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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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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.

1 year,4 days
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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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Ubuntu Releases 13.04, Sticks To 6-Month Release Rhythm

ebrandsberg Re:let me be the first to say (177 comments)

then disable sending your queries to remote sources. Yes, it is enabled by default, but no, you don't have to use it. I disabled it as soon as I typed in "jockey" to find the additional drivers tool in 12.10, and got ads for underware. Yea. No.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Unwanted But Official Security Probes?

ebrandsberg Re:The only answer. (238 comments)

True that on the acronym. What else did I saw was wrong? Release of information is a violation. If someone knows attempts at a violation occur are being attempted by someone not authorized (this is an assumption) is this not knowledge of an attempted crime? I know this is a response to an AC, but the reality is that if you don't CYA, and shit goes south, it will be your ass that gets nailed.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Unwanted But Official Security Probes?

ebrandsberg The only answer. (238 comments)

Is the hospital allowed to access records without a release based on HIPPA regulations since it is an independent practice? If not, then report them to the police. Apologize to the hospital, but explain, you have NO CHOICE. HIPPA is not something to mess with, and it doesn't matter who is trying to access the records, it IS a crime if accessing this data is not permitted. Remember the guys that got sent away for accessing the public data for AT&T? Yea... That but worse. Based on the fact that they were sentenced, even if they gained no data, the attempt itself was the crime. Failure to report a crime is a crime itself: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/search/display.html?terms=misprision&url=/uscode/html/uscode18/usc_sec_18_00000004----000-.html. Report it. If they gain access to records, and then data from it leaks out, say because someone notable was a patient, then it will be on YOU. If the local police decide not to follow up, it is NOT on you.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

ebrandsberg use rdp or use the monitor alone (312 comments)

if you have a laptop and another computer, then use rdp to use the monitor for both. if just the laptop, ignore the fact the laptop has a monitor, and use the large monitor alone.

about a year ago
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Can Nokia Save Itself?

ebrandsberg Support both Win and Android--on the same phone (317 comments)

If a company did that, I think there would be a nice market for people that want to try both. You would have to choose which you want loaded at any given time, but it will insure that if windows 8 phones do start to look really nice, you won't be stuck with cellphone envy.

about 2 years ago
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Are Windows XP/7 Users Smarter Than a 3-Year-Old?

ebrandsberg Microsoft's race to the bottom, nothing unusual (537 comments)

This is all easily explained by user experience testing. Take a bunch of people who don't know how to use a computer, put various interfaces in front of them, and see which is easier for them to learn how to use. The net result? The Ribbon, and Windows 8. The reality though is that all the people that were used to the old way now have to relearn how to use the tools, and often, the "easiest" to learn is also the less powerful in getting real work done day in and day out. This what I believe MS has been doing for years now--focusing on "how easy is it to learn" vs. "how useful is it to people that use it every day".

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

ebrandsberg There is a real point to this (580 comments)

Consider Iceland, which has a great source of cheap renewable electricity with Geothermal power. The issue is them finding good uses for it--you can only smelt so much aluminum before the price goes down. This process would be ideal, as this process would let them create carbon neutral fuel. Other areas have good sources of Geothermal power as well, but often, they are too far from where the power is needed to make them useful in exploiting.

about 2 years ago

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