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Including webcams, phones, etc, I own X cameras:

ivan_w Re:device or camera? (248 comments)

I have a couple embedded in my head

They're called eyes


more than 3 years ago

The Chemical-Free Chemistry Kit

ivan_w Re:Dihydrogen Monoxide *is* a serious threat (296 comments)

Not really..

In it's gaseous phase, it's fairly harmless, and can be found in minute quantities in the air you breathe

Furthermore, even if one is to inhale and fill it's lung with the foul substance, one may eventually be saved by allowing one to breathe again normally - assuming it is within a reasonable amount of time, then it is not fatal.

So no : Not 100% lethal !

(I must be new here!)


more than 3 years ago

7.4-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Japan; Tsunami Alert Issued

ivan_w Re:7.4 != 9.2 Not even close. (313 comments)

This figure reflects pretty much measures the energy released during the event.

For effects, you want to use the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale - which is a closed scale - ranging from 0 (not felt) to 10 (everything leveled).

more than 3 years ago

IOS 4.3 Now Available For Download

ivan_w Re:iOS not IOS (346 comments)

Or maybe you referring to IBM's i OS (aka OS/400)

more than 3 years ago

Malicious Websites Can Initiate Skype Calls On iOS

ivan_w IOS ? (177 comments)


Isn't that CISCO's router OS ?

(I remember IBM having to rebrand their own (formally OS/400) own OS for IBM i systems from i/OS to IBM i5 OS because they feared a CISCO suit)..

conf term
interface eth0
no shutdown


more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Migrating Live Spaces Users To WordPress

ivan_w Re:BLOGGING? Who the fuck BLOGS any more? (145 comments)

Oh.. And Blog!=Facebook!=Twitter!= THE INTERNET (which is nothing but a loosely set of protocole routing rules by IANA - the self appointed Inernet Keeper, that delegated said routing to RIRs then to LIRs)..

(I don't know how this fares - probably going to get modded off-topic.. Oh well - had to get this off my chest).


more than 3 years ago

Why Browsers Blamed DNS For Facebook Outage

ivan_w There WAS some DNS issues too ! (96 comments)

The confusion might have come from the fact that when I looked, there seemed to also be some DNS problem.

Basically, when asking directly, the servers that are authoritative for the zone were giving me a CNAME for the 'ANY' query, but not the associated A records, which it should, since the CNAME was pointing to a host name within the same authority. At this point, any sensible resolver stops asking !

This only lasted for a little while though - so it might have been a glitch or possibly a deliberate action related to how they were trying to fix the underlying issue itself - possibly averting traffic until they actually solved the actual problem.


more than 3 years ago

Blagojevich Appears At Chicago Comic Con

ivan_w Re:Corruption threatens "soul and fabric" of U.S. (171 comments)

I was under the impression that for a correct application of common law and/or civil law, you were innocent until proven guilty..

So to me, "innocent" is true unless a "guilty" status is achieved. Therefore "Not Guilty" is a sufficient condition to name the defendant "innocent".

Of course, "not guilty" doesn't mean acquitted, so a retrial is possible without risking double jeopardy. (but he still has an "Innocent" status).

But IANAL of course.


about 4 years ago

Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Pictures of Squid

ivan_w Release the Kraken (105 comments)

Release the Kraken

more than 4 years ago

US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

ivan_w Re:I am terrible at math..but (1268 comments)

It's cognitively not that obvious.

Parsing "4+3+2=()+2" is actually not a trivial process. It may become trivial after some time, but it's not intuitive.

This could easily be parsed as (4+3+2=x)+2 and therefore, as ((4+3+2=9)+2)=11 because () is usually meant to change the precedence of a statement.

Now this could easily be read as :

"There are four red apples, three green apples and two yellow apples in a (nice little red basket) and two brown apples".. How many apples ?

more than 4 years ago

Defeating Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

ivan_w Re:So they plan... (160 comments)

Except theory says that once you've measured one, the wave function collapses and the 2 particles are no longer entangled.

Because this seems to indicate that information has traveled at a velocity greater than the speed of light, Einstein (and others) weren't too happy with it.. Hence the EPR paradox.

Einstein believed there was a locally hidden variable. However that was dismissed by Bell's inequality theorem.

more than 4 years ago

Sometimes It's OK To Steal My Games

ivan_w Re:Exactly. (438 comments)

I have to disagree here..

Mainstream games *DO* need exposure (just like any product to be sold).

However, they use another venue for this : commercial advertisement.

Just 2 different angles to address the same problem. One is going for the upfront lump sum approach (mainstream), the other one is going for the progressive scheme : If the product is a flop, nothing lost - if it's a hit - then the revenue is probably less than if it would have been a mainstream company.

Just my .02 (of whatever you currency is)


more than 4 years ago

Internal Costs Per Gigabyte — What Do You Pay?

ivan_w Factor "overall" cost of IT dept.. (420 comments)

It's possible the "internal" cost is simply some form of rudimentary metric to measure the relative usage that is made of the IT dept by each of the other depts (so each dept is charged accordingly).


more than 4 years ago

US Supreme Court Upholds Indefinite Confinement

ivan_w Habeas Corpus ? (745 comments)

Whatever happened to Habeas Corpus ?

I thought this was a basic principle in the U.S. legal system.. Whereas, a person could not be held in custody without a court order - and I can't think how a court order can go beyond the age of a sentence of imprisonment.

Does this also mean that peeing in the improper place can now be turned into a lifelong sentence without parole ?

more than 3 years ago

German User Fined For Having an Open Wi-Fi

ivan_w Re:I see. (563 comments)

You switched off the SSID broadcast. You locked the door of your house. By doing both, you made a pro-active attempt to secure your network. Do those, and no judge in their right mind is going to say you were facilitating.

Well - at least we seem to agree on that ;) (I was just saying it differently).

The only difference, is that - imho, once the judge agrees that you weren't facilitating, then the "security device" performed its function - at which point - whether the villain went around it or through it is moot.

And I hear you.. Yes, there is sometimes a way "around" (but not necessarily "through"). But that's independent of the "security device" - it's dependent on the "security system".

What I am saying here is that the statement "all security devices can be circumvented" is a tautology, and not necessarily a bad one though - it serves as a reminder that a security device within a poorly designed security system is useless - or rather - a security system is only as good as the weakest device that comprise the system.

more than 4 years ago

German User Fined For Having an Open Wi-Fi

ivan_w Re:I see. (563 comments)

And what I am saying, with all due respect, is that the notion that "virtually all security devices can be circumvented" is misleading.

If you take it into a broad and global sense, that's of course true - but becomes very impractical after a bit. If you can't break the Wifi, you break the house. If you can't break the house, you break the ISP's premise. If you can't do that, you start a revolution and take over the country, then nuke the country, start an intergalactic war, etc..

However, you can only talk about the validity of a security device by the scope of the resource it is protecting. And in that respect, a Secured Wifi setup can only secure *ONE* thing : your wifi connection (but not any underlying resource - your house, your DSL modem - or your kitchen stove).

The whole point of a security device is to make it so that it is not economically viable to go *through*.

And in the respect of the OP context, the proper setup of the WiFi as a security device would seem to have been enough to secure both his WiFi and his internet connection and thus is liability with regard to German law. IANAL, but if someone broke in (thus - in your term - circumvented the security device(s) - the WiFi protection, the door lock, the window glass, whatever) and downloaded whatnot from the DSL line - he would have not have been liable since he would have put reasonable effort to prevent the misdeed from happening - and thus, the security device would have performed its function.

more than 4 years ago

German User Fined For Having an Open Wi-Fi

ivan_w Re:I see. (563 comments)

The security device in itself wasn't circumvented.

The security device in this case is used to prevent unauthorized access to the WiFi - NOT to prevent access to your Internet Connection. The WiFi access in itself was never broken in - and if this is what you are trying to protect - then it has performed its duty - and was never circumvented.

Now, unfortunately for your hacker, my house is protected by flying sharks with friggin' lasers - so once you enter my house, you are blown to smithereens (Humm.. is that a word ?) by my *secondary* security device !

But I hear what you are saying. Unfortunately, your post seemed to infer that proper securing of WiFi access points is moot to start with (and can be easily bypassed) - when I believe it is not. Breaking sufficiently large symmetric ciphers is NOT trivial (like you'd see on TV shows).

Also - on a side point - Mr "Elite Hacker", not wanting to be indicted for larceny, will probably just go do his road warrior thing a bit more until he finds a more accessible access point to perform his mischief.

more than 4 years ago



Call to the internet to classify galaxies

ivan_w ivan_w writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ivan_w writes "The University of Oxford, and several others have set up a web site at to assist them in classifying 1,000,000+ galaxies surveyed by the SLOAN project. Once registered, one can then classify galaxies based on the picture presented. Each snapshot will obviously be submitted for review more than once and diverging cases will be settled by specialists. A nice time waster !"


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