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Comment: Re:That's why nobody sensible wants them (Score 5, Insightful) 223

by RenderSeven (#48988341) Attached to: US Health Insurer Anthem Suffers Massive Data Breach
It wont stop until we start arresting the CIO's for being complicit in the breaches. My 10-year-old kids get it - "it may not be your fault but its your responsibility" - so why do overpaid do-nothing executives get a free pass when they utterly fail at their job?

Comment: Re:Yes meanwhile.. (Score 1) 167

by RenderSeven (#48988245) Attached to: Google Quietly Unveils Android 5.1 Lollipop
On Nexus 5 (2x) and Nexus 10 tab. I let Google push Lollipop onto the tablet and have regretted it every day. Its buggy (all sound is disabled if you connect the charger unless you reboot), laggy, slow, and they deleted their decent email client and force you to us their crappy gmail client to access non-gmail accounts. Gadgets dont sync up properly anymore. I wont upgrade the Nexus 5's, probably ever, and they pop up reminders every 30 seconds to install 5.01 and 5.02 and cant be disabled. Im a HUGE fanboi but Google needs to add an update setting "I dont want your shitty release until you get your act together". Its their FLAGSHIP devices for chrisake, there is NO EXCUSE.

Comment: Re:Arduino + C (Score 2) 68

by RenderSeven (#48694111) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Wireless LED Light Setup for 2015?
There is a HUGE difference between blinking one LED, and running a light show with 1000's of LED's over a wireless link., or any link for that matter. I could do it with an Arduino, or a PIC, or a Raspberry, a Beowulf Cluster or anything else. And build the banks of addressable power relays, work out the wireless protocols, the addressing discovery system, macro language for syncing it with music, and ... whatever. A lot of work. Not even in the same time zone as flashing an LED using Arduino GPIO. Trivial as that is, or as capable as Arduino is, its hardly the 'off-the-shelf' answer TFA was clearly looking for. There may be an Arduino-based answer, but neither the GP or the blinker tutorial was it. The GP's -1 off-topic was clearly deserved.

Comment: Re:online DVD rental service (Score 2) 42

by RenderSeven (#48692555) Attached to: Aereo Gets OK From Bankruptcy Court To Auction Technology Assets
I think it sounds like a good idea, and I'd be your first customer. Then again, I thought Aereo was a good idea too, and on solid legal ground as well. I'm dumbfounded the courts shut them down, but given that they did it seems pretty clear they will shut down whatever derivative or similar business model you come up with, on whatever technicality they can get to stick. It would seem that legality or common sense or "public benefit" doesnt play as much as a role as we would like to imagine.

Comment: Re:tl;dr (Score 3, Funny) 312

by RenderSeven (#48533419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?
He started Slashdot. He wrote:

I dont like Beta cant you tell?
The clowns at Dice can go to Hell!

I do not like it in a post
I will not read it from your host
I do not read it from the tubes
No one likes it! ('cept the n00bs)

When MyCleanPc's over done
It leaves more room for Haselton
Dont talk of Hitler, please just stop it
As Godwin said "Hey! Step 4 - Profit!"

I do not care for Beowulf, see?
In Soviet Russia they cluster ME!
Reading TFA's unthinkable
And karma whores post things unlinkable

Until you mod me +5 Troll
This 'global warming' wont get old
Lets talk of Darwin and of God
(If you're game, you insensitive clod)

So mode them down, it makes them stronger
The flames will only get much longer
I wont reply and I wont bore you
But if I do say FTFY

- D. Seuss, (Nuked from orbit 'just to be sure' - 1998)

Comment: Re:I wish I'd thought of that (Score 1) 221

by RenderSeven (#48249659) Attached to: Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

... and then doing some challenge/response authentication

Power management. Ever tried to make a decent transceiver that runs for 3-5 years on a 2016 coin cell? Burst transmitters are easy enough, but receivers eat power. And everything else you assume is pretty much wrong too. Its not a static password, and its not possible to clone a key based on the signal it gives off. Now, you can do a man-in-the-middle replay attack with a jammer, maybe, and if you have the master key you can clone a key from two sequential transmissions, but thats different. And its been suggested that you can recover the master key from a side channel attack, but I havent heard that its been practically demonstrated outside the lab (yes Ive seen the papers but havent seen any evidence that master keys are in the wild at this time (someone correct me if Im wrong)). The biggest security 'flaw' seems to be the case where drivers press the remote 'lock' button 3 or 4 times because they like the sound of the horn.

"Incompetent" and "crappy" are pretty strong statements for something you know so little about. There is always room for improvements in a technology, but key fobs need to cost pennies to make, occupy a few square centimeters of PCB space, work reliably with cheap circuit components and few PCB design restrictions, transmit long ranges with truly awful power budgets, use an open standard (not dependent on obfuscation), and it does need a back door for a corrupt and idiot-based dealer network to override when people lose their keys. If you can come up with something better (and by that I mean actually design AND build something that can be mass produced) you will be fabulously wealthy. So get to work, read the KEELOQ spec, and profit.

With your bare hands?!?