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Comment: List of banned jobs. (Score 2) 323

by SharpFang (#49360879) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

"As a current employee of Amazon and looking for a different work, with reference to Non-Compete document# xxx I have signed, I am requesting a comprehensive list of jobs and domains which I'm forbidden to participate in. Currently my job as a janitor of warehouse X leaves me with very little to no knowledge of what products or services are in development, manufacture, marketing, sale , offered or otherwise provided by Amazonof any product or service that competes or is intended to compete with any product or service sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon, and especially the ones it intends any of the above in the future. Since I must know if I'm allowed to perform any of jobs there are openings for, I require this information, so that I don't violate my Non-Compete."

"Please deliver the printed list to my house at [...], as I'm unable to rent a truck to take it home from work."

Comment: Re:The perfect summary of the case: (Score 1) 309

Yes, discrimination against "High-litigation-risk" minorities. The gender/race correlation against said risk makes it appear like gender or race discrimination, but in essence it's just a good business practice to avoid employees that can ruin your business.

The fact feminists thought ruining their employers is a good gender equality promotion tactics... uh.


by SharpFang (#49036387) Attached to: The Technologies That Betrayed Silk Road's Anonymity

Thing with bitcoin is, it's perfectly traceable from wallet to wallet, but the wallet locations are the big unknown. You don't know who owns the wallet until you have access to the physical machine it resides on. So, you can easily *confirm* the transaction between two individuals happened once you know what their wallet IDs are, but if you don't know who the wallet belongs to, you're unable to determine the person from the Bitcoin operations alone.

Comment: Don't connect your alter ego to your real name! (Score 1) 129

by SharpFang (#49036381) Attached to: The Technologies That Betrayed Silk Road's Anonymity

The bottom line is: Don't connect your alter ego to your real name, EVER!

The list of his failures to hide evidence was long. But none of them would have mattered if they didn't learn his name.

First, he posted as 'altoid' advertizing the Silk Road.

Then he posted as 'altoid' seeking help with 'bitcoin service' and soliciting contact with a gmail address which was based on his real name.

That's what got his name on the police's radar. That's why they began to monitor him. Since then it was just a matter of time to slip and reveal true identity. All he had set up would hide him 99.99% of time, making a casual observer or random search to notice his activity pretty much impossible. But a focused observation - being a suspect - could easily correlate things between his two identities. And from then on it was just about catching him red-handed.

Comment: Re:0 hours to 0 hours (Score 1) 244

by SharpFang (#48966825) Attached to: Over the past 10 years, my TV-watching has..

Well, it's hard to tell without a scale. I went from a couple hours per month to zero. So comparing to previous decade decrease (maybe 50h/month) it's only "somewhat"; taking absolutes , it's also "somewhat", by a couple hours. Then taking relative - time spent at the beginning on the period to time spent at the end, it's infinity percent...

Comment: Re:Bless you. (Score 1) 126

by SharpFang (#48964997) Attached to: Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

Deep Space 1 uses NSTAR thrusters with specific impulse of 1,700 to 3,300s and up to 92mN of thrust; they last for just several weeks of operation.

LISA uses FEEP thrusters that produce between 0.001 and 1 mN of thrust at 6,000–10,000s specific impulse, and they are really not intended for travel, but instead for stabilization. (while LISA Pathfinder is merely to test the technology, the planned LISA mission will require three probes positioned in a triangle 5mln km apart with picometre precision.)

Comment: Re:Bless you. (Score 1) 126

by SharpFang (#48921663) Attached to: Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

Fortunately, the Lisa Pathfinder project has already developed ion engines that would be helpful against that. While they generate very minuscule thrust, unsuitable for space travel purposes, they have enormous specific impulse, meaning they can go on for years stabilizing given object against solar wind, gravitational influences and the likes. Several such engines attached to the disk would easily keep it stabilized against solar wind, and another couple on the telescope part would keep it aligned.

Of course you'd need somewhat more powerful jets to turn it around aiming at a different part of the sky, and these would likely need periodic refuelling (note as the disk rotates towards another place in the sky, the telescope part needs to travel a couple thousand kilometers!) but we've got the stabilization covered.

Comment: Re:Jackpot! (Score 1) 146

by SharpFang (#48907687) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Yes; it was the US screwing up the endgame and treating their allies instrumentally - discarding them once they were no longer needed, leaving them to their own devices in the wrecked country. Still, it's not a huge leap of faith to imagine the indifference, callousness, shortsightedness were all a cover-up for more sinister motives. They say 'don't ascribe to malice what can be explained by stupidity', but it doesn't take a very crackpot mind to do that here. We're talking about the most powerful military in the world - it's difficult to accept such a collosal levels of incompetence instead of believing the apparent incompetence was just to hide the real intentions.

Comment: Re:Will this scale? (Score 1) 146

by SharpFang (#48904459) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

It's unlikely to scale that much anytime soon. Battery size -> radio range; Battery size + motor size -> power -> ability to overcome wind. Mass -> stability -> ability to overcome wind. Add to that lifting power to carry any payload.

Yes, you'll be able to get very small indoor RC quadcopters with several meters of range. But if you want to fly it over GSM while streaming from internal camera, you're not getting it smaller than your palm anytime soon.

Comment: Re:Quadcopter (Score 1) 146

by SharpFang (#48904405) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Nowadays they detonate these in bomb chambers using an "initiating charge" (a small bomb of their own).
There was that guy who just stood for a couple hours in front of White House, with his briefcase.
They checked the briefcase with xray. They found clothes, essential business travel stuff, nothing suspicious. They detonated it anyway.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig