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Disk array with 99.999% availablity for 4 years, without maintenance

niftymitch If your are first... (1 comments)

If you are first it is hard to be redundant no mater what the cost.

This is almost interesting. As disks get less and less expensive per GB
the entire issue of a reliable RAID both for capacity, reliability and speed
is an increasingly interesting problem.

The difficult thing today is the backup and restoration from a backup.
Large individual TB disks do take a bit of time to write and verify. Copying from
A to B for an off line copy takes a lot of time.... Vast filesystems of the
modern cloud have additional issues.
With viruses and malware that encrypt filesystems and devices. There is an
honest need for off line read only copies when you are held hostage.

Realistic failure and repair assumptions is a red flag.

9 hours ago
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Is Pascal an Underrated Programming Language?

niftymitch Why yes it is. (6 comments)

Pascal is underrated as a language.
It might be said that Modula II improved on it.

As a teaching tool it is astoundingly effective with one limitation.
The set of Pascal compilers out there is not nearly as rich or
portable as Python, Java or JavaScript...

I do not have ^pointers to references but it reduces many
teaching assistant tasks and if the program compiles it tends
do do what the author intended.

Today too many think the value of a language is the massive piles
of library cruft that goes with it. That alone makes Python a winner
because most stuff has been done and the big task is not learning
the language but finding what you need in the pile of changing
library routines.

It is verbose... but for the top down designer a classic screen or
two (24linesx80char) can capture most functions.

It is not well placed as an OS coding language but worthy
systems have been coded in it.

It has a lot of features. Tex & Metafont were coded in a subset
of Pascal. By reducing the language correctness was improved.

Some day I will have to ask DK if he would select a different programming
language if he knew then what we have today.

Students... first year yes.
Working in my shop not so sure.

3 days ago
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

niftymitch This enables.... (169 comments)

This may enable potentially important solutions like: http://www.spi.dod.mil/lipose....
Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) creates a secure end node from trusted media on
almost any Intel-based computer (PC or Mac). LPS boots a thin Linux operating system
from a CD or USB flash stick without mounting a local hard drive.

The LPS may be less than ideal but it is a good step forward and makes it clear
that a like solution has a valid place in government and corporate America.
Some think this is a baby step. I think it is a step in the correct direction.

4 days ago
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Oracle Releases Massive Security Update

niftymitch Re:But Java... (79 comments)

Those languages strongly encourage you to produce your own security holes.

This is sage... No language can protect from a stupid programmer.

Of interest the security model and features in Java as far as I can tell has foundational
problems. The sandbox is not as well built as it might be .... and parts of the security
model are unverified and ill understood.

It is a notable language. It is not magically secure...
The moderately recent enhancements to the VM to permit other languages to use the VM are interesting.

Oracle has used Java for a long time and before they picked off Sun depended on a very old
and outdated version of Java to run many Oracle tools in a browser. This left such a bad
impression on me that I have been unwilling to look and see if it is still necessary to use Java 4.5
or whatever it was...

In the intervening years I would hope that Oracle fixed this now that they own both parts.
Not owning a dependency is like having a pebble in your shoe, painful and crippling.
Being an optimist I hope this was the reason for getting Sun... I hope they acted on it.

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

niftymitch Re:instant disqualification (643 comments)

....
    flCoffee = 8

Verbosity is one of the reasons Pascal was a complete failure. It wasn't pragmatic and/or practical for SERIOUS coding.

Pascal had the advantage of replacing a gaggle of teaching assistants with a compiler.
As a teaching tool it is worthy of consideration.
In reality finding Pascal compilers is moderately difficult which might exclude it.
But as a first language capable of real programs it is real.

I do have a bias. One of the best assembly programmers I know
is also an astounding Pascal programmer. His assembly had all
the organizational requirements that the Pascal language enforces but
in assembly it is a free for all but he keeps it together.

Proof to me was his six+ months of work on a BIOS with no emulator
that booted the first time on new hardware when the hardware was done.
Back when the MC68000 was hot cutting edge stuff tools were sparse and skilled
disciplined programmers were a requirement. Skill and discipline still has value.

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

niftymitch Re:instant disqualification (643 comments)

Your vbnc was last updated in 2010, .......

Visual Basic .NET is now on version 12. vbnc is horribly behind, and ......

On the flipside, Python now comes standard with most Linux distributions, and is standard with Mac OS X. It's very simple to install on Windows and even comes with a bare-bones IDE for editing code. In every respect, it is easier to get started using Python than to start using VB .NET, especially on non-Windows platforms.

OK the out of date horribly behind should not be an issue in a basic class.
A language that moves so fast that basic classes are obsolete is absolutely BROKEN!

It is darn hard to build class material and train teachers. Class content often needs review
to the point that modest revisions are just as hard as a full rewrite (something is broken here).

A year or two of class work can be full of fundamental content that is built not quicksand.

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

niftymitch Page count... of language.. (643 comments)

The incredible complex bit is bogus
The book on "c" is vastly shorter than any VB intro text.

If he is a good instructor any modern or near modern language is fine with me (I have my doubts).

I have my preferences in strongly typed languages and I am open to functional vs. object oriented
models. I have been astounded with the work that clever folk do with OO languages but I get
disillusioned when maintenance becomes an issue. Pascal helped many instructors and for
that reason alone still needs to be on the list.

Any language that takes more pages to describe than "The C Programming Language" uses
is suspect to me. Sadly many consider the big pile of library functions and all their interactions
as part of the language.

Modern languages need to be precise enough that a compiler can make common optimizations
safely. A foundation of basic library functions that only depends on the language itself can be
volume II. Having said that string libraries need to be improved. Math libraries are important
to me so Vol III but bounded to K-12 math and statistics. Sorting and Searching can be Vol IV.
University level tools and goals as addressed in libraries need their own number space.

But Vol I needs to be the language itself and no more.

about a week ago
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NSA Prepares For Future Techno-Battles By Plotting Network Takedowns

niftymitch Well DUH.... (81 comments)

Well DUH....

All the more reason to bug Micro$oft to fix bugs.
As the single largest vector of system infections Micro$oft
seem to be playing loosie goosie and we are all at risk for it.

Fix them bugs ladies and gents.

The astounding bit is the astounding parade of tuesday patches
mostly the bugs are stupid blunder but not all.

At this point all the TLAs and near and far nations and corporations
have copies of WindowZ and it is a simple race to find exploit or find
and plug. For microsoft to take 90+ days to fix a known and verified bug
seems like a lot of time. Given the cash flow to management there is
clearly a mismatch to the talent I know to be there.

All the players need to get it together and focus on stability and correctness.
Yes you too Linus...

N.B. It is clearly time to jailbreak any phone that the seller fails to update.
When network operators like AT&T blocks hardware vendors like Samsung
from issuing patches BY CONTRACT we have a problem. OK I am feeling
a bit Samstung but they are not alone. PS how hard is it to engineer in a bigger
battery so I can get 36 hours of life from the thing... That is not software, that
is not very much in the way of a case adjustment. I would be happy with
a phone the size of a box of Marlboros. BTW Darrell was a nice guy.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

niftymitch Re:No evidence (262 comments)

"Microsoft says there's no evidence these flaws haven't been successfully exploited."
FTFY.

Anyone that runs a web server or other interactive device on the internet and also looks at their logs knows that
the list of exploited flaws in all types of systems is best enumerated by counting on both fingers and toes in binary.
The data that flows past a company like Google is astounding.
Mostly we hear about some engineer discovering a bug by inspecting
code. What we do not often hear is the cases where honeypots watched
by "G" or "deep web exploration" discovers who, what, how and where...
We also do not see disclosures where a TLA agency sends a confidential
email to an engineer at a security company that then files the bug.

N.B. the banner that Google pops up and announces that this site is a risky
place to go and that it has been found to serve up malware and other
bad code.

This is a big problem and perhaps the #1 external issue of any web based
company. Especially one that is constantly under attack from all the corners of the
globe.

I happen to have grown fondish of some of the windows only application tools.
That list of applications grows despite my personal preference of a _nix OS.
I always ask the vendor for non-Windows tools....

Given the quality of engineers I personally know that work at MS I can only
assume that there is an astounding failure by management to improve the
product and its foundations.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

niftymitch If justified the police department... (783 comments)

If this is justified the police department needs to
be sacked.

Just living in a neighborhood where a ten year old and younger sibling
cannot take a 20 min walk is scary to the extreme and tells me that
"protective" services are in order and that these parents qualify for
a concealed carry permit to supplement an open carry of a 12-Gauge
shotgun.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

niftymitch Half the funk and wag (893 comments)

A friend in a politically correct company has
noted that half the dictionary is now off limits.

Sadly you cannot even have a single dictionary because
one of them has a bright red cover.

After lining up some 20 different dictionaries it was noted that fucha was under represented
and now that adjective is in the endangered list. Rose colored glasses are verboten...

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

niftymitch Why should G bother (629 comments)

Why should google bother.
Samsung, AT&T and many others will not patch the locked devices they sold
even if Google issued a patch none of these would update their devices.

Perhaps just perhaps this will generate a liability that in turn will
get these yeahoos to get their act together.

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

niftymitch Re:why start after the fact? (219 comments)

After the fact is well past the circumstances of the situation.
At issue in almost all cases is the context and provocation.

Body cameras should trigger as soon as the officer leaves his vehicle.
Vehicles should have a continuous data stream in 360 degrees and
the vehicle data needs to be archived in the vehicle and also sent
as a stream to a safe archive. Interruption of the feed is likely as we
often see on live news spots but there is no reason the live cannot be
refreshed and or VALIDATED from a vehicle retaining a 100% precise full
record (cross validation of both is very possible).

The capacity and reliability of fast Flash memory removes historic concerns
about capacity in a portable device. In addition the vehicle location GPS+inerta
speed acceleration can be logged. Acceleration, seatbelt latch and unlatch, lights
and sirens can also trigger a variety of logging and notification events.

The critical issue is that the data be tamper proof by the officer and can be
downloaded and archived non destructively by others. i.e by supervisors and other
investigators arriving late to document the site. Multiple copies minimizes tamper risk.

A lot of this depends on products being available but cost and functionality are very
possible. Vehicles are not power constrained so it makes sense to anchor
a lot of features there.

Power and charging via breakaway clips removes dead battery mumble foo excuses.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

niftymitch Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1051 comments)

The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine nearly killed me when I was a child.

So you should want everyone else to get it. While hypersensitivity to a vaccine is rare, it does happen and is a valid reason to get get vaccines. But if everyone else does, you are still protected. (Herd immunity) Or, keep your tinfoil hat on and continue denigrating people who have 12 years more training than you do in exactly this. Darwin works, and you will solve yourself soon enough.

How do we know that it was the vaccine that nearly killed one quote above..

Hypersensitivity to one item is rare but to all the things in life a lot less rare.
How do we as readers eliminate the possibility that this was not hyper sensitivity to peanut butter
or other common trigger.

I would offer those that fear hypersensitivity that a subcutaneous bubble/ blister or tine test could
be developed to screen for this risk. Perhaps it should be. Those with allergies know the chess
board grid on their back screening method. Also an epi pen could be sealed in a container
and used if needed. Because it is sealed it could be reissued after resealing a couple weeks later.
The darn things have gotten expensive... (for crazy patent reasons).

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

niftymitch Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1051 comments)

Mercury containing preservatives are used in some flu shots.

HOWEVER all those that point to this as a problem talk about %% or ppb
numbers in the product.

The ones that flabbergast me most are the ones that fail to translate the %%
into total body burden. They fail to compute the mercury from a years
supply of tuna fish sandwiches and compare it to the 1 cc of vaccine.

Mercury is multivalent and has very different body activity depending
the compound and chemistry of the compound. Mercury is nasty as
heck but the lack of specifics in measurement si troubling.

Lead in brass is one such troubling topic. If you open the tap, reach for
a glass and fill it it is unlikely that any lead could be measured. However if
the fixture has the brass brushed with a wire brush and then water is
allowed to stand for a week it might be easy to measure with modern tools.

Some modern legal enforced health levels have no health data to support them.
However with each instrumentation improvement the legal levels are reduced
to match these new instrumentation capabilities. Many of these "legal" levels
are matters of regulation and are revised by a bureaucrat with questionable
loyalties, qualifications and motives. The answers to these questions may
vindicate the action but need to be asked and documented.

It is possible in some of this that we are seeing the correct answer for the wrong
answer. A process that enables this is troubling and risks greater wrongs....

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

niftymitch Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1051 comments)

You should read the Texas curriculum standards and textbook reviews. It would be an education about "education".

Err... no do not waste your time ....

Unless you are of a mind to address the foolishness....

I was lucky -- I had a science teacher that taught us about the Hollow Earth
and what might be hidden in it and what it might look like.

In part this class taught critical thinking.

One contrary force is the problem of standards testing.
If the question pool is so large then nothing else can be taught
then we degenerate into dogma or repetition of dogma.
The Baltimore Catechism comes to mind....

If the question pool is too small, we risk too many 100% 'ers.
The 100%ers are then in a position to challenge the foolishness
of the test pool and pool answers and those in power seem to
be in fear of this.

Pay attention to the school system...
Pay attention to the notion of zero tolerance in schools
as it has morphed into a form of intolerance. The justice
system in schools establishes the expectations of our children
and when justice is corrupt we risk teaching despair.

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

niftymitch Authors know this (567 comments)

Authors know this.
That is why all content looks wrong.

Content authors of all kinds seem to have better
and more displays than their customers. Fonts
are too small, page layout is all wrong, page breaks
are all wrong.

Phones that rotate make authors that care confused....
CSS always pulls in crud that has a different style view
of the end page result than all the other CSS authors.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

niftymitch Re:How is this good? (172 comments)

One of the most nasty things a disease can do is to slowly replicate without causing symptoms. These long incubation periods are why Ebola, Tuberculosis, and Rabies are so dangerous. ......snip....

It is necessary to add some measures of infection and transmission (transmissibility). If a person is infectious for a long period
with no or difficult to detect symptoms the world has a massive problem if the end result is kin to the final week or two of a hemorrhagic
fever like Ebola.

Transmissibility i.e. the evolutions of a virus ability to infect others is missing in the original article.
A virus could become benign OR it could combine the long incubation of HIV and Ebola but acquire the
rapid transmissibility of influenza and run wild across the globe reducing the population by +80%.
The 80% is a personal SWAG that assumes the collapse of health care that today gives Ebola victims
a fighting chance.

Another risk is for a very infectious hemorrhagic fever class virus to emerge and attack livestock, poultry,
fish and swine. Oceanic fish infections scare me.... Any of these might cause global or regional famine
and global or regional conflict.

about 2 months ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

niftymitch Re:Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (172 comments)

From TFA: "Some virologists suggest the virus may eventually become "almost harmless" as it continues to evolve."

Yes, I realize the the article says "Some" and "almost" but still I'd rather it be like dealing with a common cold than a full shutdown of my immune system.

"May" and "almost harmless" not in my lifetime.

Ask any person that suffers shingles, virus populations in West Africa may evolve a less lethal
variety of Ebola... but I am not going to bet on it. Singles hides in nerve tissue and can attack
60 years after infection..... that is like three generations.

At best we might see a Cowpox/Smallpox pair but as world history shows Cowpox does
not visit a population far and wide enough to make Smallpox go away. Smallpox is still
a global risk. The fact that we have "eradicated it" means that most will not get immunized
at all today.. unlike my generation where I was immunized at least three times gives me
pause. The risk of smallpox escaping from immunization manufacturing scares the industry
so much that they are unwilling to be in the business.

The only hope for people with regard to HIV & Ebola consists of social changes
an if we are lucky immunizations. Condoms, monogamy will help with HIV.
Major religious changes that eliminate the very dangerous funeral practices combined
with better sanitation, cooking practices and aggressive health care mobilization
by a trusting population are needed for Ebola.

But not in a lifetime....

about 2 months ago

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Ebola and the War of the Worlds

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about 3 months ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "Compare and contrast todays news coverage on Ebola and the topic of the upcoming PBS special replay:
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
War of the Worlds
Aired: 10/29/2013 52:10 Rating: NR
Shortly after 8 p.m. on the Halloween Eve, 1938, a panicked radio announcer broke in with a report that Martians had landed in the tiny town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey. Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, the next day's headlines reported that thousands of others plunged into panic. It turned out to be H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds performed by Orson Welles."

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Sure blame the computer -- Ebola

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about 4 months ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes ""The Dallas hospital treating a patient with Ebola blamed a flaw in its electronic health records as the reason he was first released despite telling a nurse he had come from West Africa".
Now blame the computer....

OK flabbergasted I am. The blame game begins.
Five individuals under voluntary quarantine were threatened by officials
for going out to get food. Now under mandatory quarantine.

Silly rabbits know.
Quarantine for 21 days without food is tantamount to a death sentence.
Especially with screaming healthy small children inside a 1000 sq ft apartment.
If there are any complications starvation is serious.. Yes M. Ganhdi did fast for 21 days...

Removal of soiled linens and the bed but no plan to replace them will have
them sleeping on the floor. Oh wait now the carpet must be ripped out because
the carpet is now bedding.

Removal of common trash. Can common water bottles be recycled with other
trash. Can food scraps be composed in the local landfill."

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A Polygraph is not private, OH MY....

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about 7 months ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "

"TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – WIAT 42 News has obtained a copy of Justin “Ross” Harris’ personnel file from the time that he was employed as a dispatcher with the Tuscaloosa Police Department. The documents detail Harris’ employment history, some drug use, and the results of a polygraph test that was conducted before his hire. Harris was hired as a tele communicator basic with the police department in June of 2006. He was promoted in his second year with the department, and then in May 2009, he resigned."

This is a tangle of astounding reach. A polygraph is a process to coerce "honesty" from individuals... But there is no US constitutional protection and no privacy as this release demonstrates."
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SF-fire-chief-bans-helmet-cameras BUT WHY?

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "San Francisco's fire chief has explicitly banned firefighters from using helmet-mounted video cameras, after images from a battalion chief's Asiana Airlines crash recording became public and led to questions about first responders' actions leading up to a fire rig running over a survivor."
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Like this cannot be hacked...

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "Like this can never be hacked.... One can hope.

"A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a wireless controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved — and disable it remotely.

"The technology, but not an actual gun, was demonstrated Tuesday at a wireless technology conference in Las Vegas and was shown to The Associated Press in advance. It comes at a time when lawmakers around the U.S. are considering contentious smart gun laws that would require new guns to include high-tech devices that limit who can fire them.""

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Should health departments relax in emergencies?... radiation did it...

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "State health officials said several vendors have set up in Moore to help provide food to residents and workers in the area, but some are failing to follow basic health guidelines. Cleveland County Health Department officials say there have been reports of numerous vendors in the area giving away or selling food for people living and working in the area.

The director of the state health department's consumer health service, K.C. Ely, says that while they appreciate that people want to help, they are finding "multiple food safety hazards."

Ely said a check of several vendors found no means for washing hands, water, screening, overhead protection or other basic food safety requirements."

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Man Jailed in UK 4 fake detectors.

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes ""A British judge on Thursday sentenced a businessman who sold fake bomb detectors to 10 years in jail, saying the millionaire had shown a cavalier disregard for potentially fatal consequences.

"James McCormick made an estimated 50 million pounds ($77.8 million) from the sales of his non-working detectors — which were based on a novelty golf ball finder — to countries including Iraq, Belgium, Niger and Saudi Arabia."

Now will the purveyors of the of those body scanners to the TSA be next?"

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CNN anchor Deb Feyerick opened with a rather odd question

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about 2 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "The fifth branch of the US gvment needs an education!

On Friday, an asteroid will come within 17,000 miles of the Earth—“a very close shave” by space standards, as my colleague Phil Plait puts it on Bad Astronomy. Recently, Bill Nye the Science Guy went on CNN to discuss the phenomenon—and anchor Deb Feyerick opened with a rather odd question: “Is this an effect of perhaps global warming?”

BTW: The fourth branch is special interest groups."

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Moo, Tracking School Children With RFID

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "Just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates Radio Frequency Identification Device chips to monitor livestock, a Texas school district just begun implanting the devices on student identification cards to monitor pupils’ movements on campus, and to track them as they come and go from school.

Tagging school children with RFID chips is uncommon, but not new.

The risk is in the abuse. Merchants and many many more locations can deploy readers and track these passive ID tags. The result is that it is not only the school that can track the students."

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The clairvoyant patent.. OMG #7,958,388

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "And I quote from US patent 7,958,388
====================
United States Patent 7,958,388
Bullen , et al. June 7, 2011
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"The above description of the preferred embodiments has been given by way of example. From the disclosure given, those skilled in the art shall understand the invention and its advantages, but will also find apparent various changes and modifications that can be made to the methods and structures disclosed. We seek therefore to cover all such changes and modifications as fall within the spirit and scope of the invention, as defined by the appended claims and equivalents thereof. Thus, it is intended that the specification and examples be considered as exemplary only, with a true scope and spirit of the invention being indicated by the following claims."

Which I take to claim that anything a workman like programmer discovers as missing is included even if they have not thought of it yet.

OMG"
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It is illegal to talk.

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "Apparently it is illegal to talk about the superbowl. .....descriptions are a violation of copyright. Listen closely right before the commercials and you will find yourself being told that not only are unauthorized reproductions a no-no, but so are..."
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Zappos - zapped

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  about 3 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "Zappos tells us.

"First, the bad news:

"We are writing to let you know that there may have been illegal and unauthorized access to some of your customer account information on Zappos.com, including one or more of the following: your name, e-mail address, billing and shipping addresses, phone number, the last four digits of your credit card number (the standard information you find on receipts), and/or your cryptographically scrambled password (but not your actual password).""

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How to file a friend of court brief?

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  more than 3 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "What is unique and novel in Patent number: 7822816 System and method for data management J. David Payne...

This claim sounds like BSD "learn" to me:
      "creating a questionnaire comprising a series of questions" or even the SAT tests. With swizzled bubble .vs. question mechanism to make shoulder surfing near impossibe.

Another sounds like classic bubble test read by a machine and even Myers brigs tests.
  "tokenizing said questionnaire; thereby producing a plurality of tokens representing said questionnaire".

This is hitting the courts in MacroSolve, Inc. v. Whoop, Inc.; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; Civil Action No. 6:11-cv-00523

The whole thing reads like: "I patent the use of the following things when used in the manner that they were designed for and intended to be used." i.e I patent any method where when you have a hammer and you hammer nails.

The mention of XML is interesting because the design of XML was to address difficult to maintain compact data encoding methods. i.e. compact encoding predates XML.

Another claim reads like the "dragon book" where compact intermediate tokens are designed to be used as input for another program.

Anyhow the captcha for this is :retard: which makes me wonder if /. is a magic eight ball in disguise. Is it the patent or me.."
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Obama Tax Plan implemented at ATT

niftymitch niftymitch writes  |  more than 3 years ago

niftymitch (1625721) writes "AT&T announced that it will reduce the data throughput speed of its biggest data users on the unlimited data plan. The company stated it's responding to the explosive growth in data usage and the network congestion that comes with it. ......
Instead, it's targeting the top 5 percent of heaviest data users on the unlimited plan, who use 12 times more data than other users, according to AT&T."

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