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Comment Re:Impossible to disarm? (Score 1) 361

The only option was the cut open the case and the wires simultaneously. To do that required a shaped charge. This is the only detonator that the FBI has come accost that couldn't even be disarmed by its creator for a reason.

Wonder if the newer explosives propelled water-cutting jackets could have cut the wires/detonators without triggering the TNT...

Comment Re:Genius ? Really ? No, Sir. (Score 1) 662

"invented" / "hacked" In the interview he said it was something he threw together in 20 minutes, so clearly not something groundbreaking / super involved, so probably more journalistic interpretation rather than his own claim. If he did use the word invention? He's a kid.

But props for curiosity and hacking at tech. 99+% these days are reduced to passive consumers. I did pretty much the same, ripping the radio part out of a clock radio and using the trigger wire from the clock board (that used to power/turn on the radio part) to switch a relay so I could instead turn on my big stereo system.

as to the power sources - clearly the original clock was mains powered with a battery backup to keep the clock going and possibly powering a buzzer, so that you don't oversleep if there was/is a power failure. Pretty much standard for alarm clocks / clock radios...

Comment Re:My view of this (Score 1) 662

A hoax bomb that he showed off to his relevant teacher, AFAICT, pretty much directly in the morning. Didn't leave somewhere half-hidden for someone to find, but kept with him Apparently didn't show anyone else until requested to do so after the alarm went off during class. No blocks of clay (C4/Semtex) or cardboard tubes (dynamite). Yes, that sounds JUST like the actions of a bomb hoaxer... NOT.

Comment Re:I liked the cartoon that read: (Score 1) 662

A boy was trying to impress his female teacher. Really you guys can't see this as what it is. A boy bringing a shiny red apple to his female teacher hoping she will smile at him like he's a man, not a boy?

WOW! A homemade clock to impress her and she thinks he made a bomb.

From the articles I've read - he brought it in to show his engineering teacher, who AFAICT appears to be male, and recognized that it was indeed just a clock. The female teacher was in a later class and she was only shown the clock because of her request, since the alarm had gone off during class.

Comment Re:Google Maps (Score 1) 258

City councilman Johnny Khamis dismissed such criticism: "This is a public street. You're not expecting privacy on a public street."

This argument did not work for Google Maps, who have been forced by various state and municipal governments to blur the license plates and faces of people captured.

But I guess they aren't the government... if the government does it, it's fine.. (???)

Maybe the dear councilman will lead by example and equip his vehicle(s) with GPS transceivers that log to a public web site whenever the vehicle(s) is/are running? I'd even be understanding and OK with if it was geo-fenced to exclude private land, like big farms etc w/o public access.

Kinda doubt it though...

Comment Re:Legal Opinion, Please? (Score 1) 699

under US law, the advertising companies do not have standing, since their work is not being manipulated. The publishers, though, may have, as their copywritten material is being modified, and therefore a derivative work created. However, that, in itself, does not create a copyright law violation. This is complex and the outcome likely depends on which case, in the US, gets to the supreme court first.

French law? No clue. Their copyright law might be very, very different.

They have no, and have never had any, control of how their pages are rendered at the viewing side. Remember "Works best with $foo" ? My browser might not even support graphics, Javascript, Flash, etc

I request page $bar - that doesn't automatically mean I'm required to also get any and all resources linked to in it. What I do with the HTML code of $bar is MY decision, whether manually in a text editor, through external scripts, or through a plug-in I've installed in my browser.

Comment Re:Concern for high values? (Score 1) 356

First of all, incarceration after arrest is not "prison"; it's jail.

Not really. That's mainly a USA-specific distinction, and he was imprisoned in Sweden.

We have the same distinct inion Sweden, both the term and the facility. Before trial you're in 'häkte' quite often solitary and with restricted communications/news input. These are typically nuilt into bigger police stations. Sweden is often criticized for the long periods of time persons can be kept there. After sentencing you go to 'fängelse', of which there are different styles. Unless you serve your time on monitored house arrest, possibly even with allowance to travel to work.

Comment Re:timeline (Score 3, Informative) 236

During the gulf war public use was actually turned off so the military could have better access.

Huh? GPS satellites are not wireless access points with a limited number of users supported -- they broadcast a signal that anyone can receive (the number of users has zero impact on other users).

I assume GP has confused, and was referring to, the turning off of SA (selective availability), that when on deteriorates the precision of civilian receivers - thus improving the precision availble to the military units that couldn't get proper military grade receivers but instead had civilian receivers. As you say, number of users/receivers has no effect on the system, as they're just listening - just like FM radio sets...

Comment Re:Is this counting Apple's new encryption scheme? (Score 1) 210

Burn it. In Russia in the 90s they used to sell kit that could destroy a computer remotely in case the mob or the police visited. Maybe they have the same for the iphone?

Ooooh, I sense a business opportunity - thermite cases! Shouldn't be any less safe to walk around with than the phones themselves, given the batteries. Must just not make the trigger too sensitive...

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