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DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

Overzeetop I, for one, will be happy... (41 comments)

...when referring to connected/connectable devices as IoT dies.

1 hour ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Overzeetop Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (167 comments)

"How is "OMG I can't afford to stream 8 hours of video a day any more" going to set society back 20 years?"

"Raise the price, they cut back and substitute another product (dvds..."

Which part of the 1990s did you miss?

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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Overzeetop Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (313 comments)

Look - if there's one thing that humans need, it's one ass to kick. Some dude to be the top of the pyramid. A face of the effort. A single point for organization. President, CEO, Principal - it doesn't matter the organization, you need a person in charge. And a person to take the fall if things go wrong. What you want is someone organizing and coordinating all of the response to the epidemic (of three). You can call him a Czar, a Director, or whatever - you still want *somebody* in charge. And somebody to fire (and/or crucify in public) if things go wrong.

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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Overzeetop Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (313 comments)

No, that's not leadership, it's damage control and/or preemptive excuses.

Do you remember the last time Obama declared that we "don't have a plan" because the conditions in Syria were complex and required addition time to evaluate the various options? Yeah, that honesty in leadership went over well, despite the fact that he made it clear that evaluating what was an exceptionally complex set of conditions could go horribly wrong if played incorrectly.

Ebola is just another disease without a (nearly guaranteed) cure. There are others out there, right now, which we know even less about (enterovirus, for example). This one is headline grabbing because you bleed out of your asshole. It's like "Ow, My Balls" but grosser for daytime shock newscasts. I mean, really - a facility takes on a patient with inadequate resources to do so, and fails. We're all somehow surprised.

Instead of stating that hospitals are, generally, bad places to isolate transmitted diseases and recommending facilities and transport set up for such work, we go into shit storm finger pointing mode and massive over-reaction. That's not leadership. That's damage control.

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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Overzeetop Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (313 comments)

Wow, that sounded terribly elitist - sorry, it's been a long day. Seriously, though, we can debate all we want but human nature is going to push us to these irrational conclusions. I've learned to (mostly) ignore it and get on with life.

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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Overzeetop Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (313 comments)

Look, every idiot out there wants to see a "response". Take anyone below the 90th percentile a they won't have the intellectual ability to process any probability less than 1 in 4. It's like the entire airline screening process - people feel safer if they see someone doing something. In reality it does little or no good, but until you figure out how to instantly make people smarter and less gullible you will get irrational panic and calls to "do something."

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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Overzeetop Why worry about CFAA? (218 comments)

If they are violating the TOS, Facebook can simply ban them - no laws required. It's nice they've made a public display of calling them out, and it may suffice as a blanket "first warning" to all operations from the DEA.

And, of course, they could always take affirmative action against them by flagging DEA IP addresses if they should come up, notifying the user of the access violation, suspending the account until it is re-verified, and posting to the persons page that the page may have been accessed by the DEA. That's kicking sand in a bully's face, of course, but it could be done if they were serious about it.

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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

Overzeetop This sounds rather convoluted (112 comments)

So I'm going to install an app which is used to open a picture I don't know the origin of and which has been tampered with to append a second app, and if the first app opens the "picture" of choice it then installs another app which triggers a permission request (which they say they can work around).

I'd say this is implausible, but between porn and LOLcats there are going to be some unsuspecting idiots out there who might actually get caught.

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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Overzeetop Re:Not my LG... (104 comments)

I'm not sure the G3 should be held up as a poster child for good battery life. I have one, and when it's running full out it can chew through a battery. It's the downside of the hires screen. It's not bad, but under normal conditions I'll be at 35-40% after a full day of use, and if I'm going to be on it continuously I can burn through the battery in 5-6 hours. OTOH, it's got a replaceable battery, so there's never any real battery anxiety. I think the G2 was pretty good with battery life, though.

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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Overzeetop Re:I have the Razr Maxx (104 comments)

They should seriously try a Taichi*-like phone with a pair of screens. IPS/OLED on one side and eInk on the other. A B/W interface would work fine for 90% of the time, and the color screen would be there for camera ops, video, and the like. Apple put glass on two sides of a phone and it made for a pretty damned durable device, imho.

*Asus' dual screen laptop/tablet hybrid, with a screen on both sides of the lid (though both were IPS).

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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Overzeetop Power matters little, Battery life matters less (104 comments)

Power on a cell phone? Maybe to the rarified gamer on /. but to little Andrea or her grandmother all they want is a phone that doesn't stutter and plays music and videos. And they make up 90% of the market segment for smartphones. That's not to say having a fast phone isn't nice, especially since the UI designers seem to be determined to max the bling, requiring lots of processing for that stutter free experience.

And if you are worried about your phones power, then battery life matters even less when you can swap in a fresh battery in a matter of seconds. It matters a lot when a dead phone means an hour or two soak at a charging station before you can go anywhere, or so you can play your physics-charged games untethered. Apple was the company which has so famously cheered the "no extra batteries, no extra memory" mantra which has cause battery life anxiety over the past couple of years. It's the copycat part of Android I like the least. (okay, I like it as little as the fixed-memory condition)

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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Overzeetop Re:Who cares about performance? (104 comments)

I'm curious what calculations you would be doing on a smartphone which would take a noticeable amount of time on a regular basis. GPS is pretty intensive, though that's done in dedicated HW. Video playback and scaling is intensive, but that's done in dedicated HW. The only things you see on a regular basis, outside of games, are UI animations and JIT code compilation. Maybe long trip calculations in a mapping programs - those do take several seconds for trips of hundreds of miles - but those calculations are generally one once at the beginning when you notice, and then are optimized in the background (for traffic aware apps like Waze) with no apparent lag.

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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Overzeetop Re:all (104 comments)

I owned every other iPhone from the 3G on. If I left it idle most of the time (take calls, check mail occasionally, get notifications), it could make it to the evening of the second day. I currently own an LG G3 as well, and under the same conditions it lasts almost the same length of time (last week I forgot to set it on the charger at night and when I went to bed the second night it was at 10%).

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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

Overzeetop Re:I did the same thing (105 comments)

Maybe it was that I was using Verizon, but the call quality was like a rollercoaster. I had bounceback issues, echoes, and some automated phone systems wouldn't recognize my DTMF tones. It's an idea I'd like to visit again, in the future, but I think the LTE nets aren't the best bet for VoIP.

That's true of VoIP riding on both DSL and Cable internet connections (both wired and wireless) as well. I've had VoIP for my home and office line for almost 3 years, and in the beginning we definitely had issues with both quality and DTMF. I still have issues with DTMF occasionally, and echos and call quality (esp. outgoing) less frequently.

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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Overzeetop Re:Sugar only - not diet (420 comments)

And, interestingly, HFSC and Cane Sugar (Sucrose), differ by only 10% in the respective fructose and glucose mix. I suspect it wouldn't have mattered, otherwise they would have warned of the (nonexistnt) devastating effect of apple juice (90% Fructose/10%glucose) or pear juice (70%fructose/30%sucrose) or the use of honey (53% fructose) in sweetening your afternoon tea.

2 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Overzeetop Re:Overly broad? (420 comments)

HFCS is (depending on the grade) generall 55% fructose / 42(ish)% glucose, and some small amounts of other sugars. Corn is the donor plant.

In comparison, Apple sugars are 90% fructose and Pears are 70% fructose, way above HF corn syrup sugars. Honey is about 53% (very, very close). None of those appear to be in the "oh my God we're gonna die" list for worrying that you're brain doesn't realize it's full yet.

It's worth noting that corn starch is coverted to HFCS using hydrochloric acid (the same acid found in the human stomach), followed by a water washing, followed by an enzymatic conversion of dextrose (similar to the same process which is used in baking bread, where enzymes convert starch to simple sugars like fructose to be used by the yeast in the fermentation process), followed by water washing and distillation. It's the same process used for countless "all natural" products which we have consumed for thousands of years, but done more precisely and on a much larger scale.

It will still make you fat if you eat too much of it, but it's not magical and doesn't have some insurmountable effect on the brain. No more than a good steak, a loaf of awesome fresh bread, or a decadent wedge cheese. You'll eat way more of all of those than you need before your brain tells you you're full.

2 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Overzeetop Re:Overly broad? (420 comments)

Gah, stupid fingers; Fructose and Glucose (sucrose being f+g, of course)

2 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Overzeetop Re:Overly broad? (420 comments)

And they're present in significant quantites in the final HFCS product? The chemical information I've seen on HFCS from food processing shows different G/S ratios, but never anything other than glucose and sucrose as constituents.

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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

Overzeetop Nothing says luxury... (156 comments)

Nothing says luxury like simulated wood grain accents.

4 days ago

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Cloud provider Livedrive has critically failed leaving users without access

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "For three days, Livedrive has been offline, denying access to users files except through their one-file-at-a-time web interface. The support forum, which is limited to registered users only and is submission moderated, has had no posts since late February 23rd, just before the first major service error occurred. Since the service went offline on March 6th, there have been no status updates except to indicate a new date on the status page. Will this service interruption finally kill off the UK-based cloud service provider, which has been losing £1,000,000 a year?"
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Digital versions of popular books to be delayed

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "Simon and Schuster and Hachette have recently announced that they will delay e-book releases by up to 4 months. This comes on the heels of literary agent recommending such a plan just days prior. This seems like a potential stumbling block for people who are considering picking up an e-reader this holiday season. Will Amazon or Barns and Noble consider playing hardball with the publishers to get the electronic versions released earlier?"
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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "What solutions are there for non-Outlook based calendaring and contact software that can be used on both a Windows desktop and a Windows Mobile device? I need shared contacts and calendaring with others in my small office, and would like to take that "on the road" with my new (yet to be purchased) pda/phone. I really don't want to go to Exchange server. Is there something that will work on both the desktop and a mobile device that doesn't use the Outlook database?"

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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Many people mistake my sig to mean that I'm suprised that so many people (half!?!) are of sub-average intellegence. Quite the contrary, there are plenty of people out there who are intellegent.

My problem is that there are so many people who choose not to exercise their intelligence in any useful fashion. No, I'm not talking about proofreading emails or journal entries. I mean just plain old, walking around common sense.

You hear somthing incredible on the radio, or from a friend, or (the worst) read it in an email. Rather than saying, "that sounds pretty unusual, I should check it out for myself," it gets repeated to eveyone you know as if it were handed to you on stone tablets you received at Mount Sinai. Urban legends take the cake (stolen kidneys?). But it applies to current events, too.

Somtimes it's even simpler. When you're driving on a highway and an exit ramp is coming up, most of the time an entrance ramp will immediatly follow. A quick glance will show you if it is a busy interchange. Are you in the right lane? Is there anyone in the next lane over? No? How about switching lanes so you don't play chicken with the cars entering. Stupid AND inconsiderate (they seem to go hand in hand).

It's not about how intellegent people are; that isn't suprising. It's about how many people choose not to use that intellegence; that always amazes me.

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