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Comment: Re:As long as... (Score 1) 358

by Fnord666 (#47701075) Attached to: Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

The difference is, you can't do much to force them to pay up, while they can cut off your internet access (and your livelihood) to get *you* to pay up.

Once you have a judgement against them you can turn the process over to a collection agency for a portion of the proceeds. Use the court to file a lien against their assets, equipment, etc. There's all kinds of fun you can have with this if you wish.

Comment: Re:No signup without a Google Account? (Score 2) 159

by Fnord666 (#47684655) Attached to: Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

No. Nobody can explain that because that is not the purpose of the tool....They can access a lot more content using this tool, not the same content more securely.

Incorrect. It does improves security by building a web of trust that makes infiltration by an opponent more difficult. It also improves security by compartmentalizing connection and peer information so that if a opponent does infiltrate the system, the amount of information that they can obtain about other participants is drastically reduced compared to other systems..

"In order for a censor to discover the IP addresses of your computer, they'd have to somehow convince you that they're a friend." Fisk explained. "It uses these real-world trust relationships to protect the IP addresses of these proxies because when you run Lantern in the uncensored world, you are a proxy.

Through a process called consistent routing, the amount of information any single Lantern user can learn about other users is limited to a small subset, making infiltration significantly more difficult.


Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors 111

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the accidentally-colossus dept.
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes One of the most interesting emerging treatments for certain types of cancer aims to starve the tumor to death. The strategy involves destroying or blocking the blood vessels that supply a tumor with oxygen and nutrients. Without its lifeblood, the unwanted growth shrivels up and dies. This can be done by physically blocking the vessels with blood clots, gels, balloons, glue, nanoparticles and so on. However, these techniques have never been entirely successful because the blockages can be washed away by the blood flow and the materials do not always fill blood vessels entirely, allowing blood to flow round them. Now Chinese researchers say they've solved the problem by filling blood vessels with an indium-gallium alloy that is liquid at body temperature. They've tested the idea in the lab on mice and rabbits. Their experiments show that the alloy is relatively benign but really does fill the vessels, blocks the blood flow entirely and starves the surrounding tissue of oxygen and nutrients. The team has also identified some problems such as the possibility of blobs of metal being washed into the heart and lungs. Nevertheless, they say their approach is a promising injectable tumor treatment.

Comment: Re:I fail to see why this is relevant... (Score 1) 216

by Fnord666 (#47638615) Attached to: NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

I fail to see how this is relevant to the /. audience or how this matters in any meaningful way. It is professional sports after all...quite possibly one to the most useless aspects of our culture.

It is relevant to today's /. because it is a controversial topic that is likely to draw many comments which turn into page views and ad impressions. You must be thinking about the old /. which went away quite some time ago.

Having said that, it is also meaningful to you because you likely pay, via several different avenues such as taxes and cable fees, money to support the NFL.

Comment: Re:Changing nature of 911 (Score 1) 80

by Fnord666 (#47638449) Attached to: FCC Mandates Text-to-911 From All US Wireless Carriers

I don't think that's the intended use at all.

I'm guessing they're expecting texts more like "someone broke into my house, and I'm hiding in the closet", or "my husband is abusing me, and thinks I'm just cleaning up in the bathroom, but I need help", etc. Situations where being discreet is important, situations where people currently try to text 911, and often get no response.

Agreed. I don't think it's intended to replace a 911 call, but to provide an alternative in situtations, such as you provided, when a 911 call might not be practical. Another example would be during a mass casualty event where 911 calls can't get through because the towers are saturated. SMS messages use essentially no bandwidth and would be able to get through, providing emergency services and first responders with additional information about injuries, people who are trapped, etc.

Comment: Re:Great! (Score 1) 80

by Fnord666 (#47638409) Attached to: FCC Mandates Text-to-911 From All US Wireless Carriers

What carrier changes you for 911 phone calls? You don't even need a SIM card to make a 911 call.

All of them, but they don't charge the caller. They charge their subscribers. Subscribers are charged a number of vaguely described monthly "fees" like "Universal Service Fee". These fees are supposed to pay for mandated features like the ability to call 911. Another one of these "fees" pays for the the ability to port a number from one carrier to another. These mandated features only get imposed if the carriers get an approved way to bill customers for them somehow.

Comment: Open Source? (Score 1) 175

by Fnord666 (#47629887) Attached to: Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email
It sounds like they plan on making the extension open source, which is mandatory or the whole thing is a non starter. Furthermore you better be able to match the checksum of the source version to the addons that might be available from the addon repositories for the browsers. We have to be able to confirm that what they say is the code is in fact what we are running in the browser.

Personally I'm not interested in anything that involves uploading my private keystore to a third party, encrypted or not, and without that you lose the main feature, portability, that comes with webmail.

Comment: Timothy's Streak Continues (Score 1) 637

by Fnord666 (#47617757) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?
Hey Timothy, have you ever noticed that submenu over on the left of the front page? You know, the one that lists the various sections that you can posts stories to? Ever notice that there is one called "Ask Slashdot", which just happens to match up exactly with the premise of this story, not to mention the title. Why don't you do all of us who filter by section a favor and try posting "Ask Slashdot" stories to the "Ask Slashdot" section every once in a while? Thanks

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