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Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

brunes69 Re:Good for him (90 comments)

Hearing aids are still crazy overpriced, but perscription glasses can be easily purchased online for $10 or even for free. Before I got my LASIK a few years ago I got a new pair two of glasses for free every few months using coupon codes from Goggles4U or clearly contacts.

2 days ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

brunes69 Re:Permanent Habitat? (100 comments)

Nuclear. If it can power a sub for years, it can power a station on Europa.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

brunes69 Permanent Habitat? (100 comments)

It seems a lot more feasible to me to build a permanent off-world habitat on Europa beneath the water, than to build one on Mars. The ice and water would shield you from the radiation normally absorbed by Earth's atmosphere and ionosphere. You can extract oxygen easily from water using known processes. And there is no need to MAKE water since it is everywhere. Furthermore, we are already well-versed in making underwater habitats and the habitat would be easily testable here, so there are fewer unknowns.

You would not even need to sink the habitat very deep to protect from the radiation, it could achieve neutral boyancy somewhere in the middle of the water column, and then rotate itself in the water to achieve 1G via centripetal forces.

about two weeks ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

brunes69 Re:Yes, because it is (218 comments)

Facebook explicitly says they do not allow you to delete your account. They simply DO NOT ALLOW IT. And all data you post on facebook is theirs, they claim ownership of it. So no wonder they don't allow you to delete it.

Google allows you to delete your account and tells you exactly what happens when that occurs. http://www.pcworld.com/article... . And they claim ownership of nothing.

The companies attitude toward privacy and accountability are so different it is not even in the same hemisphere.

about two weeks ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

brunes69 Yes, because it is (218 comments)

- Google lets you export ALL OF YOUR DATA, 100%, in full, in open formats.

- Google lets you close your account and delete it, leaving no traces. This includes Google Plus and all posts shared.

- The majority of Google's services offer open APIs and follow open standards and allow third party integrations.

- Heck, many of their products they fully open source and give to the whole community, including Chrome, ChromeOS, Android, GWT, etc

Compare this to facebook. You can't export anything out of facebook in any kind of open format. You can not easily delete your account, even when you do your pictures and images remain on other people's accounts. Facebook offers very few open APIs to integrate with it, they want you to instead write apps that run ON the platform so they can control and monetize everything you create.

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

brunes69 Re:This is one thing I love about it (544 comments)

The Model S has a 300 mile range so not sure why a ~70 mile round trip would be a problem, or even your quoted 300 mile max trip.

As far as someone who can do work - you need to remember that because it has no gas engine at all, there is little to no matience needed on a Model S. There is no oil to change, nothing to inspect since it monitors itself. You don't need yearly checkups to maintain warranty. And if anything DOES go wrong, and there is no local service, they send a Tesla Ranger TO YOU, not the other way around.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

brunes69 DNS VPN (88 comments)

Unless you subscribe to unblock-us or unotelly or one of the other DNS VPN providers, then you can watch all of that in Canada as well.

about two weeks ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

brunes69 You Can (243 comments)

It's called AppOps. Was in Android hidden, then removed, but still ships in standard Cyanogenmod.

about two weeks ago
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

brunes69 Moto 360 (97 comments)

If the Moto 360 is halfway as capable and slick-looking as has been shown thus far, any iWatch is going to have trouble keeping up.

The 360 is the first smart watch that I would not be embarrassed wearing at a client meeting or in the boardroom. With the full OLED screen, customize-able bands (metallic and non-metalic, black, silver, colored...), Moto has a winner with this product.

about two weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

brunes69 Re:Credit Card Features and Rewards (455 comments)

I already replied to this above

- If you get 1% back in points on your CC, that means a 0.5% interchange fee for merchants, tops, due to point writeoffs.

- If you think that lowering interchange fees by 0.5% will result in 0.5% lower prices at the till on average across the industry, and not just more profit swallowed on average, I have a bridge to sell you.

about two weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

brunes69 Re:Credit Card Features and Rewards (455 comments)

That is not how insurance or any of these points systems work. They are value-shifted based on the idea that only a small percentage of insurance is cashed, that a lot of points go unredeemed, etc. IE, your 1% cash back would turn into 0.5% reduction in interchange fees saved.

Furthermore, do you HONESTLY expect Walmart to reduce all your prices by 0.5% if their interchange fees go down by 0.5%? If you do then I have a nice bridge for sale.

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

brunes69 Credit Card Features and Rewards (455 comments)

Expect your travel insurance, extended warranty protection, points, cash back, and other credit card features to dry up rapidly if interchange fees are reduced. These perks that have been built up over the years are not free, they are paid for by interchange fees.

about three weeks ago
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Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory

brunes69 Re:There is a case (72 comments)

The majority of cities don't even have "taxi medallions" so I think you are looking at a limited set. The only cities that have medallions according to wikipedia are Boston, NYC, and Chicago.

about three weeks ago
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Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory

brunes69 Re:There is a case (72 comments)

There usually is not any said restriction. There is a licensing fee and your service provider has to comply with the regulations, and then you are allowed in.

Now, New York and some cities actually restrict the number of cabs on the street. That, I think, is silly, and is indeed crony-ism.

about three weeks ago
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Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

brunes69 Re:I admire their spunk, but... (275 comments)

You are touching on some very, very good points on inflation, and why comp-sci majors should learn more about economics before going all balls-out making a new currency.

The whole idea that BTC can't inflate past a certain point is why it is guaranteed to fail. Fiat currency and inflation **is not bad**, it is in fact good for many reasons when it is under control. You outline one of those reasons above - inflation encourages people to spend money, thus keeping the economy alive. Another reason inflation and fiat currency is required is because the GDP of the planet is not some static sum. Every day the earth spins around, there is another day of work that needs to be quantified. The currency that quantifies that day of work has to come from somewhere. Where does it come from when you can't make more currency? You need to devalue all other existing currency. How do you do this without inflation?

about three weeks ago
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Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory

brunes69 There is a case (72 comments)

There is a case to be made for taxi regulation. It protects passengers, which is really the main reason taxi regulation exists. In order to fund that regulation, they allow companies artificial monopolies.

The last thing you want is a totally unregulated taxi industry. There is a reason these kinds of things became regulated in the first place.

about three weeks ago
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Target and Trustwave Sued Over Credit Card Breach

brunes69 Re:Banks are responsible too (87 comments)

.. and all customers will have chipped cards by October.

about three weeks ago
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Target and Trustwave Sued Over Credit Card Breach

brunes69 Re:Banks are responsible too (87 comments)

The banks ARE making moves here.

All card terminals in the US need to accept chip & PIN by 2015 because the banks will be mandating it. It's coming like a tidal wave and US retailers are turning a blind eye, hopefully the banks and Visa/MC hold steadfast in the requirement.

It should be embarrassing to the USA that every single other OECD nation on the planet switched to Chip & PIN 5-10 years ago. The USA does not always HAVE to be different. Sometimes going with the flow is the more intelligent choice.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

brunes69 Waitstaff (870 comments)

I agree somewhat with janitors and even fast food. But the idea that waitstaff are vulnerable to automation is a bit ridiculous. The whole reason people go out to a restaurant with waitstaff has little to do with the food and everything to do with the experience of being waited on. Having some kind of robot you place orders on turns that restaurant into yet another fast food joint.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

brunes69 How is this news... (320 comments)

Honestly anyone with half a clue has known the NSA has been doing this FOR YEARS.

In fact I saw a great documentary on the subject in 1998

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

( I am actually serious... who in the western world did not already know the NSA had these capabilities? The surprising thing to me would have been if it came out that they DID NOT have them - at which point I would wonder what they were doing with their billions of dollars ).

about a month ago

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Wireless Carjacking Now Possible

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 2 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  |  about 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  |  about 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  |  about 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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