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Comment: FBI Had VPN Access (Score 4, Interesting) 191

by BaronAaron (#48057265) Attached to: Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

My guess is the FBI is covering up that they somehow got VPN access into the Silk Road's internal server network. The same VPN access Ulbricht used to administer the servers from his local coffee shop.

They had already been tipped off about Ulbricht when he tried to order fake IDs from Canada. Then they figured out he was spending a good amount of time using the local coffee shop's wifi. They then sniffed his wifi traffic directly or just ordered the coffee shop / ISP to allow them to do the same. They couldn't decrypt his VPN session but they could see the destination IP which either lead to his server host provider or a 3rd party VPN service. Either way they just pressured the company that runs the service to give them the keys. Now that they have access to the server network they could collect what ever information they needed to build a case.

The key to my theory is the PDF of the PHPMyAdmin access. Notice it's an internal IP address. No way they were accessing that from anywhere but the server network.

Comment: Re:Header Compression + Binary Headers (Score 1) 122

by BaronAaron (#48055553) Attached to: Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

Plain text is great when you're just transferring text. The problem is HTTP has been used for transferring a lot more then just text for a long time. Images, file downloads, video, etc. With HTTP/1.1 browsers have different parsing code paths depending on if it's a binary file or plaintext html. There are also special cases for handling white space and stuff like that. It makes developing and testing a browser more complex then is should be.

Comment: Re:Header Compression + Binary Headers (Score 3, Interesting) 122

by BaronAaron (#48055415) Attached to: Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

This won't effect AJAX. HTTP is abstracted away from the javascript engine by the browser. I imagine there might be some additional HTTP header parameters to play with while making AJAX calls, but that's about it. All the benefits from HTTP/2 will happen behind scene as far as AJAX is concerned.

Comment: Star Trek Communicators (Score 2) 139

by BaronAaron (#47978305) Attached to: Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

Anyone who thinks we surpassed TOS flip communicators didn't really pay attention. Those things had a range past orbit without the use of a cell phone tower or any other kind of relay infrastructure. The TNG communicators, on top of that, were hands free speakerphones with perfect audio quality and small enough to pin on your jacket.

I also never noticed them needing a charge.

Comment: Re:So, a design failure then. (Score 1) 165

by BaronAaron (#47921555) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics

With Asimov stories, start by assuming there was a fundamental shift in computing. The positronic brain is an artificial version of our brains, not a Turning machine. Even if you could manually rewire every neuron and synapses in a human brain you could not program a person in the traditional sense. Everything is based on fuzzy logic. Our brains don't work in absolutes and pure logic like a traditional computer.

The robots in Asimov books are like a brainwashed slave race. If you are brainwashing your human level intelligent slave race, The Three Laws is a good starting place.

Comment: Re:So, a design failure then. (Score 2) 165

by BaronAaron (#47919895) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics

Unlike the robots in this experiment, most Asimov robots are not programmed in the traditional sense. Their positronic brains are advanced pattern recognition and difference engines much like our own brains. The Three Laws are encoded at a deep level, almost like an instinct.

In the story Runaround, Speedy is much like a deer in headlights, stuck between the instinct to run away and remain concealed. Doing neither very well. The design mistake was putting more emphasis on the third law versus the second. The PHBs knew better though and felt the robot was too expensive to leave to the command whims of the human mining workers.

I like that story because it illustrates what happens when managers make engineering decisions. ;-)

Comment: Re:Are You Kidding? (Score 1) 541

by BaronAaron (#47649077) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Well let's ignore the fact that Mongolia, Russia, and Ethiopia are places, not races. The underlying issue is:

Race is a social term used to generalize the ancestry of a person. It's to vague to make a prediction about the genes, and their expression, in a particular person.

There is a lot of genetic diversity even in, what can be considered, a genetically homogeneous population. Genes that have been unexpressed for generations can suddenly appear again if the right couple have offspring. Even the genetic expression within offspring from a single couple can vary wildly. I think most of know cases similar to the family with 3 brown hair and eyed kids, and 1 with blonde hair and blue eyes.

You throw genetic diversification increases from a few 100 years of globalization into the mix and the whole notion of scientifically defining a race, let alone predicting actual gene expressions in a individual, becomes ridiculous.

Predictions of gene expression can only be done on a case by case basis within a specific heredity context. This is the reason the doctor's form asks for your parent's, grandparent's, and siblings medical history, not what race you are.

Comment: Re:Java or C# + AngularJS (Score 1) 536

This.

The days of server-side framework being closely coupled to the client side presentation layer are over. Write the frontend in plain HTML / Javascript. Use a Javascript framework to make life easier. Do the server-side as a RESTful service.

Java or C# would be good server-side languages, because of the ease of finding developers.

I personally prefer C# and ASP.NET MVC Web API. A completely open source solution when you use Mono.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

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