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Comment: How cheap would a WIFI chipset need to be? (Score 1) 3 3

How cheap would a WIFI chipset have to be to make dropping a spambot into teapots worthwhile?
Texas Instruments is offering this chipset TI CC3000 at $10 ea which would seem to be a minimum feature set, since in the absence of a PC of some sort having its own TCP stack, you'd need that built in.
This seems more likely something that an attacker would have to 'shotgun' at a target (distribute to vendors selling to intended victim) vs 'carpet bomb' (sell to everyone).

Alternately, could this be a feature teapot that got hacked by spammers? A teapot that sends you some sort of message over your local network when it is ready, instead of relying on you to hear a possibly weak whistle, might be worth another $20 or so more.

+ - SPAM: Meat so cheap you can die

safakvoorden writes: Ten days after the shutdown began, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 317 people in 20 states and Puerto Rico had confirmed cases of salmonella from Foster Farms chicken. Although 42 percent of them had to be hospitalized, thankfully none had died by that point.
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+ - Genome hacker uncovers 13 million member family tree->

ananyo writes: Using data pulled from online genealogy sites, a renowned ‘genome hacker’ has constructed what is likely the biggest family trees ever assembled. The researcher and his team now plan to use the data — including a single uber-pedigree comprising 13 million individuals, which stretches back to the 15th century — to analyse the inheritance of complex genetic traits, such as longevity and facial features.
In addition to providing the invitation list to what would be the world’s largest family reunion, the work presented by computational biologist Yaniv Erlich at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting in Boston could provide a new tool for understanding the extent to which genes contribute to certain traits. The pedigrees have been made available to other researchers, but Erlich and his team at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have stripped the names from the data to protect privacy.

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Comment: Re:Oh, really? (Score 2) 1255 1255

...2. The school budget should focus solely on math, science, the english language (in the USA), history (not 'social studies'), and a life-skills program (minus the political correctness in current health classes). ...

Students in any democratic country also need civics, teaching HOW THEIR GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO WORK.
If, for example, idiot voters think the president can unilaterally change things that the constitution explicitly states are solely the juristiction of congress, then blame him for change not happening while ablsoving from blame the congressmen who ARE to blame, all hope of fixing things is lost.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 2) 187 187

As a Java developer let me just say - God I hate Oracle... Can't we just turn Java over to the Apache project now? They would be far better stewards of the technology. Christ *anybody* would probably be a better steward of it than Oracle.

Everyone keeps misspelling that. Correct spelling is now:

As a Java developer let me just say - God I hate Orcacle... Can't we just turn Java over to the Apache project now? They would be far better stewards of the technology. Christ *anybody* would probably be a better steward of it than Oracle.

Comment: Re:They're just getting a head start on Obamacare. (Score 4, Insightful) 365 365

I believe part of the law states that insurance companies must spend a minimum of 80% of premiums on actual health care.
  How would the IRS, or whatever body is supposed to police that part of the law, verify what is ACTUALLY being spent on that, versus what the insurance companies are CLAIMING they spend?
  If seizing medical records en-masse was their solution, perhaps a better method might be needed. Still, that might be what is going on here.

Comment: Re:Gun control however... (Score 1) 856 856

...Take Mexico, a country with a 100% ban on guns, you can't even one a 22 in that country...are the criminals throwing rocks at each other? Nope they...

Nope, they buy their guns HERE IN THE USA and smuggle them across the border. What do you think that 'Fast & Furious' sting operation was trying to do???

Comment: Re:Boeing thinks.... (beat frequencies???) (Score 1) 449 449

What we have here is multiple cases of an anomoly disappearing when a suspect device is turned off, then reliably reappearing when that device is turned back on.
Repeating this in the lab always fails.
What is missing in the lab, is the mix of OTHER devices that were likely active at the same time. Could this be a problem of beat frequencies being produced by the suspect device IN COMBINATION with OTHER devices on the aircraft?

Comment: Re:it may actually be counterproductive (Score 1) 555 555

According to all the economic models I ever saw, it's exactly as good for the economy to spend $1000 on goods as to invest $1000 in a business (ie, stick the money in a bank account, bond, or stock market). This seems like total crap to me, but professional economists are a lot smarter than me.

Paul Krugman, a Nobel-winning econominist, also thinks that notion is crap, esp when the problem is lack of DEMAND.
If there's a sufficient demand for goods / services, money to provide those WILL materialize; conversely, if there is insufficient demand, money will hide in bank accounts / Wall Street casino games / overseas shelters rather than hire employees who aren't needed.

Comment: Re:Had bad experiences when I was 22 and in port t (Score 1) 228 228

...While in dry dock, the boats have all kinds of cabling in the way preventing hatches from being closed. Forgot about that in my first post on this topic. So, no, you typically cant just walk up and close the hatch - not that you'd want to.

It is my understanding that since the sinking of the Guitarro, quick-disconnects for such cables are mandatory:

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