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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

godel_56 Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

I lost the password in a hard drive crash.

Apparently he admitted to the cops that he could decrypt the drive, but wouldn't. Which once again goes to show that when you are arrested by the cops SHUT THE HELL UP, or use TrueCrypt in "plausible deniability" mode (yes, I'm aware of TrueCrypt's current situation).

The fact that the defendant is a lawyer makes his admissions even more stupid.

about a month ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

godel_56 Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

It amazes me that you subscribe to the idea that a local desktop hard drive crash wiped out all email for a high-ranking IRS official... and that the IRS is essentially shrugging at any notion of ineptitude. Clearly you know fuck all about tech.

I thought so too, but when you read the Ars Technica article on what a clusterfuck the IRS IT system is, It becomes a little more believable.

about a month ago

FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

godel_56 Rural Applications (199 comments)

While drone delivery is a stupid idea for the city and suburbs, I think it has some real possibilities for rural areas.

Being able to fly long distances over largely unpopulated regions, line of site and not affected by road conditions and with no on-board pilot/driver, seems potentially efficient.

Of course these are also the areas with toothless yokels with shotguns, so that may pose some problems.

about a month ago

Computing a Cure For HIV

godel_56 Re:Bitcoin mining? (89 comments)

Imagen if all that computer power was put to use such as finding the cure of HIV.... We would be done by lunch time.

If anyone wants to contribute to computer research on HIV with their own systems then there is a World Community Grid project called Fight Aids At home (FAAH) that uses your computer's spare cycles to work on AIDS research, using the BOINC platform.

There are versions for Windows, Apple, Linux, and Android software.

about a month ago

It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

godel_56 Turns? (218 comments)

I haven't looked at the Slashdot video, but on YouTube there's no sign of it turning corners. What effect will the gyros have on that?

about a month and a half ago

Century-Old Drug Reverses Signs of Autism In Mice

godel_56 Re:Can a company patent it? (207 comments)

Gaining a drug's approval by the Food and Drug Administration in the US — and similar government agencies in other countries — is a very expensive process. The expense is normally offset for by the patent(s) granted to the pharmaceutical company, that developed the drug, which make it an exclusive maker/seller of the medicine for decades.

However, if the drug is long-known — and only needs an approval for new application — who will undertake to pay for the approval, if there is no way to patent it and the approval will allow all drug-makers (both domestic and foreign) to put their own versions on the market?

Or, the parents can just take their kids to Mexico for a week.

about a month and a half ago

Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

godel_56 Re:Pale Moon (270 comments) Switched from Firefox to Pale Moon because of Version 29 and haven't looked back. It is excellent.

Me too, and I gave the author a small donation. I doubt they're getting bulk money from Google as FF is.

about 1 month ago

Robots and Irradiated Parasites Enlisted In the Fight Against Malaria

godel_56 Re:Genetic programming - mutate and let fittest li (84 comments)

I'm quite scared by that. You first irradiate them, causing huge amount of genetic mutations. Then you change the environment, killing weakest mutants and let the best live on. Isn't it a recipe for eventually creating super-bug?

Did you miss the part where it's all done in a closed laboratory and they chop the mosquitoes' heads off?

about 2 months ago

Why Snowden Did Right

godel_56 Re:The Roman Empire? (348 comments)

Snowden would be a hero in my mind if he'd stopped at just revealing the illegal spying the NSA was doing on US citizens, but he went farther than that. He revealed a lot of the things the NSA does to spy on foreign powers. That is their job and I expect them to do it, and I do not expect a citizen of the US to reveal our sources and methods of intelligence gathering.

You mean spying on foreign powers like, um, the Bahamas?

about 2 months ago

The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

godel_56 Gee Bee (209 comments)

OK how about this one. From memory, it killed just about everyone who owned it.

about 2 months ago

eBay Compromised

godel_56 Re:And Everything Just Get's More Inconvenient (193 comments)

I have not noticed date of birth being in the phone book. It actually bothers me that companies such as eBay think that they need or should even ask for a date of birth. All they need to know is that I am over 18, then piss off with the intrusive data gathering.

You're right, but who the hell gives their right date of birth anyway, unless it's to someone like the government, life insurance company etc?

about 2 months ago

Measles Virus Puts Woman's Cancer Into Remission

godel_56 FUD (74 comments)

Apart from all the misinformation being spread by the first half dozen anti-immunization posters, you did notice that these patients probably had otherwise incurable cancers, so any reasonable chance of a cure is worth taking.

about 2 months ago

IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers

godel_56 Questions. (90 comments)

From second link:

At low temperatures (just over room temperature), another type of polymer can be formed into elastic gels that are still stronger than most polymers, but still maintains its flexibility because of solvent that is trapped within the network, stretching like a rubber band.

Hmm. I wonder what the solvent is, and would it be harmful as it slowly evaporates?

Titan is, naturally, the stronger one. According to IBM, it has bone-like strength (its measurements were similar to the organic material that frames our bodies) and roughly one-third of the tensile strength of steel. When IBM researchers combined Titan with 2% to 5% carbon nanotubes, however, they found they could make a material three times stronger than the polyamides sometimes used on current aircraft.

OK, that seems potentially impressive.

about 2 months ago

Grad Student Makes Nanowires Just Three Atoms Thick

godel_56 More info (32 comments)

More info from TFA:

Lin made the tiny wires from a special family of semiconducting materials that naturally form monolayers. These materials, called transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs), are made by combining the metals molybdenum or tungsten with either sulfur or selenium. The best-known member of the family is molybdenum disulfide, a common mineral that is used as a solid lubricant.

Other research groups have already created functioning transistors and flash memory gates out of TMDC materials. So the discovery of how to make wires provides the means for interconnecting these basic elements. Next to the transistors, wiring is one of the most important parts of an integrated circuit. Although today’s integrated circuits (chips) are the size of a thumbnail, they contain more than 20 miles of copper wiring.

about 3 months ago

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.

about 4 months ago

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:


"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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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.

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 4 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 5 months ago



WI-fi phones make local network using VoIP

godel_56 godel_56 writes  |  about 4 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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