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Comment: Interesting wording (Score 3, Insightful) 106

I find it very interesting the wording. They think that they should have "ceased supporting the dual EC_DRBG algorithm immediately after security researchers discovered the potential for a trapdoor" and that their failure to do so was regrettable. What about their helping to develop the algo with a back door to begin with?

They are essentially coming out and admitting they are sorry that they didn't drop support, because if they had dropped support at least they would have been able to cover up the fact they intentionally create algorithms with flaws to begin with.

Comment: Re:Pseudoscience Snake-Oil Hogwash (Score 1) 154

by Excelcia (#48761997) Attached to: Thync, a Wearable That Zaps Your Brain To Calm You Down or Amp You Up

What I wrote was completely accurate. It's the reason why there is a campaign right now to train people on the ways to detect a stroke, because there is no feeling when you bleed in your brain. There is no pain, no warmth, no tingling, because there are no sensory receptors in the brain. None. Sensory receptors are nature's burglar alarms. You put sensors on your outer doors, and windows, and maybe in a few main hallways. The master bedroom door likely doesn't have a sensor, because once someone is there it's too late. There's little advantage to putting sensory receptors in the brain, so nature didn't.

Epileptic seizures are neural cascades that are still not well understood. What they are not is electrical, though they are sometimes dumbed down and explained that way because that is the way neural transmission is sometimes explained. There are electrochemical reactions that are involved in a seizure, because they are involved in all neural activity, but what a person who is experiencing the advance symptoms of a seizure is feeling is not electricity in the brain, but the beginnings of that neural cascade and its effects on different areas of the brain. There are as many different pre-symptoms of a seizure as there are people that experience them, though they are sometimes grouped into broad categories. Just like people who experience migraines have many different types of pre-auras (auditory, visual, sometimes olfactory). People who feel headaches feel pain not in the brain (did I mention there are no receptors there?), but in the scalp, neck, eyes, or muscles of the head.

If the person wearing this device we are commenting on here had electricity actually passing through his brain, what he would have felt are the stimulating effects on the part of the brain that the electricity was passing through. He would have seen lights, or heard something, or been hungry. What he wouldn't feel is tingling, because there is nothing in the brain that can feel tingling. There are no sensory receptors in the brain.

Comment: Pseudoscience Snake-Oil Hogwash (Score 1) 154

by Excelcia (#48758697) Attached to: Thync, a Wearable That Zaps Your Brain To Calm You Down or Amp You Up

From the article:

I felt "tingles" pulling and hitting my brain on the left side and in the middle.

Wrong. The author may have thought that, because the author was a moron. The author felt exactly nothing hitting his brain because the brain has no sensory nerves servicing it. Anything that anyone feels with this device is sensations in the skin or muscles of the skull.

The idea that putting patches on the skin of your head and applying a voltage ends up passing any actual current through your brain is rather ludicrous to anyone who understands anything about electricity and biology. Think of it this way... take a hard boiled egg and peel the shell off it. This is your brain. Now take the egg and put it in a glass of salt water. Then take that glass and wrap it in slightly damp leather. Now put electrodes on either side of that package. How much electricity do you think is actually passing through the egg?

+ - New Technology Projects Solid Feeling Objects Into the Air->

Submitted by Excelcia
Excelcia writes: Researchers in Bristol are using ultrasound to create invisible objects in the air that you can touch and interact with. The new technology, called ultrahaptics, uses a phased array of ultrasound speakers to focus the sound waves in almost any way they want. It's not in any way actually solid, but it can emulate the haptic response from pressing buttons. Is this one step closer to a holodeck?
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Comment: I call hogwash (Score 5, Informative) 349

by Excelcia (#48059951) Attached to: Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

I call this hogwash. When you ask Windows what version it is in software, it doesn't return its marketing name (Windows 95, Windows 2000), it returns it's platform ID (1 for DOS based, 2 for NT based), and its version numbers in major, minor format. Windows 95 returned 4.0 (platform 1), Windows 98 returned 4.1 (platform 1). Windows 2000 returned 5.0 (platform 2).

Comment: Servers? (Score 1) 326

by Excelcia (#47902599) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Both sets of information — from the car and phone — are sent to Katasi's servers.

Well that's not even a little troubling. I mean, one stop shopping - a central location that stores data on where everyone is all the time, and who is driving where any time someone gets in a car. All because some people drive while texting? That's not overkill at all. Nuh uh.

Betcha law enforcement has a woody about this.

The NSA doesn't need to do covert data surveillance. They just need to start up companies like Google and this Katasi that can do it all right in the open.

Errrr.... wait....

Comment: Don't buy off Broadcom directly then (Score 1) 165

by Excelcia (#47796119) Attached to: Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

No manufacturer wants to sell in small lots. If I called up Intel directly and said I want a hundred of anything, their salesman would laugh at me too. That's what distributors are for. They buy in volume and sell to the little people. Or other board makers that bought more than they need and want to unload some. Looking at right now I can see more than one, likely in the latter category. Available in any quantity Hardkernel would likely want to buy, and at a price point that should make the boards doable at their current selling price.

I have a hard time believing that their discontinuing the board is linked in any way to Broadcom's refusal to sell to them directly. I would be more inclined to believe they didn't get the interest they thought they would, and that the RPI community's antipathy towards them has given them cold feet.

Comment: I'm confused (Score 1) 235

by Excelcia (#47387265) Attached to: Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

A radar activated light... so that the driver of a car knows that the cyclist knows that the car is getting closer to the cyclist? Huh? How about just a light that blinks really fast to begin with, and a rearview mirror on the bike so the cyclist can see the car, rather than depend on LEDs to tell him there's a car behind him. Total savings, several thousand dollars and the heartbreak of putting your heart and soul into a project that will never go anywhere.

If the inventor was bound and determined to go high tech, then how about handlebar a mounted smart phone with a rear-facing bluetooth camera. Putting together some image processing software that recognizes something approaching from the rear and notifies the cyclist with a flash or a tone would be a lot easier than building a radar, and you get the added bonus of having the rearview camera image on the smartphone display too.

Either way you are using off-the-shelf hardware. As it stands, at the frequency he's working at, in any kind of weather that diminishes visibility to the point where you'd want to have it, it would be useless. 24GHz will give you returns off of humid portions of air, let alone actual smog, fog, or mist, and doppler isn't the be-all-end-all in an environment where air currents and gusts can move the stuff you're getting returns off of at the speed of a car.

I hope those venture capitalists haven't put real money into this.

Comment: What if... (Score 1) 176

by Excelcia (#47338541) Attached to: Meet Carla Shroder's New Favorite GUI-Textmode Hybrid Shell, Xiki

What if you could have a shell you had to sit out and plan a custom UI for? What if you had a shell that took one of your most excellently trained typing hands away from the keyboard every command or two to make you do stuff with the mouse. What if you had to pay kickstarter money to get this shell rather than stick with existing open source tools?

++notinterested. I'm not even sure why I'm taking the time t

Comment: Re:My Anecdotal Evidence (Score 1) 455

by Excelcia (#47269381) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Sure, local dealerships can fight over the scraps over who will take the lowest cut. And the manufacturer, who sets the "cost" price that the dealerships pay, is who laughs all the way to the bank. So while dickering on a price isn't possible with Tesla, it's also not possible with the existing dealership model. You can't go to ten dealerships and tell them, ok, which of you is going to more aggressively call up Ford and get me a better price from them?

So yes, you can negotiate for a dealership that adds less markup on top of what they pay, why introduce that layer at all anyway?

Comment: Re:Please, please just stop... (Score 5, Insightful) 270

by Excelcia (#47207655) Attached to: Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

Most everyone is aware of the ESR. This is just a bandaid over the real problem. Chrome was designed from the very beginning with a rapid release schedule in mind. Release numbers in Chrome are essentially meaningless. Firefox adopted the same rapid release schedule as Chrome in a project that wasn't designed for it either technically or from a project management or project cultural perspective. Firefox gave addon developers the finger as they constantly broke extensions and themes. They carelessly spent valuable resources trying to make Firefox extensions less reliant on versions numbers, which only more badly broke legacy extensions, and rather than using resources to actually help extension authors, they wasted them on semi-automatic systems to catch non-compliant extensions and disable them. Which left users high and dry when they were forced to upgrade (lest they get left behind on security fixes) and lose functionality. More and more UI changes were forced on users, despite in some cases, clear majority opposition. Mozilla has consistently adopted a "we know best" attitude when it comes to what users want. And it shows, with marketshare stagnant. Google is still a major funder of Mozilla, and it's easy to see they think it money well invested. They make Chrome and then pay Mozilla to implode trying to slavishly copy their success.

Who wants to go to an ESR that is a bandaid on a bad system? You just place yourself in the eye of the storm for a short time.

No project can emulate another project and outcompete it. ESR's are not the answer. I personally have moved to PaleMoon. It too is based on a Firefox ESR, but at least they are committed to sane development and user-based UI decisions.

Every program is a part of some other program, and rarely fits.