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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

brunes69 Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (268 comments)

Agree 100%. Maybe we're both old-timers (I am not even 35? *SIGH*), but I too play games to escape. I really dislike multiplayer games. I especially despise multiplayer first person shooters - the genre that has literally been the same rehash year after year for over a decade. Personally I prefer third person games because it lets me actually SEE my character and interact in a much better way than any FPS game.

Meanwhile, multiplayer games and FPS games are all most people in my circle care about so it is hard to find any common ground.

yesterday
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

brunes69 Google now / Siri (324 comments)

I have an app that reads incoming texts to me over my in-car bluetooth and lets me respond by voice. How does this account for that?

2 days ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

brunes69 Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (209 comments)

The main benefit of celcius is not that it is tied to water, it is that it is a linear scale. 30 degrees C is exactly twice as hot as 15 degrees C which is 15 times hotter than 1 degree C. Fahrenheit is not linear at all, it is logarithmic which makes it a huge PITA to work with in equations.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

brunes69 Vyattat (234 comments)

Just download and install VyOS (fork of Vyatta) if you're building your own firewall.

http://vyos.net/wiki/Main_Page

4 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

brunes69 Re:A Billion Dollars? (149 comments)

Money flows. 100,000 people working at a factory all need to spend the money they earn on consumer goods, food, and housing. All of that money makes a lot of taxes for the state, even if Tesla is not paying much tax.

4 days ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

brunes69 Re:About time (161 comments)

I have no idea what you're talking about because I have used Google Voice to call home from abroad for free on several occasions.

about a week ago
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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

brunes69 Re:Probably a few sites were hacked (203 comments)

Yep. In fact the more you look at the data the more it looks like Google was not hacked at all and these accounts were collected from elsewhere, then perhaps verified against Google.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

brunes69 Re:pulse detection? (729 comments)

There are lots of watches on the market that monitor your pulse directly from your wrist. The whole Android Wear line of watches for one.

about a week ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

brunes69 Re:Depends on the oversight/fallback systems (185 comments)

I completely disagree with you. I certainly DO NOT want automated driving systems to be supervised by a human, because compared to machines humans make horrible decisions and are slow to react to stimuli. In fact, I don't want a a human to be able to control the vehicle at all. Such is my nirvana.

about a week ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

brunes69 It doesn't have to work perfectly. (185 comments)

Automated driving systems DO NOT need to be foolproof.

Near 100% of highway accidents are the result of humans. The amount due to equipment failure is so small as to be statistically insignificant. Even if the automated system is only 95% foolproof, it would still reduce the number of traffic accidents by a huge margin by removing fallible humans from the equation.

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

brunes69 Re: Reclining should be banned in coach. (811 comments)

Which is why in my original post I said reclining should be removed/banned.

It's coming soon you can be assured. Airlines won't keep putting up with the costs of these disruptions, they'll just disable reclining. And we shall rejoice.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

brunes69 Re:How would we know? (811 comments)

There is premium economy available on all top tier carriers, including Air Canada.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

brunes69 Re:Reclining should be banned in coach. (811 comments)

Oh go BZZZT yourself.

Look, you can pontificate on and on about the glory days of yesteryear where you had enough legroom to roast a pig until you're blue in the face, but the simple FACT is that TODAY there is not enough legroom in coach to offer reclining. This is due mainly to the downward price pressures of a fiercely competitive airline industry with razor-thin margins.

If you want room to recline, then feel free to purchase a premium economy seat (which by the way costs LESS than the same economy seat did 10 years ago). If you're too cheap to do this, then suck it up.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

brunes69 Reclining should be banned in coach. (811 comments)

Look, I don't even blame these people that much. When someone reclines in front of you on a plane, it is HORRIBLE.

If you want to take a nap on a plane, then upgrade to premium economy or first class. Otherwise, keep your damn seat upright. I hate how reclining is still allowed on flights. Reclining your seat on plane is SO INCONSIDERATE to the person behind you. It jams the seat into their legs, it screws up their tray table angle, and it makes it IMPOSSIBLE for the person to get any work done in the plane. The only course of action you have is to ALSO recline your seat to try to re-gain some room, even if you didn't want to. Now you have not only screwed over the NEXT person behind you but you also might be hurting your back because you need to sit upright. Awesome.

Honestly I don't know why airlines still have reclining seats in coach nowadays. If they would just eliminate the ability then fights like this would not occur.

about two weeks ago
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Shadowy Tech Brokers Deliver Data To the NSA

brunes69 Full Packet Capture (35 comments)

so-called deep-packet inspection devices, which can also be used to prevent piracy, the spread of malware, and website access, all at the Internet provider level....

Er, no, that is not what full packet capture devices are used for AT ALL.

Full packet capture devices are typically used for digital forensics. For example, your company gets hacked using an APT and you know that probably data was exfiltrated, but you don't know exactly what data was taken and you don't know how these guys got into your system. A full packet capture device can help here. Another way they are typically used is to produce evidence for court cases where employees steal company data and so forth, or browse child porn at work, etc.

They are NOT typically used to "prevent piracy" or "spread of malware" or "website access", I don't even see the use case here. I think the OP is confusing full packet capture with layer 7 application state firewalls, which ARE used for the above.

about two weeks ago
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Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

brunes69 Distance from Phone (87 comments)

The people posting these reviews have had the watch for a few days, but I wonder how much education they got on it from Motorola, or if they were going in blind?

The reason I ask is that it has been well advertised today that the battery life of the watch will be HEAVILY INFLUENCED by it's distance from your phone. If the watch is seperated by the phone often, then it will constantly be using more power to communicate with it and/or be probing for the phone. This will significantly impact it's battery life, according to Motorola - and it makes sense. I know that for myself, the watch wold always be close to the phone so this would never be an issue.

about two weeks ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

brunes69 Re:Agree 100% (253 comments)

You did "precisely what" because what you describe has nothing to do with what the OP or myself posted about.

This is about stockpiling LOANERS for use when warranty is being invoked. It has nothing to do with stockpiling parts.

Sorry for being so blunt but this is the third such post I have had to reply to that did not RTFA.

about two weeks ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

brunes69 Re:Agree 100% (253 comments)

The size of the phone is irrelevant to the discussion, it is the COST of the phone and the DEPRECIATION that matters. If I have to keep 10 Galaxy S5s in inventory for possibly repairs, that costs me $6500 in inventory. Oh, and they depreciate at a rate of basically 50% a year or more so I am losing $3500 a year just having them sit there. Multiply that by 5 new phone models a quarter and 4 quarters a year and you have a net capital expenditure of $70,000 a year in this inventory. I could hire two employees with that money. It's TOTALLY infeasible.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

brunes69 Brute Force Protection (311 comments)

If your system does not offer any kind of brute force protection mechanism at all, which Find My iPhone does not seem to have based on my readings, then your system is broken by design. Brute force protections like 'only allow 10 login attempts within 5 minutes, and then block that IP from all login attempts for 30 minutes" are so trivial to implement that they should be part of any authentication system.

about two weeks ago

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Google protects undersea cables against potential shark attacks

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  about 1 month ago

brunes69 (86786) writes "When you plan for the costs to span the entire Pacific Ocean with fibre optic communication cable, you need to account for a lot of different factors to ensure that cable will remain protected and intact. Google, for one, is apparently taking no chances with its cables, even going so far as to protect them against shark attack."
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Wireless Carjacking Now Possible

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

brunes69 writes "The convenience offered by mobile apps for unlocking car doors and remotely starting their engines is also a weakness, as two hackers will demonstrate at the upcoming Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Researchers Don Bailey and Mathew Solnik managed to use a laptop to hack the mobile app connection in two different car brands.
The researchers discovered that, when a user pushed the unlock or remote engine start buttons on the app, the phone sends a signal to a service center, which then sends a signal to the car telling it what to do. The researchers intercepted and duplicated the signal sent to the car, afterwards using it to repeat the function."

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Astronaut learns of mom's death while in orbit

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

brunes69 writes "Daniel Tani is the first American astronaut to learn while in orbit of a family member's death. "He is obviously pretty sad," the astronaut's brother, Richard Tani, said in Thursday's Chicago Sun-Times. "He was pretty close to [his mother]. We are all close to her. She was loved by everyone." Tani's wife broke the news to him in a video conference call. The 46-year-old astronaut has been on the space station since late October."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Google/a> is in talks with DoubleClick's majority owner, San Francisco-based private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Google's interest comes after reports surfaced last week that Microsoft was considering buying DoubleClick. Yahoo and AOL — a major customer for the advertising Email Marketing Software — also reportedly held talks with the owners, though their interest is judged to be less intense than that of Google and Microsoft.

Google's arrival on the scene is likely to lift the price of any deal to around US$2 billion, The Wall Street Journal report stated. That would be slightly less than double that Hellman & Friedman and other investors paid for the company when they took the company private in 2005."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Google has once again become a pioneer with their offer of free WiFi access to everyone via their new Google TiSP service. Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "The CBC is running an interesting article profiling the problems with archiving digital data in New Brunswick's provincial archives. Quote from the story: 'I've had audio tape come into the archives, for example, that had been submerged in water in floods and the tape was so swollen it went off the reel, and yet we were able to recover that. We were able to take that off and dry it out and play it back. If a CD had one-tenth of one per cent of the damage on one of those reels, it wouldn't play, period. The whole thing would be corrupted'. Given the difficulties with preserving digital data, is it really the medium we should be using for archival purposes?"

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