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Comment: Re:a historic relic no longer tolerated. (Score 1) 461

by James-NSC (#48350079) Attached to: Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure
There is a distinct difference, in places like Pakistan, Iran, UAE and "Best Korea" strip clubs do indeed exist, and rhysweatherley is right in that "average Schmoe is not rich enough or well connected enough to swing an invite"

They key difference though is in the US/Western strip club, the women are not required to turn tricks, whereas in underground clubs I seriously doubt they have the freedom to say no.

Comment: Re:There's a clue shortage (Score 2) 574

by James-NSC (#48309957) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said
Apple is bringing a data center to Northern Nevada, just outside Reno. Problem is, their entry level requirement is that you've worked at a minimum of 10k server data center previously (select Reno) for their "Site Services Tech" position it's "4+ years experience working in a large data center (10,000+ servers)..

Problem is, there aren't any 10k centers in Northern Nevada, yet they got oodles of tax breaks to "make local jobs".

Someone didn't think this through.

Comment: Re:2600 meetings (Score 1) 71

by James-NSC (#48251093) Attached to: 2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"
I too attended 2600 meets for quite some time many moons ago and it was a great way to meet new people, share tips/tricks and just generally socialize with "like minded folk".
I'll second your "unwanted LEO attention" but we got ours for a pretty good reason. The average meet was around 10 to 15, but at the time attracted mainly young computer enthusiasts - the vast majority hadn't even graduated high school. Even though I was still in my early 20's at the time, I'd taken on the roll of elder statesman and, towards the end of my tenure, was bringing teaching aides to each meet and sharing basic skills like soldering, circuitry, and the theory behind voiding warranties. I have to say, seeing that "light bulb" moment when someone learns something is uniquely rewarding
After being worn down on the beggs and please, I finally acquiesced and did a practical demonstration. At the time there was a cheap gadget at Radio Shack that had an acoustic coupler on one side, a 10 pad on the other, and a wee bit of memory for storing phone numbers. You would enter the number, hold it to the pay phone, and it would play back the tones but - with a few minor tweaks - you could convert it into a box of many colours.
While I was doing a demonstration on how to make one, by first going over (ala Q & A) the circuitry inside, discussing which parts were replaced, why, what they did, why they did it et al - making it much more of a learning experience and less of a phreaking one, a young chap snuck off with the working version and decided to test it out on the payphone in front of the book store where we met and the sight of a 14yr old holding a strange device to a phone & laughing maniacally was enough for the book store owner to call the ol' bill.
Suffice to say, we all learned something that day...

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 180

by James-NSC (#48169205) Attached to: The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users
Yep, this would be right out of their play book, where step 1 would be to discredit "security applications" and create distrust of encryption - to change the public opinion of it.

The director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, said on Thursday that the “post-Snowden pendulum” that has driven Apple and Google to offer fully encrypted cellphones had “gone too far.” He hinted that as a result, the administration might seek regulations and laws forcing companies to create a way for the government to unlock the photos, emails and contacts stored on the phones.

Because if you create a back door for the .gov, only the .gov will be able to use it and will never abuse it. pfffft. too bad we don't have some type of golden key instead of a back door...

Comment: Re:Parajet Sky Runner (paraglider + dune buggy) (Score 1) 151

by James-NSC (#48098409) Attached to: The flying car I'd like in my garage first:
True on all accounts, but as we're still not even really past "beta" on the whole "flying car" thing, it's a shot in a decent direction. It's not aiming to be a commuter, but as an off-road vehicle with true x-y-z axis access. With a purported 200mi range in the air and off-road capabilities, it sure looks like a viable option (in clear weather) for getting around the outback and other under-paved, under-developed areas.

Comment: Foreign US Workers == Obvious (Score 1) 293

by James-NSC (#48085357) Attached to: Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers
Just a quick list of the top of my head:
  • Lower base wage
    • Wages are also taxed differently, taxed less, IIRC there is no SS copay from the employer is there?
  • Lower “burden” cost
  • Less/No worker rights
    • If they’re trouble, deport them
    • For the most part, the Bill of Rights doesn’t apply to non-citizens
    • As an immigrant, that’s what cops/border patrol always tell me anyway
  • Ultimately this drives down overall wages in the country

What’s not to like about these programs?

Comment: Re:Moire expensive car, richer driver, that's FINE (Score 1) 261

by James-NSC (#48047133) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

And this is why I debadged my A8. Except the grill, I haven't got to that yet. Or the teeny little Audi ovals on the sides. Gonna black out the grill logo shortly. I don't want it to look like I have bags of money. I don't. I bought the car cheap and I'm restoring it, which was stupid but there you have it.

I blacked out all the trim on my 7, even the BMW logo (blue/white) as black/white, the 740iL badge on the back, black - the distinctive BMW front grille, black - even turned the the trunk release button black - her exterior trim was 100% black.

When I drove it, anyone seeing the large high end sedan and wanted to know what model it was would look to the back right corner to see what model I had, and it being in black, they couldn't tell...if anything, it added to the "mystique" of the car, I had quite a few people come up to me and ask if it was a "special edition" or similar. It had no change on the types of drivers that fsk with you just for "appearing" to be Mr. Moneybags (which is great for LEO, don't forget that) - if anything, it brought more attention to the car, granted, YMMV.

...and I totally get you on that last statement, 7 series parts, even those that were basically the same as a 3 were (lol) 7x more expensive. Whenever I had it in the shop my mechanic would always note the "seven series surcharge" I was incurring just by driving that model. *sigh* Even so, at the time I had a 2hr commute and I wouldn't have traded the luxury of that ride for anything - every car since that one has been a PoC by comparison. Ruined cages for me forever.

Comment: Re:Moire expensive car, richer driver, that's FINE (Score 4, Interesting) 261

by James-NSC (#48036739) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?
Actually, it's quite the opposite, right up to the economic collapse I owned my own business (infosec consultancy for government agencies & T1 infrastructure) and had picked up a Seven Series BMW (which, for their high end +$80K car loses it's value quickly so it becomes affordable to most of us just a few years later) and I found, while driving that "luxury sedan" my LEO experiences were 180 from what they are now, post economic collapse in a beat up ol 95 civic.
  • - I never got any "superfluous" tickets (no proof of any documentation, insurance/registration) as, on both occasions, the officer said something along the lines of "people who own these types of cars always have it, no need to prove it sir
  • - I was always called "sir" and treated with the utmost respect without exception - even when one officer found a mandible on my console which caused her to step back, put her hand on her service weapon and ask me "what is that?!" it had fallen off as it usually sits on my rear-view mirror as a talisman (ala Roland Deschain)
  • - I was found passed out drunk behind the wheel, motor running and wasn't given a ticket but instead the officer called my friend, woke him up and had him come get me (that was a double down of cool cop and that he was only there because some worry wort thought I was a stalker, but instead had left a friends party when it was over & was too drunk to drive so I fell asleep in my car) - but still, in a civic, I'm sure i'd be booked for a DUI for being in the drivers seat w/ the engine running
  • - I even crashed it once when I inadvertently turned off the traction control earlier in the day, no ticket, the cop just commiserated with me about what a shame it was to have smashed up such a nice car and that he wasn't "going to add any more to my already bad day"

Conversely, I was driving a VW Rabbit (old) with expired out of state plates, but still within the month they expired (both states - source & destination - allow you to drive the car in the month it expires) and I was pulled out of the car, by two officers *at gun point* (later, according to them, no one had reported anything, but the fact that I was in an old car, with expired plates was very suspicious) they even shouted asking if I had any tattoos, and I said "yes, on my leg" and they replied
"show us"
"I can't do that without dropping my pants officer!"
"drop 'em"
and there I was, pants around my ankles in the parking lot of a 7-11 late at night with two small town cops pointing their guns at me. I *know* they wouldn't have done that had I been driving a BMW 745i - drastically different experiences, all based on the make/model of the car.

Comment: HL7 & MUMPS (Score 4, Interesting) 78

by James-NSC (#48020787) Attached to: Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards
Even with the turn of the millennia, the vast majority of hospital systems still run on HL7 (Health Level 7) and MUMPS (Massachusetts General Hospital Utility Multi-Programming System aka "M").

HL7 isn't just a standard, but it also describes a protocol used for transmitting patient data which is laughably insecure in the state it was in when I last worked on it in the late 90's. Plain text, no validation, fire/forget, no encryption, no well, no nothing

MUMPS, or M if you prefer, is a programming language designed by the NSA (it must have been, lol, actually it was designed by a couple of Dr's), every variable is global in nature - so if you have an admin token ADMIN, you can set that value anywhere in the running system and it won't care one bit. Rooting M systems is simply a matter of access and knowledge of M.

Oddly, in M, you can also use shorthand, so i == if (IIRC), and it's contextual, so where in a line a value appears determines the values type, so i i i is a valid statement, where each i references a completely different variable/value/object. Insanity at it's best. Here is a great mumps tutorial for those of you that aren't familiar & for those of you who only know "modern" languages, it's a timely Halloween horror show...

Comment: I wonder if (Score 3, Interesting) 460

by James-NSC (#48019091) Attached to: Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans
(just one example) I wonder if Southern Baptist - of the Fire Brimstone leaning - are seen as "trustworthy" more/less than scientists. I'd wager they are, and I'd double down that it has little to do with how "warm/fuzzy" they come off as.

I'd wager this has much less to do with scientists coming off as "warm/fuzzy" and more to do with most people’s innate distrust of those that deliver either information they don't agree with (or more specifically that doesn't agree with their preconceived notions) or information that makes them feel stupid - when the majority hears about something they are too ignorant to understand, they don't like/trust the person with that idea - but that's just human nature.

While "scientists" do have their problems (journals / peer review circle-jerks / et al) I fear the only way they'll come across as "warm/fuzzy" would be if they "dumb it down" even more and that's not a direction we should be going, as we're already down to -11.

Comment: Connecting I-80 and U.S. 50 (Score 1) 149

I live in the area and that's going to be a significant change to the landscape. Putting in what will eventually be a high-traffic road into an area (on the 50 side) with people who live there specifically to get away from this sort of thing. It's also going to cut one of the areas where wild Mustangs still roam in half.


Speaking of Mustangs, Mustang Ranch will be a big winner here as they will be located just a stones throw from the new Tesla factory....

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.