top Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
. . . and my daily-use TV is a widescreen, high-definition tube . It works great! Cost me only $40! And at 126lb, no one is going to steal it. In fairness, it fits the built-in TV cabinet perfectly and at the time a similarly-sized LCD model was close to $600, so it made sense to go with the tube.
With the massive power savings you could get by replacing this old junker, you could pay for a new flat screen in a few years. However you'd have to make sure it had the inputs to talk to your old signal sources. I've seen some new TVs with HDMI inputs only.
top News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials
It's not nothing. It's a glimmer of hope for us here in Australia, that that piece of shit Murdoch could eventually lose his near monopoly in Australian newspapers - and, therefore, a significant part of his ability to manipulate the government. And not before time.
With our luck, he'd probably sell the papers to Gina Rinehart.
top Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives
We have an overabundance of carp here. Normally eating carp seems to be an ethnic thing around here.Even then, only an older generation bothers with it. I would like the world to come and rid the Mid U.S. of carp, so I have included the only recipe I know for carp.
1 pressure cooker
1 5-lb. rock
Pressure cook the meat till it slips from the bone (about 2 hours) let cool, discard the fish and eat the rock.
I've never tried it, but I've heard they can be OK eating if prepared correctly. The recommendation I heard was to skin and fillet the fish, and age it in a freezer for some weeks. I think they used it in a stew after that.
top Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice
A recent study has found low vitamin D levels associated with Alzheimer's disease, as well as a bunch of other ailments. It seems like modest daily supplementation with vitamin D3 might be a good idea if Alzheimer's runs in your family.
top Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania
In order to successfully perform these matches, Microsoft likely has one of the world's largest collection of child porn.
They get a big list of file hashes from the National Center for Exploited Children or something, and it's implemented as part of the file scan. All that happens is they check file hashes and if it matches, then they do more in-depth analysis (is it an image file? etc).
Which begs the question on the general stupidity since hashes are so trivially easy to change and it's extremely easy to obfuscate (just zip it up with a password).
People are lazy. Even ones who really know that what they do isn't really appreciated by the general population and really ought to try to cover their tracks... and don't.
Nope, from the TFA they process the image to derive a signature which can survive things like resizing, changing resolution etc. It's not just a simple hash.
about a month and a half ago
top The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads
...and that's how and WHY they get away with this. This is against any human rights, but shout "won't anyone PLEASE think of the Children", and these agencies can get away with murder.
So that said, to any whistleblower out there who doesn't have the tech savvy that we have, I'd offer a little bit of advice, read it - and don't forget it, you might just be next if you do:
1) Download Tails. Install it preferably on a CD.
2) Remove your hard disk connection (removing the power is enough) when you intend to boot from Tails.
3) Shut down your WiFi. And only use WIRED connections.
4) Boot tails, and when you start Iceweasel - make sure to turn NoScript ON for ALL sites. It's not on by default, when the SHIELD shows...it's on!
If you really need to be anonymous, use a computer that you bought for cash, that is ONLY used for communicating over Tor with Tails, preferably using somebody else's Wi-Fi. Even if the Feds do manage to plant a beacon on this computer, it will only show up when you are communicating anonymously. Your secure computer should be air gapped from your main work/internet computer.
about a month and a half ago
top Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data
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.
top Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data
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.
top FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones
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.
top Computing a Cure For HIV
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.
top It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)
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?
top Century-Old Drug Reverses Signs of Autism In Mice
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.
top Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released
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.
top Robots and Irradiated Parasites Enlisted In the Fight Against Malaria
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?
top Why Snowden Did Right
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,
top The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed
OK how about this one. From memory, it killed just about everyone who owned it.
top eBay Compromised
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?
top Measles Virus Puts Woman's Cancer Into Remission
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.
top IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers
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.
top Grad Student Makes Nanowires Just Three Atoms Thick
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.
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