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The Internet of Things and Humans

datapharmer Re:Dumbest trend ever (48 comments)

No, you don't understand. All the little internet connected things in your life like your thermostat with infrared sensor and tv with camera and xbox with 3d imager and phone with gps and toilet with butt activated hemorrhoid sensor all send their little bits of data back to the big intelligence in the cloud. This way the great data architects of Fort Meade know you need some anal cream, a diet, and some new pants. They might also recognize that you are a danger to yourself if you continue to play WoW. But if you stop playing you might be upset about your surroundings and be a danger to others, so you get a new online friend to help you play even more hours each day. I think the Internet of Things is quite Intelligently Designed. In fact, I think everyone else who supports it should all spread the word by using a hashtag for intelligently designed internet of things #IDIoT

5 hours ago
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.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

datapharmer Re:Open source compiler (217 comments)

It's already in use by the administrative share.

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

datapharmer Re:Lies (544 comments)

This is 60 minutes we're talking about here... don't get too demanding!

about two weeks ago
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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

datapharmer Re:Permenant Beta (295 comments)

Yes, changing it to say "alpha" would be putting it nicely. It WAS beta quality until they hired bing developers to pretty it up. Now it doesn't work on my mac, pc or android phone.

about a month and a half ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

datapharmer outsourcing your data (463 comments)

And this is why you should always outsource your data backup and security. 3rd parties are way more experienced and equipped at losing your data than you ever could be! It's like the cloud, but for paper records and tape backups!

about 2 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

datapharmer Re:Who, now? (385 comments)

okidata with ps/pcl support. Toner cost is a bit higher per page on the lower end models, but fine if he isn't printing books.

about 2 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

datapharmer Re:At least they're being more honest about it now (385 comments)

Clearly your experience with xerox is different than mine (I've found them nothing but unreliable garbage and their "technicians" are not very well trained to say the least), but then again I had to threaten Dell with legal action to get them to replace motherboards that had known bad nvidia chips that were dying (they kept trying to blame an operating system issue until it eventually escalated to someone in Round Rock), so it might simply be a matter of who is acting shitty at the moment. I concur that HP has their own problems though. We applied the latest SPP to a gen 8 server at the end of last year which promptly made the raid arrays impossible to configure and the workaround from their techs didn't work. We were eventually able to downgrade the firmware but that reintroduced several other bugs the firmware upgrade was intended to fix. Hopefully HP will get it all straightened out before I have to pay for the patches, but only time will tell! Yay for shortsighted profits!

about 2 months ago
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South Koreans Using Kinect To Monitor DMZ

datapharmer Re: Sad times (133 comments)

Play "patrol the boarder" on Xbox Live for just $19.95 per month! See how many illegal border crossings you can catch!

about 2 months ago
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Where Old Hard Disks (with Digital Secrets) Go To Die

datapharmer Re:Degaussing? Really? (128 comments)

a drill is usually faster than zeroing out the drive and works for 99% of cases. Maybe not nsa, but it will even slow them down a bit.

about 3 months ago
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T-Mobile Jumping Into the Check-Cashing Industry

datapharmer so how is this different (211 comments)

Great service. It sounds suspiciously like a bank account... so their big breakthrough is you get a checking account with no checks?

about 3 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

datapharmer let it slide... (559 comments)

Wait until apple offers a buyout. They have clearly been interested in gaming for years and have the cash to allow developers to keep working while the total fail that is wii u fades into memory. Nintendo just completely missed the mark. They had college students on the internet working on controller-less games that used the wii and instead of embracing the idea they let Microsoft hire these students to create the kinect and wasted their energy on a fat ugly tablet that is limited in function. If they were smart they would go after a kinect type controller-less system and offer a free app for iphone to act as a supplemental controller. The phones would make a great controller as they already have accelerometers, speakers, mic, etc in them and allow the full "family gaming experience" nintendo was shooting for originally.

about 3 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

datapharmer Re:Americans (324 comments)

No, I'm not saying that at all. In fact that is also against the NSA's mandate. They should be (according to their mandate) using this technology to detect and prevent military threats against the U.S. Whether that mandate is acceptable to the EU is a geopolitical question but falls within the construct of U.S. laws (protect your citizens from outside forces, don't go digging through their stuff unless there is a darn good and very specific reason) and thus if we are upsetting our neighbors in the EU we can "easily" change our laws and update their mandate to be something else like "help harden all electronic defenses to protect from foreign attack" but if they are ignoring the laws of their own country that means that there is no way to change their mandate as they just ignore it which undermines our system governing internally in the United States.

about 3 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

datapharmer Re:wait a second.... (324 comments)

Well that is their mandate, whether or not I am ok with spying on others is irrelevant. Theoretically if a majority of Americans determine that this isn't ok we can disband the NSA altogether, but the problem with Spying on Americans is that spying on Americans in direct contradiction to their mandate and therefore there is no working check or balance on their power thus circumventing the Republican Democracy (under the argument that "we the people" empowered elected representatives to establish the NSA but demand that their powers are limited to external entities to insure they follow the rules of the Constitution). In this case it is being reported that they are doing their job, which is totally different as it is currently an acceptable behavior within the confines of the U.S. culture's social contract (which could be changed in theory through the constructs of the nation's laws and systems of governance).

about 3 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

datapharmer wait a second.... (324 comments)

Ok, so I get the whole whistle blower thing but isn't this what the NSA is supposed to be doing? Spying on Americans is ok to get fussy about but why was this leaked and why doesn't the NYT realize that this actually does set back U.S. intelligence? Are they also going to release a story detailing what the Chinese are doing to spy on US from leaked Chinese intelligence?

about 3 months ago
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Firewall Company Palo Alto Buys Stealthy Startup Formed By Ex-NSAers

datapharmer Re:Fools Device (102 comments)

I think a review of the meaning of "attack surface" is due here. The idea here is to keep the bad guys out. If you can't physically secure your infrastructure (including some level of trust in your employees) you are guaranteed trouble. For that reason most networks are guaranteed trouble, but that aside a proper firewall does reduce the attack surface on the WAN by limiting traffic to what you want exiting and entering your network. Does a security guard also make a bank less secure because it increases the "robbery" surface?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Managing Device-Upgrade Bandwidth Use?

datapharmer Re:3Mbps?!?? (159 comments)

Here at home we can't get any better here without shelling out 10k for a fiber run and 400/month or more for the link after, so we are stuck with crapy AT&T 3Mbps dsl. Netflix actually works fine surprisingly. Initial start on a video will be a bit blocky but it clears up quickly. Quality on other video sources varies wildly, so the service provider's technology clearly makes a big difference. Youtube is decent but has a long buffer time, videos from Aol's news or Fox news will hardly even play and take 10 minutes or more to buffer a 1 minute clip.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Beautiful Network Cable Trays?

datapharmer Re:Other than just between walls (250 comments)

* Obligatory serious note: make sure to research these ideas before implementing anything in the second paragraph!

Yeah, like googling "electrical interference" and "fire code".

about 4 months ago
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Legislation Would Prohibit ISPs From Throttling Online Video Services

datapharmer already obsolete (222 comments)

Well with http/2 using ssl by default why not just deliver all video over an encrypted channel. If it all looks the same it makes traffic shaping much harder (especially if you use your own dns).

about 5 months ago
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Google Ends Internet Explorer 9 Support In Google Apps

datapharmer Re:We're stuck on IE 6 or 8 here in business land (199 comments)

Chrome updates are quite easy to control by using their ADM templates and deploying their enterprise msi via your favorite method. Just think of the smaller version increments as hotfixes. Microsoft pushes them all the time. At least with chrome it is more obvious what they are changing and what it might break by looking at the release notes versus digging through a million kb articles because the microsoft patch say "fixes a problem with internet explorer on some systems" or similar useless crap.

about 5 months ago

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Remote temperature monitoring solutions for a lab?

datapharmer datapharmer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

datapharmer (1099455) writes "I handle IT for a small research laboratory that has quite a few incubators. As anyone who has worked in a lab knows, the temperature displays on even expensive incubators just can't be trusted. As a result a lab technician must manually check the temperature of each incubator twice daily to make sure we are meeting our regulatory requirements. Since I know temperature, humidity, etc is measured in datacenters and server environments I was hoping fellow slashdotters could suggest a cost effective remote monitoring solution. The requirements are accuracy within .1 degree C, must not interfere with the incubator (so wireless is a plus but a remote probe is fine too), must record the temperatures over time in a central location, and must alert someone remotely if it goes out of a preset range (an email or sms would be fine). So slashdotters, any ideas that won't break the bank?"
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Google's self driving car crashes

datapharmer datapharmer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

datapharmer writes "We've all read previous stories on slashdot about Google's driverless car, and some have even pondered if a crash would bring the end to robotic cars. For better or for worse, we will all find out soon, as the inevitable has occurred. The question remains — who is to blame. A Google spokesperson told business insider that "Safety is our top priority. One of our goals is to prevent fender-benders like this one, which occurred while a person was manually driving the car.""
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Google gives users a holiday gift

datapharmer datapharmer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

datapharmer (1099455) writes "Google has decided to donate $20 million USD to charities this holiday season since "charities are experiencing their toughest year in decades". The gift is said to be to "everyone" from Google and was distributed as an e-mail message to gmail users that states in part "As we near the end of the year, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for the time, energy, commitment, and trust you've shared with us in 2009.

With sharing in mind, this year we've decided to do something a little different. We hope you'll find it fits the spirit of the holiday season." The email links to a happy holidays from google website that explains what they are doing for the holidays and why. Adblock users take note, you will need to disable your blocker to view the message.

The list of intended recipients includes:
        * Feeding America
        * Boys and Girls Clubs
        * Smile Train
        * CARE, Mothers Matter
        * World Wildlife Fund, Natural Capital Project
        * Mobile Creches
        * Prajwala
        * HEAL Africa
        * African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

        * The Mango Tree
        * National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
        * Harlem Children's Zone
        * Save the Children, Latin America focus
        * Reporters Without Borders
        * Witness
        * Loud Against Nazis
        * Global Voices

        * Ushahidi
        * Save the Children, Middle East and Eurasia focus
        * Grupo Cultural Afro Reaggae
        * Ashesi University College, Ghana
        * Pratham
        * Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience
        * Shin Shin Educational Foundation
        * Tzu Chi Foundation"

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AT&T Cellular Network Fails in San Francisco a

datapharmer datapharmer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

datapharmer (1099455) writes "Reports are coming in that the AT&T cellular network in San Francisco has failed. Users are reporting that both data and voice are non-responsive as they scramble for landlines. It is unclear at this time what has caused the outage."
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UF Emergency message system hacked

datapharmer datapharmer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

datapharmer (1099455) writes "According the The Independent Florida Alligator a "Mystery Message" was sent by text message to University of Florida students and employees last night around 8:45PM EST. The message read "The Monkey is out of the Cage." and was apparently sent through the Mobile Campus text system that was setup to send out emergency alerts.

While the motivation behind the message is unclear, some speculate that the message might have referred to President Barack Obama since the message was received during the inaugural ball. Gainesville Police are in the process of investigation the source of the message and the Mobile Campus system has been shutdown during until the source can be identified."
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Award Winning vlogger murdered

datapharmer datapharmer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

datapharmer (1099455) writes "Award winning vlogger Ali Shafeya Al-Moussawi was shot 31 times Late Friday night in Iraq. he was 23 years old.
For those of you who haven't heard of Ali, he was part of the Alive in Baghdad project, which swept the awards at the first vloggies with 6 awards including best vlog. Their videos have been featured on the BBC, CNN, Sky News, Fox, ABC, PBS and many other networks. Most recently they won the international weblog awards.
Details of Ali's death are still a bit unclear at this point, but at 11:30pm Baghdad time Friday, Iraqi National Guard forces raided the street where Ali's house is, one of the neighbors heard a gun firing after 15 minutes from the arrival of the Iraqi National Guard convoy to the street, the force left at 3:00am. His neighbors kept calling Ali's phone and it was switched off all the time, so they called his cousin Amar because he lives one block away from where Ali lives.
Amar arrived in Ali's house and found Ali shoot dead in the living room, Amar called the Iraqi Police and told them the story as he heard it from Ali's neighbors. At 8:30 am Baghdad time the Iraqi Police took Ali's body to the morgue, his two uncles received the body at 10:00am and they headed to Najaf to bury him.
Amar said the neighbor who lives in the front of his house was shot dead too during that raid, the guy's name is Hussein and he is 26 years old. He was in his place along with his brother and nephew. The brother and the nephew disappeared after the convoy left.
The morgue report says that Ali took 31 bullets between the chest and the head and died immediately. He will be missed and remembered. His two brothers were killed in the Firdos Square bombing in 2005. He is survived by his mother and sister. Alive in Baghdad is collecting donations for his family to help pay for the funeral."

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Google News Doesn't Censor

datapharmer datapharmer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

datapharmer (1099455) writes "I went to read google news today and was greeted by a penis. Yes, a penis. Apparently google doesn't believe in censorship (except in China). The story is on STDs. I can understand that it relates to genitals. I don't need a visual to remind me. I understand that censorship is bad, but couldn't they at least use a default filter like they do on their websearches? After all — think of the children!
A screen capture of the offending image in context can be seen below.

Note: the following link may not be work safe!
screen capture."
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Google Click2Call Gone!

datapharmer datapharmer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

datapharmer (1099455) writes "Using Google Local today I had a disappointing discovery: Click2Call was gone! For those of you who don't use google local, click2call allowed you to enter your phone number and have google call you and connect you to a business for free. It is great for those of us living without unlimited long distance. I use it quite a bit to check on internet orders from smaller businesses, and even locally instead of dialing the number manually.

Hopefully this is temporary and has not been completely scrapped by google. Perhaps there is a connection between this and their acquisition of GrandCentral?"

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datapharmer datapharmer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

datapharmer (1099455) writes "In February I did a network installation for a bookstore that is part of a very large chain. The work was subcontracted out to me by contingent.net under the terms net 60. This was mutually agreed upon and I have dealt with these terms before without problem. Unfortunately contingent is the exception, and after sending multiple invoices and making several calls which have gone unreturned I am out of patience. My next step is to go to court, but I would prefer to avoid this if possible. Slashdotters — have you ever had an out of state client that wouldn't pay? What did you do?"
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datapharmer datapharmer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

datapharmer (1099455) writes "Apparently Apple's press release and specs are a little misleading. In a recent conversation with an "Apple Expert" I was informed that only the Matte version of the 15" Macbook Pro is LED the Glossy finish is still CCFL! This will likely upset many of those who rushed out to buy a new Macbook Pro hoping to get better battery-life from the new LED screen. This may also explain the pricing glitches that were occurring after the announcement that showed savings of $150 (or $135 for the education store) when a glossy screen was selected. The glitch only occurred when selecting options and the confirmation screen reflected the standard pricing.

According to Apple's Website:

"The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is better for the environment, thanks to its new mercury-free display. Backlit by light emitting diodes (LEDs), the display weighs less and is more power efficient than the cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) which most notebooks employ, and provides full brightness immediately after the system is turned on."

This is very different from what I was told by an "Apple Expert" (excerpt from conversation):

Apple Expert: Are you considering the MacBook Pro?

Me: yes

Me: The 15"

Apple Expert: I recommend the new LED display 15" MacBook Pro.

Apple Expert: It is matte finish, however, the advantages are significant.

Apple Expert: The new 15-inch MacBook Pro models feature a brand-new, power-efficient LED-backlit display and are the first of Apple's notebooks to transition to LED backlighting as part of the company's effort to eliminate the use of mercury in its products.

Me: so the glossy 15" isn't LED?

Apple Expert: Also...

Apple Expert: It's lighter, brighter, draws less power, and is instantly full brightness when Me power up.

Me: so the LED is only matte finish?

Apple Expert: I am really sorry for keeping Me waiting, I'll be just another moment.

Me: no problem

Apple Expert: The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is better for the environment, thanks to its new mercury-free display. Backlit by light emitting diodes (LEDs), the display weighs less and is more power efficient than the cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) which most notebooks employ, and provides full brightness immediately after the system is turned on.

Apple Expert: Yes, the LED backlit is in matte only."

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