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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

jcomeau_ictx of course that won't be used here in the US (415 comments)

the fourth amendment won't allow such intrusion into our personal belongings. Thoreau will have to be sent to China or North Korea to use his talents. also, I'm pretty sure Henry David would not be happy with the choice of the dog's name.

about 4 months ago
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Nanoparticles Used To Create Thermal 'Barcodes'

jcomeau_ictx from the polywater guys (26 comments)

thanks for helping enable the surveillance state to ratchet things up a notch, WPI. why can't you go back to making polywater, like back in the 70s?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?

jcomeau_ictx other challenge sites (172 comments)

besides those already mentioned, codechef.com is good for a beginner; so, I understand, is spoj.com though I haven't tried them. topcoder.com isn't bad either.

about 6 months ago
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Algorithm Distinguishes Memes From Ordinary Information

jcomeau_ictx now if only people can stop calling netmemes memes (38 comments)

it's so rare to see the word 'meme' used in its true sense any more. I'd love to see Internet memes called 'netmemes' to disambiguate the terms.

about 6 months ago
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How Japan Plans To Build Orbital Solar Power Stations

jcomeau_ictx Re:Blofeld-San's new proposal approved (230 comments)

_Dark Rivers of the Heart_ by Dean Koontz. the sat is nicknamed Godzilla and a programmer, Ellie, has a backdoor into it. great book.

about 6 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

jcomeau_ictx Re:1/8 and 240/8-255/8 (306 comments)

sure, I'm game. I once had a /16 flapping for hours after I made a routing change after a 3-pint lunch and couldn't figure out how to undo what I'd done. and of course my co-workers rightly hung me out to dry.

about 5 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

jcomeau_ictx 1/8 and 240/8-255/8 (306 comments)

285 million addresses reserved for no compelling reason. sure, let's push onwards to ipv6, but saying "our hands are tied" when over 1/16th of the entire space is still available is a bit irritating.

about 5 months ago
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Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

jcomeau_ictx end the gridlock (95 comments)

there is zero need for a grid any more. wind power has been under a dollar a watt for years, and PV panels for about two years now, and I'm talking about consumer prices. the only thing keeping people from installing their own sources of electricity is laziness.

about 6 months ago
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MIT Researcher Enlists Bacteria To Assemble Nanotech Materials

jcomeau_ictx Re:dogchairs (36 comments)

oops, chairdog. I had a 50% chance of getting it right before googling.

about 7 months ago
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MIT Researcher Enlists Bacteria To Assemble Nanotech Materials

jcomeau_ictx dogchairs (36 comments)

"furniture that shapes itself to cushion the user's most-stressed areas"... the Bene Gesserit have had those for years.

about 7 months ago
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Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

jcomeau_ictx Re:Not surprised (111 comments)

perhaps. I believe the current ubiquity of under-$100 computers is due in part to OLPC. I just wish everybody would make devices waterproof and drop-resistant by default, as the OLPC project pushed.

about 7 months ago
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The Mammoth Cometh: Revive & Restore Tackles De-Extinction

jcomeau_ictx wrong department, sorry (168 comments)

please refile under the what-could-possibly-go-wrong dept. thanks!

about 8 months ago
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The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

jcomeau_ictx milk thistle cure is not new (274 comments)

European countries have used milk thistle for this purpose for centuries if not millennia, but US doctors have been blocked from using it by the FDA for years; they'd rather have people die than be cured by something not patentable. hopefully this situation will change someday, even if it has to be because Merck or another Big Pharma firm comes up with a synthesized, patentable work-alike drug similar to silibinin hemisuccinate.

about 8 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

jcomeau_ictx unpaid spies (292 comments)

as others hinted, but after skimming the top comments didn't see it spelled out: if you're wearing Google Glass, thanks to the NSA's intrusive surveillance network, you're spying on all of us for free, in fact you paid to do it. that not only makes you an agent of one of the world's most evil governments, it makes you a fool. I can promise you, I won't be passive-aggressive if I see you wearing them, I'll probably be in your face.

about 10 months ago
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British Police Demand Access To Encryption Keys

jcomeau_ictx overheard at a bilderbergers meeting... (814 comments)

GWB: OK Tony, it's been over three years since I knocked down the WTC... about time for you to get your ass in gear. What're you gonna do to top that?

TB: I'll see you and raise you 10, you lowlife wanker! And after it's over, we'll pass a law that makes your Patriot Act look as toothless as your mama without her dentures!

(Not sure I got it verbatim, I was crammed into an air vent and couldn't take notes till afterwards...)

more than 9 years ago

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Bank of the Clueless

jcomeau_ictx jcomeau_ictx writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jcomeau_ictx (696704) writes "Bank of Internet has for years limited passwords to 8 alphanumerics, but over the next few days they will open their members' accounts up to anyone with the last 4 letters of their Social Security number: ex-partners, family, and any of thousands of employees of banks, credit unions, and online and offline businesses which have requested it over the course of an average life. Here is the communication sent out today:

Bank of Internet USA is upgrading our online solutions for Online Banking this weekend. The Bank is making this change to ensure we provide you with an Online Banking experience so impactful, you will not be able to imagine banking any other way. In preparation for the launch, there is some important information you need to know:

Launch Date: December 11, 2010. The conversion time frame will be from December 9, 2010 to December 11, 2010. Logging in to Online Banking on December 11, 2010 or thereafter. You will use the same Online Banking ID as you did prior to December 11th. The first time you log in only, your Password will be the last 4-digits of your Social Security Number. You will be prompted to change your password to one of your choosing immediately upon logging in.

This doesn't mean I'll stop doing business with them; they still have better customer service than any other bank I've ever dealt with. I just won't keep anything more than a few hundred in there until they take security a little more seriously."

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New version of Ewe VM finally released!

jcomeau_ictx jcomeau_ictx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jcomeau_ictx writes "Ewe has been one of the preferred VMs, along with Waba and SuperWaba, for mobile device developers for years; it offers support for features not found in the others, such as ServerSockets. But, after more than two years with no updates, and author/developer Michael Brereton not having visited the Ewe forums since July 2007, it was unclear if there would be any further updates.

Today, having typed "ewesoft.com" into my browser without the "www", up popped a new webpage with a VM renamed to "Eve", at version 1.13. It promises support for Windows Mobile 5 and 6 in additional to its previous offerings, and now supports real Java Threads, which it never did before.

Kudos to Michael for this tremendous effort, and for keeping the new VM LGPL'd. Note to forum users: you may need to sign up again, it appears the member database has been reinitialized."

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Zypad wrist wearable now shipping but pricey

jcomeau_ictx jcomeau_ictx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jcomeau_ictx writes "Sometime in the year since the Zypad first made an appearance here, it has ceased being vapor and is shipping. Both Parvus and Arcom carry the unit; neither page lists the price but an Arcom rep told me it's $2500. So, still a bit pricey for the average technogeek. Some of the features: NEMA 4 (IP54) rated, 802.11b/g, choice of GNU/Linux (2.6 kernel) or Windows CE (no version listed), GPS, 400MHz MIPS CPU, 64 MB RAM, 64 MB ROM, integrated audio, Bluetooth... the works. If they could only drop the price down, say, to about $299, like Casio's new G'Zone waterproof phone, available from Verizon... well, something to drool over anyway."
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jcomeau_ictx jcomeau_ictx writes  |  more than 8 years ago

jcomeau_ictx writes "Our old friend Sal Wise (previous stories here and here) just dumped some more (presumably stolen) laptops on eBay, and, when he ran out of merchandise, blithely took the money and closed his account. This time he's pretending to be Sal Sr. and blaming it on his son! It looks as though he used a shill buyer this time, too, to build up his positive feedback before the sting. I have to admit, he's actually quite creative at manipulating the system."

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