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Comment: Re:culture trap (Score 3, Interesting) 169

by Slayer (#49251321) Attached to: Swedish Authorities Offer To Question Assange In London

*** Yes, he did flee. The claim that Assange was "free to go" as promulgated by Björn Hurtig, a former attorney of Assange's. He tried that same line in court and got smacked down by the judge for trying to deceive the court, and then got an official reprimand from the Swedish Bar Association.

I can't confirm or deny your claim here, but the link you provide doesn't confirm it either:

Riddle was referring to testimony in which Hurtig had said he had been unable to contact Assange last year when he was sought by Swedish prosecutors for questioning.

Nothing is said about whether Assange was free to leave Sweden or not, but a court order banning you from leaving the country usually means you hand over your passport. Since the UK is not part of the Schengen Area, he would have needed a passport to enter the UK from Sweden.

+ - The FAA Says You Can't Post Drone Videos on YouTube->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: If you fly a drone and post footage on YouTube, you could end up with a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Earlier this week, the agency sent a legal notice to Jayson Hanes, a Tampa-based drone hobbyist who has been posting drone-shot videos online for roughly the last year.

The FAA said that, because there are ads on YouTube, Hanes's flights constituted a commercial use of the technology subject to stricter regulations and enforcement action from the agency. It said that if he did not stop flying “commercially,” he could be subject to fines or sanctions.

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+ - Swedish Authorities Offer To Question Assange in London->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Since 2012, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up inside Ecuador's embassy in London trying to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces sexual assault investigation. Now, after the case has been stalled for years, Swedish prosecutors are now arranging to come to London and question Assange within the embassy. According to his lawyer, Assange welcomes this, but Sweden still needs to be granted permission from both the UK and Ecuador. "Assange’s lawyers, who are appealing against his arrest warrant in Sweden’s highest court, have complained bitterly about the prosecutor’s refusal to travel to London to speak to him – an essential step under Swedish jurisprudence to establish whether Assange can be formally charged. [Lead investigator Marianne] Ny’s refusal, they say, has condemned Assange to severe limitations on his freedom that are disproportionate to the accusations against him." Ny has also requested a DNA sample from Assange.
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Comment: Re:cryptolocker solution (Score 1) 331

by Slayer (#47688847) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

There is a solution for this class of malware, but it isn't anti-virus. Since cryptolocker only damages user data, the operating system should provide a secure and automatic backup of the user's data. Any time a user's file is changed, the new version is recorded on the backup, with its date. From the user's point of view, the backups are read-only, so malware can't damage them, and the user can retrieve an old version of a file at any time.

I hope you are aware that this could go wrong in terrible ways: there are some files that you actually want to have only in encrypted state. If your operating system always keeps a backup of their unencrypted versions, you may be secure against certain kinds of ransomwares, but open to all kinds of other data leakage.

Comment: Re:This has been done and it failed (Score 1) 104

by Slayer (#47274855) Attached to: 3-D Printing with Molten Steel (Video)
The video shows a single layer ring welded onto a metal substrate, but nothing of substantional height or volume. Hearing the guy talk in this video tells me he had quite a few software and electronics issues to work out, and he did not show any large parts made my this process. His machine in the present configuration also doesn't provide a method for making overhanging features (a problem already solved by Shape Deposition Manufacturing), so I really wonder when we are going to see the first piece of art coming out of this machine ...

Comment: This has been done and it failed (Score 2) 104

by Slayer (#47267201) Attached to: 3-D Printing with Molten Steel (Video)

There was a project going on, first at Carnegie Mellon University and then at Stanford's Rapid Prototyping Laboratory, where a very similar but more sophisticated process (Shape Deposition Manufacturing) was investigated to make precise metal parts with full strength (unlike the sintering methods mentioned here and elsewhere). A number of methods were used or tried to melt the metal, including TIG welding, laser fusing and induction heating.

The biggest hurdle to success was the huge internal stress that built up in the process. Remember that one puts layer after layer of molten metal on top of the previous one. The new metal layer solidifies and shrinks, creating lots of compressive on the previous layer. Put down enough of these layers and the part will crack.

And no, doing this process with Invar won't help, because Invar doesn't have this beautiful near zero thermal expansion close to its melting point.

Lets hope the blogger reads what has been published about this process before he commits more effort and resources to his project ...

Comment: Re:Book Neutrality (Score 2) 218

by Slayer (#47078331) Attached to: Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

Amazon: Big on Net Neutrality, not so much on Book Neutrality.

And biggest hypocrits, too. Remember the wikileaks saga? Wikileaks was hosted on Amazon cloud - for a few days, until some congress critters gave Amazon a nice phone call.

Amazon and net neutrality my ass. That was the day I decided to no longer do any business with Amazon. A bookstore and hosting service that engages in politically motivated censorship does not deserve my business, and the story posted here shows how far Amazon is willing to go.

Comment: Re:Mix drinks, not metaphors... (Score 1) 357

by Slayer (#46562269) Attached to: Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

These people filling the coffers of fraudulent exchanges are not necessarily clueless people storing their assets there like they would in a regular bank account.

There has been a large amount of "tidal trading" - where you place buy orders at a low price together with sell orders at a high price, and hope that market volatility will eventually put through both orders with some profit. This way you can profit from rises and falls in exchange rate, well, until yet another a flaky exchange runs with all your assets.

Comment: Re:Illicit purchase intention aspect isn't one? (Score 2) 149

by Slayer (#46201815) Attached to: Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

Some questions I would have for a lawyer that actually knows the ins&outs of Florida state law in this field: 1. Is the above, in fact, the case? I.e. are the charges on those accounts completely unrelated to the disclosure of what the purchased material (in this case, Bitcoin) would be used for? 2a. Does that mean that the state of Florida sees Bitcoin as a currency? 2b. If it does not, then how would this same law be applied to e.g. physical goods if used as a material for exchange (e.g. gold nuggets, diamonds, etc.) 3. Would similar apply to a travelers going in opposite directions exchanging their currencies when the value exceeds $300 (something easily possible if you forget to empty out your wallet), rather than going through the official exchange bureaus at the airport (and incurring the rather hefty exchange fees)?

I am anything but a lawyer, but TFA actually references the laws applicable to the case for everyone to read. If I read these laws correctly, then

1. Yes, you can not simply do trades between currencies or equivalent valuables without a license, and that license seems tied to stiff reporting rules as soon as higher values are involved

2. The law doesn't require that, it suffices if bitcoin is seen a payment instrument.

3. It would seem like that. Read the law yourself:

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