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Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8

tomxor Apple vs Tree? (197 comments)

It's not pedantic there's a huge difference... take your ignorance and leave.

about a month ago

UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

tomxor Some sort of weird catch 22 (250 comments)

But the asshat who understands the internet enough not to attempt to sensor it will get my vote. Let the race of the asshats commence.

about a month ago

Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

tomxor Old DNS cache? (349 comments)

if you do a compare between two DNS servers then you are bound to also come up with differences that show how outdated one server is compared to the other... There has to be many new domains registered / re-registered and associated / re-accociated with a new IP every minute, if you run the script for long enough between two different snapshots you are bound to find one of these...

So my appropriately verbose question in response to your post is: how often do you think google and comcast update their DNS servers, and do you think they update at exactly the same time... I know ISPs like to filter stuff... just wondering if your method is sound.

about a month ago

Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

tomxor Bravo (294 comments)

Two opinions in 1 summary that wasn't painfully biased to read !

about 1 month ago

Silicon Brains That Think As Fast As a Fly Can Smell

tomxor Re:Great. Low-quality evolutionary "solutions" (84 comments)

Thanks for this, interesting. +

Perhaps the argument of the effectiveness of evolutionary processes as a design tool revolves around the specificity of a problem (as gweihir points out below).

Maybe the more broad the problem the lower the potentials and greater the iterations needed to refine and vice versa.

about 3 months ago

A Thermodynamics Theory of the Origins of Life

tomxor Diversity !== Convergence ? (185 comments)

Why does the kind of diversity you argue is lacking mean that a potential in a system under certain conditions cannot converge to form the basis of life?

All galaxies have the basic properties of being swirly and full of stars... sure there's slight variations on that but that is basically the essence of them... a huge system with massive potential evolved and converged to form structures with those specific properties.

I don't think the problem is that the the paper is looking at this from the perspective of physics, but more that you are looking at it from the perspective of biological chemistry alone... Looking at chemistry alone everything looks very specific and unique before even delving into biology.

about 3 months ago

South Korean Court Rules That Phone Bloatware Must Be Deletable

tomxor I hope they were clear about the device drivers (138 comments)

I dont want some obscure social networking app to just be integrated into my NFC or WiFi driver instead. Seriously though i bet this just pushes them to hide more crap so it's not obvious.

about 3 months ago

What Makes a Genius?

tomxor Do any of the truly gifted producers care? (190 comments)

The "Vultures" are no less greedy and manipulative than your description... probably more so. But I wonder if the most gifted artists, thinkers, scientist, mathematicians and so on, actually care. There are far easier ways to make money, If they are as focused and driven as described in the article then it seems likely they care more about attribution than monetary appropriation any more than is necessary to live and fund their work.

Conversely look at how pop artists and the RIAA bicker over adequately appropriating all of their disproportionate wealth...

I don't think this disinterest in money is necessarily limited to "Genius" ether though. I'd quite like to see a slashdot poll on this actually... what do you care about more, your work or your pay check?

about 3 months ago

If UNIX Were a Religion

tomxor You mean Andrew Tanenbaum (392 comments)

But lo, in the late 1980s, UNIX succumbed to the sins of venality, demanding too much money from the faithful and so, in 1991 Linus Torvalds nailed his famous source code release to the cathedral door and kicked off the Reformation.

It was Andrew Tanenbaum who showed the initiative to create a UNIX compatible royalty free OS for the purpose of teaching, Torvalds Linux is surely a derivative of that initiative if not a direct derivative of the Minix book which inspired him. Torvalds deserves a lot of credit for Linux but i think Tanenbaum deserves to have the credit for enabling so many people to learn about UNIX like systems without paying absurd amounts to AT&T.

about 4 months ago

Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

tomxor WTF... +5 insightful for the lazy? (923 comments)

Do you think every crime is as black and white as the premise... don't you have the slightest bit of imagination?

Their motive is unknown, and their apparent ignorance of the target's value suggests they are very unlikely to be professional criminals... hmm, petty criminals jacking a truck, how many sorry stories could possibly fit that picture. But by all means feel free to stick with your 3 year old perception of the through and through evil "bad guy" living it up in his evil layer with all the mountains of monies he stole. Or is it the ignorant degenerate that deserves to die? who's morals are we judging again?

For those who feel otherwise, look at it this way: When you use a lethal weapon to commit a crime, you state to the world that you are willing to kill innocent people in order to get what you want, no matter what.

According to whom?... you have no knowledge of the perpetrator's intent, and as a matter of probability the majority of "lethal weapon" wielding criminals will not only lack intent or willingness to kill but also hot have a lethal weapon at all... All that is needed is the appearance of a threat, most people are not willing to bet their life on the higher probability of a false threat... that's why it works, how do you know they weren't using toy guns? can you kill someone with a toy gun or a banana under a jacket? are you still certain that they deserve to die for wielding a "lethal weapon"?

I don't know who they are or why they did it or if there was a real potential to cause lethal harm... and my point is that nether do you. Unknown motives should not default to "Super Villain" and breaking the law or being ignorant !== "morally bankrupt moron that deserves to die", not all crime is committed out of greed..."

about 4 months ago

6TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives Take Flight

tomxor Re:10 Years of Research & unpressurised (297 comments)

Then i suppose that means using a lower density fluid like hydrogen would also decrease the shock tolerance? unless it's possible to compensate by changing other characteristics such as actuator stiffness and length.

about 5 months ago

6TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives Take Flight

tomxor 10 Years of Research & unpressurised (297 comments)

They spent 10 years researching how to reliably seal it into an enclosure...

Also it is not under the same requirements of a compressed gas canister. The whole point of using helium is for the advantages of it's fluid dynamics compared to a normal air mixture, that's why it's not pressurised.

I've always wondered why they didn't just use a near vacuum enclosure, but i suppose it's much easier to not deal with pressure difference and use a super low resistance fluid instead at the same atmospheric pressure.

about 5 months ago

Torvalds: Free OS X Is No Threat To Linux

tomxor Stupidest Question Ever (314 comments)

This question makes as much sense as asking if free screen wash with a $100,000 car is any threat to a free online recipe for home made screen wash.

(Excluding the esoteric and technically illegal hackintosh route) Free OS X vs Free Linux is a stupid comparison... one runs on almost all consumer hardware and the other only runs on a very specific brand of hardware. It's free because you pay for the hardware that it runs on...

about 6 months ago

Police Demand Summary Domain Takedown, Traffic Redirection

tomxor Peanut Butter (251 comments)

DDoS Time, Peanut Butter DDoS Time... Peanut Butter DDoS Peanut Butter DDoS Peanut Butter DDoS with a Zombie Army!

about 6 months ago

Boston Dynamics Wildcat Can Gallop — No Strings Attached

tomxor Re:Less Personal Risk == Less Hostile Action (257 comments)

How is this similar to an argument for a machine gun... With a robot you can choose not to shoot in the face of doubt even when being fired upon, my argument centers around the removal of personal risk, the argument for an automatic weapon cannot. Just sounds like your dismissing my argument rather than addressing it.

about 6 months ago

Boston Dynamics Wildcat Can Gallop — No Strings Attached

tomxor Less Personal Risk == Less Hostile Action (257 comments)

I would argue that developing forms of robotics for the battlefield (autonomous or not) has a huge potential to reduce hostility. Decision making on the battlefield in person has to take into consideration enemies, civilians and friendlies, and a naturally increased hostility is present due to the personal risk involved. With robots you can forget about the personal risk forget about friendlies and concentrate on separating civilians from hostiles, it makes combat one dimension simpler.

Also robots can be sent into situations that would be suicidal, plain immoral, or not physically possible for human soldiers... go down this street with enemies hiding amongst civilians and don't shoot until you get really close because your more likely to kill a civilian, that's not really a situation you can send a human into successfully without ether huge risk to civilians or a huge risk to friendlies.

It's a sharp tool that can be used far more accurately than a blunt one such as a bomb. Something that is likely to stop stupid military decisions like preemptive strikes with massive civilian casualties, because there is another option.

I'm not saying i trust the hands of whoever these tools end up in, but the potential for good is as great as the potential for bad as with most technology.

about 6 months ago

FreeBSD 9.2, FreeBSD 10.0 Alpha 4 Released

tomxor Re:Windows TCP/IP not BSD derived (133 comments)

O_o strange, thanks for pointing it out. I was repeating what i read from Wikipedia on the BSD page a long time ago, but it appears to still be there: BSD

[...]These, in turn, have been incorporated in whole or in part in modern proprietary operating systems, e.g. the TCP/IP (IPv4 only) networking code in Microsoft Windows and a part of the foundation of Apple's OS X.

Where does this myth come from then, and how did it end up being passed of as fact on wikipedia? perhaps you could correct it for us being as you know the whys and hows. I'm being sincere, no sarcasm here :)

about 6 months ago

FreeBSD 9.2, FreeBSD 10.0 Alpha 4 Released

tomxor Re:For those wanting a bit more MEAT (133 comments)

Wow, never new that info was retained in the sources, interesting :)

Yeah i was a bit confused at the temporary switch in 2006 - 2007 in the timeline that suggested Darwin was the main development branch... i always viewed Darwin as the excerpt that Apple occasionally kept up to date.

about 6 months ago

German NSA Critic Denied Entry To the US

tomxor Mod Up (352 comments)

It feels wrong, and you put into words exactly why it's wrong. I wish i hadn't posted so soon.

about 6 months ago


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