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Comment: Re:Non-pirateable??? (Score 2) 307

Apple is adding the "bone phone" to their headphone lineup and it's only a slight tweak to convert that fingerprint scanner to detect ear signatures.

So YES -- Apple will use ear authentication and a combination of ultrasonic and sonic frequencies to compile the sound "in ear".

Unless we hack the nervous system -- this music can NEVER be pirated. /s

Comment: Re:What's your suggestion for intelligence work? (Score 1) 494

by daveschroeder (#47938235) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

An oversimplification. The US, UK, and allies variously broke many cipher systems throughout WWII. Still the US benefitted from this.

What if the Germans were using, say, Windows, Android phones, SSL, Gmail, Yahoo, and Skype, instead of Enigma machines?

Comment: What's your suggestion for intelligence work? (Score 1) 494

by daveschroeder (#47938053) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

I presume you wouldn't say it was "wrong" of the United States to crack the German and Japanese codes in WWII... when US adversaries (and lets just caveat this by saying people YOU, personally, agree are legitimate US adversaries) don't use their own "codes", but instead share the same systems, networks, services, devices, cloud providers, operating systems, encryption schemes, and so on, that Americans and much of the rest of the world uses, would you suggest that they should be off limits?

This isn't so much a law enforcement question as a question of how to do SIGINT in the modern digital world, but given the above, and given that intelligence requires secrecy in order to be effective, how would you suggest the United States go after legitimate targets? Or should we not be able to, because that power "might" be able to be abused -- as can any/all government powers, by definition?

This simplistic view that the only purpose of the government in a free and democratic society must be to somehow subjugate, spy on, and violate the rights of its citizens is insane, while actual totalitarian and non-free states, to say nothing of myriad terrorist and other groups, press their advantage. And why wouldn't they? The US and its ever-imperfect system of law is not the great villain in the world.

Take a step back and get some perspective. And this is not a rhetorical question: if someone can tell me their solution for how we should be able to target technologies that are fundamentally shared with innocent Americans and foreigners everywhere while still keeping such sources, methods, capabilities, and techniques secret, I'm all ears. And if you believe the second a technology is shared it should become magically off-limits because power might be abused, you are insane -- or, more to the point, you believe you have some moral high ground which, ironically, would actually result in severe disadvantages for the system of free society you would claim to support.

Comment: Re:Nope they are clever (Score 1) 322

by Vitriol+Angst (#47936409) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

"remotely amazing"

-- not the tech. This is like iTunes all over again. AFTER itunes -- everyone and their brother has digital music for sale. BEFORE iTunes -- it was a minefield of different contracts and protected content.

Apple lined up companies that they very likely will come into competition with. There was likely an army of lawyers and experts to try and negotiate all the various deals.

Nobody has done this before because of all the legal agreements and negotiations -- otherwise, everyone would have swipe to pay.

The fact that it seems simple and no hassle on our end, just shows why Apple is so damn good at implementations.

Comment: Re:We have (Score 1) 318

Yes but Europe doesn't have IDIOTS who believe all the garbage that comes from Libertarian think tanks or PR stories paid for by the companies we try and regulate.

New York should be SUPER CHEAP AND FAST based on an apples to apples comparison -- except for that aforementioned ingredient.

Comment: Re:well, duh? (Score 1) 318

So like these companies have to actually string a cable for a few hundred yards and pay for that investment over time based on gaining $50 every 100 feet of run length of a cable that costs $5 and maybe $1000 to install?

Wow, that sounds like a reasonable capital investment -- how ever will they be able to sit back and charge tolls without any expense at all?

Comment: Re:well, duh? (Score 1) 318

In the USA you can;
1 ) Charge more and provide less and complain that there's too many people.
2 ) Charge more and provide less and complain that there's too few people.
3 ) Charge more and provide less and complain that clients are too far apart -- ignoring the fact that you NEVER paid for the $500 billion in infrastructure in the first place and have not yet used all it's capacity.
4) Charge more and provide less and say any damn thing you want because we've got some weird ass cheerleaders who have been weened on this free market religion.

Comment: Re:Details (Score 2, Interesting) 284

by Vitriol+Angst (#47935963) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

There's more concern with artificial sweeteners than just glucose intolerance. They've also seen "thickening of the gut lining" -- it's demonstrable and a clear indication that SOMETHING is going on.

Likely there is an issue with stomach bacteria and an issue where the brain "tastes" sweet and thus primes the body for sweet.

I've moved to using Stevia as much as possible, because I don't look at artificial sweeteners as harmless. It seems that almost all artificial foods should be avoided. There's no point in margarine because butter is better (or use Coconut oil), preservatives hurt stomach bacteria and reduce digestion, a lot of Genetically Modified foods show tumor acceleration in rats and infertility in three generations, and what's next?

It seems to me that it's only a matter of time when we find the folly of artificial foods that are tested on the basis of "large quantities don't kill a rat" and the study was paid for by a billion dollar industry with a vested interest that can lobby government.

And I'm really sick of people in the Pro Science crowd chirping that Genetically Modified is just like cross breeding. The food we eat is so incredibly complex -- we barely have a clue about vitamins much less the macrobiotic processes. We barely understand transgenetic gene transfers that stands a lot of concepts of "Darwinist evolution" on its head and that's yet to sync into main stream thinking. Not all GM foods are alike and HOW the genes are transferred matter and YES, putting the genes of an animal in a tomato is something to pay close attention to.

The problem is we've let a profit-driven industry dictate a massive experiment on humankind -- and that's just nuts. The cells of the body are 90% bacteria -- and modern Western medicine barely acknowledges the role this colonial symbiosis plays on humanity.

It's amazing we haven't wiped ourselves out.

Comment: What is really happening here? (Score 1) 949

by Bruce Perens (#47930483) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
We are in a War on Faith, because Faith justifies anything and ISIS takes it to extremes. But in the end they are just a bigger version of Christian-dominated school boards that mess with the teaching of Evolution, or Mormon sponsors of anti-gay-marriage measures, or my Hebrew school teacher, an adult who slapped me as a 12-year-old for some unremembered offense against his faith.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 949

by Bruce Perens (#47930331) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Hm. The covenant of Noah is about two paragraphs before this part (King James Version) which is used for various justifications of slavery and discrimination against all sorts of people because they are said to bear the Curse of Ham. If folks wanted to use the Bible to justify anything ISIS says is justified by God's words in the Koran, they could easily do so.

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Comment: Re:I hope it crashes and burns (Score 2) 181

by Vitriol+Angst (#47918333) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Well doesn't Objective C lock a developer into a single platform? Where else are these iOS apps going to run without a recompile and platform dependencies?

Is the Java based Android running apps on other platforms like iOS or Microsoft's?

The Open Phone platform is either low performance apps with middleware, or a Unicorn parade. I do see that you should be careful of lockin -- but isn't everyone already locked in anyway?

Comment: Re:I hope it crashes and burns (Score 1) 181

by Vitriol+Angst (#47918283) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Your choice on iOS is javascript + HTML, Objective C, or using some third party like Unity. The iOS has been able to eke out an advantage over other phones for battery life and the ability to run large games ONLY BECAUSE they forced this "writing to hardware" with Objective C.

Objective C is difficult and the other options are for low performance apps that are little more than cobbled web pages.

The need for Swift is great, and I've been using it to jump back into programming; it is well thought out and straight forward. Instead of making it appear on all platforms and support the lowest common denominator, I'd rather it mature a bit and get some good libraries.

I can understand an automatic distrust for new languages -- but it's not like the platform is riddled with adequate alternatives. And Swift appears to solve a lot of real usability problems without sacrificing power.

Comment: Re:It's getting hotter still! (Score 1) 613

by Vitriol+Angst (#47909513) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

NOTE: Ahead of the expected misconstruing of what I'm saying; the Antarctic is considered a desert due to it's very low rainfall. However, if there is more fresh water rain -- that could be creating the ice, or when we have many icebergs calving that are the size of Rhode Island -- that means the ice gets broken up or sloughs off, creating a spreading.

The ice may also be very thin. More or less ice doesn't automatically mean anything -- and I don't KNOW the facts, I'm just throwing down reasons for what we see. It's very likely this does NOT mean the Antarctic got cooler.

One good reason why computers can do more work than people is that they never have to stop and answer the phone.