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Can the NSA Really Track You Through Power Lines?

Ghaoth Re:What about if they inject signal? (109 comments)

Hmmm...Inject a different signal into every grid in every country on every planet. That would only localise the location to a grid, getting a location of a house, or even a suburb, would require a mind boggling stretch of the imagination. As has been said, battery operated camera, data compression and frequency limited microphones are just a few of the problems. It doesn't matter what ENF/FFT analysis is employed, you can't extract information from nothing. Once a signal is too far down in the noise level it cannot be reconstructed with any degree of fidelity. However, on positive note, I do see a Hollywood movie coming out of this.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

Ghaoth Re:try it in a VM? (176 comments)

Anyone got a SWTPC 6800 computer running Flex?

about 2 months ago
top, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Ghaoth Re:IF.. (561 comments)

Getting a high IQ in a test demonstrates that you are good at doing IQ tests. I should know, I have an IQ of 42 and I'm still looking for the question.

about 2 months ago

The Latest Wave of Cyberattacks On the West Is Coming From the Middle East

Ghaoth Re:If you are concerned by this at all... (56 comments)

Why don't you put a condom over your fibre optic link to the Internet? No more problems.

about 3 months ago

Setback For Small Nuclear Reactors: B&W Cuts mPower Funding

Ghaoth Re:I have a project (165 comments)

Your level of knowledge about nuclear power seems based on technology born of nuclear weapons. The world is trying to move on from that, although most people are blithely unaware of that fact. Modern nuclear power generation systems will assist in removing "bad" waste from old reactors. This should be a good thing but apparently you are so far in denial or suffer from lack of knowledge that you fail to understand this. I suggest that you never get on a boat in case you fall over the edge of the world.

about 4 months ago

Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Ghaoth Re:fixing the parent posting (311 comments)

I thought you just divided 22 by 7...

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Ghaoth Re:u wot m8 (575 comments)

There is a BIG difference between update and upgrade.
Updates are usually simple or transparent regardless of OS. Although Scumsoft always requires a reboot.
Upgrades are usually best done to a new machine or disk so that legacy configurations do not conflict with the new versions or leave orphans hanging around. Migration of data from the old version to the new upgraded version ensures that you have a backup in case shit happens.

about 4 months ago

Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

Ghaoth Re:~1000 *Bits* per square inch? (147 comments)

Yes, but the disk is rotating at 198,374 furlongs/fortnight.
It's all getting a bit bitty methinks.

about 4 months ago

IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Ghaoth Re:It's the end of the world as we know it (703 comments)

Regardless of any facts, whether you believe in warming, cooling or another day at the beach. Any hope about the average person having any care about what may or may not happen has been crushed by alarmists, bad politics, whores making money out of it and sundry other things. If people are constantly bombarded with doom, gloom and despondency, they become indifferent. It's a version of the "Cry wolf" syndrome. Indifference leads in complacency. Take people out of the equation and science may have a chance. This is not a major issue, it is only our planet at stake. Astronomers have now found over a thousand other planets, maybe on one of them it's not too late. Forgive me if I appear cynical, I am inclined to find less and less that is particularly special about humans.

about 5 months ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

Ghaoth Re:MY simulation (745 comments)

I hope it's not running on Windows"...maybe that's why the sky is blue...we keep seeing the BSOD over and over and over again, every day.

about 6 months ago

Meet the Electric Porsche From 1898

Ghaoth Re:Generalizing much? (143 comments)

Did the article address /. readers specifically? I think not. You need to calm down a bit before you blow a gasket

about 7 months ago

Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

Ghaoth Re:Not the sun (320 comments)

50% of the Earth's heat comes from nuclear reactions in the core. The China syndrome is responsible for heating the core causing CO2 to bubble out of the ocean floor. Ban nuclear power, ban coal power...ban everything.

about 7 months ago

Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

Ghaoth Re:No Sympathy (413 comments)

Scopes and logic analyzers running Windows??????
Surely you jest.
Windows is not known for its real time response. What would be the scopes timebase marked in? - days, hours and minutes.

about 8 months ago

Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

Ghaoth Re:FTTH: 47% connected at 12Mbps in April 2013 (229 comments)

Have no fear, we will eventually have wireless running at 100 Gbps and probably faster. Although I may be dead before it gets to far North Queensland - which is probably true for the NBN as well.

about 9 months ago

Two Million Passwords Compromised By Keylogger Virus

Ghaoth Re:OMG Pony BotNet! (174 comments)

I didn't say "grammar". There is a difference between the colloquial and the written word. Inflections cannot be made in the written word. This is the problem with many people writing today, they write how they speak. If often does not make sense. Writing is a linear process. When reading, most people cannot read ahead to gain the inflection required to interpret the text correctly. Instead of writing "The report critiques how bad people are at making secure passwords.", it may be better to write "The report critiques how people are bad at making secure passwords."

about 9 months ago

Two Million Passwords Compromised By Keylogger Virus

Ghaoth Re:OMG Pony BotNet! (174 comments)

The punctuation doesn't.

about 9 months ago

Two Million Passwords Compromised By Keylogger Virus

Ghaoth Re:OMG Pony BotNet! (174 comments)

"The report critiques how bad people are at making secure passwords" Why do "bad people" make secure passwords? Perhaps bad written language makes good passwords.

about 9 months ago

Death and the NSA: A Q&A With Bruce Schneier

Ghaoth Re:obligatory quote (149 comments)

If one truly believes that the laptop will be stolen and the contents of the drive must never be revealed, then don't store the contents on the drive. Decoys, deception and hiding things in plain sight are paramount to paranoia. Yes, sometimes they are out to get you. Or place a small explosive charge within the drive itself that will be triggered unless an authorised command is sent. (yes, it can be done).

about 9 months ago

Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix

Ghaoth Re:DON'T START FROM SCRATCH (404 comments)

Everyone's an expert. Give it to Microsoft to write it on Windows 8 and Access and publish on IIS.

about 10 months ago

Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

Ghaoth Re:Personally (655 comments)

The problem is "IT Workers". This include a huge variety of "workers" and disciplines. There is no single qualification or group of qualifications that cover everything. I initially studied for 7 years in electronic engineering, radio communications, digital, analogue and control systems, programing, etc. After 40 years in the industry, I have migrated from one facet of IT to another as my interest changed. Every facet is becoming more specialized and people with a general knowledge across the board are becoming rare. If a CEO wants a business oriented CIO, then business must be studied, otherwise, pick your discipline. Learning is endless. For people like me, we are now consultants because we have broad levels of knowledge and know where to find the expertise. As consultants, we charge people a lot of money to tell them what they want to hear.

about 10 months ago


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