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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

sgunhouse I am legion (157 comments)

Seems to be up, finally.

Of course I am unique from their sample, I used an unreleased test version of a browser - I had to be unique. However, that version of tracking is useless as I have ... 7 different versions of browsers on my system, they would not know they were the same person on the same computer. (And I have 3 other computers plus a couple of tablets.)

Does that mean I am, what, 40 different people according to them?

3 days ago
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3D Printer?

sgunhouse Someday? (171 comments)

What's the difference between options 4 and 5? I might own one someday. but not anytime soon. (Presuming soon < 5 years) I selected 4, BTW.

4 days ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

sgunhouse Radiation tolerance (197 comments)

I recall that the CPU in my first computer (an RCA VIP, with an 1802 processor) was still being used in satellites and such years later. Why? The processor was fully static CMOS, could be run at extremely low power (as long as speed wasn't an issue), and was more tolerant of radiation. But I guess I'm showing my age ...

about two weeks ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

sgunhouse Network services (238 comments)

Let's see, on the useful side we have compression/acceleration and parental controls. Would it also interfere with ad blockers and anti-malware? Those are also useful services. Services we as consumers don't want are those ads certain low-cost carriers insert in content - though if blocking those forces the carrier to shut down we might have a problem. And of course we also don't want those Big Brother services - governmental content blocking and monitoring.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

sgunhouse Re:Singularity? (181 comments)

"The singularity" is a term referring to asymptotic growth curves. But true asymptotic growth - going to infinity in a finite period of time - is impossible. Some people also use the term to refer to artificial intelligence, but I would consider that a misuse of the term (since a less confusing term existed previously).

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

sgunhouse Singularity? (181 comments)

By definition, the singularity is impossible, unless you find some way to change the laws of physics. (Reference to "Hellhole: Inferno" there if you've read it.) Vertical asymptotes would require infinite resources and so are not feasible.

about two weeks ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

sgunhouse 4:3, anyone? (330 comments)

These days, a typical monitor is likely to be 16:9 or maybe 8:5 (aka 16:10).

In terms of viewing area, for the same diagonal measure an old-style 4:3 monitor has a larger viewing area than a widescreen. Basic math. Yes, a square would be optimum, but in recent years we have been heading in the opposite direction.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

sgunhouse Yahoo (405 comments)

As someone whose ISP uses Yahoo for mail, I can report that they appear to block mailing-list messages that are marked as Bulk. As a product tester for Opera and also a moderator on their user forums, I am supposed to be on several of their mailing lists - but never receive any of them. However, mail from that server sent by individual Opera employees comes through just fine. Likewise mailing lists that do not mark there messages as Bulk (from other servers) come through fine - though several (not all) of those lists are actually on Yahoo's servers. (I've had Opera send messages I need to get to a webmail service.)

The server is not blacklisted as I do get mail from it, they are not blocking all mailing lists (other than their own) either, so it appears to be the fact the messages are listed as Priority: Bulk.

about a month ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

sgunhouse Re:How about... (349 comments)

No one has talked about preventing people from going there ... just preventing them from coming here. Not necessary really - just isolate them for 21 days before they can return.

about a month and a half ago
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Accessing One's Own Metadata

sgunhouse Unlisted? (94 comments)

I have to conclude from the supposed difficulty that they store the metadata without noting which numbers are unlisted. Or more correctly, were unlisted at the time, since that status may change.

about 2 months ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

sgunhouse Re:Delorean (151 comments)

That was my first choice as well

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

sgunhouse Securitty? (575 comments)

Postponing the obvious quote for the moment, the question with any backdoor is what's to keep the bad guys from finding it. (Okay ... the other bad guys. Picky, picky.) If something is known to have a backdoor, the hackers will do whatever it takes to find it. Breaking in to some manufacturer's system, bribing someone, or just brute force - once they find it, they know what it is on all similar systems. If anyone has a backdoor then the supposed protection is meaningless.

The quote? Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. - Benjamin Franklin

about 3 months ago
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My toy collection is ...

sgunhouse Toys? (209 comments)

Do devices count? Are calculators toys? Cars (other than some old beater you go to work and/or shopping with) or other vehicles? Firearms? Geometric (as in, solid) puzzles? While I do have a collection of the latter, I play with the others more often ... so are the puzzles not toys?

about 3 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

sgunhouse Ironic, isn't it (981 comments)

The name Algebra originally comes from Arabic, and likewise we owe the number zero to them. Fact is, they taught us the math of the ancient Greeks. And now they don't want it?

about 3 months ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

sgunhouse Re:Unusual in a huge system ... (211 comments)

For some definitions of likely and usual anyway. In probability, "unlikely" generally has a specific meaning defined in the paper, hence "not unlikely" is not necessarily likely. Probably not unique anyway.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

sgunhouse Grief? (729 comments)

Does it have to be grief? One of the strangest features of XBasic is ragged arrays. It's sort of somewhere between a linked list and an array, as long as the types match you can access it as an array (as in, arrayname[x,y,z] ).

Full disclosure: since all the other official developers seem to have run off, I'm technically the lead developer at this point.

about 3 months ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

sgunhouse Missing option (455 comments)

There are times when recording would be bad. They can't offer a potential witness anonymity if they are recording everything, can they?

about 3 months ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

sgunhouse Mars (246 comments)

Really, I'd like to explore another planet ... but that's not going to happen.

about 4 months ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

sgunhouse Hackers (435 comments)

Safeties can be bypassed. No doubt there will eventually (if these things get off the ground) be some sort of hacker toolkit developed to allow either the owner or the equivalent of "script kiddies" to make the car do whatever they feel like. Just like rooting you phone and installing Cyanogenmod. It'll happen no matter what the FBI says - but hopefully require physical access. If the FBI/NSA try to get their own ... well, let's call it a rootkit, where they could override the software remotely even if it was hacked ... then anyone else will be able to as well. Someone will sell the secret to the Russian mafia or whoever, and all the criminals will have it.

The FBI's concerns may be valid, but are moot - just use a human driver.

about 5 months ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

sgunhouse Funny (89 comments)

I gather that "remote areas" somehow excludes deserts? Amazing ...

about 5 months ago

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NSA datamining Verizon records

sgunhouse sgunhouse writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sgunhouse (1050564) writes "Wired has a story up, originally from the Guardian apparently, about an order for Verizon to turn over 3 months worth of call data to the NSA starting back in April and ending on July 19th. While the data does not include actual subscriber names and addresses, it does include both the originating and receiving phone numbers and various other "metadata" (not including actual conversations).

Strangely, the article says the warrant was granted to the FBI and not the NSA ..."

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Drug-sniffing dog = Unlawful Search?

sgunhouse sgunhouse writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sgunhouse (1050564) writes "Wired is running an article on a Supreme Court challenge (well, actually two of them) to the use of drug-sniffing dogs. The first case discussed involved Florida police using a drug-sniffing dog as a basis for searching a suspected drug dealer's home. The court in Florida excluded the evidence obtained from the search, saying a warrant should be required for that sort of use of a dog.

Personally, I agree — police have no right to parade a dog around on private property on a "fishing expedition", same as they need a warrant to use a thermal imaging device to search for grow houses. I have no use for recreational drugs, but they had better have a warrant if they want to bring a dog onto my property."

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Airborne prions prove lethal in mice studies

sgunhouse sgunhouse writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sgunhouse (1050564) writes "Wired has a story up on the lethality of airborne prions. It should be noted that prions (which cause "mad cow disease" and similar disorders) are not normally airborne and take a long time to kill the infected animal, but so far are 100% lethal if something else doesn't kill the animal first. So they are not likely to be useful as a biological weapon (my first thought when reading their headline), but another safety precaution to consider."
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NSA releases historical documents on TEMPEST

sgunhouse sgunhouse writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sgunhouse writes "Wired's Threat Level has a piece on a recently-declassified document on the history of TEMPEST (the technology used to read computers from across the street and such). Okay, not much on the tech itself, but interesting read."
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