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Comment: Re:Couldn't you just stream video to the phone? (Score 1) 60

by Ceriel Nosforit (#47839941) Attached to: Carmack On Mobile VR Development

There's work being done to put compute in 3/4G base stations, since PC sales have been declining.

There might be a market for a console-like solution that works on the same 'carrier' as those base station things.

Seems like cognitive radio & 60GHz tech tier though. Right now that means waiting for multiple IP mongers to compete with 60GHz SiO so the prices come down from la-la land.

Comment: Re:Sophisticated my ass (Score 1) 98

Weird assumption that you could ditch the air gap, AC... This firewall is for the data that must inevitably bridge the gap. You only allow a few protocols through it and you know how those protocols behave. The list of secrets isn't one of eternal taboos, but one which is used to keep track of when to allow through what. - It's not like the grand gate FW at your network perimeter.

To get data through it you should need to know what the FW expects to see. Assuming an attacker somehow gets arbitrary execution on the dry net they either need a truly sophisticated way of disguising the data or a willing insider. You raise the bar, which is all you can ever do.

Comment: Re:That's not how science works (Score 1) 141

by Ceriel Nosforit (#47773985) Attached to: Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun invites you all to seek enlightenment through its teachingsâZ.

Things can be proven. - You just have to accept that all provable things exist within a minute fantasy world which affirms itself. The study of these fantasy worlds is called axiomatic set theory.

GÃdel further proved that proof itself becomes a fantasy when your fantasy becomes elaborate enough. He labeled this rather odd artifact 'Incompleteness'.

Consequently many teeth were gnashed among the faithless dogmatists. At least DnD fanatics get updated rulebooks once in a while.

This is no cause for a scientist to have an existential crisis. We have a rulebook which appears not to be an artifact and we have a track-record of taking things from fantasy and making them real, e.g. artificial satellites. This is a strange situation to be in.

Comment: Sophisticated my ass (Score 1) 98

I'll bet all my credit balance that they probably learned to use a malware generator right to just PDFed the clicktomaniac back-office, and that even if the paydata was air-gapped they're leaking USB drives all over the place.

A firewall which is more than just an occasional inconvenience has to stop any data which it can't compare to its list of secrets which may not be leaked. - That is at least what one of the firewall's tasks used to be, but none which did this were sold, apparently because they were just too secure and therefore too inconvenient.

If you're in the security business and didn't know firewalls used to do this, I'd love to know.

Comment: Re:On the matter of electrons (Score 1) 33

by Ceriel Nosforit (#47719741) Attached to: Scientists Record Quantum Behavior of Electrons Via Laser Lights

Writing in mild anger, I did not expect a reply, so thanks!

I should have specified 'magnetism in permanent magnet'.

Stimulated emission is the interaction of an incoming photon with the electron before and during transition, not with the soon to be emitted photon.

I read a claim on a .edu that an incident photon can stimulate emission even before it passes an electron. Then when I parroted this information, someone said this was false. - As a student I did not anticipate controversy.

Magnetic fields will contribute to local energy density and bend space gravitationally as a result as would anything else that contributes to mass-energy density.

I'm referring to the much stronger force which you can vividly feel when you hold one magnet in each of your hands and move them close to each other. - I intended to make an extraordinary claim by saying that this is bending space the same way as gravity bends space. I really had forgotten about Kaluza-Klein, but now I might have have developed the intuition to understand it better. - You're saying the LHC doesn't say booh or baah about KK? I find that extraordinary, too.

I intended to write popular science to an audience of laymen, so I skipped some facts. I think it is important for laymen to know that photons are bosons and so are Higgs particles.

All the best to you!

Comment: On the matter of electrons (Score 1, Interesting) 33

Electrons have 'spin'. Electrons also have an electric field. Do electrons have a magnetic field? - Yes they do. An electron's magnetic field is its 'spin'.

Why even call it 'spin'? Back in the day the function of magnetism was explained with the 'turtles all the way down' analogy of 'elementary magnets' meaning they didn't have a clue and possibly did not want to admit ignorance.

Today we know that this elementary magnet is the property of an electron spinning on an axis just like a planet does. It can not spin faster or slower, but it can turn to any alignment. When a bunch of electrons line up their axis of spin in this way (and maintain their position), what we get is of course a proper magnet. - Magnetism is therefore a quantum effect on a macroscopic scale.

Magnets interact with bosons, which in lasers do their thing by depleting entropy so that space is bent, aligning the emission of photonic bosons. Emission of photons from electrons is usually in a random direction, but lasers do things differently. - Magnets attract or repulse by bending space because their homogeneous ferromagnetic material locally depletes entropy. The Higgs particle, a boson famous for is ability to cause gravity, bends space too.

The old vestiges of ignorance persist however, among popular press and celebrity scientists who have followers not because of their theories but because of their charisma. It's eppur si muove all over again, though he Vatican did admit they made a mistake after 350 years...


The Social Laboratory 79

Posted by Soulskill
from the playing-with-a-nation's-psyche dept.
An anonymous reader writes: We often worry about technology and unscrupulous intelligence agencies driving us toward a surveillance state. But apparently Singapore already beat us to the punch. "Not only does the government keep a close eye on what its citizens write and say publicly, but it also has the legal authority to monitor all manner of electronic communications, including phone calls, under several domestic security laws aimed at preventing terrorism, prosecuting drug dealing, and blocking the printing of 'undesirable' material." They've used it to do good, like swiftly moving to contain the spread of infectious diseases and to figure out how the public wants policy problems solved. But they've also obliterated privacy and restricted what people can say and do. "Singaporeans speak, often reverently, of the "social contract" between the people and their government. They have consciously chosen to surrender certain civil liberties and individual freedoms in exchange for fundamental guarantees: security, education, affordable housing, health care." The article notes, "It's hard to know whether the low crime rates and adherence to the rule of law are more a result of pervasive surveillance or Singaporeans' unspoken agreement that they mustn't turn on one another, lest the tiny island come apart at the seams."

Comment: Re:Nokia still has products? (Score 4, Interesting) 54

by Ceriel Nosforit (#47574441) Attached to: Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

They started out in 1904 making rubber. Today they provide large part of Finland's export, so around here they are considered 'too big to fail'.

Importing a CEO from abroad was seen with great suspicion, which is why Elon made such a grand and public gesture of assimilating Finnish culture for a few months. - A venture about as daft as scheduling Tibet for two years to get enlightened.

Comment: Peasants revolt (Score 1) 242

by Ceriel Nosforit (#47521223) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Thoughts of a free man:

"Execuitive branch"?

State, Treasury, Justice, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Defense, Health and Human Services,
Housing and Urban Development,
Transportation, Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security ...Agricultural terrorist? Actually that makes sense with all the amfo they have. They probably have more of it than some states have in TNT equivalent nuclear arms.

On a completely unrelated note, farmers need drones, don't they? Big ones, for dusting crops, herding cattle and what not.

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