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The Linux Backdoor Attempt of 2003

KingofSpades Underhanded C Contest (360 comments)

I'm suprised that no one mentioned the Underhanded C Contest
http://underhanded.xcott.com/

Quoting their web site:
"The goal of the contest is to write code that is as readable, clear, innocent and straightforward as possible, and yet it must fail to perform at its apparent function. To be more specific, it should do something subtly evil. "

about a year ago
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Why Forbes Says Immigrants Make Better Entrepreneurs

KingofSpades The example of a selection bias (171 comments)

As written above, the result is not so surprising since emigrating is an enterprise in its own right.

Another question is whether foreigners make better entrepreneurs. Doing such a study would need to include those who haven't migrated in order of avoiding a selection bias.

more than 2 years ago
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First Full Observable-Universe Simulation

KingofSpades Re:First simulate a paperclip... (95 comments)

And that's not enough... if you want to simulate each quark individually (after all, you wrote "you take the number of particles").

more than 2 years ago
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First Full Observable-Universe Simulation

KingofSpades Re:Sounds a bit small... (95 comments)

The number of particles is not relevant.
You can do a one billion simulation of a single galaxy or of the whole universe. The purpose is different.
In this respect, a particle can represent a single star in one galaxy or a single galaxy in the universe. Large scale structures in the universe don't depend on the exact location of each star in each galaxy.

more than 2 years ago
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Iranian Military Says It's Copying US Drone

KingofSpades Cryptography ? (350 comments)

No one has commented about them "breaking the software encryption". I am surprised that it would be so easy to do. Could it be true ?
Does anyone has insight into what type of encryption is used or how it could be broken ? I'm pretty sure it's not ROT13.

more than 2 years ago
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iTunes' Windows Problem

KingofSpades Re:Uhm, no... (332 comments)

I think it does the opposite: such an horrible piece of software prevents anyone from switching to a Mac.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: At What Point Has a Kickstarter Project Failed?

KingofSpades Re:Its venture capital (247 comments)

I disagree. You are not a shareholder and you are not entitled a share of the profits. You only get the rewards.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: At What Point Has a Kickstarter Project Failed?

KingofSpades I like their FAQ (247 comments)

How much do Eyez weigh?
Eyez will weigh less than 200 grams

Mmmm. How can someone find anything serious in this answer ?

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Build World's Most Sensitive Scale

KingofSpades Re:Which dynamic ? (68 comments)

Sure, I can compute this number with 2 significant digits. But with a scale which can measure masses to the nearest yoctogram I'd like 24 significant digits ! That's not what I call a Fermi problem. Going back to the original question, a wild guess would be a dynamic of 100. But I can't afford 18 dollars to read the paper. I could pay a yoctodollar, though !

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Build World's Most Sensitive Scale

KingofSpades Which dynamic ? (68 comments)

Very interesting. However the article does not mention the maximum weight this scale is able to measure.

I'd love to know how many protons I am made of. I guess this scale won't help !

more than 2 years ago
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Asteroid Will Make Close Pass To Earth

KingofSpades Re:45 meters? (119 comments)

What do you think of this ?
It was made made by a 45 meter impactor.
Yes, A 45 METER IMPACTOR.

more than 2 years ago
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Asteroid Will Make Close Pass To Earth

KingofSpades Re:Wait... 45 METRES?! (119 comments)

even though we're about 26,000 mi in diameter

Who are *we* ?

more than 2 years ago
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France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation - Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer

KingofSpades Re:So, a hypothetical... (706 comments)

A) The fact that he used the breathalyzer and it indicated he was not over the limit is a sufficient defense against a charge of drunk driving.

After an accident, the driver is tested. So this test will determine is he was drunk (or DUI) at the time of the accident.

more than 2 years ago
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France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation - Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer

KingofSpades Re:Joke (706 comments)

The United States, one country with 3% of the world population

The US 3% of the world population ?

more than 2 years ago
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France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation - Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer

KingofSpades Re:Give an alternative for non drinkers (706 comments)

The alternative to the 2 euro breathalyzer is the 11 euro fine. It's your call !
The matter is not if you're going to be asked by the police to show it but when.

more than 2 years ago
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Europe's 'Right To Be Forgotten' Threatens Online Free Speech

KingofSpades Becoming an adult (410 comments)

Another unintended side effect is that it makes people believe that such a "right" exists.
It doesn't. The sooner people understand it, the better. This problem should be solved through education, not by forcing other people to forget, which can't be done.
Don't treat people like children, let them become adults.

more than 2 years ago

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Internet Provider Releases "Deleted" Files to Authorities

KingofSpades KingofSpades writes  |  more than 2 years ago

KingofSpades (874684) writes "French daily "Le Parisien" reports that a French Internet Provider has provided copies of personal files to the police after they had been "deleted" by their author — who happens to be missing and is suspected of having murdered his wife and four children. It appears that his online diary was stored on the provider's ("Free") cloud... and recovered from backups. This brings interesting implications about the privacy of cloud data and of the meaning of the word "delete". It relates to the discussion on Slashdot after the recent article about what Facebook sends to the police after a subpoena."
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Codebreaker hailed for cryptologic success

KingofSpades KingofSpades writes  |  more than 2 years ago

KingofSpades (874684) writes "The Mail online is praising the work of Dr. John Olson, a forensic linguist who was able to read a ciphered letter sent from inside his cell by a suspect. The letter contains "a strange sequence of numbers on the back". It took three days to read it completely, but I am sure that some poeple on Slashdot will crack it faster. Spoiler alert: those interested should directly jump to the scan, not reading anything else. Other reader will enjoy reading this piece."
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First European Soyuz launch sens Galileo in space

KingofSpades KingofSpades writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KingofSpades (874684) writes "A Russian Soyuz rocket launches from French Guiana carrying the first two satellites for Europe's Galileo global positioning system. Galileo is the first civilian such system. The free service will provide meter accuracy, while paying customers will be provided with centimeter accuarcy."
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Samsung will try to block the iPhone 4S in France

KingofSpades KingofSpades writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KingofSpades (874684) writes "Samsung has announced that they will be attacking Apple in French and italian courts for summary judgments. Samsung believes that Apple, with its iPhone 4S, is "severely violating" some of their patents. To be specific, these three patents about W-CDMA technology. The linked article notes that Apple is Samsung's second largest customer, providing 4% of their revenue."
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Phone operator sues brothers for releasing app

KingofSpades KingofSpades writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KingofSpades (874684) writes "French brothers Michael and Sébastien M., unable to watch television on their new cell phone — despite paying the corresponding "unlimited TV" phone plan — wrote an app to automate changes of user parameters, including user agent, in order of accessing the TV feed of their cell operator, SFR. They released a free app and a donate version (1.99 euros) of the app (likely named "G.Player TV"). They have been sued by operator SFR in the court of the sunny region of Ariège (France). Their lawyer stated that "that there is no evidence that non-subscribers have been able to use the app. Therefore there it did not provide a free access to a paying service".

Both have been convicted and must pay a 800 euros fine (suspended) and 192 euros to operator SFR."

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100-year old time capsule opened at Paris opera

KingofSpades KingofSpades writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KingofSpades (874684) writes "The Opéra national de Paris and the Bibliothèque nationale de France have exhumed a musical time capsule: recordings of some of the greatest singers of the early 20th century, made in 1907 and sealed for opening 100 years later. The possibility of a commercial release on CD is being studied at this time. French television has said that the operation will be repeated in 2008 with new recordings that will be sealed next year for people to discover in 2108."
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What can I do (make) with a spare LCD monitor ?

KingofSpades KingofSpades writes  |  more than 7 years ago

KingofSpades (874684) writes "I have a spare LCD monitor lying around. I know many old laptops end up being reincarnated in digital picture frames, but I don't have a spare computer. What do you suggest as a good after life for this monitor (with VGA connector) ? PS: I've already thought of turning it into a TV by adding a DVB-T->VGA adapter. I find these things are really expensive (typically $150)."

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