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Comment: Re:Same problem as the anti-glasshole movement (Score 1) 138

by jeffmeden (#46781911) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Sadly there is no supremely high-tech activity at work in this patent like sending out a flash and scanning for feedback from lenses, instead it is basically an automated anti-glasshole ready to punch anyone who is idly passing by with a recording device, but will completely miss the person with a hidden camera recording them for some time from arms length.

Yea, seems an expensive and obtuse solution for a problem $10 worth of wire and high-intensity IR LEDs can fix.

That reminds me, pick up an IR filter element for my hipster coat button cam...

Which, in turn, reminds me to ask - do we know if Glass has an IR filter built into it? IF so, then my high-powered IR LED system won't be very effective against them (although, it will still be highly effective against traditional security cameras).

Hmmm.... maybe some sort of pocket-sized EMF pump?

I can't imagine any issues with carrying something like that in close proximity to your genitals...

Side note, RE: EMF pumps - I love how a Google search of that term brings up nothing but "ghost" sucker, er, I mean hunter, equipment sales sites. Nothing funnier to me than droves of people doing their damnedest to prove P.T. Barnum right.

Outdoor photos (and even some indoor ones) tend to look like complete trash if a camera has no IR filter, so I would venture a guess that it does indeed have a decent IR filter in place.

Comment: Re:Old proverb (Score 1) 324

America learned once why it can't let dictators like Putin just invade
their neighbors with impunity.

Well then maybe they should stop putting people like Putin in power.
The current political system in Russia is the direct result of the
disastrous neo-liberal economic policies imposed by the West after the
collapse of the USSR.

Let's stop fucking up other parts of the world and then fucking them up
further by using military intervention to clean up our previous fuck
ups. How quickly we forget where this all goes.

lolololololololol. Or is it Troooooooooolololololololo?

Anyway, saying that the west had more than a whisper of influence on the resurrection of post-Soviet Russia, you are seriously delusional. They basically took everyone from the old club (Putin included) and shook them up in a snow globe, and let them fall in to place in the new club. Then, they passed a "constitution" that did little more than switch on the faucet of capitalism, and allowed money to gather into any oligarch that still had a piece of Old Russia. Is the west in the picture yet? Nope, didn't think so. Then, as energy prices rose from the rock bottom 80s level, money flew into Russia faster than anyone could even catch it. Billionaires were being minted weekly and so many were from the old party that corruption surged to all time highs. Aha! That's what the west did! They bought all that Russian oil and gas! How dare they, those meddling westerners.

Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 0, Troll) 324

He probably could have tried legal measures to implement reform if it was actually more important to him than being famous

Really? What legal measures could he have tried while remaining in the US? He would have been arrested faster than SSD read times, and never heard from again for "national security" reasons. The government's first response was to label him a traitor - they don't let you have much freedom as a traitor, in case you didn't know. I doubt any legal measures he could have tried before being arrested as a traitor would even have been reported on by the press, again for national security reasons.

Whether you think his revelations were right or wrong, I think you'd have to agree he couldn't have truly revealed anything successfully by staying in the US.

The government's first response to someone who was tasked to keep secrets safe and secure, but instead rounded up many thousands of said very important, sensitive national secrets and shared them with several reporters and then gallivanted across Asia with them in tow, was to call him a traitor? Hmm. How out of line. You can't argue for a second that he didn't completely betray his duties at the NSA, the only outstanding question is whether or not his betrayal was warranted given that the secrets he shared appear to illustrate abuse of power by the NSA. Had he stayed in the US and given his evidence to trusted sources within the US, the government's reaction would have been much different. Grassroots support would have been a lot more organic and presistent, too. The "Free Snowden" crowd can't exactly picket at the Russian embassy with any effect.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 273

by jeffmeden (#46779311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

I have worked for those companies. lol

27 page CAB form and full CAM meeting. Just to edit the /etc/login.defs and change PASS_MIN_DAYS from a 0 to a 7.

I still laugh about it to this day. A single character change and 27 pages of paperwork.

Yeah, show them you know your shit, go ahead and make single character changes all over the place to prove them that their system is pointless. Start with /etc/hosts and then work your way down to /etc/fstab.

With tongue removed from cheek, there is a reason CABs exist in the first place, namely that what one person sees as a no-brainer one character change actually impacts availability to a large number of people because they didnt realize what the true scope of the change was.

Comment: Re:Same problem as the anti-glasshole movement (Score 1) 138

by jeffmeden (#46771565) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Sadly there is no supremely high-tech activity at work in this patent like sending out a flash and scanning for feedback from lenses, instead it is basically an automated anti-glasshole ready to punch anyone who is idly passing by with a recording device, but will completely miss the person with a hidden camera recording them for some time from arms length.

Yea, seems an expensive and obtuse solution for a problem $10 worth of wire and high-intensity IR LEDs can fix.

That reminds me, pick up an IR filter element for my hipster coat button cam...

Comment: Re:Same problem as the anti-glasshole movement (Score 1) 138

by jeffmeden (#46767815) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

This has an obvious flaw... It's easy to spot cameras that are *in plain sight* however there are

However nothing. Most people aren't worried about hidden cameras because recent history shows they're not a problem: you have to go out of your way to use them and most people aren't interested enough to do that and most people aren't interesting enough to do it to. Basically the risk is small.

The covertness isn't the problem. The casualness is, and also the fact that once the photo is taken, it's going to be uploaded to google who are interested in tracking everything about everyone for the purpose of pushing ads.

That's the difference.

So to summarize, you (or the hypothetical "you") are not worried that someone would covertly record you without your knowledge, but you are worried that someone with a casual camera will point it at you with only the slightest possible chance of intending to attempt to capture images/video of you? If Google Glass (or just about any other casual camera) were constantly recording/uploading, its tiny battery would wither in minutes. To perform surveillance with it would require dedicated effort, much like the aforementioned hidden cameras. However, the distinction is apparently lost on you in an attempt at privacy-posturing as a replacement for actual privacy.

Comment: Same problem as the anti-glasshole movement (Score 2) 138

by jeffmeden (#46767189) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

This has an obvious flaw... It's easy to spot cameras that are *in plain sight* however there are plenty of presently available technologies that completely conceal cameras from view, making this irrelevant to someone really intent on snooping your private information (or posting about you on facebook/google+/etc). Sadly there is no supremely high-tech activity at work in this patent like sending out a flash and scanning for feedback from lenses, instead it is basically an automated anti-glasshole ready to punch anyone who is idly passing by with a recording device, but will completely miss the person with a hidden camera recording them for some time from arms length.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 4, Interesting) 775

This is why people don't like going to the authorities...

Something is terribly broken at that school... From TFA:

"According to Love, as the teacher is heard attempting to help her son with a math problem, a student says, “You should pull his pants down!” Another student replies, “No, man. Imagine how bad that (c**t) smells! No one wants to smell that (t**t).” As the recording continues, the teacher instructs the classroom that they may only talk if it pertains to math. Shortly thereafter, a loud noise is heard on the recording, which her son explained was a book being slammed down next to him after a student pretended to hit him in the head with it. When the teacher yells, the student exclaims, “What? I was just trying to scare him!” A group of boys are heard laughing."

The incident happened in direct contact with one of the boy's teachers. The teacher failed to control the classroom, failed to discipline the antagonists, and apparently failed to report the incident to the administration (wonder why). The boy's only hope is to get the hell out of there, his teacher (and probably most of the administration) is disturbingly incompetent.

Comment: Re:Fill your head with crap (Score 1) 163

by jeffmeden (#46760679) Attached to: The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

When deciding on an app there are only so many variables that come in to play that can allow someone to compare apps:
1. Number of downloads
2. Average review
3. Specific feature list
4. Price
5. "Editor's choice", top search ranking, "top apps" chart, etc

How each are weighted, in which ecosystems, and by demographic would start to expose where the knowledge gap lies and how to close it. Since you sound more like you are interested in a thesis to solve the problem, you should start from the problem and work backward. You need to know what drives purchase decisions before you hope to influence them.

Comment: Re:Backport\Upstream? Seems unlikely (Score 2, Insightful) 285

by jeffmeden (#46758737) Attached to: OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

It's a fork specifically for OpenBSD. Why would they keep support for other OSes?

You only fork when you want to put distance between the original; there is nothing stopping them from making changes/"improvements" to the original OpenSSL project except for scope constraint (i.e. if they just want OpenBSD to be secure) or ego. Either one stinks of selfishness. I cant criticize them directly since they are still doing all of their work for "free" and are publishing it freely, but it has to be pointed out that they are choosing the greater of two evils.

Comment: Re:um.... (Score 1) 307

":...being a mathematician, they turn to you."

You're not much of a mathematician if you don't already know the value of Pi out to several decimal places without the need to expel valuable ammo in an experiment. /john

It might be beneficial to claim to not have a lot of knowledge in your head though, since zombies (per common folklore) prefer higher quality brains and therefore acting like an idiot who cant remember a short set of numbers *essential to almost all of math* might be a good survival tactic.

Comment: Re:a bunch of dead zombies (Score 1) 307

AND a bunch of dead zombies.

What's a dead zombie? Is this some kind of recursion?

(Getting old has a lot of advantages, but one of the disadvantages is that it's harder to keep track of popular memes. I mean, I never understood the whole "vampire" thing, and now we're on to zombies. What's next?)

In the case of the "zombie apocalypse" the commonly held belief is that a communicable disease (possibly man-made) turns a normal person into a zombie without them dying first, and is then spread via contact/biting/etc so that a significant part of the population is a zombie. In that scenario zombies are near-dead (at least their cerebral cortex); dead bodies turning into zombies are part of Vodou beliefs and since there arent that many Vodou followers it is not likely that a zombie apocalypse will come to pass as a result of that particular method.

Comment: Re:Fill your head with crap (Score 1) 163

by jeffmeden (#46748703) Attached to: The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

Bennett, I like all of your stuff and this is well-written but...

Troll! Get him, boys!

These apps are just going to increase mass neurosis. We don't need our heads filled with this crap. We need to spend more time thinking about important issues, not the trivia.

I think the more important issue is the general inefficiency in the marketplace for apps (as well as ideas and intellectual property in general). That was my main point. I wouldn't have written the article just to tell people about the parking apps, although I hope some people find that useful.

If that's the issue then why wouldn't you (serious question, not asking rhetorically i promise) gin up a Turk quiz about how app markets are perceived and participated in? It seems like you already knew the answer to "does anyone know about all these cool parking spot apps?" so just get on with the bigger question. The one I have spent a lot of time pondering (non-scientifically) is what could an app store possibly offer by having >1,000,000 apps? Or even >500,000 apps?

At some point ( i would guess its somewhere down around the 10,000 mark) there has to be a diminishing return on the quality of the apps in the store, and I absolutely never understood why advertising "our store has a zillion apps! yay us! come buy our shiny! pick from a zillion apps, like you will ever have a chance to try even a tenth of a percent of them!!!" was ever thought of as effective.

Comment: Re:Bicycle! And motorcycle. (Score 4, Funny) 163

by jeffmeden (#46748605) Attached to: The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

When I want to go somewhere and it's too much trouble, I make procrastinate until it's too late to make it to whatever appointment I was going for, and that way I don't even have the bother of traveling anywhere at all.

instead of make procrastinate, for your next appointment you should try make clean; make depmod; make procrastinate; make install; make clean. Its way more efficient.

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