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Lenovo Reveals Wearable Smartband To Track Exercise Stats

dmt0 Can it diagnose for Ebola? (51 comments)

Can it diagnose for Ebola? If everybody wears wearable gadgets, can we force-quarantine people based on the data from their devices?

about 2 months ago
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Arrested Chinese Blogger "Confesses" On State TV, Praises Censorship

dmt0 Re:Oblig Orwell (349 comments)

He also admitted that entering the new phase in his life he wants to be a woman and receive hormonal treatment.

about a year ago
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Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

dmt0 Re:The relationship between Google and Uncle Sam (248 comments)

That's right, because they're working for US gov, not for Chinese gov.

Ah, that explains chillingeffects.org, their switch to RC4, SSL by default, and their strong support of the EFF, right?

For chillingeffects.org read the rest of my last post.

RC4, and SSL are irrelevant because the gov gets the data unencrypted. Encryption just makes your data unavailable to anyone other than the government, because the government hates competition. :)

EFF - publicity, "don't be evil", and the same old self-serving goals.

about a year ago
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Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

dmt0 Re:The relationship between Google and Uncle Sam (248 comments)

For instance, unlike Yahoo and MS, Google famously has repeatedly refused to work with the Chinese government when they request details on dissidents.

That's right, because they're working for US gov, not for Chinese gov.

Who besides google works closely with the EFF, particularly with the ChillingEffects site?

Google is against software patents, and are known to invest a lot in lobbying against them. Unlike the pharmaceutical and financial companies that are on the other side of the fence. ChillingEffects (as awesome as that resource may be) _from Google's perspective_ can be considered an astroturfing campaign.

Who besides google has shown the guts to say "get a warrant" to unofficial government requests?

Knowing that such requests are followed by FISA orders that you mention later in your post, the only purpose this "get a warrant" message serves is publicity and nothing else.

about a year ago
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NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

dmt0 Re:Uh... okay (607 comments)

No cracks in commonly used encryption, just a lot of computing power to brute force it. I remember 10 years ago there was speculation that for a few billion dollars you could build a machine capable of cracking common codes in a few months, and that the some countries probably had them already.

You don't crack commonly known encryption, you just design flaws right into it at the standard level:

Cryptographers have long suspected that the agency planted vulnerabilities in a standard adopted in 2006 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the United States’ encryption standards body, and later by the International Organization for Standardization, which has 163 countries as members.

Classified N.S.A. memos appear to confirm that the fatal weakness, discovered by two Microsoft cryptographers in 2007, was engineered by the agency. The N.S.A. wrote the standard and aggressively pushed it on the international group, privately calling the effort “a challenge in finesse.”

“Eventually, N.S.A. became the sole editor,” the memo says

about a year ago
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NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

dmt0 So much for open source... (607 comments)

"Cryptographers have long suspected that the agency planted vulnerabilities in a standard adopted in 2006 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the United States’ encryption standards body, and later by the International Organization for Standardization, which has 163 countries as members.
Classified N.S.A. memos appear to confirm that the fatal weakness, discovered by two Microsoft cryptographers in 2007, was engineered by the agency. The N.S.A. wrote the standard and aggressively pushed it on the international group, privately calling the effort “a challenge in finesse.”

So much for having your source open. It takes time to find bugs even in standards that guide the way software is written. How many people are out there who are qualified to find such issues in the code?

about a year ago
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Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

dmt0 Re:Kill (the character of) the Messenger (784 comments)

He gets tortured for over a year.
He gives a statement in court saying he's sorry for everything he's done.
He does complete self character assassination saying he wants to change gender.
Psychiatrist confirms he has a set of disorders.
Damage control in action.

about a year ago
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Unlocked Firefox OS ZTE Open Is Now Available On eBay For For $80

dmt0 Re:I'll hold out (122 comments)

Even if it's fully open, with 0 binary blobs. How many qualified specialists, with serious math background, do you think are out there looking through complex encryption functions checking through flaws in math? Ever heard of Obfuscated C Code Contests? Openness of the code does not guarantee absence of backdoors even if the code does get a lot of eyeballs looking at it.

about a year ago
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Sony & Panasonic Plan Next-Gen 300 GB Optical Discs By the End of 2015

dmt0 Sony wins! (289 comments)

First there was VHS vs. Beta, than there was CD vs. MiniDisk, than there was BlueRay vs. HDDVD. Now finally Sony will have the digital media market all to itself. If only anyone would still care.

about a year ago
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Confessions of a Cyber Warrior

dmt0 Re:fud (213 comments)

The whole article is fake. Trying to clean up the mess after Snowden scandal, trying to justify the existence of the whole apparatus...

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Releases Basic iPod Touch, Possibly Foreshadowing iPhone Strategy

dmt0 Margins (228 comments)

And there go the margins...

about a year and a half ago
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Google Rolling Out Gmail Redesign

dmt0 Re:"Let me just take care of that for you." (303 comments)

Your weak link here is I don't want to tell some megacorp more about me.

Than you'll have to deal with more clutter on your screen - like those "mark as important" tags set at random.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Rolling Out Gmail Redesign

dmt0 Re:"Let me just take care of that for you." (303 comments)

Why? Utility is very much the driving factor. There is utility for Google's customers (advertisers) in getting more personal information about how you prioritize information (the product).

You just have to remember that you are not the paying customer, and utility for you is not part of the equation here.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Rolling Out Gmail Redesign

dmt0 Re:"Let me just take care of that for you." (303 comments)

You got it. It's designer-driven change for change's sake. The same problem as Gnome with Gnome3 and the same problem that MS have with Windows 8. Changes that nobody wants or needs - except bored designers.

Change for change's sake? I don't think Google is as mindless as that.

A list of emails that a person gets only says so much about the person. You don't quite control what other people are sending you - they do. On the other hand the way that you interact with your email and how you categorize and prioritize it (did you find that "mark as important" feature useful?) tells so much more about you.

Of course that feature is there only to alleviate the stress from you and stop the inbox from being your master, nothing more.

about a year and a half ago
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Syrian Electronic Army Hits Financial Times Sites, Feeds

dmt0 Re:They are trying for fame and fortune! (24 comments)

"Syrian Electronic Army Was Here"

Is that all they've got? I mean last time a twitter account of Associated Press was hacked, just one post from it caused a flash crash on the markets with HUGE amounts of money changing hands:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-23/twitter-hack-compete-evaporation-all-market-liquidity-one-chart

And these guys are posting "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here"??

about a year and a half ago
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The Body's "Fountain of Youth" Could Lie In the Brain

dmt0 Re:Yeesh (118 comments)

In yogic tradition the location of hypothalamus coincides with what is known as bindu visarga. From that point emanates amrita, which is roughly translated as the nectar of immortality. It is considered that it flows downward from that point and gets consumed by the digestive system. Certain techniques, usually involving inverted body position, reverse the flow of amrita, which can than get assimilated by the body.

http://www.satyananda.net/articles/introduction-to-kriya-yoga

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support?

dmt0 Re:Wait for Haswell (260 comments)

If you can wait awhile longer before buying, Intel's upcoming Haswell processor is reported to have significantly improvied graphics performance, and Intel GPUs are well-supported with free drivers in Linux and Xorg. They're less-powerful than NVIDIA and AMD GPUs, but should be fine unless you need to play high-end games on high quality settings.

Yes, and than wait another year or so until they get the drivers to work properly, which they still didn't with Sandy Bridge.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support?

dmt0 Re:Not sad at all (260 comments)

The "Sandy Bridge" and "Ivy Bridge" stuff is nice.

I have an Ivy Bridge laptop. What's so nice about it? How much time has passed since the hardware release? I still have tearing artifacts around every title bar on KDE, all because of bugs in drivers - both with Ubuntu's default driver and the one from PPA.

It's all great that their drivers are open and free, but quality-wise they have always been a mess.

At this point, if you want a great out-of-the-box support, all you can do is wait. Either when Intel will improve their quality, or when nvidia fixes their optimus stuff. Don't know much about the AMD side of things.

about 2 years ago

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