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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

WillAffleckUW Re:I don't need trinkets (185 comments)

actually I think Sweden or Denmark is 3D printing a house.

2 hours ago
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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

WillAffleckUW 3D printing is like google glass (185 comments)

Both are way too early in their incarnations.

We're developing methods for use in medicine and engineering and architecture here at the UW to provide "spines" or "fibers" to make 3D printing stronger, to use biomaterials for compostable furniture, but it's just starting out. It's like when we started growing livers and other materials. Each step builds on the next.

Same for google glass. Sounds great, but it's too heavy, even after they downsized the battery and the whole invasive aspect freaks everyone out. There are methods to fix that - beeps and LED flashes when you record, using bio-electromechanical contact lenses that get their power from the eye, hearing aid upgrades or add ons for headphones that make it appear more functional, getting rid of the annoying jerks and the dependency on other devices.

those will come with time. I remember getting one of the early Rio MP3 players - a pale imitation of the later iPod mini.

2 hours ago
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Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's

WillAffleckUW There is a paper based 10 minute test (21 comments)

that works just as well.

Your major risk factors continue to be (in order): being female, being old, having Apolipoprotein E alleles of a certain type, cardiovascular risk factors.

You can't do anything about the first three, and by the time most people pay attention, it's far too late, so I'd focus on the last part, quite frankly.

(this is not saying we're not looking into biomarkers, or other things, but a shorthand about your actual risk as a person, if you're not in a family with high Early Onset AD risk)

In general, other than that, reduce stress, get enough sleep, get mild to moderate exercise (even an added block of walking makes a big difference), eat a varied diet, and avoid repeated head injuries (and if you get those, stop playing for longer than you think).

yesterday
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

WillAffleckUW Re:About time! (273 comments)

hey we dev new switches here at the uw of course I know ...

yesterday
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

WillAffleckUW Re:About time! (273 comments)

Our blade servers run perfectly fine under IPv6.

You're not using Windows, are you?

yesterday
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

WillAffleckUW What is this IPv4 you speak of? (273 comments)

We've been using IPv6 for about a decade now.

Didn't you get the memo?

yesterday
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

WillAffleckUW Re:If I need to go more than 20 miles I rent (389 comments)

When I have long trips, I tend to rent a car for a week or two. For that period, you can usually find deals where it works out to about $6 a day. Then I take transit to the dealer and drive.

That's just me. I have no idea if this is unusual pricing or not, but it's worked out quite well for me.

Thus, owning an electric car makes sense, especially since electricity is both dirt cheap and green in Seattle.

2 days ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

WillAffleckUW Re:By what definition of "rich"? (310 comments)

mansions and yachts are vastly overrated.

We used to own a private island, and spent summers yachting around. My aunt competed in the America's Cup.

It's not that great. They didn't think they were rich, or my great aunt who lived on an entire floor next to the Louvre in Paris.

Can't say I miss that.

2 days ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

WillAffleckUW Depends on what you mean by Rich (310 comments)

Rich can be defined either by assets (wealth) or by income (cash flow).

While it may be true that the rich, by reported income, work longer, it is not necessarily true that the rich, by assets or actual wealth, work longer.

Also, what do you mean by work? Some of my friends "work" by producing music, or by running a charitable foundation their parents created that has them doing what they want to do.

Other people might call that play. Especially the 20 hours spent on the golf course in Scotland, or the conference on their yacht in the Mediterranean, that looks like a giant pool party when you see it up close.

2 days ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

WillAffleckUW If I need to go more than 20 miles I rent (389 comments)

You can typically rent a gas 40 mpg car for about $6 a day if you need to travel far.

For everything else, electric rocks.

(caveat - the source of the electricity used determines the GHG climate change impact - if you use coal to make electricity, you better plug it into a solar or wind charge station)

2 days ago
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AT&T's Gigabit Smokescreen

WillAffleckUW 1 Gigabit/sec is nice, 100 is nicer (126 comments)

Wait until you catch up to the top level research universities of the world.

Three 100 Gigabit/sec ports, and 40 Gigabit/sec campus-wide.

Mind you, not everyone can use that kind of power.

It's like an announcement that you guys have brand new shiny Vespas with 2nd gear and we're supersonic with fat pipes.

(mind you, Vespas are really cool)

2 days ago
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NIST Removes Dual_EC_DRBG From Random Number Generator Recommendations

WillAffleckUW We locked the door and threw away the passkey (86 comments)

Of course we don't have any more passkeys to the other doors, or to the service entrances to the hallway, or the crawlspace for the ventilation.

That's safe.

Trust us.

Oh, and don't you love those shiny new chips that are proprietary?

2 days ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

WillAffleckUW If we can't be slaves to the Man then we are Bad (457 comments)

The Man wants us to pay for power.

Free power.

Power from the Sun.

An unlicensed, unregulated nuclear fusion reactor that gives us free power.

Power from the Wind.

An unlicensed, unregulated energy distribution device that consists of air that respects no international or state borders.

The Man wants you to be Serfs.

And this is why Solar and Wind are dangerous.

Because Freedom.

2 days ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

WillAffleckUW It's just a coincidence (234 comments)

Oh, and you should really trust all the encryption protocols since Reagan.

(under breath ... suckers ...)

2 days ago
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Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

WillAffleckUW Re:biology (337 comments)

Actually, we find menses depends on the culture and biological constraints.

In some areas it's as young as 12, in others as late as 18.

Earlier births lead to more early births, later births lead to more later births.

Age of male partners historically has been much older in many locations, but is closer to age of female partners in most locations nowadays.

A friend of mine was a grandmother at 29, and she has a professional job. Other friends have had children at ages much later than 29.

3 days ago
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Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

WillAffleckUW Re:Good idea before surgery, bad idea otherwise (337 comments)

You're far better off having kids and doing what First World Nations do, which is have women with kids not suffer in their careers.

We can't do that in the USA. That's like going to Zimbabwe and telling them, "just be more like Norway and everything will be better!"

Admittedly, Zimbabwe is probably more of a democracy than we are ...

3 days ago
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Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

WillAffleckUW Ethanol comes in different GHG impacts (158 comments)

Different forms of ethanol have different impacts.

Ethanol from crops that would have been burned creates a net zero GHG impact, especially that from cane sugar production.

Ethanol from actual corn, due to the high water and fertilizer content, and the fact it is diverted from feed crops for animals and humans, has a high GHG impact, and actually costs more to turn into ethanol, in terms of GHG impact, than if used for feed.

Ethanol from switchgrass and blue-green algae is fairly good, with a net positive GHG impact. Switchgrass is a rotation crop, so it has very low fertilizer and water needs, and converts fairly well. Algae does have high water requirements, but if produced in areas with high water content, or used as a filtration crop to clean polluted water, can be a net positive.

But corn ethanol ... that is a bad choice.

(caveat - I invested in various corn ethanol IPOs at various times)

3 days ago
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Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

WillAffleckUW Good idea before surgery, bad idea otherwise (337 comments)

Putting off having kids is not as easy as you think.

My sister did have a kid in her late 40s, but the viability of female eggs is actually not that high.

You're far better off having kids and doing what First World Nations do, which is have women with kids not suffer in their careers.

3 days ago
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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

WillAffleckUW Might? (93 comments)

I'm already seeing ads for managers offering to sell me this information.

I'm not sure you realize that it's already being marketed, not "will be" marketed.

about a week ago

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IBM patents encryption technique to run unencyrpted VMs and programs

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 4 months ago

WillAffleckUW (858324) writes "Infoworld reports IBM has a patent on an encryption method that, if implemented, allows you to process encrypted data without having to decrypt it first.

Called "fully homomorphic encryption," this encryption method patent may result in software products in the near future.

Normally, encrypted data must be decrypted entirely before any math or programming operations can be run. Homomorphic encryption (HE), however, lets you perform math directly on the encrypted data and have the results show in the underlying data.

From a security viewpoint, there is no need to decrypt any data and expose it to attack.Supposedly, programs (or entire VMs) could run while encrypted and exchange encrypted data between themselves while running.

Bruce Schneier in 2009 pointed out this is not a new technique: "Visions of a fully homomorphic cryptosystem have been dancing in cryptographers' heads for thirty years."

Schneier pointed out this technique could take longer to tun, but IBM claims that Victor Shoup and Shai Halevi of tT. J. Watson Research Center, claim to have taken Gentry's original breakthroughs and implemented them practically, with a released open source, GPL-licensed C++ library to perform HE, mostly meant for researchers working on HE.

"Hopefully in time we will be able to provide higher-level routines," writes Halevi.

Bob Gourley of CTOvision.com writes, "I have seen nothing in any of the research that makes me think a solution can be put in place that cannot be defeated by bad guys. And if that can’t be done then the solution will not solve any problems, it will just add processing overhead."

Since the implemented may not be that efficient, IBM has public challenges for its HE schemes, allowing successful attacks on the Gentry-Halevi implementation of HE to be examined in detail."

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When Twitter Went Down I (poll)

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 2 years ago

WillAffleckUW writes "(Poll)

When Twitter Went Down I:

(a) Fell into a pit of despair
(b) Laughed at our successful hack
(c) High fived the guys in my NSA team who did it
(d) Had a meal with my Chinese counterparts who took it down
(e) What's Twitter"

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WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillAffleckUW writes "According to InfoWorld, there has been a subpeona of L.G. Phillips over possible anti-competitive practices by them about LCD pricing. This would involve not just LCD monitors, but also their HDTV lines. First they were visited by the Korean Fair Trade Commission, then the Japanese Fair Trade Commission issued a notice to their offices in Tokyo, and now the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a subpoena to their offices in San Jose, California.

Not only that, but apparently, in addition to the recent investigations of chip manufacturers and suppliers, this LCD investigation may spread to other companies."
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WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillAffleckUW (858324) writes "I think Slashdot needs to wake up and smell the fact that most of us here want to buy a Wii, not a PS3.

To acknowledge that, they need to can the lame PS3 poll - dude, look at the stats, we ain't buyin it till it's less than $300 retail - and post a new post-PS3-rollout pre-Wii-rollout POLL:

Wii?
Got Mine Preordered
Launch Day
Christmas
Bought a PS3
Bought an xBox360, playing it!
When Spore comes out on the Wii
Never"
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WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillAffleckUW writes "According to a cNet story, GameStop and EBX will be taking Nintendo Wii preorders for $50 down on Friday, Oct. 13. However, they also said "Due to extremely limited supply, we expect to reach our limit very quickly, most likely in minutes. We will not accept additional preorders at that time," in an email.

On Tuesday they sold out of preorders for Sony new PlayStation 3 video game console, which is in tighter supply constraints. Severe shortages are expected for both the Wii and PS3 until the new year.

Nintendo said it will supply 4 million Wii units to US stores by year end, with Sony shipping 2 million PS3s, but a number of articles in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) and Fortune seem to indicate Sony will have a hard time shipping that many due to supply parts constraints."

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Thoghts on Ukraine and Crimea

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 2 months ago

If I were the Ukraine, I'd sink my ships and block the Russian port right now.

Better than surrendering and there's nothing the Russians can do after that. The port becomes disabled for months.

Just ask the Japanese.

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submitted encryption story

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 4 months ago

FYI, if you want to mod it up or add keywords, I posted a story to slashdot.

http://slashdot.org/submission/3236635/ibm-patents-encryption-technique-to-run-unencyrpted-vms-and-programs

Just thought it was interesting.

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Bought a replacement GPU for my home machine

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 4 months ago

The old one was overheating way too much, running 70 C or higher and even shutting down, while my 8 core CPU and everything else ran 20 C to 30 C.

Oh well. Spent half as much as when I bought the current one, got 4 times the memory and double fans.

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FREEDOM! USA freed from NSA quartering troops in our cells

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 4 months ago

Today America was freed from Tyranny when the NSA was forced to stop quartering troops in our cell phones.

They still quarter troops in our PCs and xBox Ones though.

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UW U District station starting construction a year early

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 5 months ago

They are digging starting a week from Monday at the station next to the UW Tower, since they finished the light rail to UW Husky Stadium. Just some cosmetic shell work and testing to do on that part.

Can you FEEL it?

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Done with ENVS final

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 5 months ago

760 out of 1000 with a few extra bonus points before the exam - the exam is 240 total points so even if I did very badly I pulled a 4.0 and the three practice final exams were 88, 96, and 100 percent so highly unlikely I did badly.

Now for Calculus - again. God I hate that. Never use it. Never have used it. But, resistance is futile.

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Got my Sounders seasons tix

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 5 months ago

Section 214 out of the rain - my son will probably go to some of the games with me, but sometimes he has to work ...

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LG Phone Home

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 5 months ago

So, don't buy the LG sets - they phone home, with your personal browsing data, in DIRECT violation of my Constitutional Rights as both a US and a Canadian Citizen.

And you can't "click thru" or "sign away" Constitutional Rights in Canada.

THEFT IS THEFT!

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Still 100 percent grade in ENVS 150

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 6 months ago

So far having fun in my Environmental Science course, pulling an A+ down (yes, I know they don't do such things any more, but my high school transcript is filled with A+ grades).

Skipped four questions (meant to go back, forgot) on the last quizzam, so got a low mark of only 88 out of 100, 3rd highest in class (would have been highest if I hadn't spaced), but since I had accumulated 20 bonus points by having my teams win the last two jeopardy events, still have 8 points left over and a perfect score.

Looking forward to taking two courses after Thanksgiving finals, new calendar up in a few weeks so I can get permission from the instructors. Then I'll be halfway to the Graduate Non-Matriculated PhD entry.

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Another 9-11 another pointless war

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 7 months ago

If you actually cared about the extremist terrorists who have tried - unsuccessfully - to kill four of my direct relatives - brother, uncle, foster brother on 9-11 - and first cousin in Boston - you'd pull all the money we waste of Wars of Foreign Opportunity and spend it in America on BUILDING (not planning, building) solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal power and defund them. But, hey, keep ignoring the real problem.

Note: I don't count the ones from when I did counter-terrorism ops - I chose that.

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What if they gave a war in Syria and we said No?

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 8 months ago

Look, I have nothing against using a drone attack on Assad himself, but I'm sick and tired of excuses for wars that end up being 99 percent fabrications after later analysis.

Take out Assad in Syria? Sure, go for it.

Start yet another unfunded war?

No. Heck no.

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No Sonics, just Hockey

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

Well, everyone is upset at the Sonics decision.

Me, I was just hoping for a decent NHL team.

Hockey, that is.

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Allison on crutches both surgeries done

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  1 year,6 days

So, my cousin Allison is now mobile, on crutches, after both surgeries from the Boston Marathon explosion caused shrapnel to hit her knee and leg.

The largest piece of shrapnel was the size of her hand.

She should be fine in a few weeks, will get updates from my Aunt Yanna and Uncle Len Saari who are staying with her to help out while she recuperates.

Glad to hear the Vancouver Sun Marathon and the Nelson BC marathon report large increases in people signing up. Living in Fear is what the (probably domestic) terrorists want.

It was her first marathon.

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Allison in surgery for 2nd time today

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  1 year,8 days

She got thru the first surgery fine after the Boston Marathon bomb (she was 20 feet from the finish line when the first went off), and went in for surgery for her knee again today. Word is she is out of that.

Glad it's sunny.

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Cousin wounded in Boston Marathon bombing

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  1 year,8 days

So, turns out my first cousin, Allison Saari Byrne, was in fact 20 feet from the finish line when the first bomb went off and was, in fact, wounded.

She's in for knee surgery right now but is alive and will be ok.

Seriously, why do people keep attacking my family. First my brother and uncle (World Trade 9-11 they worked there, but not in office during attack), now my uncle's daughter (my cousin).

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Boston Marathon

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  1 year,9 days

So, my cousin Allison was in the Boston Marathon.

Still no word.

Trying to be positive, but so far my uncle (her dad) and my brother survived 9-11 even though they worked in the World Trade Center, so just hoping our family's luck is still golden.

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Now that the asteroid has hit

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

Now that the asteroid has hit the earth, and everyone is dead, it's time to talk about how we're all going to deal with the Zombie Invasion in Canada.

Just waiting until I'm called up. Sigh.

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WA state just legalized MJ and gay marriage

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Boo ya.

12-6-12 is our new 4-20

Nobody puts muppets in the corner. Mess with PBS, die like the rest.

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Using SFTP in a web page (really dumb question)

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 2 years ago

OK, so today I'm trying to write a web page to link a bunch of known files and transfer them to another location.

Due to HIPAA and VA rules this has to be a secure file transfer, encrypted.

When they get to our site, they have to login as a specific user. The user belongs to a group. The site forces HTTPS secure connection if they try to come in as HTTP.

So, normally, if I wanted to provide a link to a file I would go something like this:


get important file

Can I just use SFTP in place of FTP? Or if I specify FTP will it literally invoke FTP on the browser end? Since the entire thing is running under SSL2 for SSH is this just plain overkill?

Or am I just being extraordinarily clueless?

I ask, cause normally I write code that uses PHP and runs MySQL commands and literally builds the output files - CSV, XLS, etc - from scratch, and sets the transfer type and authentication level. But this is so primative - a literal ONE FILE TRANSFER LINK - that I can't remember what to do, as the last time I did something like that, not using FOPEN() and scanning a dir and popping an array and building stuff was like ages ago in Internet time, and back then we used FTP.

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