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Comment LTE eats battery, texting over wifi is better (Score 1) 139

I work in a lead shielded nuclear bunker and having my cell radio on all day just eats my battery. Instead, I use iMessage to text to the happy Apple folks and Google Hangouts to text to the people with the exploding phones, flip phones, and even one person with a Windows 10 Phone. It's all good, since I can text over wifi for free. I have wished for a iMessage to non-iMessage gateway but none exist.

Most people are happy to pay crazy phone bills each month, but I limit mine to $20 or less each month with TING.

Charging for SMS is a huge scam by the phone companies. Anytime I can communicate without them the happier (and richer) I am.

I won't wade into the iPhone vs. non-iPhone battle, but I just picked up an iPhone 6S and can't believe the power in that phone. I am old techie from C64/Amiga days and never would have imagined a 2Ghz CPU with a 4K camera on a device that has a 2-day battery life. I realize this is common place today, but all of our phones are a triumph to human engineering. I just wish we could use them for something useful.

Comment Re:Fords are great cars (Score 1) 292

Unless you want something crash worthy. Who needs crumple zones, airbags, antilock brakes, or safety glass.

Check this out: 2009 Chevy Malibu vs 1959 Bel Air Crash Test | Consumer Reports

So yeah, I am all for the classic cars, just don't ever get in a high speed accident and expect to walk away without serious damage to your entire body.

Comment Re:Microsoft... (Score 2) 292

The Old Ford Sync, non-touch screen isn't too bad, but the new sync with touch screen needs help. The main problem is that Microsoft never ships finished working software and patches the hell out of everything. Patching software is harder to do with cars where users aren't interested in waiting for their OS to patch and reboot before driving. I have downloaded the Sync patches from Ford and patched quite a few systems and it is a slooooowwww process. Slow = 20 minutes or more to load update and reboot.

I've often thought that instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, automakers should just make a spot in the dash where you can slide in an iPad. iPads are stable, have good touch interfaces, and you can pop them out and take them into the house to patch them then put them back in the car. But what do I know?

I hope this doesn't ding their stock price, I just bought a boatload of F (Ford) betting that they are going to get autonomous vehicles running in the next 10 years. I hope MS isn't their partner. Please don't let it be MS!

On a side note, things aren't much better at BMW where the dealer can actually brick your car with a bad firmware patch. The BMW has multiple embedded systems that all need patching and updates. Cars are now essentially software.

Comment On more thing to charge.... Oh yea! (Score 1) 311

So, if I own an iPhone, Apple Watch, and now earbuds I have three things to charge everyday. This is wearisome. Could someone please make headphones and phones and watches that only need to be charged once a year? Not to mention, I have two things to keep up with now (two earbuds) vs. once set of tangled cords that doesn't need to be re-charged. Everything is a tradeoff, but for me, I am weary of charging.

Comment Air Gap a Copy to Prevent Ransom-ware attacks (Score 1) 366

My backup strategy is simple:

1. 8TB RAID 1 NAS for everyday use
2. Periodic backups of the NAS using rsync to a backup disk I keep offsite
3. Encrypted backups to Google Drive (slow, but FREE)

The problem with NAS is that if you ever get hit by a disaster or ransomware attack, you lose it all. You need a backup of your NAS data offsite and offline.

I am currently running the Western Digital Mirror Gen 2 which let's you plug in a USB 3.0 device, then use SSH to access the device, then use rsync to update your backup. Always, unmap the NAS from any systems before hand to prevent a ransom-ware attack.

rsync -aHAX source_dir dest_dir

The trick to keeping data safe if making lots and lots of copies. This is what cloud providers rely on.

After that, you could use near line storage like archival quality Blu-Rays 50GB or get an LTO3 tape drive and write 800GB (almost 1 TB).

I've always wondered about USB3.0 to UltraSCSI converters. Do these work?

That could be a good solution.

Comment OSX / Linux (Score 2) 405

Honestly, I only run Windows for a few specific applications now. I use Windows so infrequently that whenever I boot that disk I have 30+ updates to install. I am very happy with the OS X UI and find it to be much less distracting than the live tiles. Virtual Box works fine for most Windows needs.

The Live tiles are always tempting me to get off task and go look at something more interesting than my work.

Comment Re: Identity Theft Victim Here with My Insight (Score 1) 385

Except all of the Insufficient Fund Fees and late fees when legitimate entities request a withdraw.
But fear not, the bank will give you OVERDRAFT protection, which means another account could be compromised.

This may protect your main account, but you could have a large tangle that needs straightening out with multiple entities (banks and creditors).

Comment Identity Theft Victim Here with My Insight (Score 4, Informative) 385

Here is how to stay out of trouble.

2. Feel free to use your credit card anywhere, AS LONG AS YOU CHECK THE MONTHLY STATEMENT AND DISPUTE ANY CHARGES.
3. Anywhere especially seedy, PAY CASH or use a Green Dot Card from Walmart money card loaded with the exact amount.
4. Only use checks for re-occuring variable bills like phone, gas, electric so an error can no clean out your bank account. Some phone cable and phone companies occasionally have problems with sending customers erroneous $1000 monthly bills.
5. Do not use online banking. Make sure you have it turned off.
6. Make sure you have an ATM only card that can not be used as a debit card. This means it only works at ATM machines.
7. Setup all fixed cost bills, mortgage, car, insurance, student loan for auto pay so you don't need to use online banking or write a check.
8. Do not let money pile up in your PayPal account. Paypal is not a real financial institution and can play games with your money and you have very little protection.
9. Bank with a real bank, an 800 lb. gorilla like Chase that has 24-hour fraud people.
10. Keep a copy or scan of all documents/cards in your wallet. If you wallet gets stolen you can quickly cancel everything, instead of trying to figure out what was in your wallet.
11. Pay your credit card off EVERY MONTH, no exceptions. 20% interest is for suckers. If you can't control yourself, set you limit for what you are able to pay. NEVER carry credit card debt. NEVER.

The safest forms of payment are:
1. CASH / Walmart Green Dot Money Card
2. Credit Card
3. Check
4. ATM Card

Why do I make these recommendations?

1. Cash can't be hacked.
2. VISA provides you with protections to dispute charges. That means if you get hit with a charge, you can dispute it and during the dispute period you aren't out any money, unlike bank fraud. If a vendor is getting a lot of chargebacks from VISA, they will figure out they have a hole in their system and fix it or go out of business.
3. Your ATM card connects directly to real money. If you have Autopay setup and someone hacks your ATM/Debit card, you could be in a world of hurt because your account might get emptied out and there would not be any funds available to pay your bills. This is a bad, expensive situation.
4. Your checks have a magnetic toner on the bottom with your bank routing number and bank account number. With these numbers, someone could possibly access your account. Only use checks for variable payments like phone, gas, electric.
5. If you need to buy something that you don't want associated with you directly, get a Walmart Green Dot Card. This is great in case you are in need of a burner phone or other untraceable payment. By law you are supposed to register these cards but Green Dot will still allow you to use it but will deny you a personalized card. Many illegal/undocumented immigrants use these cards. These cards can be sketchy and prone to fraud, so buy it, load it, and spend it as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, let me know and I will check this thread again. Be smart. Guard your privacy, credit score, and your hard earned money.

Comment Re:Yes, but (Score 2) 80

I grow and harvest raspberries and constantly think, is there anyway I could teach a robot to do this and sadly the answer is no. Tomatoes maybe, but raspberries are a literary a pain as they try and stab you while you pick them with their little barbs. They are also hard to find and ripen over the course of weeks. Then they are very delicate. If you squeeze to hard, squish. If you shake the plant, many will fall off. If you try to pick on that isn't ripe you will tear off the branch.

If someone has a Raspberry gardening robot, please let me know!!!!

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