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Comment: Re:This is why "biometric" authentication is usele (Score 2) 53

by pz (#48686779) Attached to: Chaos Computer Club Claims It Can Reproduce Fingerprints From People's Photos

I always think of security like the Miller-Rabin test for primality (which is really a test for a number being composite): it does not give an absolute assurance, but each time you test a given candidate again with a new challenge, you reduce the probability that the candidate is composite, and each test is orthogonal to the previous ones. You, the designer of the system requiring confidence that a big number is prime, get to select your confidence level by adjusting the number of tests applied.

So too, then, you, the designer of a security system requiring confidence that a given person is who they claim to be, get to select your confidence level by adjusting the number of factors required. A brass key gives a certain level of confidence. An iris/thumbprint/palmprint/voiceprint scan another. An RFID card another. A PIN/password another. Being recognized by a guard another. Each is orthogonal to the rest.

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (Score 1) 129

by PopeRatzo (#48686667) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Google Contributor does absolutely nothing to stop Google from tracking anyone. In fact, it gives them additional personal information.

Maybe you didn't understand what I was saying. I want to be able to use Google services without being tracked in any way shape or form, and I'm willing to pay for the privilege. Same goes for Twitter, etc.

Until I am able to do that, I'm just going to block ads, use Blur, Privacy Badger and any tool that lets me confound Google's ability to monetize me. I am not a consumable.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 2) 312

by CanHasDIY (#48684837) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Even hands-free setups have been proven unsafe, as it's not holding the phone that's dangerous, it's the fact that the driver is paying attention to something other than driving.

The fact that you claim texting and driving is safe at any speed indicates that I was correct in my originally assertion - you're trying to excuse dangerous behaviour because you, personally, choose to engage in it.

Not cool. You nor anyone else is so important to society that you get a pass on dangerous behavior.

Comment: Drones (Score 1) 312

by CanHasDIY (#48684813) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

People who fly drones irresponsibly create a serious hazard to others, so improper drone operation should be a felony too, right? Or people who use their 3D printer to make weapons, ooh, that can be dangerous too, so lets make them felons as well.

Hell, if making a crime a felony is a deterrant, why not go for broke and make all crimes felonies?

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 312

by CanHasDIY (#48684783) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

First of all, America has a pretty low violent crime rate. We have a high homicide rate, but I think I can safely say that is because we are uniquely flooded with cheap handguns. But I digress...

The majority of those homicides are committed by gang member against other gang members - something like 78% of people killed with handguns have felony records.

So, probably less of a "too many handguns" problem, and more of a "too many gangbangers" problem - one that appears to be slowly solving itself.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 312

by CanHasDIY (#48684743) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Missouri is the same way, and from what I've seen it's pretty effective - once you've been forced to pay around $2,000/mo for 6 months just getting your car to start, all but the most hardcore alcoholics tend to get the hint.

The serious drunks (like one of my uncles)? Yea, they don't give a fuck, they'll just drive illegally registered vehicles with no license.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 312

by CanHasDIY (#48684715) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Why do you think that me not wanting to change idiots into criminals mean that I don't care about the victims of idiots?

Does turning idiots into criminals somehow benefit the victims?

I'm guessing it's because the person you're responding to is a selfish idiot themselves, which is why they can't fathom consequences that extend beyond the tip of their microscopic penis.

Comment: Re:Get on my level (Score 1) 174

by hairyfeet (#48684421) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Got a buddy that works for the city with strict orders to bring me any clacky boards that pass through, be surprised how many businesses go to get a new PC and toss their clacky. Oh well, more for me ;-)

Ditto on the IBM, great boards, but don't knock the first Compaq and MSFT boards as they were also built like fricking tanks and took insane amounts of abuse. I tried using modern non claky keyboards at the shop...blech. Can't never tell when its registered a stroke or not,all the letters wore off in not time flat, the new boards just suck. So tomorrow I gotta drag out the desk and plug into the KVM this big old Compaq, so old its got the old style monster DIN plug but I got an adapter or five sitting in the desk drawer, much better than the new crap!

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (Score 2) 129

by hairyfeet (#48683721) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Considering more than 80% of the "content" seems to be on the intellectual level of "How many inches has Kim Kardashian's ass grown today?" ask me how many fucks I would give if all this "content" were to dry up and blow away along with the malware ridden shitstains they call ads which I have to clean up after when they trash my beautiful creations....answer? ZERO, absolute zero fucks would I give.

The simple fact is you get rid of ads and POOF! Malware be gone, in fact I can't even remember the last malware infection I cleaned that didn't come from somebody that didn't know about adblocking. And wadda ya know I block the ads and tada! They only need to come for me for upgrades....ahhh, you smell that? That is the smell of smugness as I do my little part to help slowly strangle the rotten to the core industry known as Internet advertising. It smells like happiness and cookies!

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