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Comment: What I learned from this... (Score 1) 405

by Nehmo (#48382641) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Sex sells; we all know.

However, often you can't simply put it out front because that degrades your message. You need to slip it in. I clicked on the article in the hope of seeing a tit shot. I did, but it really wasn't that good. In any case, I read much of the article for no good reason. I now plan to use this audience-getting technique in my presentations in the future.

Comment: Re:Positive spin (Score 1) 170

by Nehmo (#48344265) Attached to: NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

Pieces of various weapons have apparently been found...the answer isn't so black and white it seems..

You can argue that Saddam was a bad guy needing to be gone, and therefore the Bush admin was justified in generating a pretext to get the American public on board. But you can't seriously claim the pretext was valid. Even if your scant evidence is true, it's not enough. The Bush admin told us Saddam had a major operation going on.

Comment: Re:someohow I think (Score 1) 215

by Nehmo (#48280749) Attached to: "Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

I originally lost my license because I lost a civil suit and refused to pay (didn't have the ability either, but either way). I didn't get a traffic citation in that incident. In Kansas, you can lose your license for 10 years for failing to satisfy a civil judgement. That was 14 years ago. Since then, I've acquired a few driving-while-suspended convictions, each of which adds another year to the suspension.

I have a almost-perfect driving record (before and after the license suspension), and I spent much of my life driving overloaded suspension-enhanced small trucks in the axle business.

I don't understand the last part of your post. You need to read your own post when it's in preview. Nor do I understand what your point is.

Comment: Re:someohow I think (Score 1) 215

by Nehmo (#48246385) Attached to: "Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

"You rolled through that stop sign back there" and my head spun so fast, I am surprised I didn't have a chiropractor trying to hand me his card.

"When did they put THAT in!?!" "Oh last night"

You should have thrown up your hand and kept repeating in a shouting voice, "Ferguson, Ferguson, Ferguson, (and so on)."

Comment: Re:someohow I think (Score 1) 215

by Nehmo (#48246337) Attached to: "Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

... Personally, I do not drive that much over the limit anymore but rather go the 10 or so over that the vast majority are going...

Because I don't have a license, I always drive as though a cop were right behind me. I don't exceed the speed limit by even a mph.

Once, because I had shown my non-driving ID at a sheriff's station (which doubles as a jail where I was visiting an inmate, my wife) and then drove away, a cop car really did follow me for a few miles. I was aware of it and drove as usually, very carefully. He stopped me anyway, citing me for stopping at the wrong place for a stop sign (not true). He also complimented me, saying my driving "was good - maybe too good."

(I ended up paying a few hundred in fines and bond fees but later did 14 days in jail because I was delinquent on payments. I didn't lose the vehicle nor was my dog, who bit one of the jailers, sent to the pound.)

This happened in Chase county, Kansas, USA in '08. Two points:

  • ~ Traffic laws are enforced not to make the roads safe. The laws are just to make money for the local governments who are running kidnapping-for-ransom enterprises.
  • ~ Sometimes, it doesn't matter how well you drive.

Comment: Obama is a great MC (Score 1) 53

Despite criticism of Obama (actually the Obama administration; he plays golf) botching foreign affairs to the point of re-igniting the cold war and arming our enemies in Syria, you must say Obama does an excellent job of presenting awards and things like that. He's the best I've ever seen in that regard. Have Putin match that!

Comment: Re:How would this have protected the USS Cole? (Score 1) 142

by Nehmo (#48071289) Attached to: US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

So what was the crew of the Cole supposed to do? Blast every speedboat that came within 300 meters of their ship with a 20mm cannon? ...and before you say yes, consider the amount of shit that would hit the fan if some foreign warship blew a speedboat out of the water in New York harbor...

The rules of engagement for the Cole were clearly incorrect for the time and place. Bombed US warship was defended by sailors with unloaded guns It reminded me of the barracks bombing in Beirut.

Comment: Re:Seems risky. (Score 1) 142

by Nehmo (#48071255) Attached to: US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

Even better, use fast wide-band frequency hopping....

Making drone control communications secure is certainly an important subject, but cutting-edge for Al Qaeda downloading the Allahu Akbar (god is great) app for their cellphone. The previous attempted attack against the USS Sullivan failed because the attack boat was so overloaded it sank. And the USS Cole could have easily defended against the attack by using a more cautious and aggressive rules of engagement.

Comment: Re:Can't wave law? (Score 1) 382

by Nehmo (#47464791) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

heard of prohibition? To me drug laws are the same as it, they should be prohibition, so I like to think of him not enforcing them because they are unconstitutional.

"not enforcing"? The Obama administration continues to enforce federal anti-drug laws. Obama has said he "wouldn't go that far" (Barbara Walters interview) , meaning he wouldn't be in favor of legalizing marijuana. But he has said that the federal government wouldn't use resources to go after people in states where it has been legalized except in cases of minor use, or cases of sales to people in states where it's still illegal. Obama is not pro-pot at all. He simply likes to straddle the fence politically to pretend he's a friend of people on both sides of the issue.

If he were in favor of ending the prohibition, he would make statements to that effect. And he certainly could use the power of pardon to help many thousands of people.

Comment: Re:I lost the password (Score 1) 560

by Nehmo (#47327409) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

I lost the password in a hard drive crash.

First, I'll answer directly. If an American judge believed he/she had the authority to compel you to hand over the data, and you gave the *unable* excuse, the judge would simply assume you are able and rule against you until you found the ability. This may mean you stay in jail, you continue to be tortured, your girlfriend continues to be raped, your kid remains in foster custody, the state takes your money, or whatever.

This has already been thought of. And one answer is engineering some form of plausible deniable.

One idea is to make the existence of encrypted data invisible. Then you could try to claim everything is already visible. But that may not work with a dedicated inquisitor.

In a better designed system, you should be able to provide a password to your inquisitor (the government, perhaps) and it would appear to be successful. But in reality, yet another password would be needed to get at the hidden data.

Comment: Re:Poorly Designed Roadways Addressed By This (Score 1) 243

by Nehmo (#47193867) Attached to: New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

Wait doesn't this improve stability in much the same way that the example motorbike in the summary wouldn't be able to take a corner as quickly due to toppling over from centrifugal forces? If the car leans into the curve doesn't it mean it's centre of gravity attempts to stay closer to where it should be as opposed to putting more pressure on the outside wheels?

I am thinking of an extreme example where eventually the car will end up on two wheels, but if not taken in the extreme doesn't any sideways force cause the inside wheels to have less pressure on the ground and thus potentially less grip?

If a vehicle is wide enough, it doesn't need to tilt. In that case, the tilting would only be for improvement of rider comfort. A bicycle or motorcycle tilts to be able make the turn at a higher speed. The concept is constantly discussed. Also see Max Hall's tilting site.

However, I don't mean to imply bicycle turning is a easily-understood phenomena. I don't claim to understand it, and I've been trying to for years.

Comment: Re:Euhm holysit batman (Score 1) 221

by Nehmo (#47192321) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

hahahah crack which I don't do, right

If a person has a behavior that she or he keeps hidden publicly, they often assume other people are doing the same, dispite outward appearances to the contrary. For example, gay people think everybody is gay, perhaps in a repressed way, they may rationalize. And people who do particular popular illicit drugs believe most everybody does those drugs, naturally, not openly. There is certainly evidence to support their suspicions. Unlikely people get busted every day for drugs. But, regarding the drugs, the truth is many people really don't do those drugs. The drug user is simply projecting his or her own situation indiscriminately on others.

Now, I don't claim to be Mr. Clean. I would do heroin again if I could feel it. But I can't because I'm under a large dose of buprenorphine. However, I've never done ecstasy, ice, nor crack.

Comment: Necessity Defense (Score 1) 519

... He is guilty. He admits what he's done. We can argue about what the law should be, but not what the law is. It's illegal to take classified documents...

A legitimate defense to any accusation of a crime is the necessity defense. Basically, it means if you have to commit a smaller crime to prevent a greater wrong, then what you did is excusable and not even a crime. For example, if you have a passenger in your car who is bleeding to death, and while you are headed to the hospital you encounter a red light, legally, you can run the light and you would *not* be breaking the law.

If you're not careful, you're going to catch something.

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