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Comment: Re:Conspiracy to commit... (Score 1) 185

by Derekloffin (#47377917) Attached to: Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online
Usually conspiracy requires that you actually have an agreement with at least one other party to commit the offense. Note that said other party however need not be truly intending to do so, nor that said other party's involvement needs to be a big part of the plan, just something deemed legally significant. However, it seems that has become rather nebulous over the years any communication of the intent with some act that could be seen to forward that intent significantly seems to often be the bar now.

Comment: Re:No thanks (Score 5, Insightful) 583

by Derekloffin (#47105851) Attached to: Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel
While I sympathize with your position, you are setting an unrealistic bar to beat, which is common place problem in this comparison. Human beings are no where near 100% infallible (in fact, you likely F up every day your drive, you just get away with it because we have a lot of sloppy driving allowances). The purpose here is not to be 100% infallible, as nothing is 100% infallible. The purpose here is to beat human fallibility ratings.

Comment: Have my doubts (Score 1) 626

by Derekloffin (#47049357) Attached to: Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets
While the driverless cars might get less traditional tickets, I suspect police departments would merely which focuses onto other matters than are ticketable. Head/Tail Light out, ticket. J-walker, ticket. Parked slightly beyond the allowable limit, ticket. I'm sure it will hit their bottom line for a bit as they adapt, but they will adapt.

Comment: Re:Not happening. (Score 5, Insightful) 116

by Derekloffin (#46942857) Attached to: It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords
Indeed, and I've never understood the advice to change your password frequently. The only thing that would help against is if someone has already compromised your account and has been laying low (rather than what they usually do which is clean it out asap). However, changing passwords constantly highly encourages you to use less and less powerful passwords as you can't remember them all the time meaning you're that much more likely to get that initial compromise.

Comment: Re:The nanny state continues (Score 1) 518

by Derekloffin (#46631905) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory
Even if you check every mirror religiously, unless you are Superman and come equipped with X-ray vision or some equivalent, you still will have blind spots including, very importantly, the area this camera system is meant to cover, and even more importantly it is the path you are moving in. Even if you go the extra mile and circle check your vehicle before getting in, that only tells you nothing was behind you when you did the circle check. Due diligence will not eliminate the problem, it can only reduce it. This camera also won't eliminate it, but will likely do a lot more to reduce it.

Comment: Don't think this sort of thing is limited to CS (Score 2) 353

by Derekloffin (#45969179) Attached to: Programmer Privilege
I got my CS degree and by Biology degree and I can attest at times there were lectures or meetings where stuff was flying miles over my head, but that was true in both departments. The general assumption, I think, in any department is that once you get by the entry level, you're assumed to know stuff, sometimes way beyond what you probably actually know. I think it is just human nature. You go into a group of people that you figure know a topic, you don't give them all background checks to ensure they do actually know the topic, you tend to assume it. The best you can do as someone bringing the topic up is ask if people are really following you and hope they are honest.

Comment: Re:Wrong target (Score 1) 934

I agree that a city ban is useless. Geography and the realities of enforcement make any such ban on firearms pointless as they are easily avoided. However, the point that it is the illegal owners is rather pointless too. At one point, pretty much all guns were legally owned, whether by their manufacturer or some individual. The problem is that it is painfully easy with that many guns out there circulating to get one of those legal guns and have it become an illegal gun. And so far, no one has come up with an even modestly effective means of stopping that conversion process so people naturally look to the next thing up the chain which actually could be enforced if it weren't for a certain amendment.

Comment: Re:impossible (Score 1) 91

by Derekloffin (#45168179) Attached to: Elon Musk Making a Working Version of James Bond's Submersible Car
I don't think it is impossible, but there will definitely be a lot of hurdles. If I recall, to get it to transform, you'll need the planes to somehow come out from the wheel wells and be controllable. You'll need the shutters to slid into place over every window. Keeping the cabin water tight will be fun while still having it function properly out of the water (most subs don't have conventional doors for instance). Of course you need air supply and ballast control, as well as the rudders and props. Definitely not an easy project.

Comment: Re:Rightly So (Score 2) 298

Indeed, while the situations aren't the same, the situations speak to resolutions that we're getting the opposite of. The FRAND patents are very important tech patents, the very fact that they are vital speaks to their importance, while the design patents aren't, yet, the design patents are getting more protection than the tech patents. That really makes no sense. Maybe Samsung was abusing things, I can't really say for sure, but the reasoning that they are FRAND therefore they should be bypassable is just destructive.

Comment: Re:Better searches no good if they're too slow (Score 1) 274

by Derekloffin (#45061237) Attached to: Could IBM's Watson Put Google In Jeopardy?
This, this, and more this. People seem to always forget that you don't get exclusive access to something like this on the net. It is like guys going gaga over the cloud and misapplying the possibilities, completely ignoring that you have to server thousands, perhaps even millions of requests at once.

Comment: Re:NPEs truly aren't the problem (Score 2) 191

by Derekloffin (#44885875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is Patent License Trading Not Trolling?
Pretty much. Put another way, the Patent system is being gamed now. It is like a really old server running old software, all the hacks are known and it will be serving porn within the hour. Patent system really isn't much different. The law is really old. All the cracks and exploits are now well known by the legal community, and it is now not doing its intended job, instead of the legal hackers are exploiting it.

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