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Green Light Or No, Nest Cam Never Stops Watching ( 31

chicksdaddy writes: How do you know when the Nest Cam monitoring your house is "on" or "off"? It's simple: just look at the little power indicator light on the front of the device — and totally disregard what it is telling you. The truth is: the Nest Cam is never "off" despite an effort by Nest and its parent Google to make it appear otherwise. That, according to an analysis of the Nest Cam by the firm ABI Research, which found that turning the Nest Cam "off" using the associated mobile application only turns off the LED power indicator light on the front of the device. Under the hood, the camera continues to operate and, according to ABI researcher Jim Mielke, to monitor its surroundings: noting movement, sound and other activity when users are led to believe it has powered down.

Mielke reached that conclusion after analyzing Nest Cam's power consumption. Typically a shutdown or standby mode would reduce current by as much as 10 to 100 times, Mielke said. But the Google Nest Cam's power consumption was almost identical in "shutdown" mode and when fully operational, dropping from 370 milliamps (mA) to around 340mA. The slight reduction in power consumption for the Nest Cam when it was turned "off" correlates with the disabling of the LED power light, given that LEDs typically draw 10-20mA.

In a statement to The Security Ledger, Nest Labs spokesperson Zoz Cuccias acknowledged that the Nest Cam does not fully power down when the camera is turned off from the user interface (UI). "When Nest Cam is turned off from the user interface (UI), it does not fully power down, as we expect the camera to be turned on again at any point in time," Cuccias wrote in an e-mail. "With that said, when Nest Cam is turned off, it completely stops transmitting video to the cloud, meaning it no longer observes its surroundings." The privacy and security implications are serious. "This means that even when a consumer thinks that he or she is successfully turning off this camera, the device is still running, which could potentially unleash a tidal wave of privacy concerns," Mielke wrote.

Comment Re:Why would Disney do this? (Score 1) 212

The US had a similar situation in the decades leading up to the First World War. Human nature was the same. Monetary facts of life were the same. The greed was the same. Somehow the facts of life turned out differently than you suggest with the US experiencing a century of prosperity.

It was a different time, we simply don't have teh horizons to enjoy a century of prosperity any more. You better have increased profits the next quarter. Back then, it took a long time to set up new worksites, and shipping was hardly what it is today.

The only impediment is training the new rock bottom workers. That's why the least skilled jobs are outsourced first. Today? IT workers are skilled. Bye bye. A CEO's job can be computerized just like daytrading software. We'll be filthy rich when none of us is working, I guess.

Comment Re:Really hard to stop (Score 1) 159

It's a contract of adhesion, and those are limited in what they can require. As to what the limits are, I don't know, and it would probably depend on your jurisdiction anyway.

FWIW, even standard contracts are limited in what the state is allowed to enforce.... but as far as I know, each contract requires a separate lawsuit. And the first item of business would probably be as to whether they can force you to use arbitration with their selected arbitrator.


Hospitals Can 3D Print a Patient's Vasculature For Aneurysm Pre-Op Practice ( 8

Lucas123 writes: University of Buffalo physicians and researchers from two institutes working with 3D printer maker Stratasys have successfully 3D-printed anatomically correct models of patients' vascular systems — from their femoral artery to their brain — in order to test various surgical techniques prior to an actual operation. The new 3D printed models not only precisely replicate blood vessels' geometry, but the texture and tissue tension, allowing surgeons a realistic preoperative experience when using catheterization techniques. The printed models are also being used by physicians in training.

Comment Re:I think you are on to something (Score 1) 148

I'm not convinced that there's a reasonable chance that you would EVER get your stuff back, no matter how much time and effort you spent on it. And I've heard things that cause me to believe that it's not only tourists that suffer.

It's not so much power that corrupts, as lack of consequences. Admittedly, the two are often closely intertwined.

Comment Re:Why would Disney do this? (Score 1) 212

You may not be a "1%-er", but to the rest of the world, you are probably a "10%-er". Cry more about having to give up some of your stuff so they can raise their standard of living. It's only fair.

That's a false dichotomy, at least for what I'm pulling in. I'm doing well, mainly by living below my means for a long time - taking the gamble that I owuld live long enough to enjoy it.

But if I gave up most of my money, and it was distributed among all of the poor - it wouldn't make one bit of difference, other than making me very poor as well.

That's hardly any kind of goal. Even if I were to distribute my money between say 20 poo people everyone would be poor. I could give everything away, and add maybe one more person, but I'd be broke.

And that's the issue about the wealth gap. Many of the folks have income higher than many countries GDP. Talk ot them about giving up 10 percent of their income.

Comment Wary that it gives congress and excuse to defund (Score 2) 45

Launching to Earth orbit has a clear business plan. Companies with real revenue streams will pay for this service for sound business reasons. Thus, it makes sense for a private company to do this. They can make money this way and that is what all business are out to do.

Going to Mars, though, does not have a clear plan. Where is the profit? Even if you can do it for a reasonable cost, how do you make money? Thus, I'm sure many in NASA and outside, are doubtful that Musk will actually do this.

However, if Elon Musk does send humans to Mars then funding NASA to do the same thing is an expensive redundancy. If enough of Congress believes that story then there will be no funding for NASA.

If Elon Musk does not go to Mars and NASA does not go to Mars (because congress thought Elon Musk would do it) then I guess nobody goes to Mars.

That is the sort wariness I would expect from smart people working at NASA.

Comment Re:required reading (Score 1) 194

So what do the higher classes read if not BLD?

There are plenty of other newspapers in Germany, Die Zeit, Die Welt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung being some that come to mind immediately, than plenty of other regional and topical newspapers like Hamburger Abendblatt, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Handelsblatt, die tageszeitung and many, many more.

Comment Re:Why would Disney do this? (Score 1) 212

I look at it from a longer term perspective than you. There are 3 billion people out there without electricity, clean water or sanitation.

I look at it from a even longer term perspective. The earth is straining at it's bindings. Ther are too many people on earth. Because of this situation, our choice might be to have all of us without electricity, clean water or sanitation.

Because in a world where p;eople bloviate how Malthus was wrong, it does not follow that he will always be wrong, unless you ascribe to the idea that the earth's carrying capacity is infinite.

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