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CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

godel_56 Re:Not very secret (116 comments)

They gave it up when they said it was made from micro organisms... Its plankton.

It is NOT made of plankton, it's made of dried marine bacteria.

5 days ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

godel_56 Interesting idea (328 comments)

Here's an idea from Todd Knarr, a commenter on the TFA web page:

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"It might be better to criminalize, not the hosting of such material, but the solicitation of such material. Revenge-porn websites tend to make it clear they want you to post images and videos without the permission of the people in them. So, criminalize solicitation of posting of material without the permission of the people shown in it, and the demanding of payment to take such material down when the request to take it down comes from a person shown.

about two weeks ago
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Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

godel_56 Re:Op Out Knowledge? (157 comments)

There's a lot of DNA conditions that are straight up "You wont live to 50 and there's nothing you can do to make it better" type things. Frankly for a young person, its better to just not know and go and live a healthy and normal life until the bloody thing reveals itself, than living a life in misery under a death sentence.

Living in ignorance isn't living a lie, knowing the truth and going on like its not real , however is.

Frankly, I'd take the ignorance.

Yes, but in those cases you still have the question of whether you're willing to pass those conditions on to (possible) children. It's bad enough that you have some horrible crippling ailment, are you going to needlessly inflict it on some innocent through willful ignorance?

about two weeks ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

godel_56 Re:get real (320 comments)

7 billion people on Earth. Say 10% are on the phone at any given time. Say 1/8 MB/min with whatever cell phone codec? 128kbps mp3 is around a meg a minute, right? And cell phone codecs are compressed all to hell.

7 billion * 10% * 1/8 * 60 min * 24 hours * 30 days = 3.78 trillion megabytes = 3,520 petabytes.

And that's just storage to keep on hand. Not to mention the bandwidth required to stream 117 petabytes/day to the servers.

"Sir, if we could just have you look at this little blue light right here, we'll explain everything..."

This reference for a GSM codec states bit rates of 1.6KB/s down to 0.59KB/s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Additionally the speech is likely to be pre-processed from audio to text for storage. Final data could be as low as tens of bytes a second. One estimate was that the entire telephone speech data of the US could be stored for as little as $30 million a year in hardware costs. For the NSA that's petty cash.

about 1 month ago
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Facebook To Pay City $200K-a-Year For a Neighborhood Cop

godel_56 Some compensation? (235 comments)

Perhaps large corporations contributing to public funds goes some tiny way to compensate for their tax avoidance schemes, that helped make the local and federal governments short of cash in the first place.

about a month and a half ago
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Cops Say NDA Kept Them from Notifying Courts About Cell Phone Tracking Gadget

godel_56 Independent experts? (235 comments)

I don't think the cops should be using these things at all.

What I think should happen is they get a warrant from a judge, then bring in an independent expert to do the trace, such as someone from the FCC or a security officer from the telco.

Much less chance of "fishing expeditions" and misuse by the cops.

about a month and a half ago
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Kickstarter Security Breach Exposes Customer Data

godel_56 Re:PKI (63 comments)

I have a better question. Why does Kickstarter store IDs or passwords AT ALL. Why do they not mandate federation.

They have Facebook login, but no Google or OpenID login. Why? And if I am using Facebook login then why do I STILL need to create a stupid Kickstarter.com password, I should be able to ONLY use Facebook.

Why should we have a system with a single point of failure, when it makes it much harder for intruders if they have to break into every site and account separately?

Also, fuck Google, Facebook etc. They already have more than enough information about me.

about 2 months ago
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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

godel_56 Re:Sign the petition (277 comments)

If the shit was not "Waste" before it was scooped up and moved to another spot, then it's still not "Waste".

"Dredge waste" is more commonly called "sand". It is not exactly toxic industrial sludge that they are dumping.

Sometimes dredge waste is called "silt" or even "mud".

Oh well, the Great Barrier reef will be dead in a few decades anyway from rising sea temperatures, some no real harm done.

/bitter_cynicism

about 2 months ago
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BitTorrent's Bram Cohen Unveils New Steganography Tool DissidentX

godel_56 Re:Actual Link (124 comments)

I'm curious what the actual "expansion ratio" is. I.e., if you want to encrypt N bytes in a cover-message of M bytes, how many bytes do you actually need to store/transmit?

From TFA:

"Even with Cohen’s clever hashing trick, the cover text for a secret message must be much larger than that message itself. Cohen suggests a file five hundred times as large as the secret message to encode communications without raising suspicions."

about 3 months ago
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Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump

godel_56 Re:He who fails to learn from history... (209 comments)

... is doomed to repeat it.

Does anyone else get the impression that we're on the downside of civilization?

It's hard to learn from history when the records of it have been shredded.

about 3 months ago
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Low-Cost Morphing Robotic Hands Could Revolutionize Blue-Collar Bionics

godel_56 PopSci Dickheads. (21 comments)

Those morons at Popular Science have geo-blocked the link, so the only way I can read it in Australia is via a proxy

about 3 months ago
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Dallas PD Uses Twitter To Announce Cop Firings

godel_56 Re:Ahhh more evidence of militerized police. (118 comments)

Should be "At the local range I go to", anyway you know when it's a cop shooting, they always exceed the 1 second rule and are general asshats.

Sorry, but what's the one second rule?

As to the tweets, it might be better if his accompanying photo didn't show him smiling as he offed all these people.

about 3 months ago
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Who's Selling Credit Cards From Target?

godel_56 Re:Good Journalsim, Good Article (68 comments)

Seriously if Krebs could track the idiot down why is there no outrage or any police effort to nab the guy!!

Um, possibly because he's in the Ukraine and paying the local cops a shedload of money to look the other way, and no-one expects any different.

about 4 months ago
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

godel_56 Re:I support Mr. Mikko Hyppone (248 comments)

Americans don't have that key on our keyboards.

http://copypastecharacter.com/

about 4 months ago
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RSA Flatly Denies That It Weakened Crypto For NSA Money

godel_56 Undoing mod (291 comments)

Posting to undo mod.

about 4 months ago
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Company That Made the First 3D Printed Metal Gun Is Selling Them For $11,900

godel_56 Re:durable parts that could withstand... (182 comments)

Maybe these folks can make spare auto parts for cars? I'd love to roll with a MG, Model F with all the parts working.

Was there ever a version of an MG in which all the parts were working?

about 4 months ago
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Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch

godel_56 Re:Not needed. (252 comments)

In Australia they just have a list of stolen phones distributed to the carriers, and they block the phone from network access based on the phone's IMEI.

Yes but that would make logical sense. There's a couple drawbacks to that solution, to be honest, but they are far more minor than the obvious problems with the kill-switch approach. For one, phones can still be sold out of country (although I suspect that's a VERY small market for stolen phones). For another, many phones currently don't have a built-in ID, it's contained on a removable chip so a thief could just swap it out or remove it entirely. So if anything, maybe we should mandate a non-removable unique ID for each phone, a government registry of phones which have been reported lost/stolen, and a law mandating carriers NOT allow listed phones to be activated.

BTW, I understand the theft of mobile phones in Australia dropped dramatically after this system was introduced, so while there may be ways around the law, they are probably beyond the capabilities of your average street thug.

about 3 months ago
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Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch

godel_56 Not needed. (252 comments)

In Australia they just have a list of stolen phones distributed to the carriers, and they block the phone from network access based on the phone's IMEI.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU

godel_56 Grid Computing? (264 comments)

I run grid computing using the BOINC and World Community Grid, so my four cores are running flat out all the time.

Would this be enough to blind any software that was trying to listen to the noise your CPU makes? Sort of a CPU white noise generator?

about 4 months ago
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Bursting the Filter Bubble

godel_56 Blank Slate (136 comments)

Wiping all your cookies and history in your browser might help a bit, but probably not if you're using Chrome or logged into Google.

Also, the Startpage search engine claims to use Google, but anonymously.

about 4 months ago

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WI-fi phones make local network using VoIP

godel_56 godel_56 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

godel_56 (1287256) writes "Australian researchers have developed software that allows WiFi capable mobile phones to communicate with each other where there is no mobile reception, using mesh networking and VoIP. Researchers envisage it being used to provide emergency communications in cases where the central phone towers are out of action, such as in the recent Haiti disaster."
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