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Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:social security? wtf (101 comments)

why would Kmart even have your social security number?

Uh... Employees?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

MasterOfGoingFaster 4 digits = impossible? (504 comments)

Wow, that could take almost 9999 tries. At 3 seconds per attempt, that's over 8 hours. I guess "impossible" == ">1 work day"

(I'll bet 1234, 4321, 1379 and 9731 will get into most phones)

about a month ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:A closed-loop feedback diet system (588 comments)

Just to clarify, the goal was not to seek ways to control blood sugar levels. The goal was to eliminate "trigger foods" that threw the body's systems out of whack.

My personal feeling is trying to control BLS via not-diet-related activities is masking the real problem - a person's sensitivity to certain foods. We were simply trying to see what would happen if we simply stopped eating our trigger food - and the results have been positive. We have an insignificant sample size, so I'm only reporting this in case others want to experiment.

Thanks for the link, BTW.

about a month and a half ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

MasterOfGoingFaster A closed-loop feedback diet system (588 comments)

I also lost about 30 lbs, with no exercise, by changing my diet to a low-carb diet. But I used a closed-loop feedback for food selection for less than US$20.

I (and several others) purchased a blood sugar meter. Basically, we would check our blood sugar levels (BSL) at 1 and 2 hours after eating. We all found that some foods would take us up to 120 (the upper limit for our experiment), but some foods blasted BSL up to 200. Avoiding foods that triggered high levels caused us all to lose weight, feel less hungry, and we snacked less or not at all. All of us saw significant-to-radical improvements in our health. The real surprise is how many foods affected some of us, but not others. The more we compared notes on food, the more we realized it to be dependent on the person's response. Foods that affected all of us tended to have wheat, corn and related by-products.

I share this, hoping others will give it a try and report back.

The idea of a one-size-fits-all diet makes as much sense as a one-size-fits-all shoes and clothing. I'm convinced we need to take advantage of the feedback tools available and customize your own diet, based on your body's reactions.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:This helmet scares me. (126 comments)

You really should learn a bit about polycarbonate - better known as Lexan (that's the Sabic trademark for PC). It's extremely durable, very shatter resistant, highly UV resistant,

Yes, I should. I've only used it since the mid 1980's - back when it was "GE Lexan". ;D But I won't claim to be an expert in PC.

Help me understand. You say "highly RV resistant", but the Wikipedia article you reference says RV resistance is "fair".

And from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...
"Crazing occurs mostly in amorphous, brittle polymers like polystyrene (PS), acrylic (PMMA), and polycarbonate; it is typified by a whitening of the crazed region."

So I will admit to a lack of expertise with PC, but what I've cited agrees with my own experience. I'd certainly appreciate more data, if this is your field.

about 2 months ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:This helmet scares me. (126 comments)

". PC tends to craze (small cracks) when exposed to UV."

^This^ you have wrong.

While I won't argue that PC is the best material, that 'craze' comment is ... crazy.

I'm open to the idea that I'm wrong, but you've not done anything to support your assertion. I'm also open to the idea that you are a troll. Let's seek a third opinion on the subject.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

"Crazing occurs mostly in amorphous, brittle polymers like polystyrene (PS), acrylic (PMMA), and polycarbonate; it is typified by a whitening of the crazed region."

I could still be wrong, but there does seem to be some evidence that I may be right.

about 2 months ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

MasterOfGoingFaster This helmet scares me. (126 comments)

I'm a motorcycle rider and racer for over 40 year. This helmet scares me.

First, this little detail: "The “highly weather resistant” helmet is made of a “lightweight, aerodynamic” polycarbonate shell, says Skully Systems."

Polycarbonate - OK, that's the material used in low-end helmets (sub $200). In the $300+ category, we have fiberglass and carbon fiber. PC tends to craze (small cracks) when exposed to UV. I've seen a PC helmet crack in half when it fell off the bike and hit the concrete. Just from the material, I'm not interested.

Second - When I watched the video, I found the lower right display too distracting. Riding a bike in traffic, you never know when some idot will run a stop sign, or pull out in traffic. You need to be able to pick up any movement as you scan for threats. This adds distraction. Distraction on a motorcycle kills. Kills you dead.

Third - Did you see how most of the testimonials come from non-riders? There was a "tire expert" (WTF is that?) and only one racer/builder. So I think this is a bunch of tech guys putting together a somewhat-cheap helmet, as a way to sell cool tech.

Over time, this may (should?) evolve into something that works well. But I fear this will turn into the motorcycle-equivalent of the texting-while-driving problem.

about 2 months ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

MasterOfGoingFaster From the police report... (115 comments)

Status: Unable to prosecute due to lack of evidence.

Reason: Suspect used full-disk encryption. Unable to persuade suspect due to lack of wrench availability.

about 4 months ago
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Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:Sigh. (164 comments)

How do you know he wasn't listing them chronologically? "1 Intel, 2 Samsung[, 1 don't recall] and 1 Critical. "

Thanks, but no - I just screwed up. Yesterday was just my turn to be in the barrel.

about 4 months ago
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Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:Sigh. (164 comments)

I don't recall the brand of the fourth, got distracted and forgot to edit. But I knew someone would have fun pointing it out, so it would be rude for me to deny you the pleasure. So - yeah - I dropped a bit. :D

about 4 months ago
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Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:Sigh. (164 comments)

not to mention a write error: "Critical" instead of "Crucial"

Hee hee. That's a "loose nut behind the keyboard" error - not an SSD error.

about 4 months ago
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Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:Sigh. (164 comments)

Yes, they are sooo reliable, every single SDD I've bought has been dead within 3 months.

Odd - I've got 5 and all are well. 1 Intel, 2 Samsung and 1 Critical. I guess I'm lucky and you are not.

about 4 months ago
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Why Does Amazon Want To Sell Its Own Smartphone, Anyway

MasterOfGoingFaster Portable checkout terminal (60 comments)

I suspect Amazon sees the smartphone as a portable checkout terminal. Rather than leave it open to any competitors, they want to own the OS and get a peek at what you're looking for. It's also a consumption device, and is the hook to selling movies, books, etc. It may be the case that they really don't want to be in the smartphone business, but fear what a competitor might do.

about 6 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:Actually, Audi blamed the driver (394 comments)

I never had the cruise control malfunction again, but I could repeat the brake issue. Yes, these are two separate issues. But the brake issue prevents the driver from being able to stop the car.

When the car took off (I was on an almost-empty Interstate highway in Texas), I tried to brake and couldn't move the pedal. I put both feet on it and pushed as hard as I could. In the gym, I could push 600 lbs on the leg press. I could feel the pedal arm flexing under the pressure, but it would not move downward. I regained control of the throttle when I shut off the cruise control - leading me to believe the cruise control is at fault.

I demonstrated the brake problem to the dealer. They replaced the master cylinder assembly. As I drove away, someone pulled out in front of me and I could not stop for several seconds. Once again, the turbo was generating positive manifold pressure and the brakes would not move. After the manifold pressure went negative, I regained brakes. I took it back to the dealer. An older mechanic took a look and he said the check valve was worn. Once replaced, the problem vanished.

Summary:
Event 1 - runaway acceleration and zero brake
Event 2 - zero brake on boost
Event 3 - zero brake on boost.

BTW - I have raced motorcycles and cars for years, so I was quite comfortable with the car going fast. Being alone on a sunny day with no curves in sight gave me plenty of time to ponder the cause. I knew I could turn the engine off, so I wasn't in much danger. I was able to evaluate all the suspected causes. Feet on the wrong pedal? Nope. Floor mat or stuck linkage? Nope - it was easy to move and quite loose. The only other thing connected to the throttle butterfly was the cruise control. That's when I tapped the brakes - and discovered it wouldn't move. That's when I realized I was dealing with two faults. Glad I had a dashboard switch to shut down the CC. I was pressing the brakes, and suddenly it started to give slightly. I noticed turbo boost had just gone negative. I hit the gas, built up pressure, and sure enough the brakes wouldn't budge. So that part was very repeatable.

about 7 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:Actually, Audi blamed the driver (394 comments)

Nearly all the Audi issues were old people hitting the wrong pedal while parking.

And how do you know that? That was the theory Audi suggested - blame the drivers.

Your issue was unrelated to the focus of the issue at the time.

Not at all. I owned the car. I saw the 60 minutes report. People claimed the car "suddenly took off" and "could not budge the brake pedal". This was the exact behaviour that my car exhibited.

Audi claimed (as did others) that they must have hit the gas pedal, and thought it was the brake. That is quite logical. And I'm sure that happened in some cases. But I also know my car did exactly what 60 Minutes claimed.

about 7 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:Actually, Audi blamed the driver (394 comments)

Interesting that you'd believe a government agency, rather than someone who actually owned the car, had the experience, and analyzed it. You link, however, was crap. He writes:

"When I first heard about the Audi “sudden unintended acceleration” segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes in 1986, I knew instantly that they were blowing smoke. Literally."

So he made up his mind instantly. Well, he's wrong. When my Audi 5000T was on positive pressure (turbo boost), high pressure would leak past the check valve, preventing the brakes from being applied. His statement that the brakes would override the engine does not take that into account.

about 7 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:Audi - Mine took off on its own (394 comments)

Interesting. I was never able to duplicate the fault. But I had heard that VW Golf EFI was affected by RF (rumor - not fact) which lead to my suspicion. But a component failure seems quite likely.

about 7 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

MasterOfGoingFaster Actually, Audi blamed the driver (394 comments)

Audi got partial blame for their unintended acceleration problems because the brake and throttle were close enough that when it was fully depressed, the driver would have trouble telling from position which pedal was depressed.

That was Audi's excuse - but not the actual reason.

I was driving on an interstate highway on cruise control in an Audi 5000 Turbo, when the car suddenly went to full throttle. I could easily move the gas pedal up and down, so it wasn't stuck. I shut off the cruise control via a dashboard switch, and regained control. The throttle issue was clearly the cruise control malfunction. It never did it again. I could not duplicate the fault, so I suspect poor RF shielding (trucker using a hopped up CB radio?).

Yeah - I contacted Audi with the "good news" and they had zero interest. They would rather blame the customer than recall the cars.

about 7 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

MasterOfGoingFaster Re:Audi - Mine took off on its own (394 comments)

Is this the same bullshit that almost made Audi pull out of the US? It looks like it.

The bullshit was Audi blaming the customers for confusing the pedals. The fault was elsewhere. I know - I owned an Audi 5000T that did this.

I was driving on an interstate highway on cruise control - my feet were not touching the pedals. The car suddenly went to full throttle. I could move the throttle pedal up and down with my foot. The brake pedal would not budge. I shut off the cruise control via a dashboard switch, and regained control. After the turbo boost dropped below atmospheric pressure, I regained brakes. I later discovered the check valve on the vacuum assist was worn, causing the loss of brakes when the turbo was on boost. The throttle issue was clearly the cruise control malfunction. It never did it again. I could not duplicate the fault, so I suspect poor RF shielding (trucker using a hopped up CB radio?).

I contacted Audi, and they blew me off.

To their credit, they stopped using the check valve method, so someone at Audi understood the fault condition. I'm less sure about the other issue. I solved the problem by deciding never to buy another Audi.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

MasterOfGoingFaster It's not the OS, or the apps... (125 comments)

As a Android user (Nexus 4) and a former iPhone owner, I'm not so sure the OS is the real problem.

When I used the iPhone, it was very obvious that I was outside the Apple ecosystem. ITunes on Windows sucks, and I could tell that Apple's goal was to push me away from Windows and join the Apple world, where things "just work".

Now that I've moved to Android, it is clear that Google wants all my systems to work together, regardless of what it is or who it came from. My files stay synced between all my PCs, laptops, tablet, phone and even my old iPhone (now being used as an iPod). This is the killer app for me. Both Apple and Microsoft want their stuff to work better if you stick with their products. Google changed that game.

Sorry Microsoft. Even if you fix the OS so it's the best, and give it away free, I'm still not interested. As Sun used to say, "The network is the computer", and Google gets that - while Apple and Microsoft want to build a walled garden. If Adobe and Solidworks ever offer a Linux version, I'm gone.

about 7 months ago

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Bank of America won't stop sharing client data

MasterOfGoingFaster MasterOfGoingFaster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MasterOfGoingFaster (922862) writes "For about two years, Bank of America has been mailing me bank statements that belong to someone else. I'm not a BoA customer. I've returned the statements, and they keep comming. The local branch says they can't do anything about it. The customer service line assured me they would stop it, but didn't. On a second call, they refused to let me talk to a manager and hung up on me. I filed a complaint with the Government (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) and that appeared to get their attention. I was contacted by the BoA "Office of the CEO & President" and they assured me they found the issue and resolved it. Imagine my surprise when another statement arrived weeks later.

If this is happening to me, imagine how many other statements are being sent out. How do you trust a bank that can't even take care of such a minor case of data breach? What can I do to stop this?"
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Google anounces Chrome OS

MasterOfGoingFaster MasterOfGoingFaster writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MasterOfGoingFaster (922862) writes "And so it begins... Google announces a new OS based on their Chrome browser. Aimed at netbooks, Google aims to have the OS boot and have you on the net in "seconds". This will be an open source product, shipping with netbooks in 2010. Can you hear the blood vessels popping in Redmond?

"Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work."

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-google-chrome-os.html"
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MasterOfGoingFaster MasterOfGoingFaster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MasterOfGoingFaster (922862) writes "The not-exactly-sleeping giant wakes... And take a huge swipe at SCO.

From Groklaw:

"We've listened to SCO for more than three years tell its side of the story, and the media printed its every word. IBM, when asked to comment, invariably said nothing. Now it tells the court in detail how truly wronged it has been by The SCO Group, and why the court should bring this wrong to an end by granting IBM's motion for summary judgment on SCO's contract claims."

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=200610211 32243916"

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