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Comment: shameful slashvertisment (Score 0) 179 179

"The high speed Thunderbolt interface standard, which is used for everything " Seriously ? Is it indeed used for everything ? By all 12 worldwide users of thunderbolt?

"this time jumping from 20Gbps to a whopping 40Gbps. While that is impressive in its own right" - this one sounds like it was worded by a poorly paid marketeer.

"the truly big news is that Thunderbolt 3 is moving away from the Mini DisplayPort" - see above

Comment: flat as a pancake: invasion pending (Score 5, Interesting) 236 236

I (genuinely) don't understand this tendency with flat buttons and interfaces, they do look slight of "90-sh revamped". Generally speaking through the years, changes in the UI have been positive and IMHO they were at their peak with Windows 7.

What's the sudden (the last year or two) appeal with the super flat GUIs all over the place ?

Change for the sake of .. UX experts...I apologize, for the sake of change ?

Comment: Re:Yo dawg, I heard you like keychains... (Score 2) 278 278

No keys in my pocket, but I do carry a gold-plated stainless-steel Klarus MiX6 AAA LED flashlight. The company is not reputable, IMO, but this is one great light. Too bad they don't make them anymore...

I also carry a Moto-X cell-phone with Republic Wireless, and an Infinite Noise Multiplier. Never know when you might need some true randomness :-)

Comment: Re:The barrier has been there all along ! (Score 1) 63 63

One more point... this patent pool thing is all bad, in that it keeps out new players, reducing innovation. Also, it does nothing to stop trolls, who have no product to protect. You can't counter-sue a troll, since they don't do anything, making it impossible for them to violate patents. Billions of dollars are being flushed down the toilet in this anti-innovation patent-lawyer shake-down.

Comment: Re:The barrier has been there all along ! (Score 3, Interesting) 63 63

Patents back in the 1970s were only slightly broken compared to today. I've met several inventors or their relatives who invented things like milk cartons and every-day items we now take for granted. Up through the 1970s, "inventor" was a potential career path.

That all changed rapidly starting in 1982, when Congress voted to give all patent appeal cases to a single appeals court in Washington DC. This court basically created the patent troll industry. Before 1982, trolls would have been thrown out of court. Since then, this court has become a puppet to the patent troll industry through something called regulatory capture.

I wont go into the evils of software patents here. It is a regular flame topic on slashdot. However, we can blame this appeals court for them. Most recently, I was shocked when they changed long standing precident and declared that APIs are copyrightable, which if upheld, has potential to end software development as we know it.

I have several software patents. We are required to get them for defensive purposes. This is essentially a lawyer's tax on the software industry, with zero benefit to non-lawyers, so far as I can tell.

Comment: Re:Many DDR3 modules? (Score 1) 138 138

It sounds like you know a bit about modern DRAM architecture. Data sheets now days are not avalable to the public, so it's hard to figure out basic things, like how much power is burned in the DRAM in a simple loop. Do you have a simple rule of thumb for modern DRAM power loss? If I understand correctly, static power is minimal, but dynamic power can generate several watts of power.

+ - OneRNG open source hardware entropy genrator->

taniwha writes: Moonbase Otago is pleased to announce its Kickstarter campaign for OneRNG — an open source hardware entropy generator, is already 3/4 funded after 3 days.

OneRNG is a USB key in the same form factor as a USB flash drive, it's an entropy generator, it makes random bitstreams suitable for feeding to your computer's encryption systems to make better and faster keys to make interception of your communications more difficult. It has two entropy sources, an avalanche diode and an RF noise source, either or both can be used

OneRNG is also open hardware, that means all of the design, both hardware and software, is Open Source — you can inspect the hardware and software to make sure there is nothing hidden that stops it from functioning as promised. It also means that you can inspect a unit after shipping to make sure it has not been tampered with, both by lifting its lid to look at the components, and by inspecting the embedded firmware both to make sure that it contains what you think it does and also that it is cryptographically signed with a valid key.

Because you don't truly own your own hardware unless you can reprogram it we're also offering device programmers for those who want to take the existing software and make it better or their own.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Will there be unmapped traffic lights then? (Score 1) 287 287

Well, it maybe hard for a machine to visually identify a traffic light, but that's hardly the only way. In the "Internet of Things" vision, traffic lights are one of the first things to be connected to the network for traffic shaping. Hence, autonomous networked cars will be actually aware of not only the closest traffic light, but of all traffic lights in a certain radius. Assuming John Leonard lives another 30 years, I find it hard to believe, that similar functionality won't be implemented by then.
Then again, one could argue that networked traffic lights won't span the globe, and thus autonomous cars will be bounded in certain geographical areas. That was true for a lot of modes of transportation originally though, and eventually it will be minimized.

Comment: Vodafone guilty as well (Score 2) 149 149

Vodafone here in Europe is also blocking TLS when sending emails through their broadband services. They do so only when port 25 is used; they don't in other cases. My theory is that they want to be able to scan the emails for viruses and/or spam, and block the connection/notify the customer to avoid unpleasant bill suprises. At least that's what my optimistic POV wants to see.

Comment: Re:3G is terrible for all these things (Score 1) 118 118

The thing is that 3G adds complexity and power requirements to support higher speeds. It is designed from the ground up for higher bandwidth. The majority of IoT applications need long battery life and long range communications, not high link speeds. Using 3g for IoT is re-purposing technology engineered for something else: Sure it might work, but it's hardly optimal

Comment: 3G is terrible for all these things (Score 5, Interesting) 118 118

Actually the problem with 3G is not the size of the module at all, but the fact that 3G drains the battery very fast, and the costs from the providers are vastly higher compared to other technologies. Sure 3G for Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication might make sense since the yearly cost in a car is far higher than the cost of 3g connection and there's plenty of electricity to go around, but for smart meters? No way. Especially for industrial applications with thousand of devices, the costs rack up pretty fast, especially when you want your IoT-network to last years, not months. There are other technologies out there that are far more suitable for these kind of things (802.15.4 protocols, SIGFOX's network, OnRamp's network etc)

Real computer scientists don't program in assembler. They don't write in anything less portable than a number two pencil.