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Comment: What privacy concerns exactly? (Score 1) 168

by Zaphod The 42nd (#48214165) Attached to: Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait
What?! Whoever wrote this (timothy) doesn't understand technology.
Counting unique MAC addresses means nothing.

It is literally just the same as watching the airport cameras and counting the passengers as they move through security.
Do you really honestly think there are no cameras at airports? Are you that clueless?

Your ignorance is a bit unsettling. Put away the tin foil.

Comment: Re:This research should receive enormous funding. (Score 1) 202

by Zaphod The 42nd (#47128839) Attached to: Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data
The two maintain the same state but you cannot WHATSOEVER control that state, so all you have and all you can trasmit is ENTIRELY RANDOM DATA. The only value in transmitting random data instantly is that you can use it for security purposes in computer authentication schemes. That is all. You will NEVER be able to transmit classical information FTL (through this method anyways).

Comment: Re:Let's predict the headlines of the future: (Score 4, Insightful) 305

by Zaphod The 42nd (#43436007) Attached to: AMD Says There Will Be No DirectX 12 — Ever
Agreed. They're going to pull a Dx10 - Vista. Windows 8 was a COLOSSAL failure, so just like Vista, now they have to force the market to give them money.

So Windows 9 is going to have Dx12 baked in, and it'll be called "GraphicsNew" instead of "DirectX" so we can't say "Hey, why teh fuck won't you release Dx12 for Windows7?" like we did with XP and Dx9/10. "Oh, sorry, but GraphicsNew is too fancy for poor Windows7, its completely different from DirectX!"

Yeah fucking right.

Comment: Re:Marketing stunt? (Score 1) 99

by Zaphod The 42nd (#43411841) Attached to: Hackers Swipe Unreleased Game From Ubisoft
I don't know. The whole thing is just bizarre. Maybe it is a marketing stunt?

The release was very, very oddly handled. They only mentioned it on April 1st, April Fool's Day, so it looked 100% like an April Fool's Joke.

Then, we don't really hear anything from Ubisoft, but some gaming press announces they heard some press release that its legit and its coming out in May. We don't know how much it'll cost.

What is that? What games these days aren't marketed to hell?

Then its leaked by accident... yeah maybe this is some weird viral marketing scheme?

Comment: Re:Unreleased game, footage of it being played?? (Score 2) 99

by Zaphod The 42nd (#43411827) Attached to: Hackers Swipe Unreleased Game From Ubisoft
Its not a new game really, its a standalone expansion pack for Far Cry 3. You don't need Far Cry 3 to play it, but it builds entirely on it and is pretty much the exact same game. So it makes sense that they could crank this out pretty fast and not have too many bugs.

Blood Dragon is just FarCry3 but in the future, with 80s chrome/neon everywhere. Which is fucking awesome.

Comment: Re:Can't Go Backwards (Score 1) 736

by Zaphod The 42nd (#42883757) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?
No, its more like your GPS says 5 minutes, then an hour, then 5 minutes, then an hour, when you know both can't be right. Telling me 22 and taking 35 is pretty fair, especially if it revises its time to get closer to 35 as you go.

There's no reason why it shouldn't attempt to do a quick inventory of all the processes necessary, the size of all files involved, and compare that to the general rate of copy/delete/whatever. Its the same thing your gps does, its averages your speed and calculates time, based on the total distance.

Many current status bars (windows) just use the current file, and so if that one file is really big, it assumes they're all big, or if that one file is really small, it assumes they're all small, which gives it wildly off values. Other OS (OSX) do a full inventory of all files to be copied / installed first, so that the progress bar is far more accurate and doesn't spastically jump back and forth.

But you could go even further, do like the GPS does, and keep a database of users and their past progress and times. They could record user install times based on the hardware, MS could just collect your DxDiag file and the time taken to install, and then when you go to install it just finds the nearest hardware profile and guesses that you're going to take about as long. Boom.

Comment: Re:Can't Go Backwards (Score 1) 736

by Zaphod The 42nd (#42883301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

You can try to profile it, but the actual time is determined by the local hardware after all: Processor speed, number of cores (which affects only some operations), network speed, free memory - there's no way to predict how much of the time will be spend on each task.

But all of the hardware information is available to the OS. They should be able to track generic profiles of different hardware specs and the times it took them to complete, and then they could pick a similar result to your hardware directx config or whatever, and tell you its going to take about that long. Not hard or complicated at all. Hm.

Comment: Re:Anonymous has become Batman. (Score 2) 436

by Zaphod The 42nd (#42521897) Attached to: Anonymous Helps Find Evidence In Gang Rape Case
You're hilariously naive about law.


If I participate in a crime, I see someone else do it, and then the cops catch me, DUH the cops can get me to rat on my friends and testify against them. You think because I saw them committing a crime while I was committing a crime, that my testimony doesn't count as evidence in court?

Ugh, public education, ladies and gentlemen.

The fruit of the poisoned tree rule only applies to cops, to prevent cops from abusing their authority. Citizens have absolutely NO such restriction. I can break into your house, find a video of you stealing something, and then mail it to the cops anonymously. The cops receive it anonymously, they haven't broken any laws, so it works just fine as evidence and you're arrested.

Its actually a pretty big loophole that a lawyer could knowingly take some evidence obtained illegally and mail it to the cops anonymously, thus "laundering" the evidence, but its not a common situation.

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