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Comment: Re:ssh is permitted? (Score 1) 582

by Cyner (#39175365) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?

Sure, circumventing the college's acceptable use policy would never get him in any trouble; couldn't possibly get him kicked out even. This is definitely an insightful, helpful, and responsible response to the problem posed. It is not appropriate to address the problem through proper channels; or remind the IT Department that they exist to serve, support, and enable the educational purposes of the college.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 4, Insightful) 354

by Cyner (#38795239) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Warrants Needed for GPS Monitoring

Hopefully that'll bring this BS to an end, along with ending the jobs of the officers that continue to pull this stunt.
Is getting a search warrant on someone really that time consuming?

The police regularly ignore the rules these days, it rarely ever costs anyone their job. In the future they will probably just not enter that particular info into evidence.

Yeah, but having convictions overturned due to failure to follow the law is a sign of incompetence. Consider this case centered around someone who was undeniably guilty of criminal activity, who will now walk free. That's not quite doing the job of Law Enforcement Officer, is it.

Yes it is! You can't break the law and uphold the law at the same time. It is a grave disservice to society letting this many go; but justice would be holding accountable those who failed to obey the law in order to put the bad guys away.

Comment: Re:-1 False Assumption (Score 1) 976

by Cyner (#31826756) Attached to: Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

This is the case in Michigan. You may not enter an intersection unless you can also exit the intersection in a reasonable amount of time. Entering in the case of vehicles blocking your exit is considered blocking the intersection. It's not running a red, but cameras can't be the basis for tickets here either.

Earth

An Animal That Lives Without Oxygen 166

Posted by timothy
from the besides-me dept.
Julie188 writes "Scientists have found the first multicellular animals that apparently live entirely without oxygen. The creatures reside deep in one of the harshest environments on earth: the Mediterranean Ocean's L'Atalante basin, which contains salt brine so dense that it doesn't mix with the oxygen-containing waters above."

Comment: Re:That's what we use (Score 1) 896

by Cyner (#31531988) Attached to: What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

I work for a company where we use and resell Sophos. Sounds like your installation is misconfigured if it's impacting systems noticeably. The default settings aren't ideal.

Also, when I looked last year MSE & Forefront were consistently behind most of the major vendors in catching new viruses. This was a major factor in our decision to avoid Forefront (formerly called Antigen), and may have influenced your IT department's decision..

Comment: Re:Do you own an ILLEGAL "A to A" USB cable? (Score 2, Informative) 211

by Cyner (#31109248) Attached to: Number of USB cable types on hand? (A-B, A-mini, etc.)

It's possible the device is a USB-OTG port. By spec they should still use the "B" port on the device, but they may have put an "A" port on the device so it would be more apparent to users that other devices can be plugged into it. Some printers and mobile devices have OTG ports (OTG ports work both as a device and as a host).

Comment: Re:Not experience this (Score 1) 206

by Cyner (#31078770) Attached to: Microsoft Looking Into Windows 7 Battery Failures

Yeah, you really don't know what you're talking about at all. Batteries don't assertain life status by cycles like miles on a car. They take the actual Amp-Hour status of the batter and compare that to what the battery should perform at. There are a couple variances on how life status is measured, but they all boil down to a measure of how much charge it will hold. It has nothing to do with cycles (other than actually cycling the batter will slowly decrease it's ability to hold a charge).

Science

Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot 398

Posted by timothy
from the more-guns-less-crime dept.
cremeglace writes "Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first."

Comment: Re:meh, keep it simple (Score 1) 387

by Cyner (#30967524) Attached to: Getting Company Owners To Follow Their Own Rules?

Yeah, I've been working in IT for 12 years now, and for 4 different companies. One of them is exactly as you described. One day I got a call, the owner dropped his laptop off his desk. Guess who had to send his laptop hard drive to a data retrieval company to the tune of almost $3000 and 4 weeks. He also claims they didn't lose an somewhat major account because of this little misstep, but I would argue it was a major contributing factor.

Comment: Re:Wait hold on mugger... (Score 2, Informative) 457

by sootman (#30967432) Attached to: Gun With Wireless Arming Signal Goes On Sale Soon

> Pursuing an attacker once the threat to yourself and family is clearly over is no longer self-defence.

Right, because having been chased once, criminals immediately become law-abiding citizens. No chance at all that they guy was running away to get some more buddies to come back and finish the job. I have no problem at all with someone who wants to ensure that crooks are available for the police to deal with.

Oh dear, a criminal getting a "permanent injury" from a victim. My heart is bleeding for him. Dude: you break the law, you're taking a chance. You'll get NO SYMPATHY if someone strikes back.

I assume the case in question is this one: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timcollard/100020129/the-criminal-justice-system-is-just-not-cricket/

Munir Hussain found his family home in High Wycombe being burgled in a rather painful way. His wife and three children had been tied up and threatened with death. [emphasis mine] Munir himself, rather bravely, escaped by throwing a coffee table at the men, putting them to flight, and then chased after them. Thinking, understandably, that he might not himself be able to overpower and capture them, he armed himself with a cricket bat, and got hold of his brother Tokeer and, apparently, a couple of other people as well. There is no point in trying to apprehend criminals if you don't bring along the power to overcome them. [emphasis mine]

Don't know about you, but the last line makes a lot of sense to me.

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