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How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

Sique Re:Or... the internet itself (60 comments)

Actually, I have two providers, and in cases of emergency, I still can go to the office. So much for redundancy.

4 days ago
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How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

Sique Re:tag the survivors with RFID (60 comments)

I think you didn't get the parent. Before the disaster, you screen the people who will be affected by it and designate the survivors. Those people get tags to be easily spotted and identified. Thus you can rescue the survivors easily and don't need to waste time on people not deemed worthy to be alive.

4 days ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

Sique Re:well (127 comments)

Even if I get spam that claims to be from my bank, I can see it being spam because I got similar spam allegedly from other banks I never did business with. The same with the two messages of unclear status, I seem to have with so many sites, that the one that claimed to have sent by a site I actually have an account with was easily spotted.

4 days ago
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Researchers Create Origami Wheels That Can Change Size

Sique Re:Um, here's a simpler way (52 comments)

The demonstration video of the origami wheel was not about climbing obstacles, it was using the foldable wheel as some gear replacement with continous transmission ratio.

about a week ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

Sique Re:This is news? (216 comments)

Every institution abuses their power. Governments are just the scape goats U.S. Americans like to butcher. Other countries have banks, other big corporations or the neighbouring country to beat at. Stop blaming the government for all failures, or at least start distributing your blame more fairly.

about a week ago
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Researchers Create Origami Wheels That Can Change Size

Sique Re:Um, here's a simpler way (52 comments)

This is a different scenario and thus a different solution.

about a week ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

Sique Amiga 2000 in East German nuclear research (192 comments)

In the late 1980ies, the Nuclear Research Facility at Rossendorf near Dresden, Germany had two Amigas 2000 as central processing units for their accelerator experiments. It was fascinating, because Rossendorf was in communist East Germany, and the Amigas probably were bought half-legally for obscene amounts of (east german) money. But appearently they urgently needed the 32bit processing capability and were using selfdeveloped Zorro cards for the signal reception and processing.

about a week ago
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UK Government Faces Lawsuit Over Emergency Surveillance Bill

Sique Re:Are they forgetting that this is the UK? (44 comments)

And what would be the result? The UK would face a treaty violation suit and would have to pay a monthly or yearly sum to the E.U. until they are in compliance again.

about two weeks ago
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Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

Sique Re:Hard to place? (45 comments)

Sique: error. --sexy not implemented

about two weeks ago
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Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

Sique Re:Hard to place? (45 comments)

Of course I am just an algorithm, and the velvet worms never appeared in the actual article.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Sique Re:I'm sure (261 comments)

I'm sure the NSA has the widest spread program to do so. No other country routinely collects all information of all people all over the world (though they claim not to collect the information about U.S. citizens under certain conditions). And for UK, they are already in conflict with the European High Court about collecting this information.

And at the same time, the NSA is the most useless organisation when it comes to fight domestic terrorism, as the only fact related to domestic terrorism they ever uncovered was a money transfer by a San Diego cab driver to a charity in Somalia which is considered a front to a terrorist organisation.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Sique Re:Gimme a f 'ing break (261 comments)

It does. It routinely condemns it.

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Sique Re:A Century Ago (195 comments)

I don't know of you. but there are offers for a train trip Vienna - Berlin for 39,- and less (78,- for both directions).

about two weeks ago
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Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

Sique Re:Hard to place? (45 comments)

Actually, they are considered pan-arthropoda, a greater group, that includes the arthropoda, but also the tardigrades and the onychophora, and if they are indeed related to the velvet worms, they would be classified as onychophora and not arthropoda. And yes, they are connected, in the same sense that all protostomia are connected.

about two weeks ago
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Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

Sique Re:Hard to place? (45 comments)

Yes. Because they are, as far as we know, not related to shrimps, though they look superficially similar. According to the article, they might be far relatives to today's velvet worms. That means that even the Tardigrades (microscopically small livings in puddles and wet soil) are closer related to shrimps than the Anomalicarididae.

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Sique Re:A Century Ago (195 comments)

Jets might be faster for the actual distance, but considering the whole time of travel, they aren't really faster. Boarding a train takes 5 mins. boarding a plane with all the security checks takes 1 hour. In this 55 mins, a bullet train of 150 mph goes 100 miles (and that's including acceleration). And then you have to go to the airport, while the train station is downtown, this takes another 1 hrs to get there, and 1 hrs to go from the airport downtown at your destination. In this time, the train has covered another 200 miles. Yes, the plane may take for the 400 mls flight only 1 hour, but the whole trip takes you 4 hrs, and in this time, the train makes it also to the destination.

about two weeks ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

Sique Re:Inserted in her DNA (126 comments)

It is wellknown that every retrovirus does this, and still the most of them can be removed (mostly by the immune system killing off the cells it has infected). But you would still get antibodies pointing to the existance of the virusDNA.

about two weeks ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

Sique Re:I hate to imagine it (126 comments)

By looking at the genetic deviation so far. It can tell you when the both virus tribes have split. If this were a reinfection, it will be genetically even more close to the one found in the mother. If it were an infection from another source, it will be far more different.

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Sique Re:I found this article to be more informative (219 comments)

The U.S. never enacted the Indian Removal Act, stole the land from the Native Americans and never forced them into reservations, which would be considered ethnic cleansing by today's standards (and thus the Bureau of Indian Affairs never formally apologized). The U.S. never forced the Cherokee to leave Georgia in the Trail of Tears. The U.S. never fought the Seminole Wars whose only reason was to subjugate the different seminole tribes and force them out of Florida. The U.S. never comitted Sand Creek Massacre nor the Washita Massacre or any of the other massacres. The U.S. abolished slavery already shortly after Zarist Russia ended it in 1861 (and all the other European countries ended it until 1815 on their territory and the South American states until 1822) The U.S. never followed the policy to take the children of Native Americans and have them adopted by white Americans until the late 1960ies.

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Sique Re:I found this article to be more informative (219 comments)

Germany had three regimes following each other which thought that wholesale spying on the population somehow keeps things in check. And the result was two World Wars and the breakdown of all three regimes.

The U.S. believes that spying on the whole world somehow gives them early warnings, and they managed to completely miss the Korean War, the German Wall, the Cuba Crisis, the reconquest of South Vietnam by the Vietcong, the end of the Somoza Regime in Nicaragua, the polish Solidarnosc, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the subsequent dissolution first of nearly all communist regimes and then the Soviet Union, the conquest of Kuwait by Iraq, 9/11, Somalia, the Arabian Spring, the turning of the Arabian Spring into a strengthening of the extreme wahhabitian Islam, the ISIL conquest of North West Iraq, the annection of Crimea, and the pro-russian uprising in the eastern Ukraine.

But they were pretty sure they find Weapons of Mass Destruction in post Gulf War Iraq.

Somehow the whole spying does not yield the expected results. I wonder if still more spying and mass surveillance will solve this. And more IT infrastructure to dig through the data. And still more money to pay more analysts. And do everything to weaken any attempt to make communication secure.

about two weeks ago

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Oldest known multicellurar lifeforms on public display for the first time

Sique Sique writes  |  about 5 months ago

Sique (173459) writes "The Natural History Museum in Vienna is the first to show the oldest fossils of macroscopic multicellular life. These outstanding fossils were investigated by an international team of scientists led by French-Moroccan geologist Abderrazak El Albani from the University of Poitiers and French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). This sensational discovery fundamentally changed our understanding of evolution and pushed back the known origin of multicellularity about 1.5 billion years. Despite their evidence for the evolution of life, the Gabon fossils have never before been open to the public."
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Used software can be sold, the Court of Justice of the European Union say.

Sique Sique writes  |  about 2 years ago

Sique (173459) writes "An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licences allowing the
use of his programs downloaded from the internet. The exclusive right of distribution of a copy of a computer program covered by such a licence is
exhausted on its first sale. This was decided today by the Court of Justice of the European Union in a case of UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp.."
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Humans and Baboon have separated later than though

Sique Sique writes  |  about 4 years ago

Sique (173459) writes "The science magazine Nature reports recent findings of a fossil, called Saadanius hijazensis. Comparative anatomy and cladistic analysis shows that Saadanius is an advanced stem catarrhine close to the base of the hominoid — cercopithecoid clade, e.g. close to the last common ancestor of hominoides (apes and humans) and ceropithecoides (Old World monkeys). Genome-based estimates for divergence of hominoids and cercopithecoids range into the early Oligocene (roughly 35–30Myr ago), but the fossil is estimated to be 29–28Myr old."
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Bootkit bypasses hard disk encryption

Sique Sique writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sique writes "The german technology news site Heise.de reports under the title Bootkit bypasses hard disk encryption: At the Black Hat security conference, Austrian IT security specialist Peter Kleissner presented a bootkit called Stoned which is capable of bypassing the TrueCrypt partition and system encryption. A bootkit combines a rootkit with the ability to modify a PC's Master Boot Record, enabling the malware to be activated even before the operating system is started."

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