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Aussie Researchers Crack Transport Crypto, Get Free Rides

cloricus Re:Killing anonymity (88 comments)

As per their Ruxcon presentation it was a previously un-compromised system that used magnetic stripes.

about 2 years ago

Aussie Researchers Crack Transport Crypto, Get Free Rides

cloricus Re:The way I read the headline (88 comments)

I was at their Ruxcon talk this last weekend and I can categorically state that the headline is accurate!

about 2 years ago

Do We Need a Longer School Year?

cloricus Suggested by someone who has forgotten (729 comments)

Take off the rose colored glasses. Learning constantly for 12 years is hard. Meaningful breaks are very important to avoid burnout and keep morale up. If people want to look at schooling maybe we should reconsider how the school time is allocated but lets not do it from the perspective of 'lazy students, they need to do more'.

about 2 years ago

Misunderstanding of Prior Art May Have Led to Apple-Samsung Verdict

cloricus Re:How was it not returned to? (503 comments)

This process reminds me of an exam from hell, where there are 11 other people all trying to answer your questions. If you want to pass exams you focus on the low hanging fruit and use the remaining time to chip away on the hardest questions. I wouldn't call it obvious to attempt to solve this problem by doing the exact opposite.

about 2 years ago

Sealed-Box Macs: Should Computers Be Disposable?

cloricus Re:lo (673 comments)

So of your list of important laptop upgrade features the only one you can't do with a Retina Mac is upgrade the RAM. Sure it is restrictive to force forethought of the appropriate amount of RAM to select for the tasks the laptop will be used for however it is clearly a tradeoff to get a fancy new type of fast RAM. Once it comes in a small form factor stick I imagine it will become upgradable again.

If not being able to upgrade the RAM is all the Apple-haters can drum up against this laptop all I can say is this is a storm in a teacup.

about 2 years ago

Kaspersky Says Lack of Digital Voting Will Be Democracy's Downfall

cloricus Re:Honestly.. (388 comments)

I prefer something productive like widely shown moderated public debates like we have in Australia. This could be the basis of an enforced voting question to ensure the voter at least bothered to skim an hours TV. We get away without the voter question as several million of our population watch the shows and discuss it after with those who didn't.

Our two successful formats are 'the worm' and 'Qanda'.

  • In the worm a panel of the countries best media journalists ask targeted policy questions of the two contending political leaders and an audience (either right/left or swing only) controls an opinion graph that is shown to the TV audience in real time.
  • For Qanda a balanced audience including undecided voters and online viewers may ask literally any question and a moderator enforces either a reasonable answer or an admission of some type. The audience and moderator ensure facts are kept forfront so very little spin survives the process without embarrasment.

more than 2 years ago

Is Australia's CSIRO a Patent Troll?

cloricus Re:No (175 comments)


Furthermore, CSIRO immediately reinvested almost all of this money into developing better wireless technology for rural communities in Australia and worldwide (as part of the NBN project). If patent trolls used their gains for research instead of lining pockets of the rich I imagine we'd all have a very different opinion of them.

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous, People's Liberation Front Build Anonymous Data-Sharing Site

cloricus, seriously? (137 comments)

Why would they want to take down what may become the most effective honey pot in history?

more than 2 years ago

How James Cameron Pumped Volume Into Titanic

cloricus Re:Wonderful, but... (289 comments)

I watched Avatar in 2D as that was all that was on offer and I suggest an alternative reason Avatar was successful.

It was a well directed, acted, scripted, and paced movie telling a time old tale that was fun and enjoyable.

I'm sure you won't agree as in your world view only technology dictates how good cinema is.

more than 2 years ago

X-Prize Founder Wants Ideas For Fixing Education

cloricus Re:Unions (479 comments)

I know school supplies were very expensive when I was young but I'd have thought that $499 american dollars probably covered all of my pens and paper for at least half of my schooling, if not all of it. Where is the rational to splash out on iPads but then continue to penny pinch on basic supplies?

more than 2 years ago

Journalist Arrested For Tweet Deported to Saudi Arabia

cloricus Re:Green Energy (604 comments)

Where are the coal versions of Fukushima and Chernobyle? Surely you can point to tens of examples easily as coal has been in use much longer and on a larger scale.

more than 2 years ago

Full-Body Scans Rolled Out At All Australian International Airports

cloricus Re:And accuracy (329 comments)

I was flying to Brisbane from Melbourne just before Christmas and my only thought, as I lined up for 20 minutes to get through the huge crowd at security, was that I felt insanely less-safe in that small enclosed space with 200-400 other people than I did on the plane.

If you attack the plane it requires thought, planning, and luck. Compare that to just blowing yourself up in an unmoderated stagnat enclosed queue. They are shifting the threat to another venue that is easier to exploit which can only support the Security Theatre argument.

Then again, Australia has never had a terrorist attack on its soil and ASIO is doing a bang up job getting those who are plotting, so why aren't we giving them this money?

more than 2 years ago

Will Firefox Lose Google Funding?

cloricus Re:Free market for the win (644 comments)

That's all fine and dandy if you know that the source you are downloading is in fact the source that everyone has reviewed. And, if you're paranoid enough to go along with things like Iron this is something that would concern you. However, I'd be willing to bet that the majority of Iron users are actually downloading the binary which really could have anything in it so my first point is moot.

more than 2 years ago

RAM in my most-used personal computer:

cloricus Re:RAM's cheap (543 comments)

This another choice that you knowingly allow yourself to make. Two adults should be able to maintain separate incomes, spending, and control of their money in a committed relationship without a problem. This includes rent, bills, and mortgages (though maybe not children? I can't comment on that yet) where you both commit to have an amount paid regularly. I don't think in my current long term relationship I've ever even known the general balance of my partners bank account and I've never wanted to. The important part of a relationship is that you're fair and there to help when needed, if you're able... Pet needs to go to the vet and the other doesn't have the cash up front? Simple. Lost your job and need to be covered for a few months until you're sorted? Tough but you'd expect the same in return. Partner doesn't think you've paid enough of the bills recently? Got it, next few bills are on me.

Allowing your SO to control your bank account is a trade-off that so many people make and then complain about.

more than 2 years ago

No Tab Relocation Coming For Chrome

cloricus Re:Use Firefox (574 comments)

I'm pretty sure the rest of us left Internet Explorer due to its lack of bloat (no modern features at all) and its total lack of churn ('IE6 is perfect, it'll never need another release!').

Guess you just have a short memory.

more than 2 years ago

FTL Neutrinos Explained... Maybe

cloricus Re:Having Read Both Papers (226 comments)

The summary uses the word 'infamous' to describe the original announcement. In my mind it could only be considered infamous if they made a simple and blatant error. As it looks to a layman they have made an error but in finding the error physics will gain some interesting knowledge it didn't have before. If the latter is true then I'd imagine this would be remembered for all the right reasons not all the wrong ones.

Would this be the case or is the physics world full of jerks?

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 11.10 ('Oneiric Ocelot') Released

cloricus Re:12.04 LTS (455 comments)

Don't worry, I'm sure they're just saving it for 'S'...

Suspicious Spheniscidae

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Cookies Track Users Even After Logging Out

cloricus Re:My sure fire plan (352 comments)

I signed up for the express purpose of untagging myself from all photos that include me. I've found, not even using the most strict privacy options, I've been able to limit the exposure of my privacy fine. Marketing companies can still deduce my friendship groups, where I work, my rough age, and where I went to school but all of that was public knowledge once FB became popular regardless of my participation.

In exchange for this it's facilitated my ability to keep up with friends across two continents.

Regarding the 'Like' button tracking me I'd thought everyone would have assumed that something like this was going on. It doesn't surprise me at all.

more than 2 years ago


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