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US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

malakai Re:US investigators like Southern ping arc (145 comments)

I'm not positive about this, but I don't think they need to turn on 'another' transponder, they just need to change their transponder code. I'm pretty sure pilots dial in the code based on what the tower tells them to use. I don't think every transponder is guaranteed unique, and traceable.

about 4 months ago
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Invention Makes Citibikes Electric

malakai Re: Years ago... (166 comments)

I think the mechanism for having the motor lower onto the tire with the right pressure, and also store in a compact state is likely where all the 3d printing time went. Making sliding/folding/compacting devices like that, that don't seize because one of your angles is a fraction off, is not easy.

about 5 months ago
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Invention Makes Citibikes Electric

malakai Re:Lotsa hate going on here (166 comments)

In NYC, a lot of the delivery guys ( well the Chinese guys ) have some sort of clockwork style bike mod on their delivery bikes. It mounts under the seat and attached to the drive train, and they must be storing energy into a spring or some other mechanical way, then they pop a button and you hear 'click click click' and the bike goes up the hill as they guy coasts on the pedals.

I'm always leery of those contraptions. Just waiting for one to fail catastrophically and send metal gears into bystanders.

about 5 months ago
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Invention Makes Citibikes Electric

malakai Re:What is wrong with pedals? (166 comments)

Roll your taxi savings into a gym membership nearby your work. End at the gym, shower and change there. Bonus for lifting. You do lift, right bro?

about 5 months ago
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Invention Makes Citibikes Electric

malakai Re:Show a little support? (166 comments)

Selling millions - Not if it can only fit on one bike type. Fix that and maybe.

It works on many bike types ( not just rentable citi-bike with the triangle dock)

about 5 months ago
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Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week

malakai Re:Airplay mirroring with touch to in-dash display (198 comments)

I heard from Tim Cook that they plan on replacing the gas and brake pedals, with just one pedal. The context of applying pressure to this single pedal will determine whether the car speeds up or slows down.

about 5 months ago
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Damming News From Washington State

malakai O.M.G (168 comments)

This is the problem with Hydro power. This is why we should go 100% solar and not use electricity at night. We can't safely use Hydro, it's too dangerous, the pressure levels and engineering is too dangerous and a single mistake could kill an entire ecosystem.

Think of the children down river from this dam!

If you have any incandescent bulbs, _YOU'RE_ to blame as well.

-Francis Candlemaker

about 5 months ago
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Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance

malakai Re:meant well, broke the law, should be punished (388 comments)

One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

about 6 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

malakai Re:Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen (448 comments)

Sadly a lot are doing this now. Even if you swipe, they will ask for the card, and then punch in the last 4.

  I stopped giving them the card and asked them what they needed, and they would still ask for the last 4. I got concerned when my wife's card was used within 40 mins of us buying something at a Best Buy at _another_ Best But location across town. We think the cashier called someone and gave them the digits. They had her security code as well. My wife had handed her card to the cashier at the cashiers request.

Pretty good memory for the cashier to remember the digits, expiration, and security code. That or it's a local security guy with access to the video cameras over the cashier. Or she had her phone sitting some where nearby and would wave the card over the camera for someone else to read.

Sadly, it's not really my problem. American Express needs to figure out how to handle these merchants and their employees. It's what I pay AMX for.

about 6 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

malakai Re:Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen (448 comments)

I routinely get service reps reading my last 4 digits of cards they have on file. This happen on Delta all the time. I have about 6 credit cards on file, and sometimes I need them to make sure specific tickets are on specific cards. I often have a conversation like "That's the one ending in 1011 right? No sir. Is it the 1099? No sir. Really? Which is it? It's the 1014 sir. Oh yeah, that one. ok."

Last 4 are not a secret. Best buy and lots of box retailers now actually ask you for it when you check out. You have to broadcast it in the air in front of everyone in line.

The issue here is GoDaddy. If GoDaddy doesn't have a 2 factor auth system option you should not be using them for DNS hosting.

about 6 months ago
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US Senator Warns Against Political Surveillance By Drone

malakai Re:She wasn't surveilled.... (150 comments)

An Go-Pro Hero 2 weighs about 1/4th of the total weight of one of these mini gyros. There's no way that's going to fly on these. They don't have that kind of lift.

about 6 months ago
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US Senator Warns Against Political Surveillance By Drone

malakai She wasn't surveilled.... (150 comments)

... I don't see this covered in any of the mainstream media reports, but the 'drone' involved was a pink 'barbie' knockoff with no video capability. It's a $25 dollar think-geek type mini gyro. I'm amazed it made it to the 2nd floor window of a home outside. No wonder it crashed, those things have the stability of a paper airplane thrown into a fan.

Example of it:
http://www.amazon.com/33013-Concept-Alloy-Helicopter-Light/dp/B009VCHVJQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1389974986&sr=1-3&keywords=pink+gyro

"Obviously the pilot of the drone had some surprise..."

Obviously the pilot couldn't see you because there's no cameras on it, so I doubt she was surprised you looked out the window....

...because the drone wheeled around and crashed ..."

They do that a lot.

The irony here is Feinstein over dramatization of this event given what she authorizes on the SIC. Using this incident to call for stricter drone laws is like being hit by a paper airplane and calling for the FAA to investigate.

about 6 months ago
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Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal USB Password

malakai Re:Tangential, but... (374 comments)

I think the person who wrote that article recently return from hospital, after an accident on holiday.

about 6 months ago
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Starbucks Phone App Stores Password Unencrypted

malakai Re:Bad Coffee, Bad App (137 comments)

Love my mocha's. Can't tell you how many times I got to a 'local' coffee house and get a crap mocha. Some like to put store bought chocolate syrup in it, others like to add a mocha powder without first turning it into a wet paste. I've had Swiss Miss packets added to a late and told this was their 'Cafe Mocha'.

All in all, I can count on one hand the number of good cafe mocha's I've had at 'local' coffee houses.

On the other hand, every Starbucks I got into, anywhere in the world, seems to have the same Cafe Mocha. It's as if they had a recipe and the barista's were trained to make it. I like being in a town for the first time in my life, finding a Starbucks and feeling a little bit like being at home.

In the end, I reward any store on it's quality, I don't stereotype a store based on it's number of locations or perceived local community value. Would you patron a crap restaurant just because it's "local"?

about 6 months ago
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Programmer Debunks Source Code Shown In Movies and TV Shows

malakai Re:common and fun (301 comments)

Grandparent was informative, but parent is correct. .357 has about 25-30% more velocity than a comparable grain 9mm ( 125g vs 124g).

The other difference is .357 rounds don't need to feed smoothly into a chamber via a semi-auto mechanism ( I know that there _are_ .357 semi-autos but they are rarely seen outside of a gun show). Sitting in a barrel allows their bullet geometry to be pretty much anything and not jam. The physical design of the bullet can obviously play a large part in the characteristics of the wound.

If I had to be shot by either a 9mm or a .357, I'd take the 9mm, and hope for a clean exit.

about 6 months ago
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Astronomers Discover When Galaxies Got Their Spirals

malakai So did we help with this report? (56 comments)

I recall a few years ago participating with a lot of others in a crowd source effort to categorize fuzzy pictures of possible galaxies. I think it was galaxy zoo.

So is this the result of our effort? Would be nice to know...

about 7 months ago
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Enormous Tunneling Machine 'Bertha' Blocked By 'The Object'

malakai Re:STOP THE PROJECT NOW! (339 comments)

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

about 7 months ago
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DARPA Issues $2mil Cyber Grand Challenge

malakai Re:laughable (67 comments)

We go through this every time there is a DARPA challenge:

5 Intellectual Property
DARPA claims no rights to software developed by Open Track competitors as a result of participation in the CGC. DARPA does not intend to disclose the CQE and CFE Technical Papers outside the Government, with the following exception: CGC Technical Papers may be handled by DARPA support contractors for administrative purposes and/or to assist with technical evaluation. All DARPA support contractors performing this role are bound by nondisclosure agreements. DARPA does not intend to disclose CGC Technical Papers to contractors to duplicate, commercialize, or for reprocurement or reverse engineering purposes.

Do you think all the participants of the past DARPA grand challenges relating to autonomous vehicles have given away their IP? Of course not. Those teams that pushed through have made lucrative deals with car manufacturers and others.

All DARPA want's to do is spur innovation. A challenge like this is essentially a heads up that in 5 years they'd like to spend a lot of money on procuring services like these. In the past, they'd just give someone the money to build it, and maybe it worked, maybe it didn't. At least now it's a bit more market driven.

about 8 months ago
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The Cloud: Convenient Until a Stranger Nukes Your Files

malakai He gave away his login.... (262 comments)

Also, i'm not sure if anyone else picked up on this, but he was giving out his box.com account credentials to clients so they could upload straight to the folder.

I gave them the email addresses of several people with whom I had shared files over the years, thinking maybe the account had been mistakenly assigned to them.

Hrrmm? that's odd. Why would you even think because you sent someone a link to your cloud shared folder that the cloud company would magically given them the account...unless you didn't send them some link....

My lovely and talented wife, with whom I collaborate on stories for Family Circle (where we used Box.com a lot), had apparently invited an employee of this PR firm to upload an image to one of our shared folders last April

Ahh, now this language seems a bit too obtuse. "Invited an employee to upload an image". At first glance, you'd think you send this PR employee a link and they uploaded to your box.com folder. But you can't do that with box.com.... Only way to let someone upload to your folder is via an E-mail ( which won't work for large files ) or the 'upload widget' which you have to host on a website and it's up to you to lock it down ( he didn't use this either ). Failing that, YOU HAVE TO GIVE YOUR ACCOUNT USERNAME/PW TO THE PERSON TO UPLOAD TO YOU.

They probably pulled all the accounts used from an IP range known to be the PR firm, and assumed that's "PR Firms" employees. Since this employee had the username/pw, what else were they to assume.

Not a brilliant move on Box.com's part, but also, a stupid move on this writers part.

Most of these large cloud storage apps make it difficult for someone else to 'contribute' (upload) files. Otherwise they get abused for warez or porn.

Long story short, this guy violated their terms of agreement and gave away his username and password and was amazed when his files disappeared.

If he wasn't a tech writer, they would have written him off and rightly so. If anything, this is "Treat me different, I'm the press" mentality.

about 9 months ago
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Book Review: Minecraft

malakai Re:It just doesn't sound... (77 comments)

I'd take a short story on a few of his Halloween parties. I imagine it reads like 120 days of sodom....

about 9 months ago

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OLPC's DCON chip in 3rd party laptops?

malakai malakai writes  |  more than 5 years ago

malakai (136531) writes "Slashdot, I've recently been doing a lot of reading on my laptop and my thighs are sunburnt from the heat. My next laptop I'd like to be full-featured (not a pure e-book reader) but also have the mode OLPC has for displaying text using very little power. I don't wish a OLPC, it's not powerfull enough. Has anyone seen the DCON chip or similiar technology in a commerical laptop? The DCON chip for those unfamilar with OLPC is part of the display subsystem and allows the monchromatic display of an image with very little power comsumption. Basically, the processor and storage systems wake up enuogh to get another page of data, and feed it to the chip. They then go back to sleep.

"The display-controller chip (DCON) with memory that enables the display to remain live with the processor suspended; the display and this chip are the basis of our extremely low power architecture; the display controller chip also enables de-swizzling and anti-aliasing in color mode"

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OLPC's DCON chip in 3rd party laptops?

malakai malakai writes  |  more than 5 years ago I've recently been doing a lot of reading on my laptop and my thighs are sunburnt from the heat. My next laptop I'd like to be full-featured (not a pure e-book reader) but also have the mode OLPC has for displaying text using very little power. I don't wish a OLPC, it's not powerfull enough. Has anyone seen the DCON chip or similiar technology in a commerical laptop? The DCON chip for those unfamilar with OLPC is part of the display subsystem and allows the monchromatic display of an image with very little power comsumption. Basically, the processor and storage systems wake up enuogh to get another page of data, and feed it to the chip. They then go back to sleep.

"The display-controller chip (DCON) with memory that enables the display to remain live with the processor suspended; the display and this chip are the basis of our extremely low power architecture; the display controller chip also enables de-swizzling and anti-aliasing in color mode"

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