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Comment Third-party exception (Score 4, Informative) 83

In most cases, evidence held by a third party is not protected by the Fourth Amendment. (This is bullshit but it is precedent). I imagine Amazon is going for a novel First Amendment argument here because the Fourth Amendment argument is a loser. I doubt it will get anywhere. I could hope it would make people think twice about bugging their own houses, but they won't.

Comment Re:Leaving a bit out (Score 1) 164

While I do agree the fact that he was fired is significant, you have to wonder what kind of culture is at the company where he thought this was something he could get away with.

Since this was at a "company retreat in Las Vegas", I'm going to guess it had less to do with company culture and more to do with Mr. Grabby drinking too much to worry about consequences.

Comment Leaving a bit out (Score 4, Informative) 164

The boob-grabber got fired, as CNBC fails to note (but BusinessInsider does)

The baseball bat thing is probably a reference to Scarface. Whether a manager actually was referencing the movie when making the "threat" or the person talking to the reporter was using it for inspiration for making shit up, I couldn't say.

Comment Some hints (Score 1) 118

I have a few suggestions for people, having used computers from a very young age and having my own since 7th grade, eye strain has always been an issue.

(1) If you are near sighted (which I am), have your the prescription *slightlt* detuned, so it isn't perfect. Mine is detuned by I think around 0.25. This reduces eye strain by a HUGE amount. You won't be able to read highway signs from far away but who needs to do that any more with gps nav?

(2) Tinge your desktop foreground coloring scheme more towards the greens and do not yet a dead-black background solid, and do not have a bright background picture relative to your windows. This reduces excess contrast while simultaneously allowing you to reduce the brightness of the screen. Excess contrast is a major source of eye strain. If you see characters burning into your retina excessively you have too much contrast.

For example, for xterm's I use the following resources:

xterm*background: #100010000000
xterm*foreground: #7FFFDFFFDFFF
xterm*cursorColor: white

(3) Monitor(s) should be arms-length from your eyes with your fingers stretched out. If they are any closer, you are doing something wrong. Any closer and your eyes will get strain for excessive crossing.

(4) Glasses vs Contacts. I don't know. I prefer glasses myself, but I've never really liked to use contacts so mostly I just don't any more... its glasses all the way.


Comment At Google, Yahoo, Facebook, etc.? NO. (Score 1) 162

At Google, Yahoo, Facebook, etc.? NO.

Remote workers are the people you throw under the stacked ranking bus when it's time to get rid of the people you have no emotional attachment to, so that your friends get to keep their jobs.

There's a reason Yahoo got rid of remote workers, and why they tend not to last long at companies which do stacked ranking in employee evaluations.

Comment Re:That's pretty stupid. (Score 1) 307

With the greatest possible respect because I'm sure that you are very good at something, have you considered that those items you listed are not of an appropriate size to drive tiny little robot parts and that it would be difficult to control dozens of them at once?

You realize that you can drive pretty much everything with two hydraulic lines (one a return line), some check valves, and a mechanical stepper, right?

Did you never take a "Furby" apart?

I think where you are going wrong is with the idea of "at once".

Comment I have an idea! (Score 2) 457

I have an idea!

Why don't we put all the water back into the aquifers we've been taking it out of, instead of letting it out, and down to the pacific?

What a lamentable situation! If only someone could invent something to do that!

Oh. Wait. They did. In 1992.


1992, though, was 25 years ago.

What a lamentable situation! If only a millennial could reinvent old technology in ignorance, thinking it was new, to do that!

Comment Re:ICE Devices? (Score 2) 612

Back in the day most applications with some sort of copy protection would load everything at once into memory. If your computer had a memory expansion port you could attach an ICE device to the memory expansion port, do a memory dump to it, write out the memory dump to disk and voila! you have a broken copy of that application. Is there an analog to this today?

Firewire DMA, which can be used to snag the encryption key for various DRM schemes (though you usually don't have to go to such lengths). There are also similar devices intended for forensic use.

Comment Re:This has been going on since the early 90s. (Score 1) 318

BS CS from State? Learn this: "Have you tried turning it on and off?" or "Would you like room for cream?"

I have a BSCS from State which I got when the current 20-somethings were gleams in their father's eyes and just got a software development job after a couple months of being unemployed.

There's a lot of problems with H-1B jobs; for one, low-level and mid-level American programmers, the people who used to do business programming, have been pushed out of the market in favor of H-1B body shops and offshoring firms. But it's more than a bit of an exaggeration that you need to be a 20-something from a top school to get a job.

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