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Comment What is your computer setup? (Score 4, Interesting) 161

KM: You send me yours along with the IP address, and I'll tell you mine. Good try at information reconnaissance.

Oh please. The poor fanboy just wanted to have the same setup you are using. From your visit to Atlanta in 2008:

"In his luggage, they found a MacBook Pro, a Dell XPS M1210 laptop, an Asus 900 mini-laptop, three or four hard drives, numerous USB storage devices, some Bluetooth dongles, three iPhones, and four Nokia cell phones (with different SIM cards for different countries).

They also found a lock-picking kit and an HID proximity card spoofer that can be used to snag data stored on physical access cards by swiping it in front of them. The data can then be used to enter locked doors without having to make a forged access card. Mitnick says he used the device in a demonstration about security in his speech in Bogota, but that the customs agents' eyes lit up when they saw it, thinking it was a credit card reader.

(Source: Kevin Mitnick Detained in Atlanta for having computer equipment on flight)

Comment Re:Backups (Score 1) 202

The private key can fit on a cheap usb thumb drive, or even a piece of paper. You can put a copies of your key in your safe-deposit box, at your friends' houses, at your relatives houses, at your work and home. The key doesn't change frequently, so you aren't driving around swapping media.

Comment Re:Get your ass to Gliese 581g! (Score 1) 575

The first name for the planet was "Gliese 581g", a rather dry scientific name given to it in the early 21st century. The second name was "Hellfire", given by the initial landing party. That name never was heard on Earth, however, due to the obvious marketing issues. So for the third time, the planet was christened "Eden", which was oddly appropriate given the huge snakes-like natives. The planet was given other names by the colonists, but it would be better not to repeat them here.

Comment Re:5 page paper? (Score 3, Insightful) 539

The issue isn't getting out of jury service, the issue is that once you are a juror you are given no choice but to "agree" to a number of rules. There is no meeting of minds so a juror isn't really agreeing, just complying.

I might add that it is getting harder to avoid jury service, even if various tricks work in some courts. I wish jury service was a voluntary duty, not unlike voting.

Comment Re:5 page paper? (Score 4, Insightful) 539

you agree not to talk about the case with anyone else

Agree?? When do you have an opportunity to agree to anything in jury service? You are required to show up on such-and-such date at such-and-such time. You may not wear shorts, tank tops, beach shoes or t-shirts, or any clothing with offensive language or logos. Don't do this, and for heaven's sake, don't do that! Jurors lose quite a bit of freedom when they get that notice in the mail.

The possible penalties are made abundantly clear.

Yes indeed, the penalties are stacked neatly up to the ceiling.

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