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Comment Tryals Proposed when Transfusing Blood (Score 1) 83

The notes on blood transfusion (year 1666) are basically a set of "tryals proposed", questions about whether traits will be inherited when transfusing blood between dogs of different temper, size and colour.

As such they do make a very interesting and non-gruesome read. We have come a long way.

I also found the article itself to be remarkably readable in every aspect (language, spelling and fonts). I did not expect that at all, but then again I am not in the habit of reading 17th century English.

Comment Re:Reverse that (Score 1) 167

Before leaving the computer I just press WinKey+L.

Now, having to log in -again- when I return is slow and error-prone, especially while sipping coffee. The solution is obviously to use the same software to auto-login a soon as it detects the presence of a user.

Seems I misunderstood the purpose of the software, it's just a boring screen-turner-offer. Should not slashdot when tired.

Comment Reverse that (Score 1) 167

Before leaving the computer I just press WinKey+L.

Now, having to log in -again- when I return is slow and error-prone, especially while sipping coffee. The solution is obviously to use the same software to auto-login a soon as it detects the presence of a user.

Comment Re:Perfectly valid (Score 1) 405

I could see how they could be concerned that some of the software features of a higher-end calculator might be created in the new OS that runs on the cheap calculators, but can we all agree that's a ridiculous justification?

I think it's just fine to flash such a device with new software from the ground up. You did buy the hw after all.
OTOH potentially enabling features (just speculating again) that the the producer did not mean for you to use, however clumsily such a lock may be implemented, is a grayish area. But since there is no EULA to accept (yet!) there is probably nothing the producer can do.

Comment Re:Perfectly valid (Score 1) 405

Because in the case of direct tv, you're paying for the service, not the hardware. .... Basically, with the calculator, the hardware itself is the FINAL PURCHASE, whereas with DirectTV, you're basically renting the hardware as a means to access a service, which is what you're actually paying for in the end. Cheating on what you're paying for as far as channels go is clearly wrong. Modifying a piece of hardware that once bought never needs to have any interaction with the mother company again is completely different.

If I manage to unlock features in my TI calculator that exist in software, but I did not pay for those features when I bought the hardware (I'm just speculating that this might their concern), then this would be exactly analogous to direct TV channel cheating.

Comment Re:What about the banks? (Score 1) 422

If they prevent your initial login to the site from happening, they can use your username + password + rolling code themselves if their software auto logs in.

This of course requires a user to go to a phishing site (miscellaneous.scammersite.com or something more complex), or requires the phisher to own the user's computer enough that they can intercept their connections & deal with the SSL certificate issues) while the phisher's automated software automatically goes to the real miscellaneousbank.com site.

Which is why some banks (in Sweden at the very least) require that the hardware token be used again for the actual transaction.

Comment Re:Original concept from "Doomsday Device" (Score 1) 691

IANATP, but assuming a many-worlds interpretation, and assuming that the given particle accelerator will never cause the annihilation of the universe, then it seems to me that all worlds would continue to contain observers, irrespective of accelerator failure or not. Being observers, I don't see how we could tell the difference.
Then again, I did not RTFA so this may have no relation to what the two gentlemen are theorizing.

Comment Re:what is the big deal? (Score 1) 847

I think we're going down a slippery slope when we start screening DNA. It works against the process of evolution.

The traditional process of evolution stopped working when we got really good at saving youngsters that would previously have died.
Of course we do not want that again, but screening for general health will be increasingly important for the well being of human kind.

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