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World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

Arancaytar 4.4 trillion FPS (94 comments)

1 second / 4.4 trillion * 3E8 m/s = 68 microns.

That's the distance light covers between frames. Wow.

about a week ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Arancaytar 25cm resolution (140 comments)

Oh no! That pixel representing the 25x25 area of my face will violate my privacy so badly if I happen to look up at the wrong moment!

about two weeks ago
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Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

Arancaytar Re:It's a TRAP! (175 comments)

It didn't but yahoo is a webmail provider and webmail kinda implies that the provider will either be storing the key or at the very least be able to access it by tweaking some javascript a litte.

Not necessarily. Securely handling keys is indeed impossible for untrusted Javascript, but it should be feasible to provide a browser add-on (analogous to Enigmail for Thunderbird) with a key management UI and PGP bindings for Javascript. As long as that add-on is open-source and vetted by browser vendors, you don't need to trust Yahoo's web page (let alone their server) with your private key.

Ideally, this would be a core part of Firefox / Chrome, or at least a unified add-on, but in practice Yahoo!, Gmail and others would probably insist on making their own.

However, a general-purpose add-on could potentially allow encrypting/signing the content of any text field in a page, so it wouldn't depend on the email provider's support.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Make Fruit Flies Perform Aerobatics Like Spitfire Pilots

Arancaytar Do a barrel roll! (51 comments)

(n/t)

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

Arancaytar Re:hear hear! (406 comments)

Yet calls other people idiots.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Arancaytar Re:It's open source (430 comments)

Its free, take it or leave it. contribute or STFU.

You don't like it? We don't care.

And the problem isn't ours its yours since you're the one whining.

This attitude is why every single piece of free software that is widely in use (Firefox, Ubuntu, Android, etc.) is developed and distributed by commercial companies. Community-driven development is good at fixing bugs, but sucks when documenting or supporting.

about two weeks ago
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Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

Arancaytar Re:Whew. FFS... (113 comments)

It is from their perspective, which makes this a stupid decision even by their own interests.

about three weeks ago
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Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

Arancaytar Re:One thing they could seize (113 comments)

each time a big truck enters

It's not a big truck!

about three weeks ago
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Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

Arancaytar Whew. FFS... (113 comments)

Sure, let's tear apart the integrity of our global network for the sake of sticking it to a government. Did anyone think through what would happen if you disrupted the network on such a scale? The national ISPs would host their own root, and anyone abroad who wanted to keep accessing those domains would likewise switch to alt roots.

End result, the domain name system gets fractured, ICANN and the US govt retain less control of the internet, and also they look like assholes.

Good thing this was dismissed as the dumb idea it was.

about three weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Arancaytar "pointed" (739 comments)

From Torvalds, that's uncharacteristically friendly.

about three weeks ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

Arancaytar "tell-apart" (128 comments)

What?

about a month ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Arancaytar Re:big deal (118 comments)

It's kind of hard to spy on someone surreptitiously with a blimp...

about a month ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Arancaytar Re:How is this new? (242 comments)

(Addendum: Even if this is possible, if there is a source of radiation strong enough for that anywhere near inhabited areas, you probably have bigger issues than a little tritium in the water.)

about a month ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Arancaytar Re:How is this new? (242 comments)

unless you assumed the sewage was somehow radioactive

I was going to say that even that should be removed by distillation, and the water molecules shouldn't become radioactive, but now I'm not sure. Deuterium can capture neutrons to form radioactive tritium, but Wikipedia doesn't say if regular hydrogen can do the same to form deuterium.

about a month ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Arancaytar Re:How is this new? (242 comments)

This reminds me of Asimov's short story "Strikebreaker", where a person becomes untouchable by pressing the button for a remote-controlled waste treatment plant.

about a month ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Arancaytar How is this new? (242 comments)

Since you need to treat sewage before putting it in the ground, and ground water before putting it in the water supply, what is new about connecting those two points? Do people think the sewage magically stops being sewage once it leaves the system?

about a month ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Arancaytar Okay, I'm European and... (210 comments)

I officially no longer understand how the hell our government works.

He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives"

Isn't that exactly, to the letter, what the ruling does?

about a month and a half ago

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