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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

fleebait Are these cell emulators licensed by the FCC? (121 comments)

If a device is used on the airwaves in the cell phone bands to emulate a tower, then necessarily, it will have to have a transmitter. Is the device type registered by the FCC, does each emulator have a site license? Does each operator have a license to operate the device?

If it is a "cell phone test device" then it must be associated with a properly licensed technician.

The legal requirements to simply operate the device include much more than the rights of the person of interest. For that reason alone, the concealment of the use of the device would be reason enough to throw out any information obtained from it, even before any case law is considered.

IANAL, but I have had 6 different FCC licenses, and have had to jump through many hoops. (I think only 3 are current now).

11 hours ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

fleebait Re:link to a genuine source, not this shitty artic (268 comments)

The writer is resigning as a writer-editor, and moving directly to sales and advertising, with a corresponding commission/bonus. Creativity is an asset.

about 2 months ago
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Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

fleebait Re:stealing power ? (138 comments)

Won't this just put a greater load on the Wifi transmitters, or dampen the signal ?

It will take about as much power as a mirror does sucking the power out of a light bulb.

about 4 months ago
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Dear Museums: Uploading Your Content To Wikimedia Commons Just Got Easier

fleebait Video freezes XP single core with Chrome (24 comments)

I know it's time to upgrade, friggin Java active pages, and this video freezes a single core machine.

about 4 months ago
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Google Earth Finds Woman Trapped on Deserted Island for 7 Years

fleebait Hoax (1 comments)

Do a Google search on the name in the article.

about 5 months ago
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Dell Exec Calls HP's New 'Machine' Architecture 'Laughable'

fleebait Re:uh no (173 comments)

It might be just a little more than just a game changer.

Stop thinking about computers as boxes with wires, screens and disks, and start thinking about building the nervous system of a human being. Our bodies use distributed computing all over the place, with the vagus nervous system for the organs, with their own chemical memories, and feedback loops, the localized muscle memory systems for arms, legs, fingers, locally stored programs that run semi-autonomously.

If you read about memristors on Wikipedia, you can begin to see the possibilities of interfacing with biologic systems, and the newer bioligic chemical sensors within the organs, and appendages. Distribute local semi-dedicated processors with the distributed memory systems, and now we're talking about leaps ahead for automotons, and robotics. Who needs a stupid file oriented operating system, when the information needed for a process is stored locally.

Unix is so yesterday, as well as any other file orientated storage system.

How do you organize your brain? Do you have file cabinets, with tabs, disks? pictures? No, it's some sort of random access sensory system that relates to previously accessed information. Something like the memristors they are talking about.

It's coming down to defining the complete application, before building the actual machine itself.

I imagine early prototypes may be in a metal box with wires, but interface is going to be a new problem. Most likely all fibre connections before connecting directly to sensors and embedding sensory processing at the sensor itself -- -- and so on.

about 5 months ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

fleebait Re:Inspiring (257 comments)

It might be just a little more than just a game changer.

Stop thinking about computers as boxes with wires, screens and disks, and start thinking about building the nervous system of a human being. Our bodies use distributed computing all over the place, with the vagus nervous system for the organs, with their own chemical memories, and feedback loops, the localized muscle memory systems for arms, legs, fingers, locally stored programs that run semi-autonomously.

If you read about memristors on Wikipedia, you can begin to see the possibilities of interfacing with biologic systems, and the newer bioligic chemical sensors within the organs, and appendages. Distribute local semi-dedicated processors with the distributed memory systems, and now we're talking about leaps ahead for automotons, and robotics. Who needs a stupid file oriented operating system, when the information needed for a process is stored locally.

Unix is so yesterday, as well as any other file orientated storage system.

How do you organize your brain? Do you have file cabinets, with tabs, disks? pictures? No, it's some sort of random access sensory system that relates to previously accessed information. Something like the memristors they are talking about.

It's coming down to defining the complete application, before building the actual machine itself.

I imagine early prototypes may be in a metal box with wires, but interface is going to be a new problem. Most likely all fibre connections before connecting directly to sensors and embedding sensory processing at the sensor itself -- -- and so on.

about 5 months ago
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In First American TV Interview, Snowden Talks Accountability and Patriotism

fleebait Re:Repatriation, yeah right. (389 comments)

I have a fair amount of confidence that if he were freed, we'd read an article about his sad, untimely death within a couple of years. You know, those strange suicides where they shot themselves 3 times in the head. Maybe a tragic car crash. The powers that be have good resources and plenty of plausible deniability.

I don't think it would take any "powers that be" to do the job.

about 6 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

fleebait Re:just keep in mind (408 comments)

So not all homeopathy is bullshit or contains mostly water or uses snake poison or any of that nonsense..

Throw enough crap against the wall, and some of it will stick.

about 7 months ago
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AI researcher says amoral robots pose a danger to humanity

fleebait amoral things (1 comments)

Cars do amoral things all the time, the more powerful the more damage. Watch out for the monster truck.

about 8 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

fleebait Hammer screw with IDE (627 comments)

Hammering a screw with an IDE means job security in government work.

about 9 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

fleebait Re:Regulations a bit premature (1146 comments)

. Or you could buy an LED bulb for $15 (or whatever) and get a nickel back each month.

It's gonna cost a helluva lot to ship all those nickels.

about a year ago
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Why Is Science Behind a Paywall?

fleebait Re:Because it's valuable, duh. (210 comments)

Guess who else gets a cut of that pie.

The research institution does not give this stuff to publishers for free, they get their percentage too. So in addition to the publishers disappearing from existence, the researchers, or institutions lose their cut, too.

I guess we should be able to get this stuff for free, and the individuals, or institutions should give up their additional source of income.

about a year and a half ago
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Bruce Schneier: Why Collecting More Data Doesn't Increase Safety

fleebait Re:Collecting Data vs. Analysis (149 comments)

It is always possible to collect data, and simply save it. Nobody has to search, nobody has to listen.
Until, maybe a year or two later, when a PERIOD of Interest is identified, which reduces what is to be searched immensely.

about a year and a half ago
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Elon Musk Hates 405 Freeway Traffic, Pays Money To Speed Construction

fleebait Re:$50k enough? (431 comments)

I believe the average cost per mile for a highway is anywhere between $2M - $6M.

So yeah, $50k is nothing.

That quote would be good for a two lane in the early eighties, outside the city.

about a year and a half ago
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Texas Company's Antique Computers Are For Production, Not Display

fleebait Re:Debugging that... (289 comments)

"THAT", (a wired board), is vastly easier to debug than any modern software. In fact a trainee can usually debug it by trial an error in just a few minutes.
Now get off my digital lawn whipersnapper!

Except when you get 2 bad plugs, or jacks, or a backside solder joint cracks.

Can take an hour or two to fix it.

I seem to remember it taking about 45 minutes for someone else to go over the programming sheet, and check the plugs (including coffee).

about a year and a half ago
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Smartphone Used To Scan Data From Chip-Enabled Credit Cards

fleebait Re:Need a better source than some hack reporter (236 comments)

At the very least it's very much open to a Man in the Middle attack.

Not quite, The transaction terminal sends the time of day to the card. The card uses it's internal key, encrypts the TOD, and sends it back to the transaction terminal as verification.

Using "man in the middle" it is not possible to encrypt a new TOD that will be acceptable.

Simple, but as secure as the encryption algorithm, and key size

about a year and a half ago
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Apple To Launch Largest Stock Repurchasing Plan In History

fleebait Re:Dumbest idea, ever (282 comments)

Financing the buyback with debt is a tiny bit worrisome, but Apple's probably just taking advantage of the low interest rates their high credit rating and hoard of cash afford them.

Short term financing vs. long term financing. Borrowing money today, when they can probably get it somewhere less than 2% interest, vs a future interest of 7% (or more) within the next 5 years, is not a bad bet. It's called "putting the cash to work". Cash just sitting in the bank doesn't make anything.

Taking this position, if they maxed out their value, they could shut down sales for a year, do research, and still survive. With Apple's strength it is a wise move.

This is all about good financial management. and nothing about products.

about a year and a half ago
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Hijacking Airplanes With an Android Phone

fleebait Remote control 101 Re:I call BS (131 comments)

I am going to call BS on this one.
These are indication systems.
Think of smashing your speedometer and turning the needle with pliers and expecting the car to go faster.

Remote control is not a direct connect. It follows communications paths, and the information and control path apparently connects through the internet, both through the display and control path.

No one needs direct connection within the airplane -- all ya need to do is control it through the internet, at any receiver path, and any transmitting path. with additional directional antenna paths.

Can't do it from onboard, has to be from a remote site, and will involve additional receiver and transmit packages, not included on the android phone. (don't even have to be near the android used for control).

about a year and a half ago

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Employees who stay more than 2 years paid 50% less

fleebait fleebait writes  |  about 5 months ago

fleebait (1432569) writes "According to Forbes:

The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control. Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about 50% or more."

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