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Indian Military Organization To Develop Its Own OS

loki_tiwaz windows binary compatibility? (466 comments)

there is several projects aimed at running windows binaries, one of them being an NT clone, dos clones already exist and can be made to run windows dll's on top for an olde worlde windows, and of course wine. i personally hope what it will involve is a bsd core running a customised and advanced wine fork, i mean, considering brazil and several other countries are going linux and open source it would be stupid of them to not collaborate with their fellow rising industrial stars like brazil who iirc are moving their government IT over to open source. a 99.9% binary compatible framework to run windows apps would be beneficial for everyone who is not NATO, indeed i can imagine some of the more client-agnostic big tech contractors who help build military stuff would love to be able to sell their windows-targeted software to someone else... brazil, india and russia at least would all be interested, china is too closed to alliances in any way but who knows, if india gets their project off the ground and achieve their goal.

remember, a lot of those windows programs are now partially developed by indians... if anyone can make a fully binary compatible windows environment, it's india. they've been doing so much of american-based multinational corporations' development already they have a rich developer skills base.

more than 3 years ago
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Torrent-Only Movie Denied IMDb Listing

loki_tiwaz Re:Ying/Yang (207 comments)

the more money the mafiaa makes me pay for watching their rubbish the less i want to pay. anyone remember an article from yesterday pointing out that the encoding and decoding of a standard definition raw video stream on hdmi requires at least a quad core 2ghz x86 class cpu? ok maybe it's not well optimised code yet but please explain to me the logic of encrypting a point to point connection that is at most 6 metres long? without talking about fables about how all the people who leech a movie from torrents had the money to spend on movies in the first place (i for one can barely afford rent and food and infrequent transport and my internet spend is only about the same as 2 movies a month if i buy popcorn). where do they think i'm gonna extract that extra money from? sell my blood or something? i don't have haemochromatosis, and the blood bank doesn't want my blood anyway because i used needles years ago even though i have been tested clear of blood borne diseases the whole time since.

anyway, wikipedia does better movie entries than the imdb. for that matter filmographies too. and if your interest is music, discogs is the best place to go and wouldn't you know it, it's user content driven... i'm boycotting imdb from now on, not that i'd ever click on their stupid ads. i also don't go to cinemas much anymore... not that there's much worth really watching anyway... but there's an IMAX sized theatre not far from me right in the middle of a major student district that will let you watch most of the mainstream releases on an imax-sized screen for aud$6.50 full adult ticket price... now and then i'd be happy to go there but the rest of the city has your regular 100sq/m theatres with 5 metre wide screens and $12 ticket prices... who are these twits getting their data from?

can anyone else spot the irony about their nonsense about losing money to piracy when they aren't obeying the laws of economics they profess are godsent about price elasticity? goodbye imdb, and good riddance... you don't have a monopoly on publicly available information.

about 4 years ago
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Star Wars Films In 3D Due In 2012

loki_tiwaz Re:2d to 3d??? (409 comments)

viewmaster? i always wondered why everything on those things seemed like multilayer cels like in animations... so the viewmaster people were too cheap to even use stereoscopic cameras eh? if they did that to any movie it would make it unwatchable. it'd look better if it was rotoscoped with fingerpaint.

about 4 years ago
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HDCP Encryption/Decryption Code Released

loki_tiwaz Re:No hardware? (225 comments)

yeah, the fact it takes a 2ghz cpu to decrypt standard definition fast enough should be sufficient to argue that it's not only a waste of time (keys are already cracked and now the algorithms are out in the wild) - the whole thing is defunct. it is only a matter of a very short time before they can't stop anyone plugging a computer into a hdmi output from an 'authorised' playback device and the computer pretends to be a monitor that knows the seekrits and voila, 100% pristine, unencrypted video dumped onto a hard drive (or piped into an encoder).

if only this was enough of a point to suggest they are wasting their energy and that any law that permits such stupidity is a bad law. let's not forget the stupid dvd/bluray disc is also encrypted and before it gets re-encrypted again, it has to be decrypted. that's three totally wasteful processing loads that are so big that for the same processing cost you could be decoding the whole stream in high definition if it wasn't encrypted.

i'll stop downloading bluray rips from the interwebs when they stop costing me twice as much electricity as is neccessary to decode their crappy movies. oh, and when they start realising that tiny little 2 metre high cinema screens, cruddy overpriced popcorn and no comfy seats and beers to drink are gonna make me think my 42 inch bravia and 8 channel surround system in my own loungeroom is much more pleasant. i'm sure i'm not alone and if the lawyers ever come to my house making overblown claims about how much i owe them i'll spend that money they are demanding on laywers to put them back in their place. not just violating the laws of cryptography but also the laws of free market economics. which on any other subject they will swear black and blue is 'The Way'.

oh and what are they going to do when high def eyegoggles finally hit the market? they better be hoping someone makes processors that are about 10x as calculation-per-second-per-watt more efficient than any portable media playing device can handle, cos otherwise the technology would be dead in the water.

about 4 years ago
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Star Wars Films In 3D Due In 2012

loki_tiwaz Re:2d to 3d??? (409 comments)

hehe yep nothing to see here except wild claims from one site on the first page of results with not even an attempt to convince me with marketing woo. just 'we can make your 2d 3d kthxbye' puhlease.

it's possible to generate 3d models from multiple 2d image sources, microsoft was showing one off a year or two ago but that thing required at least two to generate any depth and of course the more different views the more accurate it would have been with regard to surface textures.

i personally want this technology to become more widely developed and available, being able to turn photos into a mesh even if it is relatively primitive would be immensely useful. for one thing it'd mean no more funny looking facial skin textures because the model would be directly derived from the photos rather than wrapped onto a model which may or may not match the image in the first place. plus i still haven't got around to learning how to use a 3d modelling program and being able take a real object and turn it into 3d would be very useful.

my biggest interest is in digitising body parts, specifically hands and feet, because they are extremely difficult to create perfectly fitting tailoured hm... 'garments' to put over them. if i could digitise my feet i could use that to warp a design or generate a new design and - for example - use it to generate a 3d printed prototype for moulding a urethane mould to make soles, for example, or to make gloves that have knuckle protection and knife-edge protection that actually protects those parts properly. on-demand fabrication of custom made items would be made so much simpler if the person simply needed to stand in front of a pair of mirrors oriented at 45 degrees either side, it would be enough, along with some kind of measuring scale, to be able to warp a clothing pattern automatically for a tailored fit without all the fiddling and prototyping required normally.

about 4 years ago
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Star Wars Films In 3D Due In 2012

loki_tiwaz 2d to 3d??? (409 comments)

how the hell do you turn a fully 2d primary source into 3d? and 3d that doesn't make you want to scream 'FAKE!'...

if anyone can post a link in reply to my post showing that from a single 2d image source a 3d image can be created that doesn't look a bit wonky i'll stfu. sure, piece of cake converting all that 3d graphics to stereoscopic, but, and maybe i am not understanding the filming process with that expensive 70mm cinema type film, but there is definitely only one 'good' copy of all the shots in 2d, there isn't inadvertently gonna suddenly be a second one... i mean, i would guess you could work on something if there was a second cam recording at the same time at a slightly different but convergent view, but really, you'd have to have one on each side, that could give you a volume model that could let you do the 3d but even still... i call bullshit on converting star wars to 3d. i don't see how it could be done. i'd love to know how such a thing could be done. 3d won't work if you can't flesh out the occluded parts that you see to the left and right of the 2d original.

about 4 years ago
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Motorcyclist Wins Taping Case Against State Police

loki_tiwaz Re:Consequences for the Cops (485 comments)

yeah, what i want to see is a lawyer who has a bit of a bee in their bonnet about police brutality and abuse of privilege doing him a lawsuit pro bono for having a gun waved at him without legal justification.

about 4 years ago
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Motorcyclist Wins Taping Case Against State Police

loki_tiwaz Re:a police officer on a traffic stop? (485 comments)

yeah, i'd say that'd be the next issue to come up for this guy, i bet the compensation for being threatened like that will cover the traffic fine HAHAHA stupid pig.

about 4 years ago
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Motorcyclist Wins Taping Case Against State Police

loki_tiwaz Re:Of course the big irony here is... (485 comments)

if cameras and microphones were allowed in courtrooms defendants would thusly be denied the right of due process due to making it into a media spectacle. whoever modded up the parent is a retard.

about 4 years ago
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Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain

loki_tiwaz Re:It would be nice.. (830 comments)

i'm modding this story down because it's rubbish. the whole crux of tfa is saying it's ridiculous to suggest that the genetic code for the brain is the... code... for the brain, that's what kurzweil is saying. i personally don't think he's far off maybe a little optimistic at 10 years but 20 years for full neural simulation of a human brain isn't so unlikely. we have simulations to a pretty decent level now, at least cockroach level intelligence. considering in 30 years we have gone from 8 bit 8086's and 6504's at sub-megahertz and such to 8 core 64 bit cpus running at 3+ ghz...

more than 4 years ago
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75% Use Same Password For Social Media & Email

loki_tiwaz Re:Passwords (278 comments)

in a communication system, only passwords can be used. it's like keys and locks. you need one and the other. the problem is that you shouldn't need more than one password when they already authenticate you to an email address.

the big concern i have is all these sites who require passwords and logins - how do i know their methods of storing this data is secure? do they hash the input and do hash comparisons? or do they save them in cleartext on their database? and think about all the places you encounter online, doing business with every single one of them requires a password. shouldn't you be able to have email as the primary linkage and eliminate the extra passwords?

this is what openid is all about. i'm quite confident google knows how to keep my password secret, but i dunno about all the ecom sites i use. or the irc chatroom i use. and all the rest. it makes me nervous and by and large i've not been stung by id theft but i worry about it all the time. if regular people knew what i know i think openid would be standardised as a login tomorrow and all 'private data' would require unlocking with a PKI key provided from the openid provider at the unlocking from an authorised user. i don't think id security has had nearly the amount of thought it deserves.

more than 4 years ago
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Aussie National Broadband Network Will Be Gigabit

loki_tiwaz Re:Somebody Tell Tony Abbott about Moore's Law (258 comments)

i don't know how it wasn't obvious it could go to gigabit with very little tinkering. it's OPTICAL right?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiber-optic_communication#Bandwidth-distance_product

Through a combination of advances in dispersion management, wavelength-division multiplexing, and optical amplifiers, modern-day optical fibers can carry information at around 14 Terabits per second over 160 kilometers of fiber [4]. Engineers are always looking at current limitations in order to improve fiber-optic communication, and several of these restrictions are currently being researched

14 terabits over 160km? does tony abbot's advisors do any research? presently, we have a copper network that can manage at best 24mbit at a max distance of 4km, at best. the NBN is an *optical* network, and is likely to be dispersed at network segments of less than 100km per run. lol. do i really need to point out the stupidity of saying it can't be gigabit? do i also need to point out the stupidity of saying a 100mbit network is not gonna be a piece of cake to roll out with optical in australian metro areas? what a retard.

anyway, i'm voting for the sex party. you can bet they are all on for the NBN. super HD pr0n here we come :)

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Mines App Store Submissions For Patent Ideas

loki_tiwaz classic macos extensions (307 comments)

apple taking other people's ideas and rolling them into new operating system extensions is nothing new. i remember many many classic macos extensions that started out as shareware and when they got really popular ended up in the next revision of the OS. well, some of those extensions were even free. the fact that apple is turning these copied ideas into *patents* however, is disturbing, yet more evidence about how software patents are evil.

more than 4 years ago
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60-Year-Old Glass Technology Finds Its Market

loki_tiwaz gorilla glass? (197 comments)

of course all you nerds wouldn't have heard of this http://www.getgorilla.com/ it's just (usually) coloured pyrex glass for body piercing jewellery, mostly earlobes.

more than 4 years ago
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Glass Invisibility Cloak Shields Infrared

loki_tiwaz Re:Military (115 comments)

yeah, i was thinking exactly the same thing. not only does this defeat regular night vision but it would also defeat thermal imaging. and radar invisibility tho not nearly as impressive to normal nonscientific minded folks, is old hat. yes, that means microwave band. sounds to me like sonar vision is gonna have to be looked at, as is far UV. i'm sure the 'invisibility' is not perfect though, most likely along the lines of what was depicted in 'predator' where a small amount of visual distortion is visible and can be seen clearly with high motion.

isn't it wonderful for every offensive technology a defensive technology eventually arises and flattens the playing field.

more than 4 years ago
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Thermosphere Contraction Puzzles Scientists

loki_tiwaz Re:water (200 comments)

i think it does count. the extra heat from global warming is sequestered as latent heat by extra water going into the atmosphere which means less evaporation and if the amount of carbon dioxide being produced to power an average person's life needs is in the tonnes then we are talking about tonnes of water being released into the atmosphere too.

i am not questioning the importance of carbon dioxide's effects, simply that the topic in question, the shrinking of the thermosphere, could be explained by the rise in available water that is soaking up the excess heat, and that the thing that this shrinkage implies to me - rising atmospheric density, is an effect that only water can possibly explain, and has effects on the radiation reaching the surface that i've not seen discussed. increased refractive index of the atmosphere, for one. this could probably be measured too, with adequately sensitive devices.

i know that carbon dioxide is also a dense gas, but heat combined with increased available water in gas form is a factor in the equation. also, and you are not considering this, but precipitation does not always occur when temperature drops below the dew point, this is what cloud seeding is all about - just like crystals falling out of supersaturated solution, without seeding nuclei that water stays in gas form.

more than 4 years ago
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Thermosphere Contraction Puzzles Scientists

loki_tiwaz water (200 comments)

i have been saying this for quite some time but hasn't anyone paid attention to the fact that hydrocarbons produce more water than carbon dioxide? methane is the most extreme example with a 2:1 ratio no hydrocarbon burns with less than a 1:1 ratio (fully hydrocarbons made of all double bonded carbons would be 1:1, obviously triple bonded, like acetylene, is the only exception).

it seems logical to me that increased atmospheric water is going to mean a rise in atmospheric density (possibly also increasing total internal reflection and reflection) and obviously also a lowering of overall temperature in the atmosphere (more water in the atmosphere means a higher latent heat capacity). increased density means more effect of gravity, as well as the overall drop in ambient temperature from increased heat latency.

i'm not sure what other effects there would be from increased atmospheric water, as well as increased CO2 and reduced O2. i was thinking it may influence cloud formation patterns, alter the amount of overall radiation striking the poles and equator (via total internal reflection caused by increased atmospheric refractive index).

in any case, i'm not that familiar with climate modelling and i'm not sure how much they count the increase in H2O in the atmosphere in their predictions, but it seems to me if we are gonna go out hunting for human influences on climate changes, then the influence of water should be, in my view, rated more highly than any other factor because of the refractive index and latent heat capacity of water, two factors that are naturally going to give it the strongest influence of any chemical in the air.

more than 4 years ago
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Oh, What a Lovely Standards War

loki_tiwaz snow? (400 comments)

when are they going to finish making snow? i've used early versions of it and it eats h264 for breakfast, and theora? yeah it's an open codec, which is great but it's based on vp3 and that's more ye olde than mp4. everyone's hardware can handle h264, it's about the same to do snow decoding, but the quality and compression is measurably better.

more than 4 years ago
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"Loud Commercial" Legislation Proposed In US Congress

loki_tiwaz Re:I'd much rather... (636 comments)

the commercials aren't louder, they are compressed. it's a commonly used audio processing method used a lot these days on commercial music and it's causing a lot of consternation amongst audiophiles and other people who point out that flat dynamics in music causes hearing fatigue (i don't listen to commercial music anyway but i do notice it when i am unfortunately subjected to it). well, if you have a typical movie or tv show that has it's average decibel power at 83 dB then you put on an ad that has it's dynamics flattened and maxed out at even 83dB it still sounds louder because there is no quiet bits to the track apart from silences.

more than 4 years ago
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iPod Fee Proposed For Canada

loki_tiwaz Re:Charge those evil downloading Canadians enough (414 comments)

good stats there to use as ammunition against this nonsense. as far as i'm concerned, the record companies can't justify this unless they offer EVERYTHING on their catalogue (even out of print) as digital downloads... if they think DRM is so great, the ipod and itunes is set up to do this for them. cos otherwise they are interfering with the market in PMPs, and implying that the vendors of these devices are selling devices to facilitate some kind of 'crime'.

record/movie/telecommunications companies are all still breathtakingly overcharging for their products... and with the government in their pockets the voices of the consumers is not being heard. i pay well over 50x as much for internet bandwidth on my mobile phone compared to my ADSL, the cd's here cost aud$25-30 dollars (out of that a dollar goes to the artist, and the materials to produce it maybe another dollar) and DVDs cost 30-40 dollars and the proportions of costs are about the same as for music. there's a word for marking up prices this much, but i can't remember right now what it is. it should be a crime to make unreasonable profit, imho.

i think if they are gonna try and justify this by talking about the money the artists are losing they should be made to reveal how much they are paying them and either raise the royalty rates or stfu and stop being such dinosaurs.

about 5 years ago

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Time to Standardise Online Security?

loki_tiwaz loki_tiwaz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

loki_tiwaz writes "Recent posts at Bruce Schneier's blog http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/07/privacy_salienc.html and an interesting story about how the NYPD still uses typewriters http://www.boingboing.net/2009/07/16/nypd-is-spending-1-m.html (and memories of listening to a bunch of undercover police on a train one day discussing a virus problem on their computers), and the recent hack at twitter — has got me thinking... Now that virtually everyone is interacting online, the security of identity, in the form of site logins, particularly, is a very serious topic now.

It seems to me that it is now well and truly time to gather all the security people of planet earth together and define an international online security best practises policy. I know that the subject is all full of people who think they know and many many snake oil vendors selling rubbish security and many many criminals making a very tidy living from capturing credit card details and other such things — but if there was international standards for what constitutes adequate online security, arrived at after a couple of years of intensive debate and discussion, were to be implemented as an international standard, that we could perhaps get more people online. Online security is a topic full of myths and hearsay and snake oil. It's time the subject achieved some kind of maturity and a basic standard was defined."

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