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Comment prohibitive cost of oil? (Score 1) 1

I'm sensing some pork in this story, as in the barrel kind. Are people eating less beef? I know that industry lobby is quite powerful. And isn't oil at a 30 year low? It's got to be less prohibitive cost-wise than it has for quite some time.
That said, the use of biofuels is promising in some ways. I have trouble imagining a solar powered cruiser, and little progress has been made in making naval nuclear reactors smaller and cheaper.

Submission + - Terminal escape sequences – the new XSS for Linux sysadmins (

An anonymous reader writes: A terminal escape sequence is a special sequence of characters that is printed (like any other text). If the terminal understands the sequence, it won't display the character-sequence, but will perform some action. These sequences allow you to modify the output of basic commands like "cat", "tail", "more", ... and trick the execution of unwanted code.

Submission + - A Senior Policy Advisor in WH CTO dies in charity bike ride (

SpaceGhost writes: The BBC reports that Jake Brewer, a 34 year old senior policy advisor in the White House Chief Technology Office has died while participating in a charity bike race on Saturday. Some of his work included global policy and external affairs at, the White Houses TechHire initiative, and the administration's efforts to expand broadband connectivity.

Comment WigWag just a failed kickstarter? (Score 1) 47

As someone who had done HA for over 20 years using mostly X10 I follow this kind of topic quite avidly. And I was quite impressed by the Wigwag kickstarter, which I bought into in 2013. They promised not just hardware but a new programing environment. And despite investing over $200 all I've ever received have been project updates, 46 of them, the last one in January. This is more like the Duke Nukem of HA.
I have had the opportunity to admin a system running Smarthings. I was appalled to find that everything ran out of their servers, so that if your internet connection goes down, you don't get the nice automated features you programmed in. You can't even log in to your own hub.
Homeseer is a decent app for running on a home server, although they like to charge for upgrades, more than I like. OpenHAB looks like it has some potential, as does Open Source Automation. Avoid X10, when that was all there was it was fine, but Insteon or Zwave is much nicer.
There are some nice things you can do with home automation and augmented control (state changes based on logic, one button to change multiple items for instance.) And there are finally some nice options coming up. But stick to someone that can actually ship a product.

Submission + - Viacom's lawsuit against YouTube (

Presto Vivace writes:

Viacom’s claim wasn’t that YouTube was just turning a blind eye to users infringing copyright—it was that YouTube was offering filtering technology to its media partners that it wasn’t making available to companies who weren’t playing ball.

I think it is useful to document the historical record.

Submission + - Google notifies police of child pornography in email, suspect arrested (

SpaceGhost writes: KHOU, the CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas reports that after Google detected an explicit image of a young girl in a users email they reported it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which led to his arrest. Google did not respond to questions the reporter asked about this use of their technology, and the article does not make clear if it was a gmail account.

Comment Ruggedized outdoor watch (Score 1) 427

While I can use my Note2 for all things digital, I still wear a watch quite often, a Casio G-Shock. The main feature that it has that keeps it on my wrist is the compass, although I use the alarm and timers more often.
I would like to see what the email/text/whatever is that I just got so I can decide if I need to read it now or later. I would like to have biometrics like pedometer, pulse, etc. Customizable watch faces are a must. Working with the phone GPS to display waypoint direction would be great.
Has to have GREAT battery life, it would be awesome to have solar like my current watch. I would turn off some of the features to get better battery life.
MUST be water/shock resistant.
My last smartwatch, a Timex Datalink, had some neat features, like being able to upload a days worth of MSExchange appointments. This endeared it to the astronaut crowd. It had some neat apps available too, but it wasn't rugged enough, and mine didn't alarm so I stopped wearing it.
If Casio or Suunto come out with a smartwatch version of their "adventure" watches they would probably qualify, but I wouldn't want to spend more than $200, so I'm figuring it will be 2-3 years at least for this feature/market intersection.

Comment Re:And that's why a GNU/Linux phone needs to happe (Score 1) 221

There are at least two AOSP flavours that offer nightly updates, Cyanogenmod and Omnirom. The slow updates on android are usually because the carriers want to lock you in to their set of apps/restrictions/spyware and insist on vetting updates. My t-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 has been running KitKat 4.4.2 for months, no thanks to T-Mobile. I would love to see a good GNU/Linux phone option. Maybe OpenBSD, where you make calls with a CLI...

Submission + - Texas Sheriffs crash $300k drone they're not supposed to be flying (

SpaceGhost writes: The Montgomery County (Texas) Police Reporter reveals that Friday morning a $300K drone was lost by the Sheriffs department in Lake Conroe (just north of Houston.) Divers were searching for the drone, which at 29 pounds is 4 pounds over a recent FAA limit, so shouldn't have been flying. The article goes on to discuss the recently passed Texas Legislature House Bill 912 which restricts the use of drones to observe private property, likely influenced by the January 2012 discovery of illegal pig blood runoff and subsequent indictment.

Comment Re:Reposting/Fixing My List (Score 3, Interesting) 531

Most of the above (thanks for the tip on Greenshot, since Printkey2000 doesnt work on Win7.)
Ultraedit is great but I'm hoping to do the same kind of scripting in Notepad++.
Firefox with noscript, adblock, request policy, ghostery, https everywhere, mobile barcoder, pluggin toggler and self-destructing cookies and a few others.
I have Keepass on my cpu and android phone.
Whatever anti-virus Im currently using (Webroot for the moment)

FileMenu Tools - various file utilities accessible via right-click in explorer, includes shredding and an excellent file renaming utility
CutePDF - lightweight PDF printer
CDRTFE - excellent open source optical media burner
RichCopy - Microsofts GUI replacement for robocopy, highly configurable and multithreaded
BareGrep - very light GREP search tool, doesnt require indexes, searches filename and content, quite fast.
MenuApp - make my own pop-up menus in the taskbar
Hotswap - enhanced control of storage devices
Jacksum - great hasher accessible via "send-to", Hashtab also works
Rainmeter because i hate not knowing what my computer is doing, Samurize when I need to monitor more than one CPU
PrismHUD for the same reason

and Audacity (and Lame), GIMP, Inkscape, Foobar2000, Foxit reader, RawTherapee.

Submission + - Boeing is moving its X-37B operations to the Kennedy Space Center (

schwit1 writes: A spy plane used by the U.S. Air Force is about to get a new home: a garage at Kennedy Space Center that once housed NASA orbiters during the space shuttle era. The move was announced Friday by Boeing, the Chicago-based company that built the X-37B orbital test vehicle and is in charge of repairing the spacecraft whenever it returns to Earth. Previously, Boeing had refurbished the 29-foot-long spacecraft at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but the company decided to relocate its fix-up shop in Florida, where the vehicle now launches.

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