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Comment: Re: Is this a joke? (Score 1) 52

well-researched and straightforward methodology for grading oil
What methodology are you using? Normally API is used to "grade" oil but that's for API gravity. You could be measuring viscosity. Or density. Or who knows what else. But that's the point.....:"Grading oil with a homebrew test kit" is not a viable project until it is better defined.

Comment: Is this a joke? (Score 3, Insightful) 52

Time to grow up. Homebrew oil testing for big bad oil when you don't even understand the chemistry is a bad idea. This kickstarter looks like it was written up by a 2nd grader.

I bet these guys know a lot more about this than a dinky little kickstarter project. I hope the kickstarter team realizes that they've been identifying, measuring, and studying hydrocarbons for over a century so there's a pretty significant body of work already. Use it.

Comment: actually I think you did (Score 1) 504

by tacokill (#47977285) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Anyone can request anything from the courts. What matters is whether the courts gave it to them. In this case, the courts DID NOT compel him to produce his password/encryption key. That's the "ORDER DENYING...." part.

My previous point still stands but I have no doubt the government will keep trying and we, the people, will keep having to reassert our 5th amendment.

Comment: well there's your problem... (Score 1) 471

by tacokill (#47975969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?
The PhD was on a very technical topic that has very little practical application and so working on it does not seem to count as experience

So for 6 years, you've been working on something that has very little practical application. I think I've found your problem! Like others suggested, leave the PhD off of your CV. It will only hurt you unless you are looking to join academia.

Comment: Re:no, they can't order that (Score 1) 504

by tacokill (#47946969) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police
rgument could be (has been in England recently but citations escape me) made that refusal to disclose decryption passcodes to obtain data known or suspected to exist is confirmation of its existence and nature (Guilty until Proven Innocent)
Right. So again, in the US, you cannot be compelled to turn over a password or passcode. I know of no exceptions to this.

Comment: no, they can't order that (Score 1) 504

by tacokill (#47939161) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police
In the US, we have this thing called the 5th amendment so no one can be compelled to provide a password which, if used, may incriminate them. The UK is a different story but here in the USA, we still have that protection.

I am not saying they won't TRY to get you to turn it over or trample your rights in the process. That will most certainly happen. What I am saying is that there isn't any legal precedent to compel you to turn it over.

Comment: hotbutton for me (Score 1) 545

by tacokill (#47929621) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9
Dear friendly helper person, please help me make Win 7 explorer look and act more like win2000 explorer. I gave this search up a long time ago but you have breathed some new life into my quest. I've been using Win7 for so long I kind of forgot how much I hated the new file explorer when I migrated from W2K.

Please share, my good man!

Comment: You grossly misunderstand the problem (Score 1) 710

by tacokill (#47457509) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use
We are not burning coal because of stupid jackassery. We are burning coal because we have to.

Or did you think we could just shut off 1/3 of the power production in this country with no negative effect? Believe me, we understand your argument about coal being bad. Ok, fine: what's the alternative? How do you replace ~33% of power production with something better without seriously disrupting the electricity supply which seriously disrupts civilized society?

Comment: wrong (Score 4, Insightful) 250

by tacokill (#47272925) Attached to: TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible
When it comes to security, one must always error on the side of caution. There are very strong signs and signals that there is a problem with Truecrypt. Those that don't heed that warning are placing themselves at risk.

The default position of everything is: insecure until proven otherwise. If there's a good chance something is insecure, then we assume it is. We don't want to error in the other direction because the implications are too great if we are wrong. This is where we are with Truecrypt. Those throwing caution to the wind - at this point - are doing themselves a disservice.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 465

by tacokill (#47262879) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation
Keep dreaming with your head in the sand. If you can't buck up and admit there's a problem here, there is no hope for you. You're a partisan and your opinion is rightly devalued.

The IRS itself has stated Lerner's emails from 2009 - 2011 have been lost. That is a problem no matter who's side you are on. It's not about "pinning" something on Obama, it's about keeping the IRS (and all government agencies) in check so they aren't abusing their power.

If Machiavelli were a hacker, he'd have worked for the CSSG. -- Phil Lapsley