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Comment: RF Melting His BRAIN! (Score 1) 358

by InitZero (#47306127) Attached to: Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

You gotta wonder how many watts his jammer was putting out if it was able to affect a cell phone tower than was several hundred feet away if not further. There are 100-watt mobile models available.

I'm not one of those people who think the minuscule power a cell phone puts out is going to rot your brain from occasional use but I've got to imagine that lots of watts in close proximity at that frequency can't be good. Especially daily for two years.

Oddly enough, using this RF calculator, seems to show no safety problems except, possibly, for the cars directly adjacent.

Cheers,
Matt

Comment: Torrents on TPB (Score 1) 321

by J'raxis (#46353503) Attached to: Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

Time for a good ol' streisand effect. Lookee here:---

Pirate Bay #1
Pirate Bay #2 (720p)
Pirate Bay #3 (640x360)

Personally I always thought this movie was just racist/Islamophobic dreck, but now with the government finally finding a convenient excuse to censor it, I'm downloading all three of these copies and will be seeding them indefinitely once downloaded.

Comment: Re:Pretty cool but.... (Score 1) 164

by InitZero (#46339291) Attached to: Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

Theft isn't anymore an issue with this bike than a regular bike. My non-motorized bicycle costs about the same as the Faraday Poser. Heck, at more than 40 pounds - twice what my bike weights - the Faraday is probably safer than a regular bike.

As a regular cyclist, I'm of two minds on electric-assist vehicles. On one hand, anything with two wheels, quite, minimally polluting and fun has my seal of approval.

On the other hand, my experience has been that people who tend to ride electric bicycles (and gas-powered pit bikes and powered scooters of the Razor style) tend to be jerks who ride on sidewalks and terrorize pedestrians.

Cheers,
Matt

Comment: Yes, the dollar is so much better (Score 2) 695

by J'raxis (#46337865) Attached to: Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

"Maybe the U.S. Dollar isn't so bad after all."

Because the regulated financial institutions that deal in U.S. dollars are so much more trustworthy. Perhaps I should keep my money with these guys. Or this company. Or them perhaps? This guy looks trustworthy, doesn't he?

Here is what government-backed currency banks, lenders, investment firms, and the like have been up to recently. And here is what they're up to now.

Comment: The city in which you were born, your first pet... (Score 1) 448

by J'raxis (#46101549) Attached to: Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

This is the kind of thing made possible by the absolutely stupid policy of protecting unobtainable information (one's login password) with easily obtainable information (those "secret questions" to reset one's password, such as the city in which one was born, one's first pet, or the last four digits of one's CC or SSN).

If you choose a password that is strong enough, and you're careful enough not to leak it yourself somehow, your password is unobtainable and unguessable. It's as secure as possible. But it requires only a modicum of effort, perhaps a simple public records search, to figure out the answers to most "secret questions" that big companies like GoDaddy use to protect people's passwords. And yet this is how these companies protect your password. And now we see the results.

Comment: Re:Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen (Score 1) 448

by J'raxis (#46101415) Attached to: Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

GoDaddy here is no more insane than any company that uses "secret questions" to guard users' passwords. I've pointed out to people for years that the idea of protecting a piece of information that is unobtainable (your password, if you're careful enough not to leak it yourself, and it's strong enough to not be guessable) with information that is easily obtainable with just a modicum of effort (e.g., your mother's maiden name, the city in which you were born, your first pet, ...), is an absolutely stupid idea. And it sounds like this guy's GoDaddy account fell victim to exactly that kind of attack.

Maybe if word of this attack gets around other companies will switch to something more secure than easily-answerable "secret questions" to reset someone's password.

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