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Comment: Re:OBD2 (Score 1) 194

by cdrudge (#48435603) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Most of those stats are pretty mundane and generic. It might get you somewhat to what you might be looking for, but I wouldn't exactly call it "hacking". And unless you have the diagnostic tool specific to that manufacturer/make/model, you are unlikely to do anything than read those generic values and reset the check engine light.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 167

by cdrudge (#48419865) Attached to: Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

I can see this applying to FAR more than cycling.

You could use it to dehumidify an entire house! I mean, in summer when you have hot, muggy air something like this, obviously on a bigger scale, could do wonders to remove the moisture plus even maybe a bit of heat in the air making it much more comfortable in a space.

Comment: Re:How about Ultimaker? (Score 1) 55

by cdrudge (#48381589) Attached to: HYREL 3-D Printers Were Developed by 3-D Printer Users (Video)

What else do you own that breaks in day-to-day usage?

Everything can break in day to day usage. It doesn't break day-to-day, but it's the usage day-to-day that may cause it to break.

Sounds like these 3D printers are a weird fad.

Then don't participate.

At least they pay for themselves in a year, right?

Do you really need to make the same reply over and over?

Comment: Re:But but but (Score 1) 55

by cdrudge (#48381569) Attached to: HYREL 3-D Printers Were Developed by 3-D Printer Users (Video)

And when that fishing line eventually wears out and snaps, what happens to whatever axis that fishing line was supporting? It comes crashing down. With a Hyrel 3D printer, it looks like the Z-axis lifts up and is made of metal. That means there's a decent amount of weight that is being supported. I'm not sure a "professional grade" 3D printer should damage itself when a fishing line would break.

Advantages for a ball screw is lower friction losses over an ACME or other lead-screw designs and for a use like this, is essentially maintenance free and will outlast the rest of the printer.

Comment: Re:Ok but that's electricity, not energy (Score 2) 488

by cdrudge (#48367575) Attached to: Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Actually here in Denmark many people use "jordvarme", which google translates to geothermal, which it is _not_.

It's technical name is ground source heat pump or geothermal heat pump, often just shortened to geothermal. It's loops are typically 6-8 below ground (for horizontal loops) where the ground temperature is relatively constant year round. Yes it is different that "geothermal power" or "geothermal heating" which uses heat from the earth directly, but it's still "geothermal" none the less.

Comment: Re:Shift the cost to the consumer ... (Score 1) 127

by cdrudge (#48360223) Attached to: Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Consumers, in one form or another, will be responsible for breaches.

We (the consumers) always have been. If breaches start to hurt the bottom line of the processors, merchant fees will just increase. Merchant fees increasing will result in merchandise prices to rise or credit card surcharges (where legal).

Comment: Re: Home Depot is getting off cheap (Score 1) 99

by cdrudge (#48333725) Attached to: Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

I wasn't the one that make the original post, but yes, it's an expense to my credit union (and everyone else's credit union or bank) for something that they won't be reimbursed by Home Depot. The cost for Home Depot was what it cost them to investigate the breach, fix it, replace terminals, etc, as well as damage control, credit monitoring for the victims, etc.

Comment: Re: Home Depot is getting off cheap (Score 2) 99

by cdrudge (#48333707) Attached to: Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

The cheapest first class metered mail for pre-sorted by 5 digit zip code is about $.38/letter. It's cheaper, but I wouldn't say "far cheaper". Standard class bulk mail (aka junk mail) goes cheaper, but can't be used for personalized correspondence, sending out replacement credit cards, etc.

Comment: Re:Home Depot is getting off cheap (Score 1) 99

by cdrudge (#48333127) Attached to: Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

My credit union sent me two snail-mail letters as well as two emails telling me my card likely was included in the breach. They then sent me, via Visa, a new card. Even after I had already activated it, they sent me two follow up letters, one to say that I should have already received my card and that even if I hadn't, my old card would be deactivated on a date, and then on that date I received a letter saying it was deactivated.

If I'm reading USPS.com right, the cheapest first class letter rate is for an 5-digit zip sorted/trayed automation letter at $.381/letter which cost my credit union $1.905 in postage before even factoring in printing and stuffing the envelops, replacement card costs, and the employee costs for doing all the above.

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