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Comment Re: Oh boy (Score 1) 174

Well, unless of course, the actual citizen happens to be a child of Mexican immigrants, and happens to be the judge in a lawsuit where some of his victims, er, students, are suing him for bilking them out of money.

And as he will soon discover, if he manages to become President, for all this talk of how bad illegal Mexican immigrants are, the agriculture industry of the border states would collapse without them.

Comment Re:Oh boy (Score 4, Insightful) 174

You understand that in the normal course of action about the only thing a VP does is break tie votes in the Senate and, on the very rare occasion, when the President has to be put under for a root canal, temporarily becomes Command in Chief. Other than that, the only purpose of a VP is during an election, to try to ingratiate a President with demographics that might otherwise be fence-sitting. Picking someone with some social conservative views undercuts Trump, a man who though he may ape them from time to time, isn't really a social conservative at all.

Comment Original gummy fingerprint tests beat most scanner (Score 3, Informative) 96

The original presentation on beating fingerprint sensors with ordinary laser printer printed copies of fingerprinters, laid on gelatin, published in 2002, is available at:


It's quite a good presentation, and was verified by MythBusters in 2011.


Mythbusters even demonstrated that simply printing a fingerprint on paper, and _licking the paper_, created a fake fingerprint good enough to defeat most sensors. There's little reason to think that the commercial fingerprint sensors have gotten any better, though I'd welcome a modern retest with modern cell phone and computer keyboard based sensors.

Basically, the "fuzziness" of fingerprint sensors which allows to identify real fingers with real sensors is enough "fuziiness" to allow them to be beaten with even casually made fake fingerprints. I've seen no good evidence that the necessarysensor and computational "fuzziness" has ever been worked around with even the most expensive modern sensors: I'd welcome any evidence with honestly done tests showing otherwise.

Comment Seriously Slashdot? (Score 1) 49

I get that you need ads to pay the bills, but to go to the main page and see one of Outbrain's evil sub-sites with that tiresome "Melissa McCarthy's Gone" advertisement? What the fuck makes you think that anyone here gives a flying fuck about celebrities, or that such an obviously non-topical ad on the main page wouldn't be fucking annoying?

Comment Re:Pierce the corporate veil (Score 1) 123

In both cases you would still need to prove intent, not to mention means. Just because someone owns shares in a business doesn't mean they are in any position to be held criminally responsible. It would be like prosecuting the members of a church because the deacon is a child molester, for the apparent crime of attending that church.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 333

For me it will always be associated with The General Lee.

Oh, I almost forgot about the Dukes of Hazard car....

Well, it likely won't be long, before a new generation of kids grow up, wanting to piss off their parents, and start wearing t-shirts and such of the rebel battle flag and it will be back popular again and not derided as it has so recently become.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 333

Don't forget that the Clinton's belong to a "whites only" country club for years and that Bill Clinton loves the Confederate flag. He even used it as part of his campaign logo for governor I believe.

Well, to be fair, it is mostly people up north that get their panties all in a wad over the confederate battle flag.

Most folks in the south don't think it is the horrible symbol of racial bigotry, is just a symbol of the south.

Hell, I associate it with going to Lynyrd Skynyrd concerts (their backdrop) and on bumper stickers here mostly, not as something against black, but something that is for the south for southern pride.

It's only been in the past 3 -4 years that it has even been raised as an issue and it is mostly by folks up north it seems. No one here really sees it as a problem or anything as horrible as people here recently have been trying to make it...

I do sometimes long for the days before political correctness took the fun out of anything, and tries to demonize just about anything it can....

Comment Re:Impressive (Score 1) 103

When I said, an Individual's rights ought trump the Collective's wishes, you called me a "toothless hillbilly". That, really, is all anybody needs to know about your political opinion.

And believe me,you, as nothing but a mouthpiece for the Queen, don't represent anything close to human rights

Why should I believe you? You haven't posted a single actual fact or even a sensible opinion in the months of rather active Slashdot participation.

No, "believe me" is not going to work. Remember to logout.

Comment Re:Impressive (Score 1) 103

Having you on record objecting to — indeed, jeering — the Individual human rights is enough for one evening. Living in the city, according to you, one surrenders his rights — and anyone objecting must be having severe dental problem... Ok...

Next time you peep about an unwarranted search or some other violation of an Individual's freedom by the Collective, I'll have a handy link to rub into your face.

Comment Re:It makes sense (Score 1) 197

To be fair to Chen, Blackberry was already a dead man walking. While it still had significant cash in the bank, its revenue had already collapsed, and he was supposed to be this big white knight who could save the company. It was an impossible task, but what did BB have to lose? But Chen has spouted a lot of crap of late, which leads me to believe he's just grasping at straws at this point.

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