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Samsung S5 Reports Stress Levels Through Heart Rate Variability Measure

Morty Apple has had heart rate sensor support (62 comments)

The comments in the summary "Samsung phones now support direct connections to heart rate straps using the Ant+ protocol as well as through Bluetooth. Apple and others have a long way to go to catch up." imply that Apple does not support third-party heart-rate sensors. The opposite is true. Apple has supported third-party heart-rate sensors for a while; see, for example:

http://www.heartratemonitorsus...

My former phone was a Galaxy S3. When I went hunting for heart rate sensors about 1.5 years ago, I could find plenty of heart-rate sensors that supported iphones, but none for Android. A newer release of Android (4.3, IIRC) got support for Bluetooth heart-rate monitors.

about 7 months ago
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Bruce Willis Considering Legal Action Against Apple Over iTunes Collection

Morty Re:It's not iTunes or Apple, it's RIAA (570 comments)

Some small fraction of authors' works are popular and produce lots of revenue. Copyright law in the US was explicitly intended to encourage these authors to get into the business. As the US Constitution says, "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."

There are some authors who can and do make a living at their craft. What if they spend a year working on a book and then die just as it's released? The law can and should allow their rights be inherited, so that their heirs can benefit from the work, rather than having it immediately fall into the public domain.

The rationale why itunes song can be inherited, meanwhile, is even simpler. In general, all property can be inherited. Copyright doesn't change the fundamental nature of the property, it's just a restriction imposed on the property's owner -- even though the owner owns the property, the owner is not free to copy it. This does not change the property's capability of being inherited in any way.

So I see no contradiction. The copyright itself should be inheritable by the author's heirs, and copyright-protected materials should be inheritable by the purchaser's heirs.

more than 2 years ago
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Bruce Willis Considering Legal Action Against Apple Over iTunes Collection

Morty Re:It's not iTunes or Apple, it's RIAA (570 comments)

Both the rights and the content should be inheritable. The rights because they are part of the incentive for authors -- if the author dies young, the author wants his/her family to be provided for. The content because it's just like any other property from an inheritance and trasnferrence perspective, with the sole proviso that it cannot be *copied*.

more than 2 years ago
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Holy iPad Slayer! Company Releases World's First Christian Tablet

Morty Re:Pretty sure Moses did it first! (326 comments)

"Redeem" in this context means that one gives a certain amount of money to the priest. The Hebrew name for this is pronounced like "Pidyon HaBen." It's still practiced to this day in Jewish Orthodox communities. There is a wikipedia article on it.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

Morty Re:Zune or Xbox? (712 comments)

>Now you might think "lol whatever", but look at Bill Gates his 1993 keynote called "Information at you fingertips". Everything Apple has 'invented', was actually all Microsoft vision.

In 1993, Apple shipped their first PDA, a primitive tablet-like device, the Newton. Which they had started work on in 1987. Obviously, Apple did not get the idea from a speech Bill Gates made in the 1990s. Although in all fairness, Apple didn't invent the idea, either. Psion had a shipping device in 1984. And Alan Kay had been pushing his Dynabook since the 1960s.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

Morty Re:Zune or Xbox? (712 comments)

Cheers - After years of being read-only, I actually went and got my first UID just to respond to this.

Welcome aboard!

(If you're just talking about the original, then I agree - I can't remember anything ads from that)

I was talking about when they "entered the market", which was indeed the original xbox. The 360 and its ads were later. That's the point -- MSFT started out lame, and eventually figured it out.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

Morty Zune or Xbox? (712 comments)

The most important question is, which Microsoft model will this emulate, Zune or Xbox?

Zune -- MSFT enters an existing market with a device that is putatively well-speced and well-priced. But MSFT fails to get the details right, and has a crappy advertising campaign. MSFT sinks tons of money into it and eventually gives up.

Xbox -- MSFT enters an existing market with a device that is putatively well-speced and well-priced. But MSFT fails to get the details right, and has a crappy advertising campaign. MSFT sinks tons of money into it and eventually outspends the competitors and fixes enough hardware and software issues that it comes to dominate the market.

With Zune, MSFT's front-running competitor was Apple. With Xbox, it was Sony and Nintendo. Now, it's Apple again. This does not bode well for MSFT's ability to win through.

I only see two ways that MSFT can pull through this: (1) they can leverage the Office and desktop monopolies to go after the business space; (2) their sheer desperation to keep from becoming irrelevant will force them to keep spending until they figure it out. With Zune, failure was on the table -- music players did not directly threaten their core Windows business. The iPad and Apple ecosystem, OTOH, now are threatening their core Windows business.

more than 2 years ago
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Russia To Establish Bases On the Moon

Morty questions (249 comments)

It's perfectly natural for the head of a space agency to want to expand what his agency does.

Follow-up questions:

(1) Has the Russian government actually committed budget to the proposal?

(2) What does Russia expect to accomplish with its moon base?

Note that Russia has been talking about this for a while.

more than 2 years ago
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally For a More Kosher Internet

Morty Re:Murder is against the law (430 comments)

So you believe that anyone who contradicts what you believe on these quotes is lying to you. Convenient.

Here is a fix: you should go and hunt down these sources for yourself and try to find these quotes for yourself. At which point, you will find what I told you above to be true, without having to rely on anyone else.

more than 2 years ago
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally For a More Kosher Internet

Morty Re:Murder is against the law (430 comments)

As I've mentioned previously on Slashdot, I no longer follow the religion. I think the religion is wrong. I don't have a problem with legitimate criticism of Judaism. The above list of quotes is not legitimate. Judaism does not believe in killing, raping, lying to, or cheating non-Jews.

more than 2 years ago
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally For a More Kosher Internet

Morty Re:Murder is against the law (430 comments)

You are apparently a troll. Any reasonable third party reading what I wrote would understand it. So I will not bother explaining again.

I will leave off with this site about the quotes, which goes into detail on each one.

more than 2 years ago
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally For a More Kosher Internet

Morty Re:Murder is against the law (430 comments)

No. Most of quotes do not exist. Most of the *books* exist, but they've been misquoted -- if you read the originals, you'll see something else.

It would be like if someone presented a list of Christian holy books and said that the book of Matthew 180:37 says Christian must kill all non-Christians, while the book of Shadrach 3:4 says Christians must cheat non-Christians. The first book exists but has been misquoted; the second book does not exist. In both cases, the quote is wrong, but for different reasons.

A person can claim to be anything online. Whoever posted this list is wrong. This is not a list of Jewish beliefs.

more than 2 years ago
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally For a More Kosher Internet

Morty Re:...Or you could just not go to porn sites (430 comments)

Anybody who gives a rat's ass about kosher, isn't going to be bringing non-kosher food in to begin with, and anybody who has non-kosher food, doesn't give a rats ass about your kosher-ness.

This seems like a troll, but I'll bite anyway. Kosher restaurants are often frequented by groups of people who include both kosher and non-kosher folks. For example, if your workplace has a going-away party for an Orthodox person, you will probably hold it at a kosher restaurant. This means that you get plenty of people in a kosher restaurant who don't care about kashrus.

Another problem is that different people can have different kashrus standards. If the restaurant is certified OU, then all food brought in needs to acceptable to the OU certifiers. If a person comes in who keeps kosher, but whose standard is one that isn't acceptable to the certifier, that won't work very well. Using the OU example above, OU would not recognize a Conersvative certification, but a Conservative customer would have no problem the other way. Similarly, the customer could have prepared the food themselves, and genuinely believed they did so correctly, but made a mistake. So the certifier can't rely on a customer's claims that outside food is kosher.

more than 2 years ago
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally For a More Kosher Internet

Morty Re:...Or you could just not go to porn sites (430 comments)

Jews do not generally impose their religious rules on non-Jews, and the ultra-orthodox are not an exception. The reason the Haredi are so militant about their rules in Israel is that they are surrounded by other Jews in Israel

+1. I wish I had mod points. Everything said above by betterunixthanunix is exactly how the Haredi community thinks.

more than 2 years ago
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally For a More Kosher Internet

Morty Re:They pretty much have the answer already. (430 comments)

Then do it. Learn to control yourself and leave the internet alone.

The internet does not need to be made "more kosher" for you.

They didn't ask for the Internet to be made "more kosher." They said that they need better self-control, and to install filtering software on their own PCs and devices. RTFA. Hell, RTFS.

There are plenty of problems with that community. But one thing they mostly don't do: try to change the world to match their expectations for themselves. They believe that the laws for Jews are supposed to be more strict than the laws for the general population. So you mostly won't find them voting to impose their laws on the general population. And you also won't find them going door-to-door to convert Christians, Muslims, Atheists, and others. Unless your mother was Jewish, they don't think most Jewish laws apply to you.

more than 2 years ago
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally For a More Kosher Internet

Morty Re:Either you can control yourself, or you can't (430 comments)

If you are saying that you need filtering or censoring software, then you are saying you can't trust yourself to follow your beliefs.

Judaism has a concept of a "geder", a "fence" around a law to prevent oneself from getting close to violating it. For example, one is supposed to avoid being in a room alone with a woman one is not married to or related to, to prevent temptation. The geder isn't there to stop someone determined to violate the law, it's there to prevent a situation from casually escalating.

I suspect that these folks are viewing filtering software as a geder.

more than 2 years ago
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Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee Arrested In Belize

Morty Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (367 comments)

Then there is the $1 million patrol boat he donated to the Belizean coast guard. (In a letter to The New York Times, he described it as an act of philanthropy; later, he tells me he had to bribe members of the coast guard to prevent them from hassling his ferry business: "This is a third-world country. I had to bribe a whole bunch of folks.

indicating that he routinely gives large, overt, public bribes to get whatever he wants in Belize

Bribing foreign officials is a violation of the US law Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. So it's surprising that he would admit this to a journalist.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Unveils Tiny Next Unit of Computing To Match Raspberry Pi

Morty Re:Not bad, but still missing the point... (194 comments)

A) I don't really think that anyone but the person who wrote the Slashdot headline actually thinks this thing and the Rasberrpy Pi belong in the same category.

RTFA. The comparison to Rasberrpy Pi was in the article.

more than 2 years ago
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Not Just Apple, How Microsoft Sidestepped Billions In State Taxes

Morty Re:Good for them, too. (595 comments)

Business taxes are a competitive fucking market. Governments like to whine about it cause.. cause.. "its our money!!!" when that isn't the case at all. Spend tax money effectively and you might be able to retain businesses in "high" tax environments.

Businesses have a way to get government services without paying for them. How effectively the governments spend the money is not at issue. If businesses can get services for free, they will.

more than 2 years ago

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This American Life: When Patents Attack Part Two

Morty Morty writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Morty (32057) writes "Patent trolls are nothing new to tech websites. Now the more mainstream media has discovered them, too. The recent "This American Life" podcast When Patents Attack Part Two is geared towards a more general audience. This is something to point family members to."
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Scientiifc study details should not published per

Morty Morty writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Morty (32057) writes "The NSABB (National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity) has recommended that details of two research papers involving Avian Flu not be published because of security concerns. At least one of the research groups says that their work should be logically reproducible. The NSABB's censorship recommendations do not (currently) have the force of law, but Science and Nature voluntarily delayed publication."
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DNS rebinding attacks: multi-pin variant

Morty Morty writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Morty (32057) writes "DNS rebinding attacks can be used by hostile websites to get browsers to attack behind firewalls, or to attack third parties. Browsers use "pinning" to prevent this, but a paper describes so-called multi-pin vulnerabilities that bypass the existing protections. Note that, from a DNS perspective, this is a "feature" rather than an implementation bug, although it's possible that DNS servers could be modified to prevent external sources from being able to point at internal resources. Also note that use of noscript to block javascript, java, and flash should also work around this."

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Morty Morty writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The main reason I don't use blogger, livejournal, slashdot journal, or other online blogging or journals is because I like having my own copies of my thoughts.

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