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Verifying a User By Following the Movements of Their Mouse

StrongAxe Re:Index/Evidence (101 comments)

On the contrary: Equally large amounts of false negatives and false positives is exactly the same as random guessing. [Shannon, 1948]

Not true in general. For example, a system that yields 1% false negatives and 1% false positives is still 98% reliable, and much better than random guessing.

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Compromises Another Remailer

StrongAxe Re:wtf fbi (164 comments)

I see you have a fine intuitive understanding of the American political system.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Protests TSA With Nudity

StrongAxe Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (434 comments)

That law, as questionable as it is, doesn't criminalize anything retroactively. It just imposes certain registration requirements on certain individuals, that must be carried out after the law was passed. As such, it would probably pass constitution muster, at least as far as the clause you quoted was concerned. (But then again, I'm not a lawyer, so this is just a personal opinion and not a legal one.)

about 2 years ago
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Major Australian Retailer Accused of Selling Infected Hard Drives

StrongAxe Re:rather easy going return policy. (128 comments)

It is the retailer's choice to offer a "no questions asked" return policy. It is irrelevant that many customers abuse such a policy. When the store offers such a policy, it assumes the all risks involved because of "no questions asked". It is unethical (and also illegal) for them to pawn off that risk on unsuspecting customers who are paying full retail price and expecting new products.

What they should have done is to refurbish the goods (add new shrink-wrap, reformat memory sticks and hard drives, reset phones to factory defaults, etc.) and offer them for sale as-is at a discount. That they didn't even try to refurbish media before re-selling it as new shows that not only are they unscrupulous, they're also stupid.

more than 2 years ago
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UMG v. Lindor Ends, No Fees, No Sanctions

StrongAxe Re:finally, (113 comments)

More importantly, it would mean the defendant wouldn't have to pay those obscene legal fees

No. It only means that they don't have to pay the RIAA's obscene legal fees. They will still have to pay any legal fees to their own lawyers. And since the case is dismissed without prejudice, the RIAA is free to bring it again, costing even MORE legal fees.

more than 4 years ago
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English Shell Code Could Make Security Harder

StrongAxe Re:So what? (291 comments)

This isn't about making English prose that humans are expected to read and make sense of. Rather, it's about making English prose that anti-spam and anti-virus filters won't automatically flag and delete. If somebody has a web page or an email that exploits a vulnerablity, a good anti-spam or anti-virus filter could prevent it from loading based on the payload alone, without even having to know about the vulnerability itself (While vulnerabilities constantly change, the rules governing what is valid x86 code do not). Now, however, this is no longer the case.

more than 4 years ago
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Element 114 Verified

StrongAxe Re:And why is this important? (142 comments)

You are welcome to make your private key the product of two large Mersenne primes.

Since all Mersenne primes are of the form 2^p-1, one only need to search p possibilities. Since the largest currently known Mersenne prime is 2^43112609, this is equivalent to 26-bit encryption. Also, since only 47 Mersenne primes are actually known, one could use a simple table search, reducing this to 6-bit encryption. Breaking 6-bit encryption is left as an exercise for the reader.

more than 4 years ago
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CT Scan "Reset Error" Gives 206 Patients Radiation Overdose

StrongAxe Re:Not the engineers fault (383 comments)

Just make the button detect authorized fingerprints only and require a heartbeat in the finger and also scan the operator's retina and alter lighting to make sure that the iris responds "correctly" to random changes in light level.

Bet you can't circumvent that with just duct tape. Now, with an Arduino, some peripheral hardware and a few spare evenings....


Require a retinal scan to operate the safety button, and somebody's going to lose an eye...

more than 4 years ago
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Lenovo Software Update Stealthily Installs Adware

StrongAxe Re:i bet i can uninstall it (186 comments)

Kind of like vampires, doesn't matter what the holy symbol is as long as it does the job. I guess you've never seen Love at First Bite.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Help a Friend With an MMO Addiction?

StrongAxe Re:It's Called S.E.X (811 comments)

I have. And unlike drugs, you can replace a game with pretty much any other form of entertainment. That's the difference.

Who NEEDS 16+ hours of entertainment a day? There's not that much difference between replacing one game with another, or one entertainment time-sink for another - and replacing one drug with another. If (say) someone plays WoW 16 hours a day until his internet connection goes down - and then switches to 16 hours of Wii a day, that would indicate an addiction.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Help a Friend With an MMO Addiction?

StrongAxe Re:It's Called S.E.X (811 comments)

Except that MMO is not an 'addiction' . . . it is a 'habit.' His friend will go through no withdrawal if his account expired tomorrow.

I see that you've obviously never been really into a game...

more than 5 years ago
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Psystar Offers $399 "OpenMac" Computer

StrongAxe Re:No wonder Apple wants to stop Psystar (615 comments)

If I buy a computer from Dell instead of IBM, is it a PC? Is an artificial gem with the same chemical properties and structure as diamond a diamond? If the thing's identical in all meaningful ways to an Apple branded Mac, shouldn't it also be considered a Mac?

Because intellectual property laws don't correspond to the laws of physics. A Mac clone might be physically identical to a Mac, but legally, it's not identical to a Mac(TM), since nobody but Apple (and possibly their licencees) are legally allowed to use Apple's trademark names.

more than 6 years ago

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