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Trillions of Plastic Pieces May Be Trapped In Arctic Ice

crovira Where did you get that fact from? (136 comments)

Most of the current sea ice is less than 10 years old is suspiciously in need of references.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

crovira Re:The Mircro$oft $urface (179 comments)

That's not funny, that's $ick... :-) Still with ALL the tablets they're selling, I don't imagine that the corporate bottom line is hurting too much.

about 5 months ago
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The Future of Cryptocurrencies

crovira Re:What we've learned from Bitcoin (221 comments)

Accountants LOVE the idea that every coin you spend is traceable.
  A BitCoin like crypto currency is likely in the offing as a supplement to cash and bank transactions
Backed by the full faith and credit of the US it is likely to be one of MANY co-existing currencies. (Just like we have now! [on paper.])

about 6 months ago
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Schneier: Break Up the NSA

crovira WRONG! Make the NSA SHARE its data. (324 comments)

That it stupid, short sighed and unworkable. You can't un-see goat.se.

Instead, make them SHARE and just learn what you can.

We will have different uses for the data, but its just data, that WE unknowingly paid for.

The last time that happened we got Google Maps. The time before we got the internet.

about 7 months ago
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S. Korea's Cyberwar Against N. Korea's Nukes

crovira Only work if documents we on computer. (57 comments)

As things stand, I doubt that the NK is that advanced. It doesn't need to be. There were NO COMPUTERS when the first A-Bomb was dropped or when V2s flew.

The purpose of an atomic bomb atop a rocket is to get near enough to a target and detonate.

It does not need any sophistication to do so,

it just needs enough propellant, a crude guidance system (like a cheap GPS [use existing infrastructure,] some actuators for targeting and detonation,) air bursting at height seems to generate a big blast.

about 7 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

crovira a long shot get mac os X on their hardware (513 comments)

Fuggedaboudid. If it wasn't made by Apple, it is NOT running OS X. Apple doesn't care what YOU think or need. Apple cares about what THEY need, which is your cash. (I don't blame them. Its like being able to drop a Ford engine block into a chevy chassis. Its not happening unless you're really willing to do it, by hand, by yourself, without any support from either company.)

Macs are mostly there for people to build applications for the Apple ecosystem, which is primarily iOS anyway.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

crovira Learn Forth. (365 comments)

Charles H. Moore wrote it and extended it to be able to compile directly into silicon.

Forth is actually a TIL [Threaded Interpretive Language] but it is so easily extensible that it is possible to implement all the way to the gates.

Moore was working with Forth to do exactly that last I heard.

about 8 months ago
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Neural Net Learns Breakout By Watching It On Screen, Then Beats Humans

crovira I can already hear the daleks... (138 comments)

"Exterminate... Exterminate...."

Actually, when they become advanced enough, we won't need to work anymore.

I'll buy TWO. One to do my job and one ... just in case.

about 9 months ago
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Next-Gen Windshield Wipers To Be Based On Jet Fighter "Forcefield" Tech

crovira And will it attract bugs? (237 comments)

Insects depend on high-frequency sound to attract mates.

I'd hate to find my windshield suddenly covered with horny (or angry) bugs while driving, in the rain, on a dark road, on my way to the ditch, picking up a few unwanted, unexpected pedestrians, who were waiting for a bus...

about 9 months ago
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NSA Wants To Reveal Its Secrets To Prevent Snowden From Revealing Them First

crovira YES. YES, YES!!! (216 comments)

Its about time. What really pisses me off about the NSA isn't that its just a warmed over version of Pointdexter's TIA (Total Information Awareness) but the secrecy.

Forget about privacy. That toothpaste been squeezed out of the tube for years.

WE'RE paying for all of this in all the ways possible and we're not seeing any benefits.

Why not?

Because its all supposed to be a big secret.

SCREW the NSA's sense of entitlement to OUR data.

about 10 months ago
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Crossing the Divide From Software Dev To Hardware Dev

crovira Hardware is just petrified software. (105 comments)

I fail to see the difficulty, or the divide, since hardware is a question of petrifying some software to enhance the operation of certain algorithms.

I remember reading articles several years ago by Chuck Moore about what he was doing to control a silicon foundry to produce chips which would hard wire some algorithms in silicon while leaving the rest as software implementations in Forth.

TILs (Threaded Interpreted Languages) lend themselves very well to this.

The level of interpretation, and the repetition of interpiling, depends on what you define and cache as interpreted code. That is only one step away from petrifying it in silicon.

about a year ago
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David Cameron Wants the Guardian Investigated Over Snowden Files

crovira The request was anything but polite... (279 comments)

"when asked politely by my national security adviser and cabinet secretary to destroy the files they had, they went ahead and destroyed those files"

They knew they didn't have the only copy so they figured "WTF It's the only way we're going to get out of this basement so, screw it, we can always pick up a spare copy at our destination."

The security adviser should have told the cabinet secretary about the reach of the internet, but he didn't bother. LOL :-)

about a year ago
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Would You Secure Personal Data With DRM Tools?

crovira Uh, this is actually brilliant. (101 comments)

"some entity other than their owners" but what if YOU own and enforce it.

"Publish" all of your data to a backup drive, apply DRM to "secure it*" and issue take downs to any intruder (like the NSA) to force them to remove it or face litigation and hassles from the sheriff.

All you need to do is have a warning page/file at the lowest lever on the backup drive and then encrypt your backup.

*) "Secure it" can be as flimsy as the original DVD DRM. The point is to insure the protection of the law, however unwilling the law might be to provide it.

about a year ago
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Researchers Create Mid-Air Haptic Feedback System For Touch Displays

crovira Its called the LEAP MOTION. (62 comments)

I've got one. Its pretty good too. Specially for the $70 or $80 that it cost me.

There's no story here. There's no research project either.

about a year ago
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Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate

crovira I'd take issue with their sense of hygiene... (512 comments)

And can't believe that an ethicist would have a problem with using cockroaches for cybernetic experimentation.

I come across a cockroach, its a race between me and the cockroach as to what's going to happen first.

It gets to escape or it gets to become a greasy smear.

And its not like it was a protected species... ITS A COCKROACH!

They aren't throwing panda or unicorn steaks on the bar-b-que here.

about a year ago
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NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

crovira Sure OPTIONAL safety courses. (780 comments)

In Switzerland they're compulsory.

You aren't allowed to touch a weapon unsupervised before your basic training is completed.

In the 'States, if you've got enough money to buy weapon, regardless of how you got that money, you're now armed and dangerous (to yourself and to everyone around you.)

The NRA are a bunch of profiteers, nothing else...

about a year ago
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NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

crovira Utter garbage. (780 comments)

The amusing thing is that the increase of bullets (i.e. people owning guns) has also contributed to drops in crime rates...

The NRA is all abut perpetuating the NRA.

If they really believed their own rhetorical spew, they would insist that the US adopt the Swiss method.

Every Swiss citizen serves two years in the militia, where they are educated and trained in the use of the weapon, keep their weapon when they leave, and have them in locked gun safes.

The NRA doesn't give a crap about you, just your dues.

about a year ago
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NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

crovira Lead poisoning... I wonder... (780 comments)

Hmm. I wonder if lead poisoning could explain the NRA steadfast insistence on thinking that they have a god given right to shoot weapons.

Their demanding to stick with lead shells, despite the demonstrated environmental harm that lead causes and the proof that copper jacketed bullets deliver superior stopping power at longer ranges seems a bit suspicious...

about a year ago

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