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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

rhsanborn Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

It won't ever hit the news, because it will be ordered by a FISA court and it will have a clause stating Apple can't disclose that this was a government mandated opening.

about three weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

rhsanborn Re:Simple solution (462 comments)

Or you forced departments to pay back double or triple plus court costs for improper seizures.They'd suddenly be much more careful.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

rhsanborn Re:Sport. Black. (471 comments)

It doesn't cost more than the phone. It's perceived to cost more than the phone because they've hidden the cost of the phone from you. The base model iPhone 6 (16GB) costs $650.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

rhsanborn Re:I have Pebble Steel (471 comments)

My kicker with the Pebble is that it can only do one thing at a time. I want a time watch-face up, and I want a fitness tracker in the background, for example.

about a month ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

rhsanborn Re:Any removable storage yet? (730 comments)

It's no more clunky than carrying a bag full of spare batteries to swap out.

about a month and a half ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

rhsanborn Re:What's so American (531 comments)

They can bask in their pure capitalist sunshine as soon as they buy right of way access for every mile of line they use, instead of leveraging the government sponsored right of way access they've been given. They can also pay a requisite sum for the monopoly access they were granted. Then they can setup any internet they want. Until then, they need to deal with regulations.

about 2 months ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

rhsanborn Re:They still do a reader for the professional mar (172 comments)

The device was great, but no one really buys a Kindle for the device. They buy it for convenience and content. The Sony ebook store had a terrible selection. Worse, you had to buy it on the computer and transfer it to your device. Nirvana is achieved when you can pick up your ereader, decide you want a book, and can complete the selection and sale immediately. That's why Amazon was willing to eat the cost of the cell subscriptions, because it meant people could complete a purchase when they wanted, not when it was logistically feasible. That's become easier now with more ubiquitous wifi, but Amazon won on content and ease of availability.

I still own a PRS-505 and it's a wonderful device, especially paired with Calibre, but it's used almost exclusively to lend to people while I used my Kindle Paperwhite.

about 2 months ago
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FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

rhsanborn Re:Not medical grade instruments ... (123 comments)

Unfortunately, companies like Apple are developing services to aggregate health data from things like wifi BP cuffs, scales, activity trackers, pulse oximeters, etc. And, physicians and regulators are already looking at ways to integrate that information into a broader plan of care. So, regardless of it's novelty, it's going to be used for very real medical decisions. At the very least, there needs to be better education about the lack of oversight and the potential for wildly inaccurate data, and I don't get the feeling that's happening.

about 3 months ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

rhsanborn Re:A (hidden) communication channel is not an atta (121 comments)

This is a good way to hide your snooping in sensitive environments that are running adaptive intrusion detection systems. It's also a way to get secure computers that aren't connected to the network, to talk to less secure computers that are. Think military. Jim falls prey to a USB based piece of malware and puts it on a DoD machine that is on their internal, secure network. It talks to an Internet-connected computer to move data from one to the other. The USB vector is exactly how the US/Israel got malware onto Iranian centrifuge controller systems, so it's a valid concern.

about 4 months ago
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This 360-Degree, 4K Video Camera isn't Getting Kickstarted (Video)

rhsanborn Sad? (61 comments)

Why is it sad that people didn't donate money to a for profit company?

about 5 months ago
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The Light Might Make You Heavy

rhsanborn Re:Poverty and city living. (138 comments)

Note also that healthy food from scratch takes more time to prepare, which is also a luxury that isn't available to the single mom taking the bus to 2 and 3 jobs.

about 5 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

rhsanborn Re:Wow that much money? (270 comments)

We just need a political angle and maybe we can get Glenn Beck to "ask some questions"...

about 5 months ago
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Americans Hate TV and Internet Providers More Than Other Industries

rhsanborn Re:Not me (255 comments)

It's not necessarily a status symbol, but I do see more people realizing that there are services that fill the needs to "moving the occasional couch". Most people don't need the utility aspect of the vehicle but 1-4 times a year, and likely spend way more in gas and other expenses (tires, etc.) for the privilege than they would if they rented a truck for those purposes.

about 4 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

rhsanborn Re:"GM thinks" there's your problem. (216 comments)

This is what happens when a company's first priority is to find a way to make money. This product was built with money as the first principle. If, instead, GM asked what would be best for a customer, they probably would have made a deal with Google and/or Apple to build integration into the car and phone. They wouldn't get $5 a day, but they'd sell more cars.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

rhsanborn Re:Don't understand it. (198 comments)

It sounds like Beats has streaming music deals. I'm speculating here, but the record labels aren't happy about how iTunes worked out for them. Read the Steve Jobs bio and you'll find that they were over a barrel and Apple took advantage of that. I suspect the labels were trying to get their pound of flesh back from Apple with streaming contracts. Perhaps Apple went around the labels and is buying less expensive streaming deals via Beats, depending on how long the term is on those Beats contracts with the labels.

about 5 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

rhsanborn Re:Competition (258 comments)

Unfortunately, it takes a company as large as Google to be competitive. ATT, Comcast, et al have the infrastructure for this, but not the incentive. The minute a small org comes in and tries to provide higher speed service, then ATT can roll out the higher speed service for less money and destroy that small org with price competition. This isn't direct competition. This is Google being willing to throw away money to shake up some markets, and it shouldn't have to work that way. The governments have granted cable and telcos monopolies, and then failed to regulate them. THAT is a problem.

about 5 months ago
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Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

rhsanborn Re:What we would like to know (329 comments)

We can't know the details, because releasing them would be a violation of patient health information privacy laws. So we only get to hear the story from the side of the parents. We do know the physicians at the hospital have diagnosed the child with medical child abuse. A key point form the Slate article someone else linked is that 1 in 10 children who are abused medically, die. It isn't something that is taken lightly.

about 6 months ago
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GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

rhsanborn Re:The Cloud! (145 comments)

We're hitting the age where some earlier services are starting to shut down, and that's actually a good thing. It will start a conversation about how much we're willing to trust to "the cloud" and what we're willing to make temporary. Many of us have Kindles, iPhones, Rokus that use content from providers not unlike GameSpy. We need to be willing to say out loud that ownership of these items is now temporary. The sellers of these items need to be more open about that as well.

about 7 months ago

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Obama and Romney Respond to ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire

rhsanborn rhsanborn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rhsanborn (773855) writes "President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney have both responded to a questionnaire on the "most important science policy questions facing the United States". The questionnaire was created by ScienceDebate.org, a group consisting of many influential organizations in science and engineering. Questions are on many topics including research, internet regulation, and climate change."
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Federal Appeals Court Orders TSA to Explain Delay in Body Scan Public Hearing

rhsanborn rhsanborn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rhsanborn (773855) writes "One year ago the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ordered the TSA to hold public comment on the use body scanners in EPIC vs. DHS. The order has been ignored prompting a WhiteHouse.gov petition asking for the Obama Administration's response. One year later, Wired reports, the court has ordered the TSA to explain why it hasn't responded to it's original order. The TSA has until August 30th to respond."
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