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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

mentil Re:And why are you telling us? (181 comments)

However, this wouldn't fool the NK government, if they're not actually responsible for the hack, because they're totalitarian enough to KNOW they weren't responsible. In which case, who is this 'leak' intended to fool? Rhetorical question, it's the American public.

Alternate option: NK was responsible but the confidential sources are proud enough of their jobs to want to toot the NSA's horn, and don't think NK can actually do anything to stop the hacking, even if they broadly know how they were hacked. Evidence of the Sony hack was found in a counter-hacking performed after the Sony hack, probably using already-existing implants, or was only examined after the Sony hack. The unusual degree of interest that Obama had in the Sony hack suggests that the NSA might've been given an unusual degree of interest in the matter as well, so it's plausible they would've found something beyond what the legal authorities would've.

about two weeks ago
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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

mentil Fuck the Nanny State (319 comments)

An attack on the UK was "highly likely" and MI5 could not give a guarantee it would be able to stop it, he said.

I, for one, would rather be shot or blown up than live under a government that can 100% guarantee my safety. Better to live under a Sharia theocracy than a tyrannical nanny state.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Patient Zero Identified, Probably Infected By Bats

mentil Great. Bat Genocide Incoming (112 comments)

I imagine once word of this gets out to people in certain African nations infected by Ebola, it'll get distilled into "bats are threatening our survival" and lead to wholesale slaughter of bats. Something similar happened with cats mistakenly being associated with the Black Death. This will then lead to a surge in mosquito populations, which will then lead to a surge in malaria cases, which will likely kill more people than the Ebola outbreaks themselves.

about a month ago
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Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

mentil Global Fattening (234 comments)

If true, that may help explain why the southern US has more obesity than the north, aside from obvious education/income/cultural factors. It also would imply that global warming would lead to global fattening, which has already been seen.

about 1 month ago
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Sony Hack Reveals MPAA's Big '$80 Million' Settlement With Hotfile Was a Lie

mentil Hotwho? (117 comments)

I can't remember the names of the dead moles because new moles keep popping up too fast.

about a month ago
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AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and Singapore

mentil Coffin Corner? (275 comments)

The pilot tried to ascend over a cloud. My guess is that he hit the coffin corner, stalled, and crashed.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology

mentil Cold Fusion (183 comments)

640 Kelvin ought to be enough for anybody.

about a month ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

mentil What's the Motivation? (179 comments)

8k won't be ready for anything any time soon. HDMI 2.0 doesn't even support 8k 30Hz, and few TVs have Displayport. 4k Blurays are taking their time arriving to market, and 50GB arguably won't be enough for 8k without a codec upgrade which would itself require a new disc player. What portion of existing bluray players have old HDMI ports or processors that can't handle 4k content? It's not like 4k TVs are high-margin items anymore -- I saw a nice 50" one at Walmart for $699 a few weeks ago, and there were cheaper ones online. The price has hit rock bottom before there's even the demand for them. Unlike 4k cameras, there are only a couple prototypes of 8k cameras, so almost all content will be rendered CG for a while.

I'd read countless arguments on Slashdot that human eyes can't discern resolution higher than 1080p in a 50" TV over 10 feet or so, before I actually watched a demo 4k TV running 4k content, for about 15 minutes. If you have a 50" TV in your bedroom, 5 feet away from where you're sitting, you can definitely notice a huge improvement in detail. I stepped about 15 feet away and in most scenes it was still usually an obvious, substantial improvement over 1080p.
An electronics retailer in Europe held a contest, setting a cordon that people had to stay behind, more than 10 feet away from two televisions, and were asked which was the 4k tv and which was the 1080p. 98% of people correctly guessed which was which. Maybe people asked others who cheated, but it suggests that "most people can't tell" is bullshit. I seem to recall when the Apple retina display claims first came out, a scientist mentioned that humans' actual acuity was about 50% better than what Apple was claiming. It's also worth noting that while a single still retina image may be at a certain DPI, there are psychovisual effects (like depth perception) that can improve the resolution inside the brain, beyond what one retina picks up at one time. The eyes also saccade all the time, which I seem to recall can be interpolated to improve resolution.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database

mentil Leave Them Kids Alone (150 comments)

Maybe they should, you know, NOT launch massive amounts of child abuse, inflicted by database. That sounds pretty bad.
Wait, maybe I parsed this wrong.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

mentil Hopefully no AC in 2015 (171 comments)

They haven't announced an Assassin's Creed game for next year, yet. Hopefully they'll learn from their mistake, and delay it until fall 2016. That'd give them time to fix up the performance issues and myriad glitches with the updated engine. Maybe at the same time they'll rethink the idea of the microtransaction-unlocked chests.

about 2 months ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

mentil 4k Cat Videos = Prosperity (291 comments)

I, for one, am certain that the only thing standing between Africa and prosperity is 4k cat videos. And/or pornography. Support the diaspora of your neocolonialist hegemony today!

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

mentil And Comcast? (204 comments)

The summary implies (by omission) that congestion for Comcast customers hasn't improved since Netflix paid off Comcast. What're they getting for their money?

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

mentil Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

Sure, I'll cancel my broadband subscription with the local monopoly and go back to dialup. But who do they get their upstream bandwidth from? At&t, Verizon, Time Warner or Comcast. Doh!

about 4 months ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

mentil Re:That's How Law Works (264 comments)

I agree, I should've made an addendum that politicians may make laws that are primarily intended to increase the security or safety of a privileged few.

about 4 months ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

mentil Re:Brits don't have this guy on their money (264 comments)

Jefferson said lots of great things about freedom, too, but quickly became corrupt once he became president. It's easy to be an idealist when you don't have power.

about 4 months ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

mentil That's How Law Works (264 comments)

All laws involve giving up freedom to do a certain thing, usually in exchange for security or safety for the society. Other laws, particularly regulations, ensure justice via making society more fair; for example the USA's Civil Rights Act prohibits a variety of forms of discrimination. The problem is that our overlords use propaganda to convince the plebes that a broad selectively-enforced law is necessary when a narrow strictly-enforced law would lead to more security for the society. Being secure in your belief that you won't be imprisoned falsely, or under a law that wasn't intended or reasonable to apply to your situation, is also an important aspect of society's security.

about 4 months ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

mentil Excellent (90 comments)

Now all they need are robotic gazelles. Its silent electric motor lets it sneak up on its prey on the robo-savannah, consuming its delicious battery juices so it can live another day.

about 4 months ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

mentil Re:Bad for developing brains (182 comments)

Nintendo took the legally safe option by recommending children under 7 not use the 3DS' 3d mode, although research wasn't conclusive that it could cause Lazy Eye. Palmer Luckey (CEO of Oculus) actually directly responded to a query about this. I seem to recall him saying that it could eventually be made safe for children. The 3DS uses an adjustable virtual inter-pupillary distance (IPD) which is most likely set different from your real IPD. In contrast, the Oculus Rift is calibrated to use your real IPD, and your eyes focus at infinity while using it. Given that, the Rift should be far less likely to cause Strabismus.

about 4 months ago

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