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NSA Officers Sometimes Spy On Love Interests 384

Posted by timothy
from the lives-of-others dept.
Jah-Wren Ryel writes "The latest twist in the NSA coverage sounds like something out of a dime-store romance novel — NSA agents eavesdropping on their current and former girlfriends. Official categories of spying have included SIGINT (signals intelligence) and HUMINT (human intelligence) and now the NSA has added a new category to the lexicon — LOVEINT — which is surely destined to be a popular hashtag now."

Comment: Re:In Xenon/HID headlight bulbs (Score 1) 225

by dopaz (#41618499) Attached to: Where Has All the Xenon Gone?

You are mistaken, LED headlights are just now becoming available from the factory. While aftermarket conversion kits may have been available (though I've never heard of anyone else replacing their HID headlights with LEDs) they certainly aren't common.

One of the first new cars that was equipped from the factory with LED headlights was the 2008 Lexus LS600h. That's the Hybrid version of the flagship Lexus sedan. It is a $100,000+ vehicle and is pretty rare. Five years later, we are starting to see LED headlights trickle down into more common vehicles. The 2013 Honda Accord offers them, but only on the "Touring" (highest) trim level. Some Audis have them... I'm not talking about a bunch of white LEDs arranged around the headlight assembly, I mean the primary illumination source when driving at night is a LED. Some high-end BMWs have LED headlights.

Overall, not a common headlight and certainly not even available on most cars made in the past 5 years.

Comment: Re:Shit Editors (Score 5, Informative) 311

by dopaz (#41161719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is the Rise of Skeuomorphic User Interfaces a Problem?

From the linked Wikipedia article:

"Portion of iCal, calendaring software from Apple Inc.. Skeumorphs in iCal include leather appearance, stitching and remnants of torn pages."

Digital skeuomorphs:

Many music and audio computer programs employ a plugin architecture, and some of the plugins have a skeuomorphic interface to emulate expensive, fragile or obsolete instruments and audio processors. Functional input controls like knobs, buttons, switches and sliders are all careful duplicates of the ones on the original physical device being emulated. Even elements of the original that serve no function, like handles, screws and ventilation holes are graphically reproduced.

The arguments in favor of skeuomorphic design are that it makes it easier for those familiar with the original device to use the digital emulation, and that it is graphically appealing.

The arguments against skeuomorphic design are that skeuomorphic interface elements use metaphors that are more difficult to operate and take up more screen space than standard interface elements; that this breaks operating system interface design standards; that skeuomorphic interface elements rarely incorporate numeric input or feedback for accurately setting a value; and that many users may have no experience with the original device being emulated.

Skeuomorphism is differentiated from path dependence in technology, where functional behavior is maintained when the reasons for its design no longer exist.

One of the earliest examples of a skeuomorphic interface was IBM Real Things.

Comment: Re:Better design for Europe (Score 1) 338

by dopaz (#40999903) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Reinvent the Toilet

When I remodeled my bathroom I thought the replacement low-flow toilet would be a nightmare, but I ended up going with a Kohler "Highline High Efficiency Watersense" toilet. I am truly amazed at how much shit it can take. I've never had to use a plunger on it.

A properly designed low-flow toilet *can* get "that loaf to wash away".

Trying to be happy is like trying to build a machine for which the only specification is that it should run noiselessly.

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