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The Amiga, Circa 2010 — Dead and Loving It

cpu_fusion Obligatory //gs whine (383 comments)

Sound is more important than graphics! Amigas can't run GS/OS!
Apple //gs+ is coming out any day now !!1!11!!

(If you don't understand this, please don't rate it.)

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How To Build a Quantum Propulsion Machine

cpu_fusion Mod up: parent's article is critical (392 comments)

John Walker called such a device a vacuum propeller. He didn't have any particular ideas about how the device would work, but he does have a nice analogy involving propellers.

The article Red Jesus linked is critical. It helped me understand the whole point of this Story. I know I shouldn't RTFA, but I couldn't help it this time.

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Russia Confirms Failed Missile Launch Caused Norway's Light Show

cpu_fusion Failure my ass, it worked as intended (236 comments)

Given how it blanketed the sky, I'd expect it is some sort of anti-missile/anti-aircraft defense component. Possibly related to stealth technology detection. Keep in mind the Russians have been making a nice chunk of change from helping Iran build nuclear plants and defend them. This would be the ideal time for the Russians to point out to the West, through a highly visible demonstration like this, that there may be some surprises in store for an attack on Iran.

My 2 cents.

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LHC Knocked Out By Another Power Failure

cpu_fusion Re:I'm writing this comment from 2017 (338 comments)

Thank you. When I posted it I took a leap of faith that my fellow Slashdotters likely would get the reference. I wasn't let down. I think that is half the fun of this site: knowing that many of us share a lot of collective experiences.

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LHC Knocked Out By Another Power Failure

cpu_fusion Re:I'm writing this comment from 2017 (338 comments)

Actually, since it was a DJ Shadow sample, it would be the RIAA that would block it.

Actually, as a few others have pointed out, it was originally from the classic sci/horror movie, John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness." Good stuff.

DJ Shadow must have got his hands on the vinyl of that movie's soundtrack. ("Endtroducing" was a great album.)

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LHC Knocked Out By Another Power Failure

cpu_fusion Re:I'm writing this comment from 2017 (338 comments)

We are unable to transmit through conscious neural interference. You are receiving this broadcast as a dream. We are transmitting from the year two zero one seven.

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Trojan Kill Switches In Military Technology

cpu_fusion What about a Trojan "Launch" Switch (392 comments)

Turning off your enemies defenses is one thing, but what about when stuff like this is used to make the enemy seem to be on the offensive?

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Wireless Network Modded To See Through Walls

cpu_fusion Thank goodness for Kyllo vs. U.S. (161 comments)

... wherein the Supreme Court (including Scalia, amazingly) held that peering into homes using equipment that was not available in common use by the layperson was within the bounds of the 4th amendment, and therefore requires a search warrant.

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Learn To Fabricate DNA Evidence

cpu_fusion If an Israeli company is offering this tech ... (256 comments)

... shouldn't we assume the CIA and Mossad already know how to evade this detection?

Folks, the real news here isn't that DNA evidence could be forged. That was sort of a no-brainer to anyone who understands the parallels with digital evidence.

The real news is that the ability to DETECT the forgery is now being sold by a company in a nation with arguably the best intelligence service in the world.

This isn't "space alien with mind control ray" tinfoil hat stuff. It's basic extrapolation and logic.

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Scientists Learn To Fabricate DNA Evidence

cpu_fusion Re:And I'll be the first to say: (256 comments)

cases should be built on a preponderance of the evidence

Actually, and I'm sure you meant to say it, that's "Beyond a reasonable doubt" ... a much higher standard than the preponderance of evidence standard. (Criminal vs. civil.)

The main problem here is that juries are being asked to make findings of fact for which they arguably have no qualifications to make. Questions of science belong with scientists, not laypeople, and so juries are forced to rely on a battle of expert witnesses. As you point out, the 3 piece suit, authority, and style of an expert can be decisive, even when the evidence itself is hardly "beyond a reasonable doubt."

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Can We Build a Human Brain Into a Microchip?

cpu_fusion Re:Undue Credit to Kurzweil (598 comments)

I feel he has done a great disservice to the field of artificial intelligence by promising unrealistic things in interviews to the lay person. Disappointment is a sure fire way to get yourself branded as a snake oil salesman religious nut.

A disappointed public threatens research funding, but an unprepared public threatens chaos.

I'm more concerned with making sure we're thinking ahead to the radical change that is likely to come, be it in 10 years or 40, than to be concerned that lay people will distrust AI researchers.

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Null Character Hack Allows SSL Spoofing

cpu_fusion Pascal vs. C: Round 2 (280 comments)

A debate older than time_t ?

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Null Character Hack Allows SSL Spoofing

cpu_fusion Re:Pascal C: vindicated (280 comments)

That was "Pascal greater than C" using the greater than sign, but apparently slashdot can't escape that properly....

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Null Character Hack Allows SSL Spoofing

cpu_fusion Pascal C: vindicated (280 comments)

If you don't understand, I won't String you along, but give you 256 good reasons ...

more than 5 years ago
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Med Students Get Training In Second Life Hospitals

cpu_fusion Comedy. Gold. (126 comments)

You win the Internets!

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Goldman Sachs Trading Source Code In the Wild?

cpu_fusion And the 32MB amount is telling too, isn't it? (324 comments)

Sorry to respond to myself, but to add ...

32 MB seems like a nice sized "chunk" to be an image of an on-die cache.

The size of the file is so conveniently close to a power of 2 to suggest to me that this is an image of RAM. (L2 cache?)

Again, I'm suggesting that a snapshot of the core rules generated by a learning system would be more useful than the framework it would run on.

more than 5 years ago

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