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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Streetlight If the cops want the data they'll try hard (501 comments)

If a court order doesn't make you turn over the codes or data on your iPhone you may end up in jail for contempt of court. If that doesn't work, and the cops really, really want the data, then you may end up on an airplane to a country that doesn't care much about your personal safety and have your sensitive body parts hooked up to electric circuits causing serious pain. This of course after the use of rubber hoses or harder objects to damage brittle parts of your body. Whether they get the data or not you may never be seen again with the explanation by the cops that you escaped and they can't find you.

2 days ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Streetlight Re:Ion strengthened? (206 comments)

The processes described produces high compression strength. What about tensile strength? Portland cement concrete can be made to have tremendous compression strength but it's strength in tension is poor. That's why bridges made of concrete use steel in tension so they don't collapse under load. The bending of high compression strength glass with low tensile strength will break even with a small force in a drop-collision with a hard surface. It would seem to produce glass that has both high compression and tension strength the glass must be reinforced with a fibers that traverses the full width and length of the glass and is attached at the edges of the glass plate. Of course for clarity, the fibers cannot be so thick to as to create opacity, reflectivity, refraction, diffraction or any other disturbing optical problem. A tough problem to solve.

about a week ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Streetlight What hapens to the BBC if Scotland votes yes? (363 comments)

If the September 18 referendum results in an independent Scotland then the BBC may be in trouble. I've read that the BBC will not be made available there and so will the TV and radio set fees Scots pay for the privilege of watching and listening to the BBC. I assume the total from Scotland is substantial so there's likely to be more job losses at the BBC, probably a reduction in content production and maybe a cut in channels for both radio and TV. Too bad for the lower paid folks, but the high earners will likely make out as usual.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

Streetlight Several things might happen (67 comments)

1. If all these sites renew or get proper certificates it'll be a big improvement in cash for the Certificate Authorities.

2. Maybe most of these un-certificated sites will disappear, though it won't mean much for internet congestion if most are not accessed anyway.

3. Maybe swschard's comment that hackers will have a field day is true, although to what benefit to hackers or detriment to site users?

about two weeks ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Streetlight The show is filled with mostly nonsense (364 comments)

Most of the show's "experiments" are nonsense or the results are obvious. Science isn't done this way. Never was, never will be. I'm waiting for them to do seances and contact the dead to prove something. Or conclude that because they can't contact the dead that need try to invent a new way to contact the dead, so stay tuned.

about a month ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Streetlight Goodland, KS, is not in the NE of Kansas (190 comments)

The second referenced article said Goodland, KS, is in the North East part of Kansas. Goodland, Kansas, is in the North West part of Kansas and is about 20 miles from the Colorado border on Interstate 70. I wonder of these writers can count days as well as they read maps.

about a month ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Streetlight Goodland, KS, is not in the NE of Kansas (190 comments)

The second referenced article says that Goodland, Kansas, is in the NE part of Kansas. This town is in the North West part of Kansas only a few miles - about 20 miles - from the the Colorado Border. Maybe the authors can't count days as well as read maps, so the article may be wrong.

about a month ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

Streetlight Customer Service Should Try to Keep Customers (251 comments)

It seems to me that customer service should try to fix things that are broken rather than sell additional services delivered to a customer with a broken set up. Why would I want something new that requires a working system when I can't get what I'm paying for now with a broken system?

about 1 month ago
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Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

Streetlight Re:why internet connected? (111 comments)

Even if the systems are not connected to the public Internet, given enough money, someone connected to the systems with proper security clearance and access, could put the data that was stolen, and more, on to thumb drives, DVDs, or whatever. Snowden apparently wasn't paid for the enormous amount of data he purloined and didn't need the internet. Not so sure how protected the data was secured from the public internet, but it didn't matter.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

Streetlight 7/12/2014 Patches applied and no problem (179 comments)

I just checked my update history for my Dell XPS 15 running up to date Windows 7 SP 1 and the three patches listed in the OP post were installed and I have no problems. One was recommended and the other two were listed as important.

about a month ago
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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

Streetlight Can't wait for 60 Tbits/sec to my home (135 comments)

Then I can reach Comcast's data cap in, what, 5 or 6 milliseconds.

about a month ago
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New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight

Streetlight Re:Actual entropy explanation (117 comments)

As chemistry majors know there are two aspects studied in understanding chemical reactions: chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Okian Warrier has described one of these, though without fogging the discussion with numbers, and I'm sure those are readily available. Kinetics involves the study of the mechanisms of reactions which involves the examination of details of molecular and atomic interactions, intermediate association of reactants and products, molecular structure, breaking of bonds, electronic structure, etc. One principle of reaction kinetics involves energy barriers that must be crossed as reactants proceed through the process of making products. A reaction may be thermodynamically allowed but because of high barriers may be so slow as to be impractical. Often slow reactions are speeded up by changing temperatures and pressures not only to make them thermodynamically allowed but also to force more starting materials to get over the kinetic barrier. One way to speed up things is to find new paths for the reaction with reduced energy barriers and that's where catalysts come in. Catalysts can function in many ways depending on the starting materials. For example, solid state catalysts often work by adsorbing molecules on their surface and weakening chemical bonds by reorienting molecular structure and/or molecular electron configuration. Homogeneous catalysts (substances dissolved in the reaction solution) will also lower reaction barriers by chemical interactions with one or more reactants. I'm guessing the mechanisms, catalysts, etc., for the production of NH3 have been thoroughly studied over the last hundred years by academic and industrial chemists and the Haber process has been optimized for the most cost efficient way to make ammonia on an industrial scale. Any method involving new processes would clearly be welcomed but in the end must involve the study of chemical kinetics/catalysts/reaction mechanisms to increase efficiency by finding reaction pathways that reduce the kinetic barrier described above. Right now the other way of making ammonia available to farmers is by crop rotation with the microorganism infected legumes, such as soy beans. It seems to me that biochemists must understand how these microorganisms do their magic using catalysts but it must not be economically transferable to industrial use.

about a month and a half ago
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New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight

Streetlight Re:Actual entropy explanation (117 comments)

PChem stands for Physical Chemistry and is a two semester course generally taken by third year chemistry majors after at least two semesters of General Physics (calculus based), two semesters of calculus, though three semesters would be better, and a year of organic chemistry. Some might call it theoretical chemistry and generally covers chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and quantum chemistry with some specialized applications such as electrochemistry, transport phenomena, and more.. It's not descriptive chemistry but should be taught using fairly sophisticated mathematics. It's considered the toughest course in an undergraduate chemistry degree program. There used to be a bumper sticker: Honk if you Passed PChem.

about a month and a half ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Streetlight Re:Google + IPv6 = Bad (224 comments)

I have an older Netgear router (WNDR3700 v1) with the latest software update connected to a Zoom 5341h modem and have absolutely no problem with IPv6 using Google apps, Gmail, Google News, and Google search. I'm on Comcast cable high speed internet. There is a thread on DSL Reports about IPv6 problems w/ Netgear routers but I've not had problems.

about a month and a half ago
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The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

Streetlight Re:And yet, .... (125 comments)

AQ/ISIS is a great deal more brutal than is Saudi Arabia.

I'm not sure about that. ISIS has a "big mouth." We don't hear much about what goes on in Saudia Arabia.

about 2 months ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

Streetlight 10 million becquerels/hours is a strange unit (190 comments)

Since the becquerel has units of reciprocal seconds and one hour is 3 600 seconds, the number quoted 10 as million becquerels is 36 000 million with no units. Hmmm...?

about 2 months ago
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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

Streetlight Trust No One = TNO (176 comments)

Steve Gibson's mantra: TNO. If the host has your encryption password/key, then they can't be trusted. If you don't believe that, ask Snowden's email provider, Lavabit's founder Ladar Levison: http://www.wired.com/2014/04/l...

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

Streetlight Changing MS's corporate culture will be tough (204 comments)

Changing MS's corporate culture will be comparable to driving a fully loaded mega oil tanker through the same S curves as Formula 1 cars traverse. In another word, impossible. By the time any minimal action is started in this area, Nadella will likely be retired or fired.

about 2 months ago
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Funding for iFind Kickstarter Suspended

Streetlight Were are the folks who started it? (104 comments)

Are these folks now in some country the US does not have an extradition treaty with?

about 3 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Streetlight Why do we work (710 comments)

It seems we work for at least a couple of reasons. One is pretty obvious, that is, to earn income to support a hopefully comfortable life for ourselves and our family and provide a secure retirement. Maybe also something for our heirs. There's also the whole business of enjoying our work so as to feel accomplishment, contribute to our company's and society's improvement and success, and professional and personal associations with coworkers. What happens when all this becomes unbearable because over work compromises or destroys these features of work? You may be earning a living but without any joy not only affecting your personal life but your work and its quality. Is this burn out? Companies must begin to realize this and make changes.

about 3 months ago

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Streetlight Streetlight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Streetlight (1102081) writes "Digital Camera Review (http://www.dpreview.com/) announced May 14, 2007, that they had been acquired by amazon.com.



"We're proud and excited to announce that Dpreview has been acquired by the world's leading online retailer, Amazon.com. Started as hobby site in 1998, dpreview.com has grown to be the number one destination for anyone interested in digital cameras and digital photography. Each month dpreview.com has seven million unique visitors (over 22 million sessions) who read over 120 million pages. 'We've worked very hard over the last eight years to deliver consistently high quality content to our readers', founder Phil Askey said. 'It will be fantastic to be able to expand and build on that without compromising our quality or independence. With the support and resources of Amazon we can achieve this.'""

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Amazon.com acquires dpreview.com

Streetlight Streetlight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Digital Camera Review (http://www.dpreview.com/) announced May 14, 2007, that they had been acquired by amazon.com.

"We're proud and excited to announce that Dpreview has been acquired by the world's leading online retailer, Amazon.com. Started as hobby site in 1998, dpreview.com has grown to be the number one destination for anyone interested in digital cameras and digital photography. Each month dpreview.com has seven million unique visitors (over 22 million sessions) who read over 120 million pages. 'We've worked very hard over the last eight years to deliver consistently high quality content to our readers', founder Phil Askey said. 'It will be fantastic to be able to expand and build on that without compromising our quality or independence. With the support and resources of Amazon we can achieve this.'"

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