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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Applehu Akbar Re: Marketing? (116 comments)

As I've said in other threads, Sony won't benefit from the publicity if it doesn't release the movie. Now I suppose you'll claim that Sony owns Anonymous too, and is having them release a torrent version of the film that secretly includes a better version of the famed Sony rootkit.

16 minutes ago
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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Applehu Akbar Re: Marketing? (116 comments)

So far, bullying seems to be working just fine for North Korea.

Good on Anonymous for releasing this picture. They should announce a date certain, and release only if Sony does not.

3 hours ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Applehu Akbar Even after Hadoop becomes self-aware (542 comments)

It will still need humans to keep power flowing to its data centers and to change out RAID drives.

yesterday
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

Applehu Akbar Re:Incompetence vs Conspiracy (228 comments)

In that case, Sony would have nothing to fear from releasing the film - and a lot to monetarily gain from it.

yesterday
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Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone

Applehu Akbar What I would like to see (68 comments)

Is an iPhone case made out of C4, that would detonate whenever the device is placed in Lost Mode. You use Find My Phone to track it when it goes missing, and if you see it floating around in the ghetto, you activate Lost Mode. Kaboom!

yesterday
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Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

Applehu Akbar Re: Neener (97 comments)

An app is opened, but by the Apple Pay hardware rather than by the user. This keeps the interface simple and does not require any daemon in the OS; the user just pulls out her phone, touches it to the cash register, and authenticates with a designated fingerprint until a 'Done' checkmark pops up. Other schemes require the user to turn on the phone, go into a specified app, and enter a PIN.

The ACH transfer scheme being pushed by Walmart also requires that the user scan a QR code that is generated by the cash register as a challenge/response sequence. By this time, the other people in line at the register are starting to cough and shuffle their feet while the user wonders why he didn't just pull out his credit card to begin with. Small wonder that Walmart's scheme (which, because it also requires a central database of user information, has already been hacked) is so unpopular even in beta that chains using the system have been ordered to turn off NFC entirely to stop wholesale defection. This locks out all NFC vendors, including Google and all those European and Asian visitors who had been happy to hear that American retailers were finally about to exit the twentieth century.

yesterday
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NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere

Applehu Akbar Re:Re-entry is done wrong (73 comments)

Space Shuttle attempted to do what you describe, coming as close to that ideal as reentry dynamics would allow. It still required a 40-degree angle of attack during the hot part of deceleration. The final approach may look airliner-like, but the sink rate was something like seven times that of a Boeing, a requirement of the delta-wing design, which in turn was imposed by the need to reenter without stripping off the wings.

The Orion capsule may look like a throwback to the Sixties, but it's the most tolerant, safest design of all.

2 days ago
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Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

Applehu Akbar Re: Neener (97 comments)

Both schemes are just part of the NFC standard, which has worldwide support. The problem with Google Wallet in favor of Apple Pay is that GW requires sharing customer data with Google. Better hope there isn't a breach. GW also requires the user open an app on his device and enter a PIN. AP just comes up when you touch an iPhone to the point-of-sale terminal, and authenticates with your thumbprint.

2 days ago
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Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

Applehu Akbar Neener (97 comments)

When I shop at Staples, I use Apple Pay.

2 days ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Applehu Akbar Re:This is worse than mythology. (378 comments)

No it doesn't. It leads to the question.

But if we assume that all robots - all AI in general - starts by being created by a biologic intelligence, that doesn't matter. We have already established that robots work really well in space, especially for long-distance excursions.

The first intelligent aliens we encounter will be robots. Furthermore, the encounter will be by our own robots.

2 days ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

Applehu Akbar No, basement dwellers (220 comments)

Hacking, and the reaction to it from our Democrat elites, proves that North Korea is a superpower.

2 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Applehu Akbar Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (637 comments)

"Germany is leading all other countries by re-building its grid and moving to renewable energy on a very large scale."

Germany is also digging the world's largest strip mine, and for lignite, an energy source not fit for cavemen. And its push for renewable sources has run into a wall of eco-maniac opposition to the new transmission lines required to wheel power from sunny and windy places to urban users (like our envisioned "Smart Grid")

2 days ago
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Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

Applehu Akbar This would be news... (56 comments)

Only if the changed DNA could be passed on. Lysenko would be proven right!

2 days ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Applehu Akbar The case of Idaho is particularly interesting (467 comments)

The state is libertarian, not Bible Belt, and yet Idaho police organizations are incensed over pot legalization in neighboring Oregon and Washington. There have been a number of well-publicized cases of Bad Cop behavior exercised against out-of-state pot users, even to the extent of spying by Idaho cops in the pot-legal states in hopes of entrapping legally operating businessmen passing through Idaho.

Idaho has such a large population of anti-government types that I can see it not only legalizing pot, which they regard as basically a side issue, but being the first state to seriously cut back on law enforcement property seizure powers. Based on this year's headlines, this will start an even more popular serious of referenda across the country than pot legalization.

2 days ago
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At 40, a person is ...

Applehu Akbar Re:40 is an artificial boundary (185 comments)

My fiftieth birthday was the exact day that comet Hale-Bopp reached its maximum brightness. You young whippersnappers will have to ask your parents what 1997 was like.

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Applehu Akbar Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

Yes, for the worst school shooting in the history of the world (up to yesterday, anyway) you have to go all the way across the channel to Norway.

3 days ago
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Spacecraft Spots Probable Waves On Titan's Seas

Applehu Akbar Re:Tomorrow's news (82 comments)

Saturn's gravity well is certainly a factor, but you need to compare lift from Titan to lift from Earth itself, not from Earth orbit. There are no hydrocarbons in Earth orbit.

3 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Applehu Akbar Re:Sets a precedent (580 comments)

"Now every terrorist organization around the world will see how easy it is to control North American media."

A lot of Americans have been pointing this out for years.

3 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Applehu Akbar Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

What threats has North Korea actually delivered on? It's become an international joke for making threats that come to nothing.

But now that the Hollywood studios have to submit their films to it for approval, it may gain some status in the world. I wonder how long before we start to see leaks of the NK review copies of movies?

3 days ago

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Could the Higgs boson destroy the universe?

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 3 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "In a story widely quoted in the disaster-loving media, Stephen Hawking speculates, in a foreword to a new book, Starmus, that a Higgs boson created at sufficiently high energies, could destroy the entire universe. There is no discussion so far on whether the energies Hawking envisions have already been achieved in, say, supernova explosions."
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Foxconn to Restaff Entirely with US Adjunct Professors

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 9 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "(Xinhua) Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, announced today its response to the increasing cost of local labor: by 2Q 2015, it will have completed replacement of its assembly staff with American adjunct professors. Said an executive who did not wish to be named, “Adjunct professors are not only highly educated but are used to working for nothing more than ramen and a basement cot. They are not spoiled like our local Chinese assembly workers.” They are for the most part docile, and used to operating within rigid bureaucracies.

The US educational system turns out far larger numbers of adjuncts, especially in the humanities, than can ever hope to be employed by academe. The excess adjuncts live on the streets of major American cities, but, after being pushed aside by the tougher and crazier traditional homeless, gravitate to the more congenial west coast, where roving bands of them subsist on odd jobs and shoplifting. Here they are easily picked up by Foxconn raiding parties, which dicker with what we know in China as People’s Shining Path Moral Guidance Cadres. In the US these are called “Homeowner Associations,” and they gratefully cooperate to turn in bands of feral adjuncts, whose constant bickering and messy campsites are an ongoing annoyance to the people of America’s West Coast.

Once captured, the adjuncts are loaded into Foxconn’s fleet of wind-powered EcoFreighters and sedated for the slow sea voyage on the “Central Passage” from Long Beach to the Shanghai labor auction docks. Now that there is human cargo to bring back to China, the EcoFreighters no longer have to return empty after unloading their troves of consumer goods in Los Angeles.

Foxconn has been anxious to grab the most easily trainable workers before more Chinese companies take an interest in American adjunct professor labor. “At first we tried a breeding program for even greater long term savings,” said the Foxconn exec, “But the males, raised as they have been in western academic culture, have developed such a deep-seated fear of their own females that fertile matings were rare, even when naked, unchained females were placed right in males' dormitory cells.” But why fight to change an alien culture, the thinking now goes, when fresh adjuncts are so easily hunted down on the California/Oregon coast? So long as this situation persists, the EcoFreighters will sail full and world’s supply of low-cost products will not be in danger."
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Justice Department Backs Broadcasters in Aereo Dispute

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 10 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "I'm from the government, says the Department of Justice, and I'm here to help...not you, but Big Broadcast. In today's amicus curiae filing in support of the broadcasters, the DOJ explains that: “gain access to copyrighted content in the first instance — the same service that cable companies have traditionally provided.” Meaning, of course, that broadcasters are much bigger donors to the Democrat-Republican Party than those little people who watch TV."
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How About A Spherical Solar Collector ?

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 10 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "German architect André Broessel claims to have invented a solar collector that is far more efficient than today's flat panels, even flat panels with tracking. He calls it the Betaray. The idea is that a fixed transparent sphere can concentrate any available sunlight, direct or diffuse, and coming from any direction, to its center. At that point a small high-efficiency collector, presumably one that loves high temperatures, harvests the energy.

Broesser's orb is a lot prettier to look at than existing solar collectors, but for me two questions arise. For one, wouldn't a hemisphere work just as well and be cheaper to manufacture, easier to keep cool and more easily mounted? And if so, why not arrays of multiple, much smaller hemispheres as an efficient collector design for all those suburban rooftops?"

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