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  • Dec 14th, 2017 @ 3:11pm

    Heh...nuclear security.

    Yeah, it turns out for the longest time we set our bomber nukes to arm with something like 0000-0000. The thing that kept us from bombing anyone is that our Air-Force lieutenants didn't want to be the guy who nuked somebody.

    The submarine thriller Crimson Tide (1995, Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman) pointed at some of the problems of localized security. Granted, it's a rare problem, and one that has never lead to major disaster.

    After the Germanwings Co-Pilot suicide event, an article got bounced here about post 9/11 security which allowed for the co-pilot to take control of the plane without intervention, but given the tech we have, the system we had was the one with the lowest chance of exploitation...and we got unlucky.

    So yeah, a reinforced locker with a tough lock to pick and only a few keys is plenty secure to stop most problems. Sometimes we want to look at how we can stop a few more, for situations where we're stowing things that folks might be really determined to obtain.

  • Dec 14th, 2017 @ 10:33am

    Re: Word substitution

    Don't you know we got smart bombs? It's a good thing that our bombs are clever Don't ya know that the smart bombs are so clever? They only kill bad people now

  • Dec 14th, 2017 @ 10:29am

    Could this happen.

    If you kept a pepper-spray riot gun in your bedside drawer, your chances of a positive outcome would sharply rise.

  • Dec 13th, 2017 @ 7:59pm

    Prosecuting the union for aiding and abetting

    The problem is we only have one legal system which is beholden to the police departments.

  • Dec 13th, 2017 @ 7:57pm

    Re: The problem with mandating smartguns is...

    what I meant to say was...

    At a gun-store / shooting range, a gun vault with a secure online-accessible lock would allow the owner or chief armorer to be the sole person who can open the locker...

    So far it sounds like most such locks are still easily hackable. But that's a good reason to have a secure one.

  • Dec 13th, 2017 @ 2:32pm

    The problem with mandating smartguns is...

    It just makes criminals from gun enthusiasts who often like to mix and match gun parts and engineer better guns. Gun modding is big in the US.

    Smart guns are great for people who use guns for defense or their job (e.g. law enforcement). Sadly, guns are not great for defense or law enforcement.

    Until we choose to militarize the resistance, guns are good for hunting game and shooting targets. None of these functions are well served by single-person smart guns.

    Regarding this gun vault, I don't get the need for either a bluetooth lock or an IoT lock. At a gun-store / shooting range, a gun vault with a secure lock would allow the owner or chief armorer to be the sole person who can open the locker, even if he's on vacation in Maui.

  • Dec 13th, 2017 @ 2:16pm

    Throw out the barrel

    You'll have to disband the US Department of Justice, and well you should as the corruption goes from top to bottom.

    At some point cooperating with the Department of Justice should be regarded as collusion with a criminal organization.

    At some point the federal government should be regarded as the provisional government of the enemy occupation.

    Because it's not really serving the public at this point.

  • Dec 13th, 2017 @ 2:04pm

    This means we need to do the same thing we did regarding police shootings.

    For decades the FBI refused to submit data regarding deaths caused by law enforcement officers, so non-profits including some news agencies took over gathering that data.

    It seems we need independent agencies to start tracking officers who are allowed to continue functioning as law enforcement even after they have committed crimes.

    It'll also reveal how many officers not only continue to serve as police officers, but fail to do time for their crimes.

  • Dec 8th, 2017 @ 12:00am

    That's a double edge sword.

    The fuck you, that's why approach means there's really no grounds to complain when the opposition responds with IEDs. When they do, it simply means they've accepted the proposed terms of engagement.

  • Dec 7th, 2017 @ 9:22pm

    So regarding Net Neutrality...

    ...you support it only if ISPs detect and block content you disapprove of?

  • Dec 7th, 2017 @ 9:20pm

    Oh this can't possibly go wrong!

    So far all programs like this have flagged too many false positives and not slowed down detectable piracy rates.

    In all sincerity, I wonder: what is their new angle?

  • Dec 7th, 2017 @ 8:21pm

    Idiot American Thinking

    I was referring to SPQR, the Ottoman empire and the British empire. The US is young and going to face some early challenges before we see if it can stabilize.

  • Dec 7th, 2017 @ 2:22pm

    Backlash already

    WaPo's review of Amazon Key is already raising the specter of bad faith by Amazon (and for massive service companies who are over eager to wall off their gardens).

    So hopes that companies soon come to their respective senses?

  • Dec 7th, 2017 @ 2:02pm

    "The more regulations we add, the more businesses seem to screw me."

    Again, an extreme generalization and a false correlation. I can empathize with your frustration, but this is not a problem that is solved by simple, sweeping policy, and making decisions based on frustration isn't going to fix things.

    And if you're saying that business-controlled government is a problem for you, how is that not saying business is the problem?

    If the ISP industry had robust competition, then yes, providers that promised net neutrality (some do!) would be able to provide that as a feature. But given that the nation is served by too few companies, in some cases (like mine) there's a regional monopoly.

    When a necessary service is only accessible from a monopoly or a small group behaving as a cartel (such as an oligopoly) then they are an authoritarian power, in that they control the public by controlling its resources.

    In the past, we've made monopolies illegal, but since the United States does not believe in competitive markets anymore, we have to control them by regulation.

    If we give up the power to regulate dominating businesses, we give up liberty for oppression by those businesses.

  • Dec 7th, 2017 @ 12:53pm

    Evil Triumphs...

    The problem with the purge train is that it never stops. If we're lucky we'll have a Robespierre moment, but the guillotines always beckon.

    This, for example, is the failure of our glorious president big plan. He seems to believe that crime would just end if we purged the darkies...and the poor...and the intellectuals...and the Muslims...and the Jews...and then those who aren't really all that white (Mediterraneans, Irish, Non-Russian slavs)...then the middle class...then the not-very-rich...maybe get rid of impious Christians...

    We humans really want to get back to those good old small town days where we lived in wikiups and didn't have enough people to run a power reactor...or smelt metal for nails, for that matter. Somehow, we imagine we won't miss the power and the nails and drinking water and decent beer.

    This incident with the child-molester police officer is a symptom of a bigger problem that comes with power without review and oversight (power with honor and integrity is just an old fiction).

    Of course, to be fair, our civilization is out of time. We have twenty, forty years tops before some kind of food crisis, or our natural disasters outpace our ability to recover, stuff that will make kiddy-fiddler cops a low priorty. We let our garbage and smoke outpace our ability to clean it up, also a symptom of government failure.

  • Dec 7th, 2017 @ 12:31pm

    BD Movies on Linux

    I looked up BD movies and got mostly Bangladesh Movies dunno if you're referring to a streaming service like iTunes, Amazon Prime or YouTube Red.

    But we've encountered problems like repairs and accessibility before. This is how we invented warranties to and guarantees to assure that products will function like they're supposed to for a given length of time. Only in recent decades has it become customary to purchase a service contract separately, with products including only a short warranty.

    But In the 1960s, for example, a twenty year warranty came with your washing machine as a guarantee it would function for at least twenty years. So when your tablet starts with a one year warranty, the implication is that it will fall apart during the second year.

    The Management has ceased thinking this way, partially due to the rise of get-rich-quick business sense during the 80s ever since which investors expect values to only rise, and dividends to always be high, which drives their executives to push for short-term temporary gains rather than long-term stable gains. It also means execs tend to stay in one position for only short terms.

    In the new century, big companies are merging like crazy, competition is getting low, or even nonexistent, which means these companies can put out a shoddy product (and to Hell with customer satisfaction since where are they going to go?) This is how we have moisture meters in our iPhones that void our warranties and people getting dragged off United Airlines flights thanks to overbooking and privileged flyers.

    So customers can't always vote with their feet. But in some cases, like media and tractor repairs, they can go to pirates. And deservedly so: those who hate socialized goods and services should hate monopolized goods and services even more.

  • Dec 7th, 2017 @ 12:10pm

    "You just won't stop corruption"

    That's a pretty extreme presumption. I don't think corruption can be defined so absolutely. Some of our departments and some of our industries are way more corrupt than others.

    But let us put it this way: corruption increases proportionately to population as well as does possibility for logistical vectors and infrastructure. The bigger our population, the more keen services (power, water, internet, big science) become accessible to us. And the more we can keep corruption under control, the bigger we can get.

    So this is a problem about which we have many incentives to not give up, especially since competing nations that do figure it out will roll right over us, if not through direct conquest, then by dominating our culture, supplanting our religion, and acting all imperialist at our social engagements.

  • Dec 6th, 2017 @ 7:10pm

    Re: Erection Injection

    Oh wait it's linked in the article. I am a dum.

  • Dec 6th, 2017 @ 7:06pm

    Erection Injection

    This sounds familiar, like it or a similar story was here on TD. Did the hospital then bill the boy's family for the injection?

    I'm not sure if its worse being the same incident or an additional incident involving teen erections mandated by law enforcement.

  • Dec 6th, 2017 @ 2:09pm

    The post-Net-Neutrality snarl

    Six months later, the colors will be hoisted as far as the eye can see.

    I wonder what it would take to create a pirate internet server here in the middle of a Comcast monopoly region, provide free last-mile access to my apartment complex.

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