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CryptoLocker Gang Earns $30 Million In Just 100 Days

KublaiKhan Broken article link (202 comments)

Or was this meant to trick us into reading about Zuckerberg?

about a year ago
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Drone Kills Top Al Qaeda Figure

KublaiKhan Re:5th Amendment (885 comments)

Are we in a declared war, then?

For that matter, can you declare a war with al-Qaeda?

Not that I particularly object to this guy's death, but the legalities are potentially troubling.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?

KublaiKhan The classics are best (1016 comments)

A very large hammer

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Calculators With 1-2-3 Number Pads?

KublaiKhan Re:I'd rather have a phone with 789 at the top... (393 comments)

That's what I came in here to say.

But then, given the number of smartphones people are using, you could conceivably get an app to remap the softkeys on the phone's face into the proper alignment.

more than 3 years ago
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North Korea Forced US Reconnaissance Plane To Land

KublaiKhan GPS isn't the only thing they have (417 comments)

US Military pilots have other means of navigation than GPS. During times of actual conflict, these systems are used in order to prevent just these sorts of situations.

During peacetime, though, there's the possibility that the military's use of these resources could interfere with civilian flights--so unless there's an actual war going on in the area, they'll stick with the peacetime stuff.

That's not to say that these other methods are jam-proof--but anyone attempting to jam them will have to work hard enough to make themselves a target for an anti-radiation missile.

more than 3 years ago
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Cheaper, More Powerful Alternative To FPGAs

KublaiKhan Functional Programming will love this (108 comments)

With proper implementation, you could build chips that essentially are functional programs with this, and swap between programs as required. Fans of Haskell would likely realize some interesting benefits.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Google Should Buy the Music Industry

KublaiKhan Re:Great idea... (472 comments)

Perhaps the idea can be refined.

If Google were to partner with Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon and buy up the whole shebang, it could be reformatted into something more useful for everyone--say, some kind of not-for-profit venture (and hence not interested in competition, meaning that the smaller labels wouldn't be squashed) that focused on distributing music to people and money to the artists, and promoting the work of various artists of merit.

You know, like how the RIAA was originally supposed to be.

Providing standard, known licensing terms to everybody as part of the setup, so everyone could compete on the same ground, would probably do more to help the music industry than anything else.

The reason I suggest a 'partnership' of this sort is to prevent any monopolistic tendencies--regardless of the intent to not be evil, owning the vast majority of the music industry does more or less amount to a monopoly, and the SEC won't like that.

more than 3 years ago
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Browsers — the Gaming Platform of the Future?

KublaiKhan Re:More like a platform of no gaming future (95 comments)

NaCl has some possibilities here. It offers a framework for more or less arbitrary x86 code inside a browser framework--so yes, you can have your 4X or your RPGs or even your FPSs inside a browser just fine.

more than 3 years ago
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Getting Computers To Recognize Facial Expressions

KublaiKhan Re:microsoft bob? (56 comments)

Wasn't Microsoft Bob the source of "clippy"?

Perhaps if I make a rage-face at the computer, it'll run away and delete its system files...

more than 3 years ago
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Getting Computers To Recognize Facial Expressions

KublaiKhan Why did it do that? (56 comments)

If you have to ask why it did that, then you either need to learn more about how computers work or pay attention to what you're clicking.

more than 3 years ago
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DHS Eyes Covert Body Scans

KublaiKhan Re:No surprise really (386 comments)

So given that sousveillance (not a typo; look it up) has emerged as a counter to the prevelance of CCTV, is there a way to detect the use of XRays in public fora?

There's some not-too-terribly effective geiger counters out there, but I don't think those do XRays too terribly well. Film badges, while effective for measuring a daily dose, are hardly going to tell you where you got it from.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Linked To One In Five Divorces In US

KublaiKhan So this would be like email, fifteen years ago? (292 comments)

I'm fairly sure there were stories like this going around when email became popular, and people started using it to, y'know, communicate with each other.

Before that, cellphones--telephones--hell, I bet even the telegraph was implicated in adultery.

(WHAT.ARE.YOU.WEARING.STOP
SIX.SKIRTS.HOOPS.CRINOLINE.BUSTLE.CHEMISE.HAT.STOP
NO.GLOVES.YOU.NAUGHTY.WENCH.STOP)

And back before that, it was letters.

Anything people have ever used to communicate has been implicated in adultery, because that's sort of how to set up a liason, ain't it?

more than 3 years ago
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Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released, P==NP

KublaiKhan Re:I'll be first to say WTF (700 comments)

At least atmospheric-noise-derived one time pads will still be valid. Pity to have to go to that, though.

more than 3 years ago
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Cosmological Constant Not Fine Tuned For Life

KublaiKhan Re:Not the best of all possible worlds (536 comments)

Never said I'd live to see it in person. Be nice to know the species, with adequate preparation, could conceivably continue.

\O'course, if some more research went into cryogenics...

more than 3 years ago
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Cosmological Constant Not Fine Tuned For Life

KublaiKhan Not the best of all possible worlds (536 comments)

I find this somewhat comforting. The Earth is becoming less and less 'special' with new worlds being found nearly every day now--worlds that may sustain life. Now it turns out that the universe is 'flawed' from our perspective, too. In a way, it's sort of optimistic--there's a way that it could be better, and the possibility arises that maybe it'd be possible to find a 'better' place.

more than 3 years ago
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Virgin Mobile To Start Throttling Broadband2Go

KublaiKhan Where's that future I was promised? (257 comments)

Now how the hell am I supposed to get a full VR Metaverse pipe when I'm shreddin' the Santa Monica on my Smartwheels(tm) if I can't get any kind of pipe up to the Street? Totally lame.

more than 3 years ago
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Google vs. Bing — a Quasi-Empirical Study

KublaiKhan The market will decide (356 comments)

Google's primary business function is 'search', though they've attempted to diversify with documents and the like.

Microsoft's primary business function is documents and the like, though they've attempted to diversify with search.

There's a very low barrier to individual users to choose between them for either (given that MS has put its document processing online for free, last I heard) so, in the end, it's likely that the superior product (whether marketed better or actually better) will triumph in marketshare.

Bring this back up in 18 months, and we'll likely see some clear differential if there really is an actual difference in the applicability of either one's functions.

more than 3 years ago
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Spam Volume Spikes After Holiday Respite

KublaiKhan Re:Frequency of Spam (55 comments)

That, and the students' own systems. Most non-CS students aren't going to be at anything other than "normal end-user" levels of savvy--and apparently normal end-users actually buy stuff from spam, because it keeps coming, and it keeps being popular.

more than 3 years ago
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California County Bans SmartMeter Installations

KublaiKhan Re:Data over power lines? (494 comments)

That's a situation that P2P would be helpful for--seed meters with a (signed) firmware flash, then have other meters poll their neighbors every N hours for the current revision number and suck it down if they don't have it.

Depending on your network, you could have it distributed in fairly short order.

(This way, you're using your bandwidth more effectively, y'see.)

Idle thought: connectionless multicast updates, with a repeating transmission of the same content over and over again, and bittorrent-style glue on the receiving end. Absent any interference, all the meters would get it at once; with interference, it may take a few repetitions to assemble all the packets.

more than 3 years ago

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China bans horror movies

KublaiKhan KublaiKhan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KublaiKhan writes "According to this article on Reuters, the Chinese censors have decided that horror movies are verboten:

Offending content included "wronged spirits and violent ghosts, monsters, demons, and other inhuman portrayals, strange and supernatural storytelling for the sole purpose of seeking terror and horror," the administration said.
This is apparently a sort of Chinese version of the Jack Thompson effect, as the "mental health of adolescents" is cited as one of the reasons for the ban. Presumably, this ban — much like the spitting ban — is intended to improve China's image in the rest of the world before the Olympics open; but given the Streisand effect, would this ban perhaps unintentionally spur a surge of horror movie popularity in China?"

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Hitachi develops "Dust"

KublaiKhan KublaiKhan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KublaiKhan writes "Hitachi has developed a new RFID chip that is said to be the smallest one yet developed. Called "Dust," it's only .15mm x .15mm x 7.5 micrometers, and can hold 128 bits. This new size promises a number of new possible applications, including easily authenticated gift certificates — and bugged money."
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Journals

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CR-48

KublaiKhan KublaiKhan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I received a CR-48 on my porch last night, and have started playing around with it. My reactions are at http://threekindsofcool.net

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Outsourcing Data Processing?

KublaiKhan KublaiKhan writes  |  more than 6 years ago Nick Carr, author of a rather controversial paper a while back that questioned whether IT was necessary, interviewed recently with The Register about the possibilities of "Utility Computing"--that is, outsourcing the computing requirements of the business to other firms. He uses the analogy of the transition from in-house to grid-based power generation at the turn of the last century and its effects on businesses--the issues of reliability, security, et al., which are applicable in similar ways to data. Regulatory considerations aside, what would a company need to provide in terms of data security to entice other companies to outsource their data processing functions to them?

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What's one supposed to write in these things, anyway?

KublaiKhan KublaiKhan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I've no idea what to write in this. Feel free to leave me an idea for a topic.

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