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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

eth1 Re:Intel has worked with the NSA (90 comments)

Not to mention that even if you have "nothing to hide," what about when you piss the wrong person off, and suddenly there's child porn on your encrypted drive that obviously only you could ever have had access to.


Microsoft Takes Down Domains

eth1 Re:Legal Precedent? (495 comments)

It sounds like every single individual like you needs to start filing small-claims cases against MS. Let them deal with several thousand of those, where the money imbalance won't matter so much.

about three weeks ago

Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

eth1 Re:Time to Legislate Data Mining (162 comments)

I agree that what you describe makes "consent" useless, but you don't necessarily need to outlaw it.

Just require that:
- any commercial entity that stores information on individuals (with NO exceptions whatsoever) has to provide said individuals a full dump of the data once per some time period upon request, with no conditions or cost attached, along with a list of everyone they've given it to.
- the entity must correct any incorrect information, and can't distribute any information regarding an individual until the errors are corrected.

Not perfect, but it would be a start.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

eth1 Re:Skip technology (208 comments)

Fed-ex the unlabeled passwords

USPS the un-passworded accounts list

Actually, if you're mailing passwords, send the FUTURE passwords. Then once you've verified that the copies have reached the recipients unmolested, change the passwords to what you sent.

about a month ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

eth1 Re:Speculation... (455 comments)

Dealers serve a purpose. They need a reasonable profit.

If they serve a purpose, they deserve a reasonable profit. For the life of me, I cannot see what that purpose is. Perhaps you can enlighten us.

Overcharging for maintenance, and conveniently collecting large numbers of scummy sales droids into one location where they can normally be avoided.

about a month ago

Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

eth1 Re:Read the Article! (363 comments)

I think the best use might just be to eliminate range anxiety. Take your Tesla example - replace 100kg worth of Li-ion battery with 100kg of this new one. Now you have 4/5 the easily rechargeable range (which is still more than most people need on a daily basis), but, as long as the Al battery is stable long term, if you run down the Li-ion, or need to take a long trip, you can keep going. All without increasing the overall weight.

about a month and a half ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

eth1 Re:It true !!!! (711 comments)

Your anecdote doesn't really mean much. Apple has much better retention than other companies, ...

Apple calls it "retention," the rest of us call it "vendor lock-in."

about 2 months ago

The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

eth1 Re:When you gag the enginers ... (373 comments)

Yeah... note to self: All the good engineers are going to leave, so all of GM's future cars are probably going to be well-described by all the forbidden words.

about 2 months ago

Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

eth1 Re:Now it's the grid engineers' problem to solve.. (227 comments)

A Tesla S has an 85kWh battery. To charge that in 30 seconds requires 10,200,000 watts of power - approximately the full electrical service to a decent size skyscraper. That's 42,500 amps at 240V, the full maximum power available to over 212 modern homes and a totally impractical amount of current to handle with any reasonable electrical equipment. So while fast-charging batteries are great and a necessary step forward in technology, the universal adoption of electric cars will require not just upgrading our infrastructure, but a complete rethinking and redevelopment of the electrical grid using not-yet-imagined technologies.

It could also be a grid engineer's best friend. You just have to change the way you think about it - the cars would be a *massive* local storage resource. The VAST majority of people are just going to be plugging their cars in overnight at home, and starting with a full "tank" every morning. I could imagine a system where, once electric cars are ubiquitous, most parking lots and cars would be designed so that when you park, your car just automatically gets hooked into the local grid. You set some parameters on the car for min/max charge levels and buy/sell price limits, and suddenly you don't have to worry so much about demand spikes. Demand goes up, the price/kWh goes up, and once it starts passing the "sell" threshold of the local automobile population, they start discharging into the grid. You just tell the car "keep at least X% charge so I can get home." If I show up nearly empty, and there's 1000 other cars in the lot mostly full, they could charge mine without ever making demands on the grid.

about 4 months ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

eth1 Re:Green wave (364 comments)

I'm fairly sure in parts of the UK they implemented staggered green lights along busy stretches of road. If you accelerated modestly to the speed limit, or just below, the lights were timed to turn green as you got to them.
Those with lead feet would be accelerating hard, then waiting at the lights as you cruised by.

Actually, no. The problem is, they race by, stop, and then are in your way as you cruise up to the green light, causing you to have to slow down/stop anyway.

about 4 months ago

MIT Researchers Create Platform To Build Secure Web Apps That Never Leak Data

eth1 Re:How can you search data (90 comments)

Well, if you're encrypting, it means the keeper of the data isn't supposed to know what it is, which means they can't do any data mining, selling, etc. of it anyway, which would be where the ability to do queries on the data would be useful. If you're encrypting everything, then all you need is to be able to find the records, and you could use hashed account names or something to index those.

So yes, it would be difficult to search/sort on the encrypted data, but then that's sort of the whole point...

about 4 months ago

Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

eth1 Re:Flying pigs (374 comments)

I've always liked the idea of space elevators, but I've also been bothered by a problem that I've never seen addressed, "micrometeoroid erosion". Sure, you can build one. But how long is it going to last, with nothing to protect the main cable/strands/shaft/whatever-you-want-to-call-it from a near-endless --though admittedly low-rate-- series of impacts by speedy dust particles?

I imagine they'd do something similar to how some of the new suspension bridge cables are designed. The main cables are actually cable bundles, and they're made so that individual strands can be replaced if necessary.

about 5 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

eth1 Re:HP used to be greatl (385 comments)

HP has been notorious for doing things like you describe... just proves the GP's point, I think. :)

about 6 months ago

Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service

eth1 Re:Comcast, government enforced monopoly == (!mark (405 comments)

It doesn't even have to be the government, rather it's an entity that has no commercial interests in the infrastructure they're providing. This can be done by making the wholesale provider a completely separate corporate entity from retail providers (and preventing the wholesale provider from being a retail provider).

Exactly... Could be the government or private company, but we just need a law that says no single entity (or parent, sibling or subsidiary entity) can own more than one of physical infrastructure, connectivity, or content generation.

about 6 months ago

An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

eth1 Re:I don't mind metered internet usage... (479 comments)

Well, the metering *sort* of makes sense, but really the problem is that ISPs lie like crazy when they sell you a connection.
What they say is "50Mbit for $49.95/mo! **"
** (that you can't use at 50Mbit all the time because it's way oversubscribed)

What they *should* be doing is selling various combinations of guaranteed/burst, so people know what they're actually getting. I have a feeling that "unlimited 50Mbit" really means something more like "512kbit guaranteed, 50Mbit burst."

about 6 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

eth1 Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

This version of Windows is guaranteed to be great. Windows has been going back and forth between one crap version and one great version for over a decade.

It is kind of like some IQ test pattern matching questions:
Win 95 - crap
Win 98 - great
Win ME - crap
Win XP - great
Vista - crap
Win 7 - great
Win 8 - crap
Win 9 - (see the pattern?)

Actually, it went like this:
Win 95 - crap
Win 95 OSR2 - OK
Win 98 - crap
Win 98SE - OK
Win ME - crap ...

about 6 months ago

Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

eth1 Re:Company cars (296 comments)

I don't think it's intended for rank-and-file workers to supplement the company's electricity.

The question is, why the heck not? And why limit it to workplaces? It would be a great incentive for businesses to provide charging hookups.
Just make it so that both the cars and the chargers are smart. I can charge my car at home at night (maybe with one of those, "free nights" plans that a few electric companies have) when the rates fall below a certain point. Then I set the car to sell up to X% of capacity, if it can do so above Y price, or charge if it's hooked up somewhere below Z price. The businesses can just tell the charging stations "buy as much as you can at 10% less than what I'm paying for grid power right now", or whatever.
Once there are enough places like this to plug in, you can park anywhere, plug in, and know that the car will try to maintain enough charge to get home, and make a quick buck if it can.

about 7 months ago

How To Hijack a Drone For $400 In Less Than an Hour

eth1 Re:Stealing an Amazon Drone (161 comments)

I was thinking more along the lines of "decorating" my house with balloons on wires (kind of like the navy did in WWII), and if any of these flies over my house, there's a good chance it will end up "crashed" in my yard.

about 8 months ago

Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

eth1 Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

I thought snow was like gravel, in that you will stop faster by locking up the wheels and piling up some snow in front of them, rather than trying to stop the wheels from locking up?

Some modern ABS systems can detect snow, and will actually add in a "lock the wheels for a second" every so often just for this reason if they think they're on snow.

about 8 months ago

EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

eth1 Re:Taxing is not going to fix the problem (470 comments)

This gets fixed by developing a better bag. Better means comparable cost and strength, with handles and environmentally safe.

Jumping straight away to a tax makes it look like nothing more than a money grab.

Or change the way you check out. Put RFID tags on stuff so I can just bag stuff as I shop, then pop the bags on a reader and swipe my card on the way out. That would actually get me using my own bags.

about 8 months ago


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