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Algorithmic Trading Rapidly Replacing Need For Humans

elFisico In World of Warcraft... (331 comments)

... Automated trading would be called botting and would be verboten.

You must not forget, trading is a zero-sum-game, so whatever someone wins, somewbody else has to lose...

more than 3 years ago
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Telex Would Work, But Is It Overkill?

elFisico Re:How can this work? (92 comments)

OK, but is it possible to corrupt the side-channel message by changing a few bits that are normally not used?

more than 3 years ago
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Telex Would Work, But Is It Overkill?

elFisico Re:How can this work? (92 comments)

Hmm, ok, now it makes sense. But wouold it be possible to corrupt the message in the side-channel without invalidating the ssl-connection? That would mean there is a way to block the transfer after all...

more than 3 years ago
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Telex Would Work, But Is It Overkill?

elFisico Re:How can this work? (92 comments)

OK, this finally makes sense. So it is steganography as well as encryption. Now I get it! :-)

And there is no way to corrupt the side-channel-information?

more than 3 years ago
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Telex Would Work, But Is It Overkill?

elFisico Re:How can this work? (92 comments)

This would imply that there is a secret shared between a "good" telex router and the client, but not the regime. How would one organize the distribution of such secrets to the clients without the regime being able to either block the distribution or sniff out the secrets?

This is just shifting the problem from the communication link level to the secret distribution level...

more than 3 years ago
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Telex Would Work, But Is It Overkill?

elFisico Re:How can this work? (92 comments)

Exactly my point. Without a secret that is known only to the client and the "good" router but not the regime the whole scheme falls apart...

more than 3 years ago
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Telex Would Work, But Is It Overkill?

elFisico How can this work? (92 comments)

What is hindering the oppressive regime to install its own telex-routers at the boundaries and filter out all telex-requests? Or, to use the analogy: why shouldn't the regime just block all coloured envelopes?

more than 3 years ago
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How To Ruin Your Game's PC Port

elFisico Who else mis-read the title? (244 comments)

When I read "How To Ruin Your PC's Game Port", I thought "Easy! Just apply an overvoltage!" and immediately thought about all the wonderful hacks that we did, driving stepper motors via the parallel port and reading ultrasound proximity sensors via the game port...

*sigh*

Those were the days...

more than 3 years ago
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Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

elFisico Not a hoax, just some wrong story-telling... (689 comments)

The initial reason why Mr. Alm started the whole thing was a brochure issued by the Austrian DMV that stated that headgear on the photo was only allowed for religious reasons. Now would you doubt the legality of an oficially-issued prochure?

Yes, it only took about one year due to the DMV requesting the mental examination. Yes, Mr. Alm did not pick up the driving license, but the DMV did not send him notification that he may pick up his drivers license as they usually do when a driving license isn't picked up.

more than 3 years ago
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Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

elFisico Re:Heresy (689 comments)

Right, on his website Mr. Alm says that he is prepared to get the full treatment by officers whenever he is pulled over:

"Show me your spare tire, your Warndreieck and your first-aid-kit, now blow into the breathalyzer..."

more than 3 years ago
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Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

elFisico Re:What a waste of time. (689 comments)

Why should a judge be confronted with that? It was only the clerks at the DVM that had to do with this...

more than 3 years ago
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Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

elFisico No waste of time. (689 comments)

He didn't waste 3 years. He invested nearly nothing that would exceed the costs of a "normal" driving license, he even only borrowed the colander. And it cost him lets say one hour or two extra due to the medical examination and the paperwork.

And he did not waste tax-payers money, the DMV did it by not recognizing his religious rights in the first place...

more than 3 years ago
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Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

elFisico To give the whole story: (689 comments)

There was a brochure issued by the DMV that said that you only may wear headgear for religious reasons on the photo. That was the initial trigger why @NikoAlm started the whole thing. The law regarding driving licenses says nothing about religion, only that the head must be "fully visible", but that came up only recently.

The clerk at the DMV initially refused to issue the driving license, asking for a photo without headgear. When Mr. Alm asked to get that in writing, the DMV issued a (kind of) subpoena instead and had Mr. Alm examined by a medical officer regarding his mental health. Luckily the examination only took 5 minutes and Mr. Alm now has it in writing that he is mentally sane and fit to drive a vehicle.

The DMV then issued the driving license after about a year but did not contact Mr. Alm so that he could pick it up, that's where the long delay came from.

That's the whole story as told at http://blog.alm.at/2011/07/12/hl-fuhrerschein-episode-6-das-finale/ (translation: http://goo.gl/MOsG1)

Yes, it is only a moral victory. For a real victory, somebody would have to do that with a passport photo where headgear really is only allowed for religious reasons. But hey, given the even international publicity, somebody might... :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Apple: "We must Have Comprehensive Location Data"

elFisico Re:Why? Because we know what's best for you... (556 comments)

I didn't give them permission. Unless they moved the important, but unusual parts of the EULA upfront and showed them in bold, they don't become part of the contract. Monitoring every step is unusual enough that one doesn't think it's a normal part of any EULA, so they need to point it out explicitely. Well, that is the law at least in my juristdiction... :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Mitigating Fukushima's Dangers, 42 Days In

elFisico Just some random information related to the topic. (245 comments)

Greenpeace estimates that the Chernobyl death toll throughout the past 25 years sums up to 300.000 casualties. During the last 25 years there were about 300.000 victims of traffic accidents in Belarus and Ukraine.

A breached hydo power dam in China caused 30.000 immediate deaths and 120.000 deaths through plagues and famine.

The highest estimate given in a study of total Chernobyl victims is 900.000 worldwide. There are 1.2 million deaths due to traffic accidents worldwide each year.

Ash from coal plants is investigated as a source for uranium, as the concentration of uranium in the coal ash is higher than in several uranium ore deposits.

The background radiation in the town of Chernobyl is now twice as high as the background radiation in Kiev.

The Chernobyl exclusion zone has become a wildlife reservate for wolfes, which were nearly extinct before the desaster.

Damage to the Ukrainian economy due to Chernobyl is estimated at 6% of its BIP. A new sarcophagus will cost more than 500 M€.

Risk coverage in Germany and Switzerland for nuclear accidents: 1%.

Only the whole truth can make you free...

more than 3 years ago
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Japanese Robots Await Call To Action

elFisico Let's hope the robot is hardened... (50 comments)

Let's hope the robot is hardened against ionizing radiation. Otherwise instead of "Hasta la vista, baby" it's more like "Dave, my mind is going..."

more than 3 years ago
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Apple: "We must Have Comprehensive Location Data"

elFisico Why? Because we know what's best for you... (556 comments)

It is OK to keep a log of the devices whereabouts... on the device. It is not OK to transfer that data to another entity without explicit permission of the devices owner... and better ask one time too often for that permission...

more than 3 years ago
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Truthy Project Uncovers Political Astroturfing On Twitter

elFisico Re:No proof the accounts are spamming (99 comments)

I second that. Twitter is in principle spam-proof... if people would stop using auto-re-follow- and auto-retweet-apps. To get followers on twitter you have to provide some kind of interesting content, even if it is only retweets of news messages. Advertisers really have to invest some time and keep the spam-to-content ratio low or people just cut the link and unfollow them.

about 4 years ago
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8pen Reinvents the Keyboard For Mobile Devices

elFisico I don't think it can compete with Swype... (214 comments)

... especially Swype on a non-qwerty key layout. Come on, we already know that it is better to spread out those often-used chars...

And maybe someone can figure out a way to make my fingers transparent so I can finally see where that next key is I want to swype to... :-)

about 4 years ago

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Public pr0n surfing might get you killed in Iraq

elFisico elFisico writes  |  more than 7 years ago

elFisico (877213) writes "From the article:

The Iraqi Aid Association (IAA), a Baghdad-based non-governmental organisation working with displacement, children and youth issues, says dozens of Iraqis have been killed after using the internet to access erotic sites. Fatah Ahmed, spokesperson for the IAA, said: "We have received information from many sources that militants are operating spies inside internet cafes just to find out who is browsing sites they have deemed offensive to Islam."
Could this become a new assassination technique? Just install a trojan on an iCafe computer and have it pop up pr0n pictures when your victim uses it..."

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