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frnic writes: "German Telcom is tracking it's customers locations and saving the information: "In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010, Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his [German Green party politician, Malte Spitz,] longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times.""
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Comment: faster than intended? (Score 1, Offtopic) 807 807

by Jorgandar (#31241452) Attached to: Debunking a Climate-Change Skeptic

This statement concerns me: "But its chairman, Josef Fendt, said later that the track was far faster than its designers ever intended it to be." How could designers NOT be aware of how fast a person would be flying down the track? Do they not have rudimentary knowledge of physics?

Comment: Re:Random today, but still random tomorrow? (Score 2, Informative) 395 395

by ircmaxell (#31235214) Attached to: New Method for Random Number Generation Developed
What bothers me, is the quote:

At the end of the metastable state, the contents of the memory are purely random. The researchers' experiments with an array of flip-flop units show that for small arrays the extra layer makes the random number almost twenty times more 'random' than conventional methods

If it's "purely" random (as they put it), then how can you measure the difference between it and a "conventional" method? Wouldn't comparing a pseudo random source to "true" randomness be like comparing a finite number to infinity? In that you "know" it's more random, but it's impossible to quantify with a finite value (the twenty times qualifier)?

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