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Comment: Too easy to stomp into quiet (Score 1) 98

by jraff2 (#47976909) Attached to: Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You
What is to prevent the Gov. from infiltrating "Dead Man Zero" and NSLing them into silence! The only way to ensure that the information gets out would be to have multiple storage site scattered around the various countries where the NSL, CIA, FBI and other TLAs don't have standing.

Comment: E-Mail size limits not an issue (Score 1) 334

by jraff2 (#47937051) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives
Use Whale Mail or something similar. Or one can sign up with ANY hosting provider, They all proide GigaBytes of storage. Just send a link to the file and let them download it at their leisure, and it won't clog up their E-Mail box with huge files.

Comment: artesian well water (Score 1) 191

by jraff2 (#47863289) Attached to: US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom
All municipalities supplied with artesian well water need to insist that any and all oil and gas fracking does not contaminate the water supply, now and WELL into the future. The Oil and Gas Fracking can take place today, the supply goes dry and the company packs up, sells off and disapears, meanwhile the water becomes contaminated with the oil, gas and fracking chemicals and becomes totally useless for town water supply. I would recommend ALL artesian well water be checked now and into the future for fracking contaminants. Also find out where the water comes from, it could be many miles away from the actual well. Make sure any and all fracking is well insured against water contamination again now and well into the future.

Comment: Exact detail route NOT! (Score 1) 289

by jraff2 (#47795423) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars
When a human drives in a new area she must observer traffic signs, lights, markings, etc. She must become aware of all routes, access and egress with out help from some GPS system. Yeah it may be used to find a location, but beond that she must do the driving with out help of specialized directions. The self driving car (SDC) MUST do the same thing, Yeah one can provide the SDC with a set of regular traffic signs, lights, markings, etc, but it must be alble to handle accidents, construction, new and closing of old entrances, exits, etc. So knowing where every corner and driveway exists is over kill, it must think for it self and figure out the way with out human intervention.

Comment: Never Brick them! Only disable the smart features. (Score 1) 299

The cell phone has become one's safety line to all assistance. If they were bricked, no one could use them for any purpose. The safety line MUST exist, congress mandated it. The phone should be able to call for help or assistance in some reasonable way, like 911 or call home, etc.

Comment: Line Conditioning (Score 1) 78

Power conditioners may handle more issues, but surge protectors will probably be enough protection to limit the actual damage from geomagnetic storm since brown outs usually do not cause major damage. Yeah I know low voltage over a while can cause considerable damage to some equipment. Maybe a low voltage cut off would help with brown outs. So one either needs surge protectors with expensive coils and caps in addition to the a $0.29 MOV. Now are they needed for the whole house or just the expensive and delicate computer and TVs?

Comment: The Transistor was invented in 1925 (Score 1) 183

by jraff2 (#47308119) Attached to: How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law - Physicist Julius Edgar Lilienfeld filed a patent for a field-effect transistor (FET) in Canada in 1925, which was intended to be a solid-state replacement for the triode.[1][2] Lilienfeld also filed identical patents in the United States in 1926[3] and 1928.[4][5] However, Lilienfeld did not publish any research articles about his devices nor did his patents cite any specific examples of a working prototype. Because the production of high-quality semiconductor materials was still decades away, Lilienfeld's solid-state amplifier ideas would not have found practical use in the 1920s and 1930s, even if such a device had been built.[6] In 1934, German inventor Oskar Heil patented a similar device.[7] - The transistor was REINVENTED in 1947!!! - Following its development in 1947 by John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley, the transistor revolutionized the field of electronics

Comment: IOT Security NOT (Score 2) 62

by jraff2 (#46381917) Attached to: Cisco Offers $300,000 Prize For Internet of Things Security Apps
Most devices that one would connect to the Internet of Things - IOT are mundane data, not peeps into ones life.
Temperature, humidity, wind, sun, rain, etc. None of these need security, so why bother?
Only the things that indicate some personal action, absence, presents like open/close door, walk down hall, would one want to be secret, use HTTPS.
Since most of the reporting will be mundane statistics the security is NOT needed, just us HTTP.

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