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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

marciot Easy Solution (217 comments)

Someone just needs to write a tool that takes source code and translates it into an obfuscated form that only the CPU can understand. Is anyone working on this type of privacy tool?


FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

marciot The devil is in the details... (303 comments)

So if I should happen to live next to a public place, and their signal penetrates my walls into my private residence, can I sue them for trespassing and for intercepting my calls in a place where I would have an expectation of privacy?

Of course not. *sigh*

about three weeks ago

Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

marciot Another idea... (203 comments)

Condoms are pretty good for safe sex. I think we should be using condoms to protect our bank accounts, for giving everyone safe drinking water, for screening passengers at airports and for securing your valuables in hotel rooms.

about a month ago

Google Researcher Publishes Unpatched Windows 8.1 Security Vulnerability

marciot Re:Grammar police alert (129 comments)

So this is good. This vulnerability was previously disclosed, but they undisclosed it. The undisclosure was done by the NSA using their version of the neuralizer, the existence of which was disclosed by Snowden last year, but has since been undisclosed (which is why you don't know about it).

about a month ago

Nokia's Back In the Tablet Business, With the Android Lollipop-Based N1

marciot Whoa! No Windows RT? (60 comments)

Microsoft is now backing Android? What happened? Did Santa bring them common sense for Christmas?

about a month ago

Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

marciot 3D printers to the rescue (115 comments)

3D printed replacement skeletons to the rescue! Installation is a bitch, but you only have to do it once.

about a month ago

Many DDR3 Modules Vulnerable To Bit Rot By a Simple Program

marciot Write-Only Memory (138 comments)

This is the reason I recommend that everyone invest in write-only memory for their computers. It is far more secure and hack proof than the alternatives.

about a month ago

Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

marciot Re:Good news! (227 comments)

Their Communist Chinese hackers will use DDR3 exploit on all viewing sites to infect our computers.

An exploit on SDRAM? That’s why I insist on only using write-only memory on my computer.

about a month ago

North Korean Internet Is Down

marciot I know why (360 comments)

Kim Jong-Un decided to download "The Interview," thereby saturating his country's only dial-up connection to the Internet.

about a month ago

Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

marciot Morse Code? (292 comments)

Shoot. There goes my idea of self-publishing a book written entirely in morse code.

about a month ago

Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

marciot Re:Traffic Furniture (611 comments)

I'm sure actual furniture in traffic would do wonders too. Nothing stops traffic like a beat up sofa in the middle of the lane.

about a month and a half ago

LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

marciot Can it play DVDs? (179 comments)

I, for one, am looking forward to watching my DVDs with 10x10 pixels per pixel.

about a month and a half ago

Royal Mail Pilots 3D Printing Service

marciot There must be a better way (59 comments)

So you 3D print an object at one location, thereby converting it from bits to atoms, and then you send the result via the post to another location?

I think there is a more efficient way to do this, but I can’t quite put my finger on it...

about a month and a half ago

Intel Processor Could Be In Next-Gen Google Glass

marciot Drop resistance? (73 comments)

How does Google Glass compare to Gorilla Glass or sapphire? How far can I drop Google Glass before it shatters?

about 2 months ago

Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

marciot Pivot Stand? (330 comments)

I hope it comes with a pivot stand for landscape and portrait mode.

about 2 months ago

French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

marciot Re:I'm not a scientist... (99 comments)

Normally, your convergence and focus operate together.

With 3D imaging your convergence varies but focal point remains the same. No where outside of viewing a 3D image will your eyes ever experience such a scenario.

Interestingly, artificial 3D is the only 3D I've experienced. I've been stereo-blind for as long as I remember, but recently I read Sue Barry's book and found out my eyes converged properly within four inches of my face. So I was able to experience depth by using anaglyph glasses and an iPhone held really close to my nose. I began converting 3D movies to anaglyph and watching them on my iPhone, gradually moving it away from my face. Now I can see 3D at about a foot away, on a laptop screen.

When I am finally able to diverge my eyes properly at a distance, I hope real world 3D doesn't give me headaches like normal people do when they watch "artificial" 3D movies!

about 3 months ago



WiFi Interference: Beyond the Obvious

marciot marciot writes  |  about 6 years ago

marciot (598356) writes "I live in a condominium where I get interference from my neighbors' wifi. I understand that 1, 6 and 11 are the only non-overlapping wifi channels, but how does this translate into real-life best practices?
  • When you must overlap, is there a "good" way to do it? With nine access points, for example, is it better to have three APs each on channels 1, 6 and 11, so that each completely overlaps with only two others. Or is it best to distribute those APs across nine channels such that they only partially overlaps others (but potentially overlap more APs in total)?
  • Do use patterns affect interference? For example, is it best to overlap a channel with multiple APs that rarely transfer data, or to share a channel with one person who downloads torrents 24/7?
  • Does maximum data rate affect interference or robustness to interference? I found out by accident that setting my access point to "802.11b only" mode appeared to give me a vastly more reliable connection that leaving it in "mixed 802.11b/g". Is this a fluke or does transmitting at 10 Mbps, when everyone else is using 54 Mbps (for their 3 Mbps DSL pipes!), give you a true advantage?

A Look Back at Kurzweil's Predictions for 2009

marciot marciot writes  |  about 6 years ago

marciot (598356) writes "An interesting look at Ray Kurzweil's predictions for 2009, from a decade ago. He was dead on in predicting the ubiquity of portable computers, wireless, the emergency of "digital" objects, and the rise of privacy concerns. He was a little optimistic in certain areas, predicting the demise of rotating storage and the ubiquity of digital paper a bit earlier than it appears it will actually happen. As it comes to human-computer speech interfaces, thought, he seems to be way off."
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TV Dinner Tray Recycling

marciot marciot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

marciot (598356) writes "I have no shame to admit that as a non-cooking single male, my diet consists mostly of canned soup and prepackaged frozen foods. One side-effect of this is that I've become very aware and concerned by the waste I generate every week, which is almost exclusively paperboard boxes and cans, which are accepted for recycling in my municipality, platic wrap and TV dinner trays, which are not. Recently I came across a press release from ConAgra Foods regarding their transition to post-consumer recycled plastics in their Banquet, Healthy Choice and Marie Callender's products, which to me is excellent and very welcome news. Yet I am surprised by this move, since I expected only a minority of consumers would worry about this particular aspect of TV dinner consumption, and that the incentives for a company to make such a move would be minor. Yet they have done so. Which prompts me to ask: is the environment among the first things that come to your mind when you contemplate the choice about whether to consume "convenience" foods or not. What do you think?"

marciot marciot writes  |  more than 8 years ago

marciot writes "Having obtained a bachelor's degree in EE (and CS, which is now my field), I am disappointed that some basic aspects of electricity were glossed over in such a way that even today I wonder whether I really grasped the fundamentals. One particular aspect that bugs me is that electricity is presented as seemingly having two separate alter-egos. In the world of Van de Graff generators and doorknobs, electrons are content to flow from one charged object to another without care as to whether they will eventually find their way back. In the world of batteries and light bulbs, electricity, we are told, stubbornly refuses to flow unless there is a circuit which neatly forms a round trip. Well, which one is it? Lest you think the answer is simpler than it is, let me pose a question: suppose I have a AA cell and a quarter. Now, if I were to touch the quarter to the positive end, and then move it to the other end, and repeat this motion back and forth, would I eventually discharge the battery? One could say that I am confusing electrostatics with electrodynamics, but it seems to me that giving one phenomenon two different names and treating them separately only avoids a troubling question and keeps us from true understanding. Any thoughts?"


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