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Comment: Re:It was an almost impossible case to prosecute (Score 1) 1088

by j-beda (#48457523) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

The hero cop was ruled innocent that's all the citation you need bitch.

A full trial could have ruled him "not guilty" (which is not the same as "innocent"). The grand jury decided that there was not enough evidence to justify a trial, which is arguably a stronger statement than being found "not guilty" at trial, but still is not the same as being ruled "innocent".

Comment: Re: Record an Apology (Score 1) 159

by j-beda (#48401301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

It might be wise to release a press statement warning of the scam in your points 1 and 2 and state that they are "cooperating" with regulators and authorities to catch the scammers.

I put cooperate in quotes because trechnically it is true as long as it is reported to them whether they act or not.

But it seems that one of the ways this works is the legitimate number being used to trick people. Well, if the news runs a story about it, that element goes away.

This could actually work in your favour, as the resulting news coverage could increase your legitimate business, and put pressure on the enablers upstream to do something about it.

Comment: Re:Ancient news (Score 2) 327

by j-beda (#48399977) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

So are you really asking what could be wrong with Apple categorically refusing to implement a standard ATA command that is essential to good SSD performance?

There have been a lot of references to various devices that do not actually follow that ATA command in a way that results in data integrety. There have also been a few references to refute the claim that TRIM support is essential to good SSD performance. Good "garbage collection" code in the SSD and sufficient overprovisioning can match system performance compared to systems with TRIM support.

Comment: Re:Benefits, but still misses the point... (Score 1) 698

by j-beda (#48368705) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Of course, the REAL issue isn't even guns, it is mental health. We have kids who are unstable, unbalanced, and unloved, and the system does nothing for them. There is no way to identify problem or challenged kids and get them some help before they go off the deep end.

This isn't limited to kids, we have the same problem with adults. The mental health care system in this county is sad, we don't offer help early enough to those who need it and as a result, we have people who go crazy and do stupid stuff.

I think your thoughts on the use of firearms by the general public are likely to create so strong of a gut-level response (both in support of and against) that your point about mental health issues is likely to be missed. Approaching these problems from the point of view of mental health rather than an exercise in policing tactics response times seems more likley to result in longer term improvements. Regarless of one's position on public use of firearms, I suspect that most people would like to see a society where fewer people were "unstable, unbalanced, and unloved" - it is unfortunate that it is so difficult to get everyone to agree how to address those issues.

Comment: 100k per school? (Score 1) 698

by j-beda (#48368563) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

School shootings are bad. They are also rare on a per-school basis. Chicago for example has about 613 elementary and high schools - is it a wise use of resources to spend up to 61 million dollars for this type of system? I bet we would save more lives by hiring an extra crossing guard per school, or putting in traffic speed bumps around the school.

Comment: Re:Now (Score 0) 59

by j-beda (#48327957) Attached to: WireLurker Mac OS X Malware Found, Shut Down

You mean jailbroken iOS devices downloading pirated software from a dodgy store?

Non-jailbroken devices that don't have this store available are immune to this, as this malware isn't coming from Apple's store.

Actually, it looks like this is driven by a Mac OS X application the at was spread by being delivered along with legitimate software from a software collection site (like the info-mac archives once was in those halcion days of yore. Or maybe it was cracked/stolen/pirated software that contained the malware.

Once installed on the Mac OS X computer, making use of legittimage Apple developer credentials, the software seems to have been able to infect non-jailbroken iOS devices when those devices were attached to the machine via USB.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 328

The reason you can refrain from providing a passcode is because the 5th Amendment protects you against self-incrimination, and the very act of providing the passcode may in itself be incriminating, since it demonstrates that you have an awareness and knowledge of the device and the means to unlock it. Which is to say, while the police may have the authority (when authorized by a proper warrant) to search your phone, they do not have the authority to compel you to give up your own rights by providing a passcode.

If that was the only argument, how would the following be different?

The reason you can refrain from [unlocking with your finger] is because the 5th Amendment protects you against self-incrimination, and the very act of [unlocking with your finger] may in itself be incriminating, since it demonstrates that you have an awareness and knowledge of the device and the means to unlock it. Which is to say, while the police may have the authority (when authorized by a proper warrant) to search your phone, they do not have the authority to compel you to give up your own rights by [unlocking with your finger].

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 558

by j-beda (#48237647) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Credit card 15-20% APR, debit card you make money though interest. How is not having a credit card is a poor financial decision?

Not having access to immediate credit is less useful than having access to that credit. It is probably a poor financial decision to USE credit at 15%, but having a credit card with a 15% APR is better than having NO access to immediate credit at any rate.

If you currently are speding x$ per month by way of a debit card, you could spend the exact same amount each month on a credit card, and at the end of the month pay off that credit card with the money from the bank, thereby gaining the (admiditaly minimal) intrest for having that money in the bank. Many credit cards also supply extended warantees, theft protection, travel insurance and other benifits, including points/miles/credits/cash rewards. Each of these features is available from credit cards with no fees.

It should be noted however, that carring a balance at 15% will quickly swamp the small financial gains listed above. If you cannot pay off your credit cards each month, they are best avoided.

Comment: Re: Good luck with that. (Score 1) 558

by j-beda (#48237603) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

That's what the system in Canada has turned into. Most banks only allow 2 or 3 debit transactions before they start charging for access to your own account. In fact, the banks here count online payments and pay-by-phone as counting towards that limit. So pay your power bill and phone bill, then pay 50Â fee for evey debit transaction. You can avoid the fee by paying $10 or so every month to the bank or by keeping a minimum of $1500 in an account that pays 0% interest. Banking in Canada sucks.

PC Financial and other online banks have much better fees (typically zero for this type of thing). Most credit unions are also pretty good. The FInancial Consumer Agency seems to have a tool to investigate every type of account from every institution out there:

Comment: Re:Yes we're going to keep using FTDI chips (Score 2) 572

by j-beda (#48221249) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

We don't use any of the serial only chips, but on the higher end with JTAG and SPI the FTDI parts work great and aren't too expensive. If any "clone" chips get into our supply chain we would be very pissed at whoever did it. We specify actual FDTI parts for a reason. The "clones" have very hit or miss quality. We don't use them under windows either.

I suspect however that if FDTI fakes did make it into your supply chain, you would much prefer any FDTI software updates to toss up a "we won't work with this device" message rather than making the device not work with any software. I don't know that I would continue to use a supplier with this type of business practice if there were any viable alternatives.

Comment: Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (Score 1) 342

by j-beda (#48200699) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

The most "efficient" method in terms of customers served per unit time is multiple lines, one behind each register - then there is minimal downtime between customers and the numbers served are maximized, however it has the major disadvantage of not minimizing the time spent in line by each customer - the unlucky ones pick a slow attendant who managed to get all of the slow patrons with special situations that need extra time to serve. The one line feeding separate servers is most fair as everyone goes through the same line and nobody gets stuck waiting for the slow server or stuck behind the slow patrons while being passed by the lucky patrons who got the faster lines. However, the one line has the disadvantage of causing a delay for everyone for each customer as the customer walks to the checkout from the front of the single line. This can be substantive: if the walk is ten seconds and the line is 60 people long, this is 600 seconds, or ten extra minutes you would be standing in line compared to if the walk was instantaneous. The way around this is to have a long line feeding to short lines (even only one patron deep) at each checkout. Yes, people stuck behind a problem patron can sometimes wait a bit longer than they might like, but on average they tend to be better off. I have seen this type of thing work well at customs checkpoints at airports, where there is someone in authority telling people where to go. The difficulty of course is that any of these single line->multiple checkers work well without mechnisms to keep them working - either a machine or a person telling the next in line where to go and ideally watching the whole system to work around individual slowdowns and special cases. It is not very self-organizing.

Comment: Re:If you want results from the web (Score 1) 313

by j-beda (#48187307) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

It's fine to do that for gmail or yahoo, Comcast, etc but might not appreciate it if iPhones are sending that information back to apple even if it is never published.

I don't think that anything beyond the "" is going to to Apple, but I suppose if you are worried about anyone knowing what your email address is, then yeah, it might be a concern. Someone posted a link to an RFC of some sort that detailed how mail server settings should be published that could make this type of system unneccessary - too bad that is not more widely implemented.

Comment: Re:May I suggest (Score 1) 334

by j-beda (#48186203) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Summer temperatures up north can still get pretty warm. Bettles AK (on the arctic circle) has high temperates in the summer of at least the low 90s occasionally, and this is warm enough that compined with a sealed car and lots of sun can certainly push the car temperatures up pretty high. Summer days can be very long too.

One possible reason that things aren't going according to plan is that there never was a plan in the first place.