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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

kdataman Re:Rule of thumb (122 comments)

As the OP of the original post, I would like to point out that I listed 3 possibilities and the first was that the story was wrong, maybe even intentionally wrong.

about 2 months ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

kdataman Re:I see three possibilities (194 comments)

I am the submitter and the layout of the original submission was much different with a new paragraph there.

about 2 months ago
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$75K prosthetic arm is bricked when paired Ipod is stolen.

kdataman Re:It's a misprint (2 comments)

The point is that he can't just get a new Ipod, he also has to get a whole new prosthesis - a new hand. According to the article, the old prosthesis can't work with any other Ipod.

about 2 months ago
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Most Doctors Don't Think Patients Need Full Access To Med Records

kdataman But no mention of why (659 comments)

I was surprised that in the article and in the linked survey article there was no mention of WHY a doc would want to restrict information.

about a year and a half ago
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EU Data Protection Proposal Taken Word For Word From US Lobbyists

kdataman The MEPs simply agree with the lobbyists (108 comments)

I know there are abuses, but simply agreeing with a lobbyists is nothing wrong. The MEP, it seems to me, has to think about businesses in Europe as well as individuals so there has to be a balance in the regulations. There could and should be lobbyists on both sides of an issue since all a lobbyists does is represent a group and bring their opinion to the decision makers. So here we have a business lobbyist convincing a conservative (pro business) MEP that the lobbyist's position has merit. Not a tough sell. Since US companies have a stake in the decision then their sharing their opinions is natural. If the MEP agrees with the lobbyists position then using their wording is no surprise.

So until someone starts talking about secret payments of some kind, all I see is someone being convinced.

about a year and a half ago
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San Diego Drops Red-Light Cameras

kdataman My favorite traffic camera story (330 comments)

A driver in DC recently challenged a camera speeding ticket because the camera was set to flag drivers at 45 miles an hour when the construction zone speed limit was actually lower. He beat the ticket even though the camera was set to high, and he never denied that he was speeding. Oh, and did I mention that the guy is a cop who had recently been part of the automated traffic enforcement unit?

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-01-02/local/36211549_1_45-mph-limit-camera-program-photo-enforcement

about a year and a half ago
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Unemployed Chinese Graduates Say No Thanks To Factory Jobs

kdataman Re:It's the stigma (366 comments)

"Alpha children wear grey They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever.
I'm really awfuly glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard."

about 2 years ago
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Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity

kdataman Re:Bull Shit. (470 comments)

This is bull shit. You cannot escape the laws of thermodynamics.

If you eat more calories than you burn, you get fat.
If you burn more calories than you eat, you get skinny.

It isn't that simple. I eat whatever I want and don't workout much and I haven't been able to gain weight ever in my life, and I have tried. I lived off of fast food lunches for several years when I was single but for some reason my body doesn't respond to the calories. I don't have high cholesterol or high BP and the doc says I am healthy - just skinny. I have met several people like me, and others that I know that (if they ate what I ate) would balloon up rather quickly.

about 2 years ago
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Pentaho and Jaspersoft: Good Alternatives To Bigger-Name Software?

kdataman Re:Buzzwords (57 comments)

I have been a full-time independent Crystal Reports consultant since 1995. I have helped hundreds of customers improve their business with nothing more than a copy of Crystal Reports and (if needed) a third party tool for scheduling or Email delivery or end user viewing. None of my clients would have a use for these 'full stack' BI tools. They may be free but the cost in time to implement them and even to understand what they do is not free. I have found that $450 for a copy of Crystal and maybe a few hundred for some extra tools can make a huge difference to people who are managing small businesses with spreadsheets. I am still waiting for a better combination to come along but haven't found one. Of course, I might be a bit biased.

about 2 years ago
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Critic Cites Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"

kdataman Re:No. (376 comments)

I wouldn't call these 'my' standards or arbitrary. I think the qualities I listed are pretty universal concepts, if not self evident. Can you suggest any improvements?
Also, maybe it isn't as objective as a tape measure, but I think what I have written allows us to be less subjective and compare works in ways that are somewhat measurable, and beyond our personal preferences.

about 2 years ago
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Degree Hack: Cobbling Together Credit Hours For Cheap

kdataman Thomas Edison State College (NJ) (368 comments)

When I decided that my music degree wasn't going to give me the career I wanted, I decided to get an accounting degree. I used Thomas Edison State College in NJ which is regionally accredited but was all non-resident at that time. I was able to use CLEP, ACT, and other similar tests to test out of 75 accounting and business credits over 2 years. TESC combined those with my liberal arts credits from my music degree to award my accounting degree. When I went to Trenton State for graduate study I was prepared to explain my degree, but I didn't need to. The admissions person said that they had very good luck with Thomas Edison grads because they knew how to study on their own.

about 2 years ago
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Khan Academy: the Future of Taxpayer Reeducation?

kdataman And if they promise the impossible? (386 comments)

And if unions convince a corrupt or incompetent legislature to make impossible promises? A corporation that did that would just go bankrupt and start over and the promise would have to be adjusted. This does happen. I think states have to have a similar option.

about 2 years ago
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Critic Cites Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"

kdataman Five qualities of great art (376 comments)

Here are what I consider the 5 qualities of great art:

        Powerful – It has an affect on your mind and emotions and is compelling.
        Accessible – The affect it has on you is worth the effort you put into appreciating it.
        Elevating - When it moves you, it moves you toward personal growth.
        Universal – It can move people from different cultures and different time periods.
        Perennial - It has the same power the second and third time you experience it.

This link explains it in more detail:
http://www.kensken.com/archives/52

about 2 years ago
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Critic Cites Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"

kdataman Re:No. (376 comments)

What you or I like is subjective.
But what makes art great has somewhat criteria beyond personal preferences, as I wrote up here:

http://www.kensken.com/archives/52

about 2 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

kdataman IT is a global market (826 comments)

I do consulting and my last training session was with remote students in both the UK and France. Do any of you think I am being unethical because I am taking work from some consultant over there? So I think he should go for it and if the service can provide a solid value then it will grow and he will help a bunch of hard working people find jobs that they need. Does it matter that they live somewhere else? Not to me. If they make enough money they may turn around and hire me.

As background, I grew up in Flint, MI (ie "Roger and Me") and had a brother who worked for GM. He hated that every car I bought was a Honda. I bought them because they were clearly a better value - and still do.

more than 3 years ago
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Trash-To-Gas Power Plant Gets Greenlight

kdataman Re:Why would foreign projects care about the EPA? (113 comments)

I think my 'comprension' is fine.

Why would someone with a signed contract care about the pilot project halting? They are already convinced. Running the pilot shouldn't affect building the parts for the install.

But even if that was a holdup, if GPI wants to brag about a real location in France don't you think they would mention the city? Don't you think that a location in South American would at least mention the country? I could find nothing else on this anywhere. There is nothing specific enough for someone to say "no I am not under contract".

Andy why aren't these customers bragging about their projects? If I was convinced I would have Al Gore cutting ribbons on my project.

I still think something smells fishy.

more than 3 years ago
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Trash-To-Gas Power Plant Gets Greenlight

kdataman Why would foreign projects care about the EPA? (113 comments)

I would think the EPA could only stop them from running their own plant in the US, but not from producing the parts to install overseas. Can anyone find one specific location mentioned where one of these will be going? Or one foreign official that will admit to buying one of these?

more than 3 years ago
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Trash-To-Gas Power Plant Gets Greenlight

kdataman "Validated" in 2006? (113 comments)

This article from 2006: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1677696/posts "Arrangements are presently underway to receive technical verification and standardization, through Combustion Resources of Provo, Utah, as well as Idaho National Laboratories, two independent and nationally recognized research firms, which specialize in study and verification of similar technologies. Their initial analysis should be complete within a few weeks. What does it mean to say 'arrangements are presently underway'? It isn't clear if either of these firms actually did anything and no results were ever mentioned after that point.

more than 3 years ago

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The Empire Strikes Back Uncut (Fan Movie)

kdataman kdataman writes  |  about three weeks ago

kdataman (1687444) writes "Live Action and Legos, MineCraft and Muppets, Pets and Produce. 480 fan-created 15-second clips have been assembled to remake the entire movie, scene for scene (but not always word for word). The variations swing from professional production values to cardboard cutouts, but they are all creative and many are hilarious. Hard to pick a favorite scene but the guys at MTV selected a few highlights: http://www.mtv.com/news/196080..."
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$75K prosthetic arm is bricked when paired Ipod is stolen.

kdataman kdataman writes  |  about 2 months ago

kdataman (1687444) writes "U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, who lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, had his Ipod Touch stolen on Friday. This particular Ipod Touch has an app on it that controls his $75,000 prosthetic arm. The robbery bricked his prosthesis:

"That is because Eberle's prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa. Now that the iPod is gone, he said he has to get a new hand and get it reprogrammed with his prosthesis."

I see three possibilities.
1) The article is wrong, possibly to guilt the thief into returning the Ipod.
2) This is an incredibly bad design by Touch Bionics [http://www.touchbionics.com]. Why would you make a $70,000 piece of equipment permanently dependent on a specific Ipod Touch? Ipods do fail or go missing.
3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one.""

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The view from inside exploding fireworks

kdataman kdataman writes  |  about 4 months ago

kdataman (1687444) writes "There is a breathtaking video on Youtube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9KZ3jgbbmI] of someone flying a quadcopter around and through a professional fireworks display. Of course, it was an illegal and dangerous thing to do. It also may inspire someone else to do something even more dangerous. But even so, I have watched it 4 times and get goosebumps everytime. An article in Forbes [http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2014/07/04/video-shows-drone-flying-through-fireworks/] says that unit is a DJI Phantom 2 with a GoPro Hero 3 Silver camera. The fireworks are in West Palm Beach, Florida."
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Google Glass app lets you "shoot around corners"

kdataman kdataman writes  |  about 5 months ago

kdataman (1687444) writes "A few headlines have mentioned a Google Glass app that allows you to "Shoot around corners". No, the bullets are not executing a turn. A clearer description is that you can aim a rifle around a corner before you shoot — or over a wall or even behind your back, without exposing your grey matter. The included marketing video makes it pretty clear. I could see the concept being used for photography, video and other situations where you want to aim something while keeping your head down."
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CEO of Green Power, Inc. Under Indictment For Fraud

kdataman kdataman writes  |  about 10 months ago

kdataman (1687444) writes "It has been 3 years since the original Slashdot post, but Green Power, Inc has finally run out of gullible investors. As of yesterday, Michael Spitzauer, the company's CEO, "is being held without bail in federal custody, accused in a federal indictment of scheming to defraud investors." In 2010 GPI claimed that it "had 2 billion in contracts" and was "commencing the building" of solid-waste-to-fuel plants. I was skeptical but interested, so I let Google track the story for 3 years. I saw no evidence that an actual plant was ever built. Neither have I seen any independently verifiable evidence that their process worked as claimed. The real surprise is that it took 3 years to fail."
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TrollingEffects.org to help potential victims of patent trolls

kdataman kdataman writes  |  about a year ago

kdataman (1687444) writes "The EFF has helped launch a new site to help the potential victims of patent trolling. It is called TrollingEffects.org and is designed to parallel the way ChillingEffects.org helps those getting DMCA letters. The idea is to educate the targets and help them work together for a more cost-effective defense. You can also read about this on TechDirt:
  [http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130731/10290224019/trolling-effects-launched-to-build-database-patent-troll-threats.shtml]."

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