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Wikileaks Aiding Snowden - Chinese Social Media Divided - Relations Strained

PGillingwater Vietnam (629 comments)

My guess: he's off to Vietnam, where he will join the entourage of the Ecuadorian foreign minister for the return to Quito this week.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Inexpensive SOHO Crime Deterrence and Monitoring?

PGillingwater Dropcam (272 comments)

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Dropcam yet. Cloud based HD video security monitoring using Wi-Fi enabled cameras, which include audio and motion alerts that send directly to email or Android/iPhone devices.

The video quality is just fine if you include a motion activated light, and it's cheap enough to add three or four of them to cover all entrances (including windows.)

For a basic subscription, it will keep 7 days of video monitoring online, as well as sending you alerts.

As a bonus, it lets you talk back to the camera....

about 2 years ago

University Receives $5 Million Grant To Study Immortality

PGillingwater Ideas of Heaven (532 comments)

People yearning for immortality often tell themselves fictions about how they will survive death. I have started a project to record such fictions in the form of a documentary.

I'm still working on it, but here's the trailer:


more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

PGillingwater Very interesting Atlantis fiction (1244 comments)

H. Warner Munn's "Merlin's Ring", "Merlin's Godson" and especially "The Ship from Atlantis."

Rare, but a worthwhile read, especially the relationship between Gwalchmai and the orichalcum ship of living metal, imbued with the spirit of an ancient Atlantean sorceress.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Has 25 People Dedicated To Handling Gov't Info Requests

PGillingwater Re:Yep. (125 comments)

And you didn't bother to call him out on his misuse of the word "illicit" when he meant "elicit?" :-)

more than 2 years ago

Google Wave Creator Quits, Joins Facebook

PGillingwater Re:Google What Now? (191 comments)

Real world experience? I found this tool was excellent as a collaboration tool for software development and project management. It's great for tracking changes, and documenting implementation details.

I for one, and many of my colleagues will be sad to see Google Wave pass on.

more than 3 years ago

Countering a DMCA Takedown In the Magnet Wars

PGillingwater Re:Online store out of stock (475 comments)

Perhaps this is a type of Slashdot effect? People who want to support them have overwhelmed their sales capability...

more than 4 years ago

Countering a DMCA Takedown In the Magnet Wars

PGillingwater Online store out of stock (475 comments)

I was all ready to buy, but their online store claims to be out of stock.

more than 4 years ago

BlackBerry Predicted a Century Ago By Nikola Tesla

PGillingwater GPS receiving (253 comments)

Live traffic updates are also one-way. Your GPS system has additional functions which depend either on GSM (as used by GPS-based tracking systems) or simple radio receivers tuned to RBDS services or a Traffic Message Channel (TMC) on FM or DAB.

Functionally, the GPS technology never transmits -- but a device including GPS functionality might also include other technologies to transmit information.

more than 4 years ago

BlackBerry Predicted a Century Ago By Nikola Tesla

PGillingwater Re:Count the misses, not just the hits. (253 comments)

I can't moderate this as Funny, as I suspect you're not joking. GPS is indeed receive only. Triangulation is based on timing differences with clock signals, and not an outgoing signal.

more than 4 years ago

St. Louis Museum Offers Thrills, Chills, and Lawsuits

PGillingwater Superb place to visit (with pics) (140 comments)

I want to add myself to the list of fans of this admirable place....

Here's a set of photos of the St. Louis Museum I took earlier this year.

The experience of climbing the spiral staircase, while listening to live music from the massive pipe organ was almost surreal...

more than 4 years ago

Sprint Unveils HTC Evo 4G Super Phone

PGillingwater Re:Wow. (284 comments)

Coffee? Clearly you want the Pomegranate.

more than 4 years ago

US Government Using PS3s To Break Encryption

PGillingwater Maths is fun! (570 comments)

Just a small note to all those clever people who are calculating the time taken to perform an exhaustive keyspace search on the potential passwords.

We should distinguish between the MAXIMUM time taken to exhaust the symbol space, versus the AVERAGE time.

Assuming uniform distribution of passwords through the space, and a sufficiently large sample of challenges, we would naturally expect the time taken to find the correct password to converge on n/2 -- i.e., half of the maximum time.

Thus, if a symbol space can be exhaustively searched in one year, on average, finding passwords with a similar difficulty level will take an average of 6 months, with a typical normal distribution.

more than 5 years ago

Massive Power Outages In Brazil Caused By Hackers

PGillingwater Not the first CyberWar attack --- won't be last. (462 comments)

This certainly isn't the first Cyber War attack. I've written about some of these attacks in my blog, http://security-risk.blogspot.com/. Here's an extract:

        * In 2004, Thomas C. Reed, an Air Force secretary in the Reagan administration, wrote that the United States had successfully inserted a software Trojan horse into computing equipment that the Soviet Union had bought from Canadian suppliers. Used to control a Trans-Siberian gas pipeline, the doctored software failed, leading to a spectacular explosion in 1982.

        * Crypto AG, a Swiss maker of cryptographic equipment, was the subject of intense international speculation during the 1980s when, after the Reagan administration took diplomatic actions in Iran and Libya, it was widely reported in the European press that the National Security Agency had access to a hardware back door in the company’s encryption machines that made it possible to read electronic messages transmitted by many governments.

        * According to a former federal prosecutor, who declined to be identified because of his involvement in the operation, during the early ’80s the Justice Department, with the assistance of an American intelligence agency, also modified the hardware of a Digital Equipment Corporation computer to ensure that the machine — being shipped through Canada to Russia — would work erratically and could be disabled remotely.

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia Launches a New Mobile Interface, Seeks Help

PGillingwater Re:FINALLY! (70 comments)

I don't see the point of this when we already have WikiTap for the G1 and the iPhone.

more than 5 years ago

Antarctic Ice Bridge Finally Breaks Off

PGillingwater Re:Metric (505 comments)

Belgium's area (assuming no mountains or hills) is 30,528 km^2. [Wikipedia]

Jamaica's area is 11,100 km^2.

Dividing, we see that there are 2.75 Jamaicas for every Belgium.

On that basis, the Ice shelf is just over a third (0.364) the size of Belgium. Damn Flanders.

more than 5 years ago

Safari 4 Released, Claimed "30 Times Faster Than IE7"

PGillingwater Safari 4 beta + Gmail = FAIL (465 comments)

I just installed Safari 4 beta under Leopard, and now cannot access Gmail. I have rebooted, cleared history, cleared the cache, etc., but to no avail. Navigating to Gmail brings the URL for a successful login (I can still reach google.com/ig and login and logout just fine), but the screen stays white.

This was working fine with Safari 3 -- however, Firefox seems to exhibit identical behavior. Oddly, I can access the "corporate" version of Gmail (based on sites), but not the "primary" Gmail. Note that I have been using Google Gears with offline storage option, which might have contributed to this.

Anyone else seen this?

more than 5 years ago


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