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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

HaeMaker Superman logo is a Trademark (249 comments)

This has nothing to do with copyright. The Superman logo is a trademark, which has different protections and rules about maintaining those protections. They can't loan it out without risking dilution.

about three weeks ago

California Property Tax Exemptions For Solar Energy Systems Extended To 2025

HaeMaker Re:Property Tax? (76 comments)

Yes... for Businesses. Businesses pay on all capital assets, not just real property. Individuals do not pay property taxes on durable goods, so this only applies to businesses.

about three weeks ago

How Free-To-Play Is Constricting Mobile Games

HaeMaker Okay, let's restate it... (115 comments)

"The people who PAY FOR GAMES, want FREEMIUM." Just because you state a bunch of interesting statistics about what constitutes who puts money down for games, doesn't mean the end result isn't meaningful. As a business, what do you care what your non-paying customers want? They are not customers. You're asking for money, the people with the money are telling you how they recoup their money and you earn money yourself. Perhaps you should listen.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Tell a Compelling Story About IT Infrastructure?

HaeMaker Save them money... (192 comments)

Churn the network, storage and server vendors to constantly reduce costs. Money talks.

about 3 months ago

Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

HaeMaker FCC Executives? (194 comments)

Really? Dealing with some geniuses here.

about 3 months ago

Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review

HaeMaker Re:Plot twist: (360 comments)

True, but would a siphon work in orbit where there is artificial atmospheric pressure but microgravity?

about 3 months ago

New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

HaeMaker Re:The customer always pays (248 comments)

Yeah, but try setting up your own web server on Google Fiber... Net Neutrality is only for the big boys, it seems.

about 3 months ago

California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

HaeMaker Not H1-Bs, offshore workers. (220 comments)

If you are "offshoring" you are literally having the work performed off-shore. If they fear their jobs are getting replaced by H1-Bs, then they are "outsourcing". It would be illegal for them to fire everyone then hire H1-Bs, and even if the off-shore companies place people that all happen to be H1-B, lawsuits will follow. How can the consulting company say they couldn't find competent employees when they know a bunch that got laid-off?

about 3 months ago

Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

HaeMaker It's not the infinite bugs... (235 comments)'s the lack of accountability. The reason why Microsoft should take the cash is because they are not accountable for their bugs by contract. Finding a vulnerability costs them money, it does not make or save money. The only case that can be made for disclosing and fixing vulnerabilities is improved goodwill, but even that is tempered by the fact that what ever meager goodwill they gain by fixing the bug is probably cancelled by the loss in goodwill from having the bug in the first place.

about 3 months ago

Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

HaeMaker Re:A couple of limitations... (180 comments)

I think you mean no HDMI 2.0... Since h.265 is software, and could be added with a software update.

about 4 months ago

Tesla Model S Caught Fire While Parked and Unplugged

HaeMaker Disgruntled Neighbor (329 comments)

Oh wait, Canada... Disgruntled Neighbour.

about 5 months ago

Life Could Have Evolved 15 Million Years After the Big Bang, Says Cosmologist

HaeMaker Re:So Space Whales? (312 comments)

No. Water is water at 300K at standard pressure. IN space, water is steam without pressure. You need gravity and an atmosphere to create pressure.

about 8 months ago

FCC Chair: It's Ok For ISPs To Discriminate Traffic

HaeMaker As I say whenever this topic comes up... (365 comments)

If I am Netflix, Google/YouTube, Amazon, etc. and an ISP comes to me asking for money for preferential treatment, I would just say: "Pay me $1/subscriber, or I will block your users from my site--you know, just like how you pay ESPN for their content..." I find it hard to believe these sites need ISPs more than ISPs need these sites.

about 8 months ago

Copyright Takedown Requests to Google Doubled In 2013

HaeMaker DMCA Counter-notice (117 comments)

I know someone who had his original work taken down by a Warner Bros DMCA bot (without recourse, naturally, since only lawyers are people nowadays).


about 8 months ago

GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell

HaeMaker Two Words: "Volume" and "Suppliers" (291 comments)

If there is a widely accepted standard, there is a guaranteed customer base. 4K is the next logical plateau since it is gaining traction as the next broadcast standard (although NHK is pushing for 8K!).

There are only two suppliers of flat panels, Samsung and Sharp (and Sharp isn't looking good financially). If you ask them to make a common, but not wildly common resolution, it will cost much more.

In two years, you will be able to buy a 4K monitor for the same price as a 1080p screen, and all new video cards will support it.

about 9 months ago

GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell

HaeMaker Yes, I can see it... (291 comments)

Until, when I look at a video game on my screen and look at a live action TV show and can't tell the difference, there is room for improvement. Perhaps the improvement needs to come from the game developers, but there is still room and I do not believe we have hit the pinacle of GPU performance.

By the way, 4K will replace 1080p very soon, so the article is doubly moot.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Developer Responsibility When Apps Might Risk Lives?

HaeMaker That is what disclaimer are for... (100 comments)

"13. Note on Java support. The software may contain support for
programs written in Java. Java technology is not fault tolerant and is
not designed, manufactured, or intended for use or resale as online
control equipment in hazardous environments requiring fail-safe
performance, such as in the operation of nuclear facilities, aircraft
navigation or communication systems, air traffic control, direct life
support machines, or weapons systems, in which the failure of java
technology could lead directly to death, personal injury, or severe
physical or environmental damage.

about 9 months ago

Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

HaeMaker After five years... (655 comments)

...whatever you learned in school is already out of date, when you consider what they teach in University is 5 years old when they teach it.

Ask BSCS grads who graduated in 2008 or earlier how much of what they learned in school is still relevant.

Getting into management without a degree is much tougher. Common knowledge is that you are a "better person" if you spent 6 years of your life getting an MBA, rather than actually doing the job.

about 9 months ago

Elon Musk Making a Working Version of James Bond's Submersible Car

HaeMaker Looking forward to the Tesla USB (91 comments)

Being from the Bay Area, it would be really cool to drive from, say Palo Alto to Emeryville (Steve Jobs' old commute) on or under the bay. Would probably be quicker than going through traffic.

about 9 months ago



Defibrillator communications unencrypted

HaeMaker HaeMaker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HaeMaker (221642) writes "AP has the news that the wireless protocol used for reading and controlling some implanted defibrillators is not encrypted. Anyone with special software and an antenna can read personal information from the implants and even reprogram the device, however it appears from the article, an attacker can not cause the defibrillator to shock a patient."
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