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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

spaceman375 Pocket watch (427 comments)

When my cell phone comes in a pocket watch form factor is when I'll buy a smart watch. Screw wearing it on my wrist.

about 2 months ago

Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

spaceman375 developer ego (324 comments)

By far the most annoying permission is abused by developers on every OS I've tried: Launch at boot. Of Course, YOUR app is so very important that it HAS to use time and resources just so it can be ready at all times. Get over yourselves: I'll launch it when I want it. I'd be WAY happy to just be able to deny that one permission on Android.

about 9 months ago

Scientist Seeks Investment For "Alcohol Substitute"

spaceman375 Re:Not all good (328 comments)

You aren't considering the case where the subconscious WANTS to quit. You may think some people are too stupid to quit, but a psychiatrist I know commented that he's met many people who were too smart to quit. They could come up with all sorts of reasons for just one more, oh it fits so well here, I have to for thus and such reasons.

about 10 months ago

Scientist Seeks Investment For "Alcohol Substitute"

spaceman375 Re:Not all good (328 comments)

You have it backwards. Asians are one of the few human lineages that haven't developed an adaptaion to the consumption of alcohol. Specifically a liver pathway for dealing with ethanol rather than a more generalized one. It's a little slower to metabolize the ethanol into the first step, an aldehyde, and the one produced has a different feel to it. Less euphoria, more blushing red face IIRC.

about 10 months ago

Home wireless security level?

spaceman375 Security by obscurity (438 comments)

The convenience of an open network can't be beat. So I put my AP in my basement. Easy to connect to anywhere in the house, but no signal before you reach the edge of my yard. Neighbors line of sight is thru many feet of rock, wardrivers see an unconnected void. You'd need a helicopter to get a connection.

1 year,23 days

Major Advance Towards a Proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture

spaceman375 Twin Primes (248 comments)

My favorite example of twin primes is "867-5309/Jenny" performed by Tommy Tutone in 1982.

Thanx xkcd!

about a year ago

China Behind 96% of All Cyber-Espionage Data Breaches, Verizon Report Claims

spaceman375 Easy solution (96 comments)

iptables -A INPUT -m geoip --src-cc CH -j DROP

Admittedly not at all sufficient, but it really should be a default.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Company Their Subscriber List Is Compromised?

spaceman375 Call IT directly (247 comments)

A few years ago I enabled web access to one of my bank accounts just to check the balance. Less than a day later I started receiving phishing attacks aimed at that specific bank. It quickly became 6 or more per day. I dutifully forwarded them to the eddress the bank's website listed for reporting them, but after 3 weeks I was getting pretty annoyed. So I started including a paragraph suggesting that the bank not bother trying to trace the phishers and instead focus on finding who at the bank was selling the info. Within 2 days the phishing attacks stopped. Apparently the abuse email account was being watched by the insider. With this in mind, I suggest that you directly contact more than one person with authority in their IT department, by phone.

about a year and a half ago

Foxconn Invests $200 Million In GoPro

spaceman375 Hidden in the chips (83 comments)

It appears that Big Brother's ubiquitous eyes will be slanted. They'll be sending frames to china every time they get net.

about a year and a half ago

Kazakhstan Wants Russia To Hand Over Their Baikonur Space City

spaceman375 Kazakhstan should apply for US statehood (131 comments)

The US would LOVE to own that spaceport; they'd jump at the chance with promisses of lots of money. Kazakhstan would immediately be eligible for all sorts of federal grants, loans, and development incentives. The people of Kazakhstan would see a big influx of businesses and jobs, along with social programs and charities, tripping over eachother in the rush to exploit, uh, provide for the new markets. I think it would be a huge win all around. Except perhaps for Russia.

Then there really would be "Americans" who could say "I can see Russia from my front porch!"

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

spaceman375 The silent majority (951 comments)

We all vote for Civilization. Most people are holding back just because they realize lifetimes are finite.

about 2 years ago

Facebook and Wal-Mart Join Forces

spaceman375 The other side of the coin (127 comments)

I have been awaiting this for years for my (and everyone's) personal convenience. Yes, we will come up with all sorts of laws and violations, privileges and abuses, and some people will inevitably be wronged. Cars and trucks emit carcinogens but no one is championing going back to horses. Every single comment I've read has been all about the bugaboo paranoia, yet the vast majority of people will benefit from this.

I am specifically talking about replacing credit cards and cash. Combine location tracking and high quality facial recognition, put it in a "cash register," and I won't need to carry a wallet. No more PINs, no more swipe or bump of a card, no signature needed (I sign them with a backwards squiggle anyway.) I can't lose my face, and you can't steal it from me. No need to pass germs between checkout clerks and customers. Robbery of many kinds would drop, since the stores will have less cash on hand. But mostly I just want to not have to carry a wallet or type in a PIN in places where many others can watch.

Seriously, like everything else this has both good and bad aspects to it, but the good outweighs the bad by magnitudes here. Stop whining and start proposing appropriate laws and enforcements: It's easier to ride this horse in the direction its going 'cause it ain't gonna stop.

more than 2 years ago

Hacked Companies Fight Back With Controversial Steps

spaceman375 Got him back good (320 comments)

One morning our net was SLOW. Turned out most of our 200+ computers were participating in a DOS attack on a computer in Texas. We traced back where the infection started, checked the logs on that computer, and found the source.

Then we called his mother.

She unplugged his PC and told us she'd deal with him when he got home from school.

more than 2 years ago

Is It Time For Hacker Scouts?

spaceman375 Re:I was a "hacker" scout in 1994 (186 comments)

I did explorers back in '74. I sat at Bell Labs in Holmdel, nj and played Hunt The Wumpus on computers 50 miles away. Got to write any programs I wanted, any language I cared to tackle, on state of the art mainframes, with willing tutors for whatever direction I chose. Didn't realize the spectacular opportunity I was missing 'till much later. I'd give Explorers two thumbs up, except that I think they belong up the bigoted Boy Scouts of America's ass.

more than 2 years ago

Avoiding Facial Recognition of the Future

spaceman375 Re:knee jerk (258 comments)

Losing your keys is far easier than losing your face.

more than 2 years ago

Avoiding Facial Recognition of the Future

spaceman375 knee jerk (258 comments)

I've been looking forward to decent facial recognition for decades. Especially in "cash registers." No more PINs, signatures, passwords to make up and then remember, no card swiping, bumping, etc. Heck; no cards at all in my wallet for loss or picking. Despite following "The Dead" back in the day, no, you can't steal my face. Just smile at the camera and go. Want to log in? My desktop should just follow me around wherever the nearest screen is. No more carrying a keychain (or barcode chain). My car should just recognise me and not be willing to start for anyone else without checking with me first. Same thing with the locks on my house. Tech like this is a good thing. How it gets used should be controlled and applied ethically, not just shot down with a luddite approach in the name of privacy. Go back to your shrill call to "Think of the children."

more than 2 years ago

Android Dev Demonstrates CarrierIQ Phone Logging Software On Video

spaceman375 I want CarrierIQ on my phone (322 comments)

I mean, I REALLY want it. I like it so much that I want my phone to continuously send a stream of keystrokes, URLs, and any other data that fits into their protocol directly to their servers, even if I have to stuff it directly from a random number generator. Hell, can I get 3 or 4 streams going at once? How about ten or more from my PC, tablet, and laptop too? My GPS numbers can demonstrate faster than light travel around the planet! Perhaps a direct feed rebroadcast from live news sites might help them fill their databases. They want data - let's flood them with it until their data is so full of garbage that no one will buy it.

more than 2 years ago

Drug-Resistant Superbugs Sweeping Across Europe

spaceman375 Re:VS (433 comments)

Apparently, you haven't been there. In the US people who get antibiotics take them for the full time span prescribed. They kill ALL the target bugs. In Europe, the attitude is to take them for just a few days until you feel better, leaving the strongest of the bugs around to breed a more resistant population.

more than 2 years ago

Intel Launches Sandy Bridge-E Series Processors

spaceman375 6 or 8 cores (204 comments)

The chip has eight cores, they all work, but you can only use six. The other two are reserved for the DHS and cronies. I, for one, do NOT welcome our dual-core overlords.

(I've always wanted to start a conspiracy theory.)

more than 2 years ago

DARPA Wants To Get Rid of Password Protection

spaceman375 Re:Contribute instead of complaining (205 comments)

So you are saying that you think the internet should be spying on every single thing everyone does and using all this spying to profile everyone.

It already is. I'd like to have it consolidated where I can review it and address any issues that arise. Including opting out of parts or all of it. Location data like this would necessarily be under privacy protection laws, so some company in Minnesota can't get info on my location unless I initiate some form of contact with them.

more than 2 years ago



Desktop as a cellphone extension

spaceman375 spaceman375 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spaceman375 (780812) writes "Like many slashdotters, I've given up on landlines and have only a cell account. The problem: when I am home I don't want to carry my phone on my person, AND I don't want to have to run (possibly up or down stairs) to answer a call. Landlines solved this with extensions. I could go buy an xlink or other bluetooth to POTS solution, but that takes money for equipment. My desktop has bluetooth, as do my laptop and cell. All I want is a program that can use my cell's bluetooth to make and receive calls from my linux PC. I can do this with asterisk or related programs, but that is like buying UPS when I just need a taxi ride. Yet all I can find are programs that either use "presence" to shift other-sourced calls to my cell, or ways to use a bluetooth headset when receiving a call on a pc. Has anyone found a way to use their desktop to make and receive calls through their cell via bluetooth?"

Pervasive Gaming is virtually real

spaceman375 spaceman375 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spaceman375 (780812) writes "FTA:
[Pervasive games intertwine] "game play with peoples' everyday lives. Armed with their mobile phone or another portable device, participants can take part in treasure hunts for virtual objects in the real world, find new ways to explore and experience a city, arrange blind dates, act out role-playing scenarios or wage virtual battles with opponents via SMS messages."
      The article has more ideas and details. I've envisioned this sort of virtual overlay game in a warehouse or theme park setting, but these guys want to play in the whole world. Sounds fun to me, but will there be enough players for long-term success?"

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