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Comment: Re:The funny thing is... (Score 3, Insightful) 74

by ControlsGeek (#48769767) Attached to: BlackBerry's Survival Plan: the Internet of Things

"Still, it appears to be a solid product, if probably unsexy to the people always on my lawn."
I still use my Blackberry Tour daily, bought about 5 years ago. Sooner or later it will die and I will replace it with a Blackberry Classic. I really don't associate sex with anything to do with smartphones because I figured out how to get sex before Tinder. My lawn is immaculate.

+ - 100 year old rifle being phased out by Canada's Rangers->

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ControlsGeek (156589) writes "The Lee-Enfield .303 Rifle is being phased out for use by Canada's Rangers. A Northern aboriginal branch of the Armed Forces. The rifle has been in service with the Canadian military for 100 years and is still being used by the Rangers for it's unfailing reliability in Arctic conditions. If only the Hardware that we use in Computers could have such a track record."
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Comment: Re:I just want a phone (Score 1) 189

by ControlsGeek (#47989579) Attached to: BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Blackberry has done significant development to improve the voice call aspect of the Passport. At the release event they discussed this including closed loop feedback with a separate microphone to improve the loudness and tone at your ear depending upon how far away that you hold the device and the ambient noise and whether the other party is a 'Loud talker' or 'Quiet Talker'. Also mentioned was the extra loud speakerphone mode (300 times louder than Samsung) and the 30 hour battery life. Not sure I believe it until I hear it though. Does anybody use their phone for Voice calls anymore?

Comment: Re:Trust Blackberry? (Score 1) 189

by ControlsGeek (#47989349) Attached to: BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

If the country in question has physical access to the server running Blackberry (BES) then they have the ability to eavesdrop on encrypted messages. That is why the German government developed their own encryption over the top and Blackberry bought that company. India was upset because the Blackberry servers were in Canada so they bought their own.

+ - Raspberry Pi Compute module release->

Submitted by ControlsGeek
ControlsGeek (156589) writes "The Raspberry Pi Foundation has developed a new product. It is basically a Raspberry Pi model A processor memory and flash memory on a DDR2 style SODIMM connector. Also available will be a development board that breaks out all the internal connections. Board design will be open sourced so you can develop your own devices using the BCM2835 processor. No network but support for 2 HDMI displays and 2 cameras so 3D TV is a possibility. Pretty cool hack!"
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Comment: Re:firewalls! (Score 1) 104

by ControlsGeek (#42099907) Attached to: Researcher Finds Nearly Two Dozen SCADA Bugs In a Few Hours

Back in the day when the IT folks wanted to gather data from my Modicon PLC's I put a seperate PLC on Modbus Plus Network and used Ladder commands to transfer what they wanted to it. Then I put a Gateway in between with custom built ROM that disabled the Modbus commands that could change or write to that PLC and left them with only Read Register (4xxxx).

Heard that the next Space Shuttle is supposed to carry several Guernsey cows? It's gonna be the herd shot 'round the world.

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