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Comment Re:Boggle (Score 1) 909

Are the Colonies really still using Imperial units?

The US units predate Imperial units and are different. Especially in the case of units for volumes. e.g 473ml against 568ml for a "pint".
It's only since WWII that both inches were redefined to be exactly 25.4 mm

Comment Re:I'm confused (Score 4, Insightful) 315

I don't understand. 104.7 FM is a part of the spectrum allocated for radio broadcast. Why was that interfering with keyless entry systems? Is this just an issue of too much power?

Such pirate transmitters are typically built as cheap as possible. Such things as filtering carrier harmonics don't tend to feature in the design. Pirates with two brain cells to rub together tend to assume that their hardware will be quickly found and confiscated. Thus are more likely to spend money on having multiple "hot spare" transmitters than having one half decent one.

Comment Re:Ballsy pirate... (Score 2) 315

Not only was he broadcasting pirate radio but he did it in the commerical frequency range, more likely to interfere with a licensed operator (who wants that ad money) and get the FCC called to investigate.

You wouldn't expect that this would have operated for months if it was interfering with a regular station (at least not one which had any listeners.)

Comment Re:Recipe For Disaster? (Score 1) 375

Here in NJ we are not allowed to pump our own gas. That's right, we get Full Service whether we like it or not (it is very convenient on cold or bad weather days).

Who is going to be responsible if they start putting this E15 into cars older than 2001?

I suspect it's going to be rather more complex than a 2001 cut off date. Newer cars could quite easily contain older parts and some older cars may have no problems with the fuel at all.

Comment Re:How do you tell if the user is a child? (Score 1) 45

I remember a time when it was a given that you do not use your real name or details for anything online. Now it a part of the terms of service that if you do not provide your real name and information you can be dropped from a site. (facebook/google plus for example).

Which will cause problems when such systems start rejecting people's "real names".

Google plus would not let me sign up unless i provided a name that was not obviously an actual name. If I want to be Nunya Bizniss online, I should have the right to do so. I am not applying for government assistance or buying a house, I am trying to talk to strangers, or friends, online.

There's an FAQ covering common mistakes people writing information systems make with respect to names. In many places "Nunya Bizniss" is a valid legal name. Even on a birth certificate.

Comment Re:Communications Breakdown (Score 1) 299

Someone can easily launch a man in the middle attack, steal credentials and use said credentials to send spam.

This interesting thing is that MitM attacks can actually be harder to detect using the HTTPS type approach of trusting everything any CA signs. As compared with the SSH type approach where an alert would be generated had the remote end apparently changed.

Comment Re:Bullshit-o-meter (Score 2) 471

The actual name attached to the account should be quite irrelevant in that matter. It's merely psychological - a "real name" (whatever that may mean) would denote an individual, and a "fake name" not? Most people using nicknames tend to use the same handle across various web sites, exactly so other people can recognise them, and those handles tend to be more unique than real names anyway.

The whole concept of "real name" is rather difficult to define. Even discounting the likes of musicians, actors, authors, etc who can be best known by their, globally unique, professional name. Along with names being "translated" between different languages. There are also plenty of people where a nickname is more "real" than some "legal name" they may hardly ever make use of.

Comment Re:How cheap? (Score 1) 57

Solar planes aren't ideal for carrying cargo due to their low wing loading. This prototype can only carry 400kg of cargo for example.

The 400kg in the article refers to the batteries. I suspect the only way you could get this thing to carry any cargo would be to remove the cockpit and convert it to a UAV.

Comment Re:What's the big deal? (Score 1) 305

RFID is close range.

Even for a purely passive RFID this can be tens of metres.

If she isn't at school her whereabouts won't be noted. The RFID would simply monitor location while on school property.

Only the badge itself stays on school property. It's basically a transponder which will send out a reply whenever it receives an appropriate signal.

At all. I don't care if my location is traced because I'm not committing a crime

What if a criminal wants to know your location so they can commit a crime against you?

Comment Re:What's the big deal? (Score 2) 305

Who the hell cares where you go? What does it matter if you aren't committing a crime? You are no one. The government has bigger fish to fry. Just because they can track you doesn't mean they are the least bit interested in doing so until you pop up on their radar.

People interested in kidnapping, robbing or raping you can be very interested in knowing where you are. Similarly criminals using identity fraud want identities of "nobodies". From the point of view of a criminal (or "intelligence" operative) they have more time to escape if the cops are after you instead!

Comment Re:From the original article... (Score 1) 305

The student was offered a security card with no battery and chip, but still refused.

If the device contains a battery then it will have a much longer effective range compared with a passive RFID. At least until the battery fails. Wonder if anyone has considered what to do when that starts happening. There's also the issue of what to do when bullies and criminals find out what the effective range of these devices is.

Comment Re:Hey I Know The Fix (Score 3, Informative) 135

I was opposed to gTLD's at first, but I thought about another existing problem that we have, which gTLD's may fix.
If you own a trademark, let's say videolan. You figure, ok, let's pick up videolan.org. But oh wait, we need to prevent domain squatters from grabbing up the same names on .net, .us, .com, etc etc etc. Now instead of one domain name to maintain and pay for, you have numerous.

The thing to remember is that trademarks are NOT intended to be globally unique in the first place. They are specific to both places and types of business.

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