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Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 4, Informative) 63

by RealGene (#47386869) Attached to: Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs
That's the whole point of TFA. A lightbulb will hand out the WiFi credentials to anything impersonating another lightbulb.
No need to crack WPA, just hop into the mesh network, announce that you're a lightbulb, and the keys are handed to you.
So, your lights, thermostat, lawn-watering controller, swimming pool monitor, and eventually your TV and your refrigerator become attack surfaces that roll over just by looking at them and saying "please".

Comment: Re:4/$2.50 (Score 2) 196

by RealGene (#47360983) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...
Those prices are typically underwritten by the local electric utilities. They supply the bulbs to the retailer at below cost, and take the difference as investment in energy efficiency, getting tax credits in the process.
CFLs are approaching actual retail prices below $2, but as the Marketing Eye of Sauron has fixed its gaze on LED, I wouldn't expect much more investment in CFL technology.

Comment: Re:Wrong decision (Score 5, Informative) 484

by RealGene (#47315283) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service
Scalia agrees with you:

"Unlike video-on-demand services, Aereo does not provide a prearranged assortment of movies and television shows. Rather, it assigns each subscriber an antenna that — like a library card — can be used to obtain whatever broadcasts are freely available. Some of those broadcasts are copyrighted; others are in the public domain. The key point is that subscribers call all the shots: Aereo’s automated system does not relay any program, copyrighted or not, until a subscriber selects the program and tells Aereo to relay it."

+ - Microsoft posts source code for MS-DOS and Word for Windows->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft, along with the Computer History Museum, has released the source code for MS-DOS 1.1 and 2.0, and Word for Windows 1.1a. Th DOS 2.0 was released for IBM PCs in 1983, and Word for Windows 1.1a came out in 1990. The museum has made the code available for non-commercial use with Microsoft's consent. They've also posted some historical information about the development of this software: '[In August, 1980], IBM had already contracted with Microsoft to provide a BASIC interpreter for the PC, so they asked them to investigate also providing the operating system. Microsoft proposed licensing “86-DOS”, which had been written by Tim Paterson at Seattle Computer Products (SCP) for their 8086-based computer kit because the 16-bit version of CP/M was late. When SCP signed the licensing deal [7] with Microsoft, they didn’t know for sure who the computer manufacturer was. Paterson said “We all had our suspicions that it was IBM that Microsoft was dealing with, but we didn’t know for sure.” [1] He left SCP to work for Microsoft in 1981. “The first day on the job I walk through the door and ‘Hey! It’s IBM.’” Microsoft originally licensed 86-DOS in December 1980 for a flat fee of $25,000. By the next summer they recognized the importance of owning it and being able to license it to other companies making IBM-PC clones, so they purchased all rights for an additional $50,000.'"
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Comment: A wage slave at Blue Coat used SmartFilter... (Score 1) 119

by RealGene (#46545255) Attached to: Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"
If he had the mind-numbing and soul-crushing job of checking sites for porn, a low-paid employee might find it easier to just type the URL into SmartFilter's check page, and copy what he found there. That would explain the more-than-chance overlap of mistakenly blocked sites.

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