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Comment: I've already been doing this without this product (Score 1) 85

by sdxxx (#48891083) Attached to: 'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)
My garage door came with a liftmaster 877max keypad, which already supports this kind of functionality. You press PIN + * + TEMP-PIN + ENTER + { HOURS + *, TIMES + # } to allow TEMP-PIN to be used for HOURS hours or TIMES times. Works for enabling a code that you put in UPS my choice (which is easy to do because UPS emails you the day before you get packages). FedEx I've had more trouble with, but I don't see how this product will fix that.

Basically the big innovation here is just parsing the email to set the code automatically. But as a result you have worse security, because the PIN is only 3 digits (always ends #), and it's the tracking number so the sender knows it as well. If I want to break into your house, I just send you some UPS package and then use the last three digits of the tracking number to get in.

Comment: Depends on the felony (Score 1) 720

by sdxxx (#48543051) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?
The misdemeanor convictions likely won't hurt your career, but depending on the nature of the felony you might have a hard time. For example, I've seen a felon with a computer fraud and abuse conviction get all kinds of great job offers. Conversely, at my company we tried to hire someone who had been convicted of murder and served his time, figuring he'd paid his debt to society and that this was now irrelevant, but our hiring decision was overruled by the legal department. Finally, there may be specific felony convictions that prohibit certain job functions. E.g., if you've been convicted of any kind of embezzlement, you may be barred from jobs that involve managing government grants. Sex crimes obviously carry a huge stigma. And though the drug laws are a bit out of control, I'm not sure how bad drug convictions, at least if you aren't working with kids. My company is required by federal law to be a "drug free workplace," which forces us to sign documents, but the content of those documents isn't as restrictive as you might think--basically we have to agree not to use, possess, or distribute drugs at/during work, but what we do on our own time off company property is our own business. A past drug conviction wouldn't be a problem.

Comment: MIT prof has strong hunch proof is invalid (Score 3, Interesting) 457

by sdxxx (#33186490) Attached to: Claimed Proof That P != NP
Well, Scott Aaronson has written: "If Vinay Deolalikar is awarded the $1,000,000 Clay Millennium Prize for his proof of PNP, then I, Scott Aaronson, will personally supplement his prize by the amount of $200,000.

"I’m dead serious—and I can afford it about as well as you’d think I can." See his blog.

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