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Comment Misread (Score 1) 104

I've read "To Counter Widespread Surveillance, Steal Clothing". Makes sense: if you enter in a phone booth with eyeglasses, hat and a dress, and you exit with your red underpants over your trousers, nobody will recognize you. If you enter in the phone booth and exit with a cape and a drawing of a stylized bat on the shirt, you'll be sure to totally confuse everybody.

Comment Re:Huge penalty? (Score 1) 136

$7.5 million isn't huge. It's nothing. Compared to the value of the average multinational corporation

Simples. Crank up the penalties for large corporations, and if a corporation loses a civil case have to pay all the legal expenses for all the parties involved. Join the liability of the corporation to the C-level management, up to twice their yearly income.

Comment Re:Opening up HR to https will save it (Score 1) 371

The bigger problem is that when I was young i had 20/20 sight and ic were like chocolates with easy to spot soldering leads. Now that I have 4/20 sight without glasses they're only make smd components smaller than poppy seeds, and to solder them you have to use costly soldering irons. I remember also when I listened to BBC Radio 4 using a variable air capacitor tied between the radio an the phone line: now I'm listening to the same radio using the DSL line, that o course makes the capacitor trick unusable. The technology marches on and unfortunately for ham radio, and more for CB may I say, this means that are more interesting things to do for the inclined nerd, and to make interesting things in amateur radio is a lot more difficult today than 20 years a go.

Comment Re:Now that is a kickass hack! (Score 1) 171

Seems to me that the camera has only part of the hardware useful to do the task: some hardware is shared with some models capable natively to shoot video, but some other hardware is missing. To make a car analogy is to have a turbocharged 155 HP engine and changing the ECU software getting 180 HP. Unfortunately making this witout changing brakes, air filters, clutch, exaust, tyres and so on will make the car dangerous to drive and with less than optimal performances anyway. IF they're selling the complete upgrade option there's a reason

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 395

The PAL/NTSC limitation is complete bullshit when the digital game ROM has no analog video signalling components.

I'm not sure about NES, but PAL and NTSC Commodore 64 have different clock speeds and the vertcal blank is at different frequencies, so on some games the timing is wrong or some video tricks aren't working.

Comment Re:Not even close (Score 1) 486

You know, on more civilized countries than USA, like Canada or European states, there's an universal services that provides medical coverage, or a state or regional automatic public insurance, or if you've a chronic disease you are entitled to have medicines, exams and surgeries for free. Even on those civilized countries, keeping medical records strictly confidential is normal and enforced. The problem is not the insurance company, or the parents of your children's friend, are your employer or your customers. I

Comment Re:Just Say No to BYOD (Score 1) 381

Or what our company does - merely provides a subsidy to buy a device. Just like covering running costs. (Employee chooses, buys and owns the device. The subsidy is enough to buy an android - if want an iPhone or other high-end phone, you just pay the extra money.)

The question I have is what the smartphone is used for. If it's to receive and make phone calls the employee could simply give a SIM and a basic phone. I've seen 20 euro GSM and 50 euro UMTS phones, with a lot o extra features like camera, fm radio, mp3 player, web browsing and so on.
Even a low end Android phne costs under 100 euro, and makes possible to VPN or ssh easily in a remote system, and anyway some 'dumb' phones are capable of this. On the other hand if specific smart features of a phone have to be used for work-related operations, having to support a generice device is a IT support nightmare.

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