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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Gravis Zero would reveal "techniques and procedures" (231 comments)

"would reveal law enforcement techniques and procedures"

in other words, it would expose your illegal activities. gotcha.

about 2 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Gravis Zero Re:Class issue here. (753 comments)

While cashless might make sense to a middle class with easy access to technology and banks, there is a significant percentage of the population does not have access to such things and they probably will not any time soon. As much as 10% of the US population has no bank access, no SS ID, no IDs of any type, etc.

two birds with one stone?

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Gravis Zero YES! just not the ones they making. (381 comments)

I would love a smart watch but it would be more like computer on your forearm. the problem is the requirements are has, a highres display that flexes in three dimensions, sticks to your arm using the van der waals force (like gecko feet), uses heat from your body for power, weighs less than a 10 grams and is 1mm thick. It's not impossible, my idea is just an expression of several "almost there" technologies.

that is the smartphone i really want.

about 2 months ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Gravis Zero Re:Anyone who thinks (443 comments)

If you research Musk, you will find that this isnt about the money. Making electric cars are an extremely risky endeavor and it almost ruined him. If it was for the money, he just would have made sporty cars.

about 2 months ago

"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

Gravis Zero Re:There is supposed to be a penalty. (157 comments)

If someone wrongly says they own part of your yard, you're entitled to damages.

Get off my yard.

prepare to be damaged!

about 2 months ago

Take a Picture Just By Thinking About It, Using Google Glass With MindRDR App

Gravis Zero Re:The future (41 comments)

no, EEG is a big fucking deal if you are actually using it for medical purposes, you clown.

about 2 months ago

A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Gravis Zero how about an objective view? (379 comments)

seriously, this is just bullshit on par with fox news.

"We can tell, for sure, from video images and even photographs that the Iron Dome system is not working very well at all," Postol said. "It—my guess is maybe [it hits a targeted missile] 5 percent of the time—could be even lower. ... And when you look—what you can do in the daytime—you can see the smoky contrail of each Iron Dome interceptor, and you can see the Iron Domes trying to intercept the artillery rockets side on and from behind. In those geometries, the Iron Dome has no chance, for all practical purposes, of destroying the artillery rocket."

"for sure," really? how about some actual numbers instead of speculation?

about 2 months ago

Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

Gravis Zero Re:Miracle on 34th street.... (135 comments)

The judge dismisses the 'bitcoin is not money' portion based of a ruling that the IRS and Fed Reserve do not have the authority to define what 'money' is. (both having defined bitcoin as 'property' and not 'money') Which is all fine and good, but the US Marshal has already ruled bitcoin as property since they disposed of the seized bitcoin through a property sale. There are very particular and different rules governing the disposal of money and property. One would think the US Marshals office actions would be the statute defining action.

do you really think the US government wont have it both ways? i'm reminded of this story: "US government declares hacking an act of war, then hacks allies"

if I've learned anything in my life, it's that laws, logic and common sense dont really matter to the government or big business... unless it's convenient.

about 2 months ago

The Future of Wearables: Standalone, Unobtrusive, and Everywhere

Gravis Zero Re:Battery life (56 comments)

i agree that battery life is the #1 issue. if it cant even go a week without needing a charge, it's not really worth using.

about 2 months ago

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

Gravis Zero blanket compliance or possible lawsuit? (210 comments)

seems to me that it's better to err on the side of safety by complying with all requests than have to deal with people in court because joe blow didn't like that you wouldn't remove his misdeeds. i mean, there are about 1000 requests a day and if you deny even 1% of people, you could end up in court in multiple countries in just one day.

about 2 months ago

Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Gravis Zero sample size too smal. (333 comments)

Twelve of 18 men in the study gave themselves at least one electric shock during the study's 15-minute "thinking" period. By comparison, six of 24 females shocked themselves.

also, what is a "mild" shock? given the option of a small shock to leave, it's no big deal, just a momentary tingle. crank it up to 240V and see how many people press the button for a full two seconds to leave early.

about 2 months ago

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

Gravis Zero Re:Well, duh... (210 comments)

agreed... the eu had a stupid ruling that is having predictably stupid consequences.

the obvious solution is to have all mentions of it removed from internet search results. ;)

about 2 months ago

Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"

Gravis Zero Boleto Bancário (69 comments)

Boleto Bancário, simply referred to as Boleto (English: Ticket) is a payment method in Brazil regulated by FEBRABAN, short for Brazilian Federation of Banks.

you're welcome

about 2 months ago

The Lithuanian Mob Was Smuggling Cigarettes Into Russia With a Drone

Gravis Zero Re:Why? (81 comments)

There's almost no cig tax in Russia, they're on the order of $2 a pack.
It can't be worth the hassle to save the... what, 25 cents of tax?

I guess if they were counterfeit or stolen it could be worthwhile, though.

Bringing them into Canada makes sense, with some of the highest stupidity taxes in the world, though. They're $14 a pack in this province.


about 4 months ago

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

Gravis Zero no support, no buy, stupid slashvertisments (113 comments)

"Linux Support Planned"

color me shocked when it turns out to be closed source.

about 4 months ago

Ericsson Trial 10Gbps 5G Mobile Broadband Network in Japan

Gravis Zero good news and bad news (53 comments)

the good news is that this is a great advancement in fast internet access on cellphones. the bad news is that you can only get 8 Gigabits before your phone dies.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Doesn't Have Plans For a Dedicated Handheld Gaming Device

Gravis Zero surely typos are abound! (84 comments)

asked whether there were any plans for a 'handheld Xbox-One-like gaming device. "The answer is no. Microsoft is focused on getting reamed by Sony, perhaps with controller support someday."


(it's just a joke, guys!)

about 4 months ago

The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

Gravis Zero Re:Auto play audio? (142 comments)

just a joke, bro. if you listen to it, you would notice that it's actually a person reading the article as if they were a basic text-to-speech program. they could have made it better by excitedly yelling, "OH MY GOD, PONIES!" in the middle and then "oh uhh, the summary, right..." and finish reading the summary like the text-to-speech program.

about 5 months ago

Spinoffs From Spyland: How Some NSA Technology Is Making Its Way Into Industry

Gravis Zero Time for a code review? (44 comments)

In 2011, the NSA released 200,000 lines of code to the Apache Foundation.

it may be time for people to start looking for the backdoors that the NSA may have put into Apache.

about 6 months ago



Fusion Experiment Nears Self-sustainability

Gravis Zero Gravis Zero writes  |  1 year,19 days

Gravis Zero (934156) writes "On Aug.13, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) focused 192 ultra-powerful laser beams on a deuterium-tritium filled capsule. In nanoseconds, the capsule imploded and released a neutron yield of nearly 3 * 1015, or approximately 8,000 joules of neutron energy.

Early calculations show that fusion reactions in the hot plasma started to self-heat the burning core and enhanced the yield by nearly 50 percent, pushing close to the margins of alpha burn, where the fusion reactions dominate the process.

"The yield was significantly greater than the energy deposited in the hot spot by the implosion ... an important advance in establishing a self-sustaining burning target, the next critical step on the path to fusion ignition," said Ed Moses, principle associate director for NIF.

NIF has no plans to attach lasers to sharks."

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We the People do not want police to have UAVs

Gravis Zero Gravis Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gravis Zero (934156) writes "A "We the People" petition has been submitted to "[p]rohibit law enforcement from using UAVs and armed vehicles" which is a big issue. A recent article shows that police are right on their way to creating a true police state."
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IBM's 90nm phase-change memory tech unveiled

Gravis Zero Gravis Zero writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gravis Zero (934156) writes "

IBM says it has produced 90-nanometer-size processors that can store multiple bits of data per cell over time without the data becoming corrupted. The multi-level phase-change memory (PCM) technology should lead to solid-state chips that can match NAND flash disks' 1TB capacities, but are about 100 times faster and feature a much longer lifespan, claims the company.


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Google hack 'directed by Chinese politburo'

Gravis Zero Gravis Zero writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gravis Zero (934156) writes "BBC has a well written article about this revelation.

One cable, released by whistle-blowing site Wikileaks, cites a "well-placed" contact as saying the action against Google was "100% political".

A politburo member is said to have been angered after Googling his name and finding critical comments online.

The cable says it is unclear whether China's top leaders were involved.

There is also a video for all you tl;dr people.

I think it's only fair to ask China, "why so serious?""

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