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Comment: Re:Online Manual (Score 1) 103

by NoKaOi (#49099091) Attached to: Also Hackable: Drive-Through Car Washes

Only thing what would make it illegal is that they have *some* security in place, it doesn't even matter how dysfunctional it is. Otherwise it would be just public service (at least by the rulebook over the other side of globe).

Why do you think that? I'm pretty sure it's still computer intrusion even if they don't know how to do anything security related. Here's a brick and mortar analogy: If somebody's front door doesn't have a lock, it's still illegal to walk in. And anyway, even if you're right, then having a password, even if it's a default password that hasn't been changed, is *some* security. Intent matters. A lot. Are you accessing their system because you're trying to do something nefarious, or because you accidentally thought it was the free WiFi from the coffee shop next door and you're just trying to check your email?

Comment: Re:How about monitoring the chemtrails here first? (Score 1) 42

by NoKaOi (#49093279) Attached to: US To Monitor Air Quality In India and Other Countries

How about monitoring the chemtrails here first?

What do you mean? The government is monitoring them very carefully, since they're the ones paying for the chemicals and loading them in the airplanes. Especially after the travesty of 9/11, where they forgot to take into account the altered burning temperature that results when the chemicals mix with jet fuel when they were doing the calculations for their inside job. But since then, they are saving money by having Monsanto put the chemicals in GMOs. OMG TOXINS!

Comment: Biodegradable PLA? (Score 1) 121

by NoKaOi (#49050935) Attached to: Study: 8 Million Metric Tons of Plastic Dumped Into Oceans Annually

My county (Maui) is looking at banning polystyrene food containers. We banned plastic shopping bags a few years ago and it's made a huge difference, I used to see plastic bags blowing around, caught in bushes by the side of the road, and in the ocean all the time, but no more.

The thing with the food containers is...most of them will be replaced with PLA. PLA is compostable, where it's in a commercial compost pile over X degrees and with other conditions that help break it down. But what about floating around in the ocean? Obviously it's going to take longer than paper to break down, but has anyone shown how long (or if) it takes to break down in the ocean? A simple google search doesn't reveal anything useful...

Comment: Re:Guy allegedly does something stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 327

by NoKaOi (#49007711) Attached to: Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas

He gets caught and will stand trial. Isn't this how the system is supposed to work? What's the problem here?

Exactly, they busted somebody who deserved to be prosecuted. The problem here that when we read a headline (before reading the details) about law enforcement busting somebody, our default reaction is no longer, "good, they busted the bad guy," but rather, "there goes law enforcement abusing their power again, they probably didn't have a warrant and the guy is probably innocent."

That says something about the state of nation.

Comment: Re:Lasers are easy to stop (Score 1) 517

by NoKaOi (#49001367) Attached to: The US Navy Wants More Railguns and Lasers, Less Gunpowder

Really, lasers seem much easier to defend against than to get to work right... there's so many varied potential defenses for them (ablatives, smoke, chaff, higher thermal conductivity materials, heat sinks, polished surfaces, etc, plus presenting a precisely pinpointable beacon for return fire)

And when the "enemy" comes up with those defenses, the DoD will give defense contractors billions of dollars to figure out how to overcome them. It's win-win-win for everybody (except the American taxpayers). Also, for things that aren't suitable to shoot at with lasers, well, that's what he wants the rail guns for, because the guns in that Schwarzenegger film (was it Eraser?) were really frickin' cool and he hopes they come with the X-Ray vision scopes too.

Comment: Big Surprise (Score 1) 294

by NoKaOi (#48994729) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy

Remember when Radio Shack was place to go for electronics hobby stuff and electronics components? Now (or guess yesterday) the few electronic components they have are 10x the price of Jameco, Digikey, Mouser etc, and they hardly ever have what you need anyway. They were doomed as soon as they jumped the shark into being primarily a cell phone store, and jacked up the prices on everything else. It was only a matter of time and it's amazing they sold enough cell phone plans to last as long as they did.

Comment: At this point... (Score 1) 101

by NoKaOi (#48983783) Attached to: Georgia State Univ. Art Project Causes 2nd Evacuation & Bomb Squad Call

Regardless of whether you think police are overreacting, at this point it seems like it would be wise for the school to tell their students either to collect their boxes or contact the police in the jurisdiction where they placed them to let them know where they are and what they look like (at which point the cops would probably tell them to get rid of them). Seems like having to collect them and place them somewhere else would be better than getting your project blown up.

Comment: Re:Well, he has a point. (Score 1) 740

by NoKaOi (#48977935) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

It is the parent's right to raise the child as he/she sees fit. The more you step on that, the worse it gets. You might be happy with this specific issue, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

So then by your logic it should be legal for a parent to beat their child. It teaches them discipline and build character, after all. So, unless you think that's okay, then you are drawing the line somewhere and your slippery slope argument is null and void.

Comment: Re:Well, he has a point. (Score 1) 740

by NoKaOi (#48976561) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

Would you suggest the government should forcibly have given her a blood transfusion anyway? Jehovah's Witnesses aren't a "new" religion, their beliefs are well known.

Suicide is not illegal, but convincing your kid to commit suicide is, and so is assaulting other people. How would you feel about it if a parent convinced their kid to commit suicide? What if it was for a "religious" reason but wasn't for Christian-like reasons, but instead was for a Jonestown style cult drinking the cyanide laced cool aid? Now what if that kid brought the cyanide laced cool-aid to school and shared it with other kids?

And is it really okay to allow somebody not to go to the doctor if it's in the interest of public health, so they don't spread diseases on to others? No? How about in an extreme example where a kid has ebola? Should parents be allowed to refuse medical treatment, and continue to expose the kid to other kids?

The point here is that your analogies are totally broken, so they prove no point whatsoever. The point is not to look at the analogy but to look at facts: Parent refuse vaccines, their kids can get sick and infect others who had no choice in the matter.

Comment: Re:Two things... (Score 1) 208

by NoKaOi (#48973947) Attached to: Art Project Causes Atlanta Police To Close Highway and Call Bomb Squad

1a) Doesn't anyone know what a pinhole camera looks like?

Do you? It's any box or canister thing that the student had lying around, so it's not going to look like a camera.

Where does GSU get off attaching private property to public infrastructure?

This wasn't the university, it was a university student. It's not like art departments have an internal review board.

At a minimum, you notify public works first so that things like this don't happen.

In which case the CYA bureaucrats would say no. Seriously, why would somebody have predicted such an overreaction? They probably figured the worst that would happen is the camera would be removed and thrown in the trash if anybody noticed. Perhaps in the future with this sort of thing somebody could clearly label it with a sharpie, "This is a student art project. For questions about it please call 123-456-7890"

Comment: Re:Well, he has a point. (Score 1) 740

by NoKaOi (#48964383) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

I don't think anybody is proposing requiring all vaccines. There are some vaccines which kids clearly shouldn't be required to have, like say, typhoid (though if parents were smart they'd give it to them if traveling to certain places). The thing is, which vaccines should be required has already been determined by most states. The problem is that parents can simply fill out an exception form in lieu of getting their kids vaccinated, and that's what needs to be done away with. The only reason on the exception form should be if they can't get the vaccine for medical reasons (e.g. allergic to it), which must be accompanied by a physician's signature (a real physician, not a naturopath or chiropractor).

As far as chickenpox vaccine, I do think that ought to be required. My kid shouldn't have to get sick and miss a bunch of school just because you don't want to pay $40 for the vaccine, because even if I vaccinate my kid, that particular vaccine is only 85% effective. If everyone is vaccinated, the chances of my kid catching it are very small (it's not just marginally effective if everyone gets it!), but if others don't get my kid pretty much has a 15% of getting it. Plus, I bet most parents spend more than $40 when their kid gets it! Doctor visit copay, medicine for the fever and itching, chicken noodle soup...etc (not to mention missed work for many parents!). So yeah, that vaccine should be required.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by NoKaOi (#48964219) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

If your child is going to be attending a public facility, then yes, the government has every right to set the perquisites for attending...I believe society should be able to choose to exclude them from public facilities.

What do you mean by "public facility"? Do you mean government facility? What about grocery stores or sidewalks where an infected, unvaccinated kid could expose somebody else? Anything outside your house is a "public facility" in terms of exposing the public to infection. So then what? Force the kid to stay in the house their whole life? That's psychologically abusive.

Not vaccinating your child just because you don't feel like it is almost child abuse.

No, it's not almost abuse. It is abuse.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 3, Interesting) 740

by NoKaOi (#48964163) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm all about vaccinations and feel that anti-vaxers are idiots, but I'm a little leery of government making health decisions for my kids.

The exact same arguments could be used against hitting your children. Some parents would say it's good for them - they need to learn not to act up and it builds character, if they are allowed to go without proper punishment they'll grow up to be spoiled brats. However, the government makes the decision that it's unhealthy to beat up your children, and makes it illegal, if you do it your kids will be taken away by CPS and you may go to jail.

Can they tell parents what to feed them?

No, but the government does tell you that you do have to feed your kids. If you don't CPS will take them away and you may be charged with neglect.

So you see...the slippery slope argument is complete logical fallacy. The government already has lines. With EVERYTHING. Like, once you allow interracial and homosexual marriage, what's next? People having sex in the street in front of children? Don't allow people to drive drunk? What's next?

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