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Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol

rthille Re:OMG the Horror! (72 comments)

No GPS, but I'm guessing that if you can get the raw accelerometer data from one of these devices over a long enough time, you could map out where they've been....

yesterday
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Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates

rthille Re:Yup. (111 comments)

Did you try turning off/on the wireless? That sometimes works for me when I've got wifi issues. I think it may unload/reload the driver.

yesterday
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Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol

rthille Re:Electrical engineers write sucky code (72 comments)

Doubtful. You can use bluetooth to set the device into bootloader mode, but you can clear that by plugging it into USB, so the initial setup via USB (required, IIRC) could set the private key into the device.

yesterday
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Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol

rthille Re:Cool. (72 comments)

Um, he decompiled the Android version of the app to figure out that the device was insecure...

yesterday
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

rthille Re:Someone teach me something here... (360 comments)

From your link, ~1.6% is the average for the year. Dec 2014 was: 0.76% hence my "these days"

about two weeks ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

rthille Re:Someone teach me something here... (360 comments)

Actually, these days 1.4% is probably higher than current inflation.
And it's too low given the differential risks to 4% inflation vs 0% or 0.5% deflation.

about two weeks ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

rthille Re:Solar, solar, solar. Also, solar. (360 comments)

In the long run, everything will be fine.

Of course in the long run we'll all be dead.

about two weeks ago
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First OSX Bootkit Revealed

rthille Re:If the rootkit can close the hole (135 comments)

I'd actually read the article before it hit slashdot.
Interestingly, why have they only patched it on recent hardware, when a software update (IIRC) could roll it out to most/all hardware?

about three weeks ago
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Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

rthille Re:And this is good why? (150 comments)

If you're in the airport and you're using a wireless keyboard, you're a wanker...

about three weeks ago
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Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

rthille Re:Internet of Hype ... (163 comments)

Only if you're crazy enough to live where the temps fall below freezing!

(Sent from sunny CA :-)

about a month ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

rthille Re:Meaningless (173 comments)

Well, there was a google paper about drive failures a few years back, but I don't think they named names...

about a month and a half ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

rthille Re:But but but (330 comments)

There is. Free/Cheap energy in the form of fusion, or very cheap solar panels.
With that, you could desalinate sea water.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

rthille Re:Naming (161 comments)

I read that somewhere.

I wrote it down, then I read it.

about 2 months ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

rthille Re:HDD endurance? (125 comments)

Partly it depends on whether you care about being able to write a certain amount of data, or rewrite the blocks the same number of times...

Most consumers of hard-drive services care about how much data they can safely store and retrieve and the speed & cost of the device, not how many times they can rewrite a flash block before it fails...

about 2 months ago

Submissions

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rthille rthille writes  |  more than 8 years ago

rthille writes "The big news from Apple was just iPod & iTunes related. Still no video iPod, but you can buy movies from the iTunes Media Store."

Journals

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Doing it again...

rthille rthille writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Once again I'm training to run a Marathon and raising money to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in their fight against blood cancers. If anyone has followed tomhudson's advice and sold their house at the peak or otherwise has some cash and the need for a tax deduction, you can donate here: http://robert.thille.org/Donate/

For more information about what I'm doing and why, see here: http://robert.thille.org/Recreation/TNT/

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What would you record?

rthille rthille writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I've thought about the increasing amount of data I'm amassing over time about my life: CC receipts, GPS way-points, photos, etc. If you could wear or have a device implanted, and you could "magically" completely control who had access to the data, what data would you choose to record about yourself and your surroundings?

A basic list to start:
GPS location (would additionally need inertial for underground/water/inside)
Body Temperature and other physical/medical stats
Calories consumed/expended
Other humans/animals nearby
Clothing worn
Images of surroundings
Thoughts?

Eventually, most/all of this would be possible to record. What would you _want_ recorded? What would you most be afraid of others having access to?

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