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US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque Attack" Threat

anethema Re:I don't get it... (98 comments)

Let's also keep in mind that apple apps ONLY run in a sandbox, and this virus does not break out of it. The worst the app can do is be installed if you don't actually go into it and do stuff.

The main danger is that the app could masquarade as a legit app like browser/banking etc and maybe trick you into using it.

But the sheer number of steps needed to install it, then almost crazy foolishly using it afterwards, it isn't much of a threat.

about a month ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

anethema Re:Help for women with no sex drive? (216 comments)

Actually the "Barbie drug" is Melanotan II. I believe it was the peptide that PT-141 was derived from. PT-141 has no tanning or weight loss, just hornyness.

about 2 months ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

anethema Re:They didn't TEST anything... (986 comments)

Have you read this? http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/pap...

Having glanced over the original stuff, and reading through this, as a non scientist it seems pretty convincing that the 'independent' test is missing a ton of data that would support any of their conclusions.

about 2 months ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

anethema Re:Help for women with no sex drive? (216 comments)

There are several -Genuine- treatments (read: Aphrodisiacs) in trials right now.

The main promising one right now is PT-141 (Bremelanotide)

The main downside is it must be injected which will skeeve a lot of women out. It does work on men AND women though.

From their site: " In a recently completed Phase 2B clinical trial, bremelanotide 1.25 mg and 1.75 mg doses significantly increased sexual arousal, sexual desire and the number of sexually satisfying events, and decreased associated distress in premenopausal women with FSD. Efficacy was seen in both women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) and combined HSDD/female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD)."

Since it is currently just in trails and unscheduled, you can order it right now from research peptide sites.

Let's say a friend's wife has tried it, and she was as horny as a 18 year old boy for about 2-3 days. It is genuine arousal, not some blood flow modifier etc like Viagra.

about 2 months ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

anethema Re:fuck you and the bucket challenge (182 comments)

I cant even fathom the complaints about this.

Hasn't ALS hit like 100 times their usual funding for the year due to all these people dumping ice on themselves? Saying the popularity and viral nature of it aren't a benefit in itself seems short sited.

about 4 months ago
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AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

anethema Re: Low write endurance? (64 comments)

Sorry wrote it wrong but had it right in my calcs. I meant 30gb/day for 4 years.

It is 30 GB / day for 4 years which works out to 43 TB. Hopefully that makes it a bit more clear.

The point isn't that you may or may not use that much, its that their talking point is high endurance, and it actually has very low endurance compared to other consumer SSD lines.

about 4 months ago
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AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

anethema Low write endurance? (64 comments)

Their claim is they are focusing on reliability and write endurance but it looks like they have some of the lowest endurance in the industry.

Even the drive it is supposed to be a bit of a clone from is rated much higher.

AMD R7: 4GB for 4 years = 43TB (Odd that they don't say this is dependent on drive size, which it would be.
OCZ Vector 150: 50GB for 5 years = 91 TB (Also not scaled for drive size)
Samsung 840: 1000 cycles. In their smallest drive this would be around 120 TB. Samsung is using lower endurance TLC here so this is even more odd.
Intel 730: 70TB over their 5 year warranty is 127 TB Highest of them all for MLC.

Now in real life, the AMD and OCZ drives may go much further before they fail, but you have to go off of their ratings for comparisons or all hell breaks loose (Tests have shown the Samsung drives lasting over 3000 cycles before beginning to reallocate sectors). Especially for the larger drives (A 240GB drive should have double the write endurance of a 120GB drive).

So yeah I find it odd that endurance is one of their talking points when they have by far the lowest endurance of any of the common drives out there, including the supposedly very similar Vector 150.

about 4 months ago
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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

anethema Re:So they update it, but... (202 comments)

Hm the X86 XBMC server I build and my personal AppleTV2 running XBMC all skip through RARed videos with no issues.

about 5 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

anethema Re:You talk, it's your fault (560 comments)

Well I mean, if you say you have an encrypted drive, you know the password, and the contents of the drive DO pertain to the case, you aren't incriminating yourself further to provide the key really. You have already plead guilty in a way, they just need the details.

about 6 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

anethema Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (560 comments)

You aren't really under arrest then.

While it is a general good policy, when it really applies is when you have been arrested.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

anethema Re:all I'd need there is a sports iPod (427 comments)

Ya my current watch (Casio pathfinder http://i219.photobucket.com/al... ) is already pretty smart as far as watches go (has altimiter, barometer, compass) and half the face is a solar panel. I've not had to change a battery since I got it, and expect I wont for a long long long time.

Be nice if a smart watch could be rugged without being the size of a phone, and have solar or some kind of decent battery life. A month even would be nice.

about 6 months ago
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$3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z Tested, Less Performance Than $1500 R9 295X2

anethema Re:Wrong tests (151 comments)

To be fair, Upcoming "Star Citizen" will be using double precision floats to model its huge universe in proper detail.

That being said I still of course agree.

about 6 months ago
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A Year After Snowden's Disclosures, EFF, FSF Want You To Fight Surveillance

anethema Re:No point encrypting if you're the only one... (108 comments)

Pretty much no one expects email attachments to be encrypted.

iMessage was the example and they are certainly encrypted.

Now whether the NSA can't just backdoor in who knows, but on the face of it, they are.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

anethema Unlocked iPhone 5s does it all (259 comments)

O2 and Vodaphone appear to use LTE band 20 (SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...) AT&T and Canadian carriers generally seem to use bands 4 and 17 (same source).

The iPhone 5s does all of those and more. Model A1533 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)

  (Source: https://www.apple.com/iphone-5... )

I may be missing something but just buying an unlocked iPhone 5S from apple seems to give you all the LTE, HSPA, etc networks you could use in the UK and USA/Canada.

about 7 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

anethema Re:Auto switches (415 comments)

What he is describing is an optional feature that you have to turn on on your iDevice. Not sure if it is even on by default.

Check in your Settings>iMessage.

about 7 months ago
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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

anethema Re:Same with photo printers (302 comments)

You have clearly never used a 3d printer. Even a commercial 100k$ one.

about 8 months ago
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Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week

anethema Apple Maps (198 comments)

"Drivers will be able to use Apple Maps as in-car navigation"

Not sure how that compares to most in-car navigation, but Apple maps is still a pile of garbage. They maps are much harder to see than googles, the POI database is terrible, the routing is unusable, at least in small-town Canada.

Be interesting to see what they come up with but I sure hope it has an App store to switch out the maps.

about 10 months ago
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Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

anethema Re:Gravity wells and other distance issues (330 comments)

Actually you are understating the difficulty of transmitting that power.

There are several big problems. One is real world rectennas are not that efficient. The best best lab condition ones with lower power are 90% but high power ones are quite a bit less, sometimes up to 75 percent or so.

The other massive loss is transmission loss. The basic formula is 32.45 + 20log(d) + 20log(f). Using the 1.32 TW estimate in this post: http://science.slashdot.org/co... and a rough 24ghz given in this page http://www.propagation.gatech.... we would have around 231 db. Considering you are starting with 121 dBW of power, you are left with -110dBW of power on earth not accounting for antenna gains.

Since a watt is 0dBW, we need 55db of dish gain on either side to get 1 watt and a gain of 115 to get the input power generation. At 24 GHz this is a 3 KILOMETER dish on either end. The largest parabolic on earth now is 0.3 km, so ten times that. Plus it would have to always point at the moon (how? No idea).

Plus You would lose your 50% or more since obviously the whole equator isn't facing the sun. Then the 50-70 from your rectenna loses.

I imagine a bunch of other stuff from other losses I havent taken into account (Convert to AC, line loss, whatever else) and I cant imagine this being feasable.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

anethema Re:There are several good indie titles (669 comments)

I actually found its not really like Cod at all.

There are similarities, like there would with any shooter. But there is parkour like running around (Like Assassins creed, but first person), jetpacks (due two these two, you have to think very vertically, or get killed very often), cloaks, "burn cards" which grant cool abilities, plus the obvious very large titans running around.

about 10 months ago
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First Recorded Observation of Freshwater Fish Preying On Birds In Flight

anethema Re:Beware the CSI effect. (93 comments)

Yeah I really enjoyed the behind the scenes stuff of the BBC Planet earth showing the sharks catching the seals.

They aren't sure where/when/if it is going to happen, so catching the shots was tough.

They had a cool high speed camera that was always recording, and when they hit the button to get their slow-mo footage, the video camera recorded 2 seconds BEFORE and 2 after they pressed it, otherwise they would never have been able to get the whole event.

Pretty interesting.

about a year ago

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Android ported to iPhone

anethema anethema writes  |  more than 4 years ago

anethema (99553) writes "iPhone hacker planetbeing, from the iPhone Dev Team has successfully ported the Android OS over to the iPhone. He is doing it on a first generation iPhone, but others may be possible. The port is pretty functional, with data, voice, and many apps working, although it is running a bit sluggish and buggy at the moment, since there appears to be much work left.

Any donations of time, money, or code I'm sure would be appreciated."

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How to work exclusively online?

anethema anethema writes  |  more than 6 years ago

anethema writes "I've been thinking for a while about making a change in that I would like you get away from my 9-5 and try to get a job exclusively online. This would allow me to get away to places I've always wanted to go, but still work for a living.

I have thought of various ideas even up to trying to think of a novel porn start-up or some kind of telecommute type job over VOIP, but nothing has really jumped out. My skill set unfortunately lies in the electronics and practical RF radio fields, but I am willing to learn new skills and work hard for my goal.

Has any slashdotter broken away from the brick & mortar grind and made a living for themselves such that they never had to leave their home, or (my goal) been able to leave the country while still working online?"
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FTC Nixes Net Neutrality

anethema anethema writes  |  more than 7 years ago

anethema (99553) writes "The Federal Trade Commission has decided that there is no demonstrable harm to the consumer posed by a lack of net neutrality, and so has decided not to enact any regulations on the subject.

From TFA:

"In the absence of significant market failure or demonstrated consumer harm, policy makers should be particularly hesitant to enact new regulation in this area," FTC Chair Deborah Platt Majoras wrote.


I guess having to pay to have artificial caps removed, causing many services to go out of business or raise their prices doesn't hurt the consumer."

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anethema anethema writes  |  more than 7 years ago

anethema writes "An Inquirer story about: "A New York teen, dubbed a pirate by the Record Industry, is counter suing them for defamation, violating anti-trust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats." Finally someone really fighting back."

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