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Comment: Seven solutions, all bad. (Score 1) 383

by TranceThrust (#47647141) Attached to: DARPA Wants To Kill the Password
TFA actually speaks on seven ways passwords may be avoided, with biometrics being but one of them. All seven build on extracting unique identifiers from physique or behaviour. All seven are wrong because of one simple reason: if someone mimics whatever chosen identifier good enough (either by hacks or by actually mimicing me), how can I change my `password'? I can't. Trashcan.

Comment: Meanwhile... (Score 1) 454

by TranceThrust (#47505595) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures
an Israeli from Tel Aviv estimates the success rate at 90%, which is thus high that some civilians actually go out and see the interceptions, instead of going into the shelters. Of course, Tel Aviv is farther away from Gaza and possibly has less rockets fired at them, but the difference in ground reports and what is reported here is staggering. Maybe these scientists need to dial back and first get some more data, instead of just looking at a couple of videos and/or photos.

Comment: Fortunately..? (Score 1) 125

Why fortunately? Is this a Microsoft press release? Windows tablets are crap. I've played with one recently, and Windows without a keyboard is indescribably awkward: all use cases I was trying (starting notepad, type something in it, browsing apps, looking for the configuration screens/system info) go forward in snail speed. That's less than turtle. Even the salesperson standing next to me had nothing to say in defense.

Comment: So... (Score 2, Informative) 424

by TranceThrust (#47464549) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review
Mod parent up. Still I think the judge an idiot for ruling like he did. The reason for not having a lawyer and just paying whatever fine would apparently be the blogger was scared of any extra costs the lawyer would have brought in face of the non-certainty of winning (which still might have been more expensive than what she paid now if the procedure was lengthier but in the end still not in her favour). The restaurant owner was trolling, there's just no better word for it. By awarding even this tiny win the judge is inviting his whole judicial system to similar crap (and threats to ordinary citizens). On the other hand, wasn't there a public lawyer she might have used?

Comment: Why is this on slashdot? (Score 2) 479

by TranceThrust (#46447189) Attached to: Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

A badly written rant containing ill-informed opinions, even when accounting for the author being no `geek', as she puts it.

The problem is not the `glorification' of hackers (seriously?). The problem is that laws remain outdated to cope with this digital age. The problem is that governments rely on badly protected and badly regulated technologies.

The problem is not having enough hackers.

Comment: Re:post it online; problem solved (Score 2) 211

by TranceThrust (#37500556) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Copyright Terms For a Thesis?
Yep, exactly what parent says. I don't see any problem (what more, I have not encountered problems) with just reserving all rights for yourself (copyright by you, as is (should be) possible with any respectable university), and then distributing it yourself, over the internet. Free and open access, and nobody can legally run off with it or put it on shady websites.

Comment: All the cloud-goers; (Score 1) 264

by TranceThrust (#37407460) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Clusters On the Cheap?
give some thought to data security as well please. If the research done is sensitive, don't use clouds.

On the other hand, costs of self-hosting are indeed underestimated very quickly, which is not a good thing when budget is low.

Also, while manycore machines seem cost-effective, look at the solutions you are using for computation; it is hard to press a 48-core machine to peak performance, much harder than driving more standard distributed-memory supercomputers. But this depends on your application.

Buying time on an existing cluster (local university, or a dedicated HPC company) seems the surest way, and also reasonably secure when done at a trusted institute or company.

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