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Comment: Re:I Usually Have A Few "Orphans" Over (Score 1) 340

by eakerin (#42042067) Attached to: On Nov. 22, 2012, I expect to be ...

I do the turkey as well, and I'm still constantly amazed how easy it is to get right.

This year we have so many people coming over that we're going to need two birds (My work graciously provides a Thanksgiving turkey to its employees. I also lucked out that a coworker of mine didn't want his, and gave it to me. So two free turkeys.) One's getting roasted Alton Brown style. The other is getting butterflied and grilled.

Comment: Re:"Experiment" (Score 3) 326

by eakerin (#40494907) Attached to: Google On-shores Manufacturing of the Nexus Q

I'm one of the people out at I/O that was given one, but I've only taken it out of the box to look at it so far (too many sessions, not enough time).

To go along with the expensive design part. The device has a lot of mass. It was designed to sit on a table, and be interacted with locally. The top half of the Q spins (I believe as a volume control, but I have not had a chance to set it up yet) If you look at the breakdown diagrams they briefly show in the introduction video - there's also a complex set of components inside of the device. So that increases the assembly cost as well.

It's not meant to be a simple video player, nor just a slave to the TV. Hooking it up to a TV is technically optional.

I'm glad it is being produced in the US - we need more companies demanding device manufacture and assembly in the US - it will only help drive down the US assembly costs due to volume. We used to (10 years ago) do a LOT of assembly in the US for all sorts of devices, but the economic downturns drove a lot of assembly over seas (increasing some costs, decreasing others).

Comment: Re:anniversary (Score 1) 337

by eakerin (#39222505) Attached to: Leap Day, to me, means ...

I got married on the 29th, just had my "first" anniversary. We celebrate every year around the day, and treat the ones on the 29th like most people treat their divisible by 5-year anniversary. So every 4 years (therefore more often than most people) we plan something extra-special instead of the usual way we celebrate.

I still have yet to see any long-term annoyance.

Security

DHS Admits Knowledge of Infected Import Tech 59

Posted by Soulskill
from the mal-where? dept.
smitty777 writes "Deputy Undersecretary Schaffer of the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate confessed to being aware of foreign technology that had been imported with spyware, malware, and other security risks. According to the article, 'More worryingly, the hearing specifically mentioned hardware components as possibly being compromised — which raises the questions of whether, perhaps, something as innocuous as Flash memory or embedded RFID chips could be used by interested foreign parties.' These hearings were held on July 7th to 'examine the nature and extent of the current threat to America's infrastructure.'"

Comment: Re:How does he do it? (Score 4, Informative) 130

by eakerin (#36414660) Attached to: How One Man Helps Keep Game Controllers Accessible

He's not trying to complete on price w/ Microsoft; So there's nothing stopping him from buying an official controller for each one he builds to get the interface hardware. It just becomes part of the BOM cost.

Then he just has to replace the buttons and joysticks with ones that work for his end-users.

Internet Explorer

Why IE9 Will Not Support Codecs Other Than H.264 436

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the time-is-of-the-ess dept.
jlp2097 writes "There is a new article up on Microsoft's IEBlog explaining why IE9 will support only the H.264 codec: 'First and most important, we think it is the best available video codec today for HTML5 for our customers. Relative to alternatives, H.264 maintains strong hardware support in PCs and mobile devices as well as a breadth of implementation in consumer electronics devices around the world, excellent video quality, scale of existing usage, availability of tools and content authoring systems, and overall industry momentum – each an important factor that contributes to our point of view. H.264 also provides the best certainty and clarity with respect to legal rights from the many companies that have patents in this area.'"
Bug

MS Issues Emergency IE Security Update 114

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the press-the-panic-button dept.
WrongSizeGlass writes "CNET is reporting that Microsoft has issued an emergency patch for 10 IE security holes. 'The cumulative update, which Microsoft announced on Monday, resolves nine privately reported flaws and one that was publicly disclosed. ... Software affected by the cumulative update addressing all the IE vulnerabilities includes Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Server 2008, Vista, and Windows 7.'"
Caldera

Novell Wins vs. SCO 380

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the now-wait-a-minute dept.
Aim Here writes "According to Novell's website, and the Salt Lake Tribune, the jury in the SCO v. Novell trial has returned a verdict: Novell owns the Unix copyrights. This also means that SCO's case against IBM must surely collapse too, and likely the now bankrupt SCO group itself. It's taken 7 years, but the US court system has eventually done the right thing ..." No doubt this is the last we will ever hear of any of this.
Google

Google Hacked, May Pull Out of China 687

Posted by kdawson
from the now-you've-done-it dept.
D H NG writes "Following a sophisticated attack on Google infrastructure originating from China late last year, Google has decided to take 'a new approach' to China. In their investigation, Google found that more than 20 large companies had been infiltrated and dozens of Chinese human rights activists' Gmail accounts had been compromised. Google has decided to 'review the feasibility of [its] business operations in China,' no longer censoring results in Google.cn, and if necessary, to 'shut down Google.cn, and potentially [Google's] offices in China.'"

Comment: Re:Double-edged sword... (Score 1) 520

by eakerin (#26471933) Attached to: Breathalyzer Source Code Ruling Upheld

The issue is not that people can/can't stop at two beers. It's that they could have stopped at one beer, waited 75 minutes for it to metabolize fully, then drive home. At that point the device could still say they are over the limit, due to a programming bug. We don't know how well it was implemented, what the failure conditions are, how it handles those failure conditions, etc.

So the issue is: Would you like to be convicted of a crime you didn't commit, all because some people can't stop at two beers?

Cellphones

+ - Research finds effects of GSM radiation on sleep-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "The effects of mobile phone radiation on sleep were studied in Sweden in a laboratory experiment where subjects were exposed either to 884 MHz GSM radiation or placebo. The study finds that compared to placebo, in the radiation-exposed subjects there was a prolonged latency to reach the first cycle of deep sleep (stage 3). The amount of stage 4 sleep was also decreased. Moreover, participants that otherwise have no self-reported symptoms related to mobile phone use, appear to have more headaches during actual radiofrequency exposure as compared to sham exposure."
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Businesses

+ - Ask Slashdot: How to Compare Web Analytic Numbers

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I work in the marketing and advertising department of a small US-based manufacturing company. Last year I implemented Google Analytics into our website so we could get a better idea of what users were doing while on our website. However, sometimes I'll receive reports from other websites that we advertise with, showing the amount of traffic that they have sent our way. These numbers always conflict with my own data from Google Analytics. Is this par for the course with web analytics, or can this situation be rectified? This data is supposed to provide solid information when making marketing decisions and I need to know that I can trust it. I'm interested in knowing what other Slashdotters have done with their analytical data and the anomalies they have experienced."

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