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Ask Slashdot: A Cheap, DIY Home Security and Surveillance System?

russ1337 Re:Android + Prepaid Mobile + WiFi (508 comments)

came here to say the same thing. A cheap android phone is certainly a good way to go.

more than 2 years ago

Siri To Power Mercedes-Benz Car Systems

russ1337 Re:How About Frigging Drive Kit Plus (193 comments)

Rumor has it that the iphone 5 has a different dock connector......

My previous post suggests a 'modularised' interface into the car. Think of a card that slides into the car that has the Cars interface on one side, and the phone interface on the other. - these can be changed / upgrade to support technologies as they evolve.

The phone interface could be ANY of the following: iphone jack, andriod jack, windows phone jack, HDMI, Bluetooth X, Audio Jack, USB X, whatever - you chose when you buy the car and can purchase as aftermarket accessories.

The car side interfaces the car's display, steering wheel buttons, speakers, microphone, power and (GPS) antenna, and perhaps controls for the seat, interior lights etc. (but not safety critical services.)

more than 2 years ago

Siri To Power Mercedes-Benz Car Systems

russ1337 Re:How About Frigging Drive Kit Plus (193 comments)

This is why the car should support *integration* with phones and not *duplicate* phones functionality. Connectivity should be in the most future-proof possible way. This could be mic and headphone jack, USB (for charging), & Bluetooth.

Let the phone do the hard work and provide a means of integrating the phone.

You might need to modularise the interface so it can be swapped out every few years as the 'standard' phone interfaces change.

about 2 years ago

TSA Doing Random Truck Searches On Tennessee Highway

russ1337 Re:Osama Must Be Happy Now (578 comments)

Wow... i just read that article. The parallels are very very clear.

more than 2 years ago

Wolfenstein Ray Traced and Anti-Aliased, At 1080p

russ1337 first ray trace (158 comments)

first ray trace...

now where is a decent link.

more than 2 years ago

TSA Groper Files Suit Against Blogger

russ1337 Re:Is this suit actually filed? (699 comments)

Despite the Slashdot headline, from reading the article all I can tell is that nastygrams were sent by both parties and it hasn't entered the courts yet. I'd like to see a judge get involved, to be honest.

is that because you're waiting for the Judge to say "Show me on the doll where she touched you?"

more than 2 years ago

NZ Illegal Downloading Crackdown Law In Effect

russ1337 Re:Chronicles of Ridiculous (329 comments)

1. All Content is Copyright by default.
2. How do you distinguish the legal from the illegal content?

Exactly. In other countries they refer to the 'sharing' as the illegal part. Here in NZ it appears to be the 'downloading'. Does that mean if I watch 'RayWilliamJohnson' on youtube he can have my internet cut off?

How am I to know whether the person who posted the video has the rights to post it, or not?

If they're talking about 'sharing' then it's certainly not very clear in their education campaign.

more than 2 years ago

Car Makers Explore EEG Headrests

russ1337 just let google drive (77 comments)

how about putting the effort into autonomous vehicles....

about 3 years ago

Lucas Loses Star Wars Stormtrooper Copyright Case

russ1337 Re:So goes a once-talented filmmaker (325 comments)

+1 insightful.

After watching the plinket reviews you referenced, I purged the 1-3 movies from my collection. I now realize just how bad they are.

  I still enjoy 4-6 though.

more than 2 years ago

675k Stolen Credit Cards = Ten Years In Jail

russ1337 Rogelio Hackett (204 comments)

The Mr Hackett was destined to become a hacker...

....researchers have found that people named Dennis are more likely to become dentists. An article, “Why Susie Sells Seashells by the Seashore,” finds that in the U.S. population the names Jerry, Dennis, and Walter rank 39th, 40th, and 41st among male first names. But in the national directory of the American Dental Association there are close to twice as many Dennises (482) as Walters (252) and Jerrys (270). “Similarly, people whose names begin with ‘Geo’ (e.g., George, Geoffrey) are disproportionately likely to do research in the geosciences (e.g., geology).”

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?

russ1337 I live in New Zealand you insensitive clod... (697 comments)

Here in New Zealand we don't really have Cable TV (except a couple of smaller areas). Sky TV (similar to DirecTV) has the whole Pay-TV thing sewn up.

However there is a free to air digital service called Freeview that broadcasts on satellite (PAL 576i) and terrestrial (1080i).

Sky has all the movie channels and all the sport as well as the standard Free-To-Air (FTA) channels, and Freeview has only the FTA channels with a couple of extra's. Sky costs about $100 a month and has only just added a DVR to their service (DVR's didn't really exist in NZ till a couple of years ago).

All the US web based services are blocked, so no HULU or Netflix, and no equivalent services. A couple of the networks have 'TV on demand', but their offerings are very limited. I can completely understand why people here in NZ torrent shows and movies. However a recent three strikes law has just been introduced....

My setup is a mythtv media centre with two satellite freeview tuners (to avoid program conflicts), and we find there are enough *good* shows to get us through the week. If I want to watch the latest Burn Notice, Chuck, or Doctor Who, I am resorted to either get them from iTunes (if they're even offered to our 'region'.) or 'find' them.

Oh yeah, about the internet connection. I pay $70 base rate just for the 6Mbps privilege (does include a $15 VOIP phone line), then $1 per GB of traffic on top of that. So if I use 30GB of traffic costs me $100 bucks. (~USD$70)

So if you haven't picked up on it yet, we're shafted down here. (So quit your whining).

If any of you work for Hulu or Netflix, please bring your catalog and come on down to open your store here....

more than 3 years ago

ICANN Approves .XXX

russ1337 (259 comments)

Wait till someone registers $firstname$ .... of their least favorite politician. When they come along and say "hey you're domain squatting my name" you can make sure there is heaps of publicity about them wanting to register their .xxx domain.

this will have absolutely no unintended consequences and certainly wont be abused [/sarcasm]

more than 3 years ago

Chandrayaan-1 Spots Giant Underground Chamber On the Moon

russ1337 Re:Data haven (322 comments)

just back-up during the 'visible' time. Does provide some limitations for an immediate restore, but better than driving to Austin to get the tapes......

more than 3 years ago

Chandrayaan-1 Spots Giant Underground Chamber On the Moon

russ1337 Re:Data haven (322 comments)

The 1.3 seconds to the Moon would drive most computer communication protocols nuts, especially since they won't know if the other end has even received a packet for a bit more than 2 and a half seconds.

I've worked with some military communication devices geared for Internet Protocol over half-duplex HF and they work just fine. While it's not 1.3 seconds latency, the problem is similar with half-duplex. You could easily have full duplex comms, and the need for forward error correction, Automatic Request for retransmission (ARQ) etc wouldn't be as high.

of course you wont be playing COD4 Black Ops and getting headshots......

more than 3 years ago

When the Internet Nearly Fractured

russ1337 Re:DNS not inherent (119 comments)

Building on that,...... search could actually resolve (in a DNS way) IVP6 when segments of the network dont support it. Think of google being the 'portal' that IPV4 users use to access the IPV6 internet.....

more than 3 years ago

When the Internet Nearly Fractured

russ1337 Re:DNS not inherent (119 comments)

I think search (i.e google) would adapt. Everyone would just bookmark (or whatevs) and use that... let google do the rest.

more than 3 years ago

Army Psy Ops Units Targeted American Senators

russ1337 Re:Starship Troopers (391 comments)

Coffee keyboard spill on isle 5.


more than 3 years ago

Employer Demands Facebook Login From Job Applicants

russ1337 just as long as (434 comments)

just as long as they dont as for my Slashdot credentials...... this is where i rant things they wouldnt like....

i think this is f%^ked.

its security vs convenience .... (their convenience or mine) The more secure, the less convenient..... it can be very secure and very private....

security vs privacy is BS pushed on the people by the patriot act...

more than 3 years ago



russ1337 russ1337 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

russ1337 (938915) writes "The AP is reporting that the US should test new experimental weapons on US citizens, prior to using them in warfare:

Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday. The object is basically public relations. Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions from others about possible safety considerations, said Secretary Michael Wynne. "If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," said Wynne. "(Because) if I hit somebody with a nonlethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in a way that was not intended, I think that I would be vilified in the world press." The Air Force has paid for research into nonlethal weapons, but he said the service is unlikely to spend more money on development until injury problems are reviewed by medical experts and resolved.

Link via CNN"


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