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Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

torpor Elephants. Rooms. (80 comments)

I think the big elephant in the room is more to be found further upstream, in the area of manufacturing. Worrying about software hacks is one thing - not having the faintest absolute clue exactly *what* is inside the chip package is something else entirely. Think its an accumulator bank? Oh sorry, maybe we forgot to mention the harmonic bundles associated with wave guidance within the interstitial distances of the rapidly blinking transistors .. yeah, those can be read from space. With a satellite (or 12).

The game is over folks, or rather .. the game is on, depending on how you look at it. Until you are capable of investigating and participating, directly, in the sub-assemblies, you will always have a weak back door. Either we, ultimately, become able to assemble our own chips on the desktop, or there will always be a power class: those who can build such devices, and those who can only be ruled by them.

about a month ago
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Accessing One's Own Metadata

torpor No question about it! (94 comments)

We need to evolve to adapt to this new threat to the species, and instead of seriously *resisting* its effects on our being, we - the true power - direct the feature to our favour. If, out of the NSA catastrophe, we gain a "New Internet" wherein *everything, everywhere* for 15 years, was available to everyone, then we'd have indeed a new era in the human species. A truly evolutionary step, made by mistake - perhaps.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Compatibility and Fragmentation

torpor Re:It's a huge issue to app developers, not Google (211 comments)

The problem is OEMs have no incentive to put money into handsets they sold two years ago.

The OEMs should be profiting from their own app stores .. profits being driven from their customers. That they don't get this yet is hugely disappointing .. appstores - and naturally, software updates - are of huge interest to "next-gen" cell users .. but the carriers just don't want to get into it.

I suppose its because of the draconian US laws about content delivery over telephone networks, in the end, though ..

more than 4 years ago
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A History of Robotron

torpor JUNO FIRST is another good one .. (78 comments)

I love Robotron, play it regularly, Defender too .. In fact this is a list of games on my WIZ console, which is running pretty much MAME exclusively these days:

Robotron
Defender
Scramble
Moon Buggy
Crazy Climber
Crazy Climber 2
Juno First
Pleiades
Pisces
Exerion

Currently, I just can't stop playing Juno First .. love it so much, I'm considering doing a 'tribute/remake' for iPhone ..

more than 5 years ago
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Good PDF Reader Device With Internet Browsing?

torpor Re:The Smart Devices Q7 is a good solution (167 comments)

I wouldn't be so quick to jump on the SmartQ7 .. the OS pretty much blows, and there are power-management issues .. the device is rather prone to suddenly shutting down if you don't play with the right buttons for a while (15 minutes), and really .. the OS is pretty bad. It'll be much more ready for prime-time when a full Android or Mer port is completed .. in the meantime, if you get one, be prepared to put up with a very weird, Chinese, Ubuntu hack ..

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Keeps His Blackberry (And Gets a Sectera)

torpor My suggestions for him: (365 comments)

-- Hey, he can keep his blackberry, but only use it in the Oval office.

-- He keeps his blackberry, takes it with him, but it is open and public and well-maintained, and he shares it a lot with whoever he's with .. while also having his Sectera along for the ride, too.

Hey, come to think of it, he's the President now. Why doesn't he just get someone to **make** him the perfect wirehead rig, eh ..

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Intros 17" Unibody MBP, DRM-Free iTunes

torpor No more Apple kool-aid for me .. (1079 comments)

.. this will be my *last* MacBook.

I wish someone else from the 90's would make laptops as cool as Apple though ..

more than 5 years ago
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Qantas Blames Wireless For Aircraft Incidents

torpor Re:Moral of the story? (773 comments)

Something that people overlook is that there are liquids that can be used to bring down a plane which are *not* explosive, but in fact CORROSIVE. Just a few drops in the right place and wham! the wings are off their hinges, so to speak ..

more than 6 years ago

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torpor torpor writes  |  more than 8 years ago

torpor writes "Consider this theoretical reality: "What If Microsoft Open Sourced Everything?" I mean, they just flipped the switch, turned on a dime, and opened the whole code-base (while maintaining their "licensed-binary" program at all costs). What do you think life would be like, computer-wise?"

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Definition;- torpor

torpor torpor writes  |  more than 8 years ago

tor?por? [tawr-per] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
-noun
1. sluggish inactivity or inertia.
2. lethargic indifference; apathy.
3. a state of suspended physical powers and activities.
4. dormancy, as of a hibernating animal.
[Origin: 1600-10; L: numbness, equiv. to torp(?re) to be stiff or numb + -or -or1]

--Synonyms 2. stolidity, listlessness, lethargy. 4. sleepiness, slumber, drowsiness.

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