1077 posts • joined 7 Dec 2012
"its great for that, and I'm grateful for the reduced workload"
Yes, but if you have to disassemble it monthly to clean out optical sensors, replace a filter monthly and clear the bin often (actually, I'm cool with that!), it becomes an issue.
The sensors gave it circle dance. The sensors were overridden in later models, but the filter remained and issues remained.
I have four of them. One suffers from circle dance until I open up the wheels to clean it, as an update is not available any longer (I was delayed in trying to get it, courtesy of redeploying home), another is spotty at best, due to shitty batteries that were replaced by shitty batteries that are generic (the brand batteries being twice the price) and it still doesn't pick up much refuse, such as straw particles from a straw broom that swept a Persian carpet.
The military/police models are good. I've used the military models (OK, my men used them and swore their lives being continued, courtesy of their robots), but the home model is shit. Well, has been shit.
Nothing here has convinced me otherwise.
Just another paid for advertisement.
As an owner of four, with three remaining nearly functional iRobot units, I'll agree.
They converted an unmitigated piece of shit into a mitigated piece of shit.
The shit is likely to remain operational.
So, is the new model immune to circle dance, leaks and the other assortments of maladies and possibly even work properly?
I'll not risk a penny to find out. If they want to provide a free upgrade for two new models, I'll consider it.
But, I'm willing to guess that that is not an option.
"It is called ice and it gets a little slick."
Need one say any more?
OK, I shall.
Near absolute zero center components meet modest heat, then finally get to describe what volatile means.
Re: Tail wagging the dog.
"does not for long go far beyond what the top level executives and the President approve if the Congress takes issue with it. "
Three words: Bay of Pigs. One example out of many of an out of control CIA back in the 1960's. Congress brought them under control, as the POTUS suffered from high velocity lead poisoning before he could try to get them under control.
Never piss of the folks who hold the pen that signs your paycheck.
Re: Tail wagging the dog.
So, another fanboy who insists that the POTUS micromanages every agency he's in charge of.
I've heard the same bullshit over soldiers murdering civilians, where apparently, the POTUS must've failed to directly supervise Privates in the middle of a war.
The reality is, the CIA has gotten out of control in the past, Congress brought them back under control by power of the budget.
Re: Tail wagging the dog.
"Oh, come on, there is *no* question as to who really runs the place, but like Dracula their power only functions in the shadows ..."
I see! So, you hold that the CIA writes laws and also authorizes their own budget, not Congress?
Wrong and wrong.
Indeed, that was how the CIA was brought to heel back in the 1960's. The power of the pen held by a lot of pissed of Congresscritters.
Re: Tail wagging the dog.
First, the CIA is not permitted, by charter approved by Congress, to operate within the United States of America. Not even to investigate a leak to Congress. That is the job of the FBI.
Second, the CIA may not investigate their oversight authority. That undermines the entirety of oversight, as does forbidding the oversight authority to perform their Constitutionally mandated oversight from their own offices (each house of Congress has its own SCIF to read TS and SCI data).
So, we've seem to have come full circle from the 1960's, when the CIA had to be reined in due to unlawful domestic activities.
Most likely via the budget axe.
Re: Fuck a duck...
"Whilst you concentrate on the sky, the NSA takes your data"
Good, I don't need to make backups any longer, I'll just download the NSA's copy of my data.
Thanks for reminding me that my data is safe.
Re: Goto considered harmful
I've found that the gosub type routine tends to cause far more harm, as lousy coders then don't return from the subroutine properly and leave garbage in the stack to accumulate.
Indeed, the errors I see in flash crap out there act the same way that older software did with crapped up stacks lousy with garbage.
Re: Until proven otherwise...
"And due to our own activities we can't get too angry about it."
Agent.BTZ was Chinese, run by the PRC Army. It directly targeted US DoD assets. Other PRC based compromises were plentiful between 2005-present, with Russian compromises as well.
Frankly, the only nation I'm aware of who doesn't have cyber-espionage and cyber-warfare units is Somalia.
There are no saints, but there are loads and loads of sinners out there. Not just the US with its massive data scoops running all over the place attempting to find terrorists.
Re: Which OS?
Not *quite* true. Linux desktop penetration is slightly greater, but as a server the penetration is much, much higher. The US government also has support contracts with RedHat.
Re: Which OS?
"... but can it run on Wine?"
With some tweaking, if it's half like Agent.BTZ.
Re: Don't be daft!
"Russia has an extremely competent and well funded spying agency."
True enough, they also contract out with RBN for "services rendered", such as the Georgia attacks.
But, Agent.BTZ wasn't Russian, it was PRC Army written and operated.
We'll suffice it to say that US operatives know quite a lot about who did what to whom, when and how.
Re: Great idea but not sure about using for PG.
"I'm sure these would be brilliant for other activities though. Ones without strings and necks involved."
Just what we need. More JackAss videos. :P:p:P:p
Re: Did they overlook the obvious here?
"When I went to infant school, erroneously called elementary school across the pond..."
We call infants creatures that are in diapers and incapable of walking yet.
So, either we have a terminology problem or your pre-toddlers are in school.
As I know far better from experience with British people and their education, it's obvious that infancy isn't when one is educated in a school.
I'll refrain from insulting the insult that is my home in the US poor excuse for an educational system.
My vast vocabulary fails to grant me the proper ability to do so.
In simpler terms, in the US, an infant is essentially capable of only suckling. Hence, an infant school is rather laughable.
Though, our schools qualities of late are also quite laughable.
In a sad laughter way.
Though, I did toy with the notion of teaching UK students about US federal, state and community law, upon proper consideration, I decided it wasn't worthy of doing so, lest the students become insane. ;)
Maybe, maybe not. It could and quite likely is a red herring. But, one learns by observation, experimentation and theorizing.
One learns nothing by ignoring things.
Meanwhile, I recall some Solar neutrinos doing weird things that was unexpected at the time...
"Yet all of the claims about what dark matter does/constitutes suggest that it doesn't have any EM properties."
Not quite. Indeed, the Oort cloud is dark matter. It isn't glowing, it isn't shiny, we find what is found by looking for faint traces. The same is true for all distant, dull objects of debris.
It's rather likely that dark matter is just dust that was blasted away from stars entering main sequence and is quite diffuse, but it'd not *quite* explain the *quantity* required by gravitation laws as we know them.
"Agree. The same skepticism applies to attempts to find "meaning" in CP violation, or cosmological findings."
CP violation exists. Finding a reason for it helps explain the most fundamental factors of our universe. If CP parity existed, why isn't Venus made of antimatter?
Obviously not even Mars.
Still, great claims require great proofs. One can only prove or disprove something by examination and experimentation. One does *not* prove or disprove by dismissal.
We'd still be in the dark ages were that true!
"Even Hawking has been caught in speculative metaphysics."
Hawking pulled black hole theories out of his buttocks, but made them work and observation has proved quite a bit of his theories. So, speculative "metaphysics" is just speculative *physics*.
"For that reason it has to be a bit suspect, as it postulates things that are unobservable."
Nuclear physics started out postulating things that were unobservable, then clever men and women invented ways to observe the nuclear, then sub-nuclear.
If we had adopted your view, even germ theory would've been ignored!
"I read the first one a while back, and it's coquettish but will probably turn out to be misunderstood astrophysical process. :("
Maybe, maybe not. Solar neutrinos change flavor seven ways till Sunday. It is possible that another state exists that is at a longer time factor till change.
They're not *that* well understood yet. Only reasonably understood.
But, it's equally possible that you're correct.
Only time and tons of effort in research will tell.
But, I find that cool. After all, if we understood *everything*, life would be infinitely boring! :)
"Why not just use a Silent Circle app on our current, cheaper phones?"
Note the bit about trimmed down, secured OS.
Android is notorious for its lack of security and generosity to app developers in terms of information being given by users.
I've already dismissed 50 different apps due to their excessive data gathering requirements to install. That number will grow, as I only have had my android for a month.
"It's made by a major US defence contractor, it's main customers are US govt agencies who want to drop Blackberry."
The US DoD, which counts the NSA, all have secure cell phones already, both Blackberry and non-Blackberry units.
I loved the crap about "jumping through hoops" over the use of crypto. If the military can use it, anyone can. I know that one well enough, I spent nearly 28 years of my life in the US military.
The NSA isn't the only game in town in defending "the motherland" (damn, but I hate that word, it reminds me of fascism). The DoD has plenty of cyberwarfare and cyberintelligence about, they're quite good at what they do, as are the folks in Russia and the PRC (and pretty much every other nation on the planet).
I know that firsthand as well, courtesy of my IASO duties and briefings.
My only real worry is that cyberwarfare might become too tempting, which would result in *real* harm to infrastructure and result in a reprisal via WMD retaliation.
In 2008 we already saw cyberwarfare used by the Russians in Georgia.
What could happen if such an event was exchanged between nuclear armed nations makes one shudder.
Re: 'Give me your wallet'
"To think, the internet used to be such a nice place before the public and ad men were allowed in."
It's funny, I actually found a Viagra ad in my spam folder. I chuckled over it after I deleted the rubbish.
We used to build stories out of SPAM captured by our mail filters. Such as enjoying our all expense paid vacation in the Virgin Islands, enjoying the fruits of our Nigerian investments and enjoying our discounted Viagra, with assorted additions to make the story flow better, but all from that crap inundating our filters.
One finds stress relief somehow, as we can't shoot the bastards out of a cannon and into a midden heap.
Re: It's easy enough
"An open wifi connection and a device with a spoofed MAC address is enough to avoid being traced and to send a target IP address to a C&C server."
True enough, but if every ISP actually configured their network properly, such an attack would be more difficult to pull off with spoofing. A spoofed MAC address is one thing, but one has to have an IP. Many spoofers still spoof an IP that is not part of the ISP network, hence should not have routing accepted.
Re: In the words of John Mckenroe
Let's review this now.
If the NSA destroys the records and the court later wants those records, you'll cry foul.
If the NSA retains the records in case the court later wants those records, you'll cry foul.
Some people just can't be pleased!
Re: No Duty on Brewing
"Sounds a lot like the general rules in America (it varies from state to state). "
Save for distillation, which is under federal licensing for taxation purposes only.
The US government doesn't give a tinkers damn if it's toxic, they care about the tax revenue.
In this case, the US government can have it permitted *if* the alcohol is denatured with a toxic substance, then no tax is due.
"Oh, Security through obscurity? Should be cracked within a week of release."
Between that and having open WiFi and bluetooth, security through what, exactly?
Re: What does X mean?
"Goggles: you need them to look at the sun!"
You use your goggles. I'll use a satellite. :D
Re: Well humans where around 8000 years ago
Never fear, for a nominal fee, you too can have scientific results that meet your commercial demand.
After all, when 100 climatologists say one thing, a few in a paid for lab can say the contrary and disprove the 100 other labs with one claim.
"So, apart from providing data scraping opportunities on sensitive data, how does this proposal help anyone?"
Well, it helps GCHQ and the NSA.
Re: Since when is trust a one way affair?
AT&T is a large government contractor for the US DoD, including the NSA.
Is that credential enough?
Dust wipes, flaps, etc tend to make dust accumulate in certain ways. Reverse tends to change the way that dust accumulates.
Drive off road through mud, clean off, then reverse through that same mud. Totally different accumulation.
If one follows the logic of this fatwa, the Hajj is equally condemned, as one could easily die from the trip, the journey to Mecca, the return or the wide variety of diseases carried by other Hajj travelers.
A one way mission is not a suicide mission, that is what the idiots who proclaimed their fatwa missed.
There were plenty of one way missions throughout history. Indeed, the Americas and Australia come to mind for one way missions, though one was voluntary, one was not.
Re: Doing the Warmist shuffle
"...to the puzzlingly non-warming Antarctic."
Which is why the Antarctic is losing glaciers at such an alarming rate, it's not warming. Right?
Not at all. Only that there may not be a need for some fancy invisible, high mass particle that is hanging about.
The solar system itself is lousy with dark matter, it's called dust, asteroids, kuiper belt objects and all things oort.
The galaxy (actually, all galaxies and intergalactic space) is also lousy with the same stuff.
Add in energy transfer, relativistic mass increase, etc and you get a whole new set of numbers that, while miniscule in each number, adds up when one is looking at galactic clusters.
Re: Correlation != causation
"As soon as the stuff flows enough to relieve pressure, the "peanut butter" is under ligh pressure and any holes you drill will be bunged up pretty smartly."
Not quite. Gases tend to push that peanut butter about rather briskly. Think of a tube of tub caulk being run over by a heavy lorry.
Remove that gas, the eruption is lessened to eliminated, for some volcanoes.
For others, all bets are off...
Re: Aren't these couple of loons...
"I'm intrigued. Are you insinuating that the flooding and weather we are experiencing right now is attributable to anthropogenic global warming?"
A simple answer for a simple question:
Maybe, maybe not. A few data points are not a trend. Trends occur over the space of decades to centuries. Not a single season.
But, on the maybe side, a fraction of a degree over a few hundred thousand kilometers is a hell of a lot of energy seeking to find equilibrium.
Is that climate change? In a way, it is past the solstice, so spring is coming. Increasing severity, more storms and greater fluctuations are a hint that a trend may be present.
That is why science observes, continues to observe, presents theories, tests theories and continues to still observe in case the theory is incorrect.
So far, the climate change theory is matching up to the facts quite nicely.
If it's wrong, so be it. But, would you rather ignore the possibility of it being wrong and ending up with London under water and my well inland home new beachfront property?
Of course, if climate change is true and it is warming, there is an upside. Wall Street will be under water as well.
Re: Aren't these couple of loons...
"...perceived global warming, disease, man made virus and the sun going out creating a mass extinction, we have scientists messing with stuff like this and theories that are pretty much guess work."
So much hyperbole, so zero facts.
First, the sun isn't about to go out, it won't go out tomorrow. It won't even go out in a billion years.
Now, around 13 billion years from now, it'll be a lot cooler. Of course, whatever is left of the Earth after warming from the warming of the sun is questionable, as we're still not certain if the Earth will be engulfed by the sun when it hits red giant stage.
Meanwhile, we have zero man made virii around that are pathogens. We're incessantly struck by random particles at higher energies than we'll ever manage to create on this Earth and we remain stubbornly in existence.
Those are incredibly well established facts, documented with millions of pages of evidence.
Whereas all you've provided is disbelief in all things knowledge, all things established fact and all observations since the first scientific observation was made.
Lemme guess, the stars are really holes in the great celestial bowl, right?
And particle physics has so much to do with meteors, any form of volcano, global warming, disease and microbiology, right?
There is a medical term for this. It's called cranial-rectal inversion.
OK, it's not medical, but it's accurate.
Re: This should be a non-issue!
Everything said about comentards is true.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is not a US DoD organization, it is a veterans organization. It started and remains a civilian organization whose singular requirement for full membership is being a veteran of a foreign war as part of the US Armed Forces.
Hence, you've proved your ignorance for all the world to see, as has the author of this article by the idiotic headline.
More like a PRC or RBN attack.
The NSA has all of the credentials of US DoD users.
Of course, the VFW isn't a US DoD organization, it is a veterans organization.
Re: As this is a virtual currency, has a theft actually occurred?
Intellectual property is not real property, but it can be stolen.
Patents are issued on intellectual property that has yet to physically exist. If those plans are stolen, a theft has occurred in every jurisdiction on the planet.
Hence, if plans, an idea can be stolen, virtual currency can be stolen.
Indeed, the only true difference between bitcoin currency and current monetary currencies in use around the world is that the money around the world is created, owned and variably valuated by various governments by artificial means.
Re: how would this go on phablets ?
Thinking the same and for embedded.
Re: Good news
Or worse, stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Best of luck restoring the rover to function, PRC!
Re: Another case of bullshit from the military?
"Hey, we've got this exo-thingy ready to trial, we're just looking for a military grade extension lead that'll plug in to the nearest working wall socket we find on the battlefield. Ideally, it'll come with adapters for US, UK and European sockets."
Rather than something like, "Hey, we have this whiz-bang suit that requires X amount of energy to drive it. What do you experts out there have to fit the bill?"
Something that has been done since we first developed technology and have only increased doing.
Or do you honestly think that NASA designed and built all of those rockets and modules? That radar magically got better on government research alone?
Hell, if he gives me a suit to keep, I'll come up with the energy source gratis.
Better yet, after initial delivery, I'll take a second suit to up-armor and add integrated weapons systems for it. They're welcome to purchase the improvements back and keep them.
But, I'll keep the first suit.
This arthritis and assorted other injuries acquired over decades of military service rather sucks.
I'll have to check out their energy and logistical requirements.
Re: Bad description of the process
"No, they built this immense hammer to explode their stick of fusion-dynamite. It takes lots of energy to lift the hammer, and the hammer blow blows the dynamite all over the place with a very little bang. But they hope that if they fiddle with the hammer a bit, they can get a few more dynamite grains to explode."
Rather apt. I'd have said that they made a skyscraper sized bonfire to light that fuse, getting a few grains of dynamite to explode.
I'm wondering though, why they try to utterly eliminate all turbulence, rather than capitalizing upon that turbulence to add pressure into sections of the plasma stream, which then fuse, expand, add more energy into the mix, adding more turbulence.
Rather than eliminating turbulence, guide and support it in designated areas.
Stars do it trivially. Regrettably, we don't have the gravity to help us with that, but we can scale forces as required. We can substitute momentum over pure, brute force of gravity.
Whoever manages to get all of the traded off values to combine in an efficient manner with significant gain over input energy will be the one who finally answers the question of fusion power and should be remembered by humanity until the heat death of the universe!
"I'm eagerly awaiting the clarification that the OSX and Linux variants still require the user to accept the install and provide the root password "
Why? There have been a number of drive-by malware installations, phishing attacks that were successful, etc all that needed no rooting of the device.
Adremorrhoid is notorious for lousy security. As is Crapple's iBone.
And for the record, I have a Windows fartphone, Adremorrhoid fartphone and Crapple fartphone (or is that iFartphone?). I've examined their stock security settings in detail.
I was quite underwhelmed. Though, there has been improvement over the past few years.
You conflate the desktop/server OS with the same level of security in the mobile product, a bad comparison in the extreme.
When they goobered them down, they created C'est ta merde security.
Re: Careto is not Mask
""Mask" in English is "Careta". "Careto" is a slang term that means an exaggerated facial expression, usually ugly, in reaction to something highly unexpected or unusual."
Or, a matched transliteration with a language speaker whose language would miss those nuances.
Leaving them to name the software to imply a sour face when the phish attack was finally discovered.
The source code usually gives indicators on who wrote it. Each writing team has their own style, it's quite a lot like fingerprints.
"Wouldn't one be just as "professional" without state sponsorship, when the personal "risks" are likely greater?"
One problem with that. All of the professional level compromises like this so far have all been from professional, nation state supported or operated entities.
To create one, all fresh and new, keep it professional at a level on a peer with known nation state entities is like shaking a box with watch components in it, opening it up and finding a perfectly assembled, perfectly timed Swiss watch.
The learning curve is just that steep.
Re: Death by a thousand cuts
SFO was a bad example. Any California airport is, that region is semi-arid.
PHL isn't a great example, but adapting the model works. PHL (my local airport, about a mile away from my home) was built up from swampland. That is actually worse, as a large and growing airport was taken from a watershed and wetland.
Still, urban heat island effects and the contribution from air conditioning have been incredibly well studied for many decades. CO2 levels have been studied directly and from captured air pockets in ice that was captured tens of thousands of years ago, other air samples were captured in various other substances and all have been measured.
Frankly, the only ones who argue against global climate change aren't climatologists, but instead are scientists who are not climatologists (the best "study" I saw was one that had anyone who had a B.S. degree called a scientist, apparently, a nurse is a climatologist, as is a mechanical engineer!) that were funded directly by think tanks that have their funding traced to petrochemical companies.
Sorry, but I'll not trust the wolf's think tank telling me that my sheep are safe around wolves, especially when the animal husbandry scientists all tell me otherwise (as well as history).
Re: Great up to 200 degrees C then what?
By the time the electrolyte begins to decompose and release fluorine compounds, the battery case itself has already been decomposing into phosgene and cyanide compounds. Both of which are equally nasty, with phosgenes actually having similar symptoms of lung injury minutes to hours after exposure.
Of course, if your vehicle has a fire under the bonnet, most people tend to rapidly depart the vehicle! If unconscious, most bystanders remove the unconscious person from the potentially soon to be immolated vehicle.
When you add in the paucity of electrolyte in a battery compared to everything else that is flammable, your concerns are unwarranted. Just as a concern about breathing in hydrogen gas from a lead-acid cell decomposition and having it ignited by an electrical fire isn't of concern in a motor vehicle battery malfunction.
The ones to worry about would be workers in a battery plant, maintenance workers and others who may be occupationally exposed to much higher concentrations than someone would be in a casual accident or malfunction of a single device. In an enclosed space or with dozens to hundreds, the exposure that was miniscule suddenly is severe.
But, that is what risk analysis and risk mitigation are for.
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