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Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

hawguy Re:RFID/card scanner (98 comments)

Don't you all already badges or dongles or something along those lines?

Hard to get any faster and more convenient than this -- if they don't want to make employees scan their badges, put an RFID reader in the chair and keep the badge in the back pocket and it's automatic and instant every time they sit down at a workstation.

Unless they have a specific need for biometrics, there's no point in using it.

9 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

hawguy Re:Hand vein scanner` (98 comments)

I saw some video about hand scanner that uses your vein mapping. This is good because you dont need to touch it, and it'd be hard to replicate.

But does it work through gloves?

9 hours ago
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

hawguy Re:OT: I have a small feature request for car-make (106 comments)

unlocking car boots, setting off windscreen wipers, locking brakes, and cutting the engine.

If a hacker can do all that, why can't the car itself open the windows slightly if the temperature inside gets high and there is no rain outside? All the hardware is already there — the sensors know both the inside temperature and whether anything is hitting the windshield (so wipers can turn automatically in rain).

Would've made returning to your car in the sunny lot more comfortable and even saved some lives.

Because opening the windows slightly only affects inside temperatures slightly? Yet it makes it much easier to thread in a wire to snag a door handle to open the door.

A forced air fan to vent in cooler air from below the car 30 minutes before you return to the car would be more effective. And the only thing stopping that is cost vs benefit - not enough people would find it useful enough to add $xx to the price of the car.

yesterday
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

hawguy What do they spend the money on? (161 comments)

They spend $200M/year on software development -- have browsers become so complicated that Mozilla and associated projects need 1000+ developers?

5 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

hawguy Re:Hmmm ... (167 comments)

I'm a cyclist. So I can safely say, that serious cyclist spending $5k+ on a bike are doing so for weight. Those are the same people who spend $100 for a carbon bottle cage that weighs only a few grams less than a $5 plastic or metal cage.

I'm a cyclist too, so I can safely say, that most cyclists spending $5K on a bike are doing so for appearance only, because if they lost just a few pounds of the extra weight they are carrying, it would save more money than the upgrade from a $2500 to a $5000 bike. I had a 250 lb friend who actually drilled out various components on his bike to save a few grams of weight. It wasn't until he snapped off his drilled out chainring that he realized that maybe the manufacturer already cut out as much weight as they could.

They will most likely never purchase something like this for any serious use. Those that do, are those who have more money than sense, and buy expensive bikes so they can ride down the trail at 5mph on their expensive bikes in their expensive clothing blocking the paths looking like a cyclist.

I'd never purchase something like this for serious use because if I'm going to be biking far from reliable water supplies, I don't want to count on a mechanical device to extract water for me. On long unsupported rides, I carry some water purification tablets just in case, but haven't had to use them yet, rural fire stations and post offices are a good source of water.

about a week ago
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Collin Graver and his Wooden Bicycle (Video)

hawguy Re:Traffic signals (71 comments)

The AJC article mentioned the weight and the rough ride. I'd guess that yet another disadvantage of a wooden bicycle, at least when sharing the road with motor vehicles, is that it's impossible to trigger a green traffic signal without enough metal surface to disturb the flux in the induction loop beneath the approach to the intersection. At some intersections, even a metal bicycle has a problem with that.

While an all wooden bike (including wheels)might have problems tripping lights, I almost always can trip the lights with my Carbon Fiber bike with aluminum wheels, I just have to careful where I stop. I don't think an all-wooden bike (including wooden wheels) would be practical enough for much riding around town - the road vibrations noted in the article would make long rides unpleasant.

about a week ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

hawguy Re:quick question (210 comments)

how can one verify that this future "certificate authority that issues free certificates to any website" hasn't issued a cert to the NSA for your domain? is it possible?

How can one verify that any "certificate authority" hasn't issued a cert to the NSA?

But if your domain is currently running HTTP because you don't want to pay for an HTTPS certificate, giving the NSA a backdoor to decrypt your website doesn't seem like much of a drawback. Not that matter for most people, if the NSA wants to see your data, if they can't get it from you, they'll get it from your ISP.

about a week ago
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Facebook Testing Lithium-Ion Batteries For Backup Power

hawguy Re:The industry really needs to switch to DC power (41 comments)

One single UPS can cover multiple racks without excessive conversion losses. Putting an individual UPS and a bank of batteries per rack is just plain stupid. Instead of maintaining few large units, you are now maintaining multiple small units. You are now more likely to have an unanticipated failure should the power go out.

They already mentioned that in the article.... It's better to lose power to a few racks than lose power to 100 racks when your main UPS fails. Your use case may be different but you are not Facebook.

about two weeks ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

hawguy Re:Uh, simple (246 comments)

I want people to get off this planet.

Why? What do you think is within the reach of human beings in space that is not available on Earth? A reply containing the words "wonder", "exploration" or "adventure" are not acceptable.

Redundancy. There are lots of potential disasters that could wipe out life on earth. Most (but not all) of them are remediated by having humans on another planet.

Even with a self-sustained colony on Mars the odds of humanity being wiped out by a natural disaster (asteroid, etc) aren't significantly improved over all of humanity on a single planet. Without a full ecosystem a Martian colony would eventually die out, likely long before they were able to build their own means to spread to other planets.

Isn't that the point of sending people to mars? To build infrastructure to allow more people to arrive?

Granted, 6 people living in a tiny habitate on mars aren't going to recolonize Earth even if they had the means to come back, but a colony of 100,000 might. Such a large colony may be decades (centuries?) in the future, but until the first people arrive, there will continue to be zero people on mars -- someone has to be first.

about two weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

hawguy Re:nice stats (334 comments)

Partly this is due to the internet which allows people to schedule themselves more efficiently, making few trips.

Do you have a reference for this? I find that I can schedule very little with the internet that reduces my trips. The thing that the internet does for me that helps reduce trips is online purchases -- except for groceries, most of my purchases are made online so I almost never go to the mall or big-box store. Previously I might have had to make more than one trip to different stored to find what I'm looking for.

I could get groceries delivered, but I don't find it to be more convenient than doing it myself since I don't find browsing for groceries in a web interface to be a good substitute for actually looking at the food (particularly with meat and produce) and if I have to schedule a window of time to be home anyway, I might as well just go myself rather than arranging to be home from 6pm-9pm.

But scheduling? There's not much in my daily life that I can schedule over the internet that I couldn't have already scheduled over the phone (like restaurant reservations and hair cut appointments) - and many of those still don't accept internet reservations.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

hawguy Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

And people ask me why I wouldn't wanna work in the US if they paid 10 times my salary...

Because smoking cigarettes is worth 10X your salary?

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

hawguy Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

http://www.newapproachwa.org/sites/newapproachwa.org/files/I-502%20Factsheet%20-%20DUI.pdf (if you don't like to link directly to pdfs then do the internet search yourself you lazy pot-head).

Interesting accusation coming from the guy that's too lazy to use the tags to turn his link into a proper HTML link.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

hawguy Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

Also remember many jobs will drug test you.

This is already being tested in the courts. There's not yet (as far as I know) a test for marijuana intoxication, only detection that you've used marjuana at some point in the past few days/weeks, so there's little justification for testing for marijuana when it's already legal for recreational and/or medicinal use. It's particularly controversial when an employee uses marijuana medicinally -- cough medicine is going to affect employee performance much more than smoking pot over the weekend.

about three weeks ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

hawguy Use taxes for this (250 comments)

I wish governments would use taxes to pay for benefits for the poor instead of making us pay through hidden costs by forcing companies to give "free" or reduced cost services, which are made up for in higher fees for the service. The same goes for "affordable housing" where developers have to provide reduced cost housing, which is paid for in higher cost of housing for everyone else.

I have no problem with providing benefits, but If governments want to provide these benefits, then provide them through taxes where they are shared among all taxpayers (why should a Comcast customer pay to subsidize "free" interenet for the poor, while an AT&T UVerse customer does not?), everyone can see what they are paying to the full cost of providing these benefits is known, and the local taxes are tax deductible themselves.

about three weeks ago
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Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

hawguy Re:Meh (80 comments)

I would be impressed if it didn't require a malicious payload on the target computer.

Because it's so hard to get a malicious payload onto a computer? Especially one that you have physical access to?

about a month ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

hawguy Re:Why didn't they ask Myspace? (206 comments)

Most likely, the suspect used MySpace at an anonymous IP that wouldn't connect him. I expect that the IP address would not give them as deep data as to the identity of the specific user as the CIPAV would.

So you're saying he checked his MySpace email using an anonymous address, but clicked on links in his MySpace email using his own IP address?

about a month ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

hawguy Why didn't they ask Myspace? (206 comments)

If the FBI knew he had a Myspace account and had his MySpace ID (since, after all, they emailed him there), why didn't they just ask MySpace (and by "ask", I mean "force them to hand it over with no recourse to question the 'request'") to hand over IP address?

about a month ago
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Location of Spilled Oil From 2010 Deepwater Horizon Event Found

hawguy Re:Should be enough (73 comments)

But I tell you what. Since arsenic occurs in small amounts in many water sources, I'm going to give you a gallon of it to drink, because your logic indicates that should be perfectly alright.

Don't fall for this trap -- Arsenic is a solid at room temperature, if he gives you a gallon to drink, then it's around 1500 degF, and if you drink it, you'll die of massive burns before the Arsenic has a chance to kill you.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

hawguy Re:Pay the $15 extra a month... (170 comments)

Set her up with Wifi calling and a small data/minutes SIM from T-Mobile for next to no cost to get her through the times when she is not at home with Wifi. Sounds like she's mostly at home, so take care of 90% of the needs with home internet + Wifi and then have a small $15/mo plan for when she's not at home.

Ahh, so then it's not just $15/extra, that's $30 extra -- $15 for the home internet plus $15 (or more?) for a 300 minute cell phone plan... so that puts him 50% higher than he budgeted.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

hawguy Re:Pay the $15 extra a month... (170 comments)

...than the $65 you already stated you are willing to spend to get her internet in her room.

Enough said.

But then he's still got to pay for some cell phone plan for her since presumably she wants to be able to use her phone away from home.

about a month ago

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Network Solutions hit with DDOS attack

hawguy hawguy writes  |  about a year ago

hawguy (1600213) writes "As reported by TechZone 360 as well as a number of blogs and tweets, Network solutions experienced a DDOS attack today, knocking out DNS resolution for thousands of hosts.

Things are improving on the DNS side, but their website is still having problems. They've apparently posted a message about the outage on their website, but I've been unable to load the page.

They posted a brief message on their Facebook page:

Network Solutions is experiencing a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack that is impacting our customers as well as the Network Solutions site. Our technology team is working to mitigate the situation. Please check back for updates.

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Facebook takes on Google with graph search

hawguy hawguy writes  |  about 2 years ago

hawguy (1600213) writes "As reported by CNET:

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced Graph Search at a press event today at the company's Menlo Park headquarters, billing it as a new way find people, photos, places and interests that are most relevant to Facebook users.

Graph Search is the social network's response to its massive base of 1 billion users, 240 billion photos, and 1 trillion connections. The tool is meant to provide people the answers to their to their questions about people, photos, places, and interests.

Does anyone have any opinions on FB's latest product?"

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Who is WirelessForAmerica?

hawguy hawguy writes  |  about 3 years ago

hawguy (1600213) writes "I came across a video for WirelessForAmerica today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyyDIk8W6Kw

It warns of an impending wireless spectrum shortage (only 24 months until the disaster hits!), and how they have just the answer, but of course it's being derailed by special interests.

It came off a pure political video — warning of an impending disaster if nothing is done, their solution uses American Ingenuity, will create jobs, etc.

So what's the real story behind WirelessForAmerica? Are we running out of mobile bandwidth? Is their solution really the best alternative? From what I've gleaned from their WirelessForAmerica.org website, they want to use frequencies that are so close to existing GPS frequencies that nearly all existing GPS receivers would need to be replaced and future receivers would need to be designed to better reject neighboring frequencies."

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Power grid change may disrupt clocks

hawguy hawguy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hawguy (1600213) writes "A yearlong experiment with the nation's electric grid could mess up traffic lights, security systems and some computers — and make plug-in clocks and appliances like programmable coffeemakers run up to 20 minutes fast."
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