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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

cdrudge Re:OBD2 (194 comments)

Most of those stats are pretty mundane and generic. It might get you somewhat to what you might be looking for, but I wouldn't exactly call it "hacking". And unless you have the diagnostic tool specific to that manufacturer/make/model, you are unlikely to do anything than read those generic values and reset the check engine light.

about a week ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

cdrudge Re:Hmmm ... (167 comments)

I can see this applying to FAR more than cycling.

You could use it to dehumidify an entire house! I mean, in summer when you have hot, muggy air something like this, obviously on a bigger scale, could do wonders to remove the moisture plus even maybe a bit of heat in the air making it much more comfortable in a space.

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

cdrudge Re:Wifi what about the poor saps (106 comments)

What difference does it make if a low income family saves $10 on POTS or $10 on a cell phone? It's not like that $10 is getting them an unlimited data plan and a top of the line phone.

about two weeks ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

cdrudge Re:The problem with corporations. (130 comments)

I figured it out.

This is them whenever they see money, period. mine!

Really? Who would have ever have though a corporation would want to make money.

about two weeks ago
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HYREL 3-D Printers Were Developed by 3-D Printer Users (Video)

cdrudge Re:How about Ultimaker? (55 comments)

What else do you own that breaks in day-to-day usage?

Everything can break in day to day usage. It doesn't break day-to-day, but it's the usage day-to-day that may cause it to break.

Sounds like these 3D printers are a weird fad.

Then don't participate.

At least they pay for themselves in a year, right?

Do you really need to make the same reply over and over?

about two weeks ago
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HYREL 3-D Printers Were Developed by 3-D Printer Users (Video)

cdrudge Re:But but but (55 comments)

And when that fishing line eventually wears out and snaps, what happens to whatever axis that fishing line was supporting? It comes crashing down. With a Hyrel 3D printer, it looks like the Z-axis lifts up and is made of metal. That means there's a decent amount of weight that is being supported. I'm not sure a "professional grade" 3D printer should damage itself when a fishing line would break.

Advantages for a ball screw is lower friction losses over an ACME or other lead-screw designs and for a use like this, is essentially maintenance free and will outlast the rest of the printer.

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

cdrudge Re:Ok but that's electricity, not energy (488 comments)

Actually here in Denmark many people use "jordvarme", which google translates to geothermal, which it is _not_.

It's technical name is ground source heat pump or geothermal heat pump, often just shortened to geothermal. It's loops are typically 6-8 below ground (for horizontal loops) where the ground temperature is relatively constant year round. Yes it is different that "geothermal power" or "geothermal heating" which uses heat from the earth directly, but it's still "geothermal" none the less.

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

cdrudge Re:Shift the cost to the consumer ... (127 comments)

Consumers, in one form or another, will be responsible for breaches.

We (the consumers) always have been. If breaches start to hurt the bottom line of the processors, merchant fees will just increase. Merchant fees increasing will result in merchandise prices to rise or credit card surcharges (where legal).

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

cdrudge Re: Home Depot is getting off cheap (99 comments)

I wasn't the one that make the original post, but yes, it's an expense to my credit union (and everyone else's credit union or bank) for something that they won't be reimbursed by Home Depot. The cost for Home Depot was what it cost them to investigate the breach, fix it, replace terminals, etc, as well as damage control, credit monitoring for the victims, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

cdrudge Re: Home Depot is getting off cheap (99 comments)

The cheapest first class metered mail for pre-sorted by 5 digit zip code is about $.38/letter. It's cheaper, but I wouldn't say "far cheaper". Standard class bulk mail (aka junk mail) goes cheaper, but can't be used for personalized correspondence, sending out replacement credit cards, etc.

about three weeks ago
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EFF Hints At Lawsuit Against Verizon For Its Stealth Cookies

cdrudge Re:It's so cute... (81 comments)

And in the end, you'd just end up then paying Verizon well over $110 a month.

about three weeks ago
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Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

cdrudge Re:Home Depot is getting off cheap (99 comments)

My credit union sent me two snail-mail letters as well as two emails telling me my card likely was included in the breach. They then sent me, via Visa, a new card. Even after I had already activated it, they sent me two follow up letters, one to say that I should have already received my card and that even if I hadn't, my old card would be deactivated on a date, and then on that date I received a letter saying it was deactivated.

If I'm reading USPS.com right, the cheapest first class letter rate is for an 5-digit zip sorted/trayed automation letter at $.381/letter which cost my credit union $1.905 in postage before even factoring in printing and stuffing the envelops, replacement card costs, and the employee costs for doing all the above.

about three weeks ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

cdrudge Re:Oh good (164 comments)

You must not have received the memo. Literally now means both in a literal sense, as well in a not so literal sense.

about three weeks ago
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Sketches Released of New Star Wars Museum

cdrudge $400m!!!?! (65 comments)

$400m dollars? I get the whole preserving your legacy thing, and it's his money he can do what he wants I guess...but is there nothing better that he could put $400m towards that will actually do the world good?

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

cdrudge Re:Not to worry! (198 comments)

Nitpick, but God created the earth on the first day and then populated it on days 5 and 6. The 7th day was spent resting, drinking beer, and watching football.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

cdrudge Re:There are already ways to deliver vaccine (198 comments)

From your link:

Because the jet injector breaks the barrier of the skin, there is a potential that biological material is transferred from one user to the next. Some infectious viruses such as hepatitis B can be transmitted by less than one millionth of a millilitre[6] so makers of injectors need to ensure there is no cross-contamination between applications. The World Health Organization no longer recommends jet injectors for vaccination due to risks of disease transmission.

A breathable mist is even easier to administer and doesn't have the for any special precautions as the skin is never penetrated, eliminating the chance of infection or blood cross contamination.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

cdrudge Re:Technicalities (198 comments)

If the infection rate prior to being immunized was 100%, I'd say 9 of 9 not being infected is pretty fricking huge for something that kills 1/2 the people that catch it and no other known immunization technique.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

cdrudge Re:Money (588 comments)

Not to mention the money saved by not having to incarcerate nearly as many of the 45,000 state and federal prisoners currently serving marijuana-related sentences. Each prisoner averages around $30k a year to keep locked up.

about three weeks ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

cdrudge Re:You need enough rope to hang yourself (217 comments)

and we all know how much developers love to test (and to document).

What are these "test" and "document" things you speak of?

about three weeks ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

cdrudge What do traditional firearm shops use (353 comments)

Having never been in a firearms store, let alone purchase one, what do "real" firearm shops use as a payment processor? Surely they take credit cards, don't they?

Stripe makes it clear that they don't want to participate in transactions for regulated products and services. I don't see what the problem with that is.

about three 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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