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Inventor Demonstrates Infinitely Variable Transmission

Mawbid Transmission innovation (609 comments)

The Thompson coupling was invented not long ago, and I remember being amazed that there was anything new to be done in the area of mechanical power transmission. And now this. Are we all done now, or is there more still?

more than 4 years ago

Anti-Cancer Agent Stops Metastasis In Its Tracks

Mawbid Re:Dear Scientists and Researchers (269 comments)

Having the researchers pay for publication is not such an outlandish idea. I've heard it promoted on NPR's Science Friday. The argument is that publishing is part of the research effort and funding for both should go together.

more than 4 years ago

London Stock Exchange To Abandon Windows

Mawbid Re:Fun game (438 comments)

Wouldn't that be "I sure as chkdsk never heard of it"?

more than 5 years ago

FCC Reserves the Right To Search Your Home, Any Time

Mawbid Re:And I reserve the right... (589 comments)

...bypassing his DRM featured house...

Wouldn't that be more like ARM-featured house, as in Analog Rights Management?

more than 5 years ago

Robot Makes Scientific Discovery (Mostly) On Its Own

Mawbid Re:Robot discovers Humans "unnecessary"... (250 comments)

This is a worst case solution since it would imply that the brain is not understood yet.

That's not too bad. When we build one of those, we can afford it with a probe facility that it can use to observe and manipulate its own brain or clones thereof. It can then find out how its brain works and tell us, or code up a minimal AI if we want that.

more than 5 years ago

UK Court Rejects Encryption Key Disclosure Defense

Mawbid Re:I wish the US Supreme Court was that smart. (708 comments)

I think what the AC is getting at is that if you torture an innocent man and he makes a false confession to make the pain stop, you're done. You throw the guy in jail. If the guy gives up a false passphrase, you're back to square one.

This is a genuine distinction between passphrases and other information they might want you to reveal.

This is not a distinction that should ever come into play however. Punishing a person for not doing something that might be completely impossible for them to do is wrong.

more than 5 years ago

UK Court Rejects Encryption Key Disclosure Defense

Mawbid Re:I wish the US Supreme Court was that smart. (708 comments)

"Something you know" isn't what counts when it comes to protecting you from self incrimination; it is whether the "something you know" is incriminating you.

This leads to an interesting idea. Claim that you passphrase is a confession. If you plan ahead, you can even make that claim true. Encrypt your plan to assassinate the president with "I plan to assassinate the president OV:}A7MC".

more than 5 years ago


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