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Comment: Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509

by aaronb1138 (#49642047) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them
There are two simple things which would make the process functional for both sides.

1) Put cameras on the officers

2) Give the magistrate court and a initial public defender / citizen advocate the right to view officer body cam footage and make a provisional judgement to hold or release a person on the likelihood of a crime based on the officer's body cam footage. Our magistrate courts are way under-powered here. All one needs to look at is the Innocence Project case for Michael Hanline in which the magistrate court report was ignored by the District Court. That district court judge belongs in jail and it is as simple as that (

If a cop is making an iffy call about obstructing because a person is filming 20 feet away, release the person (no overnight/multi-day stay bullshit) pending the officer and attorney general continuing to press charges. If somebody filming is trying to stand over a body in the street after the cop tells them to back away to an appropriate distance and they refuse, hold them until bail is made.

There is a third stage which neither the police nor much of the unwashed masses are ready for in which one can lawfully refuse an officer and defend themselves as they would against any other violent, armed attacker. The judgement of the average person just isn't there yet, as a function primarily of US culture. There are plenty of other places in the world where that works just fine, but it's not for the US just yet. We have a cultural / social maturity problem and it is what is feeding the us vs them attitude that the average police department has. It's a bit hard to argue with the Baltimore police doctrine, proven repeatedly over the years, that many of their officers believe the value of a black man's life is more than a bullet but less than a taser cartridge when protests turn into looting and vandalism with selfish rather and communal interests as the driving force.

Comment: Re:Honest (Score 1) 264

by aaronb1138 (#49640713) Attached to: C Code On GitHub Has the Most "Ugly Hacks"
Not to mention the potential ageism in the search criteria. C devs are naturally going to have an age and experience bell curve shifted years older than PHP or Java. This could mean the phrase "ugly hack" is more in keeping with the age range's vernacular. I'm sure the posers churning out PHP are more likely to comment /* omgwtfbbq */ and variations than the C group.

Secondly, more experienced programmers and those working with more complex code, both things more likely with C than the other languages, are likely better able to identify what an "ugly hack" looks like. Lastly, C specifically lends itself to a lot of magic tricks for optimization that could carry "ugly hack" (e.g. the famous Quake Fast Inverse Square Root) which simply aren't worth implementing in other languages because they are too slow to matter.

Comment: Re:Good for them (Score 1) 148

Security "experts" who do little more than run a pre-built set of scripts against websites. It's five minutes of work for them to roll the dice that they might get a payout. Even if the security firm invested serious time in developing the tools and scripts, their spamming their tests out and wanting a payday not commensurate with the scalability of their approach.

Comment: Re:Encryption + (cloud or offsite) (Score 1) 446

This. And it was stupid of the asker to even pull the "I don't trust cloud providers" with Google and Microsoft not going anywhere for awhile. Microsoft in particular respects privacy and permissions is the better bet. Worried about hackers, as you said, encrypt locally and upload.

Comment: Re:Vote for Florida... (Score 1) 629

Yep, this is exactly how I want computing laws to work, based on the 70-80's standards. It's under those same standards that most forms of internet advertising are illegal forms of hacking and computer time use.

When you roll forward to the concept of smart phones with battery restrictions and "just enough" computing power as a key concept, suddenly the incredible usage loss by the owner whenever inundated by advertisements looks janky. It makes sense as to why no one but the owner / administrator may authorize code to execute as far as the legal wordings go from way back in time.

Comment: Basic OS Functionality (Score 2) 277

I make it a rule to never pay for an app to provide what should be basic OS functionality. Whole device encryption is pretty well handled in Android. There are lots of areas where I make do with available tools, like TRWP for point in time / image backups. If I find a specific, basic feature missing, I'm not terribly above obtaining decent software through alternate channels (root / administrative access browsers, configuration changing applications).

It's silly that Windows XP from 2001 still has a better list of basic OS functionality, bundled applications, and diagnostic tools than either Android or iOS can claim today. I'd gladly pay for a phone OS separate from my phone if I could get solid functionality covered.

Android also falls way short of iOS and Windows Phone for device to device migration. Settings and preferences from apps only migrate if they are Google first party or if the app developer stores your settings on their server and uses a Google (or similar) sign in. Setting up a new device, or even ROM is nowadays a longer process (~4 hours) than on a PC to get everything operational, and that is with using tools like Titanium Backup and similar.

Comment: Re:If it ain't broke ... (Score 1) 213

by aaronb1138 (#49318049) Attached to: Finland's Education System Supersedes "Subjects" With "Topics"
If they are abandoning the teaching of core, pure subjects the way it sounds, it is certainly a bad move.

The correct method would be to have core classes in key areas, such as math, various sciences, literature and rhetoric, history and social studies AND THEN have derivative classes which fused concepts in practical and vocational settings. The chief problem in most educational settings is the student's lack of will to connect the dots. When I took a high school job at a restaurant, I could immediately see the applications from core Biology of sterile technique and protein / carbohydrate denaturing, most people fail to see those connections. A topical class like "Cafeteria Services" should teach students where to draw from key knowledge in a derivative and synthetic sense: math for accounting, inventory, and projecting trends, psychology and rhetoric for synthesizing menus and advertisements, biology for cooking and sanitation, and so forth.

This approach also better allows students to learn how to leverage their general "core subject" knowledge into changes in vocation because they have already learned the methods to apply what seems to some like dry, lifeless facts and calculations. Further, using such a system in the secondary levels (middle school / jr high / high school) would help students make better choices in the University system. The lack of topics usefully linking back to art history and anthropology would certainly help students to understand the lack of career value, except unto themselves in those fields. At the same time, it should increase the desire to get at least a basic understanding of such subjects as one sees the limited, but interesting ways to apply a general knowledge base.

Comment: Re:Fuck those guys (Score 4, Insightful) 569

The problem is that police would respond with that level of force based upon an anonymous tip.

The problem is more the police than the swatters. The swatters are malicious actors. The police are failing to perform as good actors by following through the least bit of due diligence in these situations. Before breaking down the door, they should at least have a seasoned, senior officer knock to see if anything seems odd first.

The problem is a police force filled with the same adrenaline junky types that call in the swatting. They see an opportunity to break a door down and going running around in full CQC gear and they lose their composure. If they were actually interested in public safety, that wouldn't be their first impulse reaction to a potential emergency situation, negotiation and diffusal would be.

Comment: Re:Panda, taking the "anti-" out of "anti-malware" (Score 5, Informative) 99

by aaronb1138 (#49250399) Attached to: Panda Antivirus Flags Itself As Malware
Testing is for chumps who believe in waterfall development and all that jazz. The modern edict of Agile, the end users will quickly pass any issues up through the proper channels and developers will prioritize and fix as them deem appropriate. The customer isn't the programmer's boss.

Comment: Re:Beersheva a hub for anything? Really? (Score 1) 163

by aaronb1138 (#49239415) Attached to: Why Israel Could Be the Next Cybersecurity World Power
I'm glad somebody mentioned Checkpoint, though it sounds like you aren't a fan.

Having worked plenty with Cisco, Juniper, Sonicwall and Checkpoint gear, the Checkpoint stuff is my favorite to build out and easiest to administer. Also the easiest by a good amount to take a quick glance at the configuration or log and know exactly what is going on. It does take a lot of overhead in the way of a dedicated configuration utility which only runs on Windows.

Juniper is a close second, and they definitely have superiority in the CLI department. Their C style nested configuration file is the best there is with beautiful logic and organization.

Cisco's configuration text files are a joke. They look like the result of letting every architect have a hand in the action without anyone dictating a direction. ASDM is even worse, featuring every bad design and logic decision possible and just feeling like a senior project at a university with a mediocre CS department.

Getting past the UI side, it's nice dealing with equipment that logically validates the configuration directives (Checkpoint / Juniper) instead of letting anything go even if it won't work.

Comment: Re:Nauseated. (Score 1) 164

They might get head tracking latency, accuracy, and precision down in this generation of VR. It will be another 20 years at least before they conquer depth of field / focus / light field projection in a meaningful way that works with the biology of the eye. Entirely new, non-planar display technologies will be required.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 538

Because she was careless and didn't leave a paper trail. If she were actually brilliant, like most corporate CEOs and similar officers, she would have used an official email account for the day to day bullshit, a personal account for the slightly suggestive, and a very secure account / dead drop / sneakernet system for the blatantly illegal.

I'm going to sound sexist, but every intellectually smart man of power I have met operates in exactly this fashion.

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