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Comment: Re:Time to travel 11 light years (Score 1) 88

by Overzeetop (#47785857) Attached to: Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

No you don't - just turn off the rockets and let it fall half way there (accelerating) under the other planets gravity, then turn around so that you slow down at the rate of earth's gravity pulling you back for the second half of the trip. All you need is the fuel to get to orbit and you're practically done.


Comment: Re:Every place that has implemented it has done gr (Score 1) 614

by Overzeetop (#47768219) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

This is why it isn't common.

I think, though, that this is more of a temporary hurdle. Once it's in place, IF it's used properly, there's really no issue. Every bank teller in America has a camera on them at all times, as does nearly ever cashier and casino worker. Most every cube-dweller is subject to email and web tracking software at work as well, watching ever online click and transaction. For most everyone it's not an issue, and in this case there are more reasons - as a cop - to want it than not in the long run because it has the opportunity to make their job easier when it happens to be the hardest.

Comment: Re:How long will it be before script kiddies (Score 1) 233

by Overzeetop (#47760915) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

That's kind of my point - it already exists. And it exists on the most gullible user, cash-rich platform ever - iOS. Find My iPhone would allow an attacker to send a message to the user informing him or her of a complete wipe of their data unless they paid up. These are folks who would have no idea if they've backed up their phone or not, and even if they had half of them done' know how to reinstall what they lost. Tens of millions of phones with owners who would drop $100 in a heartbeat not to lose their friends texts or pictures of their grandkids. And yet it's not happening.

Comment: Already (mostly) exists (Score 1) 233

by Overzeetop (#47756223) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

You do realize that both Android and iOS have this feature baked in, right? You can remotely wipe your phone, and with a court order the police can coerce you to do it as well (if you worry about such things). All that's required is the device lock, which is fairly trivial given the propensity for modders to brick phones accidentally.


Comment: You've never lost your keys, have you? (Score 1) 194

by Overzeetop (#47756021) Attached to: $75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

After getting a quote from the dealers to get a lost key replaced for all three cars on my keyring (which dissappeared), I wondered if it wouldn't just be cheaper to have the cars towed away and re-buy new ones. (The prices ranged from $150-$275 EACH to have them replaced)

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.