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Comment Re:MythTV (Score 1) 236

Also Mythtv.

Backend: Headless server in the tech closet:
2x pcie dual dvb-s2 receivers.
1x payTV subscription card (Sky), used by all the sat receivers via oscam and sasc-ng

A couple of tvs in the house, all w/ Acer aspire revo ion-based mini PCs running mythtv frontends.

Submission + - Hackers Show They Can Take Control of Moving Jeep Cherokee (wired.com)

rtoz writes: Two computer-security researchers demonstrated they could take control of a moving Jeep Cherokee using the vehicle’s wireless communications system, raising new questions about the safety of Internet-connected cars.

Former National Security Agency hacker Charlie Miller, now at Twitter, and IOActive researcher Chris Valasek used a feature in the Fiat Chrysler telematics system Uconnect to break into a car being driven on the highway by a reporter for technology news site Wired.com.

The Hackers were able to get control of air-conditioning, radio, windshield wipers and transmission of the jeep remotely by sitting many miles away from the jeep.

Even they were able to disable the Brake of the jeep remotely.

Fiat Chrysler said it had issued a fix for the most serious vulnerability involved. The software patch is available for free on the company’s website and at dealerships.

Miller and Valasek have been probing car safety for years and have been among those warning that remote hacking was inevitable.

Submission + - If Parking Is $50/h, Would You Leave Your Car At Home? 2

dkatana writes: Cheap parking is an invitation to bring more cars to a city, with their pollution, congestion and accidents. In cities where parking is expensive, such as Copenhagen, people use public transport or bike to work.

It is estimated that over 30% of traffic in a city is created by people looking for parking. If cities could reduce that number to about 10%, it could mean a significant reduction of overall traffic congestion and pollution.

If the price of parking is high enough, there will be vacancies. Pricing should be adjusted to a point that there are always a couple of free slots per city block.

Submission + - When Nerds Do BBQ 1

Rick Zeman writes: On this 4th of July, the day that Americans flock to their grills and smokers, Wired has a fascinating article on a computerized smoker designed by Harvard engineering students. They say, "In prototype form, the smoker looks like a combination of a giant pepper mill, a tandoori oven, and V.I.N.CENT from The Black Hole. It weighs 300 pounds. It has a refueling chute built into the side of it. And it uses a proportional-integral-derivative controller, a Raspberry Pi, and fans to regulate its own temperature, automatically producing an ideal slow-and-low burn."

After cooking >200 lbs of brisket fine-tuning the design, the students concluded, "“Old-school pitmasters are like, ‘I cook mine in a garbage can,’ and there’s a point of pride in that,” Parker says. “A lot of the cutting edge is when you take an art form and drag it back onto scientific turf and turn it into an algorithm. I don’t think we’ve diluted the artistic component with this."

Submission + - Pilot error caused Air Algerie crash .. (yahoo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: 'Two judges .. found the "failure to activate the anti-icing system" of the plane's motors was the main cause of the crash .. the McDonnell Douglas 83 jet ran into trouble after the crew did not activate the system, causing the failure of certain sensors.'

"As of February 2013, the MD-80 series has been involved in 61 incidents, including 31 hull-loss accidents, with 1,330 fatalities of occupants." ref

Submission + - Question : A digital "SMART" pen for every day use. (toptenreviews.com)

mmiscool writes: I love having a smart phone and a tablet that can be used with a stylus but some times a pen and paper are a much better way to get the job done.

Taking notes and sketching things is so much easier with paper so I pose the question. What "smart pens" are on the market now.

I have seen some like the livescribe and the equil but don't like that you have to buy special paper or attached a device to your note book for it to capture writing.

Are there any smart pens out there that can capture writing and sketches with out the need for special proprietary paper or bulky clip on sensors. Some thing that is simply a pen with Bluetooth sink to a mobile.

Let me know what you are using.

Submission + - Lt. Uhura Hospitalised in LA After Stroke

WheezyJoe writes: The Register tells us that Nichelle Nichols, who played the lovely Lt. Uhura, communications officer of the original starship Enterprise (original series and animated series), has been hospitalized after a mild stroke. She is reported to have undergone a CAT scan and MRI, and was awake and eating as of Thursday evening. Nichols has shown minor signs of loss of mobility but otherwise no signs of paralysis.

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer (arstechnica.com) 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

Submission + - The One Percent are Parasites:

humptheElephant writes: An interesting excerpt from a book, "Why We Can't Afford the Rich", by Andrew Sayer in Salon, http://www.salon.com/2015/04/1.... The author debunks lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs. Part of his argument is that "The rich don't generate jobs.Rising tides do not lift all boats. And they probably built that with government help" He quotes from U.S billionaire Nick Hanauer "If it was true that lower taxes for the rich and more wealth for the wealthy led to job creation, today we would be drowning in jobs."

Submission + - World's 1st Penis Transplant Done in South Africa (webmd.com)

PolygamousRanchKid writes: The world's first successful penis transplant has been performed by surgeons in South Africa, Bloomberg News reported Friday. The 21-year-old recipient has made a full recovery and regained all functions in the transplanted organ. The nine-hour operation was done Dec. 11 by surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Cape Town's Tygerberg Hospital, the university said Friday in a statement.

The unidentified patient had his penis amputated three years ago in a life-saving procedure after he developed complications from a traditional circumcision.

"Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery," said Dr. Andre van der Merwe, head of the university's urology division, who led the surgical team.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Props to Bill Maher 76

"Terrorism is really just bullying, extreme bullying. And I thought we hated bullying now," Maher said.
"Yeah, liberals hate bullying, all right, but they're not opposed to using it. When they casually throw out words like 'bigot' and 'racist,' it does cow people into avoiding this debate," he said.

Credit where due: he's spot on.

Comment Re:This is nothing new for me. (Score 2) 164

Up to now, this only happened when the retailer had a branch where the customer was located; US Retailer w/ branch in Germany selling to a German customer.

Now, all retailers in Europe have to deal with the hassle of having to individualy deal with the seperate tax offices in all the (european) countries its customers are located in.

Abslolute nightmare.

One exception: for b2b deals where the customer has an european tax ID, it's possible to bill without tax and the customer has to pay the tax to its local tax office.

Submission + - Reverse Engineering OpenVPN Access Server? 1

An anonymous reader writes: I need some legal advice from slashdot...

In order to support OpenVPN on mobile platforms, the only decent user experience for configuration is the OpenVPN Access Server interface. The user types in the name of your server and their credentials and they're all configured. If you want the same thing with the OpenVPN community server, you'll probably want the same user experience. A simple tcpdump and analysis with wireshark shows this to be a simple XML-RPC interface. Client support can be achieved implementing just four methods. I'd love to put something together to go with the community client with its easy-rsa configuration... but I'm not sure if I'll run afoul of the DMCA.

Is this reverse engineering? Does simply looking at and decrypting a TCP stream that I have the key to and control of both devices communicating?

Is the work I've done allowed under the reverse engineering clause of the DMCA? If I understand correctly, it is allowed so long as I have not agreed to a EULA that says I won't reverse engineer. The OpenVPN AS server software only asks me to agree to the eula after I run ovpn-init, to which I type "no". Yet the server still starts up without runing ovpn-init.

I think I'm in the clear on this, but I've not yet decided if I want to risk potential legal hassle. So, if nothing else, hopefully this will help anyone else who wants to implement a compatible client or server.

What do you think?

Submission + - Los Angeles Science Teacher suspended over student science fair projects (scpr.org)

An anonymous reader writes: "A high school science teacher at Grand Arts High School in Los Angeles was suspended from the classroom in February, after two of his science fair students turned in projects deemed dangerous by the administrators. " "One project was a marshmallow shooter—which uses air pressure to launch projectiles. The other was an AA battery-powered coil gun—which uses electromagnetism to launch small objects. Similar projects have been honored in past LA County Science Fairs and even demonstrated at the White House."

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