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Comment: Probably a false alarm (Score 2) 146

by DMiax (#46238197) Attached to: Nokia Turns To Android To Regain Share In Emerging Markets

It's very likely that Nokia tested Android on its phones when it wanted Microsoft to close the deal, this is probably a false alarm born from those prototypes.

It makes no sense at all for MS to release an Android phone, and I doubt Nokia can release it and sell it in numbers before April (aquisition date), so I don't expect it to happen.

If it actually does come out, I see only two explanations. 1) Nokia is trying to scare MS from sealing the deal. 2) it's a thinly veiled attempt at saying "we tried Android but our customers would not want it". Most likely the former.

Whoever let this happen is going to be fired first thing in the new regime, I guess. If MS does not stomp it hard, it would look clueless. Unless MS wants to go Android, which I won't believe until I see it.

Comment: They know your name anyway (Score 5, Insightful) 140

by DMiax (#46145897) Attached to: Facebook Estimates Around 10% of Accounts Are Fake

At this point, they will get to your name in any case. They have accumulated such a massive data base that they will identify you in a number of other ways. Your real name will eventually leak to them through your friends or because they match it with your name.surname@gmail.com address, or mining your company's staff page, or because you pay something with your credit card, etc... Plus a ton of other things.

Just because you don't have your real name there it does not mean they don't know who you are. It might help gainst other parties data mining/stalking you, though.

Comment: Re:Standard practice... (Score 5, Informative) 192

by DMiax (#46118165) Attached to: Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"
Correct. But I suspect the hurdle here was to isolate the allergenic factor and administering it correctly. It is not as simple as splitting a peanut in 70 parts: you have to find the right protein, isolate it and dose it. It can be a bitch to do. The results prove that the protein was the right one and that the doses were ok. Finally, the treatment does not work with any substance: there are things that will remain lethal whatever happens as our immune system just cannot catch them. So that is another good news.

Comment: Re:Worthless BBC article (Score 1) 105

by DMiax (#46016375) Attached to: Study Doubts Quantum Computer Speed
What the preprint shows is that random instances of the kind of problems solved by the d-wave device are solved faster on a modern GPU, on average. This means if you have an optimization problem of that kind you are still better off trying the classical computer first. If you have a problem of a different kind d-wave won't work at all. What one might hope is that there is a clearly defined sub-class of problems where the machine is consistently faster.

Comment: Why would he? (Score 5, Insightful) 167

by DMiax (#45678295) Attached to: Was Julian Assange Involved With Wiretapping Iceland's Parliament?

Why would Assange wiretap the Icelandic parliament and how could he? I doubt he has that powerful connections up there.

The obviously more likely explanation is that some spy agency (like NSA or counterparts) did it, and it has been leaked to Wikileaks. Notice how he looks surprised upon finding it out, so that Manning feels like pointing out that he wasn't the one who leaked it "*had nothing to do with that one*". So neither knew how the records were obtained in the first place.

Now one wonders: who would be able and willing of doing such a thing and who would have an interest in pinning it to Assange?

Comment: Three problems (Score 1) 332

by DMiax (#45448543) Attached to: Time For a Warrant Canary Metatag?

First, depending on how automated it is, the webmaster might be ordered to keep updating it. So updating the metatag must be a deliberate action and forcing you to update it would be akin to forcing you to lie. Still not clear that they would not do it or try to, though.

Second, in a larger organization the person updating the tag does not need to know whether the data has been compromised or not.

Third, many companies shared data "on a voluntary basis". Whether this is really voluntary or under some thinly veiled threat, there is nothing guaranteeing they won't lie on their own accord.

In conclusion, there is absolutely no way to make "the cloud" safe via tehnical means.

Comment: How? (Score 1) 330

by DMiax (#45189553) Attached to: NSA Intercepted French Telephone Calls "On a Massive Scale"
I'm wondering how this is possible. As long as it's communications going through Google, Skype, or some other americal corp, it's pretty easy to just intercept whatever goes through their servers. Intercepting real landlines is a wholly different game. It needs on site infrastracture, cause I doubt they get routed through the US. This means there is someone inside France that should get their ass handed to them for this, before one even starts thinking of the guys at NSA.

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