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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

MrKevvy Mostly done by 1985... (226 comments)

Frozen Star by George Greenstein had as a central theme that due to gravitational time dilation that we could never see a star collapse beyond its own event horizon: it would asymptotically approach it as arbitrarily close as we liked given unlimited time but never cross it. So as a natural consequence there was always a tiny but measurable probability that trapped light and thus information could escape.

Although this is a layperson's work, it is based on his published papers which provide a mathematical background.

about a week ago
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Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

MrKevvy This is excellent timing given the upcoming T.P.P. (55 comments)

One of the draconian provisions of the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Canadian government unfortunately signed on to (and just hosted a meeting of in Ottawa) is that ISPs are legally expected to monitor and rat out their customers for accessing verboten content, ie torrents.

I hope that this is the beginning of the end for that idea.

about two weeks ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

MrKevvy Re:Nitrogen asphyxiation, if you must execute (483 comments)

I meant by third parties... this all started because the EU companies that produce the former lethal injection cocktail were banned under the EU constitution from selling pharma for executions. Rather difficult to cut off the supply of nitrogen like this!

about 2 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

MrKevvy Nitrogen asphyxiation, if you must execute (483 comments)

- It's completely painless and humane; one's physiology doesn't notice the lack of oxygen so the person just goes to sleep and then dies. People who were revived from asphyxia like this reported they had no idea until they woke up

- It's practically free of charge as nitrogen is 80% of our atmosphere; there will never be a shortage of it

- Because it's universally available and free worldwide it can't be banned or restricted

- It's much safer (ie nitrogen leaks are harmless assuming the area is ventilated.)

about 2 months ago
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Toronto Family Bans All Technology In Their Home Made After 1986

MrKevvy Guelph family, not Toronto (534 comments)

It's even in the title of TFA: "Guelph family lives like it's 1986". Guelph is about 100km/60+mi. west of Toronto so isn't a suburb (it has its own university among other things.)

about a year ago
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Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

MrKevvy Re:Why is the industry still using pseudo-randoms? (183 comments)

"Speed of generation."

I'm willing to bet hardware RNG is still several orders of magnitude faster than "move your mouse randomly" takes.

about a year ago
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Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

MrKevvy Why is the industry still using pseudo-randoms? (183 comments)

True random numbers are as simple as a reversed Zener diode connected to an A/D converter... quantum tunneling across the diode creates truly random signal, equivalent to thermal noise.

So why isn't every CPU nowadays equipped with this, so that the RND function is done in hardware?

about a year ago
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Chinese Firm Huawei In Control of UK Net Filters

MrKevvy The same Huawei the U.S. calls a security threat.. (148 comments)

... as they are basically a ministry of the Chinese government.

U.S. lawmakers seek to block China Huawei, ZTE U.S. inroads

"Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, at a press conference to release the report, said companies that had used Huawei equipment had reported "numerous allegations" of unexpected behavior, including routers supposedly sending large data packs to China late at night."

1 year,5 days
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Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?

MrKevvy Re:Microsoft Security Essentials (294 comments)

I can't believe I posted "You didn't state the OS you were asking about" when it was in the title. This is what I get for posting before I've had my caffeine. :^p

1 year,15 days
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Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?

MrKevvy Microsoft Security Essentials (294 comments)

Yes, I know... it failed certification. But often what is used in certification is proof-of-concept or old and very rare samples that may not be "in the wild". It deliberately doesn't detect them to have a lighter footprint and be easier on resources. I use it on 1 GHz machines with 512MB of RAM with no noticeable slowdown. It doesn't miss the stuff that you're actually going to be at risk of getting infected with, in my experience.

You didn't state the OS you were asking about, but IIRC Avast is Windows-only. MSE may fit your requirements.

1 year,15 days
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Apple Sued For Man's Porn Addiction

MrKevvy Re:Personal Responsibility (509 comments)

"It is bad enough that insulated cups have warnings about the contents being hot..."

You have a point: Hallowe'en Superman costumes contain the disclaimer "Costume does not enable wearer to fly."

1 year,16 days
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Man Charged With HIPAA Violations For Video Taping Police

MrKevvy Re:sigh (620 comments)

SCOTUS doesn't need to make a ruling upholding a constitutional right, as the constitution already does.

The Justice Department affirmed this strongly when they sent a letter to the Baltimore PD which asserted that it is a first amendment right to record, and a violation of the fourth and fourteenth amendments to access and/or destroy such recordings without due process and/or a warrant.

This made national headlines and so it's assured every police department in the U.S. is well aware of this.

The victim should be contacting the DOJ and ACLU in short order.

about a year and a half ago
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Nebraska Sheriff Wardriving, Sending Letters About Unsecured Wi-Fi

MrKevvy Re:unsecured wifi? (248 comments)

Only if you use a weak password. There's no known attacks against WPA other than dictionary and brute-force which will work on anything. It allows a 63-character password, so for all practical purposes a 63-character WPA password of random mixed-case letters, numbers and punctuation is unbreakable (currently.)

WEP, of course, is cryptographically weak and crackable

about 2 years ago
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Australian Study Backs Major Assumption of Cosmology

MrKevvy Re:Er... only two words in... (94 comments)

Wow.. modded troll for mentioning this.
I wonder what the response would have been if he started the article with "In white people's attempts to gain some understanding..." Would I have been a troll then for pointing out that it might disrespect some of the readers to assume that they don't have the intelligence or initiative to want to want to understand the cosmos?
For a supposedly intelligent and educated community, there are still a few prejudices that are easily exposed. And then some will wonder why there still are women who are pissed off, and there are proportionally few of them in the sciences (and IT.)

about 2 years ago
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Australian Study Backs Major Assumption of Cosmology

MrKevvy Er... only two words in... (94 comments)

From TFA:

"In mankind's attempts to gain some understanding of this marvelous place in which we live,..."

Hey Brian... the 1950s are deservedly over. Stick an "hu" at the beginning and you won't alienate half your readers.

(From one guy to another before you get in trouble over it.)

about 2 years ago
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The Pacific Ocean Is Polluted With Coffee

MrKevvy Re:Caffeinated Fish (294 comments)

"School of fish" is no longer just a collective noun.

about 2 years ago

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DoJ sues Apple and five other publishers over eBook price-fixing/anticompetition

MrKevvy MrKevvy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrKevvy (85565) writes ""The U.S. filed an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against Apple Inc. AAPL +0.73% and five of the nation's largest publishers, alleging they conspired to limit competition for the pricing of e-books.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court by the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, alleges Apple and the publishers reached an agreement where retail price competition would cease, retail e-books prices would increase significantly and Apple would be guarantee a 30% "commission" on each e-book sold.""

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Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Passed Into Law

MrKevvy MrKevvy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrKevvy (85565) writes "The Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" bill was passed into law today.

"A law to allow public school teachers to challenge the scientific consensus on issues like climate change and evolution will soon take effect in Tennessee.
State governor Bill Haslam allowed the bill — passed by the state House and Senate — to become law without signing it, saying he did not believe the legislation "changes the scientific standards that are taught in our schools.""

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Canadian Music Industry wants SOPA-style blocking added to bill C-11

MrKevvy MrKevvy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrKevvy (85565) writes "Michael Geist writes:

"Yesterday the Canadian Music Publishers Association added to the demand list by pulling out the SOPA playbook and calling for website blocking provisions. Implausibly describing the demand as a "technical amendment", the CMPA argued that Internet providers take an active role in shaping the Internet traffic on their systems and therefore it wants to "create a positive obligation for service providers to prevent the use of their services to infringe copyright by offshore sites." If the actual wording is as broad as the proposal (the CMPA acknowledged that it has an alternate, more limited version), this would open the door to blocking thousands of legitimate sites. The CMPA admitted that the proposal bears a similarity to SOPA and PIPA, but argued that it was narrower than the controversial U.S. bills.""

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Physicist Uses Laser Light as Fast True-Random Num

MrKevvy MrKevvy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrKevvy writes "An Ottawa, Canada physicist is using laser light to create truly random numbers much faster than other methods do, with obvious potential benefits to cryptography:

"Sussman's new method, involving pulses of laser light in an Ottawa lab, has the potential to create truly random numbers in large quantities, and fast... Sussman's Ottawa lab uses a pulse of laser light that lasts a few trillionths of a second. His team shines it at a diamond. The light goes in and comes out again, but along the way, it changes... It is changed because it has interacted with quantum vacuum fluctuations, the microscopic flickering of the amount of energy in a point in space... What happens to the light is unknown — and unknowable. Sussman's lab can measure the pulses of laser light that emerge from this mysterious transformation, and the measurements are random in a way that nothing in our ordinary surroundings is. Those measurements are his random numbers.""

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Canada Hate-Speech Law Violates Charter of Rights

MrKevvy MrKevvy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MrKevvy (85565) writes "The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has found that federal hate-speech legislation violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the equivalent of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights. This decision exonerates Marc Lemire, webmaster of FreedomSite.org but may have farther-reaching consequences and serve as precedent for future complaints of hate-speech."
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Windows XP SP3 finalized, release date set

MrKevvy MrKevvy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKevvy (85565) writes "CNET News and numerous other sources are reporting that XP SP3 has been finalized and released to manufacturers today. It will be available for public download on April 29th. Feature additions include WPA2, "black hole" router detection, PNRP and others. PC Magazine indicates that it will be a 70MB Windows Update, or a 580MB(!) full download."

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