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Comment: Re:Personal Drones (Score 1) 153

Everybody having a drone is a horrible idea, kind of like giving everyone a gun is a bad idea. I expect owning a drone will be a "fundamental right" in the U.S. within 10 years.

Then you can use your guns to shoot your neighbor's drones and all will be well.

Seriously though, this seems unlikely as drones are not even remotely mentioned in the US constitution.

Comment: 15 years experience only! (Score 1) 286

by InfiniteLoopCounter (#46747609) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Reading through the comments did no one else see that in the article the company that was focused on only recruited people with 15 years industry experience?! I suppose the owner wants people to work for 15 years without pay as an intern before getting a position at his company? Looks like there are just too many people for every decent job.

Comment: Re:Um... (Score 1) 80

by InfiniteLoopCounter (#46742765) Attached to: Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

Source? Most US courts are understaffed (even judges) and over-scheduled.

That doesn't mean they are underpayed and not soaking up all the resources. Lawyers always will want more money for the same level job. A bit cynical I know but I think a "scarcity" of lawyers is always going to be the case, because they never can actually solve anything.

Comment: Re:Am I getting old? (Score 1) 90

Maybe it works for media hosting but what does it really do that a Chromecast doesn't do?

There's a market for seamless video looping that the pis are starting to fill. I use them for exhibition spaces to push videos remotely on a loop with omxplayer. Dispman_vncserver allows for remote viewing of content as well.

It's the small size that makes them attractive and I could see them being mounted to other devices than display screens as well. The new compute module and board would fit fine in home-made drones. I was thinking of trying to make a drone with a servo and 3d printer, but my 3d printer isn't up to the task unfortunately (maybe in a couple of years). You just have to use your imagination.

Comment: Re:I don't think people care (Score 1) 470

by InfiniteLoopCounter (#46673035) Attached to: It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

When you actually have had experiences that you cannot scientifically explain you tend to realize that there is this huge domain called the Universe At Large and then there is this much smaller domain called What Mankind Currently Accepts And Understands.

I think what you are referring to has been known at least since the Egyptian times and is the result of hallucinogenic/intoxicating drugs or head knocking. Nothing wrong with having a good time, but people should at least be honest instead of saying "the god with crocodile head and lion body that only I can see told me to do X."

Comment: Re:I don't think people care (Score 1) 470

by InfiniteLoopCounter (#46672981) Attached to: It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

OTOH, I've had a bit of success with dowsing, (two out of two, when I was seriously trying...not statistically significant) and a bit of success with gambling....

Can you at least explain how one "seriously tr[ies] against a slot machine?" Pull the handle instead of pressing the button? Exert great force while pulling the handle (or pressing the button)? "Be the ball?"

The trick is to wait for the ghost to pull the lever. This is the only way to win at gambling in a statistically significant way and you'll never lose your house.


NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible 277

Posted by timothy
from the impossible-is-difficult dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at New York University have devised a new scheme called PolyPassHash for storing password hash data so that passwords cannot be individually cracked by an attacker. Instead of a password hash being stored directly in the database, the information is used to encode a share in a Shamir Secret Store (technical details PDF). This means that a password cannot be validated without recovering a threshold of shares, thus an attacker must crack groups of passwords together. The solution is fast, easy to implement (with C and Python implementations available), requires no changes to clients, and makes a huge difference in practice. To put the security difference into perspective, three random 6 character passwords that are stored using standard salted secure hashes can be cracked by a laptop in an hour. With a PolyPassHash store, it would take every computer on the planet longer to crack these passwords than the universe is estimated to exist. With this new technique, HoneyWords, and hardware solutions all available, does an organization have any excuse if their password database is disclosed and user passwords are cracked?."

Comment: Re:Isn't the upshot the same? (Score 1) 325

by InfiniteLoopCounter (#46637471) Attached to: Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

I'm not at all sure I understand the purpose of tech visas, but if the problem they're supposed to solve is that there aren't enough tech workers to fill the available jobs, then surely the upshot is the same either way? The visas issued to Infosys may be used to displace existing US tech workers, but those displaced workers are then available for Facebook to hire.

Where are the opportunities for recent graduates then?

Comment: Re:Are We That Resistant to Change? (Score 1) 134

by InfiniteLoopCounter (#46591231) Attached to: GNOME 3.12 Released

Wow. I was scrolling down to find a positive comment for the new GNOME release. Well done and hats off to you sir.

For me I'll be keep using GNOME 2 until something usable replaces it, checking GNOME release thread for signs that the devs might go back to producing a high quality and functional DE.


Tor Project: Fake Tor App Has Been In Apple's App Store For Months 78

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the well-he-paid-his-developer-fees-so-... dept.
itwbennett (1594911) writes "For the past several months Tor developers have unsuccessfully been trying to convince Apple to remove from its iOS App Store what they believe to be a fake and potentially malicious Tor Browser application. According to subsequent messages on the bug tracker, a complaint was filed with Apple on Dec. 26 with Apple reportedly responding on Jan. 3 saying it would give a chance to the app's developer to defend it. More than two months later, the Tor Browser app created by a developer named Ronen is available still in the App Store. The issue came into the public spotlight Wednesday when people involved in the Tor Project took to Twitter to make their concerns heard. Apple did not respond to IDG News Service's request for comment."

Comment: Re:she (Score 4, Informative) 274

by InfiniteLoopCounter (#46226401) Attached to: The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

So? Females are the norm, and males the exception.

This is not so. By default each human cell is a male cell. Female cells have to be constantly refreshed into being female through hormone release.

The way it works is that when you are born male you have something called SRY and it increases SOX9 and decreases FOXL2 which is the "opposite" part of a cell that determines which gender it is. For females it is the otherway around. However, if a female does not suppress SOX9 they will develop male characteristics (this is why you can get an XX male). The cells default option is to move back toward "maleness" and this is why after menopause women and men aren't really that different (because at a cellular level they are tending towards the same gender expressions).

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy