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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

cHALiTO Re:cowardice (527 comments)

All this is utterly insane. It makes me think about those posts in 9gag against feminism which seem to be made by 10-year-olds who have no clue what feminism means, but react violently to anything "girly". I can't believe these things still happen in 2014.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

cHALiTO Re:too complicated (127 comments)

Exactly. I used to work at Morpho's base company (ex Sagem, french co.), and they had some good products. The fingerprint recogniton solutions were top notch too.

Disclaimer: yes, I worked for them, but I don't now, not even working in biometrics now, and I couldn't care less how the company is doing, I'm not trying to advertise for them, I just think the tech they had when I was there was pretty good :)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

cHALiTO Re:why biometric? (127 comments)

I don't know what kind of biometric auth systems you used, but I used to work for a company that did professional AFIS systems and on the side some fingerprint auth solutions including usb readers, and they were damn fast and convenient.
I imagine it must depend on what you use. There's consumer grade shit like apple's or MS's fingerprint scanners and software, and then there's pro stuff.

Plus, to the guy that said ADN was secure. It's not. Fingerprints are far more secure (the gummy bear trick and others have been taken care of quite some time ago), since they're actually unike, unlike adn (twin brothers come up as matches, for example).

Another option would be Iris scanners. Retinal scan is more invasive and you have to put your eye up to a reader.. Iris scan can be done with a simple camera while you look normally at your terminal screen, and it's pretty fast.

about three weeks ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

cHALiTO Re:If you tax the rich, they'll leave (255 comments)

It's also plenty for the state, 70M can buy tons of infrastructure, and other tax-paid services. Just sayin..

about 2 months ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

cHALiTO Re:good (331 comments)

How on earth did this get modded -1 Troll? it's the most insightful comment I've read on this article so far.

about 2 months ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

cHALiTO Re:You Forgot One (425 comments)

Bingo.

about 2 months ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

cHALiTO Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (317 comments)

Are you sure? As far as I know (again, I'm not a lawyer), there's no such thing as an implied license. License and Law are VERY different things. A license is akin to a contract between privates, and law is above it (just as the constitution is above laws).
The rights you obtain when you buy a CD are not an 'implied license'. It's the other way around. You bought something, which gives you rights over it, but because of copyright laws, some rights are reserved for the author/owner of the IP (such as copying, redistribution, public performance, etc).

about 5 months ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

cHALiTO Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (317 comments)

Of course, I was oversimplifying (hence, the 'mainly'). It's still not a license, however. Licenses and law are very different beasts.

about 5 months ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

cHALiTO Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (317 comments)

Sorry, what license? I didn't see any license in my CD. I bought a CD. With music on it. Music protected by Copyright Law, which states, mainly, that I can't redistribute that music without permission. Whether copying those tracks to a hard drive for convenience counts as redistribution, or some other fine print part of the law in question forbids it for some reason is debatable, but there's no "license" here. I haven't signed anything, nor even had anything given for reading.

Of course, IANAL, so/and I might be wrong :)

about 5 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

cHALiTO Re:I've quit two jobs, due to overwork (710 comments)

I guess it's personal.. it'd be nice to see an actual study on this to get a clear figure. But suppose it's 50-50. We should be able to come up with something to adapt work dynamic to this.
I personally work better at the office than at home, but I know as many people who are the other way around as people that are like me.
I liked the way we did it at IBM: we had 2 days per week of homeworking (if we wanted to) which was perfect balance for me.
On the other hand, we didn't have pool tables or anything of the like at the office. Just desks, coffee machine, and work stuff. Same where I work now.
I think what's flawed is the fordian work model.. it's obsolete, at least for some kinds of jobs. Working 5 days a week for 8 hours at a time doesn't make any sense anymore.
Also, it's funny how the technology that is always supposed to make our work easier/shorter, ends up having us to work longer... but that's what comes in a capitalist economy driven by competition (not saying it's good or bad, it's just how it works).

about 6 months ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

cHALiTO No offsite backups? (387 comments)

They didn't have offline backups? tapes? I'm not familiar with codespaces service, but how come the backups could be deleted remotely?

about 6 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

cHALiTO Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

That doesn't sound that it would stand in court. I think in the US (as here in Argentina), laws are above contracts between private parties. That means that you can't 'waive' rights away, no matter how many papers you sign.

about 6 months ago
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Ear Grown From Van Gogh DNA On Display

cHALiTO Re:Physics on a stick (64 comments)

You watch far too much Futurama :)

about 6 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

cHALiTO Re:What is wrong the the Soviet & China style (483 comments)

What I don't get is this talk about a "more humane" way of killing people. Some might be more gruesome than others, but I find none of them to be 'humane' in the least, simply because I don't consider willfully killing someone to be 'humane'.

But that's just MHO.

about 7 months ago
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Open Source Program To Give Voters More Active Role In Government

cHALiTO Re:Lack of anonymity (60 comments)

That's more or less how it is in Argentina. Voting is usually done on one day, typically a sunday, and is mandatory, secret and anonymous. Also, companies are required by law to let you go to vote, and usually voting is done in local schools and public places (libraries, etc). Everyone has a designed voting place defined based on your current address (I, for example, usually get to vote in a primary school 4 blocks away from my home).
Results are generally ready by that night or the next morning.

about 7 months ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

cHALiTO Re:No explanation for why though? (254 comments)

(well done is 155+ degrees)

155+ degrees for 1 second doesn't make a steak well done. And lower temperatures over a long time can turn a steak into leather as well.
Cooking a steak isn't just applying heat to it. Some people like it crispy on the outside but 'saignant' on the inside, so you use higher temperatures over a relatively short time. Others like it "well done" (though maybe we use the term differently here) overall, so less heat over a relatively longer time, and you get it well cooked inside and out (which means it isn't "pink", but it's not hard by any means either).

Like for example: http://blogs.lanacion.com.ar/c...

Just do a simple google image search for "asado" and you'll get the idea.

Anyways, after all is said and done.. "best served" is highly subjective.

about 7 months ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

cHALiTO Re:No explanation for why though? (254 comments)

I agree.
If your steak feels like a shoe when it's well done, then it's not well done, it's burnt. That or the meat is crappy to begin with, and you'll notice whether it's raw, well cooked or whatever.
Here in Argentina many people tend to ask for well done steaks, and if the meat is decent, you can pretty much cut it with a spoon. Its quality also depends on the amount of fat vs amount of actual meat, and other stuff (nerves, for example). Tenderness also depends on the type (cut) of meat.. but I hear our cuts are different to those used in the states so I can't comment on that.

about 7 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

cHALiTO Re:What's the problem? (1198 comments)

The drugs are more expensive.

about 8 months ago
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Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

cHALiTO Re:Bank them (333 comments)

There can be only one

about 8 months ago

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Terry Pratchett Considers Assisted Suicide Process

cHALiTO cHALiTO writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cHALiTO writes "Beloved science fiction and fantasy writer Terry Pratchett has terminal early-onset Alzheimer's. He's determined to have the option of choosing the time and place of his death, rather than enduring the potentially horrific drawn-out death that Alzheimer's sometimes brings. But Britain bans assisted suicide, and Pratchett is campaigning to have the law changed. As part of this, he has visited Switzerland's Dignitas clinic, an assisted suicide facility, with a BBC camera crew, as part of a documentary will include Britain's first televised suicide. Pratchett took home Dignitas's assisted suicide consent forms."
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Science magazine makes scientists dance

cHALiTO cHALiTO writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cHALiTO writes "John Bohannon has a nice article in science magazine asking a simple question: can scientists dance? His way of finding out turns out to be quite interesting. From the Article:


"Can scientists dance?" (If you've ever witnessed the weddinglike awkwardness of dances at scientific conferences, you know what I mean.)
The rules were simple: Using no words or images, interpret your Ph.D. thesis in dance form. Entrants were divided into three categories — graduate student, postdoc, and professor — and the prize for each was a year's subscription to Science.

Also check out his site if you think you can dance out your CS thesis."
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Nintendo Wii Fully Hacked at 24C3, runs Homebrew

cHALiTO cHALiTO writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cHALiTO writes "From the site:
The guys over at 24C3 just demoed a Wii hack that is set to provide native Wii homebrew in the near future (not running in GC mode, and with full access to all the Wii hardware!)
They were able to find encryption and decryption keys by doing full memory dumps at runtime over a custom serial interface. Using these keys, they were able to create a Wii 'game' that ran their own code (their demo happened to show live sensor/Wiimote information, amongst a few other things).
Read here and watch video here."

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