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Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

Eddy_D Sounds legit to me... (304 comments)

What could possibly go wrong?

about 3 months ago
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Watch Dogs Released, DRM Troubles

Eddy_D UF***D (123 comments)

I hate UPLAY... so much.

I battled with it on Far Cry 3. I still do not understand why I needed to login to UPLAY *after* I logged into Steam (where I played it from). Wasn't Steam enough of a DRM check for UbiSoft? 2 levels of login really?

AFAIK the original article was about someone who did not even install it correctly.. but still having to require it on top of Steam is just ridiculous.

about 3 months ago
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DIY Lab Tests Getting More Capable

Eddy_D Re:Triglycerides (85 comments)

And second to that would be a blood sugar level test, that's becoming more important..

about 3 months ago
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The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

Eddy_D The internet is not broken... (162 comments)

If anything, the ISPs are broken, in that they see no justification in expanding their bandwidth as there is no profit in it. True that IPv4 has reached saturation, however that rolls into the ISPs attitudes (including wireless carriers) who are sitting on the fence instead of upgrading to IPv6. It all comes down to the bottom line... there is no profit in going to IPv6 for them.

about 3 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

Eddy_D Re:NAT (574 comments)

Not a bother to you maybe...

In my work I find GSM carrier NAT infrastructure to be very annoying. Firmware running on the phone must be aware of a "use it or lose it" mentality in the carrier, in my experience this is usually around 15 minutes for TCP, then the NAT hardware flushes your route and it effectively disappears (breaking the protocol). UDP is even shorter.

In systems which must be bi-directional, this issue of keeping the connection alive is a concern, not so much for the phone but for the server which may be sending data back to the phone sporadically. It also forces the phone firmware to perform the initial connect, so useful server-based utilities are hard to put on the phone without modifying them.

IPv6 would (likely) provide a static IP address on the phone resolving all of these issues and providing better support for downstream communications from a base to the phone(s).

about 6 months ago
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Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

Eddy_D Re:I know one (312 comments)

Sounds real familiar... happen at my work too. Even to the point of being shaking on software/firmware knowledge.

about 6 months ago
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How Quickly Will the Latest Arms Race Accelerate?

Eddy_D Re:Why? Natural resources. (197 comments)

Yes with one exception.. Finite natural resources that are easy to access. It's all about blood for oil these days...

about 7 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

Eddy_D It's called (564 comments)

market saturation

about 8 months ago
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Interview: Ask Forrest Mims About Rockets, Electronics, and Engineering

Eddy_D No Question, Just thanks (120 comments)

I still have my original Blue and Yellow RadioShack Notebooks that I purchased when I was 12. As a practicing professional Engineer now I want to say thanks for that leg up.

For all the kiddies reading this, realize that back in the 80's there were no readily available resource other than small electronic stores and mail order catalogs for young people to feed their interest in electronics. The material that Forrest Mims wrote was an invaluable resource into learning how design digital circuits using the new IC technology for that time.

I never made that flanger/phaser (audio effect) circuit though...

about 8 months ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

Eddy_D Re:Pros vs Cons (549 comments)

If used on a motorcycle, it can mean the rider can lose control, causing a crash, fatality, and lawsuits.

What is the alternative for safely stopping a speeding motorcycle?

5000 Gallons of Jello. Orange-flavored of course.

about 9 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

Eddy_D Re:Should be legal, with caveat (961 comments)

It makes perfect sense to the guy taking your 8,000 dollars every month. They are all for it.

about 9 months ago
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Military Drone Lost Over Lake Ontario

Eddy_D Re:In other news... (258 comments)

So... can we talk about how the deer have evolved into being winged creatures in upstate NY then?

about 9 months ago
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US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials

Eddy_D Harry Harrison (303 comments)

I learned everything I know about beating a lie detector from the stainless steel rat..

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about 9 months ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

Eddy_D Radio Modems - New Features (352 comments)

It is true that some newer Radio modems (eg. Telit models and now some new models from Cinterion) have the ability to run scripted programs on the baseband processor. I played with a Telit modem that could run Python scripts. I really don't think that the commercial modems that normal smartphones use would have that capability though.. it would be a dumb thing for the modem manufacture to add in.

Likely the smartphone modem will also have a GSM chipset (eg. Qualcomm) as well; this is mainly separate from the baseband processor and have limited contact with it (eg. maybe need some AT commands to control the GSM modes).

In general, the firmware running on a baseband processor is very hard to change. Changes to that processor must be re-vetted through several approval processes (PTCRB and usually one or more carrier, eg. AT&T) and consume time and money. It is for this reason that you cannot program your own code into this processor (I'm guessing scripts don't count as a program as they are sandboxed within an internal VM-like system).

about 9 months ago
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Movie Review: Ender's Game

Eddy_D Movie Films (732 comments)

it leaves us with a question: is this film for people who have read the book, or for people who haven't?

The movie could care less who is watching it. I would say that, for 99% of these type of films, it is never a good idea to watch it if you have any sort of fondness over the book on which it is based. A single 1.5 - 2 Hr movie simply cannot put enough content onto the screen to match that of a decent sized book, and so the book fan will be unsatisfied. All that is premised, of course, on the movie plot not being a hack job of the original book.

about 10 months ago
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Robots Can Learn To Hold Knives — and Not Stab Humans

Eddy_D Great (104 comments)

humans can correct a robot's motions, showing it how to properly use objects such as knives. They use it for a robot performing grocery checkout tasks."

So in the future, not only will checkout clerks be robots, they will be armed robots.

about 10 months ago

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