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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

John.Banister Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (364 comments)

Universal Anodic Protection. It's got copper on all sides, so you can easily solder it on, but the copper is thin enough to easily buff off the exposed side when you're done - Instant Zinc Anode. When the ocean levels rise from our CO2 emissions, we'll be ready.

2 days ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

John.Banister Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (364 comments)

I was wondering about a solution to this problem, and I find that prepaid travel EMV cards are available for purchase to those who think to do so in advance. Do you think tourists could also buy such cards after arrival?

2 days ago
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Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap

John.Banister Re:Add noise (83 comments)

What if you build a Faraday Cage and put the jammer inside it? Then if the FCC shows up, they can help you improve your Faraday cage.

Or, if you're in a spy movie, you could have an array of jamming antennas that leave a quieter zone corresponding to a weakness in your Faraday cage, and right there you broadcast a signal you generate that interprets back to the random browsing of this fellow from India whom you pay to have spyware recording and sending you his online activities.

2 days ago
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US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts

John.Banister Those who grab for power can't be trusted with it (77 comments)

From the article:

Mr Cameron has previously said in relation to cyber attacks that there should be no "means of communication" which "we cannot read".

It sounds like Mr Cameron wants microphones in every person's residence.
People who feel with absolute certainty that someone else is always the problem will always try to grab more power for themselves, and because of that, they can't be trusted with the ability to grab power, even though their current goals in using that power are ostensibly laudatory. They can't be trusted with power, because they will never consider any part of any of their own goals as being suspect. Citizens don't benefit when people who can't cope with compromising and feeling frustrated have a career in politics or public service.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

John.Banister Re:Love how he had all these great ideas (417 comments)

But, it's a useful source of lobbyist funds for the Congresspersons who vote against it. They're American people.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

John.Banister Re:Secret Ballot? (480 comments)

I don't disagree, but I would like to point out that this "thug" has to work retail, interact with each voter, whereas your standard issue "corrupt election worker" can swap a box of voter secret ballots for a box of "election corrupter" secret ballots and change results in a more wholesale manner. One "thug" interaction per voter ought to make election corruption a little more expensive.

What if you made it so that the voting happened online, but the verification could only happen in a "vote verification booth" that is similar to (and monitored similarly to) a secret ballot voting booth. The number of people who would actually want to verify would always be smaller that the number who vote, so that might provide the beneficial convenience for the voting along with the security to keep thugs from seeing the verification. You could talk about a person bringing a camera into the verification booth, but that could happen with a voting booth also.

about three weeks ago
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Entanglement Makes Quantum Particles Measurably Heavier, Says Quantum Theorist

John.Banister Misapplied Bullshit meter (109 comments)

If you read the pdf from arxiv you might learn that this is the work of a theoretician. He does the math. He doesn't attempt to measure anything.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

John.Banister Re:My mother is an optometrist (464 comments)

Have you heard anything about the adjustable focus (eg. adlens, eyejusters) reading glasses for mid distances? It seems like they'd provide a larger sharp focus field than progressive focus glasses.

about a month ago
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NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

John.Banister Re:How to defeat NSA ? (234 comments)

Read the Spiegel article and learn the security methods that might still work. Using these methods, secure all your communication all the time. If everyone does that, then the NSA has to hire more people to sort away the chaff. The more people they hire, the greater the likelihood that they again hire someone with a conscience.

Method 2. Live two lives, one that's fake and boring, and another that's secret and furtive. Hide the limited second life amongst the chatter of the first. This method will work better if everyone with boring lives are securing all their communication all the time.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

John.Banister Re:Encouraging quality (250 comments)

I'm curious about the part where every member of your botnet has to buy a subscription from Amazon.

about 1 month ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

John.Banister Re:Oh no! (552 comments)

Ja, cobber! Tell 'em send us STEM women! Tousands and tousands of STEM women!

about a month ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

John.Banister Re:San Diego (285 comments)

Bullshit. When a car changes lanes, they need to do so in a manner that leaves a safe distance both in front of and behind of them. It's illegal to do otherwise.

about a month ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

John.Banister Re:San Diego (285 comments)

I was thinking about a product for that. With front and rear facing cameras accompanied by IR laser rangefinders, GPS and a data connection, one could have a button that causes this system to automatically send evidence of annoying violations from fellow motorists to the relevant police department. When I'm driving on the freeway, following at a safe distance and some (the stereotype that has developed in my mind is an SUV driving parent) other motorist decides to shoehorn their vehicle into that gap, I sometimes feel motivated to drive aggressively in response. I think a "don't get mad, get even" device that sends video of the preceding 40 seconds accompanied by location, speed, and rangefinder information to the appropriate police department might be a much better response. A similar setup in the rear could handle tailgaters. Additionally, the equipment could show me my own following distance in terms of both distance and time at my current speed, which information would be a useful reminder for me to keep my own driving correct.

about a month ago
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Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone

John.Banister Maybe a dye pack, too (75 comments)

As long as they're giving extra oomph to the CA compliant remote kill switch, perhaps an exploding dye pack, too.

about a month ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

John.Banister Could be nice (156 comments)

If a bank in USA provides instant international transfers without $20 per transaction wire transfer fees or 3% per transaction Paypal fees, that could be very nice.

about a month and a half ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

John.Banister Re:One good turn... (235 comments)

Reading a source link "He plans to donate some of the proceeds to Cold Spring, where he still draws a $375,000 base salary as chancellor emeritus"

He certainly didn't run out of money.

about 1 month ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

John.Banister Trains (257 comments)

Driverless electric cars that don't go faster than 20 mph don't need to be very aerodynamic. Parts of people's routes are often shared, or park-n-rides wouldn't work. Driverless cars could slowly go to assembly spots where they link up into trains, and then the trains go fast on predetermined routes to other spots where they disassemble back into cars that slowly travel the last 1/8 mile to individual destinations. It'll enact the functionality of public transport for people wealthy enough to own personal pods. The big problem is the space consumed protecting against impact from human driven vehicles.

about 2 months ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

John.Banister Re:Uber, uber, uber, uber (257 comments)

Sure, buses without bus stops. There will be a phone app instead.

about 2 months ago

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Goldelico refunds Neo900 money - 86.8%

John.Banister John.Banister writes  |  about 8 months ago

John.Banister (1291556) writes "I received the following email from service@goldelico.com

Dear Neo900 customer,

You may have read on the forums and mailing lists that we need to reorganize the financial side of how the project is managed:

<http://neo900.org/news-0011-progress-update-may>
<http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=93197>

The orders Golden Delicious Computers (GDC) has received have to be "rolled back". Since the "roll back" voids your agreement with GDC, all those who sent 100 EUR or more get a refund. The amount refunded will be your original payment minus about 13% for work done in the project so far (see below for details). If your transfer was in a foreign currency, there can be additional differences due to exchange rate variations.

The refund goes either directly back to your credit card (if you used one to pay) or if you have used SEPA/IBAN bank transfer, please provide your account data where we should send the money to. Please note that we do the refund in EUR, so the resulting amount depends on the exchange rate of your local currency.

Here are the details how we have calculated the refund amount. GDC has spent (incl. VAT) so far for this project:

* 2983.66 EUR — material (e.g. PCBs, components, 1000 display connectors)
* 6924.31 EUR — engineering (R&D)
* 990.80 EUR — other expenses (e.g. shipment, credit card fees, server operation, shop, tax advisor, etc.)

Payments below 100 EUR are not refundable. They make a total of exactly 1000 EUR from 50 persons. This means that the remaining expenses of 9898.77 EUR are to be equitably shared by the customers with payments of 100 EUR or more, who donated 75 045 EUR in total. Therefore, 13.2% of the total amount has been already spent.

This amount (13.2%) will be subtracted from what you have originally paid and is equivalent to your contribution to bring the project to the status it currently has (thanks!). This includes that we make the EAGLE design files open source (under CC BY-SA) so that anyone can continue.

To view the current and complete status of your order, please open your personal order link:
[...]
We recommend to bookmark this link.

With kind regards,
Your team from Golden Delicious Computers.

Sad that they've had this problem."

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