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Comment: Requirements Engineering... and other things (Score 1) 489

by dasunst3r (#33281214) Attached to: NAB, RIAA May Seek Mandate For FM Radios In Mobile Devices

Just to tee off the NAB and RIAA, I would put this mandated FM receiver chip in... with all the leads going nowhere and no software provisions. They said they want to install a FM receiver chip into each device. They didn't say it has to be functional (which branches off into a boatload of sub-requirements).

If consumers want a FM receiver, they'll seek out devices that have a FM receiver.

Comment: Requirements Engineering 101 (Score 2, Insightful) 281

by dasunst3r (#32781236) Attached to: Indian Government Threatens RIM, Skype With Ban

RIM, Skype, and Google's communications already "comply with formats that can be read by security and intelligence agencies" if the government wants to wiretap the suspects upstream of their devices.
Can it be read? Print it out or keep it on the screen, your choice.
Is it human-readable? Sure!
Does it mean anything on first glance? That's questionable.

I am merely playing devil's advocate.

Comment: Yep, saw it last night. (Score 3, Informative) 124

by dasunst3r (#32408058) Attached to: Clickjacking Worm Exploits Facebook "Like" Feature

Out of curiosity, I opened the link in a separate browser without my Facebook login. It would then try to do a "security check" in which you have to answer a survey to prove that you're human. Being the smart Slashdotters we are, we know Captchas are how it's done. The main take-away: (1) Hover, look, and think before you click and (2) If the link goes outside Facebook, it is SPAM and should be reported.


Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down 634

Posted by kdawson
from the single-point-of-well-you-know dept.
ZuchinniOne writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."

Comment: They're spending all right... (Score 1) 187

by dasunst3r (#30831958) Attached to: Analyst Estimates AT&T Needs To Spend $5B To Catch Up

... on Luke Wilson. My solution to public perception issue? Less on marketing and more on infrastructure upgrades and support (engineering, equipment, installation, customer support, etc.). I strongly believe that beyond an initial marketing push, if a product is truly good, it can sell itself.

Comment: Re:17mpg? (Score 1) 259

by dasunst3r (#29405707) Attached to: Ford's New Radar Technology Based On Open Source

Yeah, seriously, what a joke. My 1992 Honda Accord (with a touch less than 187,000 miles) is rated 18 (city) / 26 (highway) and averages around 22. No wonder why American automakers are going down the drain. They can add all these gizmos, but they can never replace my breakthrough "paying attention to the road at all times." All the (safety-related) alphabet soup I need are ABS, SRS, TCS, and possibly TPMS.

Comment: Re:Burnt out (Score 5, Informative) 357

by dasunst3r (#27531447) Attached to: How Does Flash Media Fail?

I am currently taking a class on solid state devices, and we just talked about how MOSFETs would fail. Basically, a high voltage to the gate would create these electrons that have so much kinetic energy that they create pairs of opposing charges (electron-hole pairs) in what was supposed to be the insulator. These pairs of charges would create an internal electric field inside the insulator. This process reduces the barrier for tunneling to occur, so more electrons are able to tunnel through the insulator and do the same thing, creating a runaway effect.

For more information, look up "Time-Dependent Dielectric Breakdown" and refer to pages 293 and 294 of Streetman and Banerjee's "Solid State Electronic Devices" (6th ed).

"If there isn't a population problem, why is the government putting cancer in the cigarettes?" -- the elder Steptoe, c. 1970