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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

tokizr Re:Trusting a binary from Cisco (194 comments)

I don't know exactly how this verification is usually done but I would assume it would involved a more relaxed search checking for instance that the same system calls which are implicit in the source are in the provided binary (and only those), or that the symbol table matches what is expected. An not a direct byte to byte comparison.

But I could be wrong so I hope someone else with experience in this area can enlighten us further.

5 days ago
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Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

tokizr Re:Screw you, Lawrence (117 comments)

If I got it correctly he (or whoever else is with him) will match the remaining 6.

And if we meet that goal, we'll get it matched, for a total of $12 million raised.

about three weeks ago
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Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"

tokizr Re:~$7500 per transaction? (69 comments)

The value of the Boleto is part of the code and can be altered by the payer(for instance if you have to pay a fine because the payment is late, or if you have a discount for paying early) so if you can yank the transaction you can probably also alter the value.

about three weeks ago
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Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"

tokizr Re: I don't get it. (69 comments)

They only get the goods *after* you pay, so it is safe for them. If you go to a store and take a product home they will give you other payment options instead such as credit/debit, cash or some other type of *ensured* payment. Or they will collect all personal information (including your CPF (SSN equivalent)) which is all they need to the hell out of you if you don't pay (much like if you payed with a cheque and had no backing funds).

about three weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

tokizr Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

It migh have in the sense that the data cap limits how much people actually browse/stream/etc, so they don't go over it. Which in turn reduces the total bandwidth.

about a month ago
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

tokizr Re:Wow (136 comments)

I would imagine his intent was not that the machine would achieve success, the experiment is simply a nice framework to analyse weather the machine is able to comprehend information. Weather the machine is convincing or not, if the machine can abstract concepts in the same we do then you'd have a thinking machine. The pretending scenario seems just like a simple way to make it harder for someone to make a cheap solution to the problem (i.e. a chatbot).

Ultimately producing real intelligence is what is sought, not passing the damned test.

about a month and a half ago
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Fishing Line As Artificial "Muscle"

tokizr But will they regenerate? (111 comments)

Strain and exposure tends to destroy nylon from my experience, when a muscle fiber is broken it gets replaced by one or more new fibers, how would you efficiently replace broken coils on a artificial limb?

about 5 months ago
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Why JavaScript On Mobile Is Slow

tokizr Explicit memory management. (407 comments)

You could just 'force' people to use a language with explicit memory management, like by offering [better] support for that particular language (C/C++ is best but I understand people do not enjoy these lower level languages as much). I always thought that the best form of garbage collection is not having garbage collection at all, but managing your memory efficiently and having good allocators. Yet even on languages such as Java/Javascript you can be smart about your objects so to minimize the underlying allocations. I would suppose javascript may be a little harder since it's not strongly typed but it should still be possible.

1 year,18 days

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