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Comment SBU is exactly what they think it is (Score 1) 86

Doesn't sound like headphone power-level or analog to me.

Well, son, maybe you should try the specification.

A DFP [Downstream Facing Port] that supports analog audio adapters shall detect the presence of an analog audio adapter by detecting a resistance to GND of less than Ra on both A5 (CC) and B5 (VCONN).

That summary lied to you. HTH, HAND!

Comment Re:It's not innovative (Score 3, Informative) 90

Or, it could be not malice, but mere stupidity.

It seems there's been a series of unfortunate events affecting Mylan's competitors:

Will anyone ever give Mylan’s ($MYL) blockbuster epinephrine injection, EpiPen, a run for its money?

That’s the question now that another potential competitor is out of the running. The FDA stiff-armed Adamis' ($ADMP) prefilled epinephrine syringe, asking for more data. Regulators want the San Diego-based company to expand a patient usability study and product stress testing studies included in the original application.

The way Evercore ISI analyst Umer Raffat sees it, Adamis’ product wouldn’t have been “a large competitor” for EpiPen, given the difference between its prefilled syringe and Mylan’s more convenient injection pen device. But “Adamis could have added to managed care pressures,” through its stated strategy of acting as a discounted product.

Instead, Mylan is home free--a status it must be getting used to, given the failures that have repeatedly befallen its competitors. Back in November, Sanofi's ($SNY) Auvi-Q hit a wall, when an injector fault triggered a hefty recall. Ultimately, the pharma giant yanked Auvi-Q from the market, and then bailed on its marketing partnership with developer PDL BioPharma ($PDLI), putting the med’s future up in the air. It was EpiPen's first real challenger in years.

More recently, the FDA handed generics giant Teva ($TEVA) a rejection for its generic version of EpiPen, flagging “certain major deficiencies” in its letter to the Israeli pharma. With serious issues to work through, Teva said earlier this year that it expects its product to be "significantly delayed"--meaning it doesn’t expect a rollout before 2017.

The FDA wouldn't have anything to do with the recall, and a request for more information isn't really a particularly effective use of corrupt power. Requests for more data happen all the time, so they're usually turned around pretty quickly. My money's on a perfect storm of chance events, and Mylan's taking the opportunity to capitalize on it.

Comment Re:It's not innovative (Score 1) 90

Yeah... I get the distinct impression that this is mob justice at its finest.

As I understand the story, the other major competitor was unable to show test results that their autoinjector worked reliably, and as such lost their FDA approval. If I'm to believe that descriptions mean anything, the product would certainly fit the "non-innovator multiple source" category.

Comment Re: sure! (Score 1) 298

Gold is undeniably a compelling leader in the "Hey, do you need an handy abstract representation of value?" market.

It is effectively impossible to counterfeit(all the metals that look kind of golden aren't nearly dense enough; Tungsten and DU have the density about right but are wrong in basically all other respects, nuclear synthesis isn't really counterfeiting but is uneconomic, it's tricky to alloy with something cheaper without being caught by even fairly primitive measurement of volume and weight; etc.), it's pretty scarce, it can be divided/combined/melted down/reshaped easily(unlike precious stones, say, where the value of two halves of a diamond is markedly lower than the value of the larger stone), people find it appealing, and so on.

The problem is just knowing what situations do, or don't, reward possessing a handy abstract representation of value. Too little civilization and you either can't find anyone willing to sell you stuff; or run into somebody who knows that the exchange rate between gold and iron is actually pretty favorable when the iron is of the right shape to stab the guy with the gold. Too much civilization and the fact that it's an inert, unproductive, comparatively cumbersome to transport/store/transact with lump of deadweight makes it a pain compared to whatever currency is being reasonably well managed at the time.

It's only in the intermediate situations, where you are developing a real market; but don't have anyone competent enough to produce worthwhile currency; or have a real market but a previously stable currency is on the rocks; where it really shines. Outside of that, it's just jewelry, anticorrosion coating, or a specific commodities position that might be useful under certain specific conditions as part of a larger portfolio.

Comment Re:Reality is... (Score 1) 189

No, My Gentle Fool, there isn't. It is entirely possible that 1-2-3-4-5 could be _Everybody's_ Password.

You've missed my point entirely. "12345" is the fifth numeric password an attacker would try (after "1", "12", "123", and "1234"). It doesn't matter how securely you store it or how long each guess takes, if an attacker has a reasonably high chance of guessing it by a mere educated guess.

Sure, you could lock the account after X guesses - But then you've just given me a trivial way of locking out the legitimate account-holder as well - Arguably, a lot of kids just out to raise some hell rather than seriously wanting to compromise your accounts would prefer that (applied on as large a scale as possible) than actually guessing the right password. "Oh, look, we just locked the entire Microsoft staff out of their own network, ha-ha!"


Any Password, hashed in any number of many ways repeatedly, and yet each one with a unique Time Stamp embedded and invisible, should do the trick.

That accomplishes nothing more than slowing down any brute force attempts. It certainly doesn't somehow magically make one of the top few million passwords more secure. Or, looked at another way, let's say you use such a horrendously complex hash that each guess takes a whole second. You've just handed any potential attackers a trivial on/off switch to DOS'ing (no leading "D" required) your site, as your poor server farm tries to keep up with just a handful of bad login attempts per second.


Time Stamps supposedly assigned to certain Alpha Decay Chains stuck out like three sore thumbs upon later Analysis.

Would you care to provide a link on how timestamped audit trails have anything to do with brute-force password cracking? It sounds like you've mixed up two separate concepts here. Yes, you can make an RTPS virtually tamper-proof; that doesn't have much in common with proving my identity to Facebook from a previously untrusted computer.
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Journal Journal: Best simple SID to USB connection? 3

That may not be a good way to describe it but... I have a C64 I never use and I think I shall desolder its SID before consigning it to recycling since they are now officially hard to come by. What can I put it on that will let me use it efficiently?

Comment Re:Meh. (Score 1) 115

Among the worst are Japan and Spain, but most industrialized nations have birth rates below 2.1.

Japan needs a low birth rate right now. They have massive suicide and make-work employment. I've never understood why a crowded country like that would want to keep their birth rate up. Let it slack for a while and take some of the pressure off.

Comment Re:Pretty shocking (Score 1) 115

The US is a huge country with lots of empty areas that has great air quality.

[citation needed]

I live in the county in the USA which allegedly has the best air quality in the country. The area is volcanic which means more soil radioactives and it contains a shitload of dirt roads which means more soil in your lungs. And the fires, oh my lord the fires.

So, where are these empty areas with great air quality? And why do you think they're relevant given that they're empty?

Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 1) 298

I would think a superior solution to a fixed bunker would be some kind of specialized boat designed for long endurance.

Obviously what you want is a nuclear submarine. But what would probably be adequate is just any small submarine to use as a taxi, and a sub-aquatic "bunker". Nobody will be able to get to you there.

Comment Re:Just give us a damned SATA port! (Score 2) 45

USB boot is possible on RPi, but it's kind of a pain to get working as it is not compatible with every USB storage device.

Is this the case on the new Pis, or just on old ones? Every time I ask if the Pi foundation has got USB right on the newest Pi I get downmodded, even though they have fucked up USB again and again. The original Pi's USB craters under load and yes, compatibility is piss poor.

Do the new Raspberry Pis have working USB? Or is it unreliable shit just like the first Pis? Let's see how quick this comment gets downmodded by the Pi Police for asking really a quite important question.

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