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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

ebrandsberg Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (471 comments)

When I wear a watch of any sort, it aggravates the nerves in my wrist. As such, the entire smart-watch wars are something I simply have to "watch" by the wayside. I suspect more people have the same issue, but haven't put 2+2 together on what is triggering it.

about a week ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

ebrandsberg Another idea (300 comments)

How about post a PSA in it's place, and just not include the snuff films?

about three weeks ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

ebrandsberg Re:Reagan: the environmental governor? (327 comments)

Good point, in addition, the question can be asked that if Tesla builds the factory (which they will in one state or another) will they be controlled under the remaining CA regulations better than other states. In other words, CA can say "this is such a big factory, we need to look at the big picture and understand that if we can regulate them, it will be better for the overall health of the WORLD than if they go somewhere else. As such, we will reduce some of the requirements such that the overall benefit will be greater." It isn't necessarily a "one state vs. another" but what is best for the world. This is such a big project that it is likely to be better managed than most by both the company and the state, that they can agree to cut some regulations simply because others will be better enforced.

about a month ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

ebrandsberg Re: Automated notice not necessary here (368 comments)

The infamous commerce clause trumps states rights

No it doesn't. It's just abused as a power grab. It was only meant to apply to a limited number of things.

See, it DOES trump states rights, as proven by matters of law. You may not agree with it, but that doesn't change the facts. In this particular case, I think that there should be Federal Law to unify what everybody should expect as far as recording rights are concerned, and the law should be "anybody can record any conversation they are having at any time through electronic means". Since any conversation could in theory result in a verbal contract, it is only reasonable that said contracts should be legally recordable to protect the individuals entering into said contracts.

about a month ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

ebrandsberg Re: Automated notice not necessary here (368 comments)

The infamous commerce clause trumps states rights, so there should be a Federal law, and it should take priority on this.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

ebrandsberg Re:PCI Compliance (348 comments)

This requirement is normally done at the network boundary, so a hardware firewall will meet this requirement, although for web facing servers, often companies also like having application level firewalls (protocol level) that can inspect for suspicious activity at layer 7, not just the simple stuff. There is a huge business around certification and auditing for this, nobody should just jump into handling credit cards without knowing what they are getting into.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

ebrandsberg PCI Compliance (348 comments)

As soon as they start handling credit card transactions, they will need to conform with PCI standards, which will mandate much much higher levels of protections. There are significant fines associated with non-compliance so you may want to forward them over information about this.

about a month and a half ago
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Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 Ready For Pre-Order Today

ebrandsberg Re:Guillotine App (100 comments)

You do know it's been done, right? http://laughingsquid.com/disunion-an-immersive-guillotine-simulator-for-the-oculus-rift-virtual-reality-headset/

about 6 months ago
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UK Government Proposes Rules To Allow 'Three-Parent Embryos'

ebrandsberg Re:Child Support Nightmare (146 comments)

DNA testing would see the parentage of the third doner without specialized testing. Mitochondrial DNS are ONLY passed to offspring by their mothers, and given the procedure, there will still be a "DNS" mother involved, insuring that a reasonable set of parents can still be determined using the normal procedures. Not a nightmare at all.

about 7 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

ebrandsberg Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

Not a valid comparison, because even then, they don't actually send the dns names. They send a hash of them, meaning you can't reverse the hash and find the name. In your comparison, they would send a value that allows them to determine if someone else's webcam had the exact same image visible, but nothing more. Privacy is protected.

about 7 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

ebrandsberg Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

If you think looking at DNS is abusive, you probably don't want to know what it takes to find installed rootkit based cheats or similar. The fact that they are only sending hashes of the names found, in my mind, makes this a reasonable approach as a 2nd pass to verify that they don't have false positives. From the way I read this, the idea is to do a 2nd check just to verify that the first check didn't flag you incorrectly.

about 7 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

ebrandsberg Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

did you even read his response? They look for indications that the cheat is in play, THEN they check DNS as verification, and send a HASH of the dns name to their servers for comparison. This means they don't even see the actual dns name on their side, they can just check against known hashes of the sites the DRM used for verification. That is why it is two staged. Simple existence of the names in your DNS cache won't trigger the ban hammer.

about 7 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

ebrandsberg Re:Unemployment rate 17,7% (398 comments)

I think the idea is that if they have visas to hand out to companies, the companies will be willing to put offices in Detroit for those people to work in. From there, services will be needed from the lower-skill people in the area, think food service, etc. This will then eat into the 17.1% unemployment. The problem isn't the number of workers but the type and skill of the workers, and getting things back in balance. I'm not sure this is the right solution to the problem, but I am willing to consider that it may be A solution to the problem for now.

about 8 months ago
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Ubuntu Touch On a Nexus 7: "Almost Awesome"

ebrandsberg Re:No Generic OS for Mobile devices yet. (116 comments)

Cyanogenmod is doing a good job getting a more unified version of Android on many vendor's devices. I have several devices using it and it works well. (http://www.cyanogenmod.org/)

about a year ago
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Cyanogen Mod Goes Commercial To Make "Available On Everything, To Everyone"

ebrandsberg Re:One question (230 comments)

HTC at least: http://blog.htc.com/2013/01/continued-support-for-the-developer-community/

I suspect that the formalizing of CM as a company may help resolve some of these issues however, as they can push the component makers to provide the drivers to THEM. It is somewhat the same situation as with the phone makers, where they get the drivers from the component makers, and include them in their build. CM could do the same, and release the binary drivers for the CM builds on third party phones for CM builds. Who knows what will happen, once the $$ is traded, the lawyers are happy and code is released. The unique part of CM is that it would be supporting many phone vendors and not making their own phone.

about a year ago
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Cyanogen Mod Goes Commercial To Make "Available On Everything, To Everyone"

ebrandsberg Re:One question (230 comments)

Usually the phone makers are releasing the binary blobs that allow CM and other custom Android versions to run. As long as they continue to do so in a way that allows the binary blobs to be redistributed, there won't be an issue. If they attempt to restrict this use however, it will result in a phone basically being blacklisted by anybody that does anything outside of the ordinary, and personally, I would not buy the phone, or advise others to as well.

about a year ago
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Cyanogen Mod Goes Commercial To Make "Available On Everything, To Everyone"

ebrandsberg Re:One question (230 comments)

I suspect that smaller companies like Blu Products (http://bluproducts.com/) could end up offloading software development and support for their phones under contract. Likewise they could offer services to enterprise customers to unify the android systems that they support on the "bring your own device" plans, so as to simplify support as well. I downloaded the newest CM daily today for the HTC One, and it prompted to link to the Cyanogenmod account, and once linked, it provided services such as remote wiping, finding my phone, etc. As such, if you have one unified version of android across multiple devices, it opens the door for providing unified services to simplify enterprise management. My worry is that companies like Samsung will not like this model since it levels the playing field between them and other hardware makers (the software is the same now) and they will refuse to release hardware level drivers to enable various features. That said, it opens the door to hardware/firmware only phone releases from small companies and open the market for rapid advancement.

about a year ago
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Secret Court Upholds Phone Data Collection

ebrandsberg Re:Yahoo (174 comments)

Phone records. I don't think Yahoo or Google is a phone company in the sense AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile are. As others have pointed out, there is no reason for them to challenge these orders, as they a) get paid for the costs of complying (from what I understand), b) the orders themselves are classified, so no real risk (until now) of people knowing what is going on and c) it would cost them money to challenge. The entire system is stacked against privacy.

about a year ago
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The Man Who Convinced Us We Needed Vitamin Supplements

ebrandsberg When they help me... (707 comments)

There are two times that I *feel* like multi-vitamins help me (yay for the Placebo effect if that is what it is):

1. When I drink too much, if I take a vitamin before going to bed, it really helps stem the hangover the next morning;
2. I have a tendency to have restless leg syndrome. Taking a vitamin a bit before bed seems to help, and the medical literature seems to support this.

The article in question attacks very particular statements about Vitamins to cure disease, then uses this to state that they are rarely useful to take. The reality is much more murky, and for many people, general multivitamins may help.

about a year ago
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Epic and Mozilla Bring HTML5 OpenGL Demo To the Browser

ebrandsberg Worked great for me (77 comments)

I just tried, and I was able to "play" the demo, walking around the environment, etc. I ran the benchmark, and got 57fps, and although I have 120hz monitors, I suspect something is limiting most of the rendering to 60hz. TBH, this is amazing to me. I tested under windows 7 with firefox 20.0.1 however, so I'll have to try booted into Ubuntu and see how it works there.

about a year ago

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