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Ars Reviews Skype Translator

jamesl Re:NSA (67 comments)

AK Marc wrote, "Skype was never P2P ... "

Wikipedia tells us:
Skype uses a proprietary Internet telephony (VoIP) network called the Skype protocol. The protocol has not been made publicly available by Skype and official applications using the protocol are closed-source. Part of the Skype technology relies on the Global Index P2P protocol belonging to the Joltid Ltd. corporation. The main difference between Skype and standard VoIP clients is that Skype operates on a peer-to-peer model (originally based on the Kazaa software[83]), rather than the more usual clientâ"server model (note that the very popular SIP model of VoIP is also peer-to-peer, but implementation generally requires registration with a server, as does Skype).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Stop making things up.

2 days ago
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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

jamesl Sell the key (166 comments)

Verizon sells you end-to-end encryption and then sells NSA the key.

4 days ago
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California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

jamesl Only 118,746 ... (87 comments)

... to go.

The USA had 118,756 filling stations (gas stations) in 2007 according to the Census
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

Not quite ready for prime time.
Drivers will likely have to take a slight detour to reach the station, which is in an industrial section of West Sacramento, next to a cement factory that is currently being demolished.

The station was originally planned at a Shell station 2.5 miles away in a much busier section of town, but building codes required setbacks too wide to fit the hydrogen infrastructure within the station.

about a week ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

jamesl Sony ... (241 comments)

... thinks it is.

No. Sony knows it is.

about a week ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

jamesl The only real defense ... (190 comments)

Mao Zedong opined that "the only real defense is active defense", meaning defense for the purpose of counter-attacking and taking the offensive. Often success rests on destroying the enemy's ability to attack. This principle is paralleled in the writings of Machiavelli and Sun Tzu.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

jamesl Prosperity ... (176 comments)

So, prosperity is good for the climate.

about two weeks ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

jamesl What me worry? (178 comments)

From the LA times about earthquake insurance ...

Rethinking Your Stance on Earthquake Coverage
Californians have a well-deserved reputation for being in denial. We build our homes on flood plains, on brushy mountainsides, in the path of mudslides and on or near earthquake faults. Most of the time, most of us avoid catastrophe. But we should acknowledge that someday our luck could run out--and consider whether it's worth taking precautions to protect against the unthinkable.
http://www.latimes.com/la-home...

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

jamesl Re:Panic! (325 comments)

Do you have a reference for this?

All the bird related large aircraft (includes jet fighters) bird related crashes have been the result of flying into a flock of birds -- enough to clog the engine intake and cause the engine(s) to flame out.

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

jamesl No bigger than ... (325 comments)

... a bird. And airplanes hit birds on approach almost every day. Certainly every week.

N417SW SKYWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT SKW2608 BOMBARDIER CL600 AIRCRAFT ON FINAL, STRUCK BIRDS, LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT IS MINOR, SACRAMENTO, CA
http://www.asias.faa.gov/pls/a...

UAVs (sometimes called "drones") shouldn't be operating around airports but the likelihood of one downing a transport category aircraft is just about zero.

about two weeks ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

jamesl Re:Sensors can't monitor climate change (116 comments)

That's sort of like saying you can't measure the area of a room using a tape measure

That's exactly like saying you can't measure the area of a room using a tape measure. And it's true, as you acknowledge.

Why do you object to writing with clarity and precision? Why do you resort to insults?

about two weeks ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

jamesl Sensors can't monitor climate change (116 comments)

... sensors at each site will monitor climate change ...

Sensors can monitor only weather. They can monitor neither climate nor change. Both must be calculated from series of data points.

Of course it would be difficult to get a $433 million grant to monitor weather.

about two weeks ago
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What Canada Can Teach the US About Net Neutrality

jamesl What is it? (80 comments)

No posting on Slashdot about Net Neutrality without including what you think Net Neutrality is.

It is many things to many people. Most wrong.

What is it? I don't know. Tell me.

about two weeks ago
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Big Banks Will Vie For Your Attention With Cardless ATMs and VR

jamesl Error (76 comments)

The post says, " ... the latest research estimates that U.S. mobile payments, currently at $3.7 billion, will grow to $142 billion within five years."

The Forrester research piece linked says, in fact ...
Over the next five years, US mobile payments will grow from $52 billion in 2014 to $142 billion by 2019 with both national brands and local merchants.

about three weeks ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

jamesl And the price is ... (216 comments)

A speed of 800Gbps would equate to downloading 33 HD films â" in a single second.

I've never seen a $10,000 phone bill.

Separately but related, how much will the existing cell providers need to invest to upgrade their systems to 5G?

Also separately but related, will this make wired internet and cable (copper or fiber) obsolete?

about three weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

jamesl If I was running a school system ... (233 comments)

... I'd get rid of football. It has nothing to do with education. It costs money that schools don't have (or so the teachers' unions and school boards tell us); it causes short term and long term health problems and it exposes school systems, school employees and taxpayers to expensive and potentially ruinous lawsuits.

All downside. No upside.

about three weeks ago
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Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

jamesl Paper ballots are perfect (127 comments)

" ... Should we go back to paper ballots?"

Because we know that there have never been any missing votes or other irregularities with paper ballots.

about three weeks ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

jamesl More proof ... (252 comments)

... that the Firesign Theater was right.

Everything you know is wrong.

about a month ago
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Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

jamesl Predatory? (137 comments)

Over the years, the number of these predatory journals has exploded.

If the journal is the predator, who or what is the prey? Pray tell.

about a month ago
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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

jamesl No hot air (116 comments)

... access to remote areas of the world via hot air balloons.

These are not hot air balloons.

The inflatable part of the balloon is called a balloon envelope. A well-made balloon envelope is critical for allowing a balloon to last around 100 days in the stratosphere. Loonâ(TM)s balloon envelopes are made from sheets of polyethylene plastic, and they measure fifteen meters wide by twelve meters tall when fully inflated. When a balloon is ready to be taken out of service, gas is released from the envelope to bring the balloon down to Earth in a controlled descent. In the unlikely event that a balloon drops too quickly, a parachute attached to the top of the envelope is deployed.
http://www.google.com/loon/how...

about a month ago
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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

jamesl Worst day (62 comments)

... in Boston, it's Tuesday.

How would you tell?

about a month ago

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Ballmer's Last Year -- I'm big, I'm bald and I'm loud

jamesl jamesl writes  |  about a year ago

jamesl (106902) writes "The Wall Street Journal, in an article titled, "Ballmer on Ballmer: His Exit from Microsoft" talks about his decision to leave Microsoft, the reorganization so far and what its like to leave the place he's worked for 33 years. "Mr. Ballmer tried to spell out his plan to remake Microsoft, but a director cut him off, telling him he was moving too slowly. The board's beef was speed. Mr. Ballmer and his board have been in agreement: Microsoft, while maintaining its strong software business, must shake up its management structure and refocus on mobile devices and online services if it is to find future profit growth and reduce its dependence on the fading PC market. "
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Scott Adams test phones

jamesl jamesl writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jamesl (106902) writes "Scott Adams says,

In a recent post I complained about both my old iPhone 3GS and my new Android phone. Brandon Watson, Senior Director of Windows Phone Apps challenged me to test a Windows phone. If I didn't like it better than the iPhone and the Android, he would donate $1,000 to the charity of my choice. I agreed. My evaluation follows.

His results are interesting and will certainly light a bonfire of hot comments."

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When did Irene stop being a hurricane?

jamesl jamesl writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jamesl (106902) writes "Cliff Mass, a climate researcher at the University of Washington and popular Seattle blogger asks, "When did Irene stop being a hurricane?"

" ... there is really no reliable evidence of hurricane-force winds at any time the storm was approaching North Carolina or moving up the East Coast."

"I took a look at all the observations over Virgina, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York. Not one National Weather Service or FAA observation location, not one buoy observations, none reach the requisite wind speed. Most were not even close."

"Surely, one of the observations upwind of landfall, over Cape Hatteras or one of the other barrier island locations, indicated hurricane-force sustained winds? Amazingly, the answer is still no."

Cliff supports his statement with data from NOAA/NWS/NDBC presented in easy to understand charts."

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Robo Jeep

jamesl jamesl writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jamesl (106902) writes "The US Army is sending "four [of] Lockheed’s Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) robot jeeps to Afghanistan where they’ll haul supplies for troops. The trucks are being sent there as part of a test program to see just how useful robot cargo trucks can be. The 11-foot long trucks can carry a half a ton of supplies for up to 125 miles after being delivered to the field in a CH-47 or CH-53 helo."
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