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Comment Re:USAA (Score 1) 359

I just checked, only 5 months of my checking account could be downloaded. Not sure if this was a transaction limit, or a time limit. (I tried putting in a date in 2006).

I love USAA. I just submitted a 'suggestion' to USAA to increase the time limit. My guess is that they probably only keep ~6 months worth of transactions online accessible.

I haven't used Microsoft Money or Quicken in a while to see if that allows someone to pull more information. If I ever started using one of those tools again, then I'd probably like to be able to pull a few years worth of data.

Submission + - The Dog Ate Global Warming (

dave981 writes: "The author and Sr. Fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute, Patrick J. Michaels, has brought forth the charge that the "Jones and Wigley" weather station data from the 80's and 90's has gone missing. This data served as the primary reference standard for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) until 2007. It was this record that prompted the IPCC to claim a "discernible human influence on global climate." Why is this important?

"All of this is much more than an academic spat. It now appears likely that the U.S. Senate will drop cap-and-trade climate legislation from its docket this fall — whereupon the Obama Environmental Protection Agency is going to step in and issue regulations on carbon-dioxide emissions. Unlike a law, which canâ(TM)t be challenged on a scientific basis, a regulation can. If there are no data, there's no science. U.S. taxpayers deserve to know the answer to the question posed above."

I'm all for intellectual property, and national security issues being kept private: but shouldn't research that has been funded by tax payers and is used to justify major policy decisions be made public? Maybe another use for ''"

Comment Re:Lack of bandwidth is not Apple's fault (Score 1) 551

If you read the fine print on your bill, you'll see the federal government has stepped in to mandate that carriers must cover the rural areas (and pass the bill on to us.). "Federal Universal Service Fund 12.9% " (If you're on AT&T, choose "change my rate plan" --> "Other Monthly Charges"). Maybe AT&T is just waiting for the government to mandate "get your network up to capacity to handle your customer load" - and then pass it along to us as a tax / surcharge.

Comment Remote Monitoring (Score 1) 158

A key thing that is left out (But what most people have surmised):

    Pacemaker <--MICS Band--> Home monitoring unit (developed by pacemaker company; obtains IP address - typically via dial-up.) <--TCP/IP--> PaceMaker Companies Servers <-- TCP/IP--> Physician Web connection

The 400mhz is considered to be the MICS band - . The great thing about MICS is that it covers not only 'both sides' of the pond, but pretty much all sides. (E.g. Asia, Europe, and the US). The 'challenge' with 400mhz is that it's only a 'few meters' coverage. So you have to have the home monitoring unit (the unit that actually does 'connect' to the internet and the implanted device) within a 'few meters' of the device/patient.

Pacemakers are very small, compared with an ICD (defibrillator). In both cases, battery space is one of the biggest uses of the volume of the CAN. (in a defib you also have a large capacitor). The more energy you use for communication, the faster you drain the battery - and the less power you have for therapy. No one has an 'externally rechargeable' unit - so the only option is to put the patient under for surgery and replace the unit. (Low risk - BUT, there is a risk... and it's a surgery. and these things aren't cheap)

It will probably be a long time before your pacemaker signs on automatically to the local WiFi connection to 'dial home' to the physician. (Power, security, and proprietary data communication formats to name a few reasons).

One commenter early said, "pacemakers have been connected for years" - that's via "TTM" -

TTM doesn't provide very much data from the CAN. Basically and EGRAM, battery strength, and maybe a few other items. The at home monitoring unit can pull more data from the can.

The great thing about these systems are the peace of mind from monitoring the pacemaker on a daily/weekly/monthly basis versus once every 6-12 months or 'when the patient feels bad.' And when the patient does 'feel bad' the physician can pull up the latest information from the pacemaker the help determine if the patient should come in or not.

Company Websites:
St. Jude (Featured) - House Call -
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Medtronic -

Comment Can I keep the case and give them the HD? (Score 1) 1123

"any device capable of storing information in digital or analog form."

Can I just give them the Hard drive and keep the rest of the case? A hard drive can be replaced for a few hundred dollars. All my companies data on the system is encrypted*, and I backup my laptop frequently - esp. before traveling internationally (figuring there's a better chance of losing the device/ having it be stolen than anything else).

The LCD, case, etc. can't be replaced for under 800-$1000...

Maybe it's the wave of next generation enhancements for your laptop: "Quick ejecting Hard Drive" for those situations where TSA wants your stuff."

*It should only take TSA about 2yrs to get back at the data if they misplace my password. (I wonder what my companies policy is on giving out my password to TSA - I think if I gave it to someone else it would be grounds for dismissal :-/

Submission + - Oft-Burglarized Store Uses Hidden GPS (

dave981 writes: This story takes RFID tag security to the next level — GPS tags that call home: After five burglaries at his store this summer, Chris Rowland decided to plant Global Positioning System devices in some of his merchandise. The decision paid off with burglary No. 6. The devices informed Rowland that the stolen items were at an apartment complex less than half a mile from his store. Later, the devices showed the merchandise had been moved to a house in Lawrence. Rowland called police, who recovered the merchandise.

Submission + - Is Global Warming starting to Cool? (

dave981 writes: Last summer saw the remarkable success of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and the Anti-[anthropogenic]Global warming crowd was riding high. Now, a little over a year later, the 11th Hour barely raises anyone's pulse. (but gets a response from a co-founder of Greenpeace.) Live Earth didn't fare too well either. Is this issue slowly fading, is it just waiting for the '08 elections to really pick up to come roaring back to center stage? Or will more articles like this, Analysis Finds Hundreds of Scientists Have Published Evidence Countering Man-Made Global Warming Fears, continue to show up and cause the issue to 'fizzle'...

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