Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon
that results in a total production of 286 TW, which is 19 times the world's current total energy use
so this project could supply roughly 7% of the worlds electricity
A pretty significant difference.
Physicists Claim First Observation of a Quantum Cheshire Cat
It's a lot simpler. They had one neutron in two places and measured different properties of it in the different places.
The new thing is that it's a bit more "real" that it's the same particle in two places than has been done before. I'd guess it's theoretically impossible to measure the same thing in two places, but I really don't know that much about quantum mechanics.
Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'
If ASICs were available to anyone, the price of bitcoins would be capped by the price of electricity (+ some investment costs for the hardware). Of course, it would be capped by the lowest price of electricity anywhere, so mining would become unprofitable for most current miners. It would be interesting to see what happens then.
How long until someone starts using bitcoin mining instead of storage for temporary overproduction of solar power?
4K Is For Programmers
I've had a 30" 2560x1600 monitor for maybe five years now and don't even use fullscreen for Eclipse. I don't tile windows which sounds like what you want; I just have a bunch open, some side by side, others behind the ones in front but usually with some part visible I can click on to bring them to the front.
I've used two screens before and think that's pretty good for some uses as well. I just don't see a need for extra screens if the main one is large enough. I suspect "large enough" means no commonly used application needs the whole screen. For me 24" is still below that limit.
Parents' Campaign Leads To Wi-Fi Ban In New Zealand School
The articles about this keep saying that "recent international research has shown there may be a link" without providing the source of that data! I can't find it anywhere, all the studies I can find show no evidence of a link. What the hell are these assholes talking about?! Why don't these journalists think this is an important piece of information to include with their articles?
I don't care if a bunch of nuts half a world away banned wifi for their elementary students. I but do care if they had a good reason to do it!
Someone has falsely claimed that "recent international research has shown there may be a link", the press keep quoting it, and are of course unable to give a source since there is none.
Tech Startup Buffer Publishes Every Employee's Salary, Right Up To the CEO
If all salaries are public, you can probably figure that out.
Tapping Data From Radio-Controlled Bus Stop Displays
I'd like an app that shows the arrival predictions for the stop(s) nearest my current location.
1.2% of Apps On Google Play Are Repackaged To Deliver Ads, Collect Info
That's outdated, since we don't enforce that policy. As long as the feature is opt in, it is acceptable to introduce it in an update.
Why Not Fund SETI With a Lottery Bond?
I've bought precisely ONE lottery ticket my whole life (knowing statistically that my likelihood of winning is the maximum at that point*).
How do you figure? Each ticket has the same chance of winning, the more you buy the more likely you are to win. But the odds are such that the expected return over the long run is less than what you would pay in.
I find it pretty funny that people who never gamble are completely clueless when it comes to statistics and probabilities, while those who waste loads of money gambling know exactly what they're doing.
Google Patenting Less Noble Use of Project Loon Tech
Patents prevent others from doing the thing outlined in the patent, no more and no less. So, companies other than Google are now prohibited from charging money for balloon wifi during concerts, while Google may or may not charge money for the same? Oh, the horror!
GCHQ Created Spoofed LinkedIn and Slashdot Sites To Serve Malware
...when Americans were allowed to play on the net.
As a poker player, I never release my trump card early in the game.
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Expansion of Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant Suspended
A couple hundred years quickly turns into decades if nuclear is ramped up.
Scientists Invent Urine-Powered Robots
welcome our new beer-serving overlords!
Another? Don't mind if I do!
Don't Fly During Ramadan
There are heaps of news stories daily that are just first hand accounts. Only when the person telling the story is non-white do we see demands for evidence.
Wikileaks Releases A Massive "Insurance" File That No One Can Open
to what people are willing to give up for a good cause.
All Bitcoin Wallets On Android Vulnerable To Theft
The problem is this: the elliptic curve digital signature algorithm, which Bitcoin transactions rely on for security, has three inputs: the transaction, the signerâ(TM)s private key and a random number. The algorithm then outputs two values, denoted r and s, where s is calculated with the formula k-1(z+rd), z being the hash of the message, k the random number and d the private key. r is dependent only on k. Thus, if the owner of an address signs two transactions with the same random number (and of course the same private key, as every address is linked to one private key), one can extract two s values from the two signatures, subtract them to make the rd terms cancel out, and extracting the private key from there becomes a simple division problem (a more detailed writeup can be found here). Normally, this is not a problem; given a true random number generator, the first âoecollisionâ should take place roughly at the same time as the heat death of the universe. As it turned out, however, java.security.SecureRandom proved to be not so random, generating the same âoerandomâ number twice on many occasions.
I just noticed the "found here" link goes to an article from January. That makes me both unsure they've got the right bug and annoyed it hasn't been fixed already.
PIN-Cracking Robot To Be Showed Off At Defcon
I'm always amazed when passwords are locked out after just three or five attempts. Allowing a hundred would still protect against brute force, while never being a problem for an actual human being. Even better would be to start with a one second delay, doubling it every time, so a brute force attempt would take ages but a human only gets some time to think.
Crowdsourced Finnish Copyright Initiative Meets Signature Requirement
A law legalizing gay marriage was proposed by 76 (of 201) MPs. The Legal Affairs Committee voted 9 to 8 to not let it go to a vote in the parliament, citing lack of time and low priority due to not being signed by a majority of MPs. There's been talk of citizens' initiatives getting the same treatment; specifically (unsurprisingly) an initiative on gay marriage that got the required 50k signatures in a few hours.
The law on citizens' initiatives requires any that get over 50k signatures to go to a vote in the parliament. However, it can be delayed indefinitely if the relevant committee never decides to bring it to a vote by the full parliament. After the next election, any remaining initiatives are scrapped.
Obviously, this goes against the spirit of the law, so there's a good chance the situation will change.
HBO Asks Google To Take Down "Infringing" VLC Media Player
This link is to a search engine, where "juegos de naruto" give some hits for "juegos de tronos" which is Game of Thrones. How on earth is this a valid takedown request? Why should Google remove links to a search engine, especially when the search is for something other than the infringing material?
Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'
Also, you can't just just compare "number of deaths." It matters who does the kiling and why. Lethal accidents are slightly acceptable. Lethal malice is not, because by accepting it, you create an incentive for there to be more of it.
Of course the numbers are relevant. A one in ten thousand chance a gun might fail to fire creates no incentive to attack the user. According to Wikipedia, "Between 1987 and 1990, McDowall found that guns were used in defense during a crime incident 64,615 times annually", "In 28% of incidents where a gun was used for self-defense, victims fired the gun at the offender.", so a gun fired in self defense would fail about once per eight months. I dare say few of these cases would be fatal. In contrast, one child dies in gun accident every three days. How is that acceptable?
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