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Comment: YOU HAVE TO SIGN IN WITH YOUR COMCAST ID (Score 4, Informative) 253

by Blinkin1200 (#46405545) Attached to: Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots
Sorry to repost - orig post was as AC... maybe someone will actually see this one. This is NOT an open Wifi network. You must sign in with a Comcast / Xfinity User ID in order to use the network, AND you are signing into SSID 'xfinitywifi', NOT your local, private, SSID 'Ithinktheskyisfalling'. I saw it pop up on my router last year and do not have a problem with it. Any activity on the xfinitywifi SSID in going to be associated with a specific user, probably not me. Looking at the current networks in my area, I see xfnintywifi on channels 3 and 6, also another 'un-named' network, on one or more channels, that is probably emanating from the same device or another close by, judging from the MAC addresses and signal strength. I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, wifi only, that I use as my mobile device and connect to the XfinityWifi network, using an ID on my account, at multiple locations. I am glad they set it up and give me access to it. No, I do not have a smart phone. BTW - there are other networks, Optimum and TWC, that can also be used with your Comcast User ID. What was it that Yoda said? - 'The ignorance is strong with some of these...' or something like that.

Comment: Re:Source code access for medical devices (Score 2) 38

by Blinkin1200 (#42597269) Attached to: Course Asks University Students To Tackle Medical Device Insecurity
That would be nice, but you are probably not going to have the chance to shop around. The ICD (defib + pacemaker) that gets implanted is going to be selected by your doctor, or their practice. It is going to come from the vendor they selected. The lead(s) that connect the device to your heart are going to come from the same vendor. You did want them to be compatible with your device, didn't you? You know, have the proper connectors to connect to the device, rather than have the doctor or someone in the room cut off the connections and solder on the correct ones for your device before they implant it. Yes, I'm sure they can solder coax in a sterile environment.

My ICD was strongly suggested because my ejection fraction (how much your heart pumps out when it beats) was such that there was a high probability that I could fall over dead at some point. I didn't go car shopping to see which one got the best gas mileage, had XM radio, 4WD, etc. I didn't ask for the source code, as I didn't when we bought our last car - you did get the source code to your cars' computer, didn't you? I went with the device the doctor had selected. Later I found out other cardiologist groups in the area used several different manufacturers and were not familiar with mine.

BTW - communications with all ICDs is wireless - you do not have a bunch of wires and a connector hanging out of your chest (usual location is upper left on chest). The programming and monitoring is performed over the air so to say. I have been able to communicate with my device up to about 10 M. It does make a rather loud noise whenever I place a magnet over it to disable it temporarily (there are times when I did not want it to fire unexpectedly). Some devices, not mine, have the ability to communicate with a local device / base station that collects data sensed by the device and relays that data to a remote server so someone can monitor your device. The base station could be sitting on a night stand next to your bed and collect data while you sleep, others collect the data when you enter the room.

RE: battery life and repeated surgery - when I last looked, the batteries in these devices are expected to last 5 to 7 years. That said, my device is on a watch list where the battery life may be shorter than expected.

As a comment to a post above regarding 'over-regulation' - take a look at the FDA web site and the approval process. It is difficult to get the first one approved. When you produce the second / next generation, all you have to do is say that it is 'like' the first one and the approval process is a lot less difficult.

Comment: You're done. (Score 4, Insightful) 340

by Blinkin1200 (#42305421) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Tell Non-Tech Savvy Family About Malware?
You did what you needed to do, you let them know they had a problem.

You are done.

It is not just non-tech savvy people that have this problem. My brother is, or so I thought, knowledgeable in the area of malware. One day I get a spam message sent from him, actually from his previous email address. I recognized that the message was also sent to quite a few people in his address book. After receiving a few more, I did a reply all to one of the messages, copied to his current email address and included a message that I hope you are not doing any banking or on-line shopping with that computer. His response was to send out a message to his entire address book asking people to set up their spam filters to ignore any messages from his old address.

I tried, I'm done.

The good news is that I now know of some juicy stocks that are going to really run up in price and three or four places where I can order some V1agra. Also, I was able to do all of my holiday shopping an a really great Russian sex toy shop. They even gift wrap! Everyone is going to be so surprised this year!

Again, you are done, move on.

Comment: A snippet of code please... (Score 1) 32

by Blinkin1200 (#40175687) Attached to: Backdoor Found In Hacked Version of Anti-Censorship Tool Simurgh
if anyone can provide a snippet of code to upload to the logging server, I would be willing to upload a manual or two, or maybe even a video. I could even share my latest copy of Fedora or Ubuntu with them since everyone knows Linux is best. Then again if the stuff is going over seas I should check the export restrictions. We can all help populate the logging server.

Comment: I have an ICD. (Score 1) 138

by Blinkin1200 (#39787801) Attached to: Should the FDA Assess Medical Device Defenses Against Hackers?
Magnets are used to disable or suspend operation of the device (therapy). The devices can malfunction where an inappropriate shock is repeatedly delivered. There are also times when they need to be disabled. When a magnet is placed on the device there is a rather loud alarm. Magnetic fields can also pose a problem as the lead(s) that transmit the minute electrical impulses from the heart muscle to the ICD can also act as an antenna. They tell you 'don't lean / don't linger' around certain electrical devices and things that generate a strong magnetic field - security posts leaving a store (I am aware of one documented 'event'), working on a running engine, and the like. There a times that I do not want to be 'surprised' because of something I'm doing at the time.

Some devices are capable of transmitting their data to a 'base station' that later transmits the data to a server for examination by a physician. I did not RTFA yet, but am curious to know if the malware infection is in the actual device or the base station / server network. My device is not one of them. It requires an antenna to be placed over the device and after some handshaking, the data is transmitted to the controller / monitor. I have been playing with it and have been able to communicate with it up to a distance of 10m. With a better antenna design on my rig I think I can get it up to 30m.

Yes, I am 'zippered' - three on the left leg to remove the spare 'plumbing', large vertical n the chest - where they installed the now spare plumbing parts to reroute blood flow in three places, three little zips below the rib cage for temporary drainage, and don't forget just below the left collarbone to implant the ICD. Even with all of these zippers, I would not allow an constant open wound for a firmware port. That is an idea waiting for an infection. Also, they don't stitch anymore so there is no zipper. It is more like the 'ZipLock Club' now with the use of superglue and packing tape - you know - the stuff with the threads imbedded...

BTW - they don't replace the battery on these devices, they replace the device..
Programming

+ - Generalist vs. Niche Job Boards

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JamesBruni
JamesBruni writes "There's a big battle brewing in the World of online Classifieds.
Who is winning the war between Generalist and Niche Online Job Boards?
In a word, Niche.

Niche sites controlled about 64% of the online job-search market in 2006, up from 39% in 2004, according to Gordon Borrell, chief executive officer of consultancy Borrell Associates. The rivalry will only accelerate this year, as demand for online recruitment surges. A recent HotJobs.com survey indicates 40% of workers plan to look for a different job in 2007. Much of that searching will happen online.

The Big Three have the most to lose. In the past six months, visits to Monster, HotJobs, and CareerBuilder dropped by 23.7%, 18.4%, and 7.1%, respectively, according to Hitwise. "The generalist site is falling away to that very strong niche," says Borrell.

Who's gaining from the Niche Victory?
New York-based JobThread and other fast-growing startups with "job board in a box" products/services. JobThread dominates the market with thousands of customers, including major Web publishers such as Gawker, PaidContent.org, Gizmodo, and others.

Eric Yoon, founder and CEO of JobThread, predicts that 2007 will be the "Year of the Niche Job Board Network". Many associations and groups of industry-related companies are pooling their job boards into centralized sites. The Open Source Software Association is a great example. It maintains a centralized job board with "separate silos" for its member companies."
The Courts

+ - House Passes Telecom Giveaway

Submitted by
RaVeN
RaVeN writes "The Communications, Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement Act of 2006 was been quietly passed as a going away present by the last congress, with no public oversight or input. While it is still being appealed, it is currently in effect and completely undermines the municipalities ability to regulate and be compensated for use of the public right of way.

First, the bill strips local governments of their authority to franchise the use of their rights-of-way for video/cable services and gives that authority to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C. The FCC has never had the authority to regulate local public rights-of-way and has no expertise concerning local streets, sidewalks, public safety or traffic patterns.

Second, it gives the FCC the authority to oversee and second-guess all local rights-of-way management practices and all customer service issues. Incidents occurring in local rights-of-way are public safety concerns and must be addressed immediately and locally. This bill ignores the reality that the FCC is not able to respond in a timely manner to these rights-of-way concerns. The FCC does not have the resources to handle all customer complaints nationwide, and local governments are best situated to respond to their residents' complaints.

Third, the bill allows providers of the broadband-video service, through the national franchise, to use the public rights-of-way in a community but pick and choose which neighborhoods they wish to serve while bypassing all others completely. The bill would even allow broadband/video providers to avoid maintaining or upgrading facilities in poorer neighborhoods while affluent neighborhoods receive cutting-edge services and lower prices. link"

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