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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

GumphMaster Re:Don't take the job (105 comments)

Please do not fly commercially, you clearly will not respect the authority of the pilots or the safety that zero blood alcohol/drug levels add to (http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/120.109). Don't consume anything that is mined in my part of the world, most (all) mining companies have zero tolerance for drink/drugs and random testing for same... even for office staff.

yesterday
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

GumphMaster Re:Why is this a surprise? (105 comments)

Not to mention access to the biometrics and photo in every US passport, images of every individual crossing the immigration line at an airport, and a fingerprint or prints for every non-US citizen crossing the line. That's all without trying too hard.

yesterday
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

GumphMaster Re:Ted Unangst's article (279 comments)

My favourite bit: "There are probably many ways to shave this yak; here’s one." I always love a new (to me) take on classic clichés.

It strikes me that, even if you accept a need for internal memory management like this, you would expect the security sensitive software to assume that every freed block of memory contained something sensitive and zero it immediately. Had it been doing that this bug would also have appeared many moons ago.

yesterday
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Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

GumphMaster Re:I'm trying (99 comments)

Or perhaps you are looking from a point to the northeast of a mirror reversed far north Queensland coast. The large notch is the Gulf of Carpentaria with Cape York Peninsula to the right, Arnhem Land/Northern Territory to its left, and the Kimberley coast trailing off around the back. As usual, Tasmania has just been dropped. It is as much Australia as the face on Mars is facial.

about a week ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

GumphMaster Re:A patch closer to usability, few more to go (294 comments)

You could just install PuTTY with the provided Windows installer and save yourself the irritation.

about a week ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

GumphMaster Re:It's a start (294 comments)

You are not alone. Patching the bits on a magnetic program load tapes using a combo of front panel switch banks and 50baud teletype is within my experience also (for AQS-901 systems circa 1990).

about a week ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

GumphMaster Re:PR Guys (491 comments)

Thanks for the links. I don't think D1 is a variable, they describe D2 as the Aircraft-Satellite Doppler shift, and you need two objects to measure a shift.

As the southbound aircraft passed the equator (satellite) you would indeed expect the aircraft's radial velocity component to drop to a minimum (something the north path would not see I expect). At the edge of the satellite coverage the aircraft will be close to the edge of the planet as seen from the satellite, so much of its velocity would be in the plane tangential to the Earth passing through aircraft and satellite (though not, one would expect, directly toward the satellite). The satellite has time variable velocity components that may be as high as 100 knots rel. to ground that also come into play. Its a continuum in between and a very interesting geometrical puzzle. Certainly the aircraft airspeed limits and norms would put a maximum limit on the Doppler shift due to aircraft motion.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

GumphMaster Re: Nope (535 comments)

FB has never sold a hardware product til now.

With current trends they will only ever lease the hardware to you at King Zuck's pleasure. It will be a criminal offence to use the device in connection with another service, disable or circumvent "effective technological measures" to prevent data collection (DMCA-style), or to post a negative review.

That, or Zuck mistook it for a Google Glass killer.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

GumphMaster Re:PR Guys (491 comments)

Ok, so more geosynchronous than geostationary. It moves over a range of 3.336 degrees (0.058 radians) from north to south in ~12 hours. At 42164 km from the centre of the Earth that is a distance of 2454 km in twelve hours: a crude average of 204 km/hour or 110 knots. A jet aircraft typically does 450knots, so that satellite movement is significant in comparison to the aircraft. There will also be a slight east-west motion, and rise/fall in altitude. Looking at the irregular shape of the combined motions ( see http://www.satellite-calculati... ) the combined aircraft-satellite motions at each handshake event could provide the north-south differentiation claimed. I learned something today.

about three weeks ago
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Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

GumphMaster X-Art Shakedown Failing? (158 comments)

This is one of those cases where the settlement shakedown, even with the threat of publicly exposing one's porn viewing habits, has failed. Some more here: https://www.eff.org/cases/mali.... Maybe they will eventually give up the cause but I expect the X-Art lawyers to keep going in every other district and jurisdiction while there is still a buck to be extracted.

about three weeks ago
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Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

GumphMaster Re:GeoLocation is not evidence (158 comments)

I get that from time to time too. Google France can catch you off guard, although it hasn't happened for a while now.

about three weeks ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

GumphMaster Re:oh good (202 comments)

Indeed. Pretty graphics only get you so far.

about three weeks ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

GumphMaster Re:oh good (202 comments)

Next time look at what is hanging from the tool belt of nearly every woodworker on the site. They don't carry a hammer for decoration.

about three weeks ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

GumphMaster Re:oh good (202 comments)

Good luck extracting a nail with your nail gun Mr. Professional.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

GumphMaster PR Guys (491 comments)

Effectually we looked at the doppler effect, which is the change in frequency, due to the movement of a satellite in its orbit.

You can tell this is the PR guy and not the tech guy. Firstly, "Effectually"?

Secondly. The Inmarsat-3 F1 satellite is geostationary, it moves little and slowly relative to the Earth's surface. There is effectively no doppler shift due to motion of the satellite relative to the Earth. The doppler shift here would be that of the aircraft relative to the Earth/satellite. The absence of doppler shifts is the reason that Copas-Sarsat geostationary satellites cannot determine surface position of a emergency locator transmitter unless the transmitter sends that information. For beacons that do not transmit location the low-Earth orbit Copas-Sarsat satellites, which have motion relative to the surface, are used to determine location by multiple doppler readings (but it takes up to 90 minutes vs. seconds).

about three weeks ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

GumphMaster Re:hmm, people out to make a quick buck (357 comments)

Nobody is claiming they are, just that the participants intend to make a quick buck.

about three weeks ago

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Hollywood studios lose Australia download case

GumphMaster GumphMaster writes  |  about 2 years ago

GumphMaster (772693) writes "A case that has been around a few years is reaching the end of the line in the Australian High Court (highest court in the land). The ABC is reporting, "The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) was appealing against a Federal Court ruling in February last year that internet service provider iiNet was not liable for users' copyright infringements."

AFACT is a Australian front for most of the large multinational movie industry players. Earlier court rulings confirmed the ISP position that they are not responsible for alleged copyright infringement by their customers as AFACT was claiming."

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Samsung vs. Apple Tit-for-tat Down Under

GumphMaster GumphMaster writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GumphMaster (772693) writes "In the latest edition of the Apple vs. Samsung patent stupidity the ABC is reporting that Samsung has filed in Australian and Japanese courts seeking an injunction to halt sales of the iPhone 4S for alleged 3G patent violations. It remains to be seen whether Samsung has any better luck with the retaliatory strike in Australian and Japanese courts than it did with courts in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, I expect that Samsung will fail partly because of overseas precedent, but mostly because their patents are sane, technical and narrow in scope (unlike the patent a rectangle nature of the opposition).

If this stupidity ever stops then millions of dollars, euro, or Won that are being spent on lawyers might actually go into the innovation that patents are meant to promote. Who knows where that might lead?"

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Aussie ISP Wins Appeal Against Media Company Group

GumphMaster GumphMaster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GumphMaster writes "A large group of movie studios and media companies headed by Village Roadshow has lost its appeal against an Australian Federal Court judgement involving internet service provider iiNet. The appeal was against a year old ruling that essentially declared it impossible to hold iiNet, and by extension ISPs in general, responsible for their user's actions.

The original claims not only sought to hold iiNet responsible for what its users did but also contended that iiNet actively encouraging, and itself breaching, copyright by running web caches and the like. The courts so far have fallen on the side of common sense. No doubt this is off to the High Court of Australia. No doubt also, that the continued action will not stop a single unauthorised download."

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BSkyB wants to take the 'Sky' out of Skype

GumphMaster GumphMaster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GumphMaster (772693) writes "From the " We've forgotten that the product is more important the the 'brand' " dept. via the Australian ABC:

"British satellite broadcaster BSkyB has confirmed it is locked in a dispute with Skype about the internet phone company's use of the "Sky" part of its name.

"The five-year battle only came to light when Skype filed documents this week ahead of a proposed $US100 million flotation on New York's NASDAQ stock exchange.

"The statement released for the initial public offering (IPO) revealed that Skype is contesting a number of challenges from BSkyB over the use of the word "Sky" in its brand name and logo."

BSkyB is badgering a potential future competitor based on the assumption that the world cannot tell "Skype" apart from "BSkyB". I suspect this recognition difficulty only exists in the minds of Murdoch Yes-men. The rest of us could tell these apart even if Skype did expand into television services."

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Australia: Sen. Stephen Conroy Stays

GumphMaster GumphMaster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GumphMaster (772693) writes "Senator Stephen Conroy has been left as Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in the new Australian Prime Minister's reshuffle of jobs. From reaction on the ABC web site (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/28/2938876.htm) this seems to be a fairly unpopular move. Even those that assess Conroy's performance in getting the National Broadband Network (NBN) proposal running as "effective and capable" (http://www.zdnet.com.au/how-gillard-can-save-the-comms-ministry-339304076.htm) call him embarrassing. I guess we need to wait for the election and hope the people of Victoria give him a nudge.

In other news, the global laughter continues uncensored."

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