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Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 822

by godel_56 (#49740311) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

tolls need infrastructure which costs money to run

Disadvantages of toll booths: 1. Require lots of new and expensive infrastructure. 2. Slows down traffic and creates congestion 3. Encourages people to drive on local streets, winding through neighborhoods, rather than on highways. 4. Doesn't discriminate on size, weight, efficiency of the vehicle, or number of passengers.

Advantages of toll booths: 1. Creates jobs for glaziers that are unemployed due to insufficient amounts of broken windows.

In my city in Australia tolls are collected by pre-purchased RFID tags and enforced by number plate cameras. If you're from out of town or only an occasional toll road user then you can pay by phone or on-line within the 24 hours following your journey.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 822

by godel_56 (#49740199) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Maybe that is backward in some locations. In Atlanta the poor live close and the rich commute AGES to get to work. My question on a per mileage charge is how is the tracking done. Reading the odometer is easy and doesn't have privacy concerns, but doesn't reflect if it was driven on private roads or out of state.

From TFA: "Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have driven and where.

Looks like another step towards a total surveillance society.

Comment: Re:Charged only if actually negligent (Score 2) 544

by godel_56 (#49694049) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

I presume you would exempt parents of unvaxed children who were unvaxed for reasons beyond their control, such as

1) Could not afford shots 2) No access to health care 3) Child could not get shots for medical reasons


In Australia the shots are free and there would be obvious exemptions for kids who can't be vaccinated for medical reasons, but maximizing Herd Immunity to protect these kids is another reason for vaccinating as many as possible.

Comment: Re:Full Disclosure is the only way... (Score 1) 94

I've reported serious vulnerabilities to a number of companies in the past. Generally, they acknowledge receipt of the information but do nothing to fix the problem -- e.g. a race condition, a SQL injection vulnerability, etc etc. However, when I've posted information on reddit or other internet forums, the bugs tend to get fixed rather quickly.

Full disclosure may well be a necessary evil -- sure, it allows anyone for some period of time to exploit the vulnerability; but it sure ends up getting fixed. Companies will wait months and years to fix security bugs if there is no clear and present danger.

Any time I disclose a bug to a vendor, I now tell them in the e-mail they have five days to fix it; after that it will be publicly disclosed. And I always make good on the disclosure.

I hope you make the contacts anonymously, because bad things tend to happen to whistle blowers. The "shoot the messenger" philosophy is alive and well in many companies and governments.

Comment: Re:Please explain (Score 1) 158

by godel_56 (#49660413) Attached to: Devices I have with a GPS reciever built in:

I can understand two or three, but I'm at a loss for how someone could have 6 or more GPS devices. Will someone please explain how it's even possible for a normal person to have that many?

Also some cameras have inbuilt GPS devices for tagging photos (with commensurate security and privacy problems resulting).

Comment: Belts and braces (Score 1) 26

If you really need to communicate anonymously, buy a cheap, second hand laptop for cash, wipe the HD, then communicate using the Tails OS and someone else's Wi-Fi, preferably nowhere near where you live.

Oh, and stay out of the range of any security cameras and number plate scanners when you leave the house, and leave your cell phone at home.

Comment: Re:Better question than "what's next" (Score 1) 83

by godel_56 (#49425259) Attached to: TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis

Instead of asking "what now", doesn't anyone wonder why TC chose to self-destruct, invoking its own canary and refusing to let anyone keep the name? If the devs just wanted out, they could have passed on the name to a blessed successor. Even if they wanted to act petty and protect the name for no good reason, they didn't need to invoke their canary. Something about this just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Hmm, if we question whether or not we can trust that the NSA didn't get to the original devs... How can we trust that they didn't get to the auditors? "Yup, all clear! Enjoy! (Can I have my kids back now, Mr. Suit?)"

We'll never know for certain but one theory is that, being just a couple of developers doing it in their own time for no money, and perhaps with family and other concerns, they just got sick of it. However it would have been nice if the bastards could have at least given us a clue as to why they left.

One big disappointment for me is that the audit did not cover the plausible deniability function of Truecrypt, something that could be crucial if you live in an authoritarian right wing state — such as the UK.

Comment: Wire heads (Score 1) 42

by godel_56 (#49253145) Attached to: Controlling Brain Activity With Magnetic Nanoparticles


. . . injected custom-made, 20-nanometer iron oxide particles into a region of the rodents' brains called the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a well-studied deep brain structure essential to the experience of reward, which plays a central role in disorders such as addiction and depression in people

Think of Larry Niven's "wire head' addicts and the Puppeteer's Tasp in Ring World. There are potentials for both private and governmental abuse.

Comment: Australians claim alzheimers breakthrough (Score 1) 299

by godel_56 (#49244989) Attached to: Sir Terry Pratchett Succumbs To "the Embuggerance," Aged 66

"AUSTRALIAN scientists have made a breakthrough in the treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that can restore memory loss. Researchers at the University of Queensland’s Brain Institute hope to trial a planned “cheap, mobile’’ ultrasound device for humans in two years after the technique was found to work on mice.

The drug-free treatment uses ultrasound waves to break apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that cause memory loss and cognitive decline." etc.

Oops, too late.

Comment: RTFA (Score 1) 131

by godel_56 (#49132357) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping
Although it would break with Slashdot tradition, I wish the complainers would read the fucking article. This product is designed to address ONE of the problems/duties associated with bee keeping.
The promoters clearly advise anyone without bee keeping experience to contact and join a bee keeping club if they don't know what they're doing. They clearly state that the hives will also have to be inspected for diseases, pests etc, but that's not the specific problem this product is designed to solve.

Comment: Re:LOL ... powering down ... (Score 1) 30

by godel_56 (#48879463) Attached to: Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles Users At Risk of Cyberattacks

We used to have a receptionist who would install pretty much anything from anywhere. Animated dinosaur cursors? Bring 'em on. A game? Make it so. She'd click any link, any button, anywhere.

Periodically it was just easier to wipe her machine, re-install from an image, and then let her destroy it again.

"For example, the researchers found that users who are more comfortable taking risks are also more susceptible to virus infections"

That also applies to real life and STDs. In that case anyone sleeping with your receptionist should use a lot of latex protection.,

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson