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Cops Say NDA Kept Them from Notifying Courts About Cell Phone Tracking Gadget

DMiax Re:Surprisingly lazy (235 comments)

Agreed. These assholes might have screwed up the case for the prosecutor and the end result might be that a rapist walks away free, all because they did not feel like doing their homework. They should face criminal charges.

about a month and a half ago

MtGox Sets Up Call Center For Worried Bitcoiners

DMiax Re:If only... (240 comments)

That would limit it only to people that can use the internet. I, for one, applaud them for thinking of all their other customers!

about a month and a half ago

FFmpeg's VP9 Decoder Faster Than Google's

DMiax "De Facto"? (101 comments)

What is a "de facto" decoder? Something that is not supposet to decode VP9 but can be tricked/misused to do so?

about 2 months ago

Nokia Turns To Android To Regain Share In Emerging Markets

DMiax Probably a false alarm (146 comments)

It's very likely that Nokia tested Android on its phones when it wanted Microsoft to close the deal, this is probably a false alarm born from those prototypes.

It makes no sense at all for MS to release an Android phone, and I doubt Nokia can release it and sell it in numbers before April (aquisition date), so I don't expect it to happen.

If it actually does come out, I see only two explanations. 1) Nokia is trying to scare MS from sealing the deal. 2) it's a thinly veiled attempt at saying "we tried Android but our customers would not want it". Most likely the former.

Whoever let this happen is going to be fired first thing in the new regime, I guess. If MS does not stomp it hard, it would look clueless. Unless MS wants to go Android, which I won't believe until I see it.

about 2 months ago

Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

DMiax Re:It's disgusting how much control... (387 comments)

Right, it's about all those other new manufacturers that are trying to sell directly to consumers. How could people miss it? There's a horde of them!

about 2 months ago

Facebook Estimates Around 10% of Accounts Are Fake

DMiax They know your name anyway (140 comments)

At this point, they will get to your name in any case. They have accumulated such a massive data base that they will identify you in a number of other ways. Your real name will eventually leak to them through your friends or because they match it with your name.surname@gmail.com address, or mining your company's staff page, or because you pay something with your credit card, etc... Plus a ton of other things.

Just because you don't have your real name there it does not mean they don't know who you are. It might help gainst other parties data mining/stalking you, though.

about 3 months ago

Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

DMiax Re:Standard practice... (192 comments)

Correct. But I suspect the hurdle here was to isolate the allergenic factor and administering it correctly. It is not as simple as splitting a peanut in 70 parts: you have to find the right protein, isolate it and dose it. It can be a bitch to do. The results prove that the protein was the right one and that the doses were ok. Finally, the treatment does not work with any substance: there are things that will remain lethal whatever happens as our immune system just cannot catch them. So that is another good news.

about 3 months ago

Fixing Broken Links With the Internet Archive

DMiax Please no? (79 comments)

...want to become integrated into browsers as a fallback rather than showing a 404 page

Fuck no. If a page does not exist it does not exist.

about 3 months ago

Study Doubts Quantum Computer Speed

DMiax Re:Worthless BBC article (105 comments)

What the preprint shows is that random instances of the kind of problems solved by the d-wave device are solved faster on a modern GPU, on average. This means if you have an optimization problem of that kind you are still better off trying the classical computer first. If you have a problem of a different kind d-wave won't work at all. What one might hope is that there is a clearly defined sub-class of problems where the machine is consistently faster.

about 2 months ago

Neglect Causes Massive Loss of 'Irreplaceable' Research Data

DMiax Slashdot can solve that (108 comments)

That's why Slashdot is keen on posting all new studies at least twice, thus increasing the chances they are still available for future generations!

about 3 months ago

Was Julian Assange Involved With Wiretapping Iceland's Parliament?

DMiax Re:WTF? (167 comments)

Manning didn't leak from the NSA. He leaked classified information from the Army. In fact in this same chat he points out that he has nothing to do with the wiretaps. I know it's hard, but let's keep our scandals straight.

about 4 months ago

Was Julian Assange Involved With Wiretapping Iceland's Parliament?

DMiax Why would he? (167 comments)

Why would Assange wiretap the Icelandic parliament and how could he? I doubt he has that powerful connections up there.

The obviously more likely explanation is that some spy agency (like NSA or counterparts) did it, and it has been leaked to Wikileaks. Notice how he looks surprised upon finding it out, so that Manning feels like pointing out that he wasn't the one who leaked it "*had nothing to do with that one*". So neither knew how the records were obtained in the first place.

Now one wonders: who would be able and willing of doing such a thing and who would have an interest in pinning it to Assange?

about 4 months ago

Time For a Warrant Canary Metatag?

DMiax Three problems (332 comments)

First, depending on how automated it is, the webmaster might be ordered to keep updating it. So updating the metatag must be a deliberate action and forcing you to update it would be akin to forcing you to lie. Still not clear that they would not do it or try to, though.

Second, in a larger organization the person updating the tag does not need to know whether the data has been compromised or not.

Third, many companies shared data "on a voluntary basis". Whether this is really voluntary or under some thinly veiled threat, there is nothing guaranteeing they won't lie on their own accord.

In conclusion, there is absolutely no way to make "the cloud" safe via tehnical means.

about 5 months ago

Intel Open-Sources Broadwell GPU Driver & Indicates Major Silicon Changes

DMiax Re:Meh (103 comments)

Having the GPU integrated into the same chip as the CPU is not the same as emulating it.

about 6 months ago

NSA Intercepted French Telephone Calls "On a Massive Scale"

DMiax How? (330 comments)

I'm wondering how this is possible. As long as it's communications going through Google, Skype, or some other americal corp, it's pretty easy to just intercept whatever goes through their servers. Intercepting real landlines is a wholly different game. It needs on site infrastracture, cause I doubt they get routed through the US. This means there is someone inside France that should get their ass handed to them for this, before one even starts thinking of the guys at NSA.

about 6 months ago

Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones Over Weekend

DMiax Re:Feeble minds. (432 comments)

From Wikipedia

Apple lost all claims in the Microsoft suit except for the ruling that the trash can icon and folder icons from Hewlett-Packard's NewWave windows application were infringing.

So much for "we will win in the end".

about 7 months ago

Nokia's Elop Set To Receive $25 Million Bonus After Acquisition

DMiax Re:Ahhh ... (196 comments)

Some have suggested that Nokia should have adopted Android. There's already an overwhelming glut of Android devices on the market. Samsung is the dominant player by a huge margin with LG, HTC, Sony fighting over scraps. So what would be Nokia's strategy? Enter the fray as an also ran and hope that in the next 5+ years they somehow evolve into a relevant player? Don't forget that they were already heavily bleeding cash by this point.

If there is a meme that needs to die about Nokia is this absurd notion that Windows Phones are somehow not competing with the Android phones.

about 7 months ago

Charles Carreon Finally Surrenders To the Oatmeal

DMiax Re:Quite the Buddhist there... (173 comments)

In the unlikely case this happens, may I respectfully suggest that you get a left party for a change?

about 7 months ago

German Federal Police Helicopter Circles US Consulate

DMiax Re:"an helicopter"!? (239 comments)

seems like an honest mistake

about 7 months ago

Apple Sued For Dividing Final Season of Breaking Bad Into Two On iTunes

DMiax Re:Amazon, others doing it too (458 comments)

the other side of the argument is: if it were clear that there was not a big discount with the season pass, the customer could decide not to buy it.

about 7 months ago



Nokia Windows Phone Revealed

DMiax DMiax writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DMiax (915735) writes "Nokia's controversial CEO Elopjust revealed the prototype of the next WP7 handset. The CEO asked the journalists present to turn off the cameras because the new was "super confidential". Did he really expect them to comply? After all he must know that this has the potential to hurt the sales of the recently released N9, the last non windows smartphone. He would never want to do that, right?"
Link to Original Source

Google managers face prison over video

DMiax DMiax writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DMiax (915735) writes "An italian court has found three Google managers guilty for allowing the distribution of a video where a Down's Syndrome teenager was bullied. The three face six months in prison (google translation). While this, by italian laws means they will not serve any time in prison (unless they had a previous conviction), it is a scary precedent for content providers across the globe."
Link to Original Source

DMiax DMiax writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DMiax (915735) writes "Reuter has claimed that a group of scientists from University of Edimburgh realized a nanomachine acting as a Maxwell's Demon. Namely the device selects and traps other molecules based on their direction of motion. The existence of such a device would violate the second law of thermodnamics. It is worth noting that the researcher himself did not make such claim, simply crediting Maxwell for his work on electrodynamics and thermodynamics."


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