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Comment: Re:If so damn many people are making nukes (Score 1) 260

by flink (#48297595) Attached to: Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

fair enough, I should have been more specific. Anything with pseudoephrine has been behind the counter for years. I'm talking about a lot of stores now have a blanket policy on any cold medicine regardless of ingredients

  but I stand my my point regardless if you can make meth with it. How about instead of regulating things that could potentially be used to make bad things, we simply go after people who actually DO bad things. Stop inconveniencing the majority because of a very VERY small minority

Many cough formulas contain dextromethorphan, a mild dissociative that can be abused recreationally. When they check IDs for over-the-counter stuff, they're probably trying to screen out robotripping teenagers, not people cooking meth.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 3, Informative) 463

by flink (#48149881) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Can we please stop comparing Ebola to the flu?

For starters, Ebola apparently has a 70% mortality rate. Additionally, Ebola kills people who are otherwise perfectly healthy. The flu does not.

Some flus are absolutely more deadly for healthy people. Part of what made the 1918 flu pandemic so deadly was that it could induce a cytokine storm resulting in multiple organ failure. Since the release of cytokines is an inflammatory immune response, the better your immune system the worse off you are. Thus a young, fit person with a healthy immune system is more at risk than an infant with a undeveloped immune system, or an elderly person with a failing one.

Comment: Re:A bit early (Score 2) 279

by flink (#48140429) Attached to: Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

TFA's commentary on patient zero being sent home with a bottle of antibiotics (for a virus, of course) was spot on though. That's what happens when you insist on running healthcare as a business.

The suspicion is that either the ER Doctor(s?) ignored the nurse's notes,
or the hospital's electronic health record (EHR) software didn't let the Doctor see the nurse's notes.

I spent 15 years designing/implementing hospital information systems and later HIEs. In every instance I can think of where a doc was denied access to a portion of the chart, we gave implementers the option of enabling a "break glass" button that would let them see the entire unredacted record in case of an emergency. Using the button would trigger an administrative alert to prevent abuse or routine use. A competently designed system should never get ion the way of the delivery of urgent care.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 1) 549

by flink (#48135083) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Was great on my PCs where I had KeePassX, but the first time I had to enter a 24-character randomly generated password with special characters on my cellphone to log in, I realized why it will never work for the average person. Big, long complex passwords are great until you have to type them in on a tiny ass keyboard.

Zetetic's STRIP is pretty great for this. I've been using it since it was a Palm Pilot V app. They've got Windows, Mac, IOS, and Android clients. On the desktop you you can dedicate a hot key for filling in forms, although admittedly on mobile you're stuck copy/pasting. It even has an RFC6238 TOTP generator built in so you can ditch Google Authenticator. Supports syncing between devices via cloud services, local WIFI, or a designated folder.

I usually don't shill for commercial products, but I've rarely used any one piece of software for so long and been so happy with it. And while the UI is commercial, they've released the encrypted repository that backs it as open source.

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 1) 299

Frankly, I'm more concerned with hackers or script kiddies bricking thousands of phones for lol's, than I am about hypothetical law enforcement abuse of it, but it remains a possibility.

a PC packed with FPGAs and a microcell could work as a rolling nuke that cracked and bricked every cell phone in a 2 klick radius

I think any sane implementation of this would require the brick command to be signed by the carrier's PKI or some other fail safe to prevent brick commands from being spammed or spoofed.

Comment: Re:FCC doesn't have a mandate to answer to the pub (Score 1) 140

The FCC is supposed to answer to Congress. Congress makes the laws that define the scope of FCC responsibilities. The FCC should only listen to the public as it pertains to regulated entities doing something wrong or the FCC not doing its job.

The FCC is an independent agency. Congress defines the scope of it's powers and the president appoints it's chairman and members of the board. However, when exercising those powers within the scope of it's statutory authority the FCC is answerable to no one, not even the president. If the FCC pisses off congress they have the power to redefine the scope of it's statutory authority, but that's about it.

I do agree that the FCC head should never be a shill for the regulated industries.

Agreed. If congress had any backbone they would place ISPs under Title II by statute and take the decision out of the FCC's hands.

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 2) 533

by flink (#47466745) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

It's almost like there's this sort of happy medium built into the system where the Federal government represents the small government that doesn't intrude while more local governments (States and Municipalities) which offer more representation to their constituents can serve the role of the larger government.

The problem is that large corporations wield even more undemocratic power at the state level. A big company (or even just a small one that employs a lot of people locally) doesn't even have to spend much to gain influence. They just have to make noises about moving operations to another state and they can get all sorts of concessions out of state and local governments. So a lot of reforms, particular things that relate to labor or benefits, are harder to enact at a state-by-state level.

Comment: Re:Profit before subsidy? (Score 1) 247

by flink (#47384053) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

Ha, well 40mpg is highway. My commute is 16 city miles round trip, all of then city miles, where I get substantially less than 40mpg. What it boils down to is I'm paying $200/mo car payment + $120/mo for gas. If I could trade that for $300/mo for the car + cost of electricity, I think it would come out basically even, especially if maintenance cost are lower or the car lasts longer than a comparable gas vehicle.

Comment: Re:Profit before subsidy? (Score 1) 247

by flink (#47383659) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

I just did the calculation for myself, and compared to my $15k 40mpg Hyundai, and given the amount of gas I go through on a weekly basis, if I pay sticker price for the model E it will be just about at the break even point. Any subsidy is just gravy. My current car is only 2 years old, so I won't be in the market for a while, but I'll definitely take a long hard look at a Tesla when I am.

I can't be that unique. Hopefully this car will find it's niche.

Comment: Human Subject Review (Score 1) 160

by flink (#47375195) Attached to: Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

I haven't seen a human subject review or impact statement mentioned in any of these /. articles. Did Facebook even do one before proceeding with this research? If so was it reviewed by an ethics panel before they proceeded with the experiment? If not, then they should definitely be held responsible for any negative outcomes.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.