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Comment: Re:Books (Score 1) 676

I think you make a very good point. I wasn't close to my grandparents and I would very much like to have heard about their lives. My mom and I had a close relationship and I'm glad I don't have a bunch of videos for exactly the reason you say -- it would be too much ... too much something. Don't know how to say it.

There's an interesting This American Life about a person who's mother left a pile of letters to be opened once per year on the daughter's birthday, and one for her wedding. It started out very good, but ended not so great (see Act 1) ("... you shouldn't be dragged back into the grave with them every year ...):


So I started this post, listened again to that TAL episode, and coming back to this post, will sort of disagree with what I said at first. I still think periodic mailing is a bad idea, but maybe the poster could make the videos, but they would be given to the daughter immediately after the funeral, and in a whole pile all at once (backups kept somewhere in case of accidental or intentional destruction). Then in the future, if she chooses, she can watch what she wants -- all, some, or none. This leaves watching as a choice she may or may not exercise -- in contrast, the periodic shipment seems like it has a good chance of becoming a source of resentment and pain (i.e., why should a ghost appear on the wedding to potentially create great sadness or feelings of being a disappointment or whatever).

Comment: Re:There is one major entity - Apple (Score 1) 99

by SuperKendall (#49144677) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

And Siri only does offline voice recognition and never send sound clips to the Apple for data mining?

"It's not exactly true of all data"

I said that explicitly thinking of Siri. They absolutely send that raw voice data to Siri but in theory the server could only be doing processing, to convert the speech to text and then return you a result.

The question is what is remember from that transaction. Do they use that data to improve further conversions? I would image so. But what I DON'T think Apple does is remember that you personally asked Siri to look for Ice Cream stores at 7pm. All the processing being done on the server though, there's no way to say for sure, except to say that Apple does not benefit from keeping data like that since they don't sell it to anyone or use it themselves .

HealthKit is much more sure - all of the data is from local sensors, locally stored. You don't HAVE to back up anything to iCloud and I'm not even sure it does get backed up there anyway (in fact the more I think about it the more I am pretty sure that does not happen). You can easily monitor, if you wish, what data leaves your device for a while to be sure it's not transmitting anything.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 260

by pla (#49144341) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
It's a machine before the TCP/IP and Internet times.


I remember the joy of using machines back then, and that convinced me of the awesomeness of Linux... Flat memory? Every device (with suitable physical capabilities) can act as storage, or network or an input method? Awesome!

The "right" answer here, pull the drive. The second choice, install Linux to a FAT partition and tell it to use either SLIP or PLIP to talk to the outside world, then just transfer the files via RSync. Simple as that.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 260

by Anna Merikin (#49143927) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

But it looks harder to use.

It was: It needed both boxes to run DOS 6.0 -- same version. Even so, results were not guaranteed.

Laplink can negotiate its protocol over a std LPT Cable or Null Modem.

I take out the drives and connect them to a modern box either with a PATA cable to the motherboard or via a USB\PATA connector to the modern box.

Comment: Re:Kids these days... Re:Slashdot lucks out (Score 1) 293

by fyngyrz (#49143083) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

Brings to mind the Maxell ad where the guy is sitting in the chair, hair blown back by the JBL-L100 in front of him.

Imagine the paper tapes instead of the L100. Except no hair would be blowing back, and I suspect the fellow would be asleep. Other than that, exactly the same.

Comment: SDR details and support (Score 1) 129

by fyngyrz (#49143065) Attached to: Developers Disclose Schematics For 50-1000 MHz Software-Defined Transceiver

To answer your question about connectivity, the device has 10/100 Ethernet with the Linux networking stack built in.

That's excellent. Did you build your own protocol, or did you use the mechanism RFSPACE, Andrus, AFEDRI and the various USB-to-Ethernet servers have established?

I try -- hard -- to support all ethernet based SDRs for which I can obtain protocol information.

It also has USB-OTG, and I already know WiFi and USB Sound Cards work with no additional work.

Sound card I/Q is no problem for SdrDx -- that gets the RF in, and of course I support that. The problem with the rest is controlling the SDR's settings: center frequency, attenuator, sample rate, and so on. This is because of the radical differences in USB interfacing from platform to platform.

Having said that, if you've got a working command line utility that talks to the control systems on your SDR, then SdrDx emits information via TCP that can be used to drive the command line client from a script. We've pulled this off with the Peabody and Softrock SDRs pretty well. Again, though, we run into the issue of which platform(s) the utility is available for, seeing as how they'd have to be radically different from one another.

Comment: Re:Lots of corporations wanted this badly (Score 1) 531

by SuperKendall (#49142183) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

No, it's several pages of regulations, and then hundreds of pages of "forebearances", describing how the ways the FCC is closing not to enforce some rules - at this time. That way if anyone gets uppity they can bring down the hammer.

Read the FCC commissioner interview for more information.

Comment: Lots of corporations wanted this badly (Score 2) 531

by SuperKendall (#49140595) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

it's what the populace wants, what the corporations didn't

All sorts of corporations wanted this passed.

It's 300 pages. Does what *you* wanted take 300 pages to express? No? HMM.

Good luck with that, as the saying goes. I am really looking forward to you all finding out what has really happened today.

Dreams are free, but you get soaked on the connect time.