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Comment: iOS users feel it (Score 1, Insightful) 306 306

I currently have a web radio transceiver front panel application that works on Linux, Windows, MacOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, under Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. No porting, no software installation. See for details of what I'm writing.

The one unsupported popular platform? iOS, because Safari doesn't have the function used to acquire the microphone in the web audio API (and perhaps doesn't have other parts of that API), and Apple insists on handicapping other browsers by forcing them to use Apple's rendering engine.

I don't have any answer other than "don't buy iOS until they fix it".

Comment: Re:Nude == Rude? (Score 1) 171 171

Wow, are you off-base. I neither hate nor objectify women. And why do you assume "nudity" implies "female nudity"? What's wrong with nude guys?

I don't think nudity per se is a problem as long as it doesn't objectify or degrade anyone. It's perfectly harmless. Even depictions of sex, IMO, are quite harmless unless the depiction exploitative, degrading or violent.

Comment: Re:Nude == Rude? (Score 4, Interesting) 171 171

Ummm... wtf? Actually, religiosity in the US is correlated with teen pregnancy rates.

Top 10 states by percentage identifying as "very religious" are Mississippi, Utah, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Oklahoma.

Top 10 states by teen pregnancy rates are: New Mexico, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nevada, Delaware, South Carolina and Hawaii.

So 5 of the top 10 religious states are also in the top 10 for teen pregnancy.

Now please cite studies showing that "bombarding children with sexuality" (whatever that means) causes teen pregnancy,

Comment: Re:Nude == Rude? (Score 4, Insightful) 171 171

Right, because a 5-year-old is traumatized by stumbling across a picture of a nude dude, but is perfectly fine watching 15 people a day being blown away violently on prime-time television shows.

OMG, think of the CHILDREN! What if she accidentally sees a PENIS? OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!

And what if young Bobby accidentally sees a boob? OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!

Comment: Re:Randomness can't come from a computer program (Score 1) 64 64

Most of us do have a need to transmit messages privately. Do you not make any online purchases?

Yes, but those have to use public-key encryption. I am sure of my one-time-pad encryption because it's just exclusive-OR with the data, and I am sure that my diode noise is really random and there is no way for anyone else to predict or duplicate it. I can not extend the same degree of surety to public-key encryption. The software is complex, the math is hard to understand, and it all depends on the assumption that some algorithms are difficult to reverse - which might not be true.

Comment: Re:Bad RNG will make your crypto predictable (Score 2) 64 64

The problem with FM static is that you could start receiving a station, and if you don't happen to realize you are now getting low-entropy data, that's a problem.

There are many well-characterized forms of electronic noise: thermal noise, shot noise, avalanche noise, flicker noise, all of these are easy to produce with parts that cost a few dollars.

Comment: Randomness can't come from a computer program (Score 2, Interesting) 64 64

True randomness comes from quantum mechanical phenomena. Linux /dev/random is chaotic, yes, enough to seed a software "R"NG. But we can do better and devices to do so are cheap these days.

I wouldn't trust anything but diode noise for randomness. If I had a need to transmit messages privately, I'd only trust a one-time pad.

Counting in binary is just like counting in decimal -- if you are all thumbs. -- Glaser and Way