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Kaspersky Says Cyber Weapons "Cleaner" Than Traditional Weapons But "Much Worse"

guisar Self serving, corrupt ass (he and his ex) (89 comments)

Surprising eh- such a quote from someone who hangs with the FSB and is busy drumming up business for he and his ex? He's also argued this as the motivation behind his call for a complete lack of transparency and privacy for average citizens including the need for government provided authentication as a "protection". He's a self-serving corrupt ass using his money and influence to impose his and his friends will on anyone he can. He (along with the internet braintrust represented by Russia, the UAE, China, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, and Egypt), wants the ITU to "take over" management of DNS. Don't buy his products he is, as much as anyone of influence in this circles, evil.

about a year and a half ago
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$3,000 Tata Nano Car Coming To US

guisar Re:Power steering isn't a safety feature. (658 comments)

"Thin" tires have ZERO impact on your stopping ability. The weight of a car, the type of brakes (disc vice drum) and the conditions of the road are the only significant determinents of stopping distance if you are only stopping once. This car is so light the braking distance should be fantastic. Wider tires offer no more traction in virtually very circumstance- they are a marketing feature without real benefit other than decreased mileage and shittier performance in the wet and snow. Same with those large diameter, low aspect ratio tires, etc. ABS is a control factor in bad weather but "fender benders" are caused by tailgating and inattention- not technical factors. US drivers will continue to have issues because our minds are everywhere but the road.

about 2 years ago
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US Suspects Iran Was Behind a Wave of Cyberattacks

guisar Re:This is just taste of what's to come (292 comments)

Do you REALLY believe the modern, current government of the us or any country is the right, proper, and most capable place for "securing" anything? Do you believe a centralized, procedurized and standardized approach to security is the most effective one?

I would argue the breaches, not the protections are mainly due to government action and inaction. The government should protect public sytems- eg those owned by the federal and state governments and critical to its operation. The private concerns should do the same for theres. Like other aspects of modern warfare, a decentralized method of planning, offense and defense is the best strategy (IMHO).

about 2 years ago
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To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

guisar Re:But that's not the real problem. (1651 comments)

I've been hit by cars on bikes several times- yes I do wear a helmet and no it was never scratched once in all the times I've been hit. My collar bone, pelvis and legs have not been so lucky... The real problem is (IMHO) that drives in the US are not paying attention to the road. Because driving is so central and there are so few alternatives, our roads also have shitty shoulders, shitty pavement and are too oriented towards highways. In cities there are few if any actual bike lanes and this all discourages an effective mass of cyclists- once cyclists reach a certain level I've found traffic adjusts to accomodate them. Also, the cops need to actually ticket and/or arrest people who slam into them. While the situation is OK here in New England I lived down south for a long while and the cops down there think a cyclist getting run over is a joke.

about 2 years ago
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Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes

guisar Re:Not quite as bad as the Summary seems (486 comments)

I don't know about Minis but the "good" news about BMWs (IMHO) is that it's pretty likely the door solenoid is broken and the door won't open even if it's unlocked. Once you get past that, it's pretty likely there will be some other electrical or mechanical fault which prevents the thief from taking off. Long gone are the days when German "engineering" implied reliability- I've owned BMW or Mercedes since 1978 but every model I've owned which was built since 1997 has been COMPLETE shit- very, very unreliable primarily because of electrical issues. I'd say German cars are the British cars of the new decade.

more than 2 years ago
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Skype 4.0 For Linux Now Available

guisar Re:Too late, but hey, thanks for trying Microsoft (196 comments)

Well under Linux many solutions such as Ekiga can accomplish this either entirely under SIP or with a bridge to other systems like XMPP. If you'd like a less technical solution, you just open an account with a provider (I use sipgate and voipcheap but there are thousands of others: http://www.moreofit.com/similar-to/www.sipgate.co.uk/Top_10_Sites_Like_Sipgate/?&page=2), configure your client (I use the one built into Android and Yate) and go! Obviously you can't call a phonenumber with video call but SIP has an email like "address" or you can directly call international and national phone lines for voice com. I regularly talk to mobile users in Ghana from the US for around 7 - 15cents/ minute. In the US and to many european countries the calls to landlines are free and to mobiles are virtually free. All SIP to SIP calls are free with my providers.

more than 2 years ago
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Sixty Years On, B-52s Are Still Going Strong

guisar Re:Waaay past the original projection (403 comments)

Really, the limitations of the day have resulted in the long life of the B-52- because there's tons of room, power and payload upgrades are not an issue. Trying to put something into the b2 or fighters which are already jammed with shit just causes CG, power and heat issues making the mods tons more expensive. There's a reason the B52 is the first to roll out major mods (FLIR, synthetic fuel, SATCOM, GPS, smart bombs and so on.

more than 2 years ago
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Sixty Years On, B-52s Are Still Going Strong

guisar Re:Extend the lifespan of B-52 beyond 2040? (403 comments)

Not precisely- most certainly it would have at most four turbofans (much more fuel efficient), a full - flying (split, indepedendent) elevator and rudder (avoiding the wacko landing gear configuration or at least allowing greater adjustment and manuverability), more extensive ECCM and SEAD capabilities. It would also probably be cancelled as the USAF would fill it with composite materials which drive up production costs, new instead of proven commercial engines and so on. Also, without an asshole like Lemay in charge, it's tough for anything to make it through the system these days. Something as reliable and straightforward as the B52 wouldn't have a chance- just a a replacement for the A-10 doesn't have a chance.

more than 2 years ago
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Mercedes Can Now Update Car Software Remotely

guisar Re:What about modded cars? (228 comments)

All the more reason to go open source ECU. I used to own Mercedes- for twenty years in fact but no more- they have become unreliable POS. I now drive a Subaru which in fact has a fully-flashed open source ECU. Both the car and the tools are under the communities control- not MBs or Subarus.

more than 2 years ago
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FBI's Top Cyber-cop Says We're Losing the War Against Hackers

guisar Yeah, and he's so qualified to judge this.. (134 comments)

Mr. Henry has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University in New York, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's a "bureau"crat saying what he's saying for political reasons and/or personal gain rather than any insight or competency. Not that academic credentials are the be all and end all but there's no indication either in his experience or training that would give me any confidence in his independent judgement or understanding of what others are telling him- other than that he's a politician....

http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/shawn-henry-named-executive-assistant-director-of-the-criminal-cyber-response-and-services-branch

more than 2 years ago
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Feds Prep For E-Gov Shutdown

guisar Either way.... (290 comments)

Whether or not it shuts down I'm sure the Active Duty military and civilian employees will be paid. As I recall that's the way it worked the last time.

more than 3 years ago
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GE Closes Last US Light Bulb Factory

guisar Re:You gotta compete on the global marketplace! (797 comments)

Spend some time poking around the appliance stores on the web in the UK and Holland (most web sites are in English) and you'll see what he's referring to. There are tons of appliances with conveniences and performance you just can't find in the US for anything less than ridiculous prices. I have the same oven I had in Germany (Bosch); it cost 600 euro in Hamburg and almost 2K here in the US; same model feature for feature. There are some odd things as well like efficient dishwashers and radiators (with efficient room by room thermostats) which you just can't find here at all but are commonplace elsewhere. Or take the Ford Escort diesel I had, can't be found here in the US but awesomely reliable and got way better mileage than anything in the US (including the Prius). The US just has no tolerance for quality.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Google Isn't Pushing Android For Tablets

guisar Re:they all suck (224 comments)

17,000,000 Commodore 64s sold. That's 17M. IPad has already sold +50M

more than 3 years ago
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Why Google Isn't Pushing Android For Tablets

guisar Re:ChromeOS competes with Android? (224 comments)

My idea is that Chrome as a brand name needs to be phased in later- once there is a larger market for Android devices. Chrome could be used to define internet interoperability- that two devices which feature "chrome" are compatible in the way you'd intuitively expect and behind the scenes they use whatever amazing technology they've discovered with ChromeOS development. Chrome apps would be available exclusively over the internet and you could purchase any app in the family and it would know how to interoperate with all the other chrome apps- in a visually oriented toolkit. It would control other, unrelated devices in an intuitive way. Nobody can define the real feature set, without spending the R&D Google has. Deliver the technology but market it as a feature without seeming to cause a conflict with Android.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Google Isn't Pushing Android For Tablets

guisar Re:Jettison ChromeOS (224 comments)

I would assume they will use Android to govern the "application" market for things which the user perceives as private, usable when there's no network at all, or rely on a lot of computer power and little network needs. ChromeOS, the technology if not the brand name, would be used to define a new level of compatibility and seamlessness with the internet. Chrome the name (rather than the OS) could be used to market this technology. Chrome capable devices could be given a physically distinquishing factor so if they had this feature you'd know they'd work together.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Outsells iPhone In Last 6 Months

guisar Re:Already #1 in the US market (514 comments)

I have a Nokia- in face my last three phones have been Nokias. My wife has an Android (G1) and frankly, I don't understand why it's as popular with the non-geek crowd was it is. My Nokia, as a smart phone has two outstanding features which no Android seems to support- Skype over wifi and 3G and SIP. There is of course the Verizon bullshit version of Skype (lmao) and a couple of weird add-ons for SIP but seems like nobody's taking advantage of the platform for super cheap voice and talking in places there there's no GSM signal. The last especially since 3G and even cell coverage so just so spotty in much of the US. I'm clearly some sort of weird minority user but without either of these options an Android or any smartphone just seems like an overpriced, small screened laptop.

about 4 years ago
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Open Access To Exercise Data?

guisar Re:Why? (188 comments)

For me the problem is that it's, in general, a PITA to record the data. I'd like to keep a record of my exercise mainly because it's to your body as a diary is for your mind and feelings. However, beyond a little black book and stubby pencil all these electronic gadgets seem to be both troublesome and unreliable to use as well as forever becoming more difficult to exchange data among. It should be that you strap the damn thing on perhaps with an HRM round your chest and GPS/recording device/display on your handlebars or wrist and that's it (something similar to the Nokia Sports Tracker)- it gets uploaded to something I use everyday like Google calendar. Instead, there are a bunch of dumbass cables that need to be hooked up to your computer and uploaded to some weird windows only device driver and then to some website that's liable to go out of business or be dropped soon. Then, there are two or three different devices which provide incompatible data not only among the various devices but even across different generations of the same device. I'm not talking tough comparisons like whatever but simple stuff, like how many miles have I ridden this month.

I tried all this stuff and I'm back to the stubby pencil and google calendar. Sad.

more than 4 years ago
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Open Access To Exercise Data?

guisar Re:PASCO (188 comments)

I don't get it- what does this expensive PASCO do that a normal HRM or something like the much cheaper Oregon Scientific recorder doesn't do?

more than 4 years ago
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Why the Google Android Phone Isn't Taking Off

guisar Re:Marketing trumps Quality (745 comments)

I'll tell you who does own these things- every ticket counter, very restaurant every place I went in Georgia and Alabama where there were African Americans the G1 seemed to have 75% market share. My wife has one but I'd never seen another in New England then I come down south and WAM! they are everywhere. Anyone else noticed the same?

about 5 years ago
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Google Voice Apps Arrive For Android and Blackberry

guisar Re:Hope this crashes Skype for good (106 comments)

Skype has officially sucked ass for about a year now- the Linux client only half works on Pulse and is way behind the MS window version in features. The S60 "lite" version is useless as it still uses airtime. Come on- Fring enables (in a sort of functional way) the skype functionality so why can't Skype get it's act together.

I'm a Skypeout and Skype number paying customer but I'm searching for something more responsive to my needs and I'll gladly say to hell with them when I find it.

Google voice I'm sure everyone isn't really a skype replacement- it's not a phone just a way (so far as I can see) to integrate your different numbers. That said I have it and I really like it.

more than 5 years ago

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guisar guisar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

guisar (69737) writes "As relayed in the Edmonton Journal, it seems the US may be exerting pressure on other Governments to include biometrics in official IDs. Is this so that the US can justify it's own proposals or are other Governments using the US as a scapegoat? "As the world becomes more complex, and as our expectations with respect to safety and security become greater, governments are going to have to invest in appropriate [measures] ... in order to make sure that people can move freely," That's my favorite quote. The paper seems to be pushing an agenda rather than reacting to a need or perceived need. What, beyond a desire to centralize power and manipulate the populace is driving Governments to even allow such proposals to even be discussed? I would expect this sort of discussion within the United States but am very disappointed to see Canada regarding such notions with anything other than complete and total disgust.

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.h tml?id=6d8beaea-454e-4ace-a9e2-444823b13d11&k=7585 3"
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guisar guisar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

guisar (69737) writes "I continue to endure stories on Slashdot and elsewhere complaining about EMI, itunes and other organizations maybe (or maybe not) releasing material in DRM free format. Well- here's some news there's LOTS of material out there. So instead of complaining, download what you like. There are plenty of artists releasing their material in FLAC and other DRM free format. Just look around. Most artists are doing their part by releasing their music in the hopes they can gain enough exposure to earn a living at what they love. If you're complaining about major labels not releasing material, it's probably too late and you are part of the problem."

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