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Comment: Re:did they damage the car? (Score 2) 368

by dcollins117 (#49769095) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

...did they reimburse the guy?

They will, likely to an exorbitant extent once he gets a good attorney and sues. The cops are going to have a lot of fun explaining to a judge and jury why they broke into the guys car and blew his stuff up. Especially in view of the fact that they were dead wrong to do so.

Comment: Re:Laugh (Score 1) 85

This shows the next stage have a total capital expenditure of 8 dollars per device and after that near 0 CapEx.

8 dollars per device assuming it is in every net-enabled device. No capital expenditure assuming chip manufacturers decide to embed this in their products. Those seem like rather large assumptions to me.

Comment: Re:Useless vs ASIC (Score 1) 85

This is an ASIC. From TFA:

"The concept is interesting, but every time you are doing an activity, even bitcoin mining, you are consuming power, even if it uses an ASIC," said industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy, referring to the type of chip 21 has developed, an application-specific integrated circuit.

Sounds like they are trying to build a distributed network of them. How well it will work remains to be seen.

Comment: Re:Lawyers (Score 1) 124

by dcollins117 (#49720567) Attached to: Prenda's Old Copyright Trolls Are Suing People Again

Remember, the fundamental purpose of the American legal system to keep lawyers wealthy, and judges are nothing but lawyers in robes. Just as dishonest.

My personal experience with lawyers is almost universally bad*, and with judges it's been universally good.

Usually when I talk to lawyers I have to speak slowly, because I can see them crunching the numbers trying to calculate how much money they can make off either me or the case. Amusingly, on a particularly sensitive issue, I received the exact opposite legal advice from two lawyers who happened to be husband and wife (one referred me to the other.) I thought "of course they can't agree on anything, they're married" and went with someone else.

Judges on the other hand have gotten things right, at least in the few instances I've dealt with them. Lawyers, I find, lie for a living, and judges are used to being lied to for a living so they're pretty good at dismissing bullshit.

* The lone exception is the real estate lawyer that helped me buy my home. He was over 80 years old, a friend of the family, and charged ridiculously low fees for the service he performed. Sadly, he passed a few years ago. May he rest in peace.

Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 3, Informative) 190

...it's not about safety, it's about making people feel like they are safe.

I'd feel safer if security professionals vetted the system, and verified that it was safe from hacking. Precisely what the FBI is actively working to prevent.

I do like the phrase "other-worldly outlandish" to describe the situation. It beats "hogwash", which was my first reaction. This is just a search warrant application, though, and I wonder what the FBI agent's culpability is for making, let's say, "less than truthful" statements in order to obtain a search warrant.

Comment: Re:not surprised (Score 1) 649

by dcollins117 (#49704897) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing

To just kill him and dump his carcass in a hole the ground seems like a waste of viable organs. Consider how many people are in desperate need of organ transplants. Why not keep him alive long enough to match his parts to people that could make good use of them? Eyes, kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, whatever. Blood banks can always use more plasma, he's sure to have plenty of that.

To see true justice he should be forced to contribute back to the society he harmed, in my view.

Comment: Re:News for nerds (Score 1) 854

by dcollins117 (#49681893) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

It matters plenty. While it's good news that more people are applying critical thinking skills and choosing to discard that which is incredible, it is very bad news that the vast majority of people lack this capacity.

That says something astonishing about our species and the way the brain works. It's also great news for charlatans. Want to get rich? Make friends and influence people? Tell them what they want to hear. Most of them will buy it hook, line, and sinker.

Comment: Re:Tiversa breached systems? (Score 1) 65

Because if the corporation will pay a fine, but a person would get jail time ... that's pretty much what a double standard means.

Where it gets interesting is that for about $80 and a a little paperwork you can incorporate yourself. Whether you are contemplating a life of crime or just concerned about the possibility of someone suing you, it seems like money well spent considering all the legal protections you gain.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 164

by dcollins117 (#49622189) Attached to: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

It's more like the FBI's investigations into various criminal and subversive groups.

The FBi is a law enforcement organization. It's their job to investigate US citizens when there is reason to believe they are involved in breaking US law.

The NSA is a military organization. Their charter (and the constitution) explicitly precludes them from targeting US citizens, yet they do it anyway. What does it mean when a country's military deems every citizen such a threat to national security that they are considered valid intelligence targets? It says to me we are considered the enemy - each and every one of us. This cannot possibly end well.

Comment: Re:Assumptions (Score 3, Interesting) 78

by dcollins117 (#49605039) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

I'll allow that I may be wrong. I don't know; it's never happened before so I don't know what it feels like :P

I note in the excellent link you provided under the section of data mining it says

Data miners buy prescription information from pharmacies and PBMs.

Apparently, data identifying a specific person is removed "sufficient to remove the data from the protection of the CMIA and HIPAA", and the records are assigned a number.


Prescription data miners have the ability to re-identify individual data based on the number assigned to it, and they operate separately from the entities - health care providers, health plans, health care clearinghouses, and their contractors or business associates - that do have legal obligations.

I don't think it too far-fetched to think this happening, particularly since I started seeing a lot of targeted ads for asthma medications not long after coming down with respiratory difficulties last year. Somebody's doing something shady, I'll bet.

Comment: Re:It's not really about the code... (Score 5, Interesting) 84

I think this verdict sends a great message: do not steal from the leaches of society that have enough money to get other leaches elected.

From the comments on this article I get the feeling I'm the only one would read Flash boys. He was developing code, part of it proprietary and part of it open source, which he modified. His intent was to someday separate and release the modified open source code; he didn't have any plans to do anything with the proprietary code. He checked the code into a subversion repository based in Germany, apparently the first free code repository his search engine ranked.

So when the police got hold of this, they heard subversion" repository and concluded obviously this guy is a "subversive". Oh, it's hosted in Germany? Even worse.

When they investigated further, they made a big deal out of the fact that he deleted his bash history. What's he trying to hide? Sounds like a cover up.

That's the level of stupidity and ignorance and we've come to expect of police regarding technical matters. And for what it's worth, I use subversion, (or cvs, git, whatever the project uses) and my .bash_history links to /dev/null. I don't use the feature, so I don't waste the disk space. I guess that makes me a criminal.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory