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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

paavo512 Re:Empirical Data Trumps Information Theory (211 comments)

Information does travel through space at a velocity faster than c - see the EPR paradox, which was subsequently questioned by Bell, and then experimentally tested by Alan Aspect (sorry I don't know the correct French spelling for his name).

Based on the evidence, quantum information does seem to travel faster than c.

Given the paradox of the wave-function collapse within the Copenhagen interpretation of QM (once a particle is measured it takes on a definite set of properties, which means that the wave-function must collapse everywhere simultaneously) it suggests that quantum information is transfered instantaneously.

This most probably shows that the wave-function-collapse interpretation does not have much to do with the reality and is just an artifact of the theory. There are other interpretations which do not involve such mysterious collapses and provide smooth transition from quantum to macroscopic level. The logically most consistent one is the many-worlds interpretation (

about three weeks ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

paavo512 Re:AI is always (564 comments)

It's not going to change it's mind half way to New York and go somewhere else.

This means inadequate planning and needless wasting of nonrenewable resources of the planet. If that's all we can offer against AI, I'm afraid we are doomed anyway.

about 3 months ago

Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

paavo512 Re:I have to wonder (239 comments)

The implementation of this Google policy seems quite strange. The article "BBC - Peston's Picks: Merrill's mess" can be found via, it is the first (non-advertised) hit in When searching via a Google site in Europe (, the title "BBC - Peston's Picks: Merrill's mess" does not appear in the search results, but there is an entry:

Forbidden - BBCõlgi see leht
29.10.2007 - All weekend, wave after wave of schadenfreude has been crashing on the head of Stan O'Neal, the chairman of Merrill Lynch. After Merrill ... BBC News - Have Your Say

When clicking on this title (,d.ZWU ), the original article appears! So, effectively Google displays the result, but says it is forbidden to read it? I'm baffled.

about 3 months ago

Imparting Malware Resistance With a Randomizing Compiler

paavo512 Nice idea (125 comments)

by generating a unique executable for each install

... and cloning a unique customer support team for each install!

about 4 months ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

paavo512 Writing apps (240 comments)

I am writing apps, not buying them, you insensitive clod!

about 5 months ago

Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign

paavo512 Re:Tyranny (252 comments)

If every website must comply with every law in every country where the website can be seen [...]

Wikipedia donation requests are very targeted. I saw the donation request while browsing in my corporate VPN (the gateway to internet happens to reside in GB) and wanted to donate some money, but the system did not allow me to enter a credit card address outside of GB, so I gave up. When browsing at home, I have never seen a donation request, probably they think there would be no point in putting one up for my country.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

paavo512 Too rigid (876 comments)

At a minimum wouldn't that eliminate time dealing with syntax errors?

It seems to be a general concept that if one cannot make any mistakes using a system, then the system is not flexible enough to achieve anything interesting. And syntax errors cannot be clearly distinguished from semantic ones, when you make a system where every combination of tokens is syntactically valid, then there will be either a lot of semantic errors (think of writing machine code directly - almost any bit pattern is a valid opcode, so no syntax mistakes), or the system would be too rigid to be useful.

about 8 months ago

HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

paavo512 Re:Touch-screen desktop PCs are a fad (513 comments)

For example, there could be two ways to reboot your PC:

1) Pull the side-window thing over, go to Settings, then Power, then Reboot

2) Click Start, click the Arrow beside Shutdown, then click Reboot

Why so complicated? I press:

3) [Windows] [Right-arrow] [Space]

This used to be Windows-U-something, but OK.

about 8 months ago

UK ISP Adult Filters Block Sex Education Websites Allows Access To Porn

paavo512 Feel sorry for the people of UK (227 comments)

ISPs claim that [...] they are working with their users to improve quality.

One question: how can the users know about a blocked sexual education site in order to request unblocking it?

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Application Security Non-existent, Boss Doesn't Care. What To Do?

paavo512 Re:Don't ask /. (310 comments)

At this point, I would do nothing. If they aren't hacked within a week after you posting this article then the security vulnerabilities don't really matter.

Maybe this was the strategy of OP? In that case, brilliant!

about 10 months ago

A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

paavo512 Rest of the test is not better (663 comments)

Particularly I find the question 9 very confusing:

"Write a subtraction story for 8; Draw a picture!"

What the hell is a "subtraction story"? How should a 6-year old child know that? And the correct answer for 8 apparently was subtraction (4=7-3), so how comes 8 was not a subtraction story already???

about a year ago

How I Compiled TrueCrypt For Windows and Matched the Official Binaries

paavo512 Re:About the authors (250 comments)

It matches the timezone of most of Europe during winter and half of Africa all the time. Right now the Czech Republic (along with most of Europe) is currently GMT+2 (UK and Ireland are GMT+1 for another two days, then we revert to GMT).

The timestamp studied in the article was from February, so no summer time in effect this time.

about a year ago

How I Compiled TrueCrypt For Windows and Matched the Official Binaries

paavo512 About the authors (250 comments)

The authors of TrueCrypt have decided to remain anonymous. However, the timezone (GMT+1) of a TrueCrypt developer machine identified in the article matches the timezone of Czech Republic, mentioned in "The TrueCrypt trademark was registered in the Czech Republic under name of "David Tesarik"". Does not conclude anything, but it is a bit reassuring to know it might be developed a bit away from NSA and other large 3-letter organizations.

about a year ago

No, the Earth (almost Certainly) Won't Be Hit By an Asteroid In 2032

paavo512 Huh, universal quantor again (142 comments)

chance of an impact will certainly drop

If it would certainly drop, then it would be already zero today. The reason why the estimate is currently 0.00002% is because it is not known at which side the real value is. Actually, a defining criteria of a proper estimate is that it is located in the middle of the probability distribution, meaning that the actual value might lie on either side, with equal probability.

Note that the original article uses "likely" instead of "certainly".

about a year ago

The Most WTF-y Programming Languages

paavo512 Statistics, the mother of all lies... (254 comments)

According to TFA, he "calculated the average number of WTF commit comments per repository". So why not per line of code or whatever? C++ projects tend to be rather large (because it is harder to write large projects in other languages), so surely by this metric C++ would win (aka lose) here.

If there is one thing I have learned about statistics it is that you can prove about anything you want ... unless you want and are actually able to find the correct normalizations.

1 year,5 days

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Work Schedule Make You Unproductive?

paavo512 It depends (311 comments)

How much one can work productively very much depends on all kind of conditions, most importantly the person itself and his/her age. The useful hours seem to start to decrease with age (although the total productivity may go up with more experience). For myself, I personally start feel myself tired after 6 hours of intense work; I remember from my twenties it was more like 10 or 12 back then. The problem is, when you keep working in that condition, you create extra work for yourself or other people as your sub-standard work needs to be undone and redone later.

If you really want to keep working after 8 hours then a way is full test-driven development. First write tests to test for anything that needs to be done, then write the code to pass the tests. Writing tests is much easier than doing the actual work, so there is a chance you won't screw up at this step. Then work as long or as sleepy to have the code pass the tests, and feel happy you have earned some more free money for the shareholders.

1 year,10 days

Nokia's Elop Set To Receive $25 Million Bonus After Acquisition

paavo512 Re:And people wonder why we hate CEOs (196 comments)

CEOs are absolutely rewarded for success, because his performance can't be seen as anything other than a success by Microsoft.

There, fixed that for you!

1 year,11 days

Angry Brazilian Whacks NASA To Put a Stop To ... Er, the NSA

paavo512 Re:Not that hard to believe, actually (90 comments)

It's hard to believe anyone would confuse the NSA spy agency with NASA, the space agency

There's only a single letter of difference between the two acronyms; they can easily be confused with each other by anyone unfamiliar with either of the two agencies.

Add to that the fact that the the hacker was Brazilian and probably didn't speak English as his first language, I would see this as being extremely plausible.

Mod the parent up! In the first place, why should somebody in Brazil care at all if some TLA is the same as some FLA or not?

1 year,12 days



Estonia sharing its ID-card based eGovernment solution with Finland

paavo512 paavo512 writes  |  about 10 months ago

paavo512 (2866903) writes "For the last decade or so, Estonia has developed a national electronic data exchange layer called X-Road. Is is based on national electronic ID cards and allows creation of common electronic services like founding a company, declaring taxes or e-voting. Every day, over 800,000 enquiries are made via X-Road (the population of Estonia is 1.3M). According to the PM of Estonia, the solution is saving 2% of national GDP annually.

The Estonian ID card technology was originally imported from Finland; however, it appears Finns have for 10 years failed to come up with any significant e-services making use of them. So it is now agreed that Estonian X-Road solution would be expanding to Finland as well. From the article:

Sharing and joint development of X-Road solution is prescribed by cooperation memorandum, signed [on Dec 10] by Estonian and Finnish prime ministers. To our knowledge, this was the first international agreement in the world which was signed digitally.


E-voting source code made public in Estonia

paavo512 paavo512 writes  |  about a year ago

paavo512 (2866903) writes "Server-side source code used for electronic voting was made fully public by Estonian officials on July 11. The aim is to encourage more specialists to get involved in the technical analysis of the software. It is hoped that public overview will help to ensure the security of the system.

E-voting has been successfully used 5 times in Estonia since 2007. It facilitates national ID cards which are obligatory for all citizens. In the next municipal elections later this year it is planned to test an experimental feature where the voter can check via a physically separate channel (smart phone) if his or her vote has been registered correctly.

The original in Estonian:

The publicized source code:"


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