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Scientists Have Re-Cloned Mice To the 25th Generation

Arthurio Re:Copyright (134 comments)

Am I the only one who would be more than ok with this happening? I'd be fascinated. If I could see how that person grows up I could get so many answers to interesting questions. For example common things that are partly or completely attributed to genetics such as IQ, body weight, height etc. But also what kind of interests would that person develop, what kind of tastes, would there be any similarities in terms of personality. What could be wrong with a several decades younger clone living somewhere else if the clone is healthy. More than one clone could be problematic for the clones but not really for me. It doesn't take a clone to plant my DNA at a crime scene. Besides DNA can hardly be the only evidence in such case. And if the opposite happens, the clone turns out more successful than me then I guess I'll be a little jealous but probably too old to care.

about a year and a half ago

Fewer Than 10 ET Civilizations In Our Galaxy?

Arthurio Re:Why (642 comments)

Perhaps you're not thinking of all the possibilities. For example it might be possible to transfer one's consciousness as information which would also mean that this could be done between solar systems making light-speed travel kind-of possible. Lets assume that information could be transferred faster than light. This could make inter-stellar travel an everyday thing even. Assuming of course that the receiver end has been transported there the old-fashioned way.

more than 5 years ago

Is Battery-Free 2-Factor ID Secure?

Arthurio short answer: no (180 comments)

The transaction looks like this: 1) user chooses which kind of credit card he/she has 2) user gets a screen where he/she can specify the cc nr and de-scramble the code 3) user's browser sends the cc nr and de-scrambled code back to the server 4) server replies: all is well, congratulations If the fraudster is able to intercept just 1 of these transactions then he can already narrow the number of possible "PassWindow" combinations down to lets say a few hundred. But if he can intercept for example 3 or more of the transactions made with the same card then he can easily narrow the possibilities down to fewer than ten combinations. There exists no mechanism that would prevent the fraudster from trying out all of these 10 or fewer combinations. The most secure way to handle cc transactions would be to confirm every transaction with the cc holder. It could work with e-mail, sms, telephone, im or any other means of communication that the cc holder has chosen and believes is secure enough for him/her. That of course would create significant delays that many current cc systems would be unable to handle since atm they expect instant replies from the cc issuer. Which means that this system would only work with credit cards meant for online payments. In physical stores the 'pin code' is still the best solution at least until the confirmation delays come down to a few seconds.

more than 5 years ago

Cure For Radiation Sickness Found?

Arthurio Re:Oh good, (385 comments)

Your question sounds reasonable but remember that we live in the real world - logic doesn't come into it.

more than 5 years ago

Cure For Radiation Sickness Found?

Arthurio RadAway (385 comments)

Finally we'll have RadAway! ... Now all we need is a good old nuclear fallout and the world will be perfect.

more than 5 years ago

Cats "Exploit" Humans By Purring

Arthurio Re:hardware? (503 comments)

The poor kitty has already been slashdotted.

more than 5 years ago

First Fully Programmable Gesture-Recognition Glove, Cheap

Arthurio yawn! (77 comments)

So it has 5 1D accelerometers under each finger connected to a primitive microcontroller and an usb controller? Basically no useful software? For $500 that's probably going to be $800+ when and if it ever reaches Europe? Forgive me but this is hardly exciting. Come beck when you have 32 sensors which I believe is the minimum you'll need if you want to be able to record every movement of a human hand. Then you'll be worth your 3 line slashvertisement.

more than 5 years ago

How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?

Arthurio forget it (655 comments)

Tell him that replacing the system every 5 years will be cheaper than getting one that will last 15 years. There, problem solved.

more than 5 years ago

AMD — "We're Not Entirely Honest" About Batteries

Arthurio Re:Isn't this simple? (154 comments)

Well right now they're advertising the 'maximum' time without explicitly saying that this is the maximum you might get out of your battery if you turn your speakers off, brightness low and don't move the mouse at all, better yet don't even log into the os. The 'minimum' could be a much more usable term. 'h of full screen video' could in theory be even better but we're never going to get there.

more than 5 years ago

Website Does Homework For Kids

Arthurio HOW? (166 comments)

My question is HOW? this news? Websites like that have been all over the web for years and years.

more than 5 years ago

Hubble Repair Mission At Risk

Arthurio Re:hmm. (224 comments)

2) It's easy. All we need to do is either invent tractor beam or send a huge automated squirt gun to the orbit that will shoot the debris off the orbit with water :D It might also be possible to disintegrate the debris with an anti-missile laser. Besides what could be 'cooler' than hypersonic, glowing, molten blobs of titanium.

more than 5 years ago

Spiraling Skyscraper Farms For a Future Manhattan

Arthurio idea is redundant (403 comments)

They already have those in China. They're called apartment buildings and they build them to grow chinese people pic pic new farms are built every day pic

more than 5 years ago

World of Goo Ported To Linux

Arthurio Re:Did they actually use all $10K? (223 comments)

Where I live there's no such thing as 'unpaid overtime'. Instead by law this is the standard: regular overtime means 1.5x regular pay, overtime on weekends and national holidays means 2x regular hourly pay. Unpaid overtime sounds pretty much like slavery to me. I don't understand how this can be acceptable to anyone.

more than 5 years ago

Dell Selling Dual-Boot Laptops

Arthurio Re:Will it fly? (289 comments)

May not be a popular opinion around here but why not Windows installed natively and linux in vm. Would make sense to me. After all it's the windows applications that require more resources and thus should be closer to the hardware. Examples include all Adobe products, games etc

more than 5 years ago

Reliable, Free Anti-Virus Software?

Arthurio Re:Easy (586 comments)

My mother only needs the browser for web and e-mail + she needs some place to store some photos. So since I see her only once every few months (this is how often I come out of the basement ;) ) and since she started having some problems with viruses and spyware I replaced the old sour windows xp with ubuntu on her machine and she's been surfing away happily ever since. I personally detest any localization when it comes to software but she likes it. I'm however running vista ... because I need to :/

more than 5 years ago


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