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Comment: Re:obamacare says "no way" (Score 2) 288

by RKThoadan (#46805795) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

> regulate the medical industry like the criminals they are

I got a bit of a chuckle out of this. The Medical industry is rather intensively regulated, and durable medical equipment (the category this stuff falls into) has among the most stringent requirements and an awful lot of red-tape to cut through.It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does add a good chunk to the cost of these, and DME companies are generally doing very well.

Of course, all that regulation does is give you something your insurance might consider paying for, they probably can't legally pay for non-regulated equipment even if they want to. When you get things cheap enough that we can afford them without insurance, cool stuff can happen.

Comment: Re:Lobbying aside (Score 2) 423

by RKThoadan (#46759569) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Just a note: Depending on how well your employer games the system you may be loaning it to your employer more than you are to the government. Your employer "withholds" it when it pays you, but it's not cutting a check to the govt for that withheld portion immediately. Smaller employers may even get away with just paying the withholding taxes on their annual corporate taxes. I know my state govt is way more insistent about getting it's tax withholding promptly than the fed is.

Comment: Re:So how many of them are actually qualified (Score 2) 214

But it's truly hilarious when we find their not-entirely-terrible ideas (ACA/Obamacare) and try to implement them. Their insanity forces them to immediately become against it. I'm not sure how many good ideas they have, but as soon as a "liberal" tries to implement it they turn against it completely.

Comment: Re:This idea is really BS (Score 2) 277

While I'm not necessarily all that impressed by this, your specific criticism doesn't seem to be valid. It appears that n accounts are pre-created with null information and assigned out as needed. When those are about to get used up another n are created. There would appear to be a possible attack on a new account by creating lots of dummy accounts to have a big chunk of the password space under your control, but that seems like a pretty uncommon circumstance.

What I like about it is that it seems to protect stupid users from themselves. All the salt in the world doesn't do much for people who just use "password" for their password. It will still fall in the blink of an eye. We often seem to have the opinion that they deserve it for choosing a poor password, but it's still a compromised account.

The threat model is very limited to "attacker got the password hashes", but that is a common threat currently. If you're going to pick one, that's not a bad choice. It's biggest issue may be if tomorrows threat model is significantly different.

Comment: Re:Ouya's killer app....where is it? (Score 1) 107

by RKThoadan (#46576111) Attached to: Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

I'm only using it for DVD rips stored on my home NAS, so I've got no idea what it can do beyond that. I'm not much of an A/V guy and don't even know what x264 is. It's got USB ports, so if it's a keyboard with a USB receiver it will probably work.

For what it's worth I find the controller to be perfectly fine. Trying to use the touchscreen is a pain, but I haven't come across any times that was necessary since they got an official OUYA version of XBMC out there. It would have been nice if there was a quick guide to putting the batteries in. It took me a while to figure out the funky magnetic attached faceplates, but having a battery in each of the handgrips gives it a nice balance.

Comment: Re:Ouya's killer app....where is it? (Score 4, Interesting) 107

by RKThoadan (#46575321) Attached to: Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

Towerfall is probably it's best known game. It made Ars Technica's top 10 of 2013 and has a sequel in the works for OUYA, PS4 and PC. I haven't played it myself though. I use mine almost exclusively for XBMC (and am perfectly happy with it)

I definitely think this is a move in the right direction. I could see the retro-game market really explode on OUYA. I'd spend a few bucks each for some ports of SNES/Genesis era games easily.

Comment: Re:Sinking ship (Score 2) 704

by RKThoadan (#46397081) Attached to: Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

I don't think it's possible to make something "illegal tender", at least in the US. If I want to trade you one thing for another thing, it's hard to see the government saying we can't do that. "legal tender" is something that must be accepted for all debts, public and private. Trying to say that something cannot be used even in barter, is pretty tricky.

Comment: It's a good media player (Score 3, Interesting) 134

I got mine mostly for a xbmc media player and occasional gaming. It took a little while for them to work the kinks out with the xbmc folks, but it's pretty stable now. We play games very rarely.

I think their policy that all games must have a free trial of some kind may be hurting them, and encouraging in-app purchase games, which I can't stand. I think it would be a great market for retro-classics, but I really don't want to think about someone making Pac-Man with a trial version.

Comment: Re:Stupid question (Score 1) 144

by RKThoadan (#46367827) Attached to: How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk

Click through some of the articles above and you'll discover that for the one emergency EVA they've done since this incident they installed snorkels, although they actually go down towards the midriff. They also installed an absorbent pad in the back of the helmet. Notably this was all MacGyvered up from equipment they had on-board.


Comment: Re:Before you lecture others (Score 1) 374

by RKThoadan (#46344955) Attached to: Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

A minor correction to that. We don't have adequate materials for a space elevator from Earth. There are several existing materials which are strong enough for a Lunar Space Elevator (including kevlar). If we want to settle the moon and get experience building space elevators it's an excellent option. Here's wikipedia's page on it:

I'm not finding any calculations for what it would take on Mars, but since it's only about 1/3rd Earths gravity it should be more feasible there as well.

Comment: Re:This is Elementary School. (Score 4, Insightful) 231

by RKThoadan (#46049645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?

Agreed. I'm reading through these and thinking that very little is applicable to my 2nd grader, who loves libraries (school and public) for the incredibly quaint reason of just checking out books. On the other hand, her school has a dedicated computer lab. She gets computer lab 1 day a week and library one day a week. She greatly prefers library day.

As far as I am concerned a library should foster a love of reading and imagination. "innovation and technology" are alright, but they aren't the most important things in the world.

Keep in mind that in general, half of elementary school is about learning to read. The transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn" is generally around 3rd grade. There is definitely a case to be made for a more technology centered area in middle & high school, but I don't really think that is the case for elementary.

Comment: Re:A piece of paper in a drawer (Score 1) 381

by RKThoadan (#45897805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

The problem with that specific implementation is that URLs are not necessarily stable. Between mergers/buyouts and website upgrades/redesigns you really can't rely on them. It's a perfectly sound idea though, and I'm guessing you can use something other than a URL if necessary and just have to type or copy+paste it over.

It says they have a plug-in form Chrome and IE (plus iPhone, Android and basically almost any remotely common platform).

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