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Comment: This is old tech in the enterprise world (Score 1) 99

by Anonymice (#48609345) Attached to: Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

This is just current enterprise tech finally making its way into the consumer world.
I've done a lot of work developing technology for language schools, requiring the recognition & reproduction of speech. This is nothing new, it's just speech recognition algorithms being parsed through a translator & then spat back out by a text-to-speech engine. Heck, I even have something like this running on my home Media Centre.

The groundwork has been done by universities & is being improved by both public (the CIA comes to mind) & private sectors. Unsurprisingly, it's big business in the teleconferencing market.

It's not perfect, however it's very different to the challenges presented to the likes of YouTube. A telephone conversation doesn't have problems with background noise & the people using this technology are aware they need to speak more slowly & clearly - a benefit not afforded to movies & cat videos.

The Japanese telecoms company NTT Docomo has been offering this technology to its customers since 2012!

Comment: LACP (Score 2) 174

by Anonymice (#48120827) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

Load balancing & bonding over multiple NICs. Isn't this what LACP was made for?
No idea if there's anything available for Windows, but chuck a Linux VM on it to act as a virtual router & presto!

How well it works would depend on the LACP stack's ability to handle the issues presented by wireless modems. It works great in a server environment.

Comment: Re: they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 981

by Anonymice (#47951079) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Colonialism heavily relied on slavery &/or being bank-rolled by the home land.
The pittance received by the these disenfranchised communities, many of whom not lucky enough to have been able to dedicate their youth to our high quality education (much of which is funded by the government, you filthy scrounger), is hardly a comparable situation.

How has this post been modded +4 Insightful?!
Kindly go fuck yourself, you racist xenophobe.

Comment: Details of the "RoundUp" software in question (Score 5, Informative) 286

For anyone interested, the paper detailing the software (RoundUp) used in the dragnet can be found here:

RoundUp is a Java-based tool that allows for both local and collaborative investigations of the Gnutella network, implementing the principles and techniques described in the previous sections. RoundUp is a fork of the Phex Gnutella client, and it retains Phex’s graphical user interface. Our changes in creating RoundUp from Phex focused on three key areas: adding specific functionality to augment investigative interactions, exposing information of interest to investigators in the GUI, and automating reporting of this information in standard ways.

Comment: Easy up now (Score 5, Informative) 231

by Anonymice (#47902945) Attached to: School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Two things...

First off, British schools don't have "rent-a-cops", security scanners or ID cards, this is an American thing. The hardest security you'll come across in a school in the UK is the school gate.

Secondly, the biometrics are just an additional method of payment, it's entirely optional. No one's stopping you from paying in cash. If I was tasked with setting up a hassle free method of tracking kids deductions from their pre-paid balance, this would likely be the route I'd go too. It's far cheaper to buy 2-3 scanners than to kit the whole school out with RFID tags, and it doesn't come with the inevitable hang-up of things getting lost, stolen or forgotten.
There's not much risk of the data being shared outside the school, as even the police aren't allowed to store biometric records of anyone without an active criminal record.

Comment: Re:The death of leniency (Score 3, Insightful) 643

by Anonymice (#47767975) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

I dunno, to me it looks like tactical language so as to not aggravate the police force & automatically put them on the defensive. If you want someone to comply, you give them a reason to *want* to do it.
If you tell people you want to restrict their freedoms so you have more control over them, they'll rebel. If you tell people that you're trying to protect them (think of the children!), they'll hand you their liberties without a second thought.

Comment: Re:There has not been any radioactive terror to da (Score 1) 66

by Anonymice (#47660241) Attached to: Scientists Who Smuggle Radioactive Materials

On the contrary, I fear the biggest nuclear threat in the modern world is from individual "terror" groups. In the age of Mutually Assured Destruction, the only people with nothing to lose are those who can't be tied to a specific region. If a group of unaffiliated individuals attack a country, that country has no recourse for nuclear retaliation.

I highly recommend the documentary "Countdown to Zero", it recounts the stories of a couple of extremist organisations caught in the process of acquiring nuclear material, and the frightening thing is that most of these cases were caught by accident, ie. luck. And if those were found by accident, we have no idea how many transactions may have been successful.

To quote a Russian military prosecutor with regards to the tracking & security of nuclear material during the collapse of the Soviet Union:

"potatoes were guarded better"

The absent ones are always at fault.