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Comment: Re:Trolling 101 (Score 2) 226

There are far too many trolls who ill deserve the title. If you can be doxxed you're doing it very wrong. You have to create a whole new identity, use proxies located in non-friendly nations or TOR and never ever let your two identities share a single solitary detail.

Anyone smart enough to do that is smart enough to find better ways to employ their time than harrassing random strangers.

Comment: Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 85

by wonkey_monkey (#49176267) Attached to: Physicists Gear Up To Catch a Gravitational Wave

Surely there has to be some other way to confirm the machine works than having it tell you it worked.

Yes, by building it such in a way that the only explanation for it going "ping" is that it has detected a gravitational wave.

Not that it will just go "ping," in any case. It's not like the LHC just went "ping" when they were looking for the Higgs. It returned a huge amount of data which had to be processed, at the end of which the conclusion was, to 99.9999% certainty or whatever it was, that the data could only be explained by a Higgs boson.

There are also, apparently, two other detectors at other locations to confirm LIGO "pings."

Comment: Re:*sighs* (Score 1) 149

by wonkey_monkey (#49170305) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses

I simply meant that large glass lenses -- even those clear to visible light -- will serve to hide any facial features behind them to IR.

The IR emitters aren't meant to hide features - how would they do that, anyway? They're meant to dazzle the camera, break up outlines, and possibly - if they strobe - confuse tracking. And they work on visible light cameras; no-one brought up IR cameras until you did, though they'd probably do the same for them as well.

So the emitters aren't trying to do the job of glass.

or those pictures weren't actually involving much in the infrared spectrum.

The fact there were in more-or-less natural colour should have been your first clue ;)

Comment: Re:*sighs* (Score 1) 149

by wonkey_monkey (#49165367) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses

Except that, as I recall, they can now do high-accuracy facial recognition based on bone structure alone - something that can't be hidden by dark glasses, hairstyles

It can be quite easily hidden by hairstyles if they cover up said bone structure.

or any amount of face paint.

If they're inferring bone structure from visible light images, then this sounds like just the job for face paint. People have been enhancing/redefining their cheekbones with make up for years.

Just be sure to stand still, because they've made great strides in gait recognition as well.

Walk without rhythm. Don't attract the DHS.

Comment: Demand that your data gets taken down? (Score 2) 229

I recently discovered that a partner web site of a financial institution I do business with makes it trivially easy to view documents that do not belong to me.

Presumably, then, your data is viewable to others. First thing I'd do is demand that my data gets removed until the problem is fixed. Then I'd tell everyone who needs to know that I won't be uploading any more documents to this other website until someone else tells me I must, thereby taking responsibility for me doing so.

Mind you, I'm in the fortunate position of having directors who take me seriously when I tell them things like that.

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad