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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

pipedwho We've always been at war with East Asia (425 comments)

30 years late, 30 years more. Then another 30 when that's all done.

When the say war, they mean "war".

about three weeks ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

pipedwho Re: Umm no (470 comments)

That assumes the target doesn't change speed or direction in a non-predictable way. Otherwise, the missile will be significantly off-course and potentially millions of miles away unless it fires up its correction thrusters early enough.

I'd be more worried about all the super fast micro-particle engine ejecta that are whizzing through space. Chasing another ship with a reactionary drive would be quite dangerous as you'd want pretty powerful force fields to stop your ship or missile getting perforated as the target ship manoeuvred to protect itself, intentionally keeping the attacking missile and/or ship in the hard to detect ultra fast moving micro-particle ejecta field.

about a month ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

pipedwho Re:The simple fact that we can't talk about this.. (207 comments)

And now the 97% consensus have updated their models to include the new data. Prior to that discovery, their assumptions were based on what they previously knew or thought to be true. Once including that new information, their assumptions have been updated and the vast majority now assume differently.

But, most importantly, they are still aware the difference between what they hold as assumptions/beliefs and what has been observationally confirmed.

about a month ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

pipedwho Re:"Belief" is not part of the scientific method (207 comments)

OK ... then how many spare earths have you run through climate change experiments?

The last one didn't go so well, so we are repeating the experiment here on this planet which is next in orbit and slightly more distant from the Sun.

about a month ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

pipedwho Re:Star Trek Communicators (139 comments)

Maybe they are just verifying the remote telemetry that had already been sent.

"McCoy to Enterprise. 85 degrees Celsius!!! Celsius man! Beam up now!!!"

Meanwhile, back in the transporter room...
"Ooops. My bad. Someone in the previous shift must have changed the telemetry readout from Fahrenheit."

about a month ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

pipedwho Re:Star Trek Communicators (139 comments)

There's a point that everyone, yes even you, seems to miss about ST communicators as a precursor to cellphones:

Only officers had them.

The world where everyone carries their own communicator, all the time, was not foreseen in TOS.

Maybe it was, and then they bypassed that phase of society by edict.

"Hey Redshirt! Get off that communicator and help us deal with this ugly alien, or it's going to end badly for you!"

"Oh crap, we just lost another Redshirt! Enough of this shit, from now on only officers get to bring communicators down to the planet surface."

about a month ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

pipedwho Re:iOS NFC Only Being Used for Apple Pay (336 comments)

Security of the transport is not what is at issue. The security of the entire stack needs to be evaluated for a weak link further down the chain before security could be claimed to be a non-issue.

You are right though that the API probably isn't completely ready and/or Apple want to release their apps first. Probably not a bad idea while they iron out any problems before all and sundry spew forth apps. It is much easier to deprecate an API element to fix a major security or other problem when your own implementation is all you have to worry about breaking.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

pipedwho Re:NFC isn't used for just payment (336 comments)

The speed of NFC is a few hundred kbps and is not designed for bulk data transfer. The NFC is most likely used to setup a much faster Bluetooth or Wifi transfer in a way that guarantees that the transfer has been initiated by a device in close proximity.

With longer range protocols (Wifi/Bluetooth/etc), you need other ways to pair the devices to make sure you're transferring your naked photos to the right endpoint.

With NFC, what you see is what you get, but the NFC layer is only used for connection setup.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

pipedwho Re:Too Late for Aus (336 comments)

In Aus, the NFC terminals (Paypass/Tap&Go/etc) all use the same protocol, in the same way that all the Visa/Mastercard/Bankcard magstripes were written in a common industry format. American Express/Diners were outliers and originally required their own terminals, which is why they always had to fight an uphill battle to be accepted by smaller merchants. These days, the EFTPOS machines and banks have facilities for multiple card types, and the EMV standards encompass implementations for both NFC and Chip&PIN.

The NFC in smart phones use the same RF protocols that are in place for other wireless payment cards (and can easily be updated to provide slight protocol changes if necessary). The hard part is that Apple needs to partner with the big payment providers to allow their generated 'one-time' payments to be correctly cleared in the same way any given issued credit card is cleard. Currently Visa/Mastercard/etc do this for their branded cards and are the biggest players in this sector, which is why Apple needs to work with them to avoid having to set up any of its own infrastructure (beyond it's internal payment gateway and integration with backends at Mastercard/Visa/etc).

There is no reason once deals are struck between Apple and Visa/Mastercard in Australia, that any merchant here would require a change to their installed Paypass/Tap&Go systems. There may be some technical integration problems between Apple and Visa/Mastercard that need to be sorted out first, but that work has most likely already been done (or mostly done), otherwise Apple wouldn't have announced it with such fanfare.

Like everything, for some reason these deals take longer to happen in Aus when the technical and business solutions may have already played out elsewhere in the world. Take iTunes for instance; we had to wait much longer than the US, because it took longer to get the distribution agreements worked out thanks to our local incumbents with pre-existing contracts being reluctant to renegotiate and move with the times.

about a month and a half ago
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Architecture That Changes Shape In Response To Heat

pipedwho Noisy? (34 comments)

And I thought the constant hum of air conditioning units was annoying. I'd hope this wouldn't be as annoying as waiting for a leaky gutter to finally plop out the next drop of water.

about 2 months ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

pipedwho Re:Everything old is new again (491 comments)

Volume of manufacture (or lack thereof) is the primary reason for the huge 2:1 cost differential between the electric and diesel busses. That differential would come down dramatically once trolleybus volumes increased to rival that of diesel busses.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

pipedwho Re:checks the date (368 comments)

I know Unix!

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

pipedwho Re:Legacy Support (730 comments)

VMWare Fusion runs OSX fine without any cleverness. Just tell Fusion you're installing OSX and when the installer asks, just enter your Apple ID and password. I haven't tried with really ancient versions of OSX, but it definitely works for OSX 10.7 and up (and OSX 10.5 Server and up). You don't even need the installation media as it downloads the OS from the net during installation.

about 2 months ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

pipedwho Mod parent up (391 comments)

Mods, this is both +5 Insightful and Informative.

about 3 months ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

pipedwho Re:The man who saved Onagawa (255 comments)

Mod parent up. Very informative.

about 3 months ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

pipedwho Re:Service in exchange for a free modem? (224 comments)

The GP post is more an indictment on the mob^w justice system that all too often seems to presume guilt before evidence beyond a reasonable doubt is required.

It also goes both ways. You may need to login to these systems to identify yourself, but when doing so you'd sure hope your transport stream was completely protected from the owner of the router. Otherwise, you may find someone kicking down your door when you arrive back home.

about 3 months ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

pipedwho Re:Cat blog (148 comments)

This is not just about protecting login credentials. The idea is that if your cat blog is ranked highly, many people will click on it. For sites like that, a DNS or other redirection hack allows me to impersonate your site with some drive by or otherwise downloadable malware.

TLS is about trusting the site your connecting with to actually be the site you think it is. So if your cat blog had a valid TLS certificate, then the impersonating site would need to obtain a fake certificate to avoid the client displaying an invalid certificate warning.

It also stops middleware proxies from listening to or interfering with/re-writing the data stream before it gets to you (ie. detailed browse history collection, advertising and/or spyware insertion, etc).

about 3 months ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

pipedwho Re:Worse Than U Think (570 comments)

When considering 'worth', you forgot to factor in the value of a constant income stream. In economic terms, a person is cash-flow positive if their income exceeds their outgoings. Even though someone may have an instantaneous snapshot of wealth that is equal to or less than zero, they may still be cash-flow positive or neutral.

Business valuations are related to total potential revenue which may be far less than the outgoings for a start-up company. However, that company may still be valued at millions or billions of dollars if the earnings potential is non-zero, even though they are hugely negative on their balance sheet. Think Amazon back in the early days when it first started.

This is the same for a person. If that person dies, they may have zero direct assets at the time (or may even owe more money than they have assets), but you'll quickly realise they were 'worth' a lot more than zero as all the debts and other things that were being paid for suddenly cease to covered. At that point, cash-flow takes a huge negative hit and debt is accumulating in a way that it can no longer be repaid. That debt may be in the form of dependants that now must be paid for by someone else (or by the State), unsecured loans that must now be written off by the creditors, and other general outgoings that will stop.

Say I somehow take out an unsecured loan for a million dollars from a bank. I am now worth $1,000,000 to that bank. If I die straight away, they are out the million. As long as I'm alive and working, I can keep repaying the loan, and at 5%pa over 10 years I'll end up repaying the loan, plus an extra couple of hundred grand in interest. So if you ask the bank what I'm worth, they'll tell you I'm worth a lot more than zero, even if I took the money to Vegas and blew it all in the high-rollers lounge.

about 3 months ago
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

pipedwho Re: Flash panic (161 comments)

I have to agree that buying something useful that you otherwise would not necessarily have bought in the first place is not a bad thing for either yourself or the economy as a whole.

about 3 months ago

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