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+ - When does Clever Advertising become E-Waste

Submitted by wolfguru
wolfguru (913659) writes "Trend Micro is sending out a small cardboard folder with a display screen and speaker, set to play their latest advertising video when the cover is opened (some NFC or magnet/switch embedded in the cover). It even comes with a usb cable to plug into the device and recharge it. The issue is that without any way to repurpose the device, it is essentially yet another piece of e-waste. If you are in an industry that is tightly regulated for the types of waste products your process generates, there are costs and documentation requirements for assuring that e-waste is properly managed and safely/environmentally soundly disposed.
So when does a bit of clever advertising become a piece of e-waste, and what should the company sending such devices have to consider before doing this type of campaign?"

Comment: BMW Tech may hold an edge for a while (Score 1) 258

by wolfguru (#46902215) Attached to: BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US
BMW has long been a company with superior engineering, and their efforts in the electric car market may set a standard that will require significant effort to match. While they have become more "market driven" in recent years, they still have a solid record of uncompromising engineering and design that is willing to ignore convention for a focus on effectiveness and reliability. Their motorcycle sector in particular is still in many ways years ahead of its competitors and they make some of the very few cars that can go from showroom to track/course and be competitive in their class. Looking at the design in the I series vehicles, I believe they will establish a solid place in the top of the electric vehicle market, though their pricing will undoubtedly reflect it. They are one of the few "you get what you pay for" high quality vehicles on the market.

Comment: recording laws (Score 1) 798

If you take a video it is admissible, but the voice portion of it cannot be used. Unfortunately, while we all agree the kid was trying to do the right thing, the law the protects our right to speak includes rules in how our speech can be used by others. While it is hard to understand in context, the police were correct in their reaction to the recording under the law.

Comment: Recording laws (Score 1) 798

Recording a conversation without the consent of the other party even for the purpose of providing evidence requires a warrant, under the first amendment and the laws governing free speech. While I understand the intentions and agree that attempting to resolve it by providing clear evidence is reasonable, the simple truth is that under US law recording conversations is prohibited without the oversight of a judge who can determine whether or not it is an appropriate exception to the right of free speech. The worst part is that even though the officer probably has a very clear understanding of the circumstances that led to the desire to record the evidence, he cannot act on it if the evidence is gathered in an illegal manner. Without that safeguard, we have no right to control the content and audience of our self-expression, and no protection for our right to speak.

Comment: XP still in use in many technical environments (Score 5, Interesting) 641

by wolfguru (#46693387) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP
There are systems and processes that we run on a 24x7 basis on equipment that was built when NT was current, for which XP has been the final upgrade. The company is unlikely to replace a 25 million dollar machine so that its controllers can be front-ended with Windows 7 or anything of the kind, given that it still does half a million dollars worth of work for us a day. Some of the specialized software to drive the components and controllers is still 16 bit, and nothing beyond XP supports it. I've heard all the well meaning advice, and the folks that betray their lack of experience and understanding by declaring that we should have made these changes ages ago - the costs of designing new controllers for systems that were designed and built in the late 80's is prohibitive and the expertise and understanding of the processes necessary to replicate is for the most part lost to the ravages of time. Maintaining the most stable alternative is the only choice many companies have. I don't see the exceptions as to running desktop configurations like the one described as essential- there are current alternatives and it is only personal preference that keep people using systems like that; the desktop environment has progressed and there is little reason to stay behind. The control and process environment however, will probably keep XP running well into the 30's just because there are no solid, universally supported alternatives to running 16 bit systems for essential processes.

Comment: AT&T Wants everyone to pay (Score 2) 466

by wolfguru (#46567547) Attached to: AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality
As consumers, we pay for internet access to get the content we are interested in, not the content the ISP can make the most money delivering. If AT&T wants the content providers which are what drives consumers to subscribe to pay for the bandwidth it takes to provide than content, then AT&T should not be charging the consumer for delivering the content at the same time. It is quite simple, the telecom providers want to be paid twice for delivering the content; by the consumer and by the provider. It is purely greed and until the regulatory agencies are given the power to correct it, it will get worse for both provider and consumer.

Comment: Make WB grant the kickstarter investors partners i (Score 1) 243

Backers that provide fund for the production of the film expect to receive a share of the return on the investment in the form of a share of the earnings of the film. There should be a class action suit to establish the kickstarter contributors as essentially the same class of backers, and a share equivalent to the portion represented by the kickstarter funding should be divided among the participants, Make Warner Brothers treat the people that funded the film through kickstarter the same as any other investor.

Comment: Backup suggestion (Score 1) 983

by wolfguru (#46465529) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?
Buy a basic PC chassis and a MB that has multiple SATA ports, with a raid bios. Add 5 3T or 4T drives in a simple raid5 config, and use a dedupe program and some basic backup / sync software to run an incremental backup. It will take a while to initially get it all into the baseline, but a job will pull whatever has changed (at the file level, but that isn't too bad for this) and any decent dedupe application should get the files to under 50% and leave plenty of space for the offline de-dupe to work. Given the deals on drives you could run this pretty reasonably for under $600 or so with a little careful shopping. Set up the machine bios with a wake time and power down time to minimize power demand, or just leave it running. Not free, but compared to the cost of replaying 20T of files, music and pictures, a lot better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

Comment: Phone for 4 year old (Score 1) 682

by wolfguru (#44991455) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?
I have seen a massive number of comments from well meaning people telling the OP that giving the toddler a phone is wrong. Please consider this advice to ignore those well meaning but short sighted comments. We gave our daughter her first cell phone at age 8, 20 years ago. She had specific requirements: it was to be in her locker during the day at school, or if she forgot, she was to leave it with the teacher for the class and get it back at the end of class. It was to be on, but set to silent/vibrate only to avoid disturbing others. It was a voice phone- the smartphones are a bit more of a distraction. Calls at that time were always charged against airtime minutes, and 1 hour on the phone was as much as one horseback riding lesson an easy choice for her to make. If she went to an event and we would have to pick her up, she was to have the phone with her and answer it immediately when we called to see where she was so we could find her. She had our cell phone numbers programmed into it, and if she went on a school trip, the chaperone's number and anyone else "in charge" were added. Her mom traveled 3 - 4 days a week for work and I ran IT for a 7 x 24 company which sometimes meant staying late or being heavily in demand, and she knew she could always reach me, and always be reached. The "right" parenting is what works for you, not what everyone else tells you is the way to do it. You will need to manage the use of the phone the same as we did, and set the rules appropriate to their use, the same as we set rules appropriate for our time and our daughter. Interspersed with the "don't do it" comments have been a few with decent suggestions on what to use, and I would agree - Lock in a contacts list and allow calls from the list. Teach them how to call you and make it easy to find with an icon/smartkey on the screen. Lock down the "play store" or Itunes store to parental consent, and teach the child never to accept a call from someone they do not know, or that is not in their contacts list, with a picture on the contact so they can identify the caller. Handle the phone and set their understanding of how it is to be used with the same concern you do any of the other parenting tasks, and tailor it to the child's needs and your plan for what they will be allowed to do with it.

Comment: Defeating fingerprint scanners (Score 1) 356

by wolfguru (#44830347) Attached to: Can the iPhone Popularize Fingerprint Readers?
HP Laptops with the fingerprint scanner, and kronos timeclocks with similar scanners can be defeated with two pieces of play-doh and 2 minutes careful molding. Make a finger impression in the first piece, fill it with the second, and allow it to dry a but before lifting the newly molded "finger". I am sure a better material for making the "finger" could easily be found, but this works well enough to defeat the biometrics on both of these devices so far.

Comment: Elder drivers (Score 2) 282

I can forsee a state where older drivers who can no longer safely drive themselves can maintain a portion of their independence by using these to be able to get around without requiring someone else to taxi them from place to place. Simple destinations such as family member's homes, stores, doctor and medical offices, and other common destinations could be pre-programmed into the vehicle's memory, with a simple menu to select a destination. A "specify your destination" feature could be used for those who retain the ability to decide where they wish to go, and either locked out or require an authoritative OK when the elder gets beyond being certain of being able to specify new destinations safely. Combine this with a search feature that would allow stores, restaurants and other destinations to provide their coordinates to the driverless car network, and it would go a long way to making the elder but still active population safer while still more independent.

Comment: Multicore (Score 1) 526

by wolfguru (#44460619) Attached to: Qualcomm Says Eight-Core Processors Are Dumb
There's a fundamental perception that Qualcomm is missing; Multicore processors are not x times as good at doing a task, unless that task can be threaded to multiple components, but most business and consumer computing devices at this point ar not doing one thing at a time. As long as the OS has the capability of dropping a task into a memory space and assigning that to a processor, the muti-core processors will always offer a benefit to the user with more than one thing at a time going on (which includes the OS itself, and all of the myriad of drivers, checkers, updaters and such we have running in the background while we do the "oe thing" on our desktop.

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