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NY Comic Con Takes Over Attendees' Twitter Accounts To Praise Itself

RoboRay Re:Ooops! Sorry (150 comments)

The better solution is to allow the application to request a default list of permissions, and then give the user the opportunity to accept or modify them. The application would still work if the permissions are modified, though with limited functionality.

If you take control of your device rather than allowing your service provider or the OEM to control it, you can do just that. On my rooted Android devices, I revoke any permissions that I don't want an app to have.

about a year ago
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Lockheed To Furlough 3,000 On Monday, Layoffs Also Kicking In

RoboRay Re: The government wants you to hurt. (341 comments)

First, it was a joke. And second, your wired scenario is misleading, at best (Or simply a lie, depending on how you want it spun). Many government activities that sustain themselves rather than rely on appropriations (such as military base commissaries) have been closed simply to artificially increase the negative impact of the shutdown.

about a year ago
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Lockheed To Furlough 3,000 On Monday, Layoffs Also Kicking In

RoboRay Re:The government wants you to hurt. (341 comments)

the US is a first world nation

Uh, yeah. By definition.

Do you even know what that means?

about a year ago
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3D-Printed Gun Bought and Displayed By London Art Museum

RoboRay Re:Why? (133 comments)

How about a shovel?

about a year ago
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FBI Admits It Controlled Tor Servers Behind Mass Malware Attack

RoboRay Re:So the FBI hacked servers to find pedos? (292 comments)

I don't think a US court order granting permission to hack a computer in France is valid in France, and probably not in Ireland either.

about a year ago
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$20 'Toy' Deactivates Cheap Home Alarms, Opens Doors

RoboRay Re:Ok? How is this new, or a big deal? (153 comments)

Possibly, but I think the more likely issue is that remote in question is balking at sending a continuous stream of all zeros.

about a year ago
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$20 'Toy' Deactivates Cheap Home Alarms, Opens Doors

RoboRay Re:Ok? How is this new, or a big deal? (153 comments)

Used by which remote controls? Many cheaper universals can send only on the frequencies that are the most commonly used and cover about 95% of consumer IR devices, but it's not at all rare to find an IR remote-controlled device that operate a little outside those common bands, especially from smaller or newer manufacturers, and those universal remotes won't work with those devices. While a better (and more expensive) universal remote does. I have run into that myself, personally, with some obscure branded devices. A cheap universal I have couldn't learn their signals, while my more capable universal could lean them, as well as upload the hex codes for those IR signals to my computer for duplication on other capable remotes.

And "keys versus macros" was simply an example of signal length and complexity. Cheap remotes often only handle short, simple sequences while more capable remotes can handle more longer and more complex signals, including pauses. Not that you need specific signals for this application... just an open keyline.

So, the problem is simply that the IR signal involved is outside of the receive/transmit band of the specific universal remote he used. But that does not mean it is outside the receive/transmit band of every universal remote ever made, which the writer implies. The writer made an expansive, definitive statement based on a single example. If, by chance, the writer had used a better remote he might have made an expansive, definitive statement that universal remotes do work for this, and been equally wrong. Because some can work, and some cannot.

about a year ago
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$20 'Toy' Deactivates Cheap Home Alarms, Opens Doors

RoboRay Re:Ok? How is this new, or a big deal? (153 comments)

Cheap universal remotes have limited frequency bands and can only manage capture and send short signals (discrete keys, say, instead of macros).

Good (and expensive, of course) universal remotes do not have these limits and would work fine.

The writer erroneously made a definitive statement based on a single data point.

about a year ago
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$20 'Toy' Deactivates Cheap Home Alarms, Opens Doors

RoboRay Re:Ok? How is this new, or a big deal? (153 comments)

He used the wrong universal remote. Rather than saying "a learning remote doesn't seem to learn the signal" he should have said "the one cheap learning remote with limited capabilities that I tested doesn't seem to learn the signal."

If you use a capable, programmable remote that can capture very long strings of signals across very wide frequency bands (like my trusty old Pronto TSU-7000), it could work as well (or maybe even better) than that toy.

Of course, since the toy is a far, far cheaper solution, use that.

about a year ago
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NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

RoboRay Re:you know hell has frozen over (531 comments)

Thank you so much for supporting my position so well...

Of course all those notions of checks and balances, democracy, social contracts, rule of law and basic self-determination all existed prior to the common availability of firearms.

The practice of those notions, unfortunately, was extraordinarily rare until firearms put the weak on equal standing with the strong. We have all those things today, things to be proud of, in great part due to guns.

about a year ago
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NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

RoboRay Re:Sic semper tyrannis (531 comments)

You definitely need to read it. Swamp boy should be able to give you a good link, since he's quoting it.

about a year ago
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NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

RoboRay Re:you know hell has frozen over (531 comments)

If you don't have the right to personally enforce your own rights, you have no guaranteed rights. The Second Amendment is the difference between having rights and having privileges.

about a year ago
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Members of Parliament Demand Explanation For Detention of David Miranda

RoboRay Re:System may be working? (321 comments)

If it looks like a duck... and quacks like a duck...

about a year ago
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Obama's Privacy Reform Panel Will Report To ... the NSA

RoboRay Re:Happy President (569 comments)

On the leeward side, it seems like it sometimes.

about a year ago
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Navy Version of Expedia Could Save DoD Millions

RoboRay Re:some understanding of what ONR is (55 comments)

Well, if you are going to take the position that the military is inherently immoral, you've already excluded yourself from any rational discussion.

about a year ago
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Navy Version of Expedia Could Save DoD Millions

RoboRay Re:Uh... CH Robinson? (55 comments)

Yes, but everyone else read the article.

about a year ago

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