Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?
I don't know, can they shoot down beta?
An open letter to the management of Slashdot.
Would you kindly tell us in clear, unambiguous language what management is trying to do in regards to social media and Slashdot?
California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets
Crackers are just the beginning of the danger. Imagine a government with the power to shut off any phone (any portable data transfer device?) at any time using the T word as an excuse and not having to even justify it for several months. The laws that allow the latter are already in place, enacted, and only awaiting the ability.
This is one of the most dangerous laws imaginable.
Quarks Know Their Left From Their Right
Wikipedia has this to say:
Since neutral kaons carry strangeness, they cannot be their own antiparticles.
Which, to me, may as well me an incantation to be mumbled over three skulls and a chicken.
What real-world thing can be made with this knowledge?
How to fix Slashdot Beta?
It's obvious a large part of the Beta programming was designed to bypass tracker blocking and allow monitization of users. If you're going to do that at least be honest about it. Say upfront that you want to track and advertise at us. To pretend you're not doing this is at best dishonest and at worst an insult to our intelligence.
Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command
Obviously you run into problems if you want any soldier to be able to destroy the hardware at any time creating a tradeoff but authentication is a very well studied topic. A hashed passphrase will suffice as long as you trust your data stores and if you don't trust your data stores it's probably better not to put the hardware out there anyway.
Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account
Indeed, and if Dice can't see past the next three months they may see that as desirable. Discussion boards like Slashdot need their contributors WAY more then the contributors need them. Remember what happened when Digg ignored their users?
If Dice wants Slashdot for its large number of techies the dumbest thing they can do is to drive away said techies.
Many Lasers Become One In Lockheed Martin's 30 kW Laser Weapon
I don't know the physics of it, could someone tell me whether it would be both feasible and helpful to combine various lasers of differing bandwidths into one beam?
CES 2014: HAL© is a Voice- and Gesture-Operated Remote (Video)
It's a super special secret. Optical tracking! how does it work? Who knows? Why does it change the channel every time I take a bite? Why does it already work as well as five year old technology? HOW DID THEY DOOO THAT?
Get this trash off the front page.
Phil Zimmerman Launching Secure "Blackphone"
This is going to end up a complete mess. Either no one will use them in which case they won't make much difference, only evil people will use them, in which case the US government will shut them down, or a lot of people will use them, in which case the US government will subvert them.
Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests
$50 is a lot more to a lot of people than you think. If you have a secure job or a lot of money it may seem like surrendering your privacy for nothing important. But for some people that means a chance to eat more than beans and rice this month, a phone card that could land them a job, or a 5 month overdue oil change.
Perspective is important.
Judge: NSA Phone Program Likely Unconstitutional
December 24, 2013
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon was found dead yesterday in a severe car accident. The 54 year old highly regarded judge was under a lot of stress and drinking was reportedly involved. Mourning on this Christmas Eve are his late wife and child.
Digital Taste Interface
This video has a very high claim/evidence ratio. All I can see is a man with two electrodes in his mouth. Nothing about how it works. I'm going to file this in "speculative fiction"
Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?
responding to your sig:
It's foolish to say who is "richest" in the world without comparing cost of living. It's foolish to assume anyone who thinks in terms like "the 1%" hates said 1%.
File-Sharing Site Was Actually an Anti-Piracy Honeypot
However many or few people used the site this is a real betrayal and it's necessary for pirates and torrenters to find way to become even more robust against this kind of activity.
We're already playing a vigorous game of whack-a-mole but what I think is needed is a series of third party web-sites to filter and mix comment and posted torrents from various IPs to various different user names. Torrent sites could have an API that allows such filtering.
For example Joe Anypirate would use torrentfilter.net to send a torrent to thepiratebay.sx. thepiratebay.sx would have only torrentfilter.net as the source of the file information. torrentfilter would automatically assign a random user name for data to forward to thepiratebay.sx. A pirates-only proxy.
These third party sites wouldn't host torrents providing a level of abstraction and safety from laws targeting torrent sites.
John McAfee's Latest Project: Shielding Against Surveillance
Neither of the linked articles provided any information about what the device is and how it works. Given their descriptions it could be anything from an extra transport level encryption layer to, as someone mentioned, a tinfoil hat. This is a bad article and the editors should feel bad.
John McAfee's Latest Project: Shielding Against Surveillance
I'm sorry to inform you that the Tor network is absolutely riddled with US government-owned computers sharing packet information. If you want privacy you'll have to migrate to Freenet.
Metadata On How You Drive Also Reveals Where You Drive
Throughout history and especially in today's world anyone able to pay extra can get more privacy and anyone sufficiently poor has none. This is simply a continuation of that trend.
The poorer you are the more forms you have to fill out with personal information to get what you need and the less likely those forms are to be jealously guarded. On the extreme end you have people filling out dozens of forms daily dealing with hospitals, charity organizations, food banks, and government assistance organizations just to survive.
In this case if you're rich enough you can choose an insurance company that won't log every mile you travel.
At the other extreme you have people with private airplanes they board with the surrounding areas screened for photographers; houses surrounded by tall walls and guards; every form filled out by someone else and when possible with inaccurate personal information; cars with dark tint on the back windows; and personal physicians bound to secrecy with highly restrictive privacy agreements.
BitTorrent "Bundles" Create Cash Registers Inside Artwork
If, without warning, software stops me halfway through to demand money (i.e. partway through the game or music) I'll pirate it every time out of spite. That's a giant "fuck you" to the consumer.
Wi-Fi Sniffing Lets Researchers Build Graph of Offline Social Networks
These scurvy snoops be too interested in things that don't concern them. Must I hide not only me mac, computer name, browser type, and personal information but local network addresses as well? I'm really tired o' puttin' up new curtains. Me treasure maps will be well hid no matter how I have to do it but I'm wanting to put me wooden leg up some CEO asses.
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