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Comment Intel Iot stuff is pricey (Score 1) 81

I just read an article how an Intel product (the don't deserve more advertisement here but it is a measurement of energy) . I should have skipped to the end of the article where there was the price. $369... wow, I could get 10 Pis, heck how about more than 70 Pi zeros, or more than 30 C.H.I.P.

Not sure who they are marketing this to.

Comment How About Bluetooth Keyboards (Score 1) 85

I know you can pair blue tooth devices, but are newer versions of blue tooth like 4.0 encrypted and protected against someone listening in?

Also does encryption reduce battery life on the keyboard? I stopped using 2.4Ghz wireless keyboards when someone in my house and I interfered with each others keyboards. Since then we have pretty much gone wired. But I would like a wireless keyboard for a PC connected to our TV.

Comment Re:Slashdot should condone piracy (Score 1) 66

Is there a model of copyright similar to kickstarter where I can produce something and charge for it, and when I make X amount of dollars for it it gets released as open source or creative commons.

As the content author, it would cover costs and maybe give me some reward if it is worthy, it would give people willing to pay more a first crack at my content. Eventually it will get pirated anyway but if it ends up in creative commons or similar anyone can get it.

The theory is that if my work is recognized as good, people willing to pay will get a head start on the story line, tech or knowledge, if it gets accepted then people initially interested can still take advantage of the product later on. Forces me the content maker to keep producing, but I do get some sort of reward that will keep me going by paying bills.

If it is bad, I either improve my product, lower the price, or give up.

Some stuff I was thinking of was like financial information, sports reporting, enhancements to products, product reviews. In a way, I think this is already done with bug bounty programs.

Submission + - SPAM: Piracy Saved History

kamaaina writes: A radio station KIRO in the 1940's needed to time shift some of the CBS radio broadcasts during World War II. But they were prohibited from doing so because KIRO was an affiliate of CBS. They did it anyway, on lacquered disks, so they could replay the East Coast broadcasts for the people on the West Coast at a reasonable time.

Years later these disks were discovered and its historical value realized.

Is the take away that we should Pirate to Preserve History?

Link to Original Source

Comment Maybe its a good thing for her (Score 2) 1092

Sometimes we don't realize we are in a bad position and it takes a kick in the butt to improve your situation.

I do feel bad for her, but I am not surprised. If she is worth it, I truly do hope market forces work their thing and she finds something more meaningful and pays enough.

I recall working a job for $11 an hour in college in Hawaii and thinking, I just need to make $30k a year as a manager and I will have my life set, then I graduated from college and a lot of classmates were making $80k some $100k a year.

I tried it out took a chance and moved to the "Mainland" and financially and spiritually I am in a much better place. I miss Hawaii, but am at peace with the choice I made.

So like I said, hope she will find something better, but she needs to be worth it.

Comment Qsee is Bad too (Score 1) 41

If you have a Q-SEE QC444 DVR, you can telnet as root and hit enter and you have CLI

Then add your own account to /mnt/mtd/Config/passwd and you will have a username and password to log in to the box.

The banner when you log in says "Welcome to HiLinux." so there may be other DVRs that use this version that are vulnerable too.

Comment Re:This is why (Score 1) 60

Over time I start to trust some applications, I keep an eye out for vulnerabilities though, but one of those applications is openvpn. I block all my IOT devices from accessing the Internet, and when I want access I VPN in. In some cases, I can put a web server in front of the IOT device, with cameras, I like ZoneMinder and others have said they like Blue Iris.

I am looking at outside services, like Adafruit.IO and AWS IoT to show me some pretty graphs. Still assessing, but would hope there is a way I can proxy the data through a Linux box and securely via SSL, send the data to them. At least in that case I can control what data goes to them, some stuff I might not care if the public knows, like the temp outside my house or if the deck lights turned on.

Comment I moved on (Score 1) 268

I still have prolific and ftdi chips but I have moved on to the CP2102 models. The original reason was that the particular one I had was 3.3V, my FTDI one required soldering. But found that it works well with the Raspberry Pi, and ESP8266 without needing a logic level shifter. Also with short wires (less than 10 inches) I was able to power my raspberry pi as well. I've happily used it reading JTAG as well.

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