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Comment DVDFab could make $$Millions (Score 1) 167

DVDFab should add an option to decrypt iPhones, or images of iPhones. It doesn't really have to work, just a checkbox or menu entry where the user could select an iPhone or iPhone image.

I think law enforcement in the USA would be lined up with wheelbarrows of cash to get the software. Wheelbarrows of Bitcoin may be safer if you are going to take the money and run.

Comment I think the guy on MSNBC said it best (Score -1) 327

When it was announced that Cruz was going to name Carly Fiorina as his running mate, one of the people on MSNBC commented 'two losers are better than one?'

Yes, I laughed out loud. Cruz, in his introduction, listed all of the attributes a leader should have. I laughed again because she has none of these. Yes, I am biased. I had family members that were directly impacted by her management moves. It pissed me off to the point that I will never purchase or approve the purchase of any HP product.

The only question I have is whether I thaw out the tomato before I throw it.

Comment Re:Samsung S5 - Verizon (Score 1) 183

Why are you updating the Verizon apps? And, what other crap apps are you putting on your phone?

I also have an S5 from VZW and although I have installed the updates to get to it is still as responsive as the day I got it and it was running 4.xx. Disable the stuff you don't want or need. I don't need a vzw app to tell me when I am close to, or in a vzw store. Their messaging app lasted only a day or two before it was replaced. The other apps I didn't want consuming data were disabled. It's not that difficult to NOT press 'update all' and only update the apps I choose.

You can disable the automatic app restore and reload the OS (or get a Samsung repair center or Best Buy to do it) and rebuild your S5 to get it back to where it performs well.

Comment I received the letter (Score 1) 32

Amex sent me the letter regarding the breach. After seeing they wanted me to closely watch my account activity for the next 12 to 24 months, I concluded I it was more effort than I was willing to expend. I contacted Amex to get more information regarding the breach. They, understandably, would not / could not offer more information and stated there is an ongoing investigation. After telling the nice lady their recommendations were more than I was willing to do, I asked for a replacement card. It was either a new card or I was willing to zap the chip, cut the card and put it into a drawer for the next two years.

These companies that do not provide sufficient security should be burnt to the ground. We could start with every other Home Depot to set an example.


Comment I had my card used... (Score 2) 66

I had my card used at a Target in Wilmington DE when I was sitting at my kitchen table in NJ. After a bunch of phone calls from me to my bank, at Target, I realized it wasn't worth the effort to get the police report filed and work through the process just to see the face of the person that used my card. Yes, Target confirmed they had video of the person at the register using my card, and trying to use my card again later. My bank confirmed this card number was snagged in the Home Depot breach. If you want to make me happy, burn down every other Home Depot store, and jail those responsible for not securing their network at Home Depot. Those people shouldn't be allowed near any technology, then again they never have been. It is almost enough to push me over to the dark side. Maybe I'll swing by next Saturday morning with my spray bottle of Liquid Ass. (read the comments on Amazon).

Comment Don't update the app, get an older version. (Score 4, Interesting) 113

I like the app and use it once in a while. The prices near me can be quite different. My local Costco is not so local but usually BJ's or Sams have the cheapest prices. A while back I did an update for GasBuddy and was presented with a huge ad across the middle of the screen in the list view. I usually do not mind ads in the free versions but this was obtrusive.

As quickly as I had updates the app, it was uninstalled. I then went to the Amazon App store and installed an older version, much older, and it was better, much better! Knowing there is a big obtrusive advertisement in the update / upgrade, I see no reason the make any changes. The older version is running fine on both a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (Kit Kat?), and a Samsung Galaxy S4 running Lollipop.

If you don't like the Play Store app, get the one from Amazon, then ignore the reminders to update the app.

Comment YOU HAVE TO SIGN IN WITH YOUR COMCAST ID (Score 4, Informative) 253

Sorry to repost - orig post was as AC... maybe someone will actually see this one. This is NOT an open Wifi network. You must sign in with a Comcast / Xfinity User ID in order to use the network, AND you are signing into SSID 'xfinitywifi', NOT your local, private, SSID 'Ithinktheskyisfalling'. I saw it pop up on my router last year and do not have a problem with it. Any activity on the xfinitywifi SSID in going to be associated with a specific user, probably not me. Looking at the current networks in my area, I see xfnintywifi on channels 3 and 6, also another 'un-named' network, on one or more channels, that is probably emanating from the same device or another close by, judging from the MAC addresses and signal strength. I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, wifi only, that I use as my mobile device and connect to the XfinityWifi network, using an ID on my account, at multiple locations. I am glad they set it up and give me access to it. No, I do not have a smart phone. BTW - there are other networks, Optimum and TWC, that can also be used with your Comcast User ID. What was it that Yoda said? - 'The ignorance is strong with some of these...' or something like that.

Comment Re:Source code access for medical devices (Score 2) 38

That would be nice, but you are probably not going to have the chance to shop around. The ICD (defib + pacemaker) that gets implanted is going to be selected by your doctor, or their practice. It is going to come from the vendor they selected. The lead(s) that connect the device to your heart are going to come from the same vendor. You did want them to be compatible with your device, didn't you? You know, have the proper connectors to connect to the device, rather than have the doctor or someone in the room cut off the connections and solder on the correct ones for your device before they implant it. Yes, I'm sure they can solder coax in a sterile environment.

My ICD was strongly suggested because my ejection fraction (how much your heart pumps out when it beats) was such that there was a high probability that I could fall over dead at some point. I didn't go car shopping to see which one got the best gas mileage, had XM radio, 4WD, etc. I didn't ask for the source code, as I didn't when we bought our last car - you did get the source code to your cars' computer, didn't you? I went with the device the doctor had selected. Later I found out other cardiologist groups in the area used several different manufacturers and were not familiar with mine.

BTW - communications with all ICDs is wireless - you do not have a bunch of wires and a connector hanging out of your chest (usual location is upper left on chest). The programming and monitoring is performed over the air so to say. I have been able to communicate with my device up to about 10 M. It does make a rather loud noise whenever I place a magnet over it to disable it temporarily (there are times when I did not want it to fire unexpectedly). Some devices, not mine, have the ability to communicate with a local device / base station that collects data sensed by the device and relays that data to a remote server so someone can monitor your device. The base station could be sitting on a night stand next to your bed and collect data while you sleep, others collect the data when you enter the room.

RE: battery life and repeated surgery - when I last looked, the batteries in these devices are expected to last 5 to 7 years. That said, my device is on a watch list where the battery life may be shorter than expected.

As a comment to a post above regarding 'over-regulation' - take a look at the FDA web site and the approval process. It is difficult to get the first one approved. When you produce the second / next generation, all you have to do is say that it is 'like' the first one and the approval process is a lot less difficult.

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