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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

GuB-42 Re:The truth about APK (168 comments)

APKs rape children ?
Sorry Apple shill, but you are going too far.


Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

GuB-42 Re:Equality? How about sports? (672 comments)

I believe that competitive sports are simply more of a man's thing and the difference in budget simply reflects this. Like with programming, you won't get parity without discrimination.
The reason I think this is that men will almost always beat women if put together in the same competition, even when strength is not a significant advantage.

Note :
- I'm only talking about competitive sports. Women probably enjoy physical activity as much as men do, and maybe more.
- Of course some women are better at sports than most men, here I am talking about same relative level competitions, like the Olympics.

5 days ago

Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses

GuB-42 Re:Bayonets? (160 comments)

Android phones with Picatinny rails will arrive shortly after.

about two weeks ago

MIT Researchers Create Platform To Build Secure Web Apps That Never Leak Data

GuB-42 Re:I've implemented something similar (90 comments)

In many cases people prefer the ability to recover their data when they forget their password over the additional security of client-side encryption.

about three weeks ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

GuB-42 Probably won't work, a little thought experiment (914 comments)

Let's put ethics aside for a moment.
Imagine that for a year, every night you have a dream. This dream seem to take 1 day but every morning, you forget almost all of it, like it is usually the case. Now, they give you a drug that make these dreams feel like 1 week. Would the year with the drug feel longer than the year without the drug ? No, because the dreams are forgotten anyways.
Another example : If you went to an amusement park, you may have waited in line for maybe 1 hour for a 1 minute ride. A minute waiting probably feels much longer than a minute riding. Yet, at the end of the day, the wait time almost vanished and it seems like you spent your time doing rides.

This is not time dilatation like in Einstein's relativity where a second have a strict definition. Humans have plenty of different "clocks" for different things and different scales, all using different references. Using hallucinogens to mess up with some of these clocks won't necessarily make the others follow.

If you are still unconvinced you can make a parallel with size instead of time. A drug that make you feel like object are much larger than they really are don't mean that they also seem more distant. Even if it would seem like a reasonable conclusion, our brain doesn't work like that.

about a month ago

Camera Module Problems May Delay Samsung's Galaxy S5

GuB-42 Re:No thanks Samsung/NSA (70 comments)

Knox shouldn't prevent you from flashing a custom ROM. If your bootloader is locked it is because of your carrier. International models don't have this problem.
What Knox does, in regards to customization :
- prevents you from downgrading your bootloader
- causes the "knox warranty void" bit to be set to 1 permanently is you flash a custom ROM. This will prevent you from using Knox features, it also may (or may not) cause trouble for warranty repairs

Also, what don't you like about TouchWiz ? It it is the launcher, you can install something else like Nova. If you are rooted you can fix many annoying aspects of TW using Xposed and freeze pre-installed apps you don't like.

about a month ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

GuB-42 Re:purchase time (405 comments)

I think he is talking about 50cc models, which are usually 2-stroke.
Because anyone older than 14 can drive one, even without a license, they are the most common type. (Note : a license is now required in certain cases, but the requirements are still much lower than with 125cc models).

about a month ago

Is Analog the Fix For Cyber Terrorism?

GuB-42 Re:Good idea (245 comments)

- There may be third, possibly simplified system to make a 2 vs 1 situation.
- Ridiculous values (out of bounds, ...) can be checked and the faulty system disabled.
- When it is not clear who the winner is, the pilot is shown an alert and can manually select the correct system. If you look closely in a cockpit, you'll probably find several "1-N-2" switches for this.

about a month ago

Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

GuB-42 Re:35 GB of uncompressed audio? (377 comments)

Probably laziness.
I think the idea is that decoding audio takes maybe like 2% of one core, which isn't much. However, if you have 50 samples playing at the same time, you get to 100%. There are plenty of ways to deal with this problem, like using caches, compressing long samples (BGM, voice acting, ...) and leaving stuff like gunshots and footsteps uncompressed. But doing this would require extra work, possibly including re-validation, new licenses, etc...
So their solution was probably to simply replace the XBox compressed files with their uncompressed equivalents and call it a day.

I don't believe in the anti-piracy theory. Crackers will compress the audio in their release, as they have done for decades. In fact, putting large games into small packages is something they are really good at.
If you want a conspiracy theory, you can say that they were paid by HDD/SSD manufacturers. This is nuts but it certainly makes more sense.

about a month ago

The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

GuB-42 Re:The real Zelda, (77 comments)

I suppose you are talking about Link... I'm just trying to imagine something written by Link.

"Yaaaaa! Hay! Ugh! Heyaaaahh!"
"Ha! Ha! Hayaaaa!"

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

GuB-42 Merge sort (195 comments)

Most teachers I knew naturally used a variant of merge sort when sorting a pile of test papers. Most didn't know anything about formal sorting algorithms.

about a month and a half ago

EU Parliament Rejects Asylum For Snowden

GuB-42 Re:Where? (88 comments)

bottled water packaging cannot claim to combat dehydration

Less stupid that you might think.
Of course, bottled water works against dehydration... Like almost all non-alcoholic beverages and some types of solid food.
But the reason why this law exist is to prevent sellers from implying that bottled water is the best way to combat dehydration, which is not true. Tap water, soda, juice, etc... work just as well. And in some cases, like when you need electrolytes, there are better alternatives.
You may call it over-regulation but I think that it does make sense.

about 2 months ago

Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

GuB-42 Re:Do it in ROM (195 comments)

Game consoles with their OS in ROM are commonly hacked.

about 2 months ago

California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

GuB-42 "Involve" a mobile device ? (341 comments)

A robbery involving mobile devices doesn't mean that the robber robs a mobile device from the robbed.
For example, if robbers use phones to coordinate an assault, then a phone is involved. If a robber steals cash to buy a phone, a phone is also involved.

Just saying that with words like "involve" it is easy to create misleading statistics.

about 2 months ago

Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

GuB-42 Energy from the blood stream. (219 comments)

A watch can be easily connected to the blood vessels in the wrist and use the O2 / glucose mix as an energy source like the rest of your body. Recharge by eating. This would be real bleeding-edge technology.

Note that the use of blood as a power source (for implants) is seriously being researched. Look up "biofuel cell".

about 2 months ago

EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

GuB-42 It doesn't have to be radio controlled (364 comments)

I seriously doubt the credibility of the article.
Anyways, remote stop doesn't mean that you can stop any car, anywhere. It can be the equivalent of a virtual barrier, for example, an induction loop may be placed at some key points like red lights to transmit the signal only to cars that pass over it.

about 2 months ago

Red Team, Blue Team: the Only Woman On the Team

GuB-42 Re:Blah Blah Blah (247 comments)

Yes, we can consider "stay-at-home parent" as a field. But because it is a job that doesn't have a price tag, it is somehow considered inferior. It's not. Don't underestimate the value of a stay-at-home parent.
Cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, shopping, etc... Without a stay-at-home parent, you have to pay good money for someone to do this (here goes your hard earned money). You can also live in filth and neglect your kids (wow, that's progress !). Or you can attempt to do it in addition to your day job (and live an exhausting and stressful life).

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

GuB-42 Re:Firefox OS (303 comments)

Firefox OS, aka "Boot to Geko" is actually just a web browser running on top of a linux kernel with a minimal interface between the two. It's great if you like web technologies (HTML, CSS, JS, ...) but not if you want something close to a desktop GNU/Linux system. Even Android is better in this regard.
You can probably hack Firefox OS to get a UNIX shell, run native code, etc... but AFAIK, it is against Mozilla's philiosophy so don't expect much support.

about 3 months ago


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