top Fotopedia Is Shutting Down; Data Avallable Until August 10
... where your data disappears and your apps stop working the moment the company goes under.
Where's goatse when you need it? Oh wait, it's offline too...
top More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties
IAALawyer: I don't like your still hard-to-understand description. We passed a law to make PI exactly 3, right? Well, let's pass one that makes a particle that sits exactly
THERE with absolutely no movement. Case closed.
So, where do I go pick up my Nobel prize? PS - I am NOT really a lawyer, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.
top The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought
... gets bigger as the universe expands
THAT'S why I'm so fat -- and here I was afraid it was somehow my fault. Sure glad to hear it's not. Pass me that last piece of pie, would you?
top A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World
I guess the idea is that twice as much compression is always twice as good, while increases in time become less significant if you're already taking a long time.
Yeah, I guess I empirically decided this for myself way back with DOS PKZip v0.92: either FAST because I want it now, or MAXIMIZE because I'm somehow space limited and don't care how long it takes. The intermediate ones (and for WinZip, WinRAR, 7z, and the others) are useless for me; either SIZE or SPEED, there
IS nothing else. (Unless you can do somehow delete or omit it; nothing's faster than not doing it to start with.)
And look -- they're using logs! Now when someone on the show talks about some curve being exponential, they're actually correct!
top The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor
I have no trouble seeing through corporate fear mongering.
I suspect there are a lot of people who feel the same way. Some of them may have participated in the vote and not voted the way you wanted them to.
Ding! This. 100x this.
Going WAAY off topic here, I think this exact thing is the cause for a bunch of angst, worry, and anger: The ever-so-simple and plain, obvious "FACT" that If you agree, then you're smart. If not, then you're either a dumba** or a corporate tool. I'm right.
This can be seen in Religion, Reps vs Dems, Political Correctness, Climate Change, _any_ kind of "truthers", cigarettes, and even Flat Earth.
And I'm all we've got to go on is science. If not that, the fallback is Old Wives Tales and Religion. What else is there? sorry, That's what the "Elders" (AKA elected Mayors or Governors) are for; they've seen it already, or at least are a point of local authority. Either that, or go find the leader of the local gang and quit thinking, because after all: that's HIS job.
How do I justify this? Well first of all, I'm right. :-) I think I'll finish this out on my website, this seems to be an interesting thought. But here's a parting thought. Back in the 3-Network days, newspapers and TVs let us broadcast one-way (simplex) and people actually trusted them (Walter Cronkite). Moving to 24-hour cable and such did that with more information to sift thru. And now the "internet" (Facebook, and your favorite news site that filters and reinforces your beliefs) still lets that happen, but now we can hear other thoughts and have to sift thru them as well. (All thoughts are equal, right?) And you don't want to ignore new "evidence", so keeping up with the times is both interesting and mandatory. But at a certain point you finally give out and freeze your current thought, or proxy it out elsewhere.
Never mind the special people who are actually trying to manipulate and put their own "special" way to view things. "Won't someone think of the children?" some people cry occasionally to emotionally buttress their argument. Well gee, *I* do: I like them fried, with lots of ketchup; so what's your point?
top Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE
I've had a VzW unlimited plan for years and was running it thru a proxy. When I downloaded 80G last month
("but it's just a tiny little wafer thin mint"), the proxy link magically won't resolve anymore. But it will on other links, of course.
So this month I plan to download *all* of my stored music from Amazon and Audible. I was also going to grab the latest Fedora/Debian ISOs from my landline, but now I'll think I'll download more of them via unencrypted and unproxied torrents direct on the phone. This way can see _exactly_ what I'm doing. (Not that it matters, of course.) It's a bit more of a hassle than downloading straight to the computer, but it's worth it. They *can't* turn off the spigot on the far end, they'll have to do it on my end. Besides, it'll give my old friends at VzW some work so maybe they can keep THEIR jobs longer.
Really though, I don't blame them. If a towers overloaded, throttle/delay the heavy users and give someone else a chance *FOR THE DURATION OF THE OVERLOAD*. The problem comes when EVERY tower becomes overloaded.
top EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power
Relaxed Radiation? Good. I don't want ANYthing stressed out around nuclear power -- the pipes, the operators, OR the radiation.
Anything that keeps them all mellow and not blowing up to bits ;-) is fine with me.
top Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It
YES, ladies and gentlemen, Science is once again showing us still more things that aren't there. Darwinism, when everyone knows we didn't come from apes; that the world is millions of years old when it's actually only around 7,000, and now this -- stuff that's supposedly there that only atheists can see. Well then "Mr. Scientist", let me walk right thru it and show more of your meaningless predictions that are actually worthl ... OUCH! My nose!
Yeah, well, I can only dream this'll be on the 700 Club's "Science is Evil" Show next week.
top Mars (One) Needs Payloads
top Single European Copyright Title On the Horizon
I hoped that they would at least discuss the issues raised there, and argue against parts they disagreed with, rather than just ignoring them.
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it." -- Upton Sinclair, circa 1934.
Oh crap, that's under copyright; he's only been dead for 46 years and said it a mere 80 years ago. still
Never mind, I didn't say anything there. Nothing at all. Nope. Really! ... please?
top When Beliefs and Facts Collide
Not that "climate change" is homogeneous and 10 years does not centuries make, but currently from a notorious yellow rag:
NOAA's most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. "Temperatures in North Dakota falling for the past 10yrs is not relevant. " But this is NA, a slightly larger land area than ND.
I think the GP is arguing about extrapolation of the data to fill in missing gaps. And while I completely agree that "dumping crap into our atmosphere is a bad thing", the devil is in the details.
They think that a million smokestacks is enough, I think that a thousand of them is enough, you think that only one is enough. So how many are built? What point on the gradient is right?
Oh, and I like and believe in science too. But at a certain point you seem to have made up your mind (quote: Contradictions? No, "It's dead on."), blame the dumb and evil groups trying to stop you and come across as these guys. They were 100% convinced too, you know, with a literal evil guy trying to stop them.
Not that they're not bad and misleading groups out there. And to slightly mis-quote you: "climate data is HARD to deal with." So how do you know that you (they) have gotten it right? After all: men won't live through the high 15mph speeds of trains, bumblebees and men can't fly, and man will never go to the moon. Models are wanna-be theory implementations, but this one is slightly wrong.
Quoting from elsewhere in this thread: "That is why there are so many people who choose ignorance and belief over reason and fact." And I'm sure the End of the World people above used those exact words too. Down here in the bible belt (sigh) there's a saying; "God did it; I believe it; That settles it." As opposed to the other funnier saying: "My mind's made up, don't confuse me with the facts." Those match this current discussion When Beliefs and Facts Collide.
Finally, to end this rambling, no matter which side of of the fence you're on (fences only have 2 sides, right -- black and white, right and wrong, "yer with me or agin me"), this is just wrong: forced to step down after subjected to 'Mc-Carthy'-style pressure from scientists around the world.
Just because you want to present a debunked theory doesn't mean you should be shouted down -- it ought to be easy to refute their (new?) arguments. And if not -- why, that's even better! Science works by correcting incorrect "facts" no matter how widespread they're known.
top By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem
evolution is powered by
the failures dying off.
Hey! Quit getting personal there
... what did I ever do to YOU??
(I don't WANT to go on the cart.)
top Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
The thing is, drivers should be
DING DING DING!!! Give that man a e-cigar!
Today: I'm getting on the on-ramp doing 40-ish. Light traffic, two cars in my wanna-be lane doing 65, nothing behind them. Fine, they'll pass me and I'll speed up and merge, no problem at all.
What happens? The first guy slows down to let me in and flashes his lights, while the guy behind him has to slow way down. I floor it and merge in, now leading the way.
Had he let me worry about merging myself into traffic like he's supposed to do, it would have been easier for all of us. He had to slow down and speed up, the guy behind him got a surprise, and I had to quickly speed up and merge to make him happy.
If everything's bumper to bumper I could see him letting me squeeze in if I was close to the end of the ramp, but otherwise treat me as invisible. -- or maybe NOT, but you know what I mean.
top Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
The answer is obvious:
flying sharks with lasers. Put them around each intersection and train them to shoot down cars moving too fast towards a red light. It would also work great for pedestrians who are moving too slowly to make it across in time -- the cars have rights too, you know.
Now we'll have trouble when the tornadoes eventually hit town, but that's a different problem.
top Seven ISPs Take Legal Action Against GCHQ
UK has lots of secret government organisations, that answer directly to the PM and cabinet, not to parliament.
... and TORCHWOOD
The funny thing is, they COULD now name a secret organization TORCHWOOD. All of the Doctor Who references would pop up and the real organization would be buried in the noise.
top CMU System Lets You Get To the Good Parts of Video, Fast
It seems attention spans get shorter all of the time.
No, they d
top A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls
I was going to make an anime Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack of the Titans) joke here, but someone else already beat me to it. So I'll work with this.
Homeland Security will jump on this as the perfect opportunity to build a prison large enough to hold us.
Already been done, at least in the movies.
Escape from L.A.
Escape from New York
That, of course, pubs all of the criminals behind walls, leaving the innocent people outside. And now a slight change of topic: did you know there are so many laws that everyone is guilty of something. ...what an interesting coincidence.
And tightening down the straps on my way too-thin tinfoil cap here, having a humongously-long wall would be handy to use as a backstop for all of the bullets Homeland Security has purchased. The question is: who are they going to put with their back to it?
Or do they really expect Titans to break through?
top Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough
They didn't do anything; the
company did things
I agree -- the
company did things. And the companies all seem to want to be seen as individuals with corresponding rights (Free speech, all that.) Fine, but as an individual I can be throw in jail (Habeas Corpus, literally in Latin "you have the body") while corporations cannot -- so they have more rights than I do.
To remedy that, I propose: monetary penalties (not $324,000,000, but how about 10-25% of your total (not income, but) assets? it's a penalty, after all) are paid for by the company, but the "one" person who can find out anything in the company is the CEO. They direct the company; they're em>responsible for the company. So gets thrown in jail when the company gets a jail sentence. Or if they get lonesome, the xEOs all join him, depending on the particular crime. THEIR BODY
Oh, so that'll mean the corporation heads will become stooges, with "real control" behind the scenes. OK. So a company with 52 CEOs in 52 weeks might warrant an additional investigation. (Besides, it gives the stoopid people a job.) about a month and a half ago
top Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss
... yet are external when ...
It's all that damn quantum mechanics double-slit experiment stuff -- is an electron a WAVE or particle? Is the cat ALIVE or dead? Is it HEAD or shoulders? It is INSIDE or outside?
The answer is: it's both! See? That makes everybody in government happy! about a month and a half ago
top Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes
Someone clearly expected at some point it might need to draw that much power, I just can't figure out why
Obviously this is for when you are watching high-power-needing shows like Survivor. Do you
realize how much amplification power it takes to get those pictures off that far-away tiny island?
And then there's porn. Some of those shows are so hot that the connection cables are overheating. So that's the other reason you need Monster Cables (Ka-boom!) about a month and a half ago
top Now THIS is a drone!
grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "A remote controlled paper-airplane controlled by your phone." Link to Original Source
top Favorite unexpected comment/slang/denigration phrase?
grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "I just ran across a new turn-of-a-phrase: "kitten-chewing software vendor." (They were maligning a software vendor for an $8K per seat application upgrade charge from XP to W7.) Now that may or may not be justified — my point here is that the word imagery was more shocking than the upgrade charge. (Then again, maybe I'm just jaded.)
So, what's your favorite new or old phrase? Mine is still: "No good deed goes unpunished", although "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you" is looking better and better. (The "I'm from the government and here to help you" joke just seems to be a lost cause.)
Now: ID-10-T error is good too, although I've lately come to realize that there are some smart people who like things other than computers and just want their immediate problem solved so they can move on to their other fun, non-computer stuff. That's was a surprise — fine, but there also seem to be a lot of ID-#-T people too, where # seems to be their IQ, or at least their interest in anything that I can detect." Link to Original Source
top Crypto decoding software and keys moved to hardware
grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes " Beyond Broadband Technology will soon help deliver entertainment content and data securely to consumers. “It provides a totally secure communications path” that uses a “downloadable conditional access system,” or DRM (digital rights management), with its hardware specifically designed so only a licensed user can access the content. An outside expert given access to the BBT system says it appears to be a real innovation. “It is a fundamental step forward,” says Jim Turner, the former technical director of ATIS, The BBT “core” patent is very broad. (Well, aren't they ALL now-a-days? And yes, it points to managing an on-line card game. I too don't yet know what they're extrapolating.) “Were ready to prove what we’ve done is unique and nobody has done it before. It exists and it is in secure microchips and the implications are very interesting.” So: anybody got a 16mm camera and an 8-track recorder they're not using?" Link to Original Source
top Open Source Assists Crime
grep -v '.*' * (780312) writes "("Source Code" and "Open Source" are equivalent ... right? :-) )
Just listen to this (senior security strategist) expert:
Concern is brewing that the bad guys [will] use knowledge of Acrobat source code to intensify already widespread attacks revolving around corrupted PDFs.
"Having the source code to an application is like having the blueprints to a product," says ... an IBM company, "having access to it expedites the vulnerability identification process — leading to more weaknesses being identified and used for cybercrime."
So: source code is bad, you should hide it at all costs, if not completely prevent it altogether. Gotcha.
Unfortunately I can't find the opposing text I read on crypto design long, long ago. Basically it argued that the best crypto design is completely published where everything is open and described, down to key generation and even possible starting encryption values. In addition, sample in-the-clear and coded messages and keys are given — Every Single Thing you need to encode and decode the given messages, as well as how to mint your own keys.
Here, instead of being somehow hidden and secret, everything is disclosed to everybody. Now, source code isn't crypto design, but the same rules really ought to apply. Disclose everything. Yep, the "bad guys" might find and utilize something first, but at least the "good guys" now have a chance of finding the same problem. But that goes against the trade secrets and 3rd party company contracts and NDAs though, and after all — THAT'S what's really important.
That would also create a problem for the PMs: programmers would now be wasting time producing (hopefully) secure code instead of implementing new sell-able features. And who wants to pay for features not on the box? Hell, when was the last time you saw: * New! Now Actually Works as Described AND Implied ... on anything?
The analogy: Blueprints for a safe and lock are completely described. A compete, actual working model is given as well. This exact same safe design is then used in production.
Car analogy: describe everything about your engine, frame, and suspension design. PM / Lawyer anti-assists: ... but forget about publishing the trade-secret microcode, we'll just sell the Automobile Diagnostic Tools to interested monkeys^W parties with enough money ^W^W approved credentials every year. (You DID update the ROM year-stamp so the older OBD-II machines will refuse to read it, right?)
Interesting juxtaposition: It's just a terrible, horrible thing when closed-source code becomes available, yet open source (by definition) does it all of the time, and the agreed-upon absolute best design (in another field) is when everything is completely described and above-board with no hidey holes.
Why, it's almost like closed-source is using obscurity-by-design and hiding all of their marginal cases they're not interested in fixing. After all, if you can't see the problems they don't exist — right?
Please Compare and Contrast. This WILL appear on the final." Link to Original Source
grep -v '.*' * has no journal entries.