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Comment Re:Long distance photo? (Score 1) 207

I've made keys for a simple Master brand lock using a Xerox copy of the key (yes, it was made on a Xerox machine). And yes, the cloned key worked.

Here at work we have these weird keys that don't have teeth - they have variable diameter and depth partial spheres cut out of the sides. Heard the last locksmith mumbling something about having to send them off to some place in Germany that still has dwarves working by the light of a lava flow from a volcano to get them duplicated... will be sending this article to the new locksmith who seems more competent but mumbles a lot anyway.

Comment Re:Smart is as smart does (Score 1) 166

The only things I've done wiht my (camera-less and microphone-less) Samsung Smart TV is watch the occasional youtube video with the kids and use the netflix built into it.

And since if the kids get into Netflix it eats my bandwidth so I can't play Xonotic, I usually just leave the TV's network cable unplugged. Fairly secure, no?

Comment Re:Incredibly stupid is as stupid does (Score 3, Interesting) 166

they still sell phone switchboard systems that by default can be accessed by telnet with no password I disagree.

Not sure how I feel about this. Is no password better than "admin" or "password" or "1234" for the default password? Lets face it, each device that ships is going to have a default way of accessing it for configuration.... The problem really lies with the people that *leave* it at that configuration.

Comment Re:And when are the Hellfire missles coming? (Score 1) 52

Skeet/trap clays take 7 or so pellets hitting it to break nicely. Competitive trap shooters with great handicaps stand 27 yards back from the bunker, clay isn't visible above the bunker until it has traveled another 5 or 6 yards... And it is moving at about 60mph out of the gate. Then ya gotta find it, get a good sight picture, and then shoot it. Granted, the target is flying mostly away from you, not complete left to right (or right to left) like the center stations when shooting skeet.

Using a larger shot size 50 to 60 yards isn't unreasonable for a practiced shooter to get enough hits to damage a drone. Damage enough to bring it down? Dunno... but multiple shots would almost guarantee it.

Comment Re:Oracle claims the defendants are distrib new ve (Score 1) 154

Only if you are offering new versions of stuff or offering support of new stuff. The hardware certainly hasn't changed, and as long as you are only offering support/updates for the version of the OS that was current at the time, then the patches/updates/etc. all still work fine.

Now, if someone is using old hardware with newest releases of software, I see a problem with it working, and yes, it would cost some company money to support it - someone would need to write the code or modify the existing. But even then, hardware obsolescence may take care of the issue for you. Windows 7 doesn't need drivers or firmware for a 3com network card plugged into a MCA slot 'cause no computer with MCA slots is capable of running any version of Windows... they could barely crawl with Windows 2.0.

Comment Re:3 2 1 Takedown (Score 1) 203

It actually isn't even the app store's fault - the blame rests on the marketing/development/sales folks who had the engineers who designed the OS software lock it down to only getting applications from one particular source. It is part of their operating model - they aren't just selling a physical device, or some bits on a disk, they are selling an end user experience. And in order to make that happen the way they envision it, they have to maintain as much control as possible.

Comment Re:Nothing to predict (Score 1) 213

Little Brother used encryption and other geekery to fight their battles. Not too long ago, "exporting" certain types of encryption out of the US was a big no-no. Homeland has them using drones.

Either way, both books are about citizens fighting back against a corrupt government. And with Mikey in SF and other parts of California, I wouldn't expect firearms to be involved.

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