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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

danlip secondary microphone (67 comments)

I wonder how long it will take someone to turn this into a secondary (and insecure) microphone. It's already been done with Android's gyroscope.

about half an hour ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

danlip Re:Prison population (405 comments)

That sounds like you are claiming that black and hispanic populations are fundamentally more criminal, regardless of all other factors.

Finland has lower crime because they have less poverty, and they have less poverty because of their policies, not some Finish magic. We could do the same thing, we just choose not to.

Also the drop in US crime could be due to any number of factors. It may have nothing at all to do with tough-on-crime policies. Lead pollution correlates well with crime rates (and yes, correlation is not causation, but it often indicates causation).

3 days ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

danlip Re:Apparently (212 comments)

Learning to code is learning logic and critical thinking skills, which everyone needs. And it gives an understanding of computers that you can't get from a class where you just memorize terms like client, server, network, etc. And that barista may one day be sitting on a jury judging a technical case.

5 days ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

danlip Re: It's like the metric system... (276 comments)

True, but the system of slavery in the US and Caribbean really brought slavery to an industrial scale and drove demand through the roof.

about two weeks ago
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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

danlip Re:Blood batteries (90 comments)

If you want to turn people into energy the most efficient thing is probably to just have them pedal bikes hooked to generators. Blood powered batteries would be great for medical implants but not much else. And the Matrix was just plain silly.

about three weeks ago
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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

danlip Re:Maybe not so silly (90 comments)

Although perhaps the child with the least supportive family who needs the most help, e.g. affirmative action. Isn't China supposed to be communist?

about three weeks ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

danlip Re:The worst part (478 comments)

"Science advances one funeral at a time." - Max Planck
Social issues do too. Support for gay marriage breaks very much along generational lines, as did segregation and just about every social issue ever.

about a month ago
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Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

danlip Re:Repair (53 comments)

in the US about 3 years ago it was easy to find a guy on craigslist with a mobile iPhone repair service - they drive to you and repair it in the back of their van while you wait. Clearly a low budget single person operation, but I had no reason to believe he was using stolen parts or anything else dodgy. Repaired a broken screen and got several more years of good use out of the phone. I assume such services still exist, plus many small shops offering repairs.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

danlip Re:Working in Tech - or DOING Tech? (392 comments)

I don't need a lib arts degree to write well documented code. I need a good technical understanding of the code and an understanding of what difficulties the next person who comes along will have reading the code - and understanding that I have acquired from lots of experienced reading other peoples code. And a desire to do a good job - I can't emphasize that last point enough.

about a month ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

danlip Re:I, Robot from a programmers perspective (165 comments)

Do remember these stories were written as far back as 1941. "I, Robot" was published in 1950. Your experience with technology and real world edge cases is very different from his.

about a month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

danlip Re:Seriously, we're not rapists.... (595 comments)

Yes, but that's a completely different thing from what I was saying. An unarmed black man is far more likely to be shot by police than an unarmed white man.

about 2 months ago
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Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

danlip Re:TOR (102 comments)

Yeah, I'm pretty much a bleeding heart lefty and I still think blaming the Republicans for Obama signing NDAA is pretty ridiculous. There are plenty of things to blame the Republicans for, but Obama is hardly blameless either.

about 2 months ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

danlip Re: The world we live in. (595 comments)

frat is just an abbreviation for fraternity. What is the distinction you are trying to make?

And they have a terrible reputation, which they have earned.

about 2 months ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

danlip Re:Seriously, we're not rapists.... (595 comments)

I think the main point is to prevent the woman from drinking the spiked drink. I think it is rather unlike that a guy gets convicted (or even prosecuted) based solely on this test. Perhaps arrested, but more likely just questioned. Unless he's black, in which case he would probably be shot by the police, but that's a problem which has nothing to do with this product.

about 2 months ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

danlip Re:Seriously, we're not rapists.... (595 comments)

No, it is not suggesting that every man is a despicable scum, it is suggesting that there is a reasonable chance that at least one man at a party is a despicable scum. And that seems like a reasonable suggestion.

about 2 months ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

danlip Re:That's no moon.... (80 comments)

Dyson Spheres are a rather silly thing to search for, as the technology required is too advanced to fathom (perhaps impossible). It seems the TFA was just talking about looking for aliens with huge power sources. That is certainly possible. But my point was that an advanced alien civilization may just have figured out how to be so efficient as to not need huge power sources. I was also responding to the "makes no assumptions about what alien civilizations may be like" statement in the summary, because it seems that they are making a pretty big assumption that could be easily violated without resorting to exotic materials or new laws of physics. We could even be there in 100 years.

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

danlip Re:Please, don't tell them ... (421 comments)

I believe Dan Savage coined the term unicorn, and it applies specifically to females (as it is generally much easier to find men who are up for MMF threesomes). Urbandictionary agrees too (mostly).

about 2 months ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

danlip Re:Thermodynamics (80 comments)

That seems like a fairly safe assumption. On the other hand if they get all their power from solar (or wind, hydro, etc., which are just secondary affects of solar) then it seems to me they'd be in equilibrium and they'd have the exact same thermal signature as a no-civilization planet. That seems more likely.

about 2 months ago

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Target Says Encrypted PIN Data Taken in Breach

danlip danlip writes  |  about 10 months ago

danlip (737336) writes "Target says Encrypted PIN Data Taken in Breach but doesn't think they can be unencrypted by whoever may have taken them because they never had the key in their system. The article has no details on exactly how they were encrypted, but it doesn't seem like it would be hard to brute force it given that there are only 10^4 possibilities for each PIN."

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