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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Submission + - First Animation of the World Found In Burnt City In Baluchistan->

Junaid Qadir writes: "An animated piece on an earthen goblet that belongs to 5000 years ago was found in Burnt City in Sistan-Baluchistan province, southeastern Iran. On this ancient piece that can be called the first animation of the world, the artist has portrayed a goat that jumps toward a tree and eats its leaves." And I went on to actually animate it in a gif here.
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Submission + - Backdoor discovered in Netgear and Linkys routers, NSA?-> 2

An anonymous reader writes: "Reverse engineer Eloi Vanderbeken a backdoor in the Linksys WAG200G router, that give access to the admin panel without authentication. Further research shows that these devices are made by Sercomm, meaning that Cisco, Watchguard, Belkin and various others maybe affected as well. The first NSA backdoor?"
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Submission + - Largest Collection of WW-II Buckminster Fuller Domes 1

An anonymous reader writes: Who'd have thought an abandoned Army research laboratory, now operating as a science museum, would have the world's largest (and perhaps only) collection of World War II Buckminster Fuller domes? These "Dymaxion Deployment Units" were meant as temporary metal shelters that could be difficult for enemy pilots to see. The museum also hosts exhibits about radio, shipwrecks, a hackerspace, and the previously Slashdotted computer museum.

Submission + - Syrian Electronic Army defaces Skype's Facebook page, Twitter account, and blog->

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's Skype team is working extra hard right now, circumventing an attack that occurred earlier today by hackers claiming to be the Syrian Electronics Army (SEA). This group apparently defaced Skype's Facebook page, Twitter page, as well as the Skype blog. The message? "Don't use Microsoft emails (hotmail,outlook), They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments."
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Submission + - Unhappy with your government? Start a new one. 11

An anonymous reader writes: Stories like the NSA revelations (among many others) suggest that modern governments may be getting the sense that they exist of their own right and independent of the people who allegedly democratically control them. When faced with trying to "fix" this situation, individuals are daunted by the scope of the task. The institutions of government are huge and difficult to imagine changing. However, apart from changing from the inside or revolting against the system, there is a very different alternative: just set up a new government. Of course current governments frown on that, but there are ways around it. Seasteading advocates creating new nations in newly-created lands (i.e., on the seas). Open source governance advocates setting up new, internet-based communities with their own governance system and allowing those communities to gradually push out the antiquated systems. What's your plan for living in democracy in the coming year?

Submission + - Windows Crash Reports Unecrypted and Unencumbered->

msm1267 writes: The NSA uses its XKeyscore spying tool to find Windows Error Reporting crash reports, which are sent in the clear to Microsoft. The information is used to fingerprint machines for compromise, and is a treasure trove of system and application data for not only the spy agency, but for hackers as well who may have compromised an upstream proxy or ISP.
The best countermeasure, since the feature is on by default post-Windows XP, is a change to a Group Policy setting that forces that initial transmission to be encrypted. However, 80 percent of the billion-plus Windows machines on the plant, participate in the program and send this sensitive data in the clear.

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