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

Quantus347 Re:best to do the time in Poland (110 comments)

What "Time"? These are Corporate Executives. When they break the law their company pays cash. Jail is the legal system for people who dont have enough money to pay Government Fines.

about two weeks ago

Parallax Completes Open Hardware Vision With Open Source CPU

Quantus347 Hardware "Vision"?? (136 comments)

For a second there I thought parallax had executed a machine vision sensor system driven by their micro-controller. That would have been so much cooler than this all but empty gesture.

about a month and a half ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Quantus347 Re:This is not entirely what it appears in summary (560 comments)

Unless I missed it (I know I broke Slashdot rules and actually read the ruling) I dont think he had actually admitted to the crimes themselves, only that he did admit that he was in possession of the Encryption Key. Presumably they already had compelling evidence of the crime itself or they wouldn't have been investigating him in the first place.

From the Ruling:
On the day of his arrest, the defendant was interviewed by law enforcement officials after having
been advised of the Miranda rights. In response to questioning, he said that he had more than one
computer in his home. The defendant also informed the officials that "[e]verything is encrypted
and no one is going to get to it." In order to decrypt the information, he would have to "start the
program." The defendant said that he used encryption for privacy purposes, and that when law
enforcement officials asked him about the type of encryption used, they essentially were asking for
the defendant's help in putting him in jail. The defendant reiterated that he was able to decrypt
the computers, but he refused to divulge any further information that would enable a forensic

about 3 months ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Quantus347 Re:So whats the case law on keys (560 comments)

Not quite, but you are making a good point. According to The Ruling the only reason the motion was filed and this issue came at all up was because the guy happened to have used a particularly effective encryption software that the State was unable to circumvent. But they tried and would have been perfectly allowed to use any of the information found had they succeeded. Which is like saying that the 5th amendment would protect the contents of my safe, but only if I can afford a top-of-the-line one.

about 3 months ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Quantus347 Digital vs Physical (560 comments)

I get the legalese argument the guy as trying to make and the narrow line they tried to draw with the ruling, but Im not sure why it even got past the original judge.

If it had been the exact same situation, just a combination lock on on physical file cabinet in his office, once a proper court subpena was issued Law Enforcement might have asked for the combination as a courtesy but would have been perfectly within their rights to simply cut the thing open. And if they found evidence of some unrelated crime, that is long been fair game just like a drug bust during a traffic stop.

Maybe it's different by State, I dont know

about 3 months ago

Step Toward Liberating Electronic Devices From Their Power Cords

Quantus347 Nothing to do with "Liberating form Power cords" (130 comments)

This "new" supercapacitor has nothing to do with liberating devices from Power Cords. Supercapacitors still need to be externally charged. All this development does is make them a bit more resilient than current model when in more rugged environment, and supposedly make it where we used supercapacitors as structural components. In other words your car would not have a separate battery to replace, because it's frame itself would be used to store electricity. While the creator seems to think that is the wave of the future, I dont see it as a particular good (or cost effective) idea.

about 4 months ago

Physicist Unveils a 'Turing Test' For Free Will

Quantus347 And Fire qualifies for many definitions of Life (401 comments)

The fact that a smartphone (Or I assume by extension any personal computer) can qualify should be an indcator that the test itself is flawed. Just like how many early definitions of Life applied to Fire (breaths, eats, grows, responds to outside stimuli, etc) even though it is just a chemical reaction.

about a year ago

Boy Scouts Bully Hacker Scouts Into Submission

Quantus347 Re:I'm shocked (289 comments)

Wow, bullying, in the boy scouts? I'm utterly shocked. Who would have though an organization full of teenage asshole testosterone pumps would be susceptible to bullying?

Just because the national management is regrettably old-fashioned and very very conservative does not mean the youth themselves are assholes. At that age they more often actually live up to the public Ideals.

about a year ago

Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices

Quantus347 Re:A gift for those skipping out on their contract (378 comments)

The contracts that the rest of the world think are a ridiculous and counter-productive system?

Besides, this would have nothing to do with contracts. It just means that if you want to change carriers, you would be able to take your phone with you. IF you hadnt yet paid off the subsidy, they would probably bill you for that when you left, not force others to pay for it. And if they stiff the company on a contractually obligated fee they will most likely find themselves in court or have bill collectors harassing them, just like with every single monetary contract in the country.

1 year,4 days

Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?

Quantus347 Projectors need as much resolution as you have wal (414 comments)

I have a friend that is a huge fan of a projector for his primary display. When you take even high end resolution and project it out to 12 feet across, there is no such thing as too much resolution.

about a year ago

Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Quantus347 "Enhancements"? (543 comments)

Since when is fixing a fuckup that everyone bitched about so mmuch they were forced to reverse course an "enhancement"?

about a year ago

Why AppGratis Was Pulled From the App Store

Quantus347 Disturbed by the concept of Advertising? (146 comments)

Apple was "more than a little troubled that AppGratis was pushing a business model that appeared to favor developers with the financial means to pay for exposure."

In other words they are disturbed by an advertising App whose business model is based on that of every other advertising firm on the planet?

about a year and a half ago

School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

Quantus347 Invented Conenctions (1168 comments)

Saying this man killed his mother and then a bunch of children and teachers because he played video games is about and logical as saying he did it because he ate fatty foods, so we need shut down all McDonald's. There is no link whatsoever, beyond the fact that somebody wants to milk the events and the heightened emotions it is generating for their own crusades. Tighter gun control would not have stopped a determined and unstable man from stealing guns to go killing. Even if there had been no guns, Im sure he could have found another way. Hell, this was the 2nd deadliest elementary school killing because the deadliest used a bomb.

This really is getting ridiculous. I am getting really tired of all the politicians and lobby groups trying to spin this tragedy to their own agenda.

about 2 years ago

Accelerator Driven Treatment of Nuclear Waste

Quantus347 A step (226 comments)

Its a step in the right direction, but it wont gain any sort of sustainable foothold until the technology can get the half-life of the waste down to within a single lifetime. In truth, what it really needs to accomplish is a technology that actually breaks even: something that reduces the stockpile at at least an equal rate to what our nuclear power use is producing.

Either that or productive Fusion, which does not produce near the lasting Radioactive waste.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Hearing Aids That Directly Connect To Smart Phones?

Quantus347 ACEHearing (183 comments)

ACEHearing is an upcoming App for smartphones that administers a hearing test (verified as accurate as traditional tests given by audiologists) then it dynamically adjusts the volume of audio outputs in specific frequency ranges to compensate for your specific hearing loss.

about 2 years ago

AT&T Defends Controversial FaceTime Policy Following Widespread Backlash

Quantus347 Its the Old "Our Network Sucks" defense again? (220 comments)

So you are saying your customers will have to pay more because your network sucks and cant handle the real world usage? Ya, thats a great thing to advertise....

about 2 years ago

Your Favorite Technology That Didn't Come To Pass

Quantus347 Re:The flying car (317 comments)

The simple fact is that we wont have mass market flying cars until we have widely accepted and trusted self-driving cars (which thanks to Google's "its easier to ask forgiveness than permission" mentality may be closer than we realize). Do you really want all those idiots that eat/text/read newspapers/apply makeup/etc while driving to be doing so directly over your house? When you are talking about falling from even low level cruising altitudes, there is no such thing as a minor accident. And not much in the way of survivors...

more than 2 years ago

UCLA Develops Transparent, Electricity-Generating, Solar Cell Windows

Quantus347 Insulation Properties (163 comments)

If it is absorbing mostly on the infrared spectrum, I bet it would help keep your house pretty cool on those hot sunny days.

more than 2 years ago

Best Science Fiction/Fantasy for 8 Year Olds

Quantus347 Tom Swift and Others (7 comments)

Any Tom Swift would be a good intro to SF. There is a series every generation or so. I had a series, my dad had another (which mine referenced now and then in a cameo type way) and even one from the turn of the century with stories like Tom Swift and his Electric Train or Tom Swift and his Moving Pictures, whereas my series (the forth) dealt with hoverboards, alternate dimensions, AI, and genetic engineering. The new series says it stays a little closer to current science. I highly recommend this to any child SciFi fan. It it what so firmly convinced me that Today's Science Fiction is Tomorrow's Science Fact
Ender's Game is mature in theme but not really difficult.
Animorphs was a great SF series of 50 or so books from the 90's. Damn good and surprisingly deep at times, but still a Scholastic published series.
The Dresden Files are a fantastic Urban Fantasy series about a smart ass wizard working as a PI in Chicago
For Fantasy I could say:
The Fionavar Tapestry is one of the best trilogies out there, written by the guy Tolkien got to write the Simmarilion (though he is much, much better when writing his own stuff)
Codex Alera is a great High fantasy about a Roman society with Elementals that grant them powers, by the same author as the Dresden Files.
The Dragonriders of Pern is a Classic
RA Salvatore and others that write in the Forgotten Realms shared universe are pretty good overall.

There are many many others I could name, but those are a good start

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Teaching Chemistry To Home-Schooled Kids?

Quantus347 Maximum Exposure (701 comments)

If you want to keep him interested and enthusiastic, expose him to as much chemistry as you can, while educating his teachers. Buy him chemistry sets and beginner books, and have his parents research more advanced things so they can accurately answer his questions as they come up. Take him to Science museums, the hands on kind if you can. Look for summer programs and other focused "day-camp" style STEM programs, im sure you could find some that have a chemistry focus. Even just taking him on tours of nearby chemical manufacturing plants could spark his interest.

Just remember it is your job to assist and guide, not force them to pursue something even after they loose interest (should he do so). I had parents that tried to do that with piano lessons, and it eventually turned into the worst chore i had all week.

Id also recommend getting him involved in some educational social programs, like the Boy Scouts or similar. The merit badge programs are what got me interested in all sorts of things as a kid, and these days they have badges for modern technical stuff Chemistry and Robotics and Programming and the like, not just knots and wilderness survival.

more than 2 years ago



Ask Slashdot: The Best Linux setup to transition Windows Users

Quantus347 Quantus347 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Quantus347 (1220456) writes "I am trying to convince a number of people to give Linux a chance, arguing that it has come a long way on the road of consumer usability. Can you, oh Wise Ones of Slashdot, recommend a Lunix setup that will be as similar as possible to a Windows environment (Windows 7 or XP). These people hate and fear change, and so will latch onto nearly any noticeable differences, so I'm thinking in terms of both front end functionality and the look of the interface. It would also be very important for them to have to go to the command line as little as possible during daily use (meaning as close to never as can be managed)."

Arkansas gets Fracked

Quantus347 Quantus347 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Quantus347 (1220456) writes "The New York Times (2/6, A18, Robertson) examines the "phenomenon that has come to be called the Guy earthquake swarm," in the "town of 563 about an hour north of Little Rock." People there "have had to learn to live with earthquakes," although the exact cause not clear, but some point to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that began after "gas companies arrived, part of a sort of rush in Arkansas to drill for gas in a geological formation called the Fayetteville shale." The Times says seismic events in the area predate the gas companies' activity, but "since the early fall, there have been thousands, none of them very large." Residents "described a boom followed by a quick, alarming shift, a sensation one man compared to watching the camera dive off a cliff in an Imax movie. Some say they have felt dozens, others only four or five, and still others say they have only heard them." The Times points out that "researchers with the Arkansas Geological Survey say that while there is no discernible link between earthquakes and gas production, there is 'strong temporal and spatial' evidence for a relationship between these quakes and the injection wells."

And here I though California was the place that was so "Fracked" it was going to destroy itself in an earthquake."

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British Engineer Designs Own Impant

Quantus347 Quantus347 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Quantus347 (1220456) writes "Popular Science (1/25, Nosowitz) reports, "In 2000, Tal Golesworthy, a British engineer, was told that he suffers from Marfan syndrome, a disorder of the connective tissue that often causes rupturing of the aorta." Rather than accept the two treatment options he was offered, "he constructed his own implant that does the job better than the existing solution--and became the first patient to try it." His solution was rooted in the fact that "nobody had thought to use more modern technologies, namely combining MRI tests with computer-aided design tools and new rapid prototyping techniques." Since Golesworthy's successful procedure, "23 others have taken the plunge." Golesworthy said he "wants a greater collaboration amongst the medical community and engineers, who could see solutions the doctors and biologists can't.""
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How to protect myself from programmers

Quantus347 Quantus347 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Quantus347 (1220456) writes "I'm starting a new venture, and I'm using subcontractors for some of the programming, which is nothing too revolutionary and a part of a larger service. What steps do I need to take to protect myself from the various legal pitfalls I read about so much. Is a signed contract between us enough? Would I be better off specifying its release under one of the various Licenses? Should I just kill the programmers afterward and tie up the loose ends mafia-style? What can I do to keep today's contract work from becoming tomorrow's competitor? Or worse, plaintiff?"

LHC Manages to Capture Antimatter

Quantus347 Quantus347 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Quantus347 (1220456) writes "Antimatter research took a significant step forward when scientists for the first time created and briefly corralled anti-hydrogen. The experiment could help scientists probe why the universe has less antimatter than prevailing theories suggest it should. For more than 20 years, physicists have been looking for ways to create and study antihydrogen as a way to gain insights into processes that allowed the universe to evolve from a hot, roiling soup of subatomic particles shortly after the Big Bang some 13.6 billion years ago into the cooler collection of planets, stars, and galaxies astronomers observe today."
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Mirror Neurons give Clues to the Nature of Empathy

Quantus347 Quantus347 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Quantus347 (1220456) writes "Research into Mirror Neurons has given new insight into the brain, leading some to predict that "mirror neurons would do for psychology what DNA did for biology" "With knowledge of these neurons, you have the basis for understanding a host of very enigmatic aspects of the human mind: imitation learning, intentionality, "mind reading," empathy — even the evolution of language. Anytime you watch someone else doing something (or even starting to do something), the corresponding mirror neuron might fire in your brain, thereby allowing you to "read" and understand another's intentions, and thus to develop a sophisticated "theory of other minds. Mirror neurons may also help explain the emergence of language, a problem that has puzzled scholars since the time of Charles Darwin.""
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Dolphin's Learning Games

Quantus347 Quantus347 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Quantus347 (1220456) writes "Its a trick many of us are used to seeing in theme park shows, but now Dolphins in the wild are learning to walk on water. A pair of out of town dolphins brought the trick to the Port River in Adelaide, Australia, where Dr Mike Bossley has spent 24 years studying the local dolphin population. First one, and now half a dozen dolphins, including several calves, can be seen practicing this strange skill daily, with varying degrees of success. What makes this such a strange occurrence is that the trick is purely for fun, and has no application for food gathering. This makes it a rare example of Cultural Transmission. "Only a few species are known to create their own culture — defined as the sharing or transmitting of specific novel behaviors or traditions between a community of animals.""
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NCState Student finds flaw in fundamental Physics

Quantus347 Quantus347 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Quantus347 (1220456) writes "While the frontiers of physics continue to advance, the core of the discipline is remarkably stable. From the mechanics sorted out by Newton to the electricity described by Ampere, the principles taught to students in classical physics classes have changed precious little in more than 100 years. Thus, it was with no small amount of skepticism last spring when physics professor Stephen Reynolds listened to his student, David Babson, explain how something didn’t quite ring true in a text used in Reynolds’ electricity and magnetism class for junior physics majors.Babson’s issues weren’t about some arcane wrinkle in a calculation. He was concerned with the most basic of principles: conservation of momentum in a problem involving electric and magnetic fields. Although the text used in the course solved a particular problem three separate ways, Babson found one of the ways to be inconsistent.

It has been known for a century that charges and their associated fields can separately have momentum, but the total net momentum of a system at rest must be zero. The momentum in the fields is balanced by a peculiar relativistic effect called hidden momentum that was discovered long after Einstein’s formulation of the theory of relativity in 1905. Babson convinced Reynolds that the fundamental issue of determining the momentum associated with fields was mistreated in at least one of the means used in Griffiths’ example describing the principle.

Note: This article originally appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Scope, published by NC State’s College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences."

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Solar Generator to Blast Microwaves from Space

Quantus347 Quantus347 writes  |  about 5 years ago

Quantus347 (1220456) writes "A Japanese project is gaining support that will build a Solar Power Generator in space, which will transmit is energy to earth wirelessly via microwaves. The first station will generate 1 gigawatt, enough to power 294,000 average Tokyo homes. It will cost about $21 billion, mostly due to the cost of launching the materials into space in the first place. A small test generator is planned for 2015 to test the power beaming technology, while the fully operational station is hoped to be operational by the 2030's."

Gmail Option to Curb Drunken Regrets

Quantus347 Quantus347 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Quantus347 (1220456) writes "In an effort to curb morning-after regrets, Gmail engineer Jon Perlow has created an add-on called Mail Goggles, designed to halt drunken emails. When activated, all emails during specified hours will require the sender to answer basic math quizzes in a window of several seconds. Failure will put the message on hold. Both the active hours and the difficulty of the questions are adjustable from the Gmail Settings."


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