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Comment: Re:That's a great plan... (Score 1) 197

by FLaSh SWT (#46328513) Attached to: US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

I was shocked, but when my wife's iPhone was stolen at Walmart we got it back the same night.

Find My iPhone tracked it to an address and after about an hour wait Houston PD sent an officer to meet me down the street. Based on the Find My iPhone map viewed on our iPad, he was confident enough that it really was in that house to go knock on the door at midnight.

About 20 minute later we had the iPhone back and all the information on the thief (Walmart employee). We went to the store the next day and she bought us another Otterbox case to replace the one she threw away. (I had a nice chat with her store manager right afterwards.)


ISS Astronauts Fire-Up Awesome 'Cubesat Cannon' 52

Posted by timothy
from the pew-pew-pew dept.
astroengine writes "As if the International Space Station couldn't get any cooler, the Japanese segment of the orbiting outpost has launched a barrage of small satellites — known as "cubesats" — from their very own Cubesat Cannon! Of course, the real name of the cubesat deployment system isn't quite as dramatic, but the JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) adds a certain sci-fi flair to space station science."

Comment: Re:permissions (Score 1) 328

by Christoph (#45291667) Attached to: Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

Caring / avoiding harm, and equity/justice are universal morals (care about others, don't hurt them, and be just and equitable to others).

Humans and primates have these values ingrained in them. When people violate them, they feel guilty (sociopaths are pathological because they violate them without guilt).

Other universal morals, like group loyalty, are usually subordinate to these main two. That is, you should not harm lots of outsiders unfairly out of blind loyalty to your own group.

"Do unto others" is much too simple, but I think it's intended to suggest care/avoid harm and equity/justice.

Comment: Re:The WRT54G had a good run, but it's obsolete. (Score 1) 194

by FLaSh SWT (#43597583) Attached to: New OpenWRT Drops Support For Linux 2.4, Low-Mem Devices

Here is the main place to go for all Tomato development, all current developers are active here:

Last year I upgraded from a WRT54GL with original Tomato to an Asus RT-N16 running Toastman's build. Got 365 days of rock solid stability before upgrading to a newer build with VLANs and Multi-SSD.

In my mind the RT-N16 has replaced the WRT54GL as the standard open source router for new installs.

Comment: Re:The law is an ass (Score 1) 211

by Christoph (#43264731) Attached to: 9th Circuit Affirms IsoHunt Decision; No DMCA Safe Harbor

Those mistakes I think any judge has made are due to arbitrary personal bias, not bribes or even systemic bias. The exception might be bias in favor of attorney-defendants, or protecting the system.

Judicial reform appeals to me, but the immediate problem is where do you get "better" judges? You would have to offer more pay and/or a reduced workload, which means an increase in taxes (virtually if not literally impossible). Our current judges reflect our current society, they have merit but also flaws. They care and do their best, but some are misguided. I am not happy with some of them, but respect others very much.

+ - Flabbergasting quantum refrigerator like 'window A/C for Lincoln Memorial'->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a solid-state refrigerator that uses quantum physics in micro- and nanostructures to cool an object a million times heavier than itself to extremely low temperatures. What’s more, the gadget, which measures a few inches in outer dimensions, lets researchers place any object in the cooling zone and later remove and replace it, similar to an all-purpose kitchen refrigerator. “It’s one of the most flabbergasting results I’ve seen,” project leader Joel Ullom says."
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+ - Brennan Sworn Using Copy of Constitution Lacking Bill of Rights->

Submitted by Jeremiah Cornelius
Jeremiah Cornelius (137) writes "The White House ceremony confirming and swearing John Brennan as the new Director for the CIA contained rich and bitter symbolism. By his own selection, Brennan chose to swear his oath on a manuscript copy of the U.S. Constitution, drawn from the George Washington presidential archive. "Director Brennan told the president that he made the request to the archives because he wanted to reaffirm his commitment to the rule of law as he took the oath of office as director of the CIA,” The fly in the ointment is that this copy of the Constitution, with Washington's handwritten marginalia, pre-dates including the protections from the Bill of Rights, required by states to ratify the document as foundation law for the nation. Given the recent record of CIA activity in the last two administrations, is possible another intention is being heralded?"
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+ - Multimorphic develops multi-game and open source pinball platform->

Submitted by ghops
ghops (2851751) writes "Multimorphic shows off the P3, an innovative multi-game pinball platform. With a 27" 'touchscreen' LCD in the lower playfield and modular shot layouts comprising the upper playfield, the P3 delivers a one machine, many games system where the physical pinball can interact with graphics on the screen as it rolls towards traditional, physical objects (ramps, loops, targets, etc) on the upper playfield. The system will ship with two games, one designed by famed pinball designer Dennis Norman, and it's an open platform allowing anybody to develop their own shot layouts and/or software. Because of it's ball tracking technology, it can even play itself!"
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Comment: Re:Perjurious fuckers... (Score 1) 359

by FLaSh SWT (#42998453) Attached to: NASCAR Tries To Squelch Video of Spectators Injured By Crash

Major League Baseball and some of the NFL franchises assert ownership of anything documented at their games.

Not true, I'm a sports photographer and MLB/NFL does not own the copyright of images I take at their games. Now they do restrict usage as part of the credential agreement, but that doesn't give them ownership or any rights to use the images themselves.

Comment: Speed isn't all about in-camera writing... (Score 2) 164

by FLaSh SWT (#42993655) Attached to: Is It Worth Paying Extra For Fast SD Cards?

Professional testing has shown that the cameras I currently use (Canon EOS 1D Mark IV) top out around 66 MB/s when writing to the fastest CF cards.

But in-camera speed is only half of what matters. As a photojournalist and sports photographer who works on tight deadlines most days, I also have to consider how fast I can download the images off the CF cards onto my computer for editing. With the right card reader you can download at up to 97 MB/s.

This is why I always use the fastest cards I can, currently Sandisk Extreme Pro 90 MB/s, because even though the camera can't take advantage of that extra speed it will definitely save me time when it comes to editing.

For people not on a time crunch or those who always download to their computer by plugging their camera in with a USB cord it is probably wise to save money and not buy the fastest cards out there.

Comment: Re:I need this (Score 1) 158

by Christoph (#40699387) Attached to: Al Franken Calls for Tight Rules on Facial Recognition Software

I would be willing to "opt in". Anyone else who opts-in (allowing me to know their basic info on sight) can also know mine.

I would be OK with a stranger approaching me to ask for help/to discuss something I have experience in. Others might know to not to bother me (maybe put "no solicitors" in my basic info).

The only obvious downside, to me, would be if others know my basic personal info, and I don't know that they know it, and I do not know theirs.

Comment: Re:Most won't notice (Score 1) 329

by FLaSh SWT (#40038247) Attached to: Comcast To Remove Data Cap, Implement Tiered Pricing

I did this with Comcast just this week actually. They dropped my bill (for "triple play" cable/phone/internet) by $60 per month. It is still too expensive, but more reasonable now and I'm not quite ready to drop TV completely. (Haven't convinced the wife yet and don't have time to setup a media server/sick beard/etc.)

I used the online chat and I wish I would have done it sooner, was pretty simple.

The IQ of the group is the lowest IQ of a member of the group divided by the number of people in the group.