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Comment: Re:designated driver (Score 2) 650

by rrossman2 (#40642697) Attached to: Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

Not in PA. You can get a DUI just for walking up to your car with your keys in hand and unlocking the door (I know people that has happened to). Even if you're in the back seat you can be nailed if the keys are in the car too. The one area I've always wondered about is if you're in the back seat sleeping and the keys are in the trunk as the keys aren't readily accessible... but my guess is yes as you can also get busted if you're under the legal limit of .08... in PA that's a soft limit and they can (and have) busted people who were under that. Its basically at the officers discretion. There was a guy I know who got nailed with a DUI at .04 because he didn't use his turn signal while making a right turn.

Comment: Re:no does the speed limit today on most roads (Score 1) 650

by rrossman2 (#40642593) Attached to: Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

Pfffff... that's just how us PA folks drive on the interstates and highways.

I drive 75-85 depending on the speed of the rest of the traffic and if there's a "rabbit" ahead of me about 1/8-1/4 of a mile going about the same speed (with the hope they get nailed and not me lol).

Maybe its because I'm the son of an ex trucker and routinely went on trips with him cross country from about the age of 8 to the time he quit driving when I was around 14.

Comment: we use epic where i work (Score 2) 165

by rrossman2 (#40582699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Documenting a Tangle of Network Devices?

Its a cms setup for this task.

We input machine name, make, model, serial number, host name, IP, physical location, wall port #, where the funding comes.from, role of the machine, and it allows.you to attach devices together (say you have a monitor in epic and a scanner, and a PC... and the monitor is attached to the PC as is the scanner.. epic allows.you to add those devices to.the base unit).

Every piece of equipment at the 6 libraries on the main campus as well as all the branch campuses of Penn state are in the database. We also have it linked to big fix so it will list any machines big fix finds that isn't in our epic database as well as the other way around.

You can then search and filter via criteria and download any "reports" via a csv file.

We log more.info.than I listed (like Mac address etc) but that gives you an idea

Comment: Re:how 'bout that samsung kies? (Score 1) 355

by rrossman2 (#40512083) Attached to: Google Trying New Strategy to Fix Fragmentation

My Galaxy S GT-i9000 had no issues. Granted the carrier wasn't pushing stuff out, so I'd just go to samfirmware.com or whatever it was and download the offical Samsung firmware, and flash using ODIN. Very easy to do. Last I did it that way, samsung was up to 2.3.5 if I remember correctly.

Since then I've just ran CyanogenMod 7, and later 9 which is Ice Cream Sandwich. About a week ago I gave AOKP a try, which I like better. While they both just work (had no issues in the later releases of CM9), AOKP comes with the Glitch kernel stock which allows you to overclock. My i9000 runs at 1200MHz just fine.

Honestly, my next phone will be another Samsung. Now if you compare my wife's Verizon Fascinate (which is another Galaxy S with the same specs as mine), you'd understand why I'll never get another carrier branded phone. I just lucked out as Immix (a small local carrier) picked up the international version of the Galaxy S (The GT-i9000T I have) and didn't screw with it at all. As soon as they get the S III, I'll be picking it up.

Comment: Re:Do it HAM style (Score 5, Informative) 212

by rrossman2 (#40491891) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Add New Tech To Old Van?

Sorry, but this is wrong on many levels. An inverter isn't any harder, and most likely easier than going without because anything that would normally plug into the wall will.. Well... Just plug in and work.

Now the issue is you don't want to use just any old inverter as there are major differences between them. Get one with voltage stabilizing (does a good job of keeping a steady output voltage, just like the some home theater power centers do), and also make sure it's a pure sine wave. Pure sine waves run a bit more, but are much safer for sensitive electronics vs a non-pure wave system. The last one we did at the stop was a 2000watt RMS/4000 max pure sine wave that ran about $800-1000 (can't remember exact figure), but you can fine similar setups with less watts for a lot less money.

Also, use a good deep cycle or dual-purpose marine battery all the way around. Try to use the same battery in all locations, as using different batteries (different in style as in deep cycle vs a starting battery, or a smaller capacity vs larger capacities) can cause issues as one battery may fully charge before the other, but because of the load imbalance one may over charger or one may remain undercharged.

Also look into the after market audio areas for an alternator/generator. The same RV van I put the power inverter into above we also put a tsunami alternator which produced around 240amps at a fairly low rpm. We also used one of their heavy duty relays (500amp rated) to isolate the rear batteries from the one under the hood when the key was off so the main battery wouldn't drain and leave you stranded.

The setup used all home equipment (made a custom flip down mount for the 36" tv we put in), including the directv receiver and home theater system.

+ - US judge rules Netflix subject to disability act-> 1

Submitted by Joe_Dragon
Joe_Dragon (2206452) writes "A federal judge in Springfield has ruled that Netflix and other online providers that serve the public are subject to federal disabilities laws, a decision that could require TV shows and movies streamed over the Internet to include captions for the deaf or other accommodations.

On Tuesday, US District Judge Michael Ponsor rejected Netflix’s argument that it is exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. He declined to dismiss an ADA lawsuit against Netflix for failing to provide captions on much of the content it streams to subscribers.

Web-based businesses did not exist when the disabilities act was enacted in 1990, the judge wrote, but the US Congress intended the law to adapt to changes in technology, and it should apply to websites.

The complaint was filed by the National Association of the Deaf, the Western Massachusetts Association of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, and Lee Nettles, a staffer at the Stavros Center for Independent Living in Springfield.

Nettles said Netflix discriminates against the hearing-impaired, forcing them to to avoid its streaming service and pay for more expensive DVD rentals to ensure the movies and TV shows they rent are equipped with captions. “It has to be equal accessibility to all people using it,” he said. “It has to be 100 percent equality.”

Ponsor’s decision cleared the way for the lawsuit to proceed. “In a society in which business is increasingly conducted online, excluding businesses that sell services through the Internet from the ADA would ‘run afoul of the purposes of the ADA,’” he wrote.

“Online is a place,” said Wendy Parmet, professor of law at Northeastern University and a specialist on disability law. “Virtual spaces are spaces.”

Netflix said it would not comment on an ongoing legal matter. The company can appeal the ruling.

Under Ponsor’s reading of the law, all Internet businesses must add features that make their sites usable by people with disabilities, said Peter Blanck, professor of law at Syracuse University and a disability rights advocate. “The law requires that there is full and equal enjoyment of services offered by a commercial entity,” Blanck said.

Ponsor did not rule on the merits of the case itself, which must now be argued in court. But in refusing to dismiss it, he backed the concept that Internet-based businesses must make themselves as accessible to people with disabilities as brick-and-mortar companies.

The ADA is a designed to give equal rights to people with disabilities. It prompted wide-ranging changes in workplaces and public structures, from the construction of wheelchair-accessible ramps to a ban on employer discrimination against disabled workers.
Arlene Mayerson, directing attorney of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, a California advocacy group that is working on the Netflix case, said the court ruling was “making sure the ADA stays relevant by moving it into the 21st century.”

But the high cost of adding accessibility features to all online entertainment services could pose an undue burden on Internet companies and lead to reduced choices for consumers, said Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington.

“This forces Netflix to serve markets that it currently doesn’t find profitable to serve,” said Olson, and could prompt online video companies to refrain from stocking obscure and unusual films, to avoid the expense of adding subtitles to movies that few customers will want to see.

The Caption Center at Boston public television station WGBH has subtitled thousands of films and TV shows, according to Larry Goldberg, WGBH’s director of media access. Goldberg said it costs $400 to $800 to add captions to a movie from scratch.

On the other hand, many movies shown on Netflix have already been captioned by the film studios. Adding captions to the Internet streaming version of a film or TV program could cost Netflix $200 or less, said Goldberg.

But the implications of the judge’s decision go beyond captioning. For example, WGBH also pioneered the concept of descriptive video — a supplemental soundtrack which is used to describe on-screen action for the sight-impaired and another example of the kind of feature websites could eventually be required to offer.

The current case against Netflix does not mention descriptive video, but Steven Rothstein, president of the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, thinks that the law should mandate that online enterprises serve the blind as well as the deaf. “They’re under no obligation to provide movies to people who are blind today,” said Rothstein. “They should be.”

Syracuse professor Blanck said that making websites more accessible to people with disabilities will actually help businesses, by giving them access to millions of new customers. “I think this is a matter of corporate survival,” he said.

But he said that Tuesday’s ruling settles nothing. “Different jurisdictions have taken a different approach to this question,” he said, citing a California federal court ruling that the disabilities act applied only to online companies that also had physical locations.

“This case is almost certainly not the last word,” said Northeastern’s Wendy Parmet. “I think it’s likely at some point that this issue will get to the Supreme Court.”"

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Security

+ - Our password hashing has no clothes->

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troyhunt
troyhunt writes "Software developers have long relied on using a salt to add randomness to passwords before they’re hashed and stored in the database. The theory has always been that the unpredictability of the salt protected passwords by making them too computationally expensive to crack as it ruled out techniques such as rainbow tables which rely on pre-computed hashes. But the hardware of today – particularly GPUs – have now progressed to the point where cracking even salted passwords using fast hashing algorithms like MD5 and SHA is trivial, as this article demonstrates."
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+ - New Asus Transformer tablet debuts with high-PPI display->

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crookedvulture
crookedvulture writes "The new iPad has received a lot of attention for its high-density display, but it's not the only tablet with extra pixels. Enter Asus' Transformer Prime Infinity, which has a 10.1" screen with a 1920x1200 resolution. The display doesn't look as good as the iPad's Retina panel, which has crisper text and better color reproduction. However, the Android-based Transformer has perks the iPad lacks, like an ultra-bright backlight, a Micro HDMI port, a microSD slot, and more internal storage. The Infinity is also compatible with an optional keyboard dock that adds six hours of battery life, a touchpad, a full-sized SD slot, and a standard USB port. The Transformer's tablet component is definitely no iPad-killer. When combined with the dock, though, the resulting hybrid offers a much more flexible computing platform."
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Google

+ - Miami Heat owner sues Google, blogger over 'unflattering' photo->

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Ian Lamont writes "Ranaan Katz, a minority owner of the Miami Heat, has filed a copyright suit against Google and a blogger using Google's Blogspot service after the blogger posted an unflattering picture of Katz. The photo was taken at a basketball game, but the blog post that contains the picture alleges a "fraudulent scheme" involving Katz's commercial real estate operations. According to PaidContent, "This is the second time that Katz has sued the blogger. Last summer, Miami news outlets reported that Katz filed a defamation lawsuit against “John Doe” over critical blog posts. That lawsuit appears to have failed, likely on the grounds that Katz is a public figure and that US law is reluctant to chill free speech. The copyright lawsuit, therefore, appears to be a backdoor for Katz to go after the blogger all the same.""
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+ - AutoCAD Worm Medre.A Stealing Designs, Blueprints->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Security researchers have come across a worm that is meant specifically to steal blueprints, design documents and other files created with the AutoCAD software. The worm, known as ACAD/Medre.A, is spreading through infected AutoCAD templates and is sending tens of thousands of stolen documents to email addresses in China. However, experts say that the worm's infection rates are dropping at this point and it doesn't seem to be part of a targeted attack campaign.

The worm first hit researchers' radar about six months ago, and when they began digging into the situation, they discovered that not only was the worm highly customized and well-constructed, it seemed to be targeting mostly machines in Peru for some reason. Researchers at Eset notcied a major spike in activity from the worm in Peru two months ago and started the process of figuring out what it was doing and where it came from. What they found is that ACAD/Medre.A was written in AutoLISP, a specialized version of the LISP scripting language that's used in AutoCAD."

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Comment: I never really understood it all... (Score 2) 308

by rrossman2 (#40418279) Attached to: Bryson Crash Reveals Threat of Headless Government

For example, the president. Before they are anything, they are a normal citizen like the rest of us. They run for the position and get elected it. Every 4 years they are possibly replaced with a new person. So I ask, if something happened to them, why would we care any more than if something happened to a relative, friend, etc? Why is it really do important to protect them and others "in office". They get replaced all the time (well should anyhow instead of sitting in congress/senate forever). The older I get the more I question the need for all that.. Why they should be protected than any other citizen.

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