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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

brunes69 Re:Privacy implications? (139 comments)

You can already throw up your own fake cell tower and intercept calls at random for $5000. So I don't think this will make things any easier.

6 hours ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

brunes69 Re:Privacy implications? (139 comments)

Without having any more information than the link.. I would think this would make it HARDER and more expensive for the NSA/FBI to do their job, not easier. Right now, everyone's calls go through a choke point that is easily tapped. If all kinds of people start making peer-to-peer phone calls, then eavesdroppers now have to put LTE sniffers all over the country in a very dense arrangement.

9 hours ago
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Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

brunes69 Fun Question (48 comments)

Fun question - who would you rather have spying on you? The NSA or the Chinese?

Personally I would rather have the Chinese spy on me because I never go there, and am not too worried about them shipping me off to prison on trumped up chargers because I disagree with whatever government is in power. The NSA on the other hand....

yesterday
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

brunes69 Whatever happened to Ubuntu for Android??? (131 comments)

Ubuntu for Android (http://www.ubuntu.com/phone/ubuntu-for-android) was a hybrid Ubuntu/Android OS that promised to allow you to use Android as the phone OS, then plug your phone into HDMI and a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard and have a full Ubuntu experience running alongside. It was announced with a lot of splash and got a lot of people excited. The ability to use a phone as a desktop computer on the road was very enticing. But it never materialized, and the source code was never opened (even though it is supposedly "open source", where the heck are you supposed to get the source, or download a build? I can't find one anywhere).

Ubuntu says the reason it never launched is because they need a partner with whom to launch since it needs modifications to Android... er, has Ubuntu ever heard of CyanogenMod?

2 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

brunes69 So, import it (331 comments)

Why wouldn't someone from Iowa just buy the Tesla from a neighboring state and import it... Iowa loses out on the sales tax because they are being stubborn.

2 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

brunes69 So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

Yes HTTPS is flawed. Name one protocol that is not.

Unless someone can offer a cost effective replacement (IE one that can be deployed and scaled into without breaking existing technology) then the best approach is to continue and fix the flaws as they are found.

The solution to a problem is not always "throw it away and re-write it". In fact the longer you are around in technology, the more you will realize that this is hardly ever a good idea.

4 days ago
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Water Discovered In Exoplanet Atmosphere

brunes69 Re:We care why? (50 comments)

I believe the only place we know in the universe where liquid water flows on the surface of a planet is on earth. Liquid water flowing on the surface or close to it is thought to likely be a required prerequisite to evolve life as we know it. That's why it's important.

5 days ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

brunes69 Re:You don't need to make "deals" (335 comments)

Google has the app geo-locked to US credit cards for reasons I do not understand because it actually works everywhere. I am in Canada and can use Google Wallet (with my US credit card).

about two weeks ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

brunes69 You don't need to make "deals" (335 comments)

You need an open platform that emulates a card that everyone accepts. Google Wallet works EVERYWHERE, because it just emulates a Visa card. You can use it at ANY Paypass or Paywave terminal regardless of if it says Google Wallet on it.

The only need to make "deals" is if you want to take a cut of the transaction to increase your bottom line. Google tried that, failed, and changed Wallet so that it is totally open.

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

brunes69 Re: Who to believe? (393 comments)

It depends on how you measure success.

Does the leaf sell more raw units? Assuredly.

Does the leaf outsell all other gasoline cars in their market segment? No they dont, but the Tesla Model S has.

Is the Model S more profitable than the leaf⦠does the Model S make Tesla more money than the leaf makes Nissan? I have no idea but I bet it is at worst a draw.

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

brunes69 Who to believe? (393 comments)

Who should I believe?

Menahem Anderman a self confirmed "battery skeptic"

Elon Musk who runs the company that makes the best and arguably most successful electric car ever produced, and is constantly hitting production targets?

My money is on Elon.

about two weeks ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

brunes69 Re:No trouble finding single player games.... (292 comments)

Most of those games you quoted are very old and OP has probably played them all and is looking for something new.

about two weeks ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

brunes69 Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (292 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.

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

brunes69 Google now / Siri (326 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?

about two weeks ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

brunes69 Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (210 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.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

brunes69 Vyattat (238 comments)

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

http://vyos.net/wiki/Main_Page

about three weeks 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.

about three weeks ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

brunes69 Re:About time (162 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 three weeks 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 three weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

brunes69 Re:pulse detection? (730 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 three weeks ago

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Google protects undersea cables against potential shark attacks

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  about a month and a half 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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