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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

shawn(at)fsu Re:Barrel connectors on brick power supplies (408 comments)

If the data is that important you shouldn't be in a position where there is a chance that the power cord can be pulled out. That is you shouldn't be on a laptop with no battery backup, the data shouldn't even be on a laptop, the data should be on a server with UPS and you should just have a terminal connected to it.

about 9 months ago

NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving

shawn(at)fsu Re:Distracted driving (319 comments)

You can see people texting left and right when driving, a hell of a lot ticker than it takes a person to read or respond to a text.

about 10 months ago

The Boss Is Remotely Monitoring Blue-Collar Workers

shawn(at)fsu Re:Well yeah (228 comments)

If a person can sue company X if a driver for company X hits them with company X's truck then yes, company X should have some sort of way of protecting itself and making sure it knows where and how it's trucks are being driven.

about a year ago

How I Compiled TrueCrypt For Windows and Matched the Official Binaries

shawn(at)fsu Re:But can you trust Microsoft Visual C++ (250 comments)

If you're that worried about a ken thompson attack (which this topic always devolves in to) then why even use a computer at all?

about a year ago

Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

shawn(at)fsu Re:vs gasoline cars (388 comments)

Yes cars catch on fire, what your stat doesn't shed any light on is how many of those fires are caused by the fuel system. There are countless other ways to get a car to catch fire.

about a year ago

I'd prefer my money be made of ...

shawn(at)fsu Re:Drinking Game rules (532 comments)

"Oh good shot sir! good shot indeed!"

about a year ago

Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

shawn(at)fsu Re:How does this get fixed? (183 comments)

I'm genuinely curious?
I'm still not sure why this is a fragmentation issue. I can run windows on any x64 or i86 machine, I don't need to get security updates from Dell or HP or myself if I built it myself. Why then do I have to get updates to the core os via my carrier?

How is it that for Windows fragmentation was key to them becoming ubiquitous but for Android is becoming a hindrance?

about a year ago

Siri's Creator Challenges Texting-While-Driving Study

shawn(at)fsu Re:Distraction. (262 comments)

I'll agree that most of a trip you feel like you're on autopilot the problem arises when something unexpected happens. If you have your eyes off the road when that unexpected happens you're a lot worse off than had you been paying attention. So yeah if you get to your destination safely then you can look back and say man that didn't take any conscious effort at all but that's not why you need to pay attention. You need to be on your toes for when something novel or out of the ordinary happens.

about a year ago

Israel Airport Security Allowed To Read Tourists' Email

shawn(at)fsu Re:My house, my rules (438 comments)

IMHO Israel is not worried about what's in good taste and is more worried about national security from countries that have stated in no uncertain terms that Israel should be wiped off the map.

about a year ago

Bitcoin Blockchain Forked By Backward-Compatibility Issue

shawn(at)fsu Re: Was an issue for about four hours yesterday (351 comments)

How is it experimental when anyone anywhere can use it? FOr that matter what's the experiment? What are the metrics being collected? Whats the control? How will you know if the experiment is a success? If it is a success do you go back and start the non experiment on its own with the lessons learned? I would say that when people are trying to convince everyone to embrace it it is no longer an experiment when it is being used outside of a controlled environment.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?

shawn(at)fsu Re:No persuasion required (510 comments)

Removing smart phones is the easiest and most secure way to handle these issues. The burden of proof is to prove that there exists ways that are just as secure. For example If you work in a DoD environment then you have to accept the possibility that you're not going to be able to bring your device in the building. It sucks sometimes sure but if the risk is information coming in or going out then this helps mitigate it a great deal.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Richard Stallman Anything

shawn(at)fsu Re:Stolen bag / laptop in Argentina (573 comments)

I want to know this also. The reports of RMS hitting himself in the forehead because he knew he shouldn't have left it unattended always made me feel a bad for him.

about 2 years ago

Meg Whitman Says HP Was Defrauded By Autonomy; HP Stock Plunges

shawn(at)fsu Re:Meg, Carly (237 comments)

She wasn't the CEO of HP when the acquisition happend this one isn't her fault.

about 2 years ago

Windows 8 Sales Below Projections

shawn(at)fsu Re:It wasn't time (663 comments)

I can search the app store just fine. There isn't a dedicated search box but all you have to do is start typing. I just tried it for Angry Birds. Seems like it worked for me...

Did I miss something?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Catch Photoshop Plagiarism?

shawn(at)fsu Re:Invent your own exercises (284 comments)

There are some good problems that have been asked over and over again because they teach good lessons. My data structures professor started one of our assignments off with the following quote "More time has been spent on undergraduates recreating the Ackerman function than any other problem in computer science, and you all will be no different"

Sure there are other problems that have double recursion but why try to find something new and different when a good problem already exists? Plus there is something unifying about it. If I meet someone who graduated years before me or years after and they also had to do the Ackerman function in some language maybe the same one I used it kind of give you something in common. I like that; a common thread the ties us all together.

about 2 years ago

Google's Nexus 4, 7, 10 Strategy: Openness At All Costs

shawn(at)fsu Re:No LTE, less space than a nomad (359 comments)

I had the same knee jerk reaction, but HSPA+ while not LTE isn't just 3g either. I'm I'm still considering picking this up if I can get unlimited data from a provider. I grow tired of big red and having to take what they give me. Having unlimited data with them just isn't worth it anymore. I was going to have to buy my next phone outright anyway just to keep that plan, so if I can buy phone without a contract for 299 instead of having to have one subsidized by a carrier and have to deal with their crap then i's still a compelling offer.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Does Wireless Gear Degrade Over Time?

shawn(at)fsu Re:It's the psu (615 comments)

I never, in a million years, would have thought that to be a culprit but it sure would make sense (in my I know knowing about EE brain). I'll be sure to add that to the list of things to check next time I have to diagnose an issue. Along with checking for bad cables etc.

about 2 years ago

TSA Spending $245 Million On "Second Generation" Body Scanners

shawn(at)fsu Re:At least they are doing one thing right... (335 comments)

Actually I think an IDIQ contract is the way to go if you want to test one or two of them first. an IDIQ contract is almost like a price sheet. Just because you have the contract doesn't mean you'll ever get the full amount. The government could chose not to exercise the contract at all or it could for the full value but it's by no means a sure thing.

about 2 years ago

War and Nookd — eBook Regex Gone Haywire

shawn(at)fsu Re:The problem with eBooks. (185 comments)

What are you talking about? If you are talking about hiding the collection of bits that make the file well that can bi hidden/obscured/encrypted/brokenup in an number of ways. If you are talking about hiding it when it exists on a reader... I can hide my nook just as easy as hiding a dead tree.

more than 2 years ago

Dell Designing Developer Oriented Laptop

shawn(at)fsu Re:The metrosexual web designer cliche' (399 comments)

But ... But it's going to be stylish!

I'd just be happy if the laptop didn't need a power converter that's bigger than a hardback novel. Seriously Dell it's getting out of hand,

more than 2 years ago



shawn(at)fsu shawn(at)fsu writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shawn(at)fsu (447153) writes "According to study from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis read here at CNN where 44 adolescents where asked to do tasks after playing video games. One group played "Medal of Honor: Frontline," while the other played "Need for Speed: Underground." From the article:Teens who play violent video games show increased activity in areas of the brain linked to emotional arousal and decreased responses in regions that govern self-control, a study released on Tuesday found."


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