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VP Anthony Moschella Shows Off Makerbot's Latest Printers and Materials (Video)

cdrudge Cred? (35 comments)

and what MakerBot is doing to try to salvage its open-source cred

Yeah. Good luck with that salvage job.

11 hours ago
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Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center

cdrudge Re:How is maintenance performed? (138 comments)

Other than fire suppression, is there any other practical advantage to locating a datacenter underground?

Surface natural disasters wouldn't have an impact. So you don't need to worry about storms, wind, hurricanes, tornados, etc. Terrorism, explosions, etc also are minimized, at least from outside sources. Physical security is also improved. Cooling may be easier depending on how it's constructed to utilize more consistent temperatures...but that could also work against you if you don't have enough cooling as you can't just run another refrigerant line through a wall to outside.

yesterday
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Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap

cdrudge Re:Slow news day (82 comments)

Last I checked, cameras don't work from the adjacent office. Or floor above or below. Or any other place that would block optical spying but not from picking up EM radiation.

yesterday
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Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap

cdrudge Re:Add noise (82 comments)

I was working at a defense contractor in the '80's when the whole "Tempest" program started.

Really it's amazing how easy it is for people to forget things like Van Eck phreaking have been around for going on three decades now

No, I don't thing people are forgetting things have been going on for three decades...

yesterday
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

cdrudge Re:Amateurs... (342 comments)

They're probably going to leave behind stained money, as it is of no use to them. The bank, on the other hand, of course will re-deposit their own stained money....

No, they'll do the same thing that banks in the US do when they have a dye pack that goes off. They ship it back to the fed reserve and it gets replaced.

But what if they would find out that there is MORE stained money found in the debris than there was inside?

In what way would that benefit a thief to leave money, stained or not, at a crime scene?

Sounds to me like either a source for lulz or a way to wash (somehow literally) dirty money. (with a little inside help of course)

Nevermind. I didn't realize you were the actors in Office Space that had to look up the dictionary definition of money laundering.

Money laundering only works if you get the "clean" money back after it's been "laundered". If you have a guy on the inside that would get the money after it's been replaced, whether it's extra or not, it's not money laundering. It's just plain theft. And you wouldn't even need to go through hassle of laundering it, they would just steal it to begin with.

yesterday
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Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

cdrudge Re:In other words. (77 comments)

"Thirty Minneapolis city buildings will get free basic cable for the next seven years"

I wonder why thirty Minneapolis city buildings need basic cable to begin with, let alone for 7 years. Maybe the city employees could, you know, do their jobs instead of watching basic cable?

2 days ago
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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

cdrudge Re:Implement locally? (143 comments)

No, there's no reason for them to withhold their number.

Medical privacy? Perhaps a patient doesn't want others to see "Midwest Cancer Services" on the caller id. Or "Planned Parenthood". Or any other possibly recognizable number/name.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

cdrudge Re:Only for the first year (570 comments)

You don't need Windows to play games or browse the web either.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

cdrudge Re:No (570 comments)

... Windows 10 license [costs] eleventy bajillion dollars...

Thanks for the quote I'm using with my trade magazine article...

about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

cdrudge Re:It's about time (322 comments)

Well, presumably they need the account information to determine if the accusation is valid or not, although as many others have pointed out, why can't they use the alleged victim's account. Regardless, any action shouldn't come until the accused has had their due process. If all it took was an accusation and refusal to share their credentials to be "sentenced" to a year of no social media access and/or public service, the system would be guaranteed to be abused.

about a week ago
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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

cdrudge Re:You gotta be kidding me... (168 comments)

A quick google just brings up lots of bullshit.

There's a reason for that...

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

cdrudge Re:Perhaps at last an affordable mini PC? (180 comments)

You still need a case - and the mini ITX cases generally come without power supplies. You could likely get this with case and power supply for under $200 but not by a lot.

A M350 mini-ITX case runs $37 on Amazon. Presuming the power supply isn't some stupid proprietary design, $5-10 for a power supply. I did exactly this for a Intel miniITX HTPC that used a laptop charger as the power supply.

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

cdrudge Re:This could be fun.... (164 comments)

To which I would have said that it's up to you, the manufacturer or it's representative, to prove that the use of an "unauthorized" hard drive caused the NIC to fail. It's just like using non-OEM parts or fluids in a car for a repair, it doesn't void the warranty if the non-OEM part didn't contribute to the failure that otherwise would have been covered.

All this presumes that you're in the US jurisdiction and that it was an actual warranty and not just a service contract people thing are warranty. FTC information as it pertains to auto repair, but the same applies for other types of warranties.

about two weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

cdrudge Re:Jesus Christ (245 comments)

I don't know. It sounds slightly more interesting than a movie about a font.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

cdrudge Re:Just hire a CPA (450 comments)

If they only make $350 in the side-gig why the hell would you report it?

Because some people are honest. Because while you may not report it, it may show up on someone else's taxes as a deduction/business expense. Because some people do many sub-$350 side jobs. Because some people don't want to take the risk if/when they do get audited that $350 makes a difference.

If a professional tax preparer told clients that if it's sub-$600 to just sweep it under the rug, I'd find a new professional tax preparer.

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

cdrudge Re:WTF (319 comments)

No, freedom of speech is the freedom to offend (or rather, "criticize") your government.

No. Freedom of speech is your right to communicate your ideas and opinions to others that wish to hear it without government interference from doing so. Typically it comes with a restriction that such communication does not cause harm to others. Causing hurt feelings because your prophet was satirized in a cartoon is not generally causing harm to others.

about two weeks ago
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Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

cdrudge Re:Troll bidders (138 comments)

It's about as good as all the articles that proclaim all the crappy toys from your childhood are now worth thousands. And by "worth" mean that is what someone very unrealistically put the starting or buy it now price on ebay before it never sold.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

cdrudge Re:Lobby = Corruption (190 comments)

You're presuming that all 725k people in the district want to lobby their critter. We can barely muster 1/2 of eligible voters to vote in a presidential election. The last midterm election had just over 1/3 the people voting. If you consider that it's likely that households would have a similar or common voice, then the numbers get even smaller. Factor in apathy and you can calculate the number of constituents that actually have a need, want to talk to, and eventually follow through with talking to their congress critters at 10 people. Maybe. That might be higher than actual though.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

cdrudge Re:Don't confuse power production and nuclear weap (166 comments)

As for a plutonium contaminated waste facility, I should point out that Los Alamos had quite the plutonium problem. They solved it by painting the walls coral - bright bleedin' orange - and then painting over with white paint. The rule was simple - if you see orange, call the safety people. It was (and is) not a perfect solution, but it was (and is) a workable one.

Is this a metaphorical solution that I'm not understanding, or an actual solution to a problem that I don't understand. I'm presuming the problem is radiation contamination, but I'm not understanding how deteriorating white paint that shows orange paint underneath is a viable detection solution.

about two weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

cdrudge Re:Nope (331 comments)

If you are a company where your business is providing disk space for random files of a subscriber, you'll need to deal with law enforcement. But it's not likely that the business will be liable for the contents of those files unless they completely ignore any credible notification of illegalities. For the average Joe running a random piece of software that allows him to sublet his excess storage likely would have a lot more scrutiny and a lot more hassles proving those files aren't his.

I look at it like someone being caught transporting drugs. If they were shipped via UPS, Fedex, or USPS, the courier and company aren't going to be arrested. But if you or I got pulled over and drugs were found in a box that we were "just delivering for someone", we probably would be.

about two weeks ago

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cdrudge cdrudge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cdrudge (68377) writes "A federal jury on Thursday said Vonage Holdings Corp. violated 3 of 5 patents of Verizon Communications Inc. and ordered the upstart Internet-phone company to pay $58m in damages as well 5.5% in royalty fees per month per customer. Verizon said it would seek an injunction to block Vonage from using its patented technology. The jury did reject Verizon's claim of $200m in damages and that Vonage deliberately violated Verizon's patents. As you might expect, Vonage said it would appeal the decision and seek a stay if an injunction is granted. Judge Claude Hilton set a hearing for March 23 on whether to grant an injunction."

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