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Comment: Re:Air Gapped Box (Score 1) 445

by scheme (#46307483) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

Completely off topic: what would be the best way to physically disable the wifi capability of a device. Obviously you can disable in software, but I'm the paranoid sort, and would love a way of knowing that my IP web cam is not gonna be doing anything with that wifi antenna. Thinking maybe some kind of terminator or some other way of "absorbing" the signals.

Find and remove the antenna for wifi. If that's not possible, make an impromptu faraday cage around the body of the camera. It won't completely block the signals but it should reduce it significantly.

Comment: Re:Fuck these government pricks (Score 2) 371

by scheme (#45518439) Attached to: FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

I am a 23andme member and my genetic test showed that I am sensitive to warfarin. That's something I never knew before. If I ever get into a situation where that drug is used, having informed the doctor of this potential problem just might have saved my life. There is no possibility that this information could result in any harm, because if the doctor gives a lower than normal dose and it's not effective, he can simply give more.

What if the test is incorrect? You claim that there's no risk because the doctor can just titrate the dosage up, but if you have a time sensitive condition then the extra time required to adjust the dosage up could result in irreparable harm to your health. E.g. you get a stroke or thrombosis while the dosage is being adjusted.

Comment: WTF? (Score 4, Insightful) 117

by scheme (#44975271) Attached to: As Hurricane Season Looms, It's Disaster-Preparedness Time

Hurricane season has been going on for a few months now. Why the hell would a data center or organization review their hurricane/storm related disaster checklists now instead of, oh, you know, before hurricane season? Any organization complacent and negligent enough to wait till the end of the hurricane season to review/correct their checklists probably isn't going to actually care about the checklist anyway.

Comment: That's BS (Score 0) 454

by scheme (#44724059) Attached to: Syria: a Defining Moment For Chemical Weapons?

When war is excused, for any reason, it is a sign that civilization is failing. It's the exact same thing as college sports.


When the only way to resolve matters is with bombs, then we're all going to die in a war. I don't understand why the US doesn't just impose sanctions on Syria. Seriously, wtf are they going to do, bomb the place(s) that are producing chemical weapons? I guess that's one thing they could do, but how about simply go in and try to talk it out? Or stay the hell out of the way? If the US puts itself into their war, then won't that make more people hate the US, and in turn, create more reasons for terrorists to try to fuck with the American people?

So you're saying that everyone should have stayed the hell out of the way in Rwanda when the Hutus decided that the Tutsis population didn't need to keep living. I think that the shame then was that the UN and international community waited 100 days and let over a million Tutsis people die before intervening. If you're going to call the intervention and subsequent war against the Hutu government a sign that the civilation is failing then you have no sense of decency. An analogous situation arises in the Bosnian civil war.

Economic sanctions don't always work and for some countries aren't effective. It's not going to hurt Syria if they don't buy anything from the US or can get what they need from the black market. Unless of course, you're suggesting that we blockade all commerce to Syria and slowly let the population starve.

Comment: Re:So do those containers sink or float? (Score 1) 361

by scheme (#44266393) Attached to: Container Ship Breaks In Two, Sinks

If they are airtight, maybe some could float? If you bump into one of those 7000 while you are out jet skiing, can you take it home as yours? Finders keepers? Or does the shipping company still own the containers?

They do float for a while, even worse, they can float a few feet before the surface which may result in the boat you're on suddenly running into a very heavy metal container in the middle of the ocean. Fun times.

Comment: Re:Declared underweight? (Score 1) 361

by scheme (#44266369) Attached to: Container Ship Breaks In Two, Sinks

Even if that was what happened, that has nothing to do with overloading. Verifying container weight wouldn't solve the problem.

BTW, did you even look at the pictures?

What? If you verified the container weight, you could make sure that your loading distribution is within x% of your planned distribution preventing weird moments causing undue stresses on the ship.

Comment: Re:Phobia... (Score 1) 175

Wouldn't door knobs, faucet and toilet knobs, stair railings and cart handles be a much higher priority?

If you have germaphobic tendencies, think of this the next time you're in a public bathroom: what is the last thing touched before you wash your hands and the first thing touched after you wash your hands?

Brought to you by the Ruining Daily Activities Program...

Screw, that. It turns out that keyboards have more germs than toilets.

Comment: Re:How about (Score 3, Insightful) 175

If you want a surface that is scratch resistant, you need to get something that's really hard. If you want something that is shatterproof, you want something that is soft or can flex enough to absorb impacts. You'll need a breakthrough to find something that's both. Manufacturers went the scratch-proof way because it's more likely that your phone would be in your pocket with keys, coins, etc. than being regularly dropped.

Comment: Re:Defense Contractors (Score 1) 207

First of all make sure you apply to the big defense contractors. Lockheed Martin especially likes to hire ex-military. Given that you were a jet pilot, I mean that's pretty damn impressive. Emphasize how you can work with complicated systems. Flying a jet isn't easy. Were you a leader in the military? Emphasize leadership skills. I assume flying combat missions takes communication skills too. Emphasize those.

I believe all pilots are officers so he was a leader in the military.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.