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Comment: Re:You do realize most engineers use computers (Score 1) 737

by MiG82au (#46737071) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
Do I really rely on computers? I use them to execute hand calculations more efficiently and trivially manipulate large amounts of data. To be competitive today you need computers, but that doesn't mean I'd be dead in the water without one. Sure, some engineers only learn FEA once they start working and as such would be hardly more useful than when they came out of university, but they would still have a hand calc background.

Comment: Re:The death-knell of US cloud providers... (Score 1) 771

by MiG82au (#44540495) Attached to: Encrypted Email Provider Lavabit Shuts Down, Blames US Gov't
Well I appreciate the replies. I think you're less crazy now, but I still think you're dancing with the devil by considering stalking individuals and spreading the info. Notice that when Manning's material gets leaked, they take care to not expose individuals. He's in enough trouble as it is.

Comment: Re:The death-knell of US cloud providers... (Score 1) 771

by MiG82au (#44518073) Attached to: Encrypted Email Provider Lavabit Shuts Down, Blames US Gov't
I was and am aware that it's on behalf of foreign enemies. Once you start putting information out on untouchable foreign servers, it doesn't take a great leap to decide that's in fact who you're assisting. And it's not like you'd be exposing information that's in the interests of citizens, you're simply playing tit for tat by gathering intel on employees. You'd easily be considered a spy, and citizenship protects you from that no more than it does from a common crime charge.
You would be screwed so fast, and I'm not sure anyone would support your cause. It really seems like a harebrained scheme to me, on par with demanding to take your weapons into NSA buildings. If you do find anyone crazy enough to do this with you, I suggest at least having a long hard think about it and doing a lot of research on every aspect, rather than jumping in head first while waving the flag around.

Comment: Re:It's Been Done (Score 1) 156

by MiG82au (#44494803) Attached to: New Android App Encourages Users To Throw Device As High As Possible
I think it serves a purpose: I have found out that many nerds (going by the slashdot motto) have no idea about physics and should be ashamed. All these idiots "cheating" the app using methods that don't result in free fall, which is obviously the only way this app could do the measurement.

Comment: Re:Easily gamed? (Score 1) 156

by MiG82au (#44494727) Attached to: New Android App Encourages Users To Throw Device As High As Possible
Time for you and two levels up to go back to school. Acceleration under a balloon will be ~1 G. Acceleration while being spun around will be > 1 G. Acceleration during the ascent and fall will be ~0 G. Acceleration during the throw will be > 2 G, which is what most phone accelerometers top out out, leading me to believe that the app goes by low G duration rather than throw velocity.

Comment: Re:hidden SSID? MAC filter? Really? (Score 2) 438

by MiG82au (#44464227) Attached to: Home wireless security level?
Please tell me you're trolling.
I can fire up kismet on my laptop and straight away see what MAC addresses are connecting to your SSID (regardless of whether it's broadcast). It's that easy. I've never bothered trying to spoof a MAC and breaking a wifi key, but getting the SSID and MAC address is trivial.
Guessing MAC addresses by model of laptop, SNORT!

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