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Comment: Re:America! Fuck yeah! (Score 1) 225

by Em Adespoton (#49496959) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Also, it's too bad telling the honest truth so often offends somebody, but they'll get over it. If you are the parent of a five year old, that five year old becomes morbidly obese, and there is no thyroid problem or other solid medical reason for that, you deserve to be tried and convicted of child abuse/child neglect. Destroy your own health all you like, as you are an adult and can make that choice just like you can choose to smoke, but to destroy your child's health from the start like that is just evil.

The problem is that in some parts of the US, it's REALLY hard to source affordable real food.
Watch the talk; the stats on obesity are quite disturbing... as is the fact that Finley was arrested and cited for growing vegetables (spoiler: he eventually fought back on that and won).

But this is a guy who's willing to go counter-culture and risk jail time to get real food to real people. Want to avoid jail and not sink all your time into sourcing your food? You may not have a choice but to buy growth hormone-infused meats and produce. Especially if you want something affordable.

I think what *really* needs to happen is that the FDA in the US needs to reclassify a bunch of stuff so that only real food can be sold as food in the US -- anything with growth hormones should be clearly labeled as such with a disclaimer "warning: consuming product can lead to obesity and diabetes." I bet this would go a long way towards cleaning up the problem.

Comment: Re:I am completely unsurprised. (Score 1) 105

by Em Adespoton (#49496587) Attached to: Exploit For Crashing Minecraft Servers Made Public

Then again, this approach means that any attacks will have to target MC directly, as they can't just target something like Heartbleed and expect it to work here too.

But they really do seem to suffer from NIH syndrome; those writing hacks for MC are having to code around the outside of it, degrading performance and introducing security issues.

Anyone know of a modular open source alternative to MC?

Comment: Re:"exploit" (Score 2) 105

by Em Adespoton (#49496505) Attached to: Exploit For Crashing Minecraft Servers Made Public

The guy has found a way to exploit the server code to cause denial of service via code complexity.

Further to this, depending on how the complexity managed to cause the server to crash (as opposed to just using up all server resources decoding the nested elements), it may also be possible to use his exploit to gain remote code execution (RCE).

But I haven't actually seen anything documenting a server crash -- just an exhaustion of resources, resulting in denial of service. If someone could document what actually happens on the server when this is run, that'd be useful for indicating if there's a possible RCE here or just a case of the server software using up all resources and grinding to a halt, with a possible out of resources exception thrown at the end, causing the server to exit gracefully.

Comment: Re:Now if only he'd deal with blatant cheating (Score 3, Interesting) 44

Actually, the NFL could get some really good PR out of this.

If they're able to get every hospital's EMR to work with their system (over time), then that means that their system becomes a gold-standard for interoperability.

So if they publish the format they use, ANYBODY should be able to use that format and have the records be directly importable into any hospital system where NFL players have been seen.

If they did this, the NFL could be seen as leaders in healthcare reform, which would definitely help their image on the healthcare front -- and might light some fires under the vendors who are abusing the system as well.

Comment: Re:Any other examples that anyone's spotted? (Score 1) 182

by Em Adespoton (#49487037) Attached to: How Many Hoaxes Are On Wikipedia? No One Knows

There's more to it than that though... I contribute to, and find that even with the federated style, there's really a lack of people willing to do more than a couple of legitimate edits before moving on -- and more often than not, they don't have the domain knowledge to get it right, meaning someone else has to come in and make minor corrections. It all comes back to "editors" being required to exercise extreme control in order to preserve data integrity.

So it doesn't really matter whether you treat people poorly or not; the entire Wiki thing has gone stale, and it's hard to get /qualified/ people to get involved no matter how you treat them.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 309

by Em Adespoton (#49486205) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

It's still an okay deal. The alternative happens to be the "open source" door opener guy, who fails to pick some items from inside the fridge, and opens the door very slowly.

You've come full circle -- the reason the "open source" door opener guy fails to pick some items from inside the fridge and opens the door very slowly is that some compartments in the fridge are hidden and the manufacturer won't say where they are, and the open source guy has to pick the lock every time he wants to open the door, as the key he was given isn't all that accurate.

Comment: Re:Private IoT reporting for duty! (Score 2) 104

by Em Adespoton (#49481707) Attached to: The Crazy-Tiny Next Generation of Computers

My point exactly (the last one)... making the devices respond to signals, and making the concentration point "in the cloud" means that people hacking into your home computer is a thing of the past -- all they have to do is get your Apple/FaceBook/Google ID, and suddenly they've got access/control for every device you own.

Vacuum cleaner won't be chasing you, but your lights will be tracking you and your power meter might just send an extra few amps to your digital doorknob just as you go to open it....

Comment: Re:Still vapor (Score 2, Funny) 104

by Em Adespoton (#49481511) Attached to: The Crazy-Tiny Next Generation of Computers

I'll be really excited when they've scaled it down to the size of vapor. Then we can have REAL "cloud computing!"

However, this isn't really a computer, as it still needs a power source and I/O. It's just a small wafer of etched silicon until it has those things.

If they used this as the basis for an environment-powered computer and it contained bluetooth and/or WiFi capabilities as well as decent storage, this could be interesting. Get a bunch of these self-powering in a mesh network and you've got something interesting.

To self-power, they could just stick some PV chips on top. For WiFi, use the new quantum-state on-wafer antennas. With these two things on board, you've got something that has a power source, a sensor, and data I/O -- it can truly be called a computer, and a handful of them could be programmed to do all sorts of things (distributed streaming video camera, security system, control any other device that requires motion/light sensitivity, etc.).

Comment: Re:Private IoT reporting for duty! (Score 4, Interesting) 104

by Em Adespoton (#49481459) Attached to: The Crazy-Tiny Next Generation of Computers

That's *one* IoT... but how does that relate to my lightbulbs that track me around the house or my garage door opener that lets me open it remotely from my Apple Watch after seeing who's standing outside?

The IoT is about networking commodity hardware and aggregating telemetry and sensor data remotely. For some reason, it seems to have significant overlap with Cloud Computing such that we really have a CloT with access control nightmares.

Funny thing is, vending machines were on the Internet almost 20 years ago. This was useful for the parent's illustration (service tech knows what to restock and when, and if the machine's out of service / bil cartridge is full / etc). But we didn't call it the IoT back then; just the Internet. That was part of the original vision, before .com got involved and morphed it into some sort of a "display your web browser banner here" place.

In other words, the IoT is closer to the original concept of the Internet than what most people have thought of as "the Internet" for the past decade or so. A bunch of internetworked hardware talking to each other and to humans, all around the world.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 309

by Em Adespoton (#49481243) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

It would be like buying a refrigerator, and discovering that in order to use it, you need to hire someone from the distributor to stand there and open the doors for you whenever you want something

I wouldn't have to hire anyone. The refrigerator would come with one for free.

True, it would come with one, and they'd swap out a new one when that one got outdated. But they wouldn't be free. They come with a bunch of conditions, including the ones I outlined. They also require a key to your house, and you only have the distributor's word on what they will/won't do.

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir