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Comment: I just want to know: backdoor or nobackdoor (Score 4, Interesting) 103

by ad454 (#49138469) Attached to: Intel To Rebrand Atom Chips Along Lines of Core Processors

With recent Intel chips containing AMT (Active Management Technology) and vPro, which contain integrated 3G radio support plus hidden processing core running separate hidden "management" instructions from the main core, what I really want to know is which Intel chips have a potential backdoor and which do not.

Otherwise any smart competitor which can prove that their don't have any backdoors, would have a significant marketing advantage. (Are you listening AMD?)

Comment: Let NSA+GCHQ buy Gemalto since their own their ass (Score 5, Interesting) 97

by ad454 (#49126601) Attached to: Gemalto: NSA and GCHQ Probably Hacked Us, But Didn't Get SIM Encryption Keys

North Korea hacks Sony => Cyber-Terrorism
USA & Great Britain hacks Gemalto => Patriotic-Duty

Of course Gemalto will say anything they can to limit economic damage, but without proper and transparent oversight of secret agencies they is no way to validate any claim by Gemalto that their 3G/4G SIM secrets were not stolen.

The best course of action is for Gemalto to simply be bought out official by the NSA and GCHQ, since they already own their asses, oops I mean assets.

Comment: Re: In other news... (Score 3, Insightful) 78

by ad454 (#49094225) Attached to: When It Comes To Spy Gear, Many Police Ignore Public Records Laws

Interested comment from an Anonymous Coward, who is too scared to stand behind their words.

The fact is that numerous polls in many countries including the USA show that there is unfortunately significant public support for increasing police powers and decreasing oversight.

Keep in mind that these same idiots also vote for the same corrupt politicians from the same corrupt parties as well.

When the sheeple finally reach their breaking point and have enough, they end up supporting whatever nut cases can best sell them the simplest counter-production solution which best promotes the fantasy that they can have their cake and eat it too. (Think USA rightist tea parties and Greek syriza leftists.)

Comment: In other news... (Score 2, Insightful) 78

by ad454 (#49093189) Attached to: When It Comes To Spy Gear, Many Police Ignore Public Records Laws

police support the creation and advancement of police states. Also in other news, water is wet.

Nothing to see here folks.

The issue is not with the police, which more often than not support doing away with any pesky human rights and oversight which make it "harder" for them to do their jobs, but with the cowardly sheeple who empower them by happily give up their freedom every time some they hear someone say boo.

Yes terrorism is horrible, but lots of other risks in life are much more deadly, including gun culture, obesity and processed foods industry, poverty, insufficient vaccination and medical treatment, etc. And yet very little is done to address these other issues since steeples don't consider them as scary.

Strange that we were able to defeat the Nazi horrors without having to resort to creating our own police states, in which every citizen is monitored and they activity permanently archived.

Comment: Offline Mathematica for Android Please (Score 1) 210

by ad454 (#49075275) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Stephen Wolfram a Question

Mathematica use to run great offline on Win 3.1 on 486 platforms, which have a small fraction of the capability and resources of a modern smart phone.

True that the current version of mathematica does so much more, but even an older strip download offline version would be so much more than the countless Android & iOS CAS apps in the App/Play stores.

I purchased Wolfram Alpha which is decent for compution, but often when I need it most, especially for big number modulo calculations, I don't have an Internet connection. Plus a stand alone mathematica would be best for importing and running M language scripts.

If a standalone offline version of mathematica was available for Android, I would be one of the first to purchase it.

Comment: Prefer Intel vPro & ATM solutions for spying (Score 0) 18

by ad454 (#49023989) Attached to: Measuring the Value of Open Hardware Designs

Why on earth would anyone want open hardware, when they can get the latest Intel chips offer vPro and ATM (Active Management Technology) which provides government mandated (via NSL) hardware backdoors? It is a lot harder to hide wireless spying in open hardware, which makes it useless to me.

I personally prefer these new Intel chips, because I like knowing that big brother has full remote access to my computers, independent of OS and disk encryption, in case I do anything in the future which upsets them.

Now excuse me, while I surrender to the authorities for thought crimes in my sleep, which someone told me that I might have.

Comment: Need Falsifiable Observable Predictions (Score 3, Interesting) 288

by ad454 (#49023891) Attached to: Quantum Equation Suggests Universe Had No Beginning

All of these type of models about the universe have elegant math behind them.

But until they can any observable predictions which can be measured and possibly falsifiable, then we are really dealing with pure math and philosophy and not physics.

One can construct countless mathematical models which fit known observations, but very few make new falsifiable observable predictions.

This is my gripe with something like String/M-Theory, which has not made any legitimate predictions, and fails at stuff like monopoles which not been observed.

Comment: Bubbles in Bloodstream is Dangerous (Score 3, Informative) 15

by ad454 (#48943587) Attached to: Scientists Float Soap Bubbles As a More Effective Drug Delivery Method

Having bubbles in ones bloodstream is extremely dangerous, and potentially fatal. Just ask any informed scuba diver about the biggest risk they face.

Even worse, there is evidence that bubbles in the bloodstream get covered by platelets, resulting in cumulative neurological damage.

The damaged caused by bubbles in the bloodstream will typically outweigh any medical benefit from this type of drug/vaccine delivery.

Comment: Let lawyers do it free, in exchange for % damages? (Score 3, Insightful) 268

by ad454 (#48359217) Attached to: GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

I don't understand. It seems that there is a clear-cut case for GNOME, that should guarantee victory.

How come in the USA with its huge surplus of lawyers, they aren't some willing to take the case for free, in exchange for a percentage of damages against a publicly traded company like GroupOn? I am surprised that a publicly traded company would take such a risk which could diminish shareholder value.

Or it only scumbags like SCO/Novel which are allowed to sue?

Comment: Climate change will eventually be accepted by all (Score 4, Interesting) 163

by ad454 (#48346333) Attached to: The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

All that is needed would be for new "climate change industrial complex" consisting of industries with huge growth potentials from climate change after-effects (such as dike/levee builders, water management including reclaimation & desalination, fertilisers for new growing regions with marginal soil, mega construction for displaced infrastructure, etc.) to make more money then the coal and petroleum industries. It may not sound like much, but many trillions of dollars will be needed for this.

Then they will be able to give/bribe more money to politicians, who will the universally accept climate change as fact and change the public perception.

Until then there is enough money from a new "climate change industrial complex", public doubt will remain.

Comment: North Korea is our Future (Score 5, Insightful) 271

by ad454 (#48338973) Attached to: Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

Just think of all of the crimes we can prevent or solve, if we place the entire American population in prison camps, with 24/7 monitoring, restricted movement, restricted access to information, and public displays of punitive punishment.

Why is this not being done? Won't someone please think of the children?

North Korea has show the world the way to the future, with our increasing plutocratic societies in the west with decreasing human rights.

Comment: Re:Will download (Score 1) 67

by ad454 (#47795297) Attached to: Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

I still need an offline mapping solution for Japan and South Korea, for upcoming trips, which are not supported by Nokia Here.

Any suggestion if there is any way to get an OpenStreetMap viewer and offline Japan+SouthKorea maps, which will work in one of these platforms: WindowsPhone8.1, iOS, Android, or desktop Ubuntu Linux? Thx.

Comment: Love Free Offline Nokia Here Drive+Maps (Score 4, Interesting) 67

by ad454 (#47794607) Attached to: Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

I recently picked up a cheap refurbished factory unlocked Nokia Lumia as a secondary phone, specifically for the free Offline Nokia Here Drive+Maps support. Considering the expense of getting a TomTom, Garmin, or iGO dedicated GPS unit with world map coverage plus unlimited updates, the Nokia Lumia was a much cheaper option. Having factory unlock, also allows me to purchase inexpensive micro-SIM GSM cards when travelling to avoid costly roaming charges.

In fact, in my most recent trip to Europe, I used it specifically for drive navigation with a cheap removable phone bracket, and it worked just as good as dedicated GPS. Saving me much more than the cost of this phone compared to renting GPS navigation for 2 weeks from the car rental company.

Furthermore, my Nokia phone is lighter, slimmer, and has better (> 720p) display than dedicated GPS. Furthermore, Nokia Here Maps, it also works great when walking around the city, looking for hotel and other POI.

My only complaint is that despite having offline maps for just about every significant country, South Korea and Japan are suspiciously missing, even though I really need them. :(

My biggest compliant with Windows Phone 8.1, running on my Nokia Lumia, is the lack of local offline backups (since I don't trust the cloud with my data), and device client certificate management needed for S/MIME, Wireless WPA-Enterprise, web client certificates, etc. Both of these are features are fully supported for years on iOS and Android, but Windows Phone 8.1 requires sending up MDM (Mobile Device Management Server) on WIndows 8.* to manage PKI externally, as oppose to on the device locally like iOS and Android do.

For my next primary phone, I have want a phablet, and have been on the fence between upcoming iPhone 6 (with large 5.5" of higher display) or Samsung Galaxy Note 4, both hopefully available by the end of this year.

Havinvg Nokia Here Drive+Maps with free downloadable offline maps on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 would be enough to tip the scales away from iPhone 6.

Comment: Love my Surface Pro2 with Ubuntu (Score 1) 365

by ad454 (#47301889) Attached to: Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

I currently have a Surface Pro2 with Ubuntu running. It is my first non-Apple computer in more than 10 years. Which I bought reluctantly when my previous MacBook died and did not like any of the current out-dated models.

For the most part, everything in Ubuntu runs great on the Surface Pro2, except Wi-Fi which is flaky due to sucky proprietary Marvell drivers.

In any case, it is now my primary work computer, and I am very happy with it, although I do really like the newer Surface Pro3 with larger screen and better kickstand.

Apple MacBook Airs are horrible out of date compared to Surface Pro2 & Pro3. No retina display, no touch display, and no pen input. And I trust Linux much more that NSA backdoor'ed OSX and Windows.

The fact is that Microsoft is now making excellent laptop/tablet hardware, even though their OS has issues. I wish that people look at things objectively and stop giving praise to a company that use to innovate but now refuses to upgrade hardware to meet customer's needs. (I am still

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