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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

dltaylor no Gbit, no sale (88 comments)

There appears to be enough RAM and enough compute power, but the Ethernet interface is pathetic. Even in an inexpensive experimenters' board, GBit Ethernet should be standard. For one thing, it's hard to judge the real processing power needed (as a fraction of the available) for networking, when the network, itself, is the bottleneck.

2 days ago
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Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

dltaylor Re:talk about "old tech" (87 comments)

The "one"? Unless it's a form of DRM not supported on a specific platform, many, or all, of the formats are displayable. Of course, the browser will "automagically" know which of the several you want THIS time.

It's still old tech. lseek(), read() or GET. You don't have to pull all the versions from storage with TIFF, either.

2 days ago
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Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

dltaylor talk about "old tech" (87 comments)

So now we have a relabeled "TIFF" container?

Tagged Interchange File Format (TIFF) has been around since the 1980s; the Amiga had a nice version, and I used them in a very old document system for the US Navy. The file could hold multiple instances of the same data, in different formats. A picture could be JPEG, GIF, a PDF bitmap, ..., for example, and the platform displayed/printed whatever it could.

2 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

dltaylor "Paleo Diet" haters (281 comments)

Folks, please remember that this is a "fad". There's nothing of intelligence involved in choosing the diet (might make more sense, based on some of the research I've seen, to infect themselves with parasites, as our ancestors were, to retrain their immune systems and reduce inflammation). Providing logical arguments against the "Paleo diet" to a population that has self-selected against intelligence, is, itself, not logical.

about a week ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dltaylor Re:Why Fy? (260 comments)

Thank you.

I can use that as a model for the "crowded room", or, think, airplane cabin with 8 APs and 300+ clients. Probably still not a lot in aggregate. BTW, given my overall weight and body fat percentage, that 80 kg was just about right for the water content of my body.

As for the radiation source (sometimes) in the sky, I know THAT one kills. When the doctors ask me what SPF sunblock I use, I ask them what is the SPF of the planet Earth. I try to keep it between me and the source whenever possible (harder in summer), and "hard" shade (concrete, steel, not leaves) when not.

Playing "Devil's advocate" may sound ridiculous, but it does, sometimes, elicit useful responses, like yours, rather than just hand-waving.

about a week ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

dltaylor you're making California look good (421 comments)

If there's anyone in South Carloina with enough brains to form a synapse, please put them in charge. Stupid, brutal behavior like that make even the craziness of California look good.

about two weeks ago
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Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

dltaylor Re:will NOT have learned from Target (106 comments)

Actually, they do, but the person in that position doesn't even know what it means, much less how to deal with it.

Picture an internet where home users must havea license to access the iy, or hire a "chaffeur" to manage their systems and there are penalties for failing to secure them. Many fewer bot farms, I suspect.

about two weeks ago
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Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

dltaylor will NOT have learned from Target (106 comments)

Most of the management types I've met have just enough functioning brain cells to kiss ass and repeat whatever mantra they learned in MBA school or during the most recent management retreat.

Target was breached because HVAC maintenance had access to the same network as the POS terminals, which is inexcusable stupidity. Unfortunately, this is exactly what will happen with the IoT devices. Putting them on an entirely separate network (own APs for wireless, blinkenlights, ...) will cost something, and, since the CIOs don't spend hard time in a closed prison for exposing their systems, or the personal data of employees or customers, they simply will not authorize the expenditure.

about two weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dltaylor Re:Why Fy? (260 comments)

IOW, you don't know, but are happy to toss out an AC snarky comment.

I've worked on megawatt RADARs, and the running "joke" was that by the time you found out it hadn't been properly secured and was now transmitting, you were already dead, but had just been informed.

Yes, the RF from electronics is non-ionizing, but we have actual results of exposure to ionizing radiation and some guidelines as to what various agencies around the planet consider "safe". If I'm in a room (for example, a lecture hall), with 100+ phones, tables, and laptops, at ranges from 1 meter to 10 meters, connected to a 10-transmitter "hot spot", what is my RF exposure? What amount of that RF is being converted to heat in my body?

about two weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dltaylor Re:Why Fy? (260 comments)

Just we all can be "sure" of things: what is the temperature rise due to ambient 2-5 GHz RF in a human body? After all, microwave ovens cook by exciting water molecules in the cavity. The RF energy is converted to kinetic energy, of which temperature is a measure.

Got a number in some useful frame of reference, such as degrees C per kilogram per milliwatt?

about two weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dltaylor Re:Ethernet still the best (260 comments)

The cable cost may not be that much higher, and multiple cables are not that much more work, I agree, but the many-more-port switch to which they all connect seems much more costly than a few distributed 5-8 port near-freebies. Only in two places did I need some serious managed switches ("computer room" and right at the firewall/router). The little ones did have to be able to handle VLAN-tagged packets, of course.

about two weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dltaylor missing 0 option (260 comments)

Although I have a few devices that COULD be connected to WiFi, I do not have a connection at home. All computers, printers, game consoles (Wii flavors and Xbox360), NAS, and home audio are connected to a wired Gbit network. Makes the Nook tablets unable to connect to the 'net at home, but, at home, I don't need them connected, anyway, since I feed them by SD card.

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

dltaylor not fad, flop (197 comments)

In order to be a fad, there has to be some significant adoption ("pet rocks", for example). Not gonna happen, IMO, with Dolby Atmos (tm). I've got a fairly extensive last gen' home setup (1080p, not 4K; 7.1, not 9.3), and there's nothing I've seen or heard that encourages me to "upgrade" to even those levels, much less the whole room redesign needed for Atmos. I'm sure there will some adoption by those who simply "must" own the latest tech, then watch cable/satellite 720p, but it won't be enough to constitute a fad.

about two weeks ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

dltaylor keep the psychopaths in line (327 comments)

Businesses have repeated shown no concern for their workers or the surrounding populace when it comes to safety or pollution, and no remorse for the consequences of their actions. Rivers in the Appalachians, lead poisoning in Industry, plant explosions in Texas, worker deaths and oil spills from a rig explosion in the Gulf, the Ohio River literally on fire are all examples of this psychopathic behavior.

If a business cannot provide a safe workplace, and clean up its own waste, it should not be in business, because neither of those is all that hard.

about three weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

dltaylor 1920x1200 monitor (286 comments)

I like that resolution, too. Reasonable balance between not enough room and dealing with all of the font/scaling issues of the higher-resolution monitors. One of my compadres chose the lower resolution of two high-resolution monitors because the higher just didn't look right in side-by-side comparison. Besides, I look at the monitor much more than the TV, so it should have "more", too.

I recently picked up a Dell U2412M, and may order another to keep as a spare.

about three weeks ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

dltaylor there IS a connection (151 comments)

I used to work for one of the In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) vendors. Although their "architect" was clueless about security, some of us doing the work managed to build some into the system. With WiFi, it was harder, but, before I left, we had, at least, set up some VPNs to isolate the system control links from the cabin crew- and customer-access features (don't know if that persisted). The entire IFE did rely on hard-coded passwords, though.

There IS a connection between the IFE and aircraft systems. It is used to feed aircraft position and speed data, plus some useful state, such as wheels up/down (there are features that only enabled while in "cruise", but not during takeoff and landing, for example). The aircraft systems designers, however, seemed to have a clue about security, however, as we were only allowed a network connection to a slave server with no apparent upstream links.

about a month ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

dltaylor corporate welfare for the scum of the Earth (207 comments)

Wanna sue the gov't for something meaningful? Sue to get ALL of it (DHS, FBI, local cops, whatever) away from filling the welfare trough for the studio scum.

The Blu-Ray for "Under the Skin" has 11 MINUTES of uninterruptible BS before the menu (but, yes, she IS that hot). The torrent is a better product; "let the marketplace decide".

about a month ago
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The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

dltaylor or "Ouya" (188 comments)

I've got an Ouya, specifically to run XBMC. Runs pretty well with both the controller and a keyboard+mouse, except that the mouse speed is a bit high. Yes, it could use GigE and USB3.0, but running from the NAS it's fast enough and upscales what I've used, so far, in real time. Haven't found a good Linux Blu-Ray-to-stream converter, so no testing with those.

about a month ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

dltaylor must they be despicable? (200 comments)

Is it a requirement that cable company employees (probably above the level of grunt) must be utterly despicable {socio|psycho}paths, or is that the industry just doesn't attract anyone the rest of us wouldn't be better off without?

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

dltaylor almost should have let her call (928 comments)

If there was any good chance of a reasoning being on the other end of her call to the police, it would have been worth it to let her call and then have the LEO "explain" to her the (unfortunately rare) consequences of filing a false complaint, then watching HER be arrested for disrupting the flight. As it is, of course, ...

about a month ago

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Torchwood: Is rape acceptable?

dltaylor dltaylor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dltaylor (7510) writes "In the premier episode of "Torchwood", a "Doctor Who" spin-off from the BBC, one of the regular supporting characters, "Owen Harper" is shown to be a serial rapist, yet he receives no punishment, ironic comeuppance, or even approbation. He uses a "foreign" substance as a date-rape chemical to cause uncontrollable lust toward himself, on both a disinterested female and a hostile male, and the behavior is serial because he packs it to the pub, anticipating the chemical's effect. This is not a prank. Rape destroys lives. Picture yourself as either of the victims, unable to understand why you acted so completely outside of your normal character. There will be no sympathy or support from anyone, since you will be assumed to have been a willing participant, either trying to excuse yourself or having had your inhibitions reduced by a bit of alcohol. Has rape become such a common occurrence that it is now acceptable in the supposed "good guys" of television? If so, why should we cheer for our species in the "us vs. them"?"

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