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Comment Re:The most sensible manager (Score 1) 738

As someone receiving an MBA in less than 2 weeks (thank FSM) with an undergrad in CS, I couldn't agree more. I hope to be the start of the groundswell you're talking about. However, I recognize there is a big uphill battle... I'm taking a product planning position at a well known mobile consumer electronics maker so hopefully my "consumer friendly" ideas can gain some traction. Optimism springs eternal, though! Wish me luck!

Comment Games airlines play (Score 5, Informative) 78

The flight time listed for ATL-> RIC when purchasing tickets is about 90 minutes, but the time from takeoff to touchdown is only 63 minutes. They've padded the flight time to account for issues at the airport so that they can more often meet this punctuality window. For example, my flight yesterday took off 11 minutes late, and still arrived 10 minutes early.

Comment Re:QR Codes (Score 1) 399

I'm putting a QR code on the back of my Save-The-Date that adds the wedding reception and ceremony to the phone's calendar (since it's a save the date afterall). One that works reliably on both Android and iOS (tested already) can be found here: just be sure to select the "create vCalendar" option and "iCalendar fully compliant"

Comment Re:The real issues with NFC (Score 1) 239

I wish I had mod points, this would get +5 insightful/informative. These are the real issues. Primarily banks and the telcos want that sweet, sweet action. Banks are going so far as to introduce their own MicroSD based solutions. My guess is that Apple wanted to get that cut of the action but AT&T/Verizon and others wouldn't stand for it. Right now, this is the BluRay/HDDVD battle - between the banks and the telcos. Frankly, I think the whole idea is stupid.

Comment Re:Hang on... (Score 3, Informative) 633

From what I read, is that the PETN explosive put inside the toner cartridge looks just like toner powder through an X-Ray machine. At least one of these packages was screened through normal processes and was not detected. Another article I read said that the authorities in England couldn't find anything wrong with the printer they were told was a bomb until instructed by authorities in Dubai on what to look for. It sounds like this was an incredibly well-made bomb, and I think it is in part to the fact that visually it raised no red flags.

Comment Not open source, but hackable = SAPI in Windows (Score 1) 221

Have you looked into the Speech API's baked into Vista and Windows 7? If you're familiar with .NET coding, version 4 of the framework provides easy to use hooks into the speech api. The only problem is it is designed to be used with fairly specific grammars/lexicons (programmer supplied) however it does come with a general speech recognizer - but you'll get some interesting results without training it first. Downsides also include it only natively supports WAV files but that can be addressed with some rolling-your-own goodness.

Submission + - Varying voltage of chip cracks RSA (

arnodf writes: Many websites use cryptographic systems to scramble key data, such as credit card numbers, when customers pay.

Scientists have found that by varying the voltage to key parts of a computer's processor, the ability to keep this data secret is compromised.

The researchers also discovered that a method that helps chips beat the attack could also make them more reliable.

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