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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

bagofbeans Phishy (145 comments)

In USA, your 2) will be a fraud attempt.

3 days ago
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NSA secretly uses scapegoats, and data mules

bagofbeans NK-Sony (1 comments)

So any claims that the NSA have 'proven' that NK did the Sony hack are rendered unprovable, surely?

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

bagofbeans Re:stop and frisk (219 comments)

No it can't, because the reporting is 'Shooting victims" and "Shooting incidents" which has no correlation to stop and frisk, no matter what the friskee was found with.

Look at it another way. There were roughly 1000 shooting incidents and 1,000,000 stop and frisks. If EVERY shooting incident could have been prevented by a stop and frisk, that's still 99.9% a waste of everybody's time.

Also, I have no idea of the demographic for shooting incidents, but I suspect it doesn't match the demographic for stop and frisk which is largely male black/latino young adults. So if the reason for the stop and frisk is the cut down on shooting incidents, that's losy tactics.

about three weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

bagofbeans Not really (219 comments)

The Motor Pool supervisor gets a 7 WORK day suspension

I'm sure you are happy to have the same rule applied to you at your job.

about three weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

bagofbeans stop and frisk (219 comments)

stop and frisk was highly successful

Nope. See http://www.salon.com/2015/01/1...

...in 2013, Bloomberg and Kelly ... would oversee a massive decrease in the tacticâ(TM)s implementation, with under 200,000 stops recorded â" less than a third the number from just two years before. The result: crime continued to fall.

about three weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

bagofbeans Us versus them mentatilty (219 comments)

available to every front line officer

Apparently LAPD regards LA as a wartime battlefield, with the public as the enemy by default.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

bagofbeans Re:Intel semiconductor (332 comments)

The problem with that is that tablet/smartphones are 75% of all silicon and Intel isn't in that space.

Do you mean that 75% of all semiconductor units sold go into tablet/smartphones? Or that 75% of the total semiconductor revenue is in this market? Intel's business is small volumes of high value silicon, so it's a big difference.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

bagofbeans Re:Small-medium semiconductor companies... (332 comments)

Maxim and Analog both HAD very decent little niches, mainly industrial, instrumentation/measurement and consumer, plus dabbles in hi-rel, aerospace, automotive. The problem is that volume consumer products comprise ASICs/ASSPs (which Maxim and Analog largely don't supply) plus commodity analog/digital. 15 years ago, quality dual op amps from Maxim and Analog were $2 or more. Now the precision circuitry is inside a big chip, and a 3c LM358 is architected in to do ordinary functions. There are still markets for $2 dual op amps, but they are small, and the base of board level engineers than can use them is declining. It's not that the precision analog markets won't exist, is that there is no growth left.

Linear Technology, on the other hand, has a business model which does not target growth but margin, and fairly reliably has the absolute best performance part at any time for a lot of its catalog. This allows them to keep the margins. If you have to use the LTC part, then you have to pay the price.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

bagofbeans Small-medium semiconductor companies... (332 comments)

Intersil, Micrel, Fairchild, IDT, Microsemi, Power Integrations will die to lack of enough integration to compete with TI, costs too high to compete with Asian suppliers.

Maxim and Analog Devices will merge or die, or merge and fail to integrate the cultures. On the other hand, the TI/Nat Semi merger was very well executed, so hopefully MaxADI will be a good competitor to TI "The Borg".

Atmel and Microchip will decline unless they completely scrap their 8-/16-bit stuff (which can't compete with the likes of Holtek, let alone no-name Chinese copies, on price for the volume markets) and accept that the future is ARM for emerging (14 to 24 year old) developers/hobbyists, and invest in same. That means a one-time major restructuring with massive layoffs, timed so the same financial year covers the kill stage and some good story at the end. Also, design last time buys carefully spread over years so as not to piss off the faithful engineers that design 'em in. Oh, and stop spending money on the discrete analog lines (MCHP particularly), but use the cores as value add to the ARM systems-on-a-chip. And no, the days of value-pricing those features are gone - the features win you the socket now, they don't get you the high margin.

about a month ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

bagofbeans So right (167 comments)

I'd respect the intent if "Sell user-specific data to a third party" was replaced by "Allow 3rd parties any access to your online transactions" since metadata correlations -> identity match.

Further, I expect identifying the class of people who move from the other social networks to Ello due to tracking concerns provides a very valuable dataset.

about 3 months ago
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Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police

bagofbeans Weasel words (4 comments)

So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.

So Apple themselves can access the data from the device, but won't pass the methodology on to anybody else.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case

bagofbeans It's down to money (123 comments)

MS can sell data to anyone they want, including USG. If they win this, then they can charge USG a much higher price for access than the 'reasonable costs' for responding to a court order.

about 5 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

bagofbeans Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

Please explain your last sentence.

about 5 months ago
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Fukushima Thyroid Cancer Data released

bagofbeans Stats (1 comments)

The average (presumably meaning mean) tumour size is completely irrelevant. What would be useful would be a chart showing individual tumour size. If weighted toward the small size, the cancers are more likely to have been initiated by recent events, e.g. the fallout.

Also, my understanding is that that the ultrasound should be able to identify tissue mass discrepancies down to 2mm dia. Again, small tumours are where the interest lies. So why not?

about 5 months ago
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Transparent Solar Collectors May Replace Conventional Windows

bagofbeans Transparent misunderstanding (1 comments)

After reading TFA, it appears that the author thinks that 'transparent' means clear to the eye, as opposed to tinted. It's a measure of how much of the desired spectrum passes through, i.e. the transmissivity.

"Completely transparent" means 100% transmissivity. Sorry mate, not available.

Besides, TFA describes the action as deliberate internal reflection of some incident light to the sides, so the transparency has gotta be worse than the intrinsic material, since some light is forced to not pass through.

A useful discussion would have been the tradeoff between window transmissivity and power per unit area...

about 5 months ago
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Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

bagofbeans You are probably correct... (106 comments)

..but in 30 years. Meanwhile, the toaster manufacturer needs Granny to be able to but and use it without explicitly pluuging in a network or configuring anything.

So IOT devices will have to have wifi sneak capabilities, always trying to establish a wifi connection. They can continually try to crack encrypted wifis.

It will be an interesting household with a few dozen nodes continually spamming the aether trying for connection.

about 5 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

bagofbeans Re:The memo you are about to see (161 comments)

I expect you are being ironic, but actually the problem I have observed is managers expecting to get hold of employees 24/7, so initiating the phone call.

about 5 months ago

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