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Comment: Re:Surely there's more to come :( (Score 1) 302

by ColdWetDog (#48204391) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Hungary is, sadly, turning into authoritarian regime focused on maintaining the power of those at the top. Anything that feeds their spending habits is on the table, I'm sure. We should expect more news like that coming from Hungary :(

Replace 'Hungary' with pretty much any other country and you have a nice truism.

Comment: Re:Secure it but.... (Score 1) 76

by ColdWetDog (#48203883) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

You can stop a pacemaker with a magnet near the chest wall. If you are one of those ** very few ** people who need a pacer to survive, you can get temporarily paced in the ER until they can put a new one in.

Surprisingly enough, people HAVE thought through most of this.

** most pacemakers work intermittently, some people need them all of the time. Pacers do fail, it's pretty rare but sometimes even the wonders of technology aren't enough to keep you alive.

Comment: Re:Incomplete analysis (Score 1) 374

On the face of it, sending un-trained US miltary personnel into the hot zone makes zero sense. So why might they have been sent?
The 101st and National Guard aren't being sent to mitigate the situation in Liberia et al. in any meaningful way. They're been sent for training.
Worst case scenario, if the virus causes serious disruption in the US, troops with Liberian experience will be used to train up stateside forces to back up health workers and quell unrest. As a bonus some of the surviving infected troops will have immunity to the virus.

OTOH, Maybe I'm giving Obola credit for a level of cynicism that isn't there. Maybe the administration really is the most incompetent in US history.

Or maybe, just maybe, the US military (or any functional military for that matter) has the only organization structure, money and manpower to deal with these sorts of major threats.

Don't you watch any televison?

Comment: Re:iOS and OSX (Score 4, Funny) 79

by ColdWetDog (#48188163) Attached to: Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

Now with even less privacy!!!

They can already triangulate you anyway based off cell tower data, along with any number of phone-home apps that you joyfully agreed to the EULA.

Even I'm not seeing a privacy correlation between barometric pressure and YOU (adjusts tin-foil hat)

Now they can tell how high you are.

Comment: Re:Thus we can settle the debate. (Score 3, Insightful) 79

by ColdWetDog (#48188101) Attached to: Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

No, it and of itself won't be meaningful. That's the crowdsource bit.

OK, for all of you that stare at the weatherperson and wonder what the funny lines are for: The column of air just above your head and extending to the top of the atmosphere has a mass that depends on a number of details. This fluctuates from minute to minute and, in fact, occurs in waves (those funny lines). Detailed information about the barometric pressure at any given location and time can be sent to a central station where that data is collected and displayed. The more (accurate) sensors that you have, the better detail and, presumably, the better quality of weather (not climate) forecasting.

Having lots of barometric pressure measurements attached to a device that can accurately determine location and time can be a useful source of data. For the National Weather Service, the National Security Agency and other fun TLAs. The utility for the weather service is obvious, for the NSA not so much but I believe it has to do with overall conductivity of aluminum foil, or something along those lines.

Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 4, Insightful) 420

by ColdWetDog (#48181983) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Can they be a little more specific as to what it is that's in the soda that is causing this?

Nope, it's only an observation. No causation at all. And, of course, without any useful info from TFA, one can't tell if this is just another crap study done by some medical student or something with a degree of actual thought behind it. Off to see if the 'American Journal of Public Health' is accessible.

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