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404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

Hentes There aren't many 404s (71 comments)

There aren't many 404s left anyway. Domain dealers are quick to put their hands on every dead link. Which is a shame, because a 404 would be more informative.

yesterday
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Why the IETF Isn't Working

Hentes Re:Orders of magnitude? (103 comments)

With the programs that autoupdate multiple times per day, the answer is pretty much yes.

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

Hentes Re:so what.... (77 comments)

Heck, if they could print a working rotor I would be very impressed.

about two weeks ago
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"Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

Hentes Key sharing? (179 comments)

There's nothing in the protocol description about key sharing. If you already have a way to share keys, why not just use a one time pad that's proven to be unbreakable?

about two weeks ago
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Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things

Hentes Re:But why do we need the internet of things (163 comments)

True, all of the Internet of Things functionality could be replaced by machines having an open interface and open specifications, controlled by a central computer which may or may not be connected to the internet. But the great thing about doing it distributed is that now manufacturers can charge extra for each "smart" device. That's what's driving the Internet of Things.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

Hentes Re:Realistically (402 comments)

Even simpler, we don't yet have the capability to send nearly as much payload to Mars as would be needed for a manned mission. We're at least two orders of magnitude shy of even a one-way mission. Once we figure out how to get that much mass to Mars, we can start worrying about the health effects.

about three weeks ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

Hentes Re:Security improvement. (193 comments)

At least due to its inability to run programs, ChromeOS is mostly free of viruses. It's definitely a security improvement, although at the cost of usability.

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

Hentes Re:GeoLocation is not evidence (158 comments)

In all those cases, the owner of the subscription should be at least questioned as a witness.

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

Hentes Re:GeoLocation is not evidence (158 comments)

It wasn't used as evidence, it was used in the hope of getting the judge to issue a subpoena to the ISP, providing real evidence.

about a month ago
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Electric 'Thinking Cap' Controls Learning Speed

Hentes For certain values of learning (112 comments)

The task in the study that the subjects had to learn is one specifically tailored to make use of the brain area stimulated. Whether this can help in, for example, memorizing the contents of a book remains to be seen.

about a month ago
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Electric 'Thinking Cap' Controls Learning Speed

Hentes Re:its coming... (112 comments)

When somebody can attach a headband on you against your will, you are already enslaved.

about a month ago
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Functional 3D-Printed Tape Measure

Hentes Re:How long (134 comments)

But that won't print you a tape measure. This was likely done with a UV printer, which costs quite a lot more.

about a month ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Hentes Re:Or maybe.. (278 comments)

Yep, most of the time "help" means that the parents do the stuff instead of the kids.

about 1 month ago
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Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?

Hentes Re:Stupid (183 comments)

True, but that's why it's nice that we have a herd of pioneers willing to try it out and provide us with lots of data. This is an interesting topic, and if people a doing voluntarily to get better at COD, we can learn a lot about how our brain works.

about a month ago
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Camera Module Problems May Delay Samsung's Galaxy S5

Hentes All phones are smartphones (70 comments)

Where can you buy a "cheap feature phone" that isn't a smartphone?

about a month ago
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Algorithm Reveals Objects Hidden Behind Other Things In Camera Phone Images

Hentes Re:Crap (85 comments)

Some of us are interested in the theory, not to mention that both the article and the paper contain actual images. It's not the fault of the authors that you didn't bother to read them through.

This is an impressive step forward in image processing - while reconstructing an image from diffuse light seemed plausible in theory, figuring out how to do it in practice is a hard problem. These guys deserve some respect.

about a month ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

Hentes Re:Why focus on length of life (334 comments)

Because there are rich people who live a good life, but also want it to last forever.

about a month ago
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Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

Hentes Less competition (153 comments)

Seems like neither Google nor Microsoft wants to compete with the other, so they partitioned the PC market with Google getting the mobile part and Microsoft the desktop. Business as usual.

about a month ago
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Drones Used To Smuggle Drugs Into Prison

Hentes Block the signal (137 comments)

Set up a few antennas that add some noise on the controlling frequencies, problem solved.

about a month and a half ago

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Romanian witches used Google to tell fortune

Hentes Hentes writes  |  about 2 years ago

Hentes (2461350) writes "The internet has made many things easier, but unfortunately this also includes crime: it seems that nowadays not even people wanting to know their future are safe from fraud. Two gipsy fortune tellers are being investigated, after the Romanian police uncovered that they have utilised some extraordinary help in their clairvoyant acts. The pair used information collected from internet search and social networks to gain the trust of their costumers, claiming that they could see their personal data through their crystal ball. In some cases, they also used high-tech surveillance techniques such as hidden cameras and phone tapping. But they didn't stop at merely spying on their victims: their most bizarre case involved a scuba diver dressed as a "Loch Ness monster".
The duo are suspected of fraud, illegal wiretapping, and also bribery of the prosecutor"

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After strict laws reduce piracy, French music industry is still in decline

Hentes Hentes writes  |  about 2 years ago

Hentes (2461350) writes "France has one of the strictest anti-piracy law. After 17 months of operation, Hadopi released a report, claiming that illegal P2P downloads have been reduced significantly in the country: the studies they cite measured 43% and 66% decrease in copyright infringement. But that huge amount of "lost revenue" doesn't seem to show up in the French recording industry, as the overall recorded music market has decreased by 3.9% in 2011. Even more interesting is that digital music sales have skyrocketed in France. Could it be that it's not piracy killing the traditional recording industry but digital distribution?"
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Giant single-celled organism found deep underwater

Hentes Hentes writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hentes (2461350) writes "Giant unicellular organisms were found deep in the Mariana Trench. The cells, about 10cm in size, were found at depths up to 10,641 meters. The organisms, called xenophyophores, only exist in deep sea and thus are very hard to study. The researchers of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography used untethered autonomous probes called 'dropcams' to capture images of the organisms."
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