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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 106

by russotto (#47793875) Attached to: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

You also have the option of not traveling by your own car - you can rent a car, borrow one from a friend, walk, bike, or take public transit.

If you rent a car or use public transit, they're tracking you through your payment instrument and/or facial recognition. If you walk or bike, facial recognition. If you borrow a car, they'll track down your friend and have him/her rat you out, or use facial recognition.

Comment: Re:Baby steps (Score 1) 264

by russotto (#47793539) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

This this car requires an AI than can improvise. It has to know that the hill you are about to go up is snow covered which means you have to gun it and not stop, otherwise you will get stuck.

It'll be easier to teach that sort of thing to a self-driving car than to your average "slower is safer in the snow" programmed human idiot. Keeping enough speed and control to drive around those assholes in their stuck Volvos while I drive around in my (slipping madly, but still going) RWD Miata is a real pain.

Comment: Re:That's nice, but... (Score 4, Insightful) 374

by russotto (#47793503) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

The government could almost certainly get this data by going through the proper procedures in Ireland. That they can also get it surreptitiously doesn't matter; they're trying to establish precedent that they can legally get any data held by any US company anywhere in the world without involving any other government; that precedent is the important part, not the particular data involved.

Comment: Re: Rule of thumb (Score 1) 122

by russotto (#47781485) Attached to: No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

He used only one because security torx is expensive compared to Phillips and minimizing the BOM while fulfilling the requirements (including making user repairs a pain) was his job. Naturally he had to balance this against the cost of having separate tooling to insert the security screw.

Comment: Re:Traffic stops? (Score 1) 602

by russotto (#47770791) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

I'm male and I got a written warning once. Of course the fact that it was an official written warning means this was standard procedure and would in no way be affected by a camera. The fact that no speed was written on the warning (despite their being a blank for it) explains how I got it... he'd spent a few minutes trying to get me to tell him a speed, which I wouldn't. Obviously he didn't know. Fortunately a reasonably honest specimen for a cop, even if he did try to trick me into confessing.

Comment: It's way simpler than that (Score 1) 202

by russotto (#47762421) Attached to: How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

They just lifted them into place. The big ones might have taken two to four people. If you hadn't noticed that each generation has gotten weaker, lazier, and more morally depraved than the last, ask your parents and/or grandparents -- reserve the afternoon. Thus, by extension, back in ancient times, people had strength, stamina, and willpower that we attribute only to supernatural beings today.

Comment: Re:Speaking as a grumpy (Score 2) 119

by russotto (#47761615) Attached to: The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

Lambdas. Ha. Lambdas are older than I am, and they think they discovered them. Garbage collection, too. Yeah, we know, functional programming and garbage collection will save the day and no one will ever have to write a loop, mutate an object, or allocate memory again. How many years have they been saying that? Probably longer than they've been saying RISC will kick CISCs butt, and ... oh, hell, the young'ns don't even know what that is, do they.

Comment: Re:Seriously, we're not rapists.... (Score 1) 585

by russotto (#47753933) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Bet you didn't see that coming. It's not merely everything a man ever does that promotes rape culture in this new world, you see, it's also every step a woman might take to reduce the likelihood of rape.

Apparently they're upset at anything a potential victim might want to do, at all.

From the article:
"As a woman, I'm told not to go out alone at night, to watch my drink, to do all of these things. That way, rape isn't just controlling me while I'm actually being assaulted -- it controls me 24/7 because it limits my behavior. Solutions like these actually just recreate that. I don't want to fucking test my drink when I'm at the bar. That's not the world I want to live in."

And there's actually a small point there. Unfortunately, however, she doesn't get a choice as to the world she lives in; none of us do, it's take it or leave it. And despite all the man-blaming, there's not much the vast majority of men, who are non-rapists, can do about the few who are. No amount of our not-raping will change the rapists out there. Particularly not the vanishingly few using date-rape drugs; they either know they're doing wrong, or they're mentally ill, and aren't likely to respond to any sort of cultural persuasion either way.

So, should she let (fear of) rape influence her to take precautions? It's really up to her. If she doesn't want her behavior limited, she can simply not limit it. The risk is hers to take, and the rapist is still in the wrong -- but that doesn't make the risk go away. It's the same risk anyone takes when they engage in behavior putting them at risk of crime -- walking around the NYC subway holding your iPhone. Cutting through the projects rather than walking around. Driving a nice car through Southwest Philadelphia. Though not testing one's drink probably falls into the same category of "not wearing a Kevlar vest whenever you go out", given how rare drink-spiking is.

Comment: Re: The world we live in. (Score 1) 585

by russotto (#47753789) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Otherwise they'd be black knights. I will tell your from experience though that no amount of White Knighting on the internet is gonna get you laid.

How about Black Knighting? I know it gets us much better looking horses and armor (except that guy in Holy Grail; he always was the white sheep of the group)... so maybe that too?

Comment: Re: The world we live in. (Score 1) 585

by russotto (#47753355) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Why else would someone decide the only way to deal with someone texting in a theater is to blow their fucking head off?

Yeah, because that happens all the time. It's socially acceptable. When I come into work on Monday, my co-workers and I talk about all the fucking texters we shot over the weekend.

Or to deal with someone who's music is too loud is to put a gun through the window and start shooting?

Yep, because a singular case which makes national headlines is evidence of a greater culture of acceptance of such things.

Comment: Re:Bring on the tracking!!! (Score 1) 76

It swings both ways. If they want to track my every move via a cell phone then I'll use it as an alibi when I go out and commit crime then tell them I was home the whole time because I purposely left my phone on the kitchen counter.

Nice idea, but you also have to deal with license plate recognition, EZ-Pass, tire RFID, shoe RFID, facial recognition, and the like.

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