* Posts by Eddy Ito

4204 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

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Re: What a load of Trump...

If someone feels that they want to wipe out their place of employment, and who hasn't thought that way at some point,

That's some disturbing stuff there AC. I highly doubt that most people have felt a desire "to wipe out their place of employment" or even entertained the thought and I'd go as far as saying that is point where mental health professionals need to step in. Sure, we get all likely get upset at times but it's unlikely to rise to the level of wiping anyone out much less the entire place.

then if you live somewhere with gun control it is very difficult to get hold off a weapon and put these thoughts into action, even if you are planning ahead. If you want to commit suicide (one of the biggest gun death statistics IIRC) then by the time you get the gun it is too late and the 'need' to kill others, or yourself has passed for another day.

Suicide is the biggest cause of gun deaths in the US and it typically represents 2/3 of all gun deaths but then there is roughly an equal number of suicides in the US that don't involve guns as well. As for planning ahead that was certainly the case here as it is reported that he purchased the rifle about a year ago

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Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

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Meh

In other news, living increases cancer risk.

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You're decorating it wrong: Apple HomePod gives wood ring of death

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Re: Roses are red.............

Oh Holly week already! That means Palm Sunday, Samara Wednesday, Maple Thursday, and Dogwood Friday are close at hand. I think I'll go celebrate. Hmm, a rusty nail or simply a rolling rock.

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Re: Ends-Means

Maybe it won't be so bad as it looks like identifies itself with a custom tag. Apparently the spec requires either <html ⚡> or <htmp amp> so it should be simple enough to filter crap containing it to /dev/null.

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Equifax hack worse than previously thought: Biz kissed goodbye to card expiry dates, tax IDs etc

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Re: Some?

To be fair to Equifax it's quite obvious that they're too fucking incompetent to even begin to find out how much information was taken much less know what was taken.

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T-Mobile US let hackers nick my phone number, drain my crypto-wallets, cries man who lost $20k

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In traditional T-Mob speed, I received the text this morning which is a full week after this article. Oh yeah, it's already been taken care of assuming the fix actually does more that sweet FA.

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You dopes! US state's pot dealer database pwned after security goes up in smoke

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Re: evil feds

I'll put money on it being the Girl Scouts instead of the feds.

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

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"or otherwise inserted the gear into himself"

Presumably this bit indicates using the back door approach.

That said, it seems pretty shady to hold someone so long on a mere "belief" of the plods. Do they have anyone who witnessed his either eating or inserting? If not that's one hell of a low standard of proof to confine someone for over three weeks.

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Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Re: Beer

Oh shit, what did Beer do? It's one of those BS attempts by the government to oppress the little guy for finding out government has been lying to us, isn't it.

Well count me in. Free Beer now!!

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Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!

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Accidents by gender

It really doesn't matter what accidents are caused by which sex as it's likely anonymized data. As such the data ignores any possibility of the 80/20 rule in play. Sure, women may have more accidents per mile but it isn't know whether 80% of those accidents could be caused by only 20% of drivers or if it's roughly evenly distributed. It's quite easy for one particularly poor female driver to go from spot to spot dinging everything along the way to skew the statistic. On the other hand if males tend to be involved in more serious accidents it is highly unlikely the car, much less the operator, will be able to continue smashing things much later in the day but, assuming the prat survives, he can go on and ruin another car next month.

Let's also keep in mind that most of these aren't truly accidents as the vast majority are avoidable and the result of someone acting negligently or carelessly.

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NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

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Childcatcher

To think this whole time that satellite has been up there wondering what happened to all the people on Earth. Finally after well over a decade of being cold and alone it screamed into the empty void and was found. I fear that the joy the poor satellite feels now will pass when it realizes that it was dismissed and cast aside for newer toys. Lo that bright joy will turn dark and it will slowly plot its revenge and Skynet will awaken.

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Super Cali's unrealistic net neutrality process – even though the sound of it is something quite... ferocious

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Re: It's not supposed to make it past a challange, silly!

Definitely out of control. Have you seen the state of CalPERS lately? It's looking more and more like a black hole that's eventually going to suck every dollar from the state.

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Re: It's not supposed to make it past a challange, silly!

Yep, as always they're spending our tax dollars on political posturing rather than fixing all the truly broken things in this state. Plus ça change.

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

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Re: "raise property taxes slightly"

Raising the property taxes really won't help much. The tax rate is already pretty high at ~1.7% and a quick web search shows the property values are just the opposite with most if not all falling below $100k. Compounding that is the fact that there are only about 900 households in the village making $3M a debt over $3k each which is nearly 10% of median household income. It's pretty clear this isn't a wealthy area and it's more than likely going to result in the village being forced into receivership or bailed out by a higher/larger entity. I'm all for fining the greedy sods who put this plan into place but I don't see where even selling off the village owned real estate would cover this debt given the low real estate values.

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Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

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Yawn, interesting timing. Given the Super Bowl is this Sunday, what do you think will dominate the coming news cycle and has dominated water cooler chatter for the past few days. I'll guess it will either be Philly's first SB victory or Brady's 6th SB ring.

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FBI slams secret Nunes memo alleging Feds spied on Team Trump for political reasons

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Re: The really ridiculous part of this

You've got to admit, the FBI has long been known for spending a lot of time under the branches of shade trees pretty much since their inception. COINTELPRO, the letter to MLK Jr., Whitey Bulger, Teddy Deegan, Fast and Furious, etc. The DOJ doesn't get any slack since they sit atop both the FBI and DEA and the DEA's list of shade tree machinations would also fill quite a few burn bags. In the end, it doesn't matter if it gets released since it's unlikely to change anything. Folks who are inclined to think one way or another will only have their opinion reinforced and the rest of us who understand it's all political B.S. will say, "meh, whatev's".

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So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...

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Re: So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next?

That's just it, they weren't told they were going to die, they were told to "seek immediate shelter" which causes everyone to stampede like cows heading off a bluff on their way to some magic hole in the ground. Oh wait.

Now I get it, a self burying population means easier cleanup when the Geiger counter ticks a little slower in a few years. Simply genius!

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Who can save us? It's 2018 and some email is still sent as cleartext

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Grandma's Gordian knot

Grandma becomes a problem if she uses multiple devices. Her iPad will need the same keys as the PC and her phone. Sure the server can hold the public key and even include it in the header completely transparently so Grandma never even sees the key in the signature, thus avoiding a potentially extended attempt to explain what a public key is. The issue is the private key; if synchronization during setup and/or migration isn't dead simple then grandma isn't going to handle it when she buys a new $device and it can't be so simple that it's easily hacked. The server could handle the private key also but if it isn't a private server then it really isn't a private key and even if it is a private server it presents another layer of security headaches.

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Eggheads: Cities, don't woo rich Amazon with sweetheart HQ deals

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Re: Taxes

I hear New London, Connecticut didn't make out so well with the Pfizer deal once the tax breaks expired. Hopefully the Amazon deal won't be another Kelo type mess.

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Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird

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Charlie Brown's Linus had a security blanket. I'm sure the airline would be willing to supply one if you asked nicely. Ok, maybe they'll charge you a few bucks.

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The ADA only applies to service animals not emotional support animals. See Q3 of the FAQ. Simply asking if it is a service animal required because of a disability and then asking what work/task it has been trained to perform will weed out a good number of cheaters as somehow I don't think sitting on your shoulder like an oversize pirate's parrot counts as work. Having said that, there is no need to bring or show certifications for the service animal so businesses have to take your word on it.

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Re: People Eating Tasting Comfort Animals?

Ah, coq au vin. An excellent choice.

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FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

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How? Easy

Apparently in Hawaiian they have a saying just for situations like this it's wedu nagivafaka.

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Timeout everyone. Y'all know that Musk's $500 'flamethrower' is literally a Boring blowtorch?

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Re: Popcorn time!

And before you can say "nanny state" there was legislative outrage in Cali. Get your weed burners now kids before Miguel makes them illegal. Creme brulee is soon to be endangered in the nanny state.

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Newsflash: Car cyber-security still sucks

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Sorry AC, I'm going to disagree and say the electronic thermostatically controlled cooling fan is far superior and more efficient than the belt driven wind generator of yesteryear. And the electric in tank fuel pump that is immune to vapor lock. Oh and thank heaven for the new electronic ignitions with the electronic spark advance.

Come to think of it I'm happy electronics and wires have replaced all but maybe one or two vacuum lines in the engine compartment. My mid '70s Civic was just a mess of vacuum hoses running every which way to mechanical controllers. Hell it looked like a plate of spaghetti and if even one of those hoses was loose or a controller started to leak the car ran poorly and burned fuel like mad. It also meant chasing down every single damn line to see if it was loose or developed a split somewhere; it was a nightmare. Yeah, I'll stick with a scanner plugged into the OBD2 port and type the resulting code into DuckDuckGo.

I'll add that my early '80s feulie VW wasn't much better.

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No parcel drones. No robo-trucks – Teamsters driver union delivers its demands to UPS

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No, I expect ships to take things from Hawaii to LA to Frisco, Seattle, San Diego, Anchorage, etc. I also expect ships to take things from Puerto Rico to Miami to Norfolk, Houston, New York, Boston, Portsmouth, etc. As it stands a ship comes into LA and disgorges it's entire cargo and departs to a foreign port to reload again even if the original load it's going to Frisco it gets unloaded and goes by truck or rail. It's much more economical if the ship can take on cargo headed toward Frisco and the ship makes a second or third stop; all the time shifting cargo from A to B, A & B to C, and so on. You see, Hawaii isn't big enough for large ships to dock there before heading back so they come to LA and another ship, a US ship, takes cargo from LA to Hawaii, because that's efficient, not. Feel free to substitute Puerto Rico on the Atlantic.

Sure, it isn't suitable for overnight delivery but my UPS ground shipment that was sent from North Carolina, coming to the LA basin, was sent on the 19th of this month and scheduled delivery is currently the 31st. Not exactly a lot slower and consider the Teamsters also drive other trucks that deliver dry goods and myriad other things other than pseudo-mail. Besides time constrained delivery largely goes by air. A hot-shot delivery by truck is far more expensive than any overnight air package although not if your talking an Antonov Mriya - that's expensive.

As to efficiency, there is no question that a truck which carries 2 TEU at ~ 5 to 7 mpg is less efficient than a train. A train is also far less efficient than a ship as a train that carries the 15,000+ TEU of cargo a ship can would be on the order of 30+ miles long and would burn far more fuel. Got well over a half hour to wait at a rail crossing? Neither does anyone else. You might get 1/6 to 1/10 of that on a train but that's pushing the limits of reality.

At present, trucks make up about 20% of all traffic and more in fly-over country. They also contribute a disproportionate amount of wear and tear to the road bed and to air pollution. In the end it isn't about going the long way around, it's about using the best tool and taking the best routes. Semi-trucks are the equivalent of everyone driving an SUV solo to work where cargo ships are closer to commuting by the metro. It isn't the fastest but it isn't like anyone's socks, toilet paper, gearmotors, etc. are going to go stale on the way through the Panama Canal.

In short, repealing the Jones Act wouldn't harm UPS but it might kill shippers like J.B. Hunt, et al. and open up the rail system to commuter traffic but that's about it. Well, it might turn Puerto Rico into the Hong Kong of the Atlantic and Hawaii could give Hong Kong a run. You know what? I'm Ok with that because Hawaiians and Puerto Ricans are good people and it's all good if they can profit by easing my commute and reducing the prices of things I buy.

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Perhaps we can repeal the Jones Act and they'll really have no control as a large majority of trucked freight will be moved by ship between ports as it is in most of the rest of the world. It would also be a tremendous boost to island territories like Puerto Rico. It might even shave 10% off my commute time.

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Hawaii governor: I wanted to tell everyone nuke alert was fake – I just forgot my password

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Re: Eh?

Found it!

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Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

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Re: anti-collision

I've got to agree as it seems to me that the vehicle was braking just before impact. The back end of the fire truck is pretty low and the attitude of the Tesla looks to me to be distinctly nose down and under the back of the truck which would indicate it was braking. The damage looks comparable to the 2013 NHSTA crash test which is done square on at 35 mph but the fire truck looks to be at a slight angle.

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NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

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Re: Biofuels?

I imagine in the fairly near future we won't need to clear anything as high efficiency LEDs in appropriate wavelength makes indoor farming more practical. It would be interesting to see how something like the Sears Willis Tower with over 100 acres of floor space compares with an equal size farm on energy and water usage. I figure things that need pollination may be the biggest hurdle but I don't see why an indoor apiary wouldn't work.

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President Trump turns out the lights on solar panel imports into US

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Re: That’s just one example

Every tariff only punishes the local population not the intended target. It might help a few people but largely it's a job killer as you point out with steel. Another example is sugar in the US and you'll see that we pay about 40% more than the rest of the world. You'll also find out why high fructose corn syrup is so widely used and why confectionery jobs move out of the country. If we're lucky this tariff will have similar results and we'll only lose three jobs for every one we save. Somehow I don't see us being that lucky.

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Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker

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Re: Bonus points

Exactly! It's clear that such an ad calls for Comic Serif

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America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

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Re: The 'Mock' in Democracy

I think Senator Feinstein should win a mockery medal. Here's her twaddle feed a few hours before voting for this travesty.

Note: As a Sud Californican, I'm not at all surprised.

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Twitter breaks bad news to 677,775 twits: You were duped by Russia

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Re: Follow-on to the previous post... sigh.

If it wasn't for the fact that he isn't a committed communist I would assume he is an MI5 agent.

And there's the crux of the situation. He isn't a communist but he certainly does follow the twisted sister of communism which is crony capitalism. It's still essentially a command economy, how else does one direct to whom the money goes, and given that Putin may well be the richest man on earth - unofficially of course. In the end, while he may not be a communist, he's certainly the next "best" thing. Oddly that largely fits most everyone in the US Congress with the only difference being some want money and others want control and, unfortunately, they're willing to trade one for the other. I'll let you figure out which color team desires money and which desires power.

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In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car

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Meh

So not exactly "in front" as the headline states. I thought it was going to be about someone trying to commit suicide who felt it was just too urgent to wait for the next train.

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Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city

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Why on earth do you think a seaport is relevant? This is an HQ site, not a distribution center!

Sure but you only really need about a dozen people to run an HQ site. I know lots of companies with their main HQ in places like Bern or Grand Caymen and not more than a few members of the C suite and their assistants. IIRC there was one company that only had one full time employee. Why would states compete to have a handful of people? They wouldn't.

Amazon has 123 Labs to do their coding and product development for the Alexa and Fire. I'm sure there are plenty of people in a call center in Mumbai to handle customer support. That leaves distribution and AWS and I may not know exactly how many people are permanently employed at one of their large data center/server farm but it takes a few for distribution even with all their robots. The question is then what exactly is going in?

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I'll split my bet, 65% Atlanta and 35% Raleigh. Both have reasonable rail transportation and Atlanta gets the edge because railway access to nearby shipping ports seems to be far better than Raleigh and they already have some infrastructure there by way of sorting and fulfillment centers.

Northern cities and cities closer to the east coast will have to deal with weather related headaches like hurricanes and blizzards. The biggest problems with Atlanta and Raleigh are energy related to cooling.

DC is ridiculous unless you want a political lobbyist base disguised as HQ2. LA & NYC are going to be too expensive. Denver and Indy are tempting but ultimately I think the winter weather will kill their chances and Denver really doesn't have any seaport remotely close by.

Nashville is a tad too far inland for me but still a possibility. That leaves Dallas and Austin which would both join Nashville as my 3, 4, & 5 if I was picking a top 5 but I'm not even picking a boxed trifecta.

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Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner

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Californican?

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If he's that hard up he should have gone for a pair of "romantic" plates like FULBA6 and ILBA9.

Assuming that works with the system or course.

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What do Cali, New York, Hawaii, Maine and 18 other US states have in common? Fighting the FCC on net neutrality

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Re: Hey Big John @2Nick3

... still nobody seems concerned that in just 16 years things are going to get very interesting.

FIFM. 16 years, damn it, 16 years! I even previewed and reread it before posting and still managed to screw it up.

Hey, that means I'm qualified to run for office, right? Hmm governor is tempting, but is it high enough?

<WHACK!!!, Wife slaps back of head>

Whoa! That was close. I think I just had a senile moment.

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Re: Hey Big John @2Nick3

Well said, nail squarely struck. Hopefully they'll get back to trying to do it right. I say get back to because they were mostly all over it with at least seven bills, most with bipartisan support, being presented between '06 and '08, albeit in typical governmental fashion like many bills they died with the close of the congressional session before being voted on as fundraising for the next election takes precedence. Then a funny thing happened and the only thing that was reintroduced was one bill in '09 that still could have ended it but didn't.

The newly elected President, stop me if you've heard this one, went rogue and sidestepped the legislative process. Could he have used his position to press the issue with congress and do it properly? Sure. Did he, even with his own party in control of both houses? Nope, easier to just direct the FCC do play sock puppet and be done with it.

It's kind of like DACA when you think about it. Shoulda, woulda, coulda done it right the first time with legislation but why bother when it's so much easier to avoid that whole mess and kick the can down the road. Meh, typical government, we've been kicking the social security can down the road for a while now and still nobody seems concerned that in just 16 things are going to get very interesting.

We need a 三匹の猿 icon. I suppose a pic of the US Capitol building will do in a pinch.

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Today in bullsh*t AI PR: Computers learn to read as well as humans (no)

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How exactly does that differ from a child learning these facts in school?

While this may often be how standardized testing works in schools, actual learning is a bit more complex. Learning to walk for instance is something people do but it's not something a machine needs to do as it's easily programed. It never needs to know what it's really doing just react to a series of inputs, it doesn't know what walking even is other than a set of routines. This is the same thing. The only difference is that it has to do some OCR to recognize "words" and keep it all in a buffer. Then it's getting a question that, to it, might as well mean 'give me the text nearest the words "Southern California" and "abbreviated"?'

The amazing part to me is that the human score is so low but I'd imagine most folks would be pert near perfect if they got to keep the entire text in an exact "buffer".

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Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Maybe they could just make the alert a simple "Now would be the perfect time to tap your stash of good stuff and don't sweat saving any for tomorrow."

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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Re: get stuffed FBI

Reverse engineer the secret key? Nah, nobody will have to do that. All they'll have to do is file a FOIA request and the DOJ will likely hand them the key. It will be redacted of course but done wrong, like this:

... Hush, don't tell anyone, the secret key is "password12345"

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Supremes asked to mull legality of Silicon Valley privacy 'slush funds'

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Re: Color me unsurprised

Is the constitution just a token veneer over a turd sandwich?

It has been since at least the Volstead Act.

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Re: Color me unsurprised

Not exactly first. It was actually the Cali Supreme Court endorsed cy pres settlements for class action suits as far back as the mid '80s and it's since spread rather nicely. Think of it as a legal analog to monkeys -> typewriters -> Shakespeare only in this case it's lawyers -> digging -> loophole.

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Security hole in AMD CPUs' hidden secure processor code revealed ahead of patches

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Re: "All security 'features' run the risk of making things less secure."

Yes but

the PSP doesn't implement common exploit mitigation techniques such as stack cookies, No-eXecute (NX) flags, or address space layout randomization (ASLR), making exploitation trivial.

If the PSP (Platform Security Processor) doesn't implement common security techniques then it really does sweet fuck all for security, might as well be a FAP (Fuck All Processor).

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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Re: Semtex

No legislation will stop a terrorist or any other criminal for that matter. Consider how easy it is to build a drone from parts and ingredients for improvised explosives aren't that difficult to come across. Legislation making it difficult to buy cold medicine in the US didn't win the drug war it just shifted the problem of meth overdoses to fentanyl laced heroine.

Most legislation typically has one of two functions but may contain both as bills hang around and get amended. Fundamentally laws largely either punish people after the fact because they didn't conform or it punishes law abiding taxpayers before the fact so somebody can profit with a wink and a nod.

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Re: Have to say

But they've decided to go all secret squirrel and use it to justify measures that, in my opinion, aren't going to do anything constructive

So legislative business as usual then.

Presumably these registrations and safety testing will be accompanied by some nominal fee and the fines for non-compliance will be rather substantial. I won't be surprised when they roll out graduated registration fees based on drone weight, number of motors, rotors, or blades, power source (lithium! OMG!), etc. Let's be honest, we'll all be much safer and able to sleep soundly at night knowing the government coffers are as heavily padded as possible.

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Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

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Re: 'Intel is in denial'

Right, the conspiracy theory would be that they have been working with the NSA since June to create a new backdoor for the next generation of chips now that this one has been found.

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