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Comment: Re:from a psychologist that has helped children gr (Score 1) 676

yes and....

Update family photos. Label who her (great--xxx) grandparents are. Take out that felt marker and write on the back of old photos. If you have siblings or cousins - they can help when she gets older. How many times have you been at a family event and somebody asks "who is that?" in some old photo. This allows for some history.

Also - I'd make it known to both my wife and children that it is okay to move on. That there may be somebody else in the future - and that is okay. That person will help guide in his own way - taking over where I left off. Not a replacement - but don't ignore that person simply because he isn't me (you).

Comment: Re:Sigh... Yet another scam (Score 1) 233

by ripvlan (#49067679) Attached to: Mars One: Final 100 Candidates Selected

Well - if they had the original 200k people to send on the mission -- maybe 40 would still be alive when the spaceship arrived.

As for financing - they plan to sell all of it as a Reality TV show. Here's an NPR writeup from 2013 "This one-way trip to Mars is brought to you by": http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetw...

No new technology? Pretty sure there are several "known unknowns" that haven't been figured out. Gamma Ray protection tops the list. I remember one of the moon astronauts describing the strange flashes of light that they would see during the trip. Leaving earth's protection completely is expected to be even worse.

I remember hearing an interview on the radio with an "expert" after Prez Obama made his Mars declaration. This expert listed some absolutely fascinating problems, even basics, that still need to be solved. Some of the issues were things I wouldn't have thought of - ever. Wish I could find that interview - it was also on NPR but I can't remember which show.

Comment: I'm confused (Score 5, Funny) 132

by ripvlan (#49067489) Attached to: LG Exec Indicted Over Broken Samsung Washing Machine

Is he accused of damaging these AT the trade show or in a store? Or was LG buying the products and returning them to their secret lab to poke/prod them?

I guess I'd be mad if my flagship products failed at a trade show - only to find that somebody had put sand in the tank overnight.

This reminds me of an old Click & Clack episode where a caller had purchased a used VW...and while cleaning the trunk had found paperwork indicating the car was owned by the Chevy (Ford?) proving grounds. Tom & Ray assured the caller that some test driver was comparing the competition had driven the car to within an inch of it's life - and that the caller should either purchase the extended warranty or trade the car in ... now! They also suggested that the test driver had purposely left the evidence behind as a warning to future owners.

+ - Digging Pp Fraud in Medical Trials->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration holds a position of trust among citizens that few government agencies share. So when NYU professor Charles Seife found out the FDA was not forthcoming about misconduct in the scientific trials it oversees, he and his class set out to bring it to light. "For more than a decade, the FDA has shown a pattern of burying the details of misconduct. As a result, nobody ever finds out which data is bogus, which experiments are tainted, and which drugs might be on the market under false pretenses. The FDA has repeatedly hidden evidence of scientific fraud not just from the public, but also from its most trusted scientific advisers, even as they were deciding whether or not a new drug should be allowed on the market. Even a congressional panel investigating a case of fraud regarding a dangerous drug couldn't get forthright answers." Seife suggests the FDA is trapped into a co-dependent relationship with the pharmaceutical industry, and needs strong legislative support to end its bad behavior."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Tape off switches, Really? Simple answers.... (Score 1) 248

by ripvlan (#49050869) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

wait - knowing all of that is... simple? ;-)

My condo has a long corridor that opens to a living room... all without any light switches. So to walk through my house I have to turn the kitchen light on - walk across the room - turn on the stairwell light -- walk back turn off kitchen light... you get the picture (who designs this stuff?!)

I wanted to buy a wireless switch of some kind and make a three-way system. Adding a light switch to one wall is almost impossible. I looked at battery operated systems, wall-switch like devices, and others. I couldn't find anything that was slim, or could work with an existing lamp, or the costs were $100+.

A $5 nightlight that senses darkness is my automation solution to the problem. $0.02 per year electricity and I'm all set.

Comment: Re:It's like the medical field (Score 1) 809

by ripvlan (#49049619) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

I see where you're going with that thought. A pulmonary doctor probably wouldn't make a good heart surgeon. But should know what the heart is and some of the basics around it. Expert? no. That it exists? probably. What about the nervous system? or cancers across the whole body? Brain?

It comes down to what we consider the basics. I self studied cryptography enough to know that I don't know enough - those who hack think differently than I do. In this day and age would I expect developers of web based products to understand that security is important? yes. Know how to do it properly? no.

If security was extra important to me - I'd hire a few experts with varying roles and have them define the standards that other developers need to follow.

When I started (20+ years ago) I didn't know what a database was, or how to attach to it. Heck - HTML didn't exist yet. Now I'll bet I could give the best of them a run for the money. Cryptography? I know it exists - and would hire an expert. Could I learn it? Absolutely.

How much you payin' and when do I start?

Comment: This is stupid (Score 1) 168

by ripvlan (#49038841) Attached to: NoFlyZone.org Aims To Keep the Airspace Above Your Home Drone-Free

NoFlyZone is like those 800 "who-calls-me" web sites. Maybe they will raise issue awareness - but like who-calls-me there isn't anything they can do about it. Its just a place for people to complain.

Better yet - it looks to be structured just like the DoNotCallMe database.

I like that an advertisement for a "who-calls-me" like service made it onto /.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Panic button a toddler can use 1

Submitted by Zotonian
Zotonian (4009603) writes "My wife is epileptic. Her seizures have been well controlled by medication until recently. My concern is that we have a toddler and infant at home. I've set up cameras so I can monitor the house, but I'm looking for a solution that my 2 year old daughter can hit a button to tell me to look at them if necessary. Most of the options I'm finding off the shelf notify first responders and I'm concerned of the number of false positives a toddler might initiate. Other solutions like cellphones or wearables for kids are too overloaded with unnecessary options like GPS, phone, games, etc. I'd rather have a simple "push button" solution I can wire into my router that would send me a text or chat message that alerts me to check the cameras. Then if there is an actually emergency I can take the steps from there. I'm looking for cheap and simple. Any suggestions from the Slashdot community?"

Comment: Re:Parts (Score 2) 190

by ripvlan (#49030781) Attached to: Smartphone Theft Drops After Spread of Kill Switches

Seems that is how the off-market auto parts works. Steal the whole car (or parts - like just Xenon headlights) and chop it up. Hard to sell the chassis because of the VIN# But you could sell the airbags, radio, tires, wheels, fenders etc for big profit. They became so good that these stolen parts made it into the regular supply chain. Next time your cellphone screen cracks - will you send it back to the manufacturer or take it around the corner to the cheap(er) repair shop?

Supply & Demand meets The Innovators.

Nowadays even the airbags have chips in them.

Comment: KickStarter? (Score 1) 136

by ripvlan (#49021481) Attached to: DEA Hands MuckRock a $1.4 Million Estimate For Responsive Documents

That article was - eh - short. I'm not sure I learned anything from it, maybe I'm having a TL;TR day.

But if the requestor really wants 13k documents - let'em crowd fund it and make the case to the public.

I'd be humored to find out if the gov't would even do the work if $1.4m showed up in their bank account. Hah - pay them in cash with amounts under $10,000 to trigger the IRS monitoring of drug crimes.

+ - The one guy responsible for GPG is running out of money

Submitted by jasonridesabike
jasonridesabike (3908891) writes "ProPublica reports that Werner Koch, the man behind GPG is in financial straits. Link to article Link to GPG donate page

The man who built the free email encryption software used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, as well as hundreds of thousands of journalists, dissidents and security-minded people around the world, is running out of money to keep his project alive. Werner Koch wrote the software, known as Gnu Privacy Guard, in 1997, and since then has been almost single-handedly keeping it alive with patches and updates from his home in Erkrath, Germany. Now 53, he is running out of money and patience with being underfunded.


+ - Computer chess created in 487 bytes, breaks 32-year-old record->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The record for smallest computer implementation of chess on any platform was held by 1K ZX Chess, which saw a release back in 1983 for the Sinclair ZX81. It uses just 672 bytes of memory, and includes most chess rules as well as a computer component to play against.

The record held by 1K ZX Chess for the past 32 years has just been beaten this week by the demoscene group Red Sector Inc. They have implemented a fully-playable version of chess called BootChess in just 487 bytes."

Link to Original Source

+ - Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope" For World's Highest Elevator 1

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Halfway up the Shard, London’s tallest skyscraper, you are asked to step out of the elevator at the transfer floor or “sky lobby,” a necessary inconvenience in order to reach the upper half of the building, and a symptom of the limits of elevators today. To ascend a mile-high (1.6km) tower using the same technology could necessitate changing elevators as many as 10 times because elevators traveling distances of more than 500m [1,640 ft] have not been feasible because the weight of the steel cables themselves becomes so great. Now BBC reports that after nine years of rigorous testing, Kone has released Ultrarope — a material composed of carbon-fiber covered in a friction-proof coating that weighs a seventh of the steel cables, making elevators of up to 1km (0.6 miles) in height feasible to build. Kone's creation was chosen to be installed in what's destined to become the world's tallest building, the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. When completed in 2020, the tower will stand a full kilometer in height, and will boast the world's tallest elevator at 660m (2,165ft). A 1km-tall tower may seem staggering, but is this the buildable limit? Most probably not, according to Dr Sang Dae Kim. “With Kingdom Tower we now have a design that reaches around 1 km in height. Later on, someone will push for 1 mile, and then 2 km,” says Kim adding that, technically speaking, a 2 km might be possible at the current time. “At this point in time we can build a tower that is 1 km, maybe 2 km. Any higher than that and we will have to do a lot of homework.”"

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