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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

Stealth Dave No customer notification (495 comments)

While I fully blame Microsoft for creating this mess, I'm somewhat dismayed that as a customer I'm finding out that my service is down from a news outlet rather than from noip themselves! I've been using their sub domain wildcard service for 7-8 years now and have just now found out that it's down. I'm none too happy about being thrown out with the bathwater!

about a month ago
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Unlock Your Android Phone With Open Source Wearable NFC

Stealth Dave It's easier than you might think. (81 comments)

I've been doing this on my Galaxy S3 for over 9 months now using an NFC tag glued to my watch band. All you need is a rooted phone running Android 4.0.3 and above and a willingness to install an XPosed plugin or two. This link has all the details:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/xposed/modules/mod-nfc-unlocking-based-t2478163

TL;DR Steps:

  • ROOT YOUR PHONE (You'll have to Google this one yourself)
  • Install XPosed Framework
  • Install NFC Lock Screen Off Enabler module (you can find it in the Modules section of the XPosed Installer app)
  • Turn on NFC in lockscreen or screen off modes as desired
  • Register your NFC Tags to unlock your phone

Much easier (and safer, IMO) than installing a modified system apk, and this method can also survive system upgrades provided that you maintain root. It will launch whatever action is set for that NFC tag (link, text, app, whatever), but you can use another XPosed module to supress the "Empty Tag" message on empty tags, if you so desire.

The Adafruit link from TFA has some interesting ideas on how to squeeze your NFC tag into some interesting places, and you can also buy some pretty small NFC tags on your own. I bought 20 Midas nTag NFC tags on Amazon for $13 with Prime shipping, and they measure 19mm x 12mm. You can shave another 2mm off of either dimension if you're very careful with the trimming. That was more than small enough to fit on the clasp of my watch, or on the back of a plastic watch band.

about 2 months ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Stealth Dave Manage Your Likes (216 comments)

Since Facebook seems to think that "usability" is a four-letter word, I found that http://www.manageyourlikes.com is an excellent way to trim your likes.

about 3 months ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Stealth Dave Fox guarding the hen house (298 comments)

"Confirmation" from a Verizon spokesperson that Verizon isn't throttling access is more than a little like the fox guarding the hen house and asking the fox to "confirm" that the hens are all present and accounted for. That's not to say that Mr. Raphael's assertion is necessarily correct either, but he does provide additional evidence to support his claim, whereas Verizon is merely providing "assurances", as far as I can tell since the BGR article provides no details beyond the brief spokesperson statement.

about 6 months ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

Stealth Dave Re:Pity, was useful (408 comments)

Used it to control my HTPC from my iPad. I think their pricing is just a wee bit too high, though. If it were, say, $25 a year (rather than $50), I'd probably say that it was worth it to avoid having to find an alternative. As it is, I'll find something else.

If cost is your major concern, you should check out Splashtop. They have servers for Windows, Mac and Linux (all x86 based) and clients for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and probably a few more. The service is free over LAN, and remote access is only $1.99/month or $16.99/year. And the service is fast! I'm able to do rough edits on Final Cut Pro over my LAN and sometimes over the internet, depending on my connection, and remote gaming is one of their advertised selling points. If you're clever with VPN setups, you can use it remotely as if you were on the LAN.

about 6 months ago
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Motorola Uses NFC To Enable Touch-to-Unlock For Smartphones

Stealth Dave Re:Clever (87 comments)

I agree, it is a good idea, and I did.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hobbyist-Ready LCD Touch Panel For Embedded Projects?

Stealth Dave Cheap Android Tablet (142 comments)

I've looked into something similar to use as a controller/receiver for a whole house audio system, and you may want to look at a cheap Android-based device, some of which can be had for less than $50. For that price you get a resistive touch screen at around 320x240, 8G storage, stereo output, 256M RAM, WiFi, USB and a Java-based OS with plenty of apps pre-built and a well established development community.

For a small 4" device, Google "benss android". I was able to find half a dozen listings for this under $50. (Haven't tried it, though.) Also, Big Lots in the US regularly sells 7" refurb tablets for $70.

- Stealth Dave

more than 2 years ago
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Mysterious Object Found In Seabed

Stealth Dave Kessel Run (336 comments)

That ninth parsec is a bitch to navigate!

more than 2 years ago
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Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

Stealth Dave Web development SHOULD be platform agnostic (831 comments)

Wow, TFA is a giant mound of flame-bait! I haven't fed a troll in quite some time, but seeing as he's going after my turf (web developer for 13 years, Mac user for 8), I think I'll bite. Four bullet points with flawed arguments about why Mac OS X is "bad" and one bullet point of nerd-baiting.

Horrific Package Management
This is perhaps the only valid argument of the bunch. Although I've personally used Fink with excellent results in the past, I don't think that it's being maintained as actively as it once was, but from what I can tell Macports is. I've never tried Homebrew, but I'm sure the author has sufficiently explored it's deficiencies to his own satisfaction. The author mentions his preference for Debian based tools, which is what Fink uses, so I'm not sure why he wasn't able to find some common ground there, but obviously he wasn't.

You don't deploy to BSD
Conversely, this is perhaps his weakest argument. It shouldn't matter if your development environment is BSD (Mac) and your target environment is Linux, or any other environment for that matter. In all my years as a web developer, I have NEVER had a local development environment that exactly matched my production environment. Even when I was using Linux on the desktop, it was not the same "flavor" as the servers, so I still didn't have mirrored environments. This is why you have multiple testing environments for your project, just as you have multiple browsers for testing. My local environment is a Macbook Pro. It used to be a Windows 7 machine, which used to be running Windows XP, to run a Java-based platform. We also have Development and QA environments that mirrored Production in order to test these types of compatibility issues. I'm also willing to bet that the Lenovo didn't come preinstalled with whatever variant of Linux you're using on your production server, or that the hardware specs on the server even remotely match either laptop.

Textmate sucks
So don't use it. Try Eclipse (my personal choice) or whatever brand of IDE or text editor you prefer. If all else fails, man up and install emacs.

The hardware is overpriced
I think the same thing about BMWs and Mercedes Benz. However, some people still prefer to drive them.

Some crap about 'LOST' that is completely irrelevant to the conversation
Okay, somewhere in your relationship with your Mac, you were hurt very badly. That's okay, not everyone is a Mac person. Not everyone is a Windows or Linux person either. But at some point you need to just "man up" and deal with the choice you've made or start over and just install Linux on your MacBook Pro.

- Stealth Dave

more than 3 years ago
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Google Releases New Image Format Called WebP

Stealth Dave Re:It's certainly a step up from JPEG, but... (378 comments)

Lossy image with a lossless alpha channel is probably more what's needed, and would be great to have in this format. That said, I'm pretty impressed with the image quality displayed and would love to begin to see wider adoption.

more than 3 years ago
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Nvidia's $200 GTX 460 Ups Bargain Performance

Stealth Dave Re:NVidia engineering sucks badly (197 comments)

Everyone's experience is different, I suppose. I have a GeForce 5200 that's been in operation for over 7 years now, and it's still going strong.

about 4 years ago
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Tetris Clones Pulled From Android Market

Stealth Dave I hope they don't sue me. (396 comments)

I wrote a Tetris(R) clone for the HP 28 in 1992. Amazingly, it's still available for download!

http://www.hpcalc.org/details.php?id=279

The market is a bit smaller for my version these days, but I'd better give a heads up to my lawyer. Just in case.

more than 4 years ago
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Software Recognizes Sarcastic Tweets

Stealth Dave In other news (168 comments)

In other news, there is still no software that can detect tweets without sarcasm.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Attackers Identified as Chinese Government

Stealth Dave Re:World War III - The Cyber War (651 comments)

ah, but what about a LAN war? Thats good to go right?

You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in a LAN war in Asia"!

- Stealth Dave

more than 4 years ago
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Netflix Will Delay Renting New WB Releases

Stealth Dave The upside for Netflix (and us) (418 comments)

The summary did not mention what Netflix gets out of the deal: more on-demand content. From the article:

Although Warner's unilateral move against Redbox has led to a court battle, Netflix agreed to the 28-day window in exchange for improved financial terms and more content for its Internet streaming service. (my emphasis)

As someone who has Netflix Instant Queue available directly on my television (thanks, TiVo), I'm more than happy to wait another month for a latest release if it means I can decide on a Thursday evening that I'd rather watch "Big Movie A" instead of "Big Movie B" without having to wait 2 days (one day to mail back, one day to receive) to see it.

more than 4 years ago
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First Look At Wild New "Level 10" Concept PC Case

Stealth Dave Waiting for next revision (287 comments)

My case needs to go to eleven.

more than 4 years ago
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Text Comments Out In YouTube "National Discussion" of Health Care

Stealth Dave Longer video response (287 comments)

Our video response is 7 minutes long. Any chance we can get an exception?

- Stealth Dave

more than 5 years ago
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Doctors Silencing Online Patient Reviews Via Contract

Stealth Dave How to lose clients and alienate patients. (324 comments)

This is why the movie Sicko! was so popular and why the idea of health care reform is becoming more and more popular, despite attempts to categorically dismiss it as a "socialist" idea. People have enough problems getting proper medical care without having to worry about whether your doctor is going to require you sign away your rights in order to get treatment.

On one occasion when going to see a specialist for the first time, I was presented with the usual stack of paperwork before I was allowed to see the doctor. Luckily, I have an annoying habit of reading a document before I sign it, as one of the documents was (as another reader has described) an agreement to waive my right to sue for malpractice, and to instead agree to arbitration of their choosing. I signed the other documents and told the receptionist that I would need to have my lawyer look over the waiver before I would sign it, and she responded "Oh, okay. Just bring it in whenever; it's optional, anyway." Optional? Then why was it buried in this stack of required paperwork?!? (Yes, that question is rhetorical.) Needless to say, I opted not to sign it, and I got to see the doctor anyway.

This is the last thing that the health care industry needs right now as it battles a PR campaign against movies like Sicko! and all the various "investigative reporters" for everyone from your local news to CNN. My wife and I even made our own short film about it. (Go ahead; mod me a Troll, I don't care.)

- Dave

more than 5 years ago
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RoadRunner Intercepting Domain Typos

Stealth Dave So? (337 comments)

I realize that Time Warner Cable is a Big Evil Corporation(TM), but what's the big deal here? So you type in a domain that does not exist and they give you search results based on that domain. "But they're serving ads, those money-grubbing evil-doers!" Guess what: search engines serve ads! It's true! But let's say you don't want your DNS server sending you ads. That's a reasonable request, since you're already paying for the service. I guess you can just turn them off like the post suggests!

I don't think that the sky is falling just yet on this one.

- Stealth Dave

more than 6 years ago

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