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Comment: Re:WRT54GL? (Score 1) 64

by rthille (#49833273) Attached to: New SOHO Router Security Audit Uncovers Over 60 Flaws In 22 Models

I was running OpenWRT on a WRT54GS, but moved and ended up with 50Mbit Comcast (crap) rather than ~2Mbit (awesome! but too damn slow due to distance from CO). If discovered the WRT was limiting thruput to ~12Mbit rather than the 50Mbit I had on the other side of it, so I'm using an Apple Airport Express with stock firmware until I can get OpenWRT setup on a Netgear WNDR3700.

And I thought I was way behind the times when i was still running the WRT54GS. So I guess my question is, is anyone still running that ancient hardware for their main connection?

Comment: Re: What use? (Score 1) 138

by rthille (#49822459) Attached to: Facebook Now Supports PGP To Send You Encrypted Emails

What if they show you your public key, but they show others their public key they created to proxy for you, And suggest they mail you at the email address they rolled out years ago?

Yeah, they'd get caught in a heartbeat, and it'd never work in practice, but for the paranoid it might be a worry...

Comment: More needed to be used as a heart valve (Score 1) 65

by backslashdot (#49806107) Attached to: New Alloy Bounces Back Into Shape 10 Million Times And Counting

Ok lets say it has to be a permanent heart valve.

For math ease, let's say a heart beats at 60 beats per minute (once per second .. though average resting heart rates are usually a little faster than that).

So to calculate how many days it will take to go through 10 million cycles we do Number of cycles / (Hours in a day x Minutes in an hour x Beats in a minute) = 10,000,000 / (24 x 60 x 60) = 10,000,000 / 86,400 = 115.74 = about 116 days .. nearly 4 months.

So unless they can get say 100 million or more out of it I don't think this will find much use outside of a temporary heart valve.

Comment: Re:Not enough room? Not enough food? (Score 1) 685

by backslashdot (#49804085) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

We can easily use technology and get enough seafood .. have you seen how big the ocean is? If we had the will we could set up massive netted farm areas .. it's already being done in some scale for blue fin tuna. For land meat .. we can grow meat via tissue culture in the extreme case. There's already project to gneetically engineer yeast to produce milk and milk proteins. In fact a lot of our caloric intake can come from plant and animal tissue culture. We could grow our calories and produce milk via yeast in large vats. We can have enough water through desalination. These can all be run on nuclear energy with no pollution.

Comment: They Do Cool Stuff (Score 1) 125

My next door neighbor in Celebration just had hernia surgery at the Nicholson Center done using this technology, it's pretty amazing. Minimal invasivness and very efficent. It's nice to see Celebration getting good press for this type of thing.

Interestingly, residents in Celebration have access to the very best fiber connections, competitive to Google but from a smaller regional telecom. For $60/month residents get 1000/1000 internet. On the town message board, residents routinely post their Speedtests with tests in the high 900 Mbits.

Comment: Re:OMFG, what an idiotic post (Score 1) 86

by backslashdot (#49800959) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Patent Troll

i) Yes, unless it qualifies for a patent term adjustment.
ii) virtually every patent issued nowadays is delayed so much that patent term adjustments are virtually guaranteed. You always get it when the USPTO doesn't approve your patent within a specified time as a result of their delays.
iii) Yes.
iv) If the patent is delayed they can get back royalties from others who independently came up with similar technology during the time in which the patent was being processed -- at least recently new applications are being published within 18 months so this issue is diminished for new filed applications. But then it's still a problem because of the issue referred to in (v) .. a company can collect on standards essential technology for extended periods of time and technology can't really advance while someone owns a monopoly for such a long time.
v) There isn't only one patent on HDTV you ditz. HDTV is covered by hundreds of patents on the various technologies that comprise it. A single company can have a patent on the audio encoding and a separate one on the video processing aspect -- they can collect on the audio encoding patent when it issues and then collect for an extended period on the video processing part when that issues. In fact many companies have more than one patent on HDTV. Look at how many companies had patents on mp3 technology .. just google it fool.

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