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Comment: Forgot to mention... (Score 2) 405

by mmell (#46827901) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips
Automobiles in operation on public roads do not enjoy the same protections as a private home, vehicle on private property, etc. If the officer had found the suspect vehicle parked in a driveway, knocked on the front door and then smelled marijuana, he would have to go through the added step of justifying a search warrant.


Comment: Re:Anybody know the plate# for each scotus? (Score 1) 405

by mmell (#46827777) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips
The officer suspected that the driver might be impaired (by drugs, alcohol, medical condition . . . whatever). He pulled the driver over.

He smelled marijuana. Now he had a reasonable suspicion that the driver was impaired and that evidence supporting that suspicion would be found in the car.

Or shall we have the police simply stop investigating all crimes which they don't personally witness? Mind you, I'm no fan of the police or their well-documented history of abusing the system to perform their duties. I just don't want to be mugged some night and not be able to get the police to respond until I bring credible evidence of that mugging in to the police department.

Comment: Was this cheaper or more productive than ... (Score 3, Insightful) 60

by mmell (#46827759) Attached to: The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos
... just going back and taking more pictures?


Is it as satisfying? No. I say it's time we go back for another firsthand look. Perhaps even land there and start doing more research - not into "what is the moon made of" or "where did the moon come from". More along the lines of "how can I build a profitable luxury hotel here?"

Comment: Re:What a WEIRD argument! (Score 1) 405

by mmell (#46827667) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips
So what do we do? Prohibit the police from acting on 911 calls from anonymous sources like pay phones or pay-as-you-go phones? What if my cellular phone routinely routes over VOIP if it can find a WiFi connection?

"Help, I'm being chased by a man with a machete! I'm at First and Main, running for my life!"

"Too bad. I don't see your caller ID information - let us know how that machete thing works out for you."

Comment: Critical work. (Score 2) 143

by mmell (#46827439) Attached to: OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone
But only when I'm not at home or at work, and only when I've forgotten to bring both my laptop and my tablet (with bluetooth keyboard) with me. In short - times when I've cracked a duh-lithium crystal by exceeding duh-factor eight.

Incidentally, my phone and tablet both run Android - and the tablet is only marginally better than the phone at actually doing anything productive. Even with BusyBox and a decent SSH client, the OS and interface just aren't optimized for much beyond gaming, entertainment and basic connectivity (at least, to me).

Comment: How many vulnerable routers are in enterprise use? (Score 2) 233

by mmell (#46812425) Attached to: Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found
The ability of my ISP to hack and slash my router is nominally annoying. If it truly bothers me, I can buy a compatible cable or DSL modem and use my own router (or even buy my own cable/DSL wireless router) and ensure that it is not vulnerable - assuming such a piece of equipment is available on the consumer market. The cost won't break my bank.

For enterprises, such a vulnerability could be catastrophic and would require immediate remediation regardless of budget considerations. Or more accurately, many enterprises would be forced to choose between preserving their network security and preserving their operating capital. The cost to commerce for this could be devastating if this exploit is not confined to consumer-grade equipment.

TFA only mentions consumer grade routers. Please let that be the extent of this . . .

Comment: Even monkeys know about more and less. (Score 2) 86

by mmell (#46809425) Attached to: Experiment Suggests Monkeys Can Do Basic Math
That's actually good to know. Question - given a full bowl of food and a half-full bowl of the same food, will your average house pet pick one preferentially over the other? What about if it's trained to expect the other bowl to be removed immediately after it chooses one?

It would be nice to see what animals are capable of this kind of differentiation - although the ability of Rhesus macaques to use symbolic representations to differentiate between 'more' and 'less' appears to be significant on several levels (at least, to me).

Comment: Re:Neat (Score 1) 214

by mmell (#46809345) Attached to: Reinventing the Axe
I used to use a wedge and a sledge hammer for this kind of work. An ax is a good wood cutting tool that happens to be able to split logs pretty well.

This is a purpose-designed ax, meant specifically for splitting logs. It might be marginally superior to an ax for the job. It might even be better or more convenient than a wedge and a sledge. I don't see it really catching on - I think an ax is a far more flexible tool, and if you're specifically interested in splitting logs there are other special-purpose tools already available that'll do the job just as well.

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk