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Comment: Re:Looks like the prophet's gunmen (Score 1) 614

by eth1 (#49611291) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

"Texas". That's really the only part of that sentence you need. I would be surprised if the people attending and local homes weren't about as well armed as the police in the article.

Unfortunately, the Curtis Culwell Center where the event took place is owned by the Garland ISD. I don't think it's a school, but as a TX CHL holder myself, I'd be very leery about carrying there without some serious research (it's either owned by the city, in which case it's illegal for them to prohibit licensed concealed carry, or it's a school, in which case it's illegal to CC regardless of whether it's posted - being a test case would be an expensive proposition).

Gotta love those "(legally carried) gun-free" zones...

But otherwise, yeah... in TX, in any gathering of 100 or more people in a place where it's legal to CC, there are going to be at least one or two armed, statistically speaking...

Comment: Re:Looks like the prophet's gunmen (Score 4, Informative) 614

by eth1 (#49611187) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Given the uses for a gun exactly what use would you have for one that would merit bringing it to work with you?

If you are so afraid that you need to carry a gun to work with you, then you may want to consider moving to a safer area.

Life long gun owner here, but I see no reason to bring one to work with me.

As a TX CHL holder, the main reason I'd have a pistol at work is that I'd like to have it with me before and after work. Those two times are when most of the running around/errands get done, and if I can't have it at work, it would mean driving home, getting it, and going back out again. I don't particularly like leaving it in the car (secured or not), because it's just too easy to break into, and too difficult to get an IWB holster on and off unseen while sitting in a car.

Comment: Re:!switching back (Score 1) 622

by eth1 (#49530089) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Other explanations might include buying SUVs to tow new recreational toys such as a boats, snow mobiles, etc. There aren't many hybrids on the market that are set up for towing.

This is actually a really good point about new "normal" cars these days. I drive a 2001 Toyota Solara (2-door Camry, basically), which has a 2000lb tow rating. It works great to pull my single PWC trailer (~1250lb wet), or other smallish utility trailers around (and, BTW, gives me way more hauling capacity than an SUV or pickup on the few occasions that I need it, not to mention that FWD is better than RWD on slippery boat ramps). Most of its contemporaries also had 1000-2000lb ratings.

Most new cars these days don't seem to have any tow rating any more (which I would guess translates to warranty denials if you have a hitch installed), leaving your only option to buy some kind of truck or SUV.

Comment: Re:I'm driving a rented Nissan Pathfinder while my (Score 1) 622

by eth1 (#49530001) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

And why is it that the bigger the pickup, the greater the odds that they will back into parking spaces?

Because backing in makes it easier to get large/longer vehicles parked straight. Going head-in, you constrain your steering to the space between neighboring vehicles, while backing in lets you position the rear of the vehicle, then steer it in straight. This goes for parking ANY vehicle in tight quarters. Generally, the people that actually know how to drive their large trucks are the ones you see backed in. The others are the ones parked crooked head-in.

Plus, it's safer to back OUT of traffic, than to back into it.

Comment: Re:Honestly ... (Score 3, Insightful) 342

by eth1 (#49472177) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket

You could ask any street urchin to buy a ticket for you.
He has some highly sophisticated method, but was caught at the easiest part anyone could do better.

Hm... if someone came up to me as asked me to buy them a lottery ticket, I'd be rather suspicious. At the very least, I'd buy a second one with the same numbers and keep it for myself.

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 1) 1081

by eth1 (#49259499) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

Nitrous Oxide isn't a bad idea, followed by CO2 or N2 displacing all the O2, or simply lowering the pressure. Valium drip followed by ex-sanguination might be an effective method as well.

I'm generally not happy with the death penalty for various reasons, but if you're going to do it, do it right.

Or maybe just a straight-up heroin OD?

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 2) 538

I've heard it said that we get the type of candidates for political office that we do because the system is not attractive to good and noble candidates.

It also rings true that we have lowered the bar of expectation with regard to decency and morality from our politicians.

Really, we just need to ban anyone who wants to run for office from ever actually holding office. Pick the pool of candidates like we pick jury pools.

Comment: Re:how ? (Score 1) 324

by eth1 (#49158713) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

You, the individual, can't hope to keep up with organizations that can out-spend you hundreds to thousands of times in terms both man-hours and money. How can you even know if the code you download off the manufacturers' web sites hasn't been tainted during production? Your only hope is to stay below their radar, or have enough trusted people around you or time on your hands to personally go through the code and verify it. I'm betting, even in their mom's basement, hardly anyone has time for that.

This. We have reached the point where electronic security for most individuals is simply not possible. The problem is that it's "hard," and most people that aren't security professionals (and even some that are) will never understand how things like encryption, asymmetric keys, etc. work. Which means that in order to secure themselves, they HAVE TO trust someone to take care of those details for them. But any company these days essentially has to be assumed to be under the control of a government, or will instantly fold when pressed.

And even if you're comfortable managing keys and such, you probably can't write your own software (especially strong encryption algorithms) and build your own hardware.

Comment: Re:How's this any different... (Score 4, Interesting) 114

by eth1 (#49115041) Attached to: Lenovo Hit With Lawsuit Over Superfish Adware

Many "enterprise" (lol) class proxies (deployed by corporations to "protect" their internal networks") do the exact same thing.

Totally different:
1. In a proxy, the key used to sign MITM traffic is on a device not accessible to anyone but the admins, not stored on a PC (probably improperly secured) that other malware could access.
2. A good proxy will check certs on the server side of the connection. The one we use will either "pass through" certificate errors, or allow us to block sites with invalid certs entirely.
3. A proper setup will use the URL categorization to not MITM certain traffic. We decrypt anything that's blocked (you have to in order to deliver a block page without cert errors), but that's not a big deal since it never even talks to the server. We also don't decrypt healthcare, banking, shopping, etc.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"