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USB Implementers Forum Won't Play Nice With Open Hardware

joostje Re:Pardon my ignorance but... (273 comments)

It looks like it's grummonds idea from this page; as linking directly to the comment seems to fail, here's the text of the comment:

Oh, and here’s an idle thought train – let’s take the negative rights idea a step further:-

1) identify a VID that is yet uncommitted (I presume there is a list). Choose a number that has some vague recognition value, say 0xF055 (FOSS), but don’t call it a VID, it’s just the name of an online community.

2) start (i.e. publicise) an online community to support development of USB Free Open Source Software. Membership is free for proven FOSS developers.

3) Members get a membership number, you gussed it from 1 to 65535. It’s not a PID it’s a membership number!

4) Doesn’t matter how large the USB-FOSS community is, the appearance of growing support should be enough that eventually no commercial vendor is going to want to be issued with VID 0xF055.

about 9 months ago
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Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

joostje Re:7ms? less than 3.6ms. (740 comments)

Yeah, through fiber it's slower. So if you're in a hurry (and traders are), why send the signal through fiber if you can send it though the air?

about 10 months ago
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Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

joostje 7ms? less than 3.6ms. (740 comments)

Washington to chicago by road is 1100 km, that's 1100 km/300000 km/s = 3.6ms, so in a straight line it would be less than 3.6ms.

about 10 months ago
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Interview With Professor Potrykus, Inventor of Golden Rice

joostje Re:The problem with golden rice is lack of fat (400 comments)

rice contains more fat (0.66 gr/100gr) than carrots, so the golden rice should be at least as effective as carrots then. And yes, meat would be good too, but very expensive.

about 10 months ago
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Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds

joostje Influenza vaccination has been shown highly effect (851 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flu_vaccine#Benefits_of_vaccination Influenza vaccination has been shown highly effective in health care workers (HCW), with minimal adverse effects. In a study of forty matched nursing homes, staff influenza vaccination rates were 69.9% in the vaccination arm versus 31.8% in the control arm. The vaccinated staff experienced a 42% reduction in sick leave from work (P=.03).[33] A review of eighteen studies likewise found a strong net benefit to health care workers

about a year and a half ago
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Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

joostje gold standard for responsible mailing (345 comments)

Yes, verified opt-in is one requirement. But if you don't want to be marked as sender of SPAM, you should also make it *very* simple to unsubscribe. I know I've subscribed to a few lists, and at first read the emails, then ignored them, and eventually thought "should unsubscribe". But if that unsubscribing is difficult, I'll just hit "spam" in gmail (or whatever). I don't see the emails and more, and the sender gets blocked as spammer.

about a year and a half ago
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My relationship to military service:

joostje Re:Missing option (525 comments)

They were flying too low and based on maps that did not mention the new aerial tramway. They were court martialed in the U.S.A., acquitted, then trialed a second time and were sentenced to a short prison time.

The second time however they were sentenced for found guilty of obstruction of justice and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman for having destroyed a videotape recorded from the plane, so the parent is right in saying they were never sentenced for killing 20 people.

about a year and a half ago
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Meet the Lawyer Suing Anyone Who Uses SSL

joostje Re:Err what? (347 comments)

All of that being said, SSL needs to be replaced with something better anyway.

And what are you going to replace it with that isn't patented some way?

about a year and a half ago
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Supreme Court Hearing Case On Drug-Sniffing Dog "Fishing Expeditions"

joostje Warrant for looking at your house with IR? (451 comments)

same as they need a warrant to use a thermal imaging device to search for grow houses

Really? I see you are right, but that does sound strange to me, living in the Netherlands. Here it's a standard way for the police to track down the growers (even though selling small quantities is half-legal here).

about a year and a half ago
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At $250, New Chromebook Means Competition For Tablets, Netbooks, Ultrabooks

joostje children (283 comments)

Will google now think of the children? They blocked my sons gmail address after finding out about his age. Is he allowed to use this book (I assume it works best while logged in with google for extra storage etc)

about 2 years ago
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Patent Troll Goes After Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Others

joostje Re:List of their patents (171 comments)

5,978,791 - Data processing system using substantially unique identifiers to identify data items, whereby identical data items have the same identifiers

"Substantially unique" - I love that.

It could be the identifier is a hash - there is some chance of collision, so cannot be guaranteed to be unique.

about 2 years ago
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EU Says Apple's Warranty Advertisements Are Unacceptable

joostje on the plus side, (266 comments)

On the plus side, apple will now sue anyone with sleazy advertisements.

about 2 years ago
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Wrong Number: Why Phone Companies Overcharge For Data

joostje they could charge more... (105 comments)

I guess that means the operators will shortly release an update for the phone OS's to also charge for the data the phone sent but wasn't received by the operator.

about 2 years ago
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RIPE Region Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

joostje Re:The internet is full. Go away. (241 comments)

The problem with this is, IPv4 addresses are not rare. They're not anything like rare. There are approximately ten thousand times as many of them as are actually needed.

Well, with only 32 bits of address space, that's only 4,294,967,296 possible addresses, and there are already more people on the planet. We do need more.

about 2 years ago
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Dutch Court Rules Hyperlinks Can Constitute Infringement

joostje Re:Solution (203 comments)

The whole point of the reasoning of the judge was that the link wasn't in the google index (at least not at the time GeenStijl published it).

about 2 years ago

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