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Comment Re:I call BFD here (Score 1) 222

IMHO, the posted speed limit is for either A) the driver with dementia who shouldn't be driving anyway, or B) some government that needs the speeding fines to balance their budget.

You forgot C) the lowest common denominator of equipment condition. Vehicle inspection standards in the US are a joke, and there's a lot of cars on the road that shouldn't be going 40 MPH, let alone 80.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 2) 222

No wonder autopilot is safer than human drivers per mile driven.

Humans drive everywhere in all weather in all circumstances... autopilot only drives on uninterrupted stretches of highway, in clear weather... and it still demands the human sit there with his hands on the wheel as a backup.

Comment Re: drone ship landings require a lot less fuel? (Score 1) 103

I have the front panel of the VAX 11/780 used to render that scene hanging on my wall, but I got to Pixar after that project. This year and last I've contributed some designs that will fly on a FEMA satellite, and a long time ago did a little work to support the Biosciences mission on the shuttle.

Comment Re:What a coincidence! (Score 1) 113

The villains in Force Awakens are depressingly dumb, though.

To be sure. We have a new Disney Princess - way to challenge gender norms!

But I hold out hope that our thoroughly unimpressive Darth Meh will have an actual character arc. Growing from here to being as impressive as Vader would be a heck of a story, a story I'd love to see.

Comment Re:EEE (Score 1) 366

Yes, they have an App Store on MacOSX but it's totally optional

It pretty much HAS to be installed, and you pretty much have to use it for OS updates.

And with each successive release OSX tightens the screws a little more, in the name of security...

You can't run apps you didn't get from the app store on a new mac until you go into security settings and turn on the ability to use apps you didn't get from the app store.

So its totally optional, in the sense that it comes pre-installed, you can't remove it, you have to use it for some things, and out of the box it is only option you are allowed to use to get new apps.

But yes, you can tweak the security settings to allow you to get software from other sources.

So...its like secureboot...which everyone here likes and thinks is ok... right?

Comment Re:Nope. This involves active sharing and consent. (Score 1) 107

Using a public service like twitter isn't in the same ball park as having a private account at a company where you most likely did sign an agreement that said something like 'you will not share company secrets' your company password would be classified as a company secret.

You are right, but that's kind of the point here -- while you and might see them as very different thing (and indeed most people do) ... the CFAA doesn't differentiate.

Comment Re:Solution found (Score 1) 73

The crappiest encrypted bluetooth keyboard is better than virtually any of these proprietary wireless systems, almost none of which use encryption and virtually all of which use common off-the-shelf wireless chips.

Logitech has something called secure connect, no idea if that is worth a crap. Not tested here, unfortunately. Their normal non-bluetooth wireless is known to be insecure, however.

Comment Re:No mention of Logitech (Score 1) 73

Logitech, easily as popular as Microsoft and more popular than ANY of the named brands, wasn't tested? Why not?

Their hardware is already known to be vulnerable.

If your keyboard doesn't use bluetooth, it is certainly vulnerable.

If your keyboard does use bluetooth, it might still be vulnerable.

Comment Re:What a coincidence! (Score 1) 113

My enthusiasm for the Star Wars universe almost died when my hopes for a good Star Wars movie were crushed by The Force Awakens!

The first one gets a pass - its job was to prove the franchise can make money, and bring in a new generation of fans. They at least had a hand-off from the old guard, which I certainly appreciated.

Disney is pretty sharp about such things. Rogue One is the first real shot at a "real Star Wars movie".

Comment Re:Rookie mistake (Score 5, Insightful) 113

I don't imagine a movie set is any different than any other potentially dangerous work space.

You'd be wrong about that. Actors are special - anything dangerous on set is supposed to have a minder specifically to keep it from hurting an actor, no matter how careless the actor.

all systems should be treated as live until verified otherwise

Remember: movie set. Dangerous items are usually props. The technical guys, sure, it's their job to know, but it's also their job to keep the coked-up airhead starlet safe (and the guy who plays her husband).

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