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Comment: Re:Sure, great, new comms channel (Score 1) 122

by MozeeToby (#49327367) Attached to: Hack Air-Gapped Computers Using Heat

Well, by most reports the target computers of Stuxnet were airgapped. There are ways, usually through social engineering.

Drop a particularly neat looking, high capacity (and extremely exploited) flash drive in the parking lot and wait for someone to pick it up. At worst they'll plug it into their open PC looking to see if they can find the owner. At worst they'll put it on their lanyard and start using it day to day, infecting every PC they plug it into. Yeah, airgapped PCs should have their USB disabled, but there are many places that should know better that don't bother. And that's just off the top of my head, a team of 20 brainstorming for a week is going to come up with ideas.

Comment: Re:Creepy (Score 1) 193

by MozeeToby (#49091117) Attached to: Human DNA Enlarges Mouse Brains

I'm with the GP post above, we don't know enough about what makes the human brain different from our animal brethren to go around making them more like us without some kind of legal and ethical framework to deal with the results in a way that doesn't make us monsters. Look at it this way, there have been human beings that lived full, healthy lives with average intelligence and only a fraction the brain tissue that typical people have. We simply don't know what it is about the brain that makes us human.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

Light speed limitations lead to boring science fiction

I don't find Alistair Reynold's works to be boring, despite the fact that they lack FTL. You just have to reframe the story around the idea of immense travel times and throw in some science woo to explain how people survive the journeys.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

Any propulsion system capable of getting significant mass up to interstellar velocities would also function quite well as a weapons system. All they'd have to do is leave a few hundred kilograms coasting at 10% the speed of light (when then begin their deceleration burn) aimed at earth and they'd wipe us out decades before they even got here.

Comment: Re: Use GIT (Score 1) 343

by MozeeToby (#49075063) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

One way to do this with SVN is pegged external directories. You tell basically tell svn to pull a directory from a different repository at a specific version. The information about which repository and version to check out is itself saved in svn, so doing a single "checkout this revision" will give you the entire codebase as it was at that time period. It's complicated, and manual, and time consuming, and it kinda sucks. But it does work.

Comment: Re:Blunder of the Century (Score 3, Interesting) 47

by MozeeToby (#49073375) Attached to: When Chess Players Blunder

In one of the Kasparov vs Deep Blue games, Deep Blue made a blunder due to a coding error (it didn't see any viable move but rather than resigning it simply picked a move at random). Kasparov was so convinced that the computer was confused by the play that he thought Deep Blue was looking 20+ moves ahead in the end game, a thought that terrified him. Kasparov won the game, but a lot of people say his confidence was so shaken by that one move that he played significantly differently the rest of the series.

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