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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

bradgoodman Microscope made out of paper... (89 comments)

....and a poppy-seed-sized spherical lens made of borosilicate or corundum... ...and a light-emitting diode (LED), ...and a watch battery, ...and a switch ...and some copper tape)

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

bradgoodman Re:We have this incredible habit. (584 comments)

Where do I sign the "opt-out" form for being a part of the "we" in your statement?

Personally, I follow Dr. McCarthy's advise due to her expertise and credentials, alone.

3 days ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

bradgoodman Give 'em your Kool-Aid (226 comments)

Time was - companies like this would give this sort of stuff away to get [younger] people hooked on these technologies. Would Microsoft want to get kids hooked into nice wholesome activities like MS-SQL, C#, .net or VB - or let them pick up stuff like LAMP an Python from their friends on the street.

Giving the stuff away is a way to groom the next up-and-coming generation into drinking your Kool-Aid. If they don't do this - they have only themselves to blame when the next generation grows up to be FOSS zellots...

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

bradgoodman Quick!! (77 comments)

Quick!!! A 3D printer can print something! This is newsworthy fodder for Slashdot!!

about two weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

bradgoodman Voodoo (517 comments)

I often practice Voodoo to rid myself of evil spirits. Wikipedia has been very biased against all the scientific research of the efficacy of voodoo for such purposes. (I challenge you to scientifically prove that I have any evil spirits [anymore]).

Wake up Wikipedia!!

about three weeks ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

bradgoodman Gramatical Ambiguity (710 comments)

Did she quit her job because she was being harassed, or did she stop asserting that she was being harassed. (I'm not a grammar Nazi, but the headline did confuse me).

about 1 month ago
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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

bradgoodman Concurrancy and locking (452 comments)

We don't need to worry about locking or concurrency - It'll never need to be run on more than one thread/core at a time.

about a month ago
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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

bradgoodman It's just... (452 comments)

"It's just a temporary solution".

As theold adage says: "There's nothing more permanent that a temporary solution".

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

bradgoodman My company does this (572 comments)

They do this with most "big" web sites - but not all (or many little ones). The pre-install their own root CA, so the web browser doesn't complain - but if you bothered to click on the padlock icon - you can tell the cert is signed by our IT department, not by whoever you think you're talking to.

So we know it's happening - it's not really "hidden" - so I'ts up to me if I want to use Facebook or GMail or whatever - knowing the connection could be snooped. If I don't like it - I can simply not use those services from work.

about a month and a half ago
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Fishing Line As Artificial "Muscle"

bradgoodman "University of Wollongong" (111 comments)

"...we're not just JUST about FTP servers anymore!"

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years

bradgoodman Gross, but... (225 comments)

Sounds pretty gross but...can't be worse than Pizza Hut.

about 2 months ago
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Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

bradgoodman Robotic News (231 comments)

Just because it has the keywords "Bitcoin" and "Linus Torvalds" in the headline - it doesn't really mean its "news".

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

bradgoodman Re:At the very least... (822 comments)

Oh, come on. Oprah even won it. It should be one of her "favorite things". I bet if you were on her show on the right day, everyone in the audience would get one too....

about 3 months ago
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Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

bradgoodman Re:Fevers don't kill (351 comments)

The immune system isn't usually that self-destructive

Type-1 Diabetes

about 3 months ago
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Marc Andreessen On Why Bitcoin Matters (And A Critique)

bradgoodman Quantum Computing (332 comments)

What happens to Bitcoin (and other/like virtual currencies based on mining difficulties) when Apple unveils their shiny new iQuantum computer, and mining power of the masses (or those of the privileged few) suddenly increase a hundred-billion fold [or whatever]?

about 3 months ago
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Marc Andreessen On Why Bitcoin Matters (And A Critique)

bradgoodman Bias (332 comments)

FWIW, the article starts with:

"Marc Andreessen’s venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, has invested just under $50 million in Bitcoin-related start-ups."

i.e. Even if he doesn't believe a damn word he's saying - he's heavily invested enough to need to make it work.

about 3 months ago
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Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

bradgoodman Amnesty for Snowden (359 comments)

I am shocked that he did not include amnesty for Snowden. I think it is a distinct possibility for his last day in office. For Obama to have to rewrite public policy because of Snowden's action - and essentially admit the government was wrong (by virtue of the fact that he is correcting actions) - Snowden should be given Amnesty and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He risked a LOT more than Oprah did - and did a LOT more to assure the freedom of all Americans.

about 3 months ago
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Target Credit Card Data Was Sent To a Server In Russia

bradgoodman Re:in soviet russia (137 comments)

I only checked the posts here to read the impending "In Soviet Russia..." jokes.

about 3 months ago
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Starbucks Phone App Stores Password Unencrypted

bradgoodman Re:So, what SHOULD it have done? (137 comments)

I agree that the credit card info should NOT be there - but by virtue of the fact that he didn't say it was - I'd assume it is not. I'd also assume Starbucks would just keep CC info on their own web site, not on the phone.

So - knowing that the app needs to somehow either cache this info in a way it can get it back to login, or have you re-enter the password every time, I'll ask again:

What SHOULD they have done differently.

about 3 months ago
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Starbucks Phone App Stores Password Unencrypted

bradgoodman So, what SHOULD it have done? (137 comments)

If the app needed to "store the encrypted password" - what options would it have? It could encrypt and store it - but then it would need some sort of encryption key to do so - and the app would need that key (which would then have to be stored in the app.

So, what's the solution? We're NOT talking about a password file that can be stored in a hashed manner - that's receiving and verifying passwords, not sending them. Web browsers don't store cookies/tokens in an encrypted manner - if you got them you could use them elsewhere (assuming they weren't tied to IP address or whatever).

So - (and I'm asking literally, not rhetorically) what should they have done?

about 3 months ago

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Reports: NSA has cracked much online encryption

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  about 7 months ago

bradgoodman (964302) writes "CNN is reporting that the NSA in conjunction with the UK equivalent QCHQ has "cracked much online encryption". This seems to have been done by an ongoing attempt to systematically add "backdoors" and other hidden vulnerabilities into a multitude of commercial services, products and web sites. It does not go on to explicitly state there has necessarily been any "new math" in attacking the underlying algorithms themselves, though it does mention the use of "supercomputers" in the cracking."
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Massive New Ninth Planet Found?

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bradgoodman (964302) writes "The Independent reports: "If you grew up thinking there were nine planets and were shocked when Pluto was demoted five years ago, get ready for another surprise. There may be nine after all, and Jupiter may not be the largest.

The hunt is on for a gas giant up to four times the mass of Jupiter thought to be lurking in the outer Oort Cloud, the most remote region of the solar system. The orbit of Tyche (pronounced ty-kee), would be 15,000 times farther from the Sun than the Earth's, and 375 times farther than Pluto's, which is why it hasn't been seen so far.

But scientists now believe the proof of its existence has already been gathered by a Nasa space telescope, Wise, and is just waiting to be analysed. ""

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Google opening Wave to 100,000 beta testers

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bradgoodman writes "CNN reports that Google Wave, a product that promises to revolutionize online communication, will go out to about 100,000 beta testers Wednesday. Google demonstrated Wave at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, California, in May. The closed group of beta testers will help Google fish bugs out of the application before a public release by the end of the year, according to the Google Wave Web site."
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Happy 25th, Macintosh!

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bradgoodman writes "Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the original Macintosh. Two days after the legendary Super Bowl ad, the Mac was available. Has it really been that long? Wow, do I feel old! Happy Birthday, Macintosh!"
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Hudson Plane Crash - Are you outraged?

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bradgoodman writes "There is no doubt that the landing and rescue of US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River was nothing short of remarkable — but am I alone in my outrage? Everyone on the Titanic would have survived had it gone down in the middle of the Hudson river in the middle of the afternoon. Didn't the Titanic teach us that we needed life rafts for everyone on board? There were none for the vast majority of passengers. Even with the landing as flawless as it was, had this happened even a few miles off shore, hypothermia could have killed dozens of people. One of the rafts inflated even upside down. Is this going to ignite some major changes? I think we got very lucky."
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Chicka Chick Boom Boom: Cryptography for Toddlers?

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bradgoodman writes "Am I just having one of those psychotic episodes where you see similarities and correlations between random things, or... Is the popular Children's alphabet book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" really about cryptography?

For those who aren't familiar with it — the first page reads like a textbook case from a cryptography text:

"A told B, and B told C: "I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree."

The illustrations go on to depict the letters of the alphabet — scrambled, mangled, contorted and rearranged. Is there a conspiracy here, or do I just need to lay-off of the cold medicine?"

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Wii Fit: Emperor's New Clothes?

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bradgoodman writes "I've seen the Central Park release event, and been hearing all the buzz about Wii Fit on the web, in the media, and from other users. I'd frantically gone from store to store every day until I finally got my hands on one. I rushed home and tried it, and, what a let down! I don't want to go into detail on why it is so bad, and how it is nearly impossible to get even a moderate workout from this device. My Wife was all excited for it, tried it once, and that was the end of that. My question to Slashdot is: Why is everyone so up on Wii Fit? Why hasn't everyone realized how poor it is? Where is all the hype coming from? Is this an artifact of Nintendo's artificial short-supply — i.e. if you can't get it, you want it even more? Who can I slap to snap them out of it?"
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World of telecom about to change as we know it?

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bradgoodman writes "We've all heard of Google's coveting of the 700MHz spectrum, and of their desire to keep it "open" with respect to equipment that can be used on it. Then there is of course the "gPhone", and it's OS, etc. Today I heard for the first time (I live under a rock) about their acquisition of a service called "GrandCenteral". GrandCenteral does a lot with integrating land-lines, multiple phones, incoming calls, contact managment, voice-mail, etc. etc. and of course wraps it in with web-based management. I initially thought it was pretty different and interesting, imagining what you could do with it. That's when the light-blulb turned on: Using custom equipment (gPhone) on a spectrum (700MHz) which would integrate it into a completely new type of telecom paradigm (GrandCentral) — is there a coup brewing in the world of telephony as we know it???"
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Man flies 193 miles in lawn chair

bradgoodman bradgoodman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bradgoodman writes "BEND, Oregon (AP) — Last weekend, Kent Couch settled down in his lawn chair with some snacks — and a parachute. Attached to his lawn chair were 105 large helium balloons.

Balloons suspend Kent Couch in a lawn chair as he floats in the skies near Bend, Oregon, on Saturday.

With instruments to measure his altitude and speed, a global positioning system device in his pocket, and about four plastic bags holding five gallons of water each to act as ballast — he could turn a spigot, release water and rise — Couch headed into the Oregon sky."

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