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Comment: O noes! (Score 1) 469

by mpaque (#45777569) Attached to: Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

Software in a wearable gadget that does what my brain used to be able to do? Oh yes, fear this software! Run away, run away!

The last thing we want individuals to be able to do is have access to cognitive assistive software.

Besides, facial recognition of members of the lumpen proletariat is a power reserved to our corporate and government masters. Allowing the proles to do the same thing turns surveillance into sousveillance, which is obviously unacceptible.

The software should be banned. We should also mandate surgery to as to prevent anyone from using their internal processing capacity to reconnize faces. Harrison Bergeron had it right..

Comment: Internet vectored infection! (Score 1) 261

by mpaque (#44981993) Attached to: Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

This could become worse than the Dancing Plague of 1518 or the June Bug epidemic of 1962!

Worse, this shows every sign of being a hysterical contagion, capable of being transmitted over the Internet and infecting it's victims through contact with their computers, tablets, and smartphones!

The good news is that I know of a possible cure, and if I can reach my Kickstarter goal of $500,000, I can begin work on a treatment for the unfortunate victims...

Comment: More fingerprints in the Real World... (Score 1) 303

Just yesterday, I picked up a water glass in a restaurant. I also used the silverware.

5 bucks to a busboy, and someone could have gotten a pretty clear set of my prints. Oops.

Worried about someone getting YOUR fingerprints? Wear gloves everywhere. Bring along a handkerchief to wipe everything down if you momentarily have the gloves off.

Low tech doesn't mean no tech.

Comment: Re:Or... (Score 5, Informative) 341

by mpaque (#44719083) Attached to: The Golden Gate Barrage: New Ideas To Counter Sea Level Rise

> when and if sea level actually starts to rise... we'll talk

Water level measurements from the San Francisco gage (CA Station ID: 9414290) indicate that mean sea level rose by an average of 2.01 millimeters (mm) per year from 1897 to 2006, equivalent to a change of eight inches in the last century. The rate of rise has increased to about 3 mm per year over the past 15 years.

This is the oldest tidal guage in continuous operation in the United States, and is located near the Golden Gate.

http://www.energy.ca.gov/2012publications/CEC-500-2012-014/CEC-500-2012-014.pdf

Comment: Re:total stupidity (Score 1) 634

by mpaque (#44525505) Attached to: NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins

Don't worry. The remaining system administrators will properly triage all the work among the remaining admins.

They'll just punt all the routine boring stuff like security audits and access control management to concentrate on the more urgent firefighting, like user requests that would otherwise hold things up, and more visible projects like those new TPS cover sheets.

Comment: Teardown comparison of fake, real Apple chargers (Score 2) 457

by mpaque (#44383781) Attached to: After a User Dies, Apple Warns Against Counterfeit Chargers

Pardon me for interrupting the usual /. dialogue with something relevant to the original topic, but Ken Shirriff did a couple of teardowns a year ago that point out exactly why the counterfeit chargers are Not Safe. The safety issues revolve around poor isolation practices between the line and USB sides of some USB chargers.

Major items include
1) lack of "double insulated" construction in the internal transformer.
2) parts placement of line and USB side components on a single circuit board such that paths may be readily formed between line and USB sides from moisture, construction errors, or component failure.
3) inadequate margins between line side and USB side in overall layout of the charger internal components.

http://www.righto.com/2012/05/apple-iphone-charger-teardown-quality.html

http://www.righto.com/2012/03/inside-cheap-phone-charger-and-why-you.html

Comment: Nothing to see here. Move along... move along... (Score 1) 274

by mpaque (#44137579) Attached to: Immigration Bill Passes the Senate, Includes More H-1B Visas

And in other news, the bill has been declared DOA on arrival at the House of Representatives, where the Speaker of the House has announced that they intend to do their own thing, perhaps later this year, or possibly next year where a bill can be used as fodder for the 2014 campaigns.

Meh.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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