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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

Ol Olsoc Re:signal blocking (101 comments)

If the wireless cards don't have ample protection against copying of information and forging then the platform design is flawed.

Of course it is. When they design these things, security is last on the list.

6 hours ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

Ol Olsoc Re:signal blocking (101 comments)

The thing is that RFID typically works on the comparably low frequencies 125 kHz and 13 MHz while cell phones works higher up on 800 MHz and above.That means that you can create a grid that blocks the lower frequencies while letting the higher frequencies through.

True, although it shouldn't matter in this case, because the spacing of the grid which controls the highest frequency blocked, means that on clothing, it's going to have to be pretty close. It's related to how Cell phones will work in Cars, because of those holes in teh metal cage of the car.

It's possible to build a cage that will block lower frequencies but not cell frequencies, like my car example, but the reverse is not true. For human sized clothing, I'd wager that they just have closely spaced metal cloth woven into it that will block almost everything.

I'll bet they have some special non cagey pockets for the cell phones.

6 hours ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

Ol Olsoc Re: signal blocking (101 comments)

I have a friend who is just flabbergasted at the idea that I sometimes just turn my ringer off and don't take calls.

I've seen people freak when in areas with no coverage. "What if someone tries to call or text me?"

Smartphones are as addictive as meth.

6 hours ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

Ol Olsoc Re:signal blocking (101 comments)

If you build radio signal blocking into all of your pockets, doesn't that also screw up your cell phone from getting a call? And wouldn't it muck with my keyless entry system on my car where I just carry the fob in my pocket and the car will know when it is me trying to get in or start it?

First off, yer not carrying that phone right. Both hands on the phone held out in front of you, head and eyes down, checking your facebook page. Style points for walking into traffic.

But seriously, if you are wearing a Faraday cage, rf signals will be blocked. In addition, when in that state, the phone will be trying to "phone home to report it's position at it's highest available power, so will drain the batteries quickly.

But to me, it just seems like a better idea is a Faraday wallet. Because if you are concerned about things like this, are you going to have to wear this outfit's clothing all the time?

7 hours ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Ol Olsoc Re:Terrorists Win (531 comments)

Countries which don't mercilessly screw over people don't get attacked by terrorists - weird, huh?

Umm, not certain if sarcastic, or misinformed, but you would think there's no terrorism in the UK. Taint so:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

would seem to indicate that it's one or the other. Certainly engaging in earnest discussion hasn't worked.

7 hours ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Ol Olsoc Re:About Fucking Time (394 comments)

Except that there aren't any "undocumented" Cubans. They just have to reach the beach and are automatically on a fast track to citizenship, with no need for Harry Reid to pander to them.

Perhaps you aren't familiar with the ExPats The head a stranglehold on US/Cuba politics far beyond their numbers. And given the times, the Republicans were willing to kiss their Keisters.

Not so many of them left now though. Their last hurrah was during the Elian Gonzalez incident, when they managed to force the Party of "Family Values" and hatred of illegal immigrants to demand that we force the child to stay in America instead of reuniting with his father in Cuba. It was truly surreal, listening to them expound how the child had to stay here, and totally gloss over that he arrived here illegally, and that he had a family at home.

A big reason for the embargo was that Fidel's Cuba basically seized the property of Cuban citizens who escaped to the US, and there are still a lot of expats and their descendants who aren't happy about basically having all their stuff stolen from them.

Well, given it was in the late 50's, the expats are ancient. Descendants? They certainly won't have much claim. Probably about as much luck getting it back as the US would be giving the place back to the Native Americans.

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Ol Olsoc Re:About Fucking Time (394 comments)

For years, the only thing this served was to try to get votes in Florida. And even then, I do not know how much good that did.

Either Obama has written off the Cuban vote in Miami or he has decided to concede FLA to the GOP.

I think that in reality, the people who want us to invade Cuba - the ExPats, are pretty old, and growing smaller all the time. A lot of the present day Cubans in Miami and environs probably could not care less. Might like to go visit the relatives without having to travel through other countries.

Regarding the politics of this, I suspect O'Bama has not only pissed off the remaining ExPats, but I suspect that the Republicans, given the ExPat's waning influence and numbers, might have been planning a surprise diplomatic change of their own. And O'Bama beat them to the punch

Saw Marco Rubio talking today, and he looked truly beside himself. It is pure conjecture on my part, but the Republicans, with their difficulties courting minorities might have been planning to make a great show of opening relations with Cuba. Just conjecture mind you, but the look on Rubio's face was more of an Oh Shit" moment than yet another normal "O'Bama said the sky wa blue, so it isn't", reaction. Either way, Obama has finally done something right.

Opening up relations with Cuba makes too much financial sense for pride or antiquated ideas of anticommunism to get in the way.

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Ol Olsoc Re:About Fucking Time (394 comments)

I doubt the US administration "realized" anything.

Very likely a conglomerate of US companies sees business opportunities and is pulling strings behind the scene.

Pretty much every business in the US has wanted to reopen trade with Cuba since the day after the US Closed it. They've been tugging on those strings for a long time with no luck.

The group of Expat Cubans in Miami is getting pretty old now, The actuarial tables have made their political influence wane. They were a pretty solid bloc of voters for the Republican party also. I've seen that some Republicans are pretty pissed at this announcement. Of course, it does pre-empt their plans to stage a modern day "Nixon goes to China" moment by a few years.

Whatever, I plan on smoking a good Cuban cigar and drinking a bottle of Cuban Rum.

yesterday
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Ol Olsoc Re:Terrorists Win (531 comments)

It seems that the terrorists also seem to know how to get the UK/Germany/France/Other EU country to pay millions in ransom to ISIS.

I'd rather live in a country where an inconsequential movie is dumped over a country stupid enough to pay a ransom.

Appeasment only works for a while - and the UK should know better.

yesterday
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Ol Olsoc Re:Embrace (198 comments)

They're not really open sourcing them. The Linux version's going to be

Fuckedupbuntu

yesterday
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Ol Olsoc Re:Embrace (198 comments)

...is followed by Extend, which is followed by Extinguish. Do we even have to ask the question?

I think it's getting more and more difficult for Microsoft to successfully implement the three-E strategy in this day and age, but it doesn't stop them from trying.

Wow. the Windows fanboys got their mod points ready to rumble. Anything not completely positive, not glowingly appreciative of Microsoft is met with Troll and flame bait. mods Oddly enough, I've seen a lot of level 2 flame bait.

Only positive comments please. Microsoft is the best thing that ever happened and will ever happen to computers, and Windows 8.1 is the zenith of personal computing, and anyone who has troulble with it or doesn't like it is an idiot.

Parse that me laddies.

yesterday
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Ol Olsoc Re:I'm shocked. (184 comments)

Doesn't the USA have a concept of jury nullification, where the jury does much more than just determine facts, and actually takes a position on what's right and wrong?

But that's usually in a case where Apple products suck, they make overpriced junk, the users are hipster fanboys, therefore Apple is guilty. Always.

Right? I mean isn't Apple always guilty?

This is too precious! A person who thinks Apple is always guilty marked my saying that as troll.

2 days ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Ol Olsoc Re:I'm shocked. (184 comments)

they blocked and non-apple DRM like every other company out there and Real had to hack it.

Is this supposed to be a sentence? If so, I don't know what it means, at all. I'm speaking literally here.

I think he meant that it's warmer down south than it is in the winter.

2 days ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Ol Olsoc Re:I'm shocked. (184 comments)

Doesn't the USA have a concept of jury nullification, where the jury does much more than just determine facts, and actually takes a position on what's right and wrong?

But that's usually in a case where Apple products suck, they make overpriced junk, the users are hipster fanboys, therefore Apple is guilty. Always.

Right? I mean isn't Apple always guilty?

2 days ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

Ol Olsoc Re:few details digging into the articles. (99 comments)

I know enough Spanish and French to get by. If I need to learn another language, I will. No need for Skype to do the translations for me.

You are comparing Apples to Oranges, by saying you are fluent in english, but just get by in other languages. This Skype system has the potential to enable you to communicate fluently in other languages.

I'm not going to hold my breath, because this would be the sort of groundbreaking invention that would merit a Nobel prize. The very equivalent of the Star Trek Universal translator. The likleyhood of it being achieved by Skype is a little far fetched. But we'll see how it pans out. Imagine a world where everyone can sound like Stephen King speaking Spanish.....

2 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Ol Olsoc At least we know (279 comments)

Where the biggest honeypot is.

2 days ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

Ol Olsoc Re:few details digging into the articles. (99 comments)

No habla "Windows" ocho. Muy Guano de toro

And BTW that should be

No hablo "Windows" ocho. Mucho mierde de toro

And yet, you knew exactly what I wrote So that you could correct what I wrote. I'm no genius in either French or Spanish, yet I can make myself understood, Just like you did.

Oh, and thanks for the correction.

2 days ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

Ol Olsoc Re:few details digging into the articles. (99 comments)

Besides, wouldn't it be easire to just learn Spanish - or English as the case may be - than have to put up with W8?

How many years did it take you to learn to speak english?

Me flunk english? Tha'ts unpossible!

Because that is at least what you will require to learn another language to the same fluency.

I doubt it, because when I started learning English, my brain was still making a lot of new connections, being a baby and all. But regardless, my present level of fluency in English is not required to get along in other languages.

And that's not accounting for not being embedded in the language or that children are wired to learn language more easily than an adult can.

So it's about $120 for and 8.1 license from Amazon vs a significant amount of time to learn that second language. Your choice.

I made my choice already. I won't use W8 or 8.1. I know enough Spanish and French to get by. If I need to learn another language, I will. No need for Skype to do the translations for me. Years of reading Japanese and Chinese equipment manuals tell me that unless Skype has something brand new never before achieved, it won't do quite as good a job as it is hyped to do, or Skyped to do as it were.

2 days ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

Ol Olsoc Re:few details digging into the articles. (99 comments)

Skype clients exist in linux, mac, and android, but Redmond is needlessly mandating the latest, and least popular version of Windows.

And then Microsoft fanboys keep wondering why Mac, iOS, Linux and Android users hate Microsoft.

Hell, Microsoft isn't even supporting the latest technologies for their own Windows 7 users anymore.

Besides, wouldn't it be easire to just learn Spanish - or English as the case may be - than have to put up with W8?

Path of least resistance folks. No habla "Windows" ocho. Muy Guano de toro.

2 days ago

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Tesla S Breaks Testing Gear

Ol Olsoc Ol Olsoc writes  |  about 3 months ago

Ol Olsoc (1175323) writes "The Tesla S, may be the safest vehicle ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning 5 stars across the board, the highest possible marking. The biggest problem was that the testing machinery failed at 4G during the roof crush test.

In addition, the lithium-ion battery handled it all perfectly, with no leakage or fire."

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