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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

nblender Re:Not sure how well it will work (63 comments)

Agreed. Sometimes my CC doesn't show up. Caveat: I'm using my CC with Plex. So in addition to it not showing up, sometimes the video freezes and I need to reboot the CC....

But my biggest beef is that the CC is useless when my internet connection goes down. So is Plex though so I'm doubly hosed... But when my internet connection is down, I'm more likely to want to just switch on the TV...

I might have to go back to XBMC running on a PC and all of its annoyances..

1 hour ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

nblender Re:I have an idea (107 comments)

Also... As an open source contributor and also long time software developer, there's no end of things to sink my spare time into, but my spare time is already alloted to other projects (some of them open source)... Sometimes I just want to flop on the couch and watch TV but {mythtv,xbmc,plex} is broken in a way that prevents me from doing it... So yes, I might be capable of fixing it myself, assuming I could find the bug in source I don't know, figure out the correct fix, that isn't going to break a dozen other things I don't understand, and test it, and then sign on to whatever website/forum/mailing-list/whatever in order to submit the patch, blah blah blah... SOMETIMES I JUST WANT TO WATCH TV!

2 hours ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

nblender Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (591 comments)

For dimming, you might look at the better LED lights as some of them are dimmable - in Europe they are quite common, and if dimmable, explicitly say so.

The Cree brand bulbs I've been buying are pretty terrific and they are nicely dimmable. But i've noticed a problem with the dimming. I presume they dim by doing some sort of PWM to change the duty cycle and thereby result in some dimming... With the Leviton slide dimmers I've been buying, and set to full brightness (slider all the way up) the Cree bulbs have a flicker with a period of about 6 seconds. As in, every 6 seconds, the light will turn off for approximately 50-70ms. I have one circuit that has a couple of sockets. I put a Cree bulb in one socket, and a Phillips bulb in the other socket. At full, the Cree still exhibits the problem while the Phillips does not. However, the Phillips doesn't dim correctly. Whereas the Cree will dim in a nice linear sort of fashion, the Phillips will dim about 20 percent for the first portion of the slider, and then will maintain that brightness until the slider gets sufficiently far down and then the Phillips just turns off...

I have a Sylvania that just doesn't dim at all.

I think that covers all three of the major manufacturers. So far the Cree is the best except for the iritating 'blink' at full brightness... All of my Crees exhibit the same symptom on different dimmer switches throughout the house. If I put two Cree's in two sockets on one dimmer, they both blink, but at slightly different periods.

"We're not there yet".

4 days ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

nblender Re:Question about how this works (236 comments)

Case in point, perhaps...

Mediawiki has:

$wgDiff3 = "/usr/bin/diff3";

Maybe nobody uses Mediawiki anymore...

4 days ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

nblender Re:Question about how this works (236 comments)

I see two groups of people, one group exclaiming that this is a serious vulnerability, without being able to explain how it's a vulnerability, and the other (including myself) saying that it's not a vulnerability, because you need to already have a vulnerability to get to it.

I'm with you. I've been trying to figure out what the exact attack vectors are here. The only thing I'm realistically worried about is what pieces of shit PHP code are out there running galleries, forums, blogs, etc, that call out to shell... I'm thinking a creative USER_AGENT string may be a good way to get unfiltered user data into $SHELL... I think in the short term, I'm not worried about dhclient-script because I don't have a linux laptop but if I did, I don't find myself attaching to random wifi hotspots, and if I did, it'd be at a pub which is unlikely to, in the short term, find themselves compromised...

Does php even use a CGI connector these days?

I must not be a good sekurity eckspert because I'm not seeing the world-ending exploit here.

4 days ago
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Study: Multimedia Multitasking May Be Shrinking Human Brains

nblender Re:Moths (87 comments)

That explains the fuzzy wings I recently developed...

4 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

nblender Re:How to disable CGI in Apache (316 comments)

ok. Everybody /bin/ping -c 1 198.101.206.138

4 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

nblender Re:Oh good (903 comments)

Similar story here. I haven't made a car payment since 1989. Have driven older vehicles that I own outright, since then... I can maintain my own vehicles and do all repairs on my own. I have rebuilt engines, transmissions, differentials.. I have replaced alternators, water pumps, timing belts, springs (leaf and coil), power steering boxes, brakes, blah blah blah...

My point is, out of 3 vehicles, there is almost always something that needs attention and when it's -30C, things require more frequent attention; and that's a time of year when I'm least likely to be crawling around under a vehicle... I drove a friend's almost new Lexus for a couple of weeks last winter when he was out of town.. There was something very liberating about being able to get in, turn the key, and drive away without worrying about what was going to fail next and knowing that I was going to be able to get home as well..

I probably will still never buy a brand new vehicle; or even anything 3 years old... But I can appreciate the peace of mine one can have from that.

5 days ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

nblender individual vs carrier sales. (206 comments)

I wonder how many of those phones went to carriers and counted as 'First day sales'? How many actual _humans_ bought phones?

None of this means anything.

about a week ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

nblender Re:Nope they are clever (335 comments)

I am canadian. Doesn't mean I'm from Saskatchewan.

about a week ago
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Scientists Twist Radio Beams To Send Data At 32 Gigabits Per Second

nblender Re:Spiral filter, and a Tardis (122 comments)

I feel like I'm in an episode of The-Big-Bang-Theory....

about two weeks ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

nblender Re:Nope they are clever (335 comments)

You regularly use NFC for payments? You must be some kind of wizard.

The US isn't the world.

I live in Canada and I also regularly use NFC for payments. Last night I bought groceries with NFC after I bought some diesel with NFC. At the beer store I bought beer with NFC. I bought some irrigation supplies with NFC.

Some restaurants have NFC on the little pay terminals they bring to your table.

about two weeks ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

nblender Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

I can't believe the news today...
Oh I can't close my device and make it go away ...

about two weeks ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

nblender Re:Clueless (59 comments)

You can design your power supplies to withstand a nuclear event using a NED http://www.maxwell.com/product... and when the pulse is over, your stuff just boots and it's business as usual. At least that's my understanding.

about two weeks ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

nblender Re:So it runs Doom ? (92 comments)

8 pages per minute, 500 sheets in the tray ...

Sounds like hours of fun.

about two weeks ago

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