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Comment: Most metal impants are "hackable" (Score 2) 31

by davidwr (#48203125) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

As I pointed out a few weeks ago, most implants with electronics or metal can be "hacked" by targeting them with microwaves. Sure, so can the human body but you don't need as much power to disable a possibly-life-sustaining electronic device as you to do cook flesh. Even metal parts will heat up (and cook adjacent living tissue) with less power than the human body.

However, if my heart is dying and I have a choice between getting an implantable artificial heart even knowing that I could be killed by someone armed with a microwave gun or dying waiting for a human donor, I'll take the artificial heart.

Comment: Re: Gamergate is NOT about defining "gamer" (Score 1) 163

by squiggleslash (#48202999) Attached to: For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love
As a postscript, a journalist who did something similar to what I did, writes here about his experience. Again, if you (as seems increasingly unlikely) really are concerned about corruption in journalism, you should probably stop telling people who ask for examples to go off and do their own research.

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 1) 51

by smitty_one_each (#48202147) Attached to: It's Official: Joe Biden's Son is a GOP Candidate
Wasn't a trick. I didn't remember clearly, and wasn't going to take the time to try to dig out replies, but I'm fairly certain that you've trashed S.P. on more than one occasion, and that you've argued for purely random office holder selection. So I don't think I was being wildly inaccurate or "fake but true" there.

Comment: Re:Republican in a different sense than now (Score 1) 14

by smitty_one_each (#48202133) Attached to: How the worm turns
Well, you're not reading mine, either. You continually come in with the Rousseau, and I reply with with Locke. Group vs. individual. And so it goes.

You want to place people in power who will drive us even further to the right.

Understand that the right/left dichotomy is so much bugaboo.

Your side has been given >90% of what they have demanded of the federal government

False. Conservatives want to be emancipated from the "managed liberty" of Progress.

Comment: Re:I'm betting on balloons (Score 4, Informative) 74

by dargaud (#48201897) Attached to: Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones
I mountain areas coverage is very spotty, even in densely populated mountains like the Alps: in deep twisted valleys you have to install too many antennas, and north faces (in the northern hemisphere) impede the use of geosync satellites by blocking line-of-sight. And there's never an irridium above you when you are in a valley. When I was in Himalaya we had a chart of time windows when satellites were above us and we could make quick calls or SMS. Balloons/drones can improve on that.

Comment: Now this pisses me off (Score 1) 55

by dargaud (#48201585) Attached to: Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting
Over a decade ago I submitted a project to carry data in Antarctica by a 1500km fiber for a large project. It was shut down by the Americans because according to the Antarctic Treaty you cannot leave anything in Antarctica permanently. Now the US has this project (how are they gonna get it out of the Ice ?), Ice Cube (which has thousands of detectors under km of ice) and others...

Comment: Re:DOS version? (Score 2) 95

by Just Some Guy (#48200915) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

The current firmware update ships as a bootable ISO. Burn it to a CD/DVD (or a flash drive if you can work it out), hold down "option" at boot, and you'll be looking at a DOS prompt in no time. I verified this two days ago when I misread the firmware version on the website and downloaded an updater for the version I already had.

Comment: Re:Recognition (Score 1) 144

by hairyfeet (#48200747) Attached to: 'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Uhhh...did everybody forget that Nokia still exists as a company? And that as part of the sale they are only barred from selling mobile devices for 3 years? Why in the hell would they want to build positive rep for a brand they will be most likely competing against in a few years?

Frankly the whole argument is moot anyway because you go into mobile stores and folks don't call it the "Nokia Lumia" anymore than they call it the "Samsung Galaxy" or "HTC Evo" its just the Lumia, Galaxy, and Evo. Working retail I deal with folks and phones all damned day (one of the new services I offer is loading Android ROMs,becoming quite popular here) and I can tell you nobody calls them the full name, they just call it by the model.

"We are on the verge: Today our program proved Fermat's next-to-last theorem." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982