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Comment: Re:Cherry MX switches (Score 1) 451

by swv3752 (#49276547) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I have a Razer Blackwidoe Stealth, that uses the Cherry Brown switches at home and a KBtalking that uses Cherry Brown at work. I like having a backlight at home, and bluetooth wireless at work is nice for when I grab the notebook to go to a meeting and not mess with a bunch of cords.

Getting one that uses O-rings sounds like a nice addition, as I still get a bit of a clack with plastic hitting plastic.

Comment: Re:Range Anxiety is Real (Score 1) 286

by swv3752 (#49269403) Attached to: Elon Musk Pledges To End "Range Anxiety" For Tesla Model S

I don't see how a software update could really fix this issue. Maybe there's a way to make the Telsa more efficient but that only gives you more range, it doesn't eliminate range anxiety. Or they design the car to outright lie to the user about how much range is left by severely underestimating.

Oh, like the Volt lies to us about how much battery it has. I have seen estimates that the Volt reserves as much as half it's total capacity. The Volt definately has more electric charge when it reports the battery is drained. I have experienced it when I let the batter completely "drain" and the car shifts over to gas power, yet spends several minutes with the gas engine idling so the engine can warm up and lubricate.

Not that I care much. The battery lasts more than my regular commute. I even ran out of fuel and switched over to battery once.

Comment: Re:Isn't this all of them? (Score 3, Insightful) 412

by swv3752 (#48971661) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

500 mg or more of Cinnamon helps insulin sensitivity- close to what the diabetic drug Metformin does. However, a number of cinnamon pills are bogus- sawdust and cinnamon oil often times.

500 mg -1000mg of Niacin (nicotinic acid) raises HDL (even more effective when combined with large doses of fish oil).

Some supplements do work. It is bad enough to try and figure out which supplement contains the right form of Niacin, compared to figuring out if the supplement even contains the ingredients on the label.

Comment: Re:Diabetic warning - diet change (theory...) (Score 1) 214

by swv3752 (#48706823) Attached to: New Year's Resolution for 2015

Go Low carb.

I had high blood glucose/prediabetes. Started Atkins (or as it is now known Atkins20) three months ago. Within a couple of days my Blood Glucose levels were in a normal range. (Still a bit high for a ketosis diet but normal.) My triglycerides and LDL levels dropped down to normal ranges, after three months. My HDL levels still need to go up, but working on those. I also dropped 4 inches off my waistline and 40 pounds. I feel like I have more energy and feel better in general.

Exercise probably also plays a part as I try to get in a couple of 10k step walks a week or ride the stationary bike for half an hour. I also do resistance lifting. They are latex surgical tubes with handles, and work pretty well. Woot has a couple of kits on sale if anyone is interested.

+ - Serious flaws in NTP (the application, not the protocol) need to be patched 3

Submitted by hawkinspeter
hawkinspeter (831501) writes "A new set of vulnerabilities with the most common NTP daemon have been discovered by Google security researchers. There exist public exploits that target these flaws, so it's recommended to patch to version 4.2.8 (or switch to openntp which doesn't have the same issues) immediately. This is especially problematic for those systems that run ntpd with root privileges as a single carefully crafted packet can allow access at the privilege level of the process. This was reported by ZDNet a few days ago and I have yet to see the Ubuntu patches for this, but it looks like Red Hat are on top of things."

Comment: Android Wear Uses (Score 1) 232

by swv3752 (#48629297) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

I have an Asus ZenWatch. Below should be able to be done on any Android Wear device. In no particular order I use it for the following:

Check New Email
Check SMS
Check Caller ID
Check Weather
Check Calendar and Agenda
Check Google Now Cards (includes traffic card for my route home)
Check Other phone notifications
Dictate Notes
Check steps walked
Check Heart rate
Set Reminders
and Check the Time

Some Android Watches have a speaker in addition to the microphone so you answer and talk through your watch for phone calls. My watch can store music on the watch itself and play back through a paired BT headphones without my phone present. One could play games, but I do not see any point.
I am down to about 40% by Midnight most days. I do not see much issue with recharging it every day as I take it off every night and sticking in the charging cradle just means it is easy to find in the morning.

Android wear becomes really useful over other options if you enable Google Now. The latest generation of Android Wear watches actually look like a watch (Moto360, LG G Watch R, Asus ZenWatch). If those things do not matter, then get a Pebble or one of the high end Fitbits like a Charge or Surge, or a Nevo Watch ( ). The Nevo is a real watch, with basically a Fitbit Flex built in, and add in colored led notification lights. You will not be able to read an SMS or email on your Nevo, but you can tell the difference when your watch vibrates from a new notification.

+ - Richard III's remains found under parking lot-> 3

Submitted by kammermusik
kammermusik (3803021) writes "A skeleton excavated from a parking lot in Leicester, England,was DNA-tested with a curious result:

The team of genetics detectives reports that DNA from the skeleton shows that the bones were Richard III's, with a likelihood of 99.9994 percent. This is the first genetic identification of a particular individual so long after death—527 years.


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+ - A Unique World-Wide Collaboration Around an Open Source Offline Password Keeper->

Submitted by swv3752
swv3752 (187722) writes "Introducing the Mooltipass, a physical encrypted password keeper that remembers your credentials so you don't have to. With this device, you can generate and safely store long and complex passwords unique to each website you use. A personal PIN-locked smartcard allows the decryption of your credentials and ensures that only you have access to them. Simply visit a website and the device will ask for your confirmation to enter your credentials when login is required.

Over thirty people from all around the globe contributed to bring this project to where it is now, including software and firmware engineers, designers, mechanical engineers, artists, project managers, students and security engineers. Our project started a year ago with a call for feedback and contributors. It turned out that people were thrilled by the idea of an open source password keeper and didn't hesitate to commit some (if not all!) of their personal time to join this adventure. Now there is three days left to finish funding."

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