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Comment: Re:DUI checkpoints (Score 1) 406

by swillden (#46825627) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Not really, since many officers can claim to smell marijuana in its complete absence. Make them verify the smell with some chemical test before they can search and you'll probably get a lot less searches since they aren't actually smelling weed.

Good luck getting departments to buy weed-sniffing equipment (assuming it exists) which is clearly inferior to officers' own noses. And it will be inferior unless it can provide false positives on demand.

Comment: Re:Wasn't allocation always the problem? (Score 5, Informative) 233

by afidel (#46823727) Attached to: ARIN Is Down To the Last<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/8 of IPv4 Addresses

Nope, it takes longer for existing tenants to vacate space than it has been for ARIN to allocate new addresses (ie it would take MIT 5 years to re-engineer their network to free up say half of their allocation, but at the rate we've been using new addresses that space would last less than 10 days, so why should an organization put in 5 years of work to help with 10 days of usage?) so the solution is IPv6.

Comment: Re:That wasn't the question (Score 4, Insightful) 406

by afidel (#46823359) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Dude, with 30lbs of marijuana in the car even a coke fiend with a head cold could have smelled the stuff and become suspicious that the car contained illegal contraband. I personally am in favor of legalization, but as long as it's illegal I fully acknowledge that someone carrying that amount of stuff is going to give enough signals to the police to easily justify a search, just like grow houses that the cops can smell from public places. The problem is drugs being against the law, not that police officers confronted with obvious signs of illegal behavior are conducting searches based on reasonable suspicion. The question at hand was whether an anonymous call to 911 could justify pulling over a vehicle, not whether a cop who smells a vehicle reeking of drugs has a reasonable enough suspicion to conduct a search.

Comment: Re:Wheel-well traveling 101: (Score 1) 231

Or else, you know, travel inside the plane, in the environment designed and regulated for human comfort.

Obviously, parent never flies economy.....

Parent nearly always flies economy (though I fly enough that I do get the occasional upgrade). Remember we're comparing to the outside of the plane. Comfort is relative.

Comment: Re:yeah, lemme see where was that in the requirmen (Score 1) 166

by swillden (#46823201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

Except that he was right (by accident)?

By using Java you were also importing a massive API surface onto production machines.

No different than any other language. And massive libraries are better than creating massive amounts of new code to solve the same problems any day, in terms of both effort and security.

Comment: Re:yeah, lemme see where was that in the requirmen (Score 1) 166

by swillden (#46819669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

Sure, just what devs need, more users, who never requested a feature in the first place, coming in and demanding that a particular language be used in the implementation because the read an article about how its 'more secure'

Heh. That reminds me of a meeting some 15 years ago. Java was gaining a strong foothold as an enterprise app development language at the time (especially in IBM Global Services, which is who I worked for), and at the same time we were living through a seemingly neverending series of Java sandbox security defects. Running code automatically downloaded from random websites in your browser is a devilishly hard thing to make safe, but that's completely irrelevant to enterprise software.

But the fact that the two contexts are completely different didn't prevent a clueless PM from boldly asserting (to the even more clueless customer!) that using Java is a bad idea because "it's insecure". I was the lead architect on the project and I had a hell of a time convincing the customer that the PM was wrong and that Java was, in fact, a good choice for the application. Especially since it would be impolitic to just come out and say the PM was full of shit, since he was ostensibly on my team.

Comment: Re:Rubbing alcohol vs. denatured alcohol vs. drink (Score 1) 164

by afidel (#46817717) Attached to: The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

Yup, my dad was lamenting the fact that you can't get good solvent based paints or cement sealers anymore, my brother has a house he recently purchased with wooden shake siding that's been neglected for probably 20+ years and it could really use the extra penetration of solvent based paint.

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