top 18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices
It is not the vendor who is responsible for the encryption. It is the user who elected to send the encrypted message.
In that case, the court will be subpoenaing a recently-deceased witness.
top Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage
Broadcasting was based on the inability of radio or tv to be individually addressable at the time the physical implementation was worked out. Advertising was therefore used to finance the broadcasters, who sold their audiences to their advertisers. I wonder if the broadcasters are shooting themselves in the foot by denying themselves Aereo's audience. Maybe they could work out a deal where Aereo gives them data on Aereo's users for each broadcast. Then they will have something to sell their advertisers. It might be handy, for example, to view a Miami station's news before I begin my Florida vacation, on my HDTV instead of my smaller monitor.
But why should the public interest or convenience mean anything , when there are monopoly rents to collect?
top Mathematicians Are Chronically Lost and Confused
Math should not be taught as a linear process, but as a spiral. Visit the topics at first, so the student can understand why something is important when it is presented rigorously.
top Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings
I'm not an engineer.... but.....
Ceramics have much higher melting temperatures than metals. This could lead to an engine with a much higher operating temp and therefore higher thermal efficiency., i.e. much better mileage.
What I'd like to see is someone build an engine with all the bells and whistles: Ceramic block, ringless pistons, high temp coolant ( no water )..and lubricant.
What would the mileage be? And could it be manufactured in the millions?
top The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden
If Jonathan Pollard was right, does that make Snowden right?
If Pollard was wrong, isn't Snowden wrong too?
Does Snowden's "service to humanity" compare to Pollard's "service to Israeli intelligence"?
Now, Pollard was an officer in the US military. Snowden was a mere "contractor" for the NSA. What were their obligations?
I'd like to see a debate on these questions.
top US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil
Read the NY Times article. The SAAB is much cheaper to operate. Looking at it, I think of it as an updated Northrop F5.
top US Wary of Allowing Russian Electronic Monitoring Stations Inside US
We have monitoring stations in the US, They have monitoring stations in Russia. Why don't we arrange to exchange data? That way nobody has to worry about "spying". Each will know what data the other has.
That way, our Trident subs lurking under the polar icecap will be able to use the improved GLONASS data to improve their targeting.. The Russian boomers in the sea of Okhotsk will do likewise.
And the world's economy will benefit from improved combined GPS / GLONASS accuracy.
top NASA Abandons Kepler Repairs, Looks To the Future
Either that, or return Kepler to low orbit with a single-purpose Ion Drive Space Tug, (Solar Powered?) and fix it.
What is the required delta V? Might take a while, but the thing is expensive. Would it be worth it? Maybe not.
about a year and a half ago
top Nanomaterial May Allow Devices to Rewire Themselves
Debugging one of these will be fun.... after you figure out what it is you are debugging.
Infinite reconfiguration loops! Lets call them Rumsfelds, You know, "There are known unknowns, and unknown nknowns........" etc.
top Australian Malls To Track Shoppers By Their Phones
Take phone ID's of shoplifters, use the info to aim cameras ( Location within 2 meters!) Pair face with phone, Instant 1984!
top iPhone DSLR Prototype 1.0
Where are the pictures taken with this monstrosity?
Maybe there are none.
DSLR's are superior because, among other things, their sensors are larger, Over 1 sq cm. The lenses are built to provide images that cover that area. How does this adapter funnel that light into the little iPhone lens? Some fancy optics?
Unobtainium has interesting optical properties!
top Implants for Sensing Magnetic Fields
I wear two hearing aids with telecoils. They give me the ability to sense osciliiating magnetic fields at say 100 to 3000 Hz.
The ability is overrated. Most people don't have this ability, so our culture and surroundings are not designed to "take advantage" of this ability. When I had my CRT on I'd get a buzz in my telecoils - telling me that my crt was on - something I already knew. The buzz was a nuisance. Assuming the fingertip implants are successful, all their owners will get is odd tingles in their fingers at odd moments. Not worth the trouble.
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