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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

NoKaOi Re:Hoax (972 comments)

If he can show a working prototype, and show that it works, he can get a patent. That seems to be what he's aiming at here.

No, you can't. One of the key ingredients in a patent application is that you have to describe how to make your invention, and it has to be described clearly and with enough information that somebody else skilled in the art would be able to reproduce it. If his patent application doesn't include that, then it doesn't matter if he has a working prototype or not.

about a week ago

FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

NoKaOi Re:Fewer candidates to draw from... (574 comments)

The FBI is a federal law enforcement agency. Their mission is to enforce federal law.

Not anymore. They changed it recently. The first part is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foresight intelligence threats. The criminal justice part comes second.

So what kind of people are they going to get? Any twenty-something who hasn't illegally downloaded music or movies probably fits into one of the following categories:
1. Computer illiterate.
2. Spoiled brat because their parents kept their iTunes gift card loaded all the way through high school and college.
3. Too poor growing up to have a computer and went straight into the military.
4. Able to defeat a polygraph.

about a week ago

National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

NoKaOi Re:DOJ Oaths (112 comments)

Replace "First" with "Second", and your statement is still perfectly valid.

No, it's not the same thing at all. The 2nd specifies that it applies to a well regulated militia, so it doesn't actually apply literally to gun control, the question is if control violates the intent of it. The 1st, on the other hand, has the qualification of "congress shall make no law..." So any law granting authority for NSLs violates the constitution. In same cases the argument is made that something other than congress passing a law violates the intent of the 1st, but in the case of NSLs, the FBI uses various laws passed by congress as it's rationale, therefore any portions of those laws that do grant the FBI authority for NSLs is unconstitutional whether the 1st is taken literally or on its intent. Of course, that just applies to the disclosure portion. The purpose of the NSL is to force a search and/or seizure without a warrant, which is in direct violation of the 4th amendment.

Nowhere in the text of either the 1st or 4th amendments does it specify exceptions for suspected terrorism. This sort of thing is exactly what the Bill of Rights is meant to protect us against.

about two weeks ago

No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

NoKaOi Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

According to the reward committee, Obama's achievement was not being Bush.

No, his biggest achievement was defeating John McCain (and Romney but that didn't happen until after the peace prize was awarded). Although Obama has proven that he doesn't give a shit about peace, McCain would have made Obama look like Ghandi by comparison. At minimum, we'd be in a full-scale war with Iran. So, by winning the elections, he really did contribute to world peace significantly, not that he even comes close to deserving a peace prize, but it really is his biggest achievement in contributing to the good of the US and the world.

about two weeks ago

A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

NoKaOi Re:Distance and Charge Time (174 comments)

but the duration driving necessary by a fleet of garbage trucks isn't there unless you have a bunch of "tender" vehicles running them fresh batteries all day long.

Except garbage trucks don't actually drive that many miles. Time, yes, miles, no. That makes them perfect candidates for electric. As far as the "tender" vehicles, it mentions having an onboard turbine so this is essentially a plug-in hybrid, where the key is efficiency.

about two weeks ago

Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

NoKaOi Re:HL7? (240 comments)

I thought this was the point of HL7?

When I worked for a major medical practice software company we spent a lot of time insuring HL7 support for hospitals...

It was the point of HL7, but is a fail in a lot of circumstances. Saying "HL7" is a bit like saying "XML" combined with "TCP." That's great to be able to exchange XML over TCP, but without all the details being included it doesn't mean any two systems that can exchange XML over TCP and have it be meaningful.

Most EMR systems are flaming piles of crap, especially the big players like Epic. That's because they are designed to satisfy bureaucrats who have a checklist of features. Unfortunately, being usable is not a checklist feature. It is not in Epic's best interest to make their system usable, because the less usable it is the more money they make on "implementation," which really means making stuff sorta kinda work the way it should have in the first place, but still be a PITA for the users.

about three weeks ago

New Graphene Research Promises Reliable Chip-Level Production

NoKaOi Re:Interesting. (26 comments)

I wonder if this will help me 3D print a drone? I was originally going to use Raspberry Pi, but might use a graphene based product instead. I would like to start a delivery service which accepts bitcoin as payment for Apple products.

I think you could do it, but you'll need to use nanotechnology.

about three weeks ago

Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

NoKaOi Re:Risk aversion (203 comments)

What is so wrong with a project failing? I really don't get it. This is a site to donate money for people to do a cool project. If none of the projects are allowed to fail, it would only be really conservative projects.

If you aren't willing to take that risk, don't fund a kickstarter. It is not a shopping site.

They are not saying a project must not fail. They are laying out specific requirements for when a project does fail, which essentially amounts to saying project creators must make their best effort to succeed, and if it fails then explaining to backers why it failed, how the funds were used, and refunding any remaining funds if there are any. It seems pretty reasonable to me.

about a month ago

Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

NoKaOi Re:Pay These Geniuses What They're Worth! (261 comments)

Pay the geniuses they want to import what they're worth

One of the best suggestions I've read for fixing the H-1B fiasco is that H-1B workers should have a minimum salary of $100k/yr. The whole idea of H-1B is that you can't find a non-foreign worker that has the skills you need. If somebody is so specialized and/or so good at a particular skill, then they should be worth more than $100k/yr. If not, then the claim of local scarcity is bullshit.

about a month ago

Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

NoKaOi Re:What a question? (126 comments)

If on the other hand, one is looking for an avenue to influence company direction

And how many shares would you realistically have to buy of Apple in order to have an influence on company direction? Do you think that's applicable to anyone reading this?

about a month ago

Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

NoKaOi Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

I'm not claiming they didn't simply photoshop the images

I am! In fact, I'd be willing to be dollars to pesos they did not use Photoshop on the images. I'm sure they used Aperture.

about a month ago

Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

NoKaOi Re:Farmers != Farm Workers (122 comments)

RTFP (read the fucking paper).

While I'm sure you're much more of an expert then the researches who actually conducted this study, they do specify that the strains present are from livestock based on genetic testing. The introduction in the paper specifies why those strains are livestock-associated and what that means.

Here's the link, since you seem to have missed it even though the link is the first two words of the summary:

So it seems to me that responsible researchers would go a bit farther before reporting: Like by doing genetic testing on the strains of bug in the various workers and the livestock, and running models on the results to try to identfy whether the bugs are from the herd or the workers.

So it seems to me that a responsible commenter would go a bit farther before accusing the researchers of not thinking of something that they in fact did think of and went to great effort to do genetic testing on hundreds of samples for. But I guess you couldn't be bothered to at least RTFA (read the fucking abstract).

I'm actually pretty impressed that the summary linked to the actual paper and not just the journalist article. I'm not impressed that you didn't at least read the abstract before commenting.

about a month ago

Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

NoKaOi Re:Hewlett & Packard are spinning in graves (110 comments)

Hey, bribery is just part of unfettered capitalism, isn't it?

Except bribery does not exist in capitalist US. Instead, we call it "lobbying" and "campaign contributions."

about a month ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

NoKaOi (540 comments)

RT is directly controlled by the Russian govern.. well, Putin. I would say that makes Fox News slightly more trustworthy.

In US, Fox News controls the government.

about a month ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

NoKaOi Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

I bet Apple does though. The last thing they want is "iPad" becoming so generic they lose the trademark, like hoover or cellophane or escalator or sellotape.

You mean like "Kleenex" or "Band-Aid"? Oh wait, those are still under trademark, aren't they?

about a month ago

SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

NoKaOi Re:Safe choice? The CST-100 has never flown (123 comments)

It doesn't saying Boeing's design is the safe choice. It says Boeing the company is the safe choice. Publicly, that means they have been around a long time, are reliable, and we can have confidence that they'll succeed (@see Lockheed Martin with the F-35). Privately, that means they can be relied on to give campaign contributions, kickbacks, and/or highly paid consulting jobs after retirement the right people.

about a month ago

Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

NoKaOi Re:Seems fine to me. (184 comments)

Drones do not use wifi.

Unless you're trying to be an ass and split hairs over the definition of "drone," yes they fucking do. Most off-the shelf drones (for the colloquial use of the word "drone," anyway), including the most popular ones like the Parrot AR.Drone and The Phantom use Wifi.

about a month ago

Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

NoKaOi Re:Seems fine to me. (184 comments)

Other than this (FTA):

it also has an "All Out Mode" that would let you knock devices off of any wireless network, not just yours.

The big problem with that is not just that it's not your network, but also that if you switch the device on and it interfered with a drone that's already in the air, it could come crashing down and either seriously hurt somebody or at least cost the drone owner a lot of money. If somebody is spying into your backyard, fine, crash that sucker into the ground (after making sure nobody is around to get hurt), but obviously that's not always the case.

It uses the unique hardware signature that all Wi-Fi devices have to recognize what it's seeing before sending a "deauthentication packet" blocking access.

Okay, so it identifies by mac address, then sends a deauthentication packet (some sort of ARP spoof maybe)? That ought to count as "false signals," do that to somebody else's device and you should get busted for computer intrusion. If it's your own network, then easy peasy, just block the MAC address.

about a month ago

The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

NoKaOi Re:Scammers recruiting local "payment agents" ... (160 comments)

I wonder how much they are duped.

It's not that hard for them to find a dupe. They blast out messages through email and Yahoo chat all the time from textile companies looking for "agents" in the US. They usually have some excuse about how they got your contact info. They blast out enough so the hit ratio can be minuscule. Not everyone is savvy about things related to technology. Most who fall for it are probably idiots, but even people who are intelligent in other things have fallen for it.

The scam goes something like this: You're dupeA, they need an agent in the US to process payments, because the tax law is such that it makes the business taxes they have to pay significantly less than if the payments were processed offshore. Sometimes they do indicate that their avoidance of taxes is a gray area, which discourages people from talking about it with their friends who might tell them what's up. It is your job to simply print the checks (dupeB sent you the blanks) and mail them in the amounts and destination they tell you. In exchange, you get a commission, which essentially means writing yourself a check and depositing it into your bank. DupeB's job was to order the checks online, supposedly because they can only be sent to a US address, and DupeB is given a real bank account number to have put on the checks. DupeC is who gets the check you sent them. DupeC is selling something on craigslist, and the Nigerians have contacted him saying they want to buy his item and they'll arrange for their shipping agent to ship it to them, but the only way they can send DupeC money is by having their client, who already owes them money, send them a check. However, the amount the client owes them is more than the sale price of the craigslist item. So, DupeC needs to go deposit the check from the client (actually DupeA) in his bank, then send the difference to Nigeria via Western Union, minus a little extra for the inconvenience.

And of course, once the checks fail to clear, your bank takes back the amount of the check from your account, and DupeC is screwed out of whatever amount he sent via Western Union.

about a month and a half ago


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