638 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007
Re: During the meanwhile ...
My preferred IM choice is Retroshare now, but not many use it.
Could they hasten production if they disassembled the plentiful supply of Surface RTs and salvaged components?
Re: The kiss of death
The standard way is to remind people of the vast wealth to be made. That worked in the dot-com boom, but these days people are able to see through the lie and realise that for every Zuckerburg there are a million code monkeys slaving away and getting paid peanuts.
I can't be the only IT worker still getting annoyed by the parents demanding to know why I'm not a millionaire yet.
Re: Why not just replace the last-end compression?
Compatibility. If you did that, the JPEG wouldn't open in an unmodified browser or viewer, which means it'd be effectively unuseable on the internet. New formats like that are always in a chicken-and-egg situation: No-one can use them until all major browsers support them, and there's no reason for the browser developers to support a format no-one uses. See JPEG2000 - an intended successor to JPEG which has been stuck in this situation for years, complicated further by being patent-encumbered in a way which makes it legally very difficulty for open-source software to support it anyway.
Re: What about a GIF squasher too?
Animated PNG is superior in just about every way. Smaller files and, unlike GIF, it can handle more than 256 colors.
Not that it gets much use. Microsoft refuses to include support in IE. They dragged their feet for years about supporting non-animated PNG. It's company policy never to support any open standard unless it has become to popular as to leave no option. Apple is no better.
One of the purposes of a corporation is to do away with personal responsibility. This can be both a good and a bad thing, depending on circumstances. Where law enforcement goes, it's really just bad.
Re: Sprint have missed a trick here...
This wasn't for the NSA. It was for the conventional police - the ones who (usually) get warrants first.
Re: IWF are a bit out of date...
Run a webserver and check the logs. Most of the traffic on mine consists of vulnerability scanners hunting for something they can break into. Wordpress features often. Right now, most of them are after /cgi-bin/rtpd.cgi - trying to hack cameras.
Pirates used to use compromised servers all the time. That was many years ago though - it's got out of common use now, as the rise of p2p technologies an improved home broadband speeds rendered compromised servers much less important.
Sort of. Bitcoin transactions are public, but the identities behind the accounts are not, and it's trivial to create a new account. That means it is possible to identify people, but takes a little detective work.
eg: You buy a file from some dodgy internet guy. All anyone sees is that address A paid address B. Who are those addresses? Not obvious. But an investigator could keep tracing, and determine that address B in turn paid address C, and address C paid address D... and that address D got a lot of payments, so it's probably important. A little asking-around finds that D is the holding pool for an exchange that buys and sells bitcoins for dollars, and they can then confirm that C was one of their incoming disposeable addresses, and that the person who sent them bitcoins via C from B was doing so in exchange for dollars at a known paypal address.
There's a lot of information you can get hold of, especially if you know enough about data mining and crawling to gather up a pool or known addresses to use as reference points.
Re: What exactly is a "pseudo-photograph"?
Nice idea, but after a while someone who looks very much like a trader in child abuse images will get off with it because the jury couldn't be convinced completly about intent - and the resulting media outrage would leave any politician with hopes of reelection no choice but to close this 'loophole' and bring strict liability back.
Re: Daily Mail headlines write themselves
They can spell it fine. They just refuse to use those European diphthongs.
Re: Unintended consequences.
Which is why if I ever happen across some, I'm not going to report it. I don't want every hard drive in the household seized as part of an investigation. The witch-hunters have shot themselves in the foot here: Stories of overzealous prosecutions and trial-by-media are now well-known enough that even the innocent are afraid of them.
I'm expecting some people to argue that the NSA/CIA/GCHQ/Other 'got to' the writer and pressured him into helping with some character assassination. A month ago, I'd have dismissed these as paranoid ramblings. After all the recent revelations though, about the NSA's policy of manipulating online debate and deliberately spreading stories attacking those they believe hostile to US interests? I'd consider such accusations entirely plausible.
Re: Not what Manchin wants to hear
Oh, we know exactly where they are. We just don't know who controls them. They'll need laundering before they can be spent by trickling them slowly through intermediate services.
Re: legal intercept ?
The best solution is encryption. Let them intercept. You'd still need the operator's server for billing and key management, but the mesh can handle the bulky traffic.
Make sure to pad the bitrate or use a CBR codec though - it's possible though tricky to reconstruct a good guess as to the words uttered just by the bitrate fluctuation after compression.
Re: My thing is this...
It comes up. Two men renting a single-bed hotel room would be rather suspicious. Catering, transport and photography contractors for a same-sex wedding would quite quickly realise there may be gay involvement somewhere. Even just going to a restraunt, the staff might well notice the holding of hands and longing gazes, and ask the couple to leave.
Re: Too much energy wasted
The religious lobby in the US has been pushing what they call 'covenant marriage' - a voluntary agreement couples can enter into on marriage which makes divorce legally near-impossible, and always very expensive, baring exceptional circumstances like domestic abuse or abandonment. They are currently a little disapointed that few couples are aware they have this option, and even fewer are taking it. It's the 'burning bridges' form of romance.
Re: As I read it.
The hippocratic oath has a few variations. Actually, a couple of Christian medical schools do ask graduates to swear obedience to God above all else.
Re: Well... So do some christians, hindus and even buddists (on a bad day)
Christianity and Islam inheritated the same. But 'shalt not kill' is a mistranslation. It actually says 'you should not murder' or 'you shall not kill unlawfully.' It still allows for exceptions where the killing is authorised by appropriate law, and later sections of the texts describe many of those exceptions.
A somewhat poor quote, as other non-TV but still official novels establish that others had done so too. Scotty in particular, by realising that the computer used a simplified almost-realistic model for disrupter/shield interaction and calculating an attack that would cause this model to glitch - though he admitted it couldn't have worked outside of a simulation. After that stunt, he was strongly urged to switch career track from command to engineering. Other tricks included invoking an obscure Romulan custom to challenge their captain to a 1-on-1 duel, thus buying enough time to achieve the primary rescue and escape objectives, even if at the likely cost of the commanding officer's life.
Opt out is fine, if you wish to declare your porn viewership to everyone who shares your house. Children, spouse, visiting girlfriend. Not to mention the many over-eighteens who still live with parents - with the cost of living what it is, many people are doing that well into their twenties.
Re: what is new, exactly?
The obvious next step is hotswap: If a module fails the server can illuminate a light on the mainboard to indicate it. Press a button, channel is taken out of service. Swap memory, press the button again, channel comes back up. Zero downtime, if your server case allows you to access the RAM without having to get the whole thing disconnected and out of the rack.
I have a theory that people love games featuring ballistic trajectories, or things that provide the illusion of same.
Or plays Willy Wonka in engineering.
To make sure that you see advertising featuring characters matching your race. The industry doesn't like to admit it, but it's known to work. It's common in radio advertising to segregate by region just so you can always use a local accent.
Looking forward to the backlash.
By the weekend, conservative and religious blogs and news sites will be carrying articles about facebook's "liberal indoctrination" and how their actions endanger children. That should be entertaining to read.
I've seen this before.
Isn't that the 'holo-imager' from Star Trek?
Re: So many great iPhone games
Recormendations engine. The popular games get promoted and become more popular. It's an unstable positive feedback system that can produce unpredictable results.
Anonymous uses DDoS as a form of protest. There's no lasting damage, it's just disruptive. A common comparison is the sit-in protest in the real world: Get in the way and refuse to move. At worst, it can disrupt business operations and cause serious lost profits, which is why it's rather illegal just about everywhere. Just like DDoSing.
GCHQ's actions could be compared to figuring out where the protestors are going to rally before the event and arranging a 'coincidential' road closure.
Huge font for easy camera viewing, never-before-seen interface... I'd wonder if this is just one of the staff playing a practical joke, knowing that the news camera is going to look around.
"or represented unpopular or unfashionable opinion about serious trivial matters"
Serious trivial matters?
Either a shocking abuse of english, or they know the internet very well.
I've heard MPs use both terms to mean both things. I'm not sure if the confusion is deliberate, or if they are just as mixed-up as we are.
Spectrum allocations seem awkward.
By far the spectrum that has given the greatest public good is the low-power unlicensed bands. There's a good argument to be made for expanding those to ease congestion. But it's not going to happen, because there is less money to be made there.
Re: We can build you: ROBOBLAIR SOON!
The final section of I, Robot has a similar theme.
Shortened version: A group of scientists discover a conspiracy. A group of advanced AIs - fixed computers, rather than robots - acting together to subvert government and effectively take over the world. The scientists debate how best to act on this knowledge, until they realise that these AIs are superhumanly intelligent, near-infallable, have no personal desire for wealth or power, are incapable of harming a human being except to prevent harm to another, and are by nature of their design incapable of acting in any manner that is not in the best interests of mankind collectively. The scientists decide that the best action is inaction: Let the robots win.
Re: And ...
There's a lot of interest from political enthusiasts. The libertarians view it as a way to escape the tyranny of government control and usher in a new economic utopia, while the usual anti-corporate types see the potential to escape from the corrupt clutches of the financial industry.
Why would they want IPv6? Deploying CNAT instead allows them to not only render near-useless all forms of p2p file sharing and home server (and thus get rid of a lot of users who place disproportionate demand on their network) but to do so in a deniable manner. De-facto filtering made to look like an unintended side-effect.
The court-ordered blocks for copyright infringement require blocking access to specific domain names.
The no-porn blocks are semi-official government requests*. There is no official standard as to what needs to be blocked, or how, so it's up to each ISP to decide what they want to do.
* "Please block all porn. We ask in a non-legally-binding manner and you do not have to comply. But if you don't, we're coming back with a law to compel you. Probably a really badly-written one, with harsh penalties for failing to meet impossible goals."
Re: Help me out here
Except that calculates the cells as having 0.13V per cell, lead-acids are 2V - more than ten times as much. Should be comparing J/KG, not Ah/KG
They move. Not with much coordination, but they do move. I expect they pull expressions too. That'll be the 4D part: I expect they take voxel-video over a reasonable period then go through each frame and pick out the most photogenic. Throw away all the ones where it looks like something by H R Giger, and pick the one where it looks like a smiling happy baby.
If they want sales, they should sent flyers to the anti-abortion campaigners in the US. Little figures like that? They'd buy by the hundreds to send as 'gifts' to their opponents.
Re: Re. bitcoin
They brute-force SHA256. That's all they do. That's all they can do. It's how they are wired. Useless for anything else. With some software hackery you might be able to make them brute-force SHA256 in a slightly different manner and use them for password cracking, in the unlikely event you get hold of some unsalted or known-salt SHA256 password hashes, but that's the most you an possibly hope for.
ASICs are designed and built to do one thing only, and do it well.
Re: You WHAT?
2:1 on what, exactly? The bulk of storage is usually media, which is already compressed. Even office documents are compressed now. The only real-world situation in which you're going to see 2:1 is database backups, and not even for all databases.
Re: What's the point of upgrading
It's advancing, but not in the way it was. The advancement now is focused on power savings and efficiency, not the ever-increasing speed demands of old. It's also reached the point where even with the windows bloat, a five year old PC is still easily enough for most users. A new PC may be better, but it isn't a must-have upgrade any more.
Re: "get paid for creating and selling their stuff"
I am sympathetic to your plight, and do find your use of copyright to be entirely justified and reasonable. I do have a problem with copyright law, but you are not that problem.
Where I do see a problem is that copyright - in duration, scope and enforcement - has grown out of hand. Further, the 'enforcement' part comes at a social cost.
In duration, of what benefit to society is the ridiculous term? Seventy years for music. Life plus ninety years for individual works. The term in the US is even longer, that term is the de facto standard online to be legally in the clear. Does knowing that your great-grandchildren may still inherit the rights to your books effectively provide an incentive for you to write any more so than a shorter term of perhaps ten to twenty years would? This ridiculous term is counterproductive: Far from encouraging the production of new works of value, it serves only to provide legal barriers that lock much of popular culture away and deprive creators of material they can draw inspiration from and adapt into new forms.
Ideally I should like to see a shortened term, but I cannot envision that happening. There is simply too much money involved, and where there is money to be made there will be lobbying. It was only last year that the term for music was extended from fifty to seventy years as a result of desperate lobbying to retain copyright on a very lucrative decade of musical history. After all, the Beatles might stop writing new music if they lose their copyright protection.
In scope, the big blame to be placed here is upon the Berne convention and the automatic copyright. This is somewhat unfortunate. A well-intended solution to a real problem, but it also exposes everyone to a legal nightmare where every action must be scrutinized to make sure no copyright is inadvertently infringed. We've got the orphan works proposals now as an attempt to solve this, but their solution is legally messy and no less complicated. It has reached the point where infringement is such a common occurrence as to go unnoticed.
But of most concern is enforcement. Copyright infringement is a very, very easy act with modern technology - so easy that a lot of the time, people don't even realise they are doing it. Every school in the country has students swapping USB sticks of music, and a lot of workplaces too. People copy-paste images without a second thought, and google image search is now the world's leading source of clipart. In those who know they are infringing, trying to keep sites down has become a game of whack-a-mole - they appear as fast as they can be closed, often operating from countries where they are legally untouchable. Even without the websites, p2p networks thrive - and there is always sending files to friends via IM or even old-fashioned email. Modern technology makes a mockery of copyright law, and the only way to solve this would be draconian enforcement and, censorship and restricting access to technology. The US DMCA and our own implementation of the EUCD start down this path by banning 'circumvention devices,' but their efforts are pathetically ineffectual - it's only a matter of time until we start seeing calls to mandate ISPs start actively filtering infringing content through packet inspection, or require the blocking of 'illegal' file-sharing protocols. Given the choice between enforceable copyright and an open internet, it's no contest for me: I'd like to see a shorter-term opt-in-limited copyright policy but, if that isn't an option, I'd take no copyright at all over what we have now.
Most obvious? Customer services. Watson makes a decent conversational agent. A little work and it could take over the role of first-line support, quite capable of dealing with the most common customer queries. A little less frustrating than the telephone maze game, and potentially cheaper than hiring a building full of telephone monkeys.
Re: At least they might publish some of the results
Because much of that symmetrical encryption still depends on asymmetric encryption for authentication purposes. Carrying a physical device with a shared key beforehand isn't always an option.
Re: Watson is 1/4th the computer it once was.
Assuming the same algorithms. AI, even 'good enough for a first-line at a call center' AI as Watson is intended to be, is very hard. Experts have devoted their career to trying to advance the field. The slowdown you notice probably means they sacrificed some speed in order to improve accuracy of answers.
Re: expected to discover an exoplanet with life by the end of the decade
It has a spectograph. That analyses atmospheric composition. If there is a lot of life on the planet, and it is running on similar chemical principles to life here, that instrument has a good chance of finding it. Oxygen just doesn't persist in a planetary atmosphere by any known process other than photosynthetic life, so if we find a planet with a significant amount of oxygen we can say with confidence that planet has life - even if we can't be sure it is anything more than single-celled algae analogs.
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