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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

jovius Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (435 comments)

1. Set the device to wipe itself after ten mistakenly entered pass codes
2. Give ten different pass codes

Better option is to have an app that allows only 9 mistakes, for the ultimate twist.


Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

jovius Will they release the whole set? (105 comments)

Just a couple of more organs and I'll have a functioning human setup attached to the fridge door.

3 days ago

The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

jovius It's called testing (194 comments)

The conditions are controlled and constant in order to test the system's response, to ready the system for variable conditions with solid behavior data.

about a week ago

How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

jovius Re:WHAT? 2009 pandemic came from Mexico, not China (218 comments)

Yes, that "thousands of people" doesn't even appear in the referenced articles. In the referenced article it's only speculated that IF the strain would escape from the lab there would be serious consequences. That article is about the justification of doing the said research in the first place, but also quotes the original researchers and their findings.

about a month ago

Historians Rediscover Einstein's Forgotten Model of the Universe

jovius Einstein's Forgotten _Draft_ Model of the Universe (35 comments)

This is basically a peer review of an unpublished draft paper by Einstein. It would have been interesting to have Einstein's response, but on the other hand Einstein-de Sitter model is the result of further dialogue.

about a month ago

Researchers Make Fruit Flies Perform Aerobatics Like Spitfire Pilots

jovius Reaction or reflex? (51 comments)

Isn't the correct term reflex rather than reaction, considering that it's an insect? It's more like a mechanical than biological delay.

about a month and a half ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

jovius Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (739 comments)

What's professionalism? A job done without emotions, or having the emotions restricted? In the end it wouldn't much differ from working with robots. Or are the emotions a threat because authority figure's emotions can be a sign of a weakness, or do we subconsciously fancy emotionless and calculative psychopaths, for us to let go of the control to somebody else?

There in the very thread he does all he can to help solve the issue and learn more about it. A challenge: find out the Linus expletive and outburst frequency per year.

about 2 months ago

Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

jovius Re:First pass (44 comments)

I hope it does the second pass for better quality at least.

about 2 months ago

White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

jovius Re:The White House isn't stupid.. (272 comments)

The time of cheap and unconventional oil is over. Shale and deep water sources are unconventional and they wouldn't be profitable with the oil prices known in the last millennium. Besides in terms of oil used to extract oil they are also more costly.

The most reasonable solution is to move forward from hydrocarbons. That era is soon over and besides the dependency upkeeps certain political trenches. If an oil or energy company is shortsighted they will oppose this, but the companies who develop alternatives will be the market leaders of the future. It's no wonder that the more advanced and rich Middle East countries are heavily investing in solar and renewables. The same names will dominate the energy sector in the coming years.

This is the moment where the ones who don't adapt will not survive.

about 2 months ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

jovius Leaks or spying? (244 comments)

Using typewriters will definitely make spying the documents a bit harder, but leaking them is as easy as ever. The next level could be a new version of watermarked paper, which knows when it has been accessed or photographed.

about 2 months ago

Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

jovius Re:Could it be ... (95 comments)

While fast radio bursts last just a few thousandths of a second and have rarely been detected, the new result confirms previous estimates that these strange cosmic bursts occur roughly 10,000 times a day over the whole sky.

That's a lot of aliens. Or maybe we are inside of a slow thinking alien's head.

about 2 months ago

The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

jovius Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (364 comments)

The project has become too politicized. And politicians will always look for their own interests, which keeps the expenses high. And without the political support there's no plane. It's a vicious and expensive cycle. The core of the problem is not the manufacturing costs, maintenance costs or especially the defects, which are only symptoms of the disease.

about 2 months ago

The World's Best Living Programmers

jovius Re:Jon Skeet doesn't belong on such a list (285 comments)

That list presents the whole problem really nicely. It's not only about being a good programmer, but each of the individuals on the list are there because of their different personalities, which they've put forward along with their skill and talent. The absolutely best programmer would be found out in a competition, where the tasks would have been tailored for just that purpose. Anyway, these lists are like beauty pageants; only those who participate are deemed the most beautiful, excluding the ones who are beautiful enough to not participate.

about 2 months ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

jovius Re:Why is it cheaper in China? (530 comments)

Robots allow for developing the production lines. Consistent precision and quality, and quality that's easier to control and fine tune. Human workers can only be exploited to a certain level, and electronic products are becoming more complex. It's about future profits.

about 2 months ago

The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

jovius The Computer is Your Friend (162 comments)

"People get scared when you talk to them about AI,"

Team Leader, please report to the debriefing room ASAP.

about 2 months ago

Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

jovius Re:ummm...nope (73 comments)

I see that my poor attempt about a magnet that attracts fridges didn't catch very well.

about 3 months ago

Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

jovius Re:ummm...nope (73 comments)

Umm yes. It's a fridge magnet, not a magnet that attaches to a fridge.

about 3 months ago

Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

jovius Re:Aperture-specific plugins... (214 comments)

Well, Aperture doesn't stop functioning in an instant and plugins can still be developed for it. Plugin production will continue for some time because of the user base.

about 3 months ago

Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

jovius Re:Don't mess with "c" (347 comments)

Space has a sort of viscosity if it would mean gravity and expansion, but that doesn't have an effect on the speed but the frequency of a photon. So it's more like a spectral filter.

about 3 months ago



Finland's Upper Secondary School Exams Going All Linux

jovius jovius writes  |  about a year ago

jovius (974690) writes "The Matriculation Examination Board of Finland has just opened an international hacking contest to find flaws and exploits in Digabi Live — the Live Debian based operating system to be used in the all-digital final exams by the year 2016.

The contest ends on 1st of September, and the winners are about to scoop hefty hardware prizes, also available as cash."


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