestly am flabbergasted at this move by the Internet Association.

    Any organization, if it's around long enough, will begin to work against the principles it was created to support.
  • Oct 24th, 2017 @ 2:48pm

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    A handheld device with a tiny screen, crummy audio, and a risible method of entering text would be no computer at all, as far as what I do.

    I have five feet of desktop, which is now cramped enough I'll be adding a fourth monitor at the next upgrade. And I use a thirty-year-old IBM PC/AT-339 keyboard, larger and heavier than a modern laptop computer, designed specifically for typing.

    And it's all mine, not a terminal into someone's walled-garden Android or Apple ecosystem.

    The difference between my desktop and your "handheld device" is similar to the difference between a Cadillac CTS-V and a pogo stick. Sure, your pogo stick is a "vehicle", but your'e not going far with it.

    Desktop sales are down? Sure, and they'll be falling for a while. Most everyone who wants one has one already, and they last for a long time. Meanwhile, millions of people who had no real use for a computer other than Facebook and AIM can do that on their phones.
  • Oct 20th, 2017 @ 3:31pm

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    I was actually interested enough to click through. I got a mostly-blank page with a few random icons. Okay, Konqueror fails to render some broken HTML, so I tried Qupzilla. The page comes up, but the "shipping" tab doesn't do anything, and the "add to cart" button doesn't do anything either.

    Maybe I could open a virtual machine and try a Windows-based browser, but I don't reward browser-specific web sites with purchases.

    You lost a sale, there.
  • Oct 19th, 2017 @ 6:31am

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    The problem with any facial recognition database is, there are fewer faces than people, so you're always going to have false positives.

    I have found *two* people who are my apparent identical twins. One of them was born in the same hospital I was, three days earlier. And we have the same name. He's probably the reason that no matter how often I try to correct credit reporting data, it doesn't stay fixed.

    The other is a mass murderer and terrorist in Palestine, one of the top five now that bin Laden is gone.

    One of these days I'm going to walk into a Federal building that's running their facial recognition system - comp.risks wrote about the first systems in the 1980s - and their alarms are going to go TILT. And if I'm in a bad mood that day, it's going to be on like Donkey Kong.
  • Oct 6th, 2017 @ 11:09am

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    Note that the District of Columbia claims copyright protection for the whole of the DC code, and has sued people who have made the electronic version online.

    Also, some years pack the US Printing Office tried to assert copyright over the Federal Register.
  • Sep 28th, 2017 @ 12:14pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Screening

    The Fed denied our legitimacy and declared war on us, but I'll acknowledge you have a point.
  • Sep 28th, 2017 @ 7:42am

    Re: Re: Screening

    1) the British Parliament named us "British America" while we were still a colony. We just dropped the "British" part.

    2) we're the oldest continuous polity in the New World

    3) we were the first, so so far the only, polity to include "America" in our name when we became independent

    It's okay to say "America" to mean "United States of America." After all, you wouldn't want to use "United States", and have someone confuse it with the Estados Unidos de Mexico south of us.

    Now, the Canadians who keep calling themselves "North Americans", I'm not sure what's up with that... It's nothing to be ashamed of, though the Newfies might regret it in their more sober moments.
  • Sep 28th, 2017 @ 7:34am

    Re: Re: Question

    At one time I was subscribed to almost a hundred mailing lists. Looking at my little pocket notebook by the keyboard and counting pages, it looks like I'm signed up with about that many web forums. Sometimes you have to do that to see pictures, etc.

    Some of those I went to once, for some specific purpose, and never returned. Others, I haven't logged in in so long I'm sure my account has timed out. I have no idea how many of the mailing lists might still be up, or if they're sending mail to a long-dead account.

    I tend to grab a freemail address to feed vendors or sites that won't complete a transaction without "your email." When I forget the address or password, I just get another one. There might be somewhere around a dozen accounts floating around out there that I don't even remember.

    Meanwhile, I don't Tweeter, or Tumbler, or ICU, or PCP, or whatever the new hotness is. I'm starting to come across more and more people whose only experience with the 'net is Failbook, and they can't understand why I'm not on it.

    Feh. You don't even need an account for usenet, which was arguably the first online "social media." FTW; the Denizens of Doom patch on my jacket is old and faded, but Geeky the Daemon still glares at the helots as I ride by. "Live to Flame - Flame to Live"
  • Sep 12th, 2017 @ 6:30am

    Re: Re: Re: The upside has a downside

    And when you select "No", you call a tow truck?
  • Sep 12th, 2017 @ 5:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Limiting battery capacity

    Yeah. That's one of several reasons we're retrofitting most of the shop with Mach and new motion controllers.

    No more random "activation code" warnings, no GPS location errors when we move a machine to a different building, no "your call is very important to us" for hours on the support line...
  • Sep 3rd, 2017 @ 11:38am

    (untitled comment) (as TRX302)

    "Officially" Kaspersky has no connection with the FSB.

    Pretty much like Oracle has no connection with the CIA.

    "What we have here is a failure of the victim-selection process..."
  • Sep 3rd, 2017 @ 11:13am

    Re: Re: What really sticks out... (as TRX302)

    Under Common Law there's the concept of "warranty of fitness." If you sell something that's supposed to be a combination lock, it's supposed to work as an ordinary person would expect a combination lock to work - that is, to be openable only with one specific combination out of some large number.

    What Onity shipped was the equivalent of a combination lock that might be set to 36-24-36, but *also*opened with the default combination of 1-2-3. Which, even if it was secret to start with, didn't stay secret for long, which reduced the lock's effectiveness so severely it was nearly worthless. It might technically still be a "combination lock", but it is no longer suited for the purpose it was sold for.
  • Sep 3rd, 2017 @ 10:59am

    Re: Not Admissable (as TRX302)

    As untrustworthy as some PDs have shown themselves to be,
    I wouldn't automatically assume they haven't edited the video themselves.
  • Sep 3rd, 2017 @ 10:54am

    (untitled comment) (as TRX302)

    Yeah, but the police aren't the only ones wearing bodycams now. You can get a cheap one under $100 and a better one for under $200. If you work in retail, or have a CDL, or work in emergency services, they can save your job if you're maliciously accused.

    My little MP3 player, which is clipped to my shirt as part of my clothing, has a record mode. It's audio only, but it has proven useful in various disputes.

    I'm mostly waiting for the size of the video recorders to come down, not so much the price; I'm carrying quite a lot of equipment already in my daily load-out, and I don't want a big bodycam too.
  • Aug 30th, 2017 @ 5:35am

    (untitled comment) (as TRX302)

    "We know the Truth, and we pass it on to the ignorant. We don't like it when the ignorant say we're full of it. They should simply be grateful we take the time to tell them what to think.

    Further, dissent from the little people causes disturbances in our ivory tower, where we all march in lockstep toward a glorious socialist future."
  • Aug 29th, 2017 @ 6:38pm

    (untitled comment) (as TRX302)

    Ain't skeered...

    After many years I finally bought hearing aids. After several sessions of tuning with the audiologist, I realized that the continuing problem wasn't my hearing, which is now fine, but that most people can't speak intelligible English.

    They speak in sentence fragments, use wrong words, use wrong vowels in words, mispronounce words, omit words, bark random syllables, or just make a barely-modulated whine. And now that I can hear surrounding conversations, a surprising amount consists of "eh?" and "what?"

    If "they" actually have software that can make sense of that gibberish, I'd be interested in buying a copy...

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