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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

Chewbacon Built in obselescence (276 comments)

Can't beat that dead horse enough apparently. Those little fancy features add up on older systems. I was forced to upgrade laptops when I couldn't prevent Gnome 2 from bogging it down... and Linux is supposed to be the good guy to old hardware.

2 days ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Chewbacon WTF??? Did I miss something in that argument? (199 comments)

Isn't that what consumers pay Netflix for (and justly so!)? And where the hell would that work? If the ISP didn't pay the bill, then the service would fail and the consumer wouldn't pay their part of the bill either. These guys are fucking insane. A chimp eating carrots out of his own asshole makes more sense.

Reality: cable companies are afraid of Netflix because they fear the day they lose the competition with them.

4 days ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Chewbacon Re: Eh? (137 comments)

Looks like Windows XP era browsers and now unsupported browser versions. So it's no surprise since Microsoft took their hands off of the products that all these exploits come out of the woodwork.

5 days ago
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Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers"

Chewbacon Re:Progress (26 comments)

Pacers won't help afib except for ablating the av node with rapid rates. Have you talked to your ep about a pulmonary vein isolation (afib ablation) being an option?

about two weeks ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Chewbacon No subject (241 comments)

Probably the most eye opening math class I took that really made my coding skills take off was called Applied Math in high school. The focus was just what the title says: application of knowledge learned. It really taught me how to think outside the box when it came to solving problems with math. Solutions I've written for games left me asking myself where the hell I learned the solution to the problem: applied math.

about two weeks ago
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Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers"

Chewbacon Re:Progress (26 comments)

Posting as an AC says you REALLY believe in your cause.

about two weeks ago
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Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers"

Chewbacon It's a start (26 comments)

Cloning sinus nodes will help patients with sick sinus syndrome. You'll still need devices to help those in complete heart block (but could fix if you grow an AV node or perkinje fibers), ICDs for deadly arrhythmias, and biventricular devices for cardiac resync therapy. But if you clone an AV mode or a His bundle, will they connect to the perkinje network? A rep from Medtronic said this could put them out of business. Despite the Benjamins, this will be better for patients as a less painful procedure and likely less infections. I hope they answer all the questions and make this work. This will be really good for young patients who would no longer have to have a device change every 8-12 years or worry about wires going bad in their lifetime.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Chewbacon This is why (749 comments)

...we are losing control of the net. Sure we have most of the world's fiber running through NSA, but eventually other connections will be made.

about two weeks ago
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Google Reader: One Year Later

Chewbacon Love rss (132 comments)

Article titles without the crap. I use Bazqux with Feedler on ios. Works great, however feature development seems a little stale. Couldn't completely import my Google takeout, specifically starred articles. There was a fix said to be coming, so I subscribed $$ but it never did.

about three weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Chewbacon Re:E-mail? (346 comments)

First, they don't understand it's not secure. Second, if the thought did cross their mind, then they wouldn't know who to ask for a secure solution or be patient enough to take the time to implement it.

Did companies learn nothing from Target?

about a month ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

Chewbacon Re:Legendary nerd? (242 comments)

Must... resist... feeding... the troll...

GOD DAMMIT

You do know who Steve Wozniak is, right? Regardless of whatever fanboy you are.

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Chewbacon Re: I lost the password (560 comments)

Careful using "random files" as key files. If the file is modified, it becomes useless as far as a key file and so does your encrypted data.

about a month ago
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The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

Chewbacon Stupid subject (263 comments)

As a user of free software, I agree with the justices. Maybe they should try linux?

about a month ago
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Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

Chewbacon Um (170 comments)

Is there more to this story that doesn't make it fraud?

about a month and a half ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

Chewbacon " I seem to get better mileage with all-gas" (432 comments)

You do. Gasoline yields more energy than ethanol. The idea is we use less gasoline and hopefully drive the price down by decreasing our demand.

about 2 months ago
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Cox Promises National Gigabit Rollout; Starting With Phoenix, Las Vegas, Omaha

Chewbacon Re:It's Cox, they're lying (129 comments)

They aren't doing this yet. I get the occasional notice from them about going over my bandwidth, however according to them they have no policy for charging a fee for going over. They do ask me to call to setup a business account.

about 2 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Chewbacon Re:Feeling ashamed (297 comments)

Argument aside, the Russians were frowned upon for spying. So much the allegation of being a spy was a mark hard to erase. Your cereal taste better now?

about 2 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Chewbacon Feeling ashamed (297 comments)

...to think 40 years ago we were on the brink of nuclear war with a country that did shit like this.

about 2 months ago

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Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale

Chewbacon Chewbacon writes  |  about a year ago

Chewbacon (797801) writes "The policy explains how used game retailers can survive Xbox One destroying the used game market as we know it: they have to agree to their terms and conditions to do so. In summary, the used game retailer can still buy the game from the consumer, they report the consumer relinquishing their license to play the game to a Microsoft database, and sell it at a market price, but the publisher will get a cut of the price. This will undoubtedly only hurt the trade in value for consumers and will not allow the private sale of games between two consumers. The article goes on to explain Xbox One will phone home every 24 hours to verify a player hasn't sold the game according to the mentioned database. Suspicions among gamers are correct, and it should be no surprise: this plan for used games has nothing to do with countering piracy, but only serves corporate greed."
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Vudu Resets User Passwords After Burglary

Chewbacon Chewbacon writes  |  about a year ago

Chewbacon (797801) writes "If you can't hack it, smash and grab it. Video streaming service Vudu has emailed customers informing them of the theft of hard drives containing customer information. CNET reports the information on the stolen drives included: names, e-mail addresses, postal addresses, phone numbers, account activity, dates of birth, and the last four digits of some credit card numbers. Vudu's Chief Technology Officer Prasanna Ganesan said while no complete credit card numbers were stored on the hard drives and expressed confidence in password encryption, he felt the need to be proactive with the password reset and encouraged users to be proactive as well should the encrypted passwords become compromised. Vudu fails to mention, perhaps in a downplaying move, the last 4 digits of a credit card and much of the other information stolen is often enough to access an account through virtually any company's phone support."
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"Authentication chip" found in Apple's Lightning Cable

Chewbacon Chewbacon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chewbacon (797801) writes "Looking for a third-party charger for your iPhone 5? AppleInsider says hold off on buying one. A tear-down of the Lightning cable, the new connector introduced with the iPhone 5, reveals an "authentication chip" which may render third-party cables useless. Many people buy these third-party cables to avoid the Apple premium, but Apple has decided to literally block the competition from charging their latest iDevice. How is this not an antitrust issue?"
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Can ISPs really police file sharing for the RIAA?

Chewbacon Chewbacon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Chewbacon (797801) writes "I've read a number of stories about the RIAA going after ISPs for file sharing such as Limewire or torrent services. My provider was featured in a local newspaper for not threatening to turn over file sharers, but disabling their service and forcing customers to call their security department to have it restored and even as far as adding hefty fines to their bill. The first scenario happened to someone I worked with and he said, "Oh, we have Wi-Fi, it wasn't us." The ISP even told him what file was being downloaded. They lectured him on Wi-Fi security and how he's responsible for protecting his network from unauthorized access and illegal activity. I discussed this with someone I know working for the ISP and he backed up what his company told my colleague. When I explained Wi-Fi encryption standards are compromised all the time and how MAC addresses can be spoofed to circumvent filters, he said the company still has ground to punish their customers for file sharing even if the perpetrator is someone who compromises a customer's protected network. Are there any other ISPs doing this? Has anyone heard of this backfiring for providers or impacting the lives of innocent people?"

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