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Comment Re:I'm unclear why this is considered 0 day (Score 1) 100

Because of the specific device they have (5505 can't run 9.6, for example.) Or because their "certified configuration" requires a specific version.

Also, as others have mentioned (and will CONTINUE to mention), 8.3+ significantly fucked up the NAT configuration language. I will switch vendors before I use that fucked up shit.

Comment Non-flamable lithium? (Score 1) 53

The issue is not one of liquid or gel construction -- which is an issue, to be sure... leaks, evaporation, boiling, etc. The issue with such technology is spelled:
        L-I-T-H-I-U-M.

Lithium based batteries react rather poorly to being exposed to the atmosphere. Unless they've created a non-reactive lithium electrolyte, there's really nothing new here. (hint: that's not new, either.) So they've brought "AGM" to li-po technology.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

And the cost of electricity is about 70 to 80% less than the equivalent cost of a gasoline car per mile.

Except it isn't. Everyone who's ever said that has ignored the real world effect their shiny new EV has had on their power bill. It can be a marginal cost savings, but in my experience (focus ev vs tdi wagon) they come out fairly even. (it's even worse given the cheapness of an old tdi wagon, esp. today.)

(And in reality, given today's gas and electric prices, the focus is costing more to operate than my ES300h. $113/yr more. To date, it's been cheaper as gas prices were higher.)

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

Ok, so you take ~30s to connect/disconnect the charger. You do that every day. Possibly more than once a day -- charging at work, the mall, etc. So, just one attach-detach cycle per day is 5+ min per week. It takes me ~5min to fill my car once every 2-3 weeks. And that 5min fill up gets me 550-700 miles without any worry . There are gas stations "everywhere", and they are trivial to find. Charging stations are rare, and difficult to find. I don't need an "app" to find a gas station; I do to find chargers. And seeing how it take hours to charge (30min 80% "fast charge") and there are typically only a token pair of stations per location, don't bet on being able to charge your car at any random location. People plug in and walk away for extended periods -- no one leaves their movie to unplug and re-park their car so someone else can charge.

I love the idea of EVs. But the technology is still lacking. They're still highly impractical.

Comment "Eligible PC" (Score 0) 126

Darn, there goes my plan to trade in an old PowerBook or Centris. "Eligible" likely means one that can run Windows 10, so it's a guarantee they'll get it done same-day by close of business. So get in just before closing, but make sure the replacement Dell is comparable in features to the machine you brought in.

Comment Re:When? (Score 1) 173

Like that will stop anyone from "going there" to collect their idiotic pokemon. They'll just turn on mock locations and travel around the world while sitting on the sofa. (people are *ALREADY* doing that, btw.)

Plus, this is dumb way to select targets. You're going to be bombing lots of empty buildings, warehouses, entire ghost cities, etc.

Cellphones

US Judge Throws Out Cell Phone 'Stingray' Evidence For The First Time (reuters.com) 118

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, a surveillance device that can trick suspects' cell phones into revealing their locations. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that defendant Raymond Lambis' rights were violated when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used such a device without a warrant to find his Washington Heights apartment. Stingrays, also known as "cell site simulators," mimic cell phone towers in order to force cell phones in the area to transmit "pings" back to the devices, enabling law enforcement to track a suspect's phone and pinpoint its location. The DEA had used a stingray to identify Lambis' apartment as the most likely location of a cell phone identified during a drug-trafficking probe. Pauley said doing so constituted an unreasonable search. The ruling marked the first time a federal judge had suppressed evidence obtained using a stingray, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which like other privacy advocacy groups has criticized law enforcement's use of such devices. "Absent a search warrant, the government may not turn a citizen's cell phone into a tracking device," Pauley wrote. FBI Special Agent Daniel Alfin suggests in a report via Motherboard that decrypting encrypted data fundamentally alters it, therefore contaminating it as forensic evidence.

Comment Re:Man, I'm glad I got out of IT (Score 1) 331

There are some fields, such as banks and embedded work, where code bases stay around for a while. For example, at the bank where I worked, many of our Unix boxes were Solaris and AIX versions from 10+ years ago. Too old for my tastes. But still you worry that the longer you stay there, the more the rest of industry is leaving you behind and you might be stuck in this niche.

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