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Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 1) 132

by Jane Q. Public (#49606881) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip
I have been using Firefox on the desktop since it was Netscape. About the only time I fire up Chrome is to check CSS compatibility in a web page. I dislike Chrome very much. Last time I recall checking, the Chrome executable was about 10x (!!!) the size of my Firefox, and slow, slow, slow in comparison.

One of the first things I did when I got an Android phone was disable Chrome and install Firefox.

Comment: Re:Not exactly a hack (Score 1) 57

by Jane Q. Public (#49606843) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

How long will it be before all our medical histories become public knowledge?

Well, I think there are two important things to note here: first, IANAL but sharing this data between pharmacies without any patient input would appear to be a blatant violation of HIPAA regulations. Second, my state's prescription database is very definitely NOT supposed to be connected to any Federal database. That would be a violation of State law.

Comment: To answer my own questions. (Score 2) 426

by Jane Q. Public (#49597987) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive
I followed the "thread 2" forum for a while. It appears that the effect they are seeing is approximately 2 micronewtons. That's a pretty small effect. This comment was interesting:

I can attest that it is not thermal. It works in a vacuum. It works in a Faraday cage and it works when you reverse the device (the thrust reverses).

Comment: Re:I want this to be true, but... (Score 1) 426

by Jane Q. Public (#49597951) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

from what i recall , it does not defy the laws of physics , it uses a traveling em wave to crate "grip" to the static universal em background field , this method provides thrust from input power by creating a traveling wave that is out of phase to the external one causing motion , like swimming through the background field using the background field to displace it like a phase drive motor , just that its too easy to miss in the maths

The problem is that theoretically, there is no "background field" to "grip". You appear to be proposing a "universal aether" or maybe "phlogiston". Those aren't exactly groundbreaking ideas.

According to theory the quantum vacuum has virtual particles in it, but that doesn't make it a "fabric" to grip or push against.

I am interested to see what kind of thrust they DO claim to have gotten this time. And I am also curious why they chose to use a lower-power source, rather than trying to replicate the original experiments.

Comment: Re:Won't work for long... (Score 1) 62

by Penguinisto (#49596915) Attached to: Game:ref's Hardware Solution To Cheating In eSports

a mouse driver can be modified to filter through the cheat software before moving onto the anti-cheat device, then the game, etc... the time-shift wouldn't be really large enough to alert anyone (and might even help emulate a 'human' factor into the cheat, thereby saving you from writing in a few random delays). Same w/ the keyboard, come to think of it...

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 2) 62

by Penguinisto (#49596807) Attached to: Game:ref's Hardware Solution To Cheating In eSports

...shouldn't tournament organizers provide and lock-down the machines that people play on?

This, right here. Wanna play for money? Use our computers - each one is normalized, matched, patched, and clean of everything but the game... hell, fill the USB and other ports with epoxy if you're worried about someone sneaking in a geek stick with cheats, and proxy the hell out of it to prevent Internet access. Allow players to configure the game through the UI if they want, but otherwise no other action allowed outside of the game itself, and seal the cases with tamper-evident tape.

The only possible obstacle is from players who demand to use customized config files for their game of choice. Example: the Quake 2/3 WeaponsFactory** MOD relied *very* heavily on players using fairly heavily modified key/mouse mapping configs, because otherwise you'd never be able to do much in the game - it was that complex when using some of its team characters for best effect.

Of course, the tournament could audit the config files to insure no cheating, but there's a lot of gray area in there (e.g. having a specific combination of player events tied to one key or click that can perform fairly incredible stunts, etc).

** WeaponsFactory was the Quake2 answer to the lack of Team Fortress in that game version.

Comment: Won't work for long... (Score 2) 62

by Penguinisto (#49596717) Attached to: Game:ref's Hardware Solution To Cheating In eSports

Sorry, but a hardware-based solution isn't going to be much different.

I say this because for years, software applications like 3DS Max/Viz required a hardware dongle latched onto the back of one's workstation before the app would even launch (it was replaced by a software version of C_DILLA eventually). Before and after, it was almost trivial to emulate the hardware, its responses, and 'plug' the emulated hardware into a virtual port. Today, most mobos don't have as much variety of hardware I/O (you're lucky to find a serial port nowadays), which probably means USB, HDMI, or Thunderbolt... and the original 3DS dongle required a parallel port, FFS.

Even comparisons of input-to-screen don't mean much, because the eventual circumvention/cheat will emulate one, the other, or both, and send the 'results' to who/whatever is monitoring the user's gameplay.

Furthermore, I daresay that once money gets involved (via eSports), the incentive to built/implement a seamless means of circumventing the cheat-detector will be far greater than the motivation of some asshat griefer who wants to punk on a few pub server players.

Comment: Re:Never a good idea (Score 2) 103

by Penguinisto (#49596437) Attached to: Climatologist Speaks On the Effects of Geoengineering

You mean how scientists don't fully understand the brain, but yet we have brain surgery right?

If a brain surgery fails, one person either has his life screwed-up, he gets killed, he becomes crippled, or nothing happens but at great expense to find out. Either way, it only affects one person.

If geoengineering fails, every human being in current existence has their lives screwed-up, get killed, becomes inhabitants of a crippled ecosystem, or nothing happens but at incredibly greater expense to find out. Either way, it affects everyone.

The greater the potential/actual impact, the greater the caution required. A brain surgeon can try a failed experimental procedure again on some other person. No one among the budding geoengineers seem to have a spare Earth on hand for some odd reason.

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".