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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

kwiecmmm New Mascot (646 comments)

In order to eliminate the trademark infringement the team should just change their mascot to be a redskin potato.

(I stole this from elsewhere but I thought it was funny)

about a month and a half ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

kwiecmmm Re:This will need better advances in CGM Technolog (75 comments)

I currently have the CGM and I understand some of what you are saying but I believe things have improved a lot since then. Currently my CGM gives me a calibration within about 10-15% of my blood glucose. This is normally good enough to monitor trends and keep my blood glucose in the proper range without finger pricks. The one huge advantage of it is the fact that when I am hungry I can look at it and see if I am hungry because of low blood sugar or just being hungry.

About your complaints with the CGM, I have seen numbers jump to be about a 100 point difference, but this is normally followed by a calibration failure. This causes me to have to recheck my blood glucose (I agree this is annoying, but at least it recognizes it is off). Currently the sensor lasts 6 days (I can normally get it to go a 7th day before the battery dies). I still normally test my blood glucose 3-4 times a day, but that is better than my previous 8-12 times a day.

I think I do better with the CGM, but then again I am just happy not to have to go back to using constant needle injections and finger pricks.

about a month and a half ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

kwiecmmm WTF (216 comments)

So what if someone else in the car is looking at the directions while you are driving? Will their ability to look at directions be significantly hampered?

It is a good thing that these Congress people don't have any important things to worry about so they can focus on this ridiculous crap.

In the mean time my car might just drive on an interstate with failing bridges, or into a tunnel with ceiling tiles that could fall at any moment, but focusing on this is obviously the best thing for Congress to do.

about a month and a half ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

kwiecmmm Re:Warning: Snarky comment (75 comments)

I completely agree. The problem is Type 1 is such a small section of diabetics (about 5% at the moment) that most people don't even think of this, and when you tell someone you are diabetic they automatically assume it is Type 2. If they actually put the time and effort into finding a cure for this it would probably cure or at least lead to better treatments for Type 2 as well, but that might actually cost drug companies money in the long run.

about a month and a half ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

kwiecmmm Re:Don't cry for Eric... (932 comments)

You can be positive that K Street and its myriad of lobbying firms will be more than happy to employ him.

This is if he doesn't get a job offer at Fox News first.

about a month and a half ago
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Security Researchers Threatened With US Cybercrime Laws

kwiecmmm Re:This is what happens... (156 comments)

As it should be. You have no right to hack systems that don't belong to you unless you are asked to do so by the owner.

And what happens if that system has some of your personal information from a previous order or interaction?

I guess we should just throw all of these "security researchers" in jail and anytime an internet vulnerability is announced everyone should just get new logins, new credit cards and just reinvent themselves online. That sounds like the best plan.

about a month ago
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Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

kwiecmmm Re:We have an advertising bubble... (154 comments)

There will come a time where a company demands users install software on their machines and send every single key tap, mouse click, and any other item they can get access to as individualized ad data. When this time comes (or perhaps earlier when users start revolting), the bubble will pop quite painfully.

The issue here is that most folks who use the internet don't realize how much data they give away from what they do online. People really need to understand how much data with or without identifying information (even though the lack of this doesn't really stop anything from identifying the originator of the information), they give up.

Hopefully this changes, but I don't see any push toward this anytime soon.

about 2 months ago
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Ten States Pass Anti-Patent-Troll Laws, With More To Come

kwiecmmm 40 states left! (64 comments)

At least my "Snarky Internet Forum Post" Copyright will still hold up in a few places.

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

kwiecmmm Re:DUI checkpoints (461 comments)

Or if he had gotten pulled over for speeding (or some other minor traffic violation) and the officer smelled the marijuana.

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

kwiecmmm Re:Suck It Up! (504 comments)

And I am sure that that some tax breaks or subsidies helped them get their grid up to begin with.

about 3 months ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

kwiecmmm Re:Air pressure? (239 comments)

There is also the age of the solar system to worry about. If it is in its early years there could be constant planetary bombardment going on.

If it is in its later life the planet's core could have shut down, leaving no shield.

about 3 months ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

kwiecmmm Taking all bets now! (239 comments)

I believe this planet will be like Venus, a rocky surface, but a CO2 atmosphere that makes it at least 300 degrees Celsius on the surface.

about 3 months ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

kwiecmmm What a shame (272 comments)

If they made 1000 of them initially, why not take them to a trade show and see what kind of reaction that they got.

Instead they threw out 800 of these units and removed it from their memories.

about 3 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

kwiecmmm Re:Why send humans (307 comments)

I agree that robot missions are important, but I think it is more about a push to force humans to expand their knowledge into these areas. Our human space travel knowledge has not really expanded a lot in the last 40 years.

And the only way that we seem to force ourselves to consider the issues you discuss here is to push toward a long term goal like this. If the Russians hadn't launched Sputnik, I don't think our satellite technology, human space knowledge and all of the secondary technologies that were created along the way would be where they are at the moment.

The other fact here is that the earth has had 5 great extinctions in the past 650 million years. The next one could be 50 million years away or 100 years away, if we want to succeed as a species we need to understand that we need to move beyond just living on earth. And the sooner that we start that the better.

about 4 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

kwiecmmm Volunteer other people (307 comments)

Can't we just send folks away, personally I would start with the current (US) politicians, lobbyists, and reality TV stars.

That sounds like a good start to me.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

kwiecmmm Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

If an anti-science President gets elected in 2016, will the world refuse to stop working with the USA? If they did, wouldn't we be upset?

Most of the world didn't care that much about our previous president...

about 4 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

kwiecmmm Win for Space-X (291 comments)

Space-X has done a bunch of docking with the international space station already, if they have a rocket capable of transporting people to the space station, this will be huge for them.

about 4 months ago
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Darth Vader Runs For President of Ukraine

kwiecmmm What is the problem here? (114 comments)

A Sith wants to take over a small country, it doesn't seem to be an issue in my head.

It isn't like there is a power-hungry "politician" nearby who controls vast areas like an emperor.

Wait a second... Putin is the Sith Lord, Vader is his apprentice.

We need this Vader to destroy the emperor! He is the only one who can restore balance force!!!

about 4 months ago
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Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)

kwiecmmm Re:don't connect it (106 comments)

True, there are other options aplenty... but we're living in a time when email is too slow for a lot of people and thoughts don't break the 140 character limit. A time when the convenience of one-click purchases trumps the obvious security issue therein.

Everything is getting more online, more interconnected, more convenient ... it makes more sense to embrace the change and work to make it smooth and safe, instead of fighting back against it.

TLDNR you passed the 140 character limit. :-P

I embrace change when it makes sense to do that. I will embrace a driver-less car, as it comes out (probably in the next 10 years). But many things that are new and the "wave of the future", end up dying out within a few years, because they don't solve real problems or they cause more issues than they end up solving. I haven't heard one thing here that would be so much more convenient by controlling it through the internet, that I absolutely need and am willing to risk the device being hacked to get it.

about 4 months ago
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Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)

kwiecmmm Re:don't connect it (106 comments)

Then you get a programmable thermostat that does not connect to the internet and you set it to go cooler at certain hours of the day and you setup a bunch of different modes (normal weekday, weekend, vacation, ...).

Turn on your dishwasher and laundry as you go to work or go to bed.

Tell your kids lock the door.

All of this stuff can be done without an internet connection and should be done without an internet connection. But as soon as someone can hack all of a specific oven, heater, dryer or other appliance people are going to realize they don't want these things connected to the internet. Especially because huge sections of commercial companies don't worry about securing internet devices at the moment, and I doubt they are going to change that anytime soon. It may be naive to ask why someone would want this ability, but when you look at the most popular passwords used and other security indicators like that, it may be more important to ask should people have this ability?

about 4 months ago

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