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Comment: ALL circuits are - and Raspberry PI FM Transmitter (Score 1) 88

Absolutely no idea why this is something "new". Any oscillating (digital) circuit is an RF transmitter - though this is almost always an unwanted side effect.

There have been a lot of people (too many references to site) who do things like make FM transmitters out of a Raspberry PI.

I used to play with making my Apple ][+ do wonky things to transmit weird noise to my FM radio back in the day...

Comment: Danger of SSDs (Score 2, Interesting) 105

by bradgoodman (#49083561) Attached to: Samsung's Portable SSD T1 Tested
for a ton of technical reasons I won't get into right now (remapping/wear leveling) SSDs aren't usually able to handle power faults like regular HDs. Too often, taking an unexpected power hit can easily result of massive amounts of lost data, or even loss of the device itself. I've seen this happen at least 20 times. Thete are allegedly some "enterprise grade SSDs" which may or may not mitigate this issue. I'm tired of seeing articles citing all kinds of performance tests that go into absolutely no detail on if you are going to lose all your data the next time you lose power, or have to force-off your laptop because it locked-up on you.

Comment: Re: Understand your rights!! (Score 1) 291

by bradgoodman (#48842187) Attached to: Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime
Again - people need to understand it in more depth - it's more than that. Thinks like: never consent to a search, always insist that you want to leave, how to ask if you are being detained. Also understanding the reasoning behind these things - and what their positive and negative consequences are are importiant - and not always intuitive.

Comment: Understand your rights!! (Score 2) 291

by bradgoodman (#48841911) Attached to: Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime
I'm not an extreme (left/right) crackpot - but I've read a bunch of their rethoric with respect to "knowing your rights" when it comes to dealing with police - and there is a LOT of merit to it!

This article speaks to the core of it.

These types of "false confessions" always follow the same pattern. Police with little or no circumstantial evidence pulling innocent people into long interrogations. They are happy to talk - because they are innocent, and letting all the facts come out can only help, right?

People need Serious education on how to handle situations like this. What to do and - NOT to do. What their rights are, and what will work best in their interests. Most of the time, the are involved in conversations that they have no obligation to have - and can leave at any time.

Comment: Linux Desktop, Really? (Score 0) 264

by bradgoodman (#48805391) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?
IMHO - a Linux "desktop" user GUI app? Really? I'd second-guess the approach, and before you discount me - hear me out...

Linux is all the bomb for the back-end, but not the front-end.

If you want to do that way - go for it. But in the world of Windows desktop (which you've already done), there are a lot of other avenues that seem more important. In several places that I've worked - and a lot of scientific and technical places that are big on Linux - MacOS is surprisingly where the desktop is, and the trend seem to be growing. Furthermore, iOS and Android are important "front-end platforms". too.

If you really wanted the Linux support - I would be (and have been) included to go the HTML-5 route. You get Linux, and many other front-ends for free.

In short - unless there is a pretty specific reason to believe you're going to have Linux users on the front-end, I'd stay away.

P.S. This is not going to be "The Year of the Linux Desktop".

Comment: Random Number Generation (Score 1) 106

by bradgoodman (#48450851) Attached to: Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation
So from what I am guessing - they are referring to using the radioactive decay of the materials for true random number generation. This concept isn't new - the unpredictability of radioactive decay has been a know source of "truly random" numbers. The article infers that it could use this to generate a key that could be shared with an external authentication mechanism - but you could do this with any random number source. You'd think they would have mentioned something like "quantum entanglement between the weapon and the president" (which might have been interesting) - but no.

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