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Comment: Re:It Costs Money (Score 3, Interesting) 213

by movdqa (#47573023) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM
If you're an academic, then you should have access via your institution via your library. If I really need something from ACM or other research journals, I can just ask one of my kids to get it for me through their universities. I could also drive to a local university with public access to computers with journal access.

Comment: Garmin Forerunner 610 (Score 1) 427

by movdqa (#47321117) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?
I have a Garmin GPS Watch. It's great to track your runs and has a website where you upload your run information and biometrics so that you can replay your run or analyze your performance. It works as a regular watch as well. It can also give you a picture of your run or walk so that you can determine where you are relative to where you started in case you get lost. So it's good for running and they have models for triathletes that are waterproof to 10 meters or something like that. Mine handles the rain just fine. It will interface with fitness club equipment and digital scales and it comes with a chest strap that you can use to measure your heartrate while you workout. You can also set alarms for minimum and maximum limits. The updated model also has motion sensors in the chest strap so it can do things like analyze other stuff about how you run and make recommendations. Of course there are limitations. It's big and thick. It has a touch screen but it's imprecise and there's not a lot that you can do on a touchscreen that small. It will run for 8 hours on a charge. You need a special charger. I'm a runner and most people think that runners are nuts and they're probably right but a runner and geek will put up with the limitations to get the functionality present. I really doubt that Apple, Samsung, Google, etc. are going to produce something that caters to this market. I don't think that their products will have the durability of a special-purpose device and I don't think that their biometrics sensors will be anywhere as useful as the Garmin's chest strap. So I will be happy to see what they come up with but I have a lot of doubts as to how useful the devices will be. BTW, one thing that I would like is an iPod Nano with BlueTooth for my runs. I have older generation Nanos with wired headsets but I'd much rather go wireless. An iPod Nano watch would work but I'd have to wear my Garmin on one wrist and the Nano on the other.

Comment: HP-67 (Score 1) 702

by movdqa (#46790773) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?
Scientific calculator with motorized mag card reader for program and data storage. The card reader/writer no longer reads and writes reliably and the original NiCad batteries died many years ago but I use NiMH batteries in the original battery case and the calculator works. Nice to have an LED display as I like to work in dark conditions. I saw one at the Smithsonian back in the 1990s.

Comment: Re:The submission looks like a Microsoft advertise (Score 1) 208

by movdqa (#46519657) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote
Growly Notes is not cloud-based software. It will sync selected notebooks in your LAN if you wish though. One-Note has online and offline modes. So you can save files in the Cloud if you want to or just locally. BTW, a huge number of people use Cloud-based tax prep services. A huge number of people use H&R Block where you give all of your tax information to a person and there have been cases of identity fraud with (human) tax prep services.

Comment: Re:The submission looks like a Microsoft advertise (Score 2) 208

by movdqa (#46517055) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote
The current Mac OS X similar product is Growly Notes, written by a former Microsoft Word developer who now develops Mac OS X Apps. I use Growly Notes extensively for home and work stuff. I put my status information for my projects, record what I do daily and copy in Specs, emails, pictures, PDFs, etc. You can drag in videos, audio files and documents. The program will sync to other computers running the same software as well. I put my tax information in there which makes it easier to do my taxes. I have college stuff for the kids, hobby project ideas, directions for how to do things, etc. You can encrypt at the notebook or page level and you can do various searches. I've heard from others that One-Note does a lot more. One-Note can sync to the cloud but we don't put work-stuff on the cloud. I don't put a lot of personal and family stuff on the cloud either. You could drag all of your utility bills into One-Note so that you can retrieve them if and when you need them. One Note also has Outlook integration and I think that you can drag in stuff from Microsoft Office documents for live update. At any rate, I'm going to move over to One Note from Growly Notes as I want a product with support from a team and I like that I can put it on Windows and Mac OS X. It will be somewhat of a pain in the neck to migrate my stuff over. BTW, this is a big deal. One-Note was originally designed as a planning and notebook tool for college students. Microsoft bought it and a lot of people found out how useful it is for the workplace.

Comment: Still on 6 though the new OS is downloaded; Nexus4 (Score 1) 488

by movdqa (#44930275) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?
I have the download ready and waiting to install but I was looking for threads and articles like this one before deciding on upgrading (I have an iPhone 5 which runs perfectly fine as it is). I am planning on upgrading soon but want to hear about any problems that users are running into. It seems like some are very happy, some not so happy and those in-between. I figure that any show-stoppers will turn up this week. My son had to buy a phone two months ago (his feature phone died). I suggested the Nexus 4, HTC-1 (Google edition), and S4 (Google Edition). I recommended the Nexus 4 as he's picking up the tab (it's nice when your kids graduate with a CS degree so that they can get a job and pay for their own toys) and that's what he chose and he loves it. He used to carry around a feature phone and an iPod Touch for music and pictures. Now he just has one device with a very good camera, screen, battery life and he doesn't have to keep multiple cables around to charge multiple devices. My wife's feature phone is going too and I'm planning on getting her a Nexus 5 when it comes out. I like the file-level stuff that you can do on Android but I prefer the Apps on iOS. So I have an iPhone and a Nexus 7 - I can do what I want between the two of them.

Comment: Running, tennis, weights, stretching (Score 2) 372

by movdqa (#42569595) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?
Plan is to run 1,000 miles this year. I do weights a few times a week and extended stretching a few times a week. Also 1.5 to 2.5 hours of tennis one to two times a week. It helps to have a fitness center at the office. I also use a fairly low-carb diet. The LiveStrong website has a good calorie tracker - diet is more important than exercise in losing fat. Avoid sugar. Watch the YouTube videos from Lustig on this. Join a support group. The hierarchy of fat loss: Intervals Strength-Training High-intensity cardio Low-intensity cardio The earlier ones are more efficient for fat loss. BTW, you can't out-train a crappy diet.

Comment: Homeschool to get free college (Score 1) 1324

by movdqa (#30944276) Attached to: US Grants Home Schooling German Family Political Asylum
Many homeschoolers in my area are sending their homeschooled kids at 14, 15, 16, and 17 to college. They get their group education in an environment that isn't as caustic as middle- and high-school. They can also earn college credit to reduce college expenses in the future and there's a nice Federal tax credit to pay for the college courses. Something that I've just read about is parents with students in private school considering homeschooling in order to get them into dual-enrollment programs at community colleges. Some community colleges provide free courses to homeschoolers and tax credits could take care of remaining expenses. Our kids started college at 15. They get the group benefits and learn things that we're happy to farm out with students that are generally more mature than those in secondary schools.

+ - Question on forums and remote javascript execution

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movdqa writes "This is more of a question than a story.

I use a forum site from time to time and someone showed some nifty tools to display inline images of charts given ticker symbols. The code uses the tag to execute some code that then executes Javascript code on a remote site. This seems like a security hole to me.

I notified the website that I suspected that they have a security hole in their software. Do the folks here consider this a security hole or am I being overly paranoid? What do folks here do when they run into this sort of thing?"

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