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Comment Accerlometers Control Insulin Dosage?!?.. (Score 2) 41

If an accelerometer was designed to control the automation of insulin dosage in a diabetic patient, for example, that might make it possible to tamper with the system that controlled the correct dosage.

This is pure fear mongering. Why didn't the article go with: "If an accelerometer was designed to control the launching of the US Nuclear Arsenal, it might make it possible for the hack to end human life on earth."


Comment Not Really, But Harder Than Expected (Score 5, Insightful) 130

But what Silicon Valley realized is that selling something that can kill people if there are bugs isn't quite the same as creating a website or app that can be updated daily.

Also there are way more regulatory hoops to jump through to build a system that goes into a car. Detroit has been doing it for 100 years, so they know how to play the game.

Silicon Valley can do it... it's just that most Silicon Valley Investors don't have the patience to grind through the many years it takes to clear regulatory requirements.

Comment Follow Proper Procedure: Call Company's Legal Dept (Score 2) 627

The proper procedure is: If stopped by any US agent and asked to reveal passwords for equipment issued by one's employer is to refuse to reveal the password until permission is granted from one's employer.

The phone/computer/whatever IS NOT YOUR PROPERTY and ALL THE INFORMATION on it is the property of YOUR EMPLOYER.

So just kindly tell the border agent that one must obtain permission from one's employer before revealing proprietary company information. Pretty much tell them that one has to get permission from one's company's legal department to reveal the unlock code for any company equipment because it's not one's own decision to make to reveal company proprietary information to a third party. That's pretty much standard policy for any company.

However, if it's one personal device, it's definitely it's within one's right to not give the border agents the password, but then it's also the border agent's right to detain you till you do, or till some other agreement is reached. Unless you can contact a lawyer immediately and have the funds to pay one, then without a lawyer helping you out, it's going to be difficult for you to navigate the legal minefield.

Comment It's a Pity 3D TV's are Dying (Score 1) 399

Now that 4K TV's are mainstream, a 3D UltraHD standard would have kicked ass even if it were interleaved. The extra resolution of 4K would allow each 1/2 resolution frame to be an acceptable resolution of 3180x1080 whereas 1080i 3D at 1920x540 wasn't.

3D was just something that was shoved down people's throats too soon. 1080p screens with active glasses were flickery messes that were also clunky and expensive. 1080p screens with passive 1080i 3D were simpler, but had poor quality. Combine that with the emergence of acceptable VR (3D with head tracking) goggles, a new 4K 3D format had no chance.

Now don't even get me started with "curved" screens... something that had no advantages for a TV, a display with multiple viewers sitting at relatively close distances to the screen, that was rammed down consumers' collective throats right after 3D.

Comment Re: But think of how good it will be! (Score 1) 189

Actually the UI for the Zune HD is the progenitor to the "Metro" interface used in ALL of Microsoft's OSes.

Microsoft had all the pieces ready to be integrated into "Windows Phone" in 2009 when the Zune HD came out... Microsoft just didn't put any priority on defending their smartphone dominance of Windows Mobile (dominant in a small market) till *after* the iPhone and Android phones came on the market and made the "smartphone" a device for the masses.

Comment Re:Why oh why? (Score 1) 92

Why do people sign up for every website they come across?

This is a website about some japanese cat for crying out loud.

Why do people sign up for something like this? I guess it's the same people who sign up for safeway cards, starbucks cards and other discount cards.

I just don't get it.

You go into the store, you buy the shit you want and you leave. Just leave it at that for crying out loud. What's wrong with these people?

Yeah, why oh why do people sign up for a site like slashdot, especially when one could do it anonymously?

This is a website about "news for geeks" for crying out loud.

Why would MadMaverick9 sign up for something like this? I guess it's the same people who sign up for engadget, arstechnical and reddit.

I just don't get it.

You go to the site and read the articles and leave. Just leave it at that for crying out loud. What's wrong with MadMaverick9?

Comment Re:But Could Have It Been Built in the 1700's? (Score 1) 106

He didn't just design them. He built them. An earlier post mentions the museum where they're displayed.

Really? Did you even RTFA?

Then why does the article linked to the slashdot entry state:

As a result, his ideas for his super-accurate pendulum clock were forgotten until the 1970s, when interest in the clockmaker and his remarkable timepieces was re-awakened. The artist and clockmaker, Martin Burgess, – working on attempts to decipher Harrison’s plans – produced two versions of his great clock. It is the second of these, Clock B, that has been the focus of attempts to bring it to its maximum accuracy in the past year. “Essentially we have been fine-tuning the clock so that we can bring it to its full potential and accuracy,” said McEvoy.

The article is about the SUPER-ACCURATE PENDULUM CLOCK, not about this shipworthy chronometers. Sure sounds like Harrison never built his super accurate pendulum clock.

So I decided to do some googling/binging/altavistaing/meh myself and not just take the word of slashdotters like you that post no references... and surprise, surprise, what did I find?!? The answer to my question, which just so happens to contradict your statement... The clock that was tested was built using modern materials, and most likely using modern manufacturing techniques.

According to this article:

Martin Burgess, a master clockmaker, used Harrison's mechanism and design along with modern materials like duralumin to construct the Martin Burgess Clock B,

And according to this article on the Greenwich Royal Museum website:

‘Clock B’ is one of two clocks made from modern materials, chiefly duraluminium and invar, that follow the perceived format laid out in Harrison’s convoluted text: Concerning such mechanism

Comment But Could Have It Been Built in the 1700's? (Score -1, Flamebait) 106

The article doesn't specify if modern machining and materials were used in the construction of Clock B.

If the clock could be produced using 1700's machining and metallurgical technology, only then would it prove Harrison's contemporary critics incorrect.

If the clock was impossible to build to that level of accuracy using 1700's technology, then Harrison's critics were indeed correct in calling him out.

Comment Real Life Problem Solving is Hard (Score 1) 72

"While it is always possible for new design issues to be discovered, I wonder why this problem hadn't been noticed in the decades prior to 2010, when the Proton began to have repeated failures. "

Building rockets is hard, finding out exactly why they fail is even harder, especially if it fails in space and all the bits burn up in the atmosphere or stay in orbit around the earth.

Maybe you think that we can send Bruce Willis up with a rag-tag band of hard partying non-professional astronauts to rendevous with a wrench wielding Russian on the space station and they'll solve the problem by whacking a rocket with a wrench in slow motion montages with Aerosmith playing in the background. ;-)

Comment The Solution is to Con Women into Engineering!?!? (Score 1) 634

When these women that are so enamored with the social good that they're going to do while in school get out into the work place and realize that most Engineering jobs *don't* help starving children in Africa, then what?

Ah, but the point of the professor was to get bodies into University and make her numbers look good so she can get her funding... it's not her problem what happens after the students graduate.

Comment Future Shop an Iconic Brand!?!?... NOT! (Score 1) 198

I'm not sad that Future Shop is finally being killed off. They were already dead once Best Buy purchased them. Best Buy and Future Shop stores were virtually identical.

I remember shopping at the original future shop to buy 5.25" Floppies and dealing with the pushy salespeople were not a good memory. Sure it was one of the few Canadian tech store brands, but definitely I'm not shedding any tears now that it's finally completely dead.

RIP Future Shop

Comment Technically DSLR doesn't specify a mirror or not (Score 0) 192


SLR (single lens reflex) has a mirror, with either a pentaprism or pentamirror (where you stick your eyeball) to show you the view as it is through the lens.

SLR = Single Lens Reflex
Technically, this does not signify the requirement of a mirror or not. It just specifies that the picture is exposed using the same lens that is used for framing.

It's just that when there were ONLY film cameras, the only practical way to build an SLR camera was to use a mirror.
Also note that technically "SLR" does not specify the requirement for interchangeable lenses either, so technically an SLR can have a fixed non-interchangeable lens.

But most SLR 35mm film cameras had mirrors and interchangeable lenses.

And when digitial sensors came along, the most compatible way to create a high end digital camera was just to replace the film back with a digital sensor, and all the existing lenses could be used without modification.

Thus the common definition of "DSLR" is an interchangeable lens single lens reflex camera with an optical viewfinder with a digital sensor in a configuration similar to a film SLR.

But if the Technical definition of letters that make up "DSLR" is used:"Digital Single Lens Reflex" even a cell phone can be considered a DSLR.

Comment Effing Grinches That Spoiled Christmas (Score 1) 160

These "hackers" just made Christmas a lot less Merry for many children that just got some nice new Christmas presents.

They've already made their point that they can bring down the gaming networks of two evil empires, they should just stop DOS attack and let the kids (and the not-so young gamers) have their fun on Christmas.

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