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Comment Different Scenario (Score 2) 188

Picture this...instead of the stationary cameras on the wall/ceiling at the drug store, there are employees following people with cameras. I'm betting customers would react the same way as surveillance guy. Funny how the visible attachment of a person to the camera makes all the difference for some reason. Why is that?

Comment The new Emergency Broadcast System (Score 1) 271

Not much difference between this and the "emergency alert system" on radio and TV. Content is interrupted and "important" messages are broadcast in its place. Maybe this needs some coordination and oversight by the FCC, and this could become a good thing. Compared to 20 years ago, very few people would realize any benefit from the TV/radio emergency broadcasts, unless it was on the Internet somehow like this.

Comment Look for more than Windows knowledge (Score 1) 454

I am a UNIX admin (17 years now). Many Windows admins I've worked with have very little knowledge of networking concepts, Internet workings, and application development/architecture. An effective admin (UNIX or Windows) should have at least waist-deep knowledge of all of these areas. When one has a view of a "bigger picture," they can be an effective troubleshooter, and help in all many areas. The worst admins only know their piece of the puzzle, and are very good at pointing fingers to other groups when they cannot identify where the problem might lie.

Comment Cool but not all that impressive (Score 5, Informative) 92

Beside the fact that people have been doing this for years, he built this on a multi-rotor heli platform. Flight times for these are usually under 10 minutes, given the power needed to keep them in the air. If he really wants surveillance with long range, he should try a fixed-wing setup, where flight times can be 30-45 minutes. DIYDRONES.COM is a good place to start.

Comment +1 for VirtualBox (Score 1) 384

Now if I could just find a way to virtualize my mom's Mac OS X 10.3. Her 10+ year-old G4 is going to die some day. I don't think the hackintosh will work on an OS X that old, will it? Needs to keep compatibility with OS 9/Carbon for PageMaker. She doesn't like change.

Comment Not for security, but for life-efficiency (Score 1) 347

I've been talking about this for years too. But not for security, just to remember everything. Everything. The important thing about this device would be how the video/audio is stored, tagged/indexed and later retrieved. To make this effective, I'd need an easy speech query mechanism, so I can say "Hey when was the last time I changed the oil in my car" or "What did I do with my wallet yesterday when I got home". Or how about "What was the name of that guy I met 8 years ago at that conference and where did he work"? There are so many tiny events in life that, if remembered, would really help out, so we don't repeat the same mistakes twice. Or just to give "tips" to our future selves, that will always be recalled.
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High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats 542

krou writes "In an experiment conducted by a Princeton University team, 'Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.' Long-term consumption also 'led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides.' Psychology professor Bart Hoebel commented that 'When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight.'"

Comment Wonder if they can block by User-Agent (Score 1) 185

A quick fix that would get 99.9% of us out of people's pics, if the User-Agent string is something unique to the frames. This would only allow HTTP requests from frames, not from desktop browsers. Yes, we can change our user agent string on the desktop browser to match, but like I say - 99.9% of people wouldn't know how.

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