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Comment: Re:but not amplifiers (Score 1) 61 61

although I'm not sure if "through the center of the earth" is the next big thing for high speed communications.

It won't be until we develop technology that can shoot neutrinos through earth, capture them on the other side, and demodulate the encoded message.

Comment: Re:I have an iPhone 1 (Score 1) 149 149

by mysidia (#50002279) Attached to: AppleCare+ Now Covers Batteries That Drop To 80%

It is now 8 years old. And using the original battery, and not having charge or capacity problems.

The longevity of the battery depends on random chance and how it's treated. The AppleCare+ thing doesn't address the concerns, because it only lasts 2 years. MOST LIKELY the battery will last longer than 2 years, but still cut short the life of the device, Especially if the battery is frequently cycled too deeply.

I have a desktop that is over 8 years old, and it's still using the original hard drive. It does not mean I should not be very concerned, if the system had a non-removable hard drive. Just because mine didn't fail yet, does not mean these things don't fail.

Comment: Re:Sorry most Americans... (Score 1) 117 117

by mysidia (#49999563) Attached to: World's First Commercial Jetpack Arrives Next Year

I wouldn't use it without a parachute either. With an emergency parachute... um....

An emergency parachute is no panacea. If something goes wrong... first of all, well, the parachute can fail to open..... the shock from the parachute opening can be painful, even if not as painful as freefall into the ground.

With little/no control of where you're going.... You can land at a very inopportune place, such as grazing/crashing into the side of a building, being impaled by a vehicle antennae, having the parachute get tangled up in something, or come into contact with live electric wires.

Other nasty scenarios include landing in water or in the middle of a highway where you might be run over or other unsafe/unsuitable ground.

Comment: Re:Just doing their job. (Score 1) 136 136

by mysidia (#49983343) Attached to: WikiLeaks: NSA Eavesdropped On the Last Three French Presidents

I think you didn't get it....

"If you've got nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear"

Is the broken argument governments are using to "justify" pervasive surveillance of the people.

Why should governments be treated differently from people?

France essentially just took on new Patriot-act style surveillance legislation back in may not too long ago, that allows warrant-free phone taps, e-mail taps, keyloggers, and covertly installed cameras/recorders.

Comment: Re:"Other types of electromagnetic radiation" (Score 1) 527 527

by mysidia (#49979667) Attached to: The Town That Banned Wi-Fi

Health complaints start instantly when the (still disconnected) antennas are installed.

OK, then, so perhaps the health problems are not solely based on what is being transmitted using that antenna.

The antenna could be picking up existing signals that are a multiple length of the antenna and reflecting them back out as a modified signal, all without any equipment attached to that antenna. ^_^

Comment: Re:Rolling Code RKEs (Score 1) 165 165

by mysidia (#49977239) Attached to: Car Hacking is 'Distressingly Easy'

But the first acknowledgement recorded by the dongle is sent back at the fob.

What acknowledgement? I thought you were jamming the fob.... If there's an acknowledgement, that means the remote side saw the message at least once, so you started jamming after they already sent a signal and operated their RKE one time.

I am also under the impression that the vast majority of fobs are one-way transmitter-only devices, and the car side only has a receiver, so the fobs are not expecting an acknowledgement.

Comment: Re:Rolling Code RKEs (Score 2) 165 165

by mysidia (#49976557) Attached to: Car Hacking is 'Distressingly Easy'

since the next time the fob sends a signal it won't be the right one needed to trigger whatever it was supposed to do

No different than if the fob sends a signal while out of range of the device.

They would have to jam the fob across numerous communication attempts, before they would truly come out of sync so badly that the fob could no longer operate after the jamming was turned off.

Comment: Re:Stop interconnecting systems (Score 1) 165 165

by mysidia (#49976533) Attached to: Car Hacking is 'Distressingly Easy'

It's not a reason to make it less-secure, the engine control system should not be bloatware.

Unnecessary features on critical systems are a safety hazard, due to possible bugs, not just a security risk, and formal validation and 3rd party review of all the code should be required.

"Sounds through the stereo" could be made by a separate microprocessor that listens in on signals sent over a read-only bus channel.

Comment: Re:As much good as I think these things can do (Score 1) 129 129

The readers will be cheap..... it's only a matter of time before there are 3rd party agents who roam around operating the readers and catch the data for sale to insurance companies, PIs, and reporters as a subscription service.

They might make an iPhone app where joe consumer can get paid $0.30 for every 1000 unique plates captured.

Comment: Re:Veto-Proof? (Score 3, Informative) 129 129

The skeptic in me says he vetoed it as political cover, expecting his veto to be overruled.

Eh? A governor's veto has only been overruled twice in the history of the state. Where did you think the support is to overrule this one?

Besides, the politicians are "outraged" and busy trying to build support to overrule Jindal's Veto of HB 42, to give current state retirees an additional cost of living bonus. I doubt if Senate bill 250 is on their radar for an attempted veto override.

They will want to address the governor's privacy concerns.

Comment: Re:Why use ISP email? (Score 3, Interesting) 265 265

by mysidia (#49963757) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Effective Is Your ISP's Spam Filter?

Depends on the ISP, don't you think? I work for an ISP that sells e-mail as a separate service. If you're in the service area of a suitable provider, then you can buy e-mail service without subscribing to any network connection service, anyways, so it doesn't matter if you switch ISPs.

We're not "giving e-mail service away"; we are not Gmail. If you want a free/gratis mail service with all their disadvantages (and advantages) such as larger attachments and more theoretically allowed disk space with the disadvantages of lack of professional on-call management and no phone number to call which a competent human will answer, or no option for hands-on assistance from a human being if something major goes wrong with your service or account, or you get stuck, then go over there to one of the major search engines for free webmail by all means.

E-mail is a complex application which is totally separate from network connectivity and requires application-specific management for reliable operation. Why should the two services ever be treated as if they were part of the same? They're totally different services.

If reliable e-mail access and delivery is of the umpost importance to you, then you should self-host, or use a paid account with an ISP or hosting provider. Because it's definitely a better idea than using a free Hotmail account.

There is also a totally different set of skills and experience required from professionals implementing and maintaining e-mail systems, from maintaining a network.

There's no reason you should not be able to switch ISPs but keep your e-mail and DNS hosting, if you want.

Of course you still have to pay the hosting bill to some provider, and it's probably somewhere between $120 and $150 per mailbox. If you purchased your own domain name and hosted e-mail under that domain, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to take e-mail service to any willing host.

Comment: Re: Sounds like reasonable changes to me (Score 2) 116 116

by mysidia (#49955981) Attached to: Amazon Overhauling Customer Reviews

You received a product different from the one you paid for...

Getting the wrong edition of a book is a bit major. The difference in value of a newer edition can be huge, especially in regards to textbooks, where many professors require students to buy the newer Nth edition, which is often pretty much the same as the N-1th edition, possible correction of a few errors, And likely rearrangement and substantial tweaking to homework exercises and test/exam question banks.

Comment: Re:Sounds like reasonable changes to me (Score 1) 116 116

by mysidia (#49955973) Attached to: Amazon Overhauling Customer Reviews

Sometimes the "version" is out of Amazon's control. Imagine all of the WiFi Router "versions" out in the field. Some will have firmware that's dreck (and complaints), and some will work well

Amazon ought to put agreements in place requiring that manufacturers distinguish the SKU of every "Version" change that is not offered as a free upgrade to all existing/new users --- In other words, a new "B" version should get a new product subpage.

Any change to the design, model, or sourcing of components, should result in a new product page, so they can be reviewed. There should be no such thing as an "Unofficial revision" that does not get a new SKU, a new product page, etc.

If there are still "A" version components for sale; then you should be prompted which version you are buying during checkout, possibly at a discounted price, OR if they are insistent on clearing their inventory of A components, they should not start selling B version until A version has sold out.

All separate versions of a product should be independently reviewable.

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