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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

kaiser423 Re:Missed the Boat by about 15 years (216 comments)

Yahoo fantasy football is still about the best around. Same with their sports apps. They bought up Sportstacular and haven't ruined it (it's actually gotten quite better since the acquisition), so those are great. But not enough to keep it aroudn forever.

yesterday
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

kaiser423 Re:Someone has (270 comments)

I don't even know what you're talking about here. Up until a year or so ago, none had DRM. And you don't need to remove anything to use your own coffee grounds. I have quite a few reusable K-cup sized filters that I've been utilizing to put my own grounds in forever without modifying the machine. I've never actually met anyone that didn't have at least one -- eventually if you drink coffee, you realize how much money you could save with one of those versus the K-cup.

I use the Keurig for when I have multiple people wanting something. I like my coffee incredibly strong, so most people don't drink my french press coffee. But with the K-cups, they can get coffee, tea, whatever without me having to expend any extra effort. Makes hosting people easier than reworking my fancy coffee setup for 12-18 cups of coffee.

about a week ago
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BitTorrent Launches Project Maelstrom, the First Torrent-Based Browser

kaiser423 Re:Interesting if done right (67 comments)

I'm a bigger fan of HTTPS everywhere over this. As far as I can tell, this would break a lot of that....But it still could be a boon for imgur, and other picture/video hosting sites. Makes sense, but I think that the trend towards encrypting everything clash with this idea pretty well.

about two weeks ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

kaiser423 Re:simple (193 comments)

Playing with some friend's Chromebooks, they really do seem to have a drop dead simple administration backend. They're simple, can pretty much only do what you need them to do for school and seem to work at a good price. My friend had test trialed iPads versus Chromebooks and went with Chromebooks mainly due to durability. While they do pass that cost onto the student, it was much, much easier to crack an iPad's screen, which replacement cost as much as just a new chromebook. He has a pretty good chromebook junkyard that he lets the kids have access to to fix things before they have to pay for a replacement.

about three weeks ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

kaiser423 Re:Well, not really (307 comments)

Considering that's kind of like saying that maybe life will evolve to live on the surface of our sun (this is actually slightly more likely than an organism evolving to utilize as power utilize an event that takes place once every thousands of millions of years and is every bit as hostile as the surface of our sun).

Aka, they're not really talking out their asses.

about three weeks ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

kaiser423 Re: Who ends up paying for this? (85 comments)

Yea, but it's also getting better. I have unlimited talk, text and 2.5GB of LTE, with unlimited after that. $40/mo (Straight Talk with discounts). Pretty close to what my friends who live in the EU pay if they get a plan that works everywhere in the continent. They can get cheaper ones that cover a limited area, but you can also do that in the states too. I'd personally just like more competition; the prices are actually coming down if you move off-carrier (similar to what is seen in Europe also).

about three weeks ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

kaiser423 Re:The American Public (85 comments)

A decent chunk of the money (but way less than half) gets distributed out to the industries that have to move out of this spectrum that they're allocating. There are *lots* of legacy users in this spectrum that will get a small chunk of this money to move out of this spectrum and into other spectrum. That's why these auctions can be so hellishly complicated; before it can even be auctioned, they have to find other spectrum available to move legacy users into, which might require an auction or consolidation itself, etc, etc. You really need a long-term plan to make these kinds of things happen. Some of these industries have been notified for nearly a decade now (if not longer) about their spectrum going away in the future, and hence they've planned for it and just need the money from the auction to wholesale upgrade their entire enterprise and their customers.

about three weeks ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

kaiser423 Re:Only 65 megahertz? (85 comments)

65MHz is TON of spectrum. Most LTE is operating on a couple of 10MHz chunks. 65MHz, nationwide is enough to start multiple *new* wireless companies. If it wasn't so impossible to actually build a competent telecom that can compete, we'd see a lot more interesting things happening here. Look at the continual T-Mobile and Sprint acquisition/merger talks to see that it would be a huge risk of $50B+ to try to start up a whole new carrier in the US. It would be amazing, but incredibly risky capital investment.

about three weeks ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

kaiser423 Re:Setting the Clock? (249 comments)

You just determine your own new epoch :) you're the only one that accurate to begin with, so make the magic number yourself. Obviously you keep it accurate with respect to other clocks, but you're now setting the specific epoch of that extra precision. Yes, time is relative -- you just need to have an agreement on it.

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

kaiser423 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.

about 2 months ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

kaiser423 Re:Is Ello the new BitCoin? Cell phone #s. (269 comments)

I just posted this on Ars, but at least to me a distributed social network is screaming at Microsoft to be implemented. Let me explain:

They don't have a social network; I don't know if they want one, but they probably wouldn't *mind* one. More than wanting a social network, they probably wouldn't mind dishing out a bit of trouble to Google/Facebook.

They're also looking to transition everyone from licenses to yearly subscriptions, which lots of people are resisting. Microsoft also now has a very large, mature cloud.

Microsoft should make it so that if you pay for a Windows service that you get a small, configurable slice of the cloud. Then make it super easy to add services, and enable some by default. Make a distributed social media platform, or partner with some like WithKnown and establish an industry-wide API. Then enable it by default on the user's cloud account. Boom instant secure federate social media that the user controls, and Microsoft just enabled it. If successful, they also just increased their subscription rates and dealt a decent blow to Facebook and Google.

They could also do the same with basic webpages, email (for those paranoid, host your own Outlook.com instance), photo uploads, etc. That could be the hook to get onto the services and keep that service active and the money flowing. Honestly, I hate yearly subscriptions, but if someone had something like that set up, easy to use and administer I'd pay for that service. Hell, I'd even pay Microsoft which is something I really don't like doing.

about 2 months ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

kaiser423 Re:Tedious story already OBE (269 comments)

I do wish Diaspora had taken off though. That seemed quite good. Needed a bit of polish, but definitely promising. Never got the critical mass though.

Yea, I wish that Diaspora wasn't Diaspora. It honestly was a bunch of guys without any idea of how to build a good, secure, scalable application trying to build one. That really poisoned the well for federated social network's. I gotta give it to the guys for coming up with the idea and generating the hype, and open sourcing the protocol. I was excited and willing to help out. But what they release was such a streaming pile that everyone whom looked at the source to help out (including me) after initial release pretty much thought the same thing about nuking it from orbit and starting from scratch really set back the entire concept. I definitely did not want to be part of a project and put my spare time into a project that was perpetually going to be in the headlines for security issues. Not worth the headache.

about 2 months ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

kaiser423 Re:clinical trials. (124 comments)

Are we sure that they're planning a true 50/50 or standard clinical trial?

In situations like this, you usually see a study that tries to use a "time as a placebo group" mechanism. Essentially, you give the damn vaccine to everyone, and see how mortality rates compare against what was happening before the vaccine. Obviously this is a bit complicated by improved public health awareness, improved standards of care, improved procedures, etc. It definitely muddies the study up somewhat, but you can still get the information needed about effectiveness of different candidate vaccines while still doing the morally correct thing.

I'd be surprised if using a time-based placebo concept or something very similar wasn't their plan.

about 2 months ago
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Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

kaiser423 Re:Its a lot of landmines to dodge. (95 comments)

Don't try to apply logic to ITAR. Just don't.

about 2 months ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

kaiser423 Re: Hypocrisy (571 comments)

They don't have it relatively tame. I've been stalked online, had my computer RAT'd, had personal threats and personal addresses posted and I'm a guy. Wasn't a big deal because well, I'm a guy -- I was at college and generally hung around with lots of other bros and lived in a dorm. Basic tribe logic indicated that unless that internet loner brought 20+ people to the party, I was going to be ok. But I've seen lots worse for women, and now that I'm a father of two little kids you can be damned sure that if something similar happened today that I would be a bit freaked out. I have a lot more pain points now.

But generally, women always have some of that vulnerability, and there are more creeps out there targeted the women than the men. I also sometimes post with female usernames to get answers quicker in a forum. Typically by the time I have answers, I also have 10+ PM's on the forum. Half of them are just endearing, sad nerds that you just feel for. But invariably, there's a couple of outright creep a-holes. I usually report those to the forum administrators.

about 2 months ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

kaiser423 Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

You do realize that streaming video also includes online coursework, right? Like the exact type of thing that could improve your knowledge base, which leads to better jobs which leads to more money being made and more taxes being brought in? Streaming coursework is *huge* in a number of these countries, as it's one of the cheapest, most readily available ways to improve your lot in life.

about 2 months ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

kaiser423 Re:Please explain the outrage?? (183 comments)

You fail to realize that this is a product, and some of the scope of the device is defined by what the users do with it, intended or not. I regularly add featuresets or support use cases that are outside of the scope of our device, but are reasonable alternative use cases or scopes. If I didn't do that, and was super rigid and only stuck to our initial plans of the scope, then there wouldn't be much growth or new opportunity in our product.

about 2 months ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

kaiser423 Re:Just think (183 comments)

I already plug up my "regular-ass" USB storage decies into Android via a USB OTG cable. I routinely mount my external 1TB drive into both my Android phone and tablet.

Now I do agree that making apps support use of that space would be nice, but right now all the music, movie, etc apps seem to support it. So, it's nice to be able to transfer across without a computer in the middle.

about 2 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

kaiser423 Re:Mod parent up. (549 comments)

Exactly. There need to be better hooks. I'd love for KeePass or similar to be able to hook into Chrome securely or something like that.

about 2 months ago

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Truly Remote Management

kaiser423 kaiser423 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kaiser423 (828989) writes "I'm looking to integrate some highly critical solutions into what would essentially be a remote, moving datacenter. No operators will be allowed at the site, and we may be able to have a high-speed INMARSAT data link. As a backup, we're planning to have multiple redundant low-speed Iridium data links.

We've been looking at remote in and out-of-band management solutions, and really have found a ton of products. However, the "low-bandwidth" solutions still exceed our potential Iridum bandwidth (~10kbps). Even if we have the INMARSAT link (192kbps sustained, higher burst), a number of these solutions would hit that limit. We're starting to look at going old-school with some terminal-style applications, but haven't found much of a market for it. PC Weasel looks kind of like it might work, but the demo doesn't work for Windows.

Essentially, we're looking to be able to power up/down and reboot some computers, and be able to start/stop some programs. We're willing to write the terminal interfaces necessary for our programs, and possibly do the remote desktop thing with some of our 3rd party programs. But what is out there that would give us this type of access, work robustly over a high-latency, low-bandwidth stream, and would be tolerant to intermittent network outages? Please hold the pick 2 of the 3 jokes, I know they're contradictory goals; I'm looking for a compromise here! These boxes would regrettably be nearly universally Windows boxes (with some VxWorks). It seems to be a market that died with 56k modems. Does anyone out there remember those days, and have any solutions that they preferred?"
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Is there OSS Voip Comm-Net Software?

kaiser423 kaiser423 writes  |  about 7 years ago

kaiser423 (828989) writes "I had been looking at replacing our mission communication infrastructure at my employer. Currently, we have a small panel that allows the operator to switch between talking on 6 pre-defined nets and listening to any combination. It's currently analog, noisy, and not reconfigurable. We've been bumping our heads against its limitations for some time now, and have been looking for a more dynamic, scalable system. I had suggested upgrading to a Voip system, like the Quintron Dices or the Orion Voip system. However, all of these systems are locked-down with no API! We would at least like to be able to programmatically interface with whatever solution we buy, and to roll our own hardware to run the systems where needed. Also, considering that this is mission-critical equipment, we would like to not be totally beholden to a vendor that could lock us in. I have been browsing the Asterisk and other forums, but no one in the OSS community seems to have the same need as me. I am open to rolling my own, but am totally new to the Voip world and am not sure where to start. Do any slashdotters have any suggestions?"

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