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Comment: When they get to ... (Score 1) 1

When they get to 6.5 Watts count me in.

This is a nice little box... I may go shopping later this year
for one.

Then again I may buy another of the new Raspberry Pi boards.
There are some local services I like to have live 7x24 at home
and I target sub five watts as my power budget.

I am more than a little disappointed in the power budget of
WiFi hardware and the limitations of the hardware to operate
as a worthy router and firewall. The foolishness that Xfinity is pulling
with a default public guest account on my AC power makes me want to find
solutions that eliminate them....

Of interest i just saw Xfinity state: "the fastest in-home WiFi,"
This is foolish and silly as WiFi is standards based and I cannot
convince myself that an Xfinity WiFi box is faster than Apple
WiFi hardware. Oh wait... is the net neutral?

Comment: Well clearly it is .... (Score 1) 1

by niftymitch (#49173255) Attached to: Why Computers Still Struggle To Tell the Time

Well clearly it is about time to address this.

It is not an easy task... However a Raspberry Pi and
a GPS receiver can be assembled for about $100.
It can be turned into a level 1 NTP server...
Other Raspberry Pi boards can then be deployed
as level 2 NTP servers to service a monster machine
room with racks of machines.

One honest limitation to this all is the time slice of the
context switch of the servers. Those that wish time to
be more precise than a context switch are kidding themselves.

A system call to get time of day cannot be expected to
return immediatly. The returned TOD would be loaded
in registers or a stack then the process returned to the
run-queue. It will eventually come off the queue and
stamp some transaction.

A potential but more expensive solution is a memory mapped
free running time of day counter on a device. That free running
TOD counter can be managed by a microprocessor that watches
a GPS reference clock or NTP linked synchronized device.

Temp controlled quartz clocks can minimize local drift but
interrupt latency and context switching are hard to eliminate.

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 1) 398

Well nicotine is even more addictive than heroin and tobacco is sold everywhere.

Yet withdrawal is not life threatening the way heroin and alcohol are.

Nicotine might be a much safer anti anxiety drug than the long list of
too easy to abuse drugs available to doctors.

Separated from Tobacco there is no Po210 in a nicotine product.
Some suspect Po210 combined with tar and dust is the most likely
trigger for lung cancers.

A vapor (E-cig) or patch that contains nicotine might replace many
mood altering prescriptions. There are those that daemonize nicotine
because cigarettes and tobaccos are so clearly associated with
the big C. The over reaction reminds me of C++ and some programmers.
But I should not overload this here.

Cancer is one ugly motherF*&^$r

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 1) 398

This is only news to those who have had their head in the ground, listening to fox news and government shills.

This report is interesting in a couple troubling ways.

The most important one is that it is an example of "consensus science".

The two groups are presented as expert and citizen at large. The problem with
this is the experts are experts in sciences unrelated to alcohol or drug addiction.
Well educated "experts in their field" are notoriously under informed on other issues
but the ego and strength of conviction is often extreme and extraordinary.

Way too many smart or conscientious individuals were hoodwinked by the
the fabrication behind science reported by Andrew Wakefield. His extreme
and extraordinary conviction on the topic elevated his biased study of
twelve selected children to the global horror it is now. Worse the issues
with the MMR vaccine were ignored because the vastly larger numbers of
Autism cases (1 in 16) while serious febrile seizures in children is perhaps 1 in a
million doses.

The good news is that with the dismissal of the Wakefield tomfoolery and
all that was built on it -- new studies and new methods are at least making
some progress on the febrile reactions. Mild reactions are common yet
vastly less risky than any of the three childhood diseases in MMR vaccines.

The bad news is that Autism research has no clue that I know of for the
increase in our population. This increase is larger than I can ascribe to
school districts over diagnosing it to pad the special education staff and
budget. It is possible that the responsibility to report in schools gets them to report
any sniff or suspect behaviour and try to classify it. A spectrum diagnosis
can be astoundingly easy to make as I suspect we all have behaviours that
are suspect. Too quiet, too noisy, too social, not social enough. Statistics
indicates that 50% of our students across the nation are below average and
we must boost our standings in local, state and national tests so that 95% of the
the student body is above average.

Comment: More trouble... (Score 1) 1

by niftymitch (#49124281) Attached to: Is Avast pulling the Superfish stunt?

As the article indicated there is a 'good intent' but the road to ruin is
paved with good intentions.

It is getting harder and harder to trust the infrastructure of the internet.
It is the uncommon mind that distrusts what they read on the internet
(yes I read this on the internet). This adds another dimension to
the world of distrust...

The problem with false certificates and MITM is no one can trust
anything. Any forensic analysis must now state that all CAs
and DNS on the device at the time and place in question are
quality, honest and do not redirect http and https fraudulent sites.

Crap like this can be used/ subverted to insert viruses, porn, pooh of all
types on a system. Law enforcement needs to slam the door on this
or open the cells for the bazillion now incarcerated world wide for
having inappropriate content on their system and that includes kiddly

Comment: Oh skuwok you little bit... (Score 1) 1

by niftymitch (#49116531) Attached to: now Barbie is Wi-Fi

Now how many shades of foolishness does a device
like this present.

Cut the wires on the speaker and place it some place interesting.
hack the data stream or server and you have a nearly impossible to
discover and defend from listening device. Made in the zillions
anyone could have more than one.. so any could deny having
purchases this one.

Clearly the FlyBI and child protective services will demand full transcripts
of all the voices in a home. Since no parent can be trusted to be
a good parent all are suspect and need to be monitored up to the
time that they come off the parental healthcare coverage....

Here we go... TV plays "the slap" and thugs bash the door down
and the surviving children are swept up into CPS care seriously
in need of hearing assistance and assistance for the blind because
of the 600 flash bangs used to ignite the house. Only guide dog
breeders will see value in this.

Comment: This may be the tip of ... (Score 3, Interesting) 241

Because they are unwilling to disclose the use of these devices it is possible that
a very long list of prosecutions will be undone including this plea should the information
see the light of day.

There is some reason to believe that a court order to demand the police retain all records could be justified.
It is not clear if the records can be released but this and other actions with these tools implies the legal footing
is not clear and that the tool is astoundingly broad and effective in what it gathers.

I might note here that it has been recently disclosed that the keys to SIM card codes
have apparently been stolen by one or more TLA.
One article gave a four year window to this key theft perhaps more.
If these devices are sold and if these stolen keys are involved it gets interesting.

Comment: Learned to drive where... (Score 2) 290

by niftymitch (#49106711) Attached to: How Walking With Smartphones May Have Changed Pedestrian Etiquette

One very real issue is where someone grew up
and learned the rules of the road. Phones and distracted
walking make it all worse.

There are nations with left hand and right hand auto driving.
Pedestrian bias is shaped by these early days and parents.

Many communities now have a large enough community of newcomers
that these habits collide on the sidewalk. Mericans in Stralia, Brits
in France, .... India, Japan, Indonesia,,.... all nations now have a large enough
influx of newcomers that this is important.

I first encountered this at airports. Then the powered walkways seemed
to make it go away but.. no it is still there....

Worse or perhaps more importantly Mericans have highly controlled cross walks
for K-12 students. Students do not learn to look all ways for traffic. They simply
step out -- many will wait for a light but many not. No officer blows a whistle and
hollers get yer butt off the road. No one hollers get a move on you are blocking
traffic. Entitlement like turtles goes all the way down...

Universities have always had pedestrian accidents as egg heads oblivious to the world forget that
they have left the safe roads of the school and stepped into townie roads. This and the
localized communities of H1B visa holder make this obvious in some parts of the US.
Other nations have the same problems with clusters of expats.

Comment: Anorexia rules..... (Score 2) 70

by niftymitch (#49106283) Attached to: Intel Core M Enables Lower Cost Ultrabooks; Asus UX305 Tested

What is it with this rush to thinner and lighter?

There is a point for many of us where thin is thin enough
and durability and battery life and even a second disk rule.

I would love to see less drive to vanishingly thin and fragile
to a more middle ground of durable, capable and functional.

The 3200x1800 display does appear inviting.
But for any power user the keyboard often matters more.

I happen to have an HP laptop that is nearly 18 years old.
It has a fine keyboard as laptop keyboards go and more importantly
the display has a lot of vertical pixels which makes it nice to read
text and code. Ubuntu keeps it ticking... I think it came with DOS ;)

Sadly the BIOS has a hard wired white list for WiFi bits so I cannot
upgrade the WiFi. It is so old that a replacement battery costs
an arm and a leg and has much less life than I like. It is not silent 0db
it has a noisy fan, it has a spinning disk.... it weighs in at 6 or 7 lb.

Darn I just convinced myself to check this one out when it hits the
local stores.

Comment: Re:Who uses any of that crap anyway? (Score 1) 130

by niftymitch (#49098809) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

You would know if it was always sending your conversations because your battery life would be terrible.

But wait....
Each and every owner of a smartphone I know complains about terrible battery life.

My gut reaction is to craft an audio tool that mumbles and speaks at my TV all day and all night when
I am not using it. I would seed it with all manner of mumble foo including banned words and implications
of my neighbors. I would turn FoX news on the internet and AM shock radio perhaps passing it through
a re-tuner (not auto tune to musical notes) and reshaper.


Comment: Re:Of course (Score 1) 27

by niftymitch (#49098709) Attached to: Rapid Test For Ebola Now Available

Now that Ebola is actually a threat to rich white people living in developed nations, we can expect that new treatments will be created soon.

Not so much me thinks.

A test and or a tester is very different than a cure or immunization for Ebola.
The ability to further screen someone identified by a remote non touch fever
sensor is the gold here.

Hospitals had issues sorting 80 some common infections that presented like Ebola.
The only unique Q&A answer that identified Ebola as a likely infection was "did you travel to _Africa_?".

Should Ebola have surfaced with a vengeance in one or more modern cities the options that
health departments have are few. One is to isolate the city and divide it while Ebola burns itself out.
The collapse of commerce for food and other common needs would be difficult to sort out.

And more importantly because this is not a treatment the testing and approval time frame
could be very short. And more importantly there are cities in Africa that could use it now.

There are some social implications but from the containment side of the option list
this is a good thing.

Comment: Re:"Not intentional". Right. (Score 1) 370

by niftymitch (#49069809) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Where are you getting that from? I have a Samsung F6300, and they have fixed the apps via updates whenever there is an issue.

Samsung use the same smart tv software for all their models with minor tweaks, so no reason you shouldn't have updates.

Check avs forums for the owners thread, and more than likely there is a fix for whatever issue you are having.

OK model UN46D6050 From todays online chat...

Xyzzzz:: The particular TV come with 2011 smart hub interface. Thus, this particular TV does not support multiple profiles in netflix app.
Visitor: Sigh... I am disappointed. Such a fine TV matched with little or no software support. Makes me sad...
Xyzzzz: Multiple profile option for netflix is only available in F and H series models.
Xyzzzz: I can understand how important this is to you.
Xyzzzz: Netflix 3.1 app is available on your TV. This updated Netflix app will allow you to use:
Xyzzzz: Subtitles on supported movies.
Xyzzzz: Multi-Audio Tracks on supported movies.
Xyzzzz: 5.1 audio tracks on supported movies.
Xyzzzz: Full HD (1080p) on supported movies
Visitor: But not profiles?
Xyzzzz: Yes, only for the F and H series model TV's you can see that feature.

All the evidence concerning the universe has not yet been collected, so there's still hope.