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Comment Re:Will Use Neither (Score 1) 84

There is no such thing as two-factor encryption for cold data.

Using a keyfile and a password is the same thing as using a complex password. You just know one and you have the other and you chain them.

That's the the very definition of 2 factor authentication. The 3 factors are Something you know, Something you have, and Something you are.

Comment Re:Should we even send more probes? (Score 1) 149

I know they're trying to talk up Mars, but at this point its debatable whether its even worth sending more probes.

It's a waste of money and we've found out its just another rock in space with no special chemistry and nothing we can't study here on earth.

I'm not sure what "Mars" you are thinking of, but it isn't the one in THIS solar system.

Comment Re:Why does he waste his time? (Score 2) 172

Who cares if information is preserved in a black hole? What purpose does it serve? What can it teach us about the universe? I'd actually like to know the answers to these questions.

But... Hawking is undoubtedly a brilliant mind. Why has he been wasting his time for years trying to decide whether or not "information is preserved in a black hole"?

I'm admitting my ignorance here... Someone please explain to me what the relevance of this is...

The problem is that we don't know what we don't know yet. This discovery will act as a stepping stone for other discoveries that we can't predict; some directly useful in every day life, others not so much. Scientific advancement is all build on the shoulders of those who came before; this discovery lifts us a little bit higher, ready to catch whatever comes next.

Comment Re:If only I could convince the manufacturers ... (Score 4, Informative) 80

That isn't as useful as removing, it though. It is still there, taking up space. I have an older LG android phone (4.0.x) that has only 2GB of internal storage, so every last MB is precious.

Nope, doesn't take up any space that would be usable to you. In Android the system is split in to separate partitions for the system applications and user applications. Even if you could delete something from the system partition it will not make additional usable space in the user partition.

Comment Re:Just wait for round 3 (Score 1) 301

When the federal government didn't revoke the clearances of the users of AM that were cleared and one of them gets blackmailed by the Chinese into doing something illegal. I'd bet good money that the Chinese scrambled to get ahold of this data and cross reference it for some easy targets.

It's hard to blackmail someone with public information; that usually requires inside knowledge of secret information.

Comment Not ignored (Score 4, Informative) 381

“Obesity has traditionally been seen as the result of an imbalance between the amount of food we eat and how much we exercise, but this view ignores the contribution of genetics to each individual’s metabolism,”

It isn't being ignored; it's part of the equation, and always has been. Metabolic rate acts as a multiplier on the "calories out" part of the equation.

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal