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Comment: Re:How soon will it be made illegal .. (Score 1) 139

by arth1 (#49165201) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses

It is unlawful to cover any assigned letters and numbers or the name of the state of origin of a license plate with any material whatever, including any clear or colorless material that affects the plate's visibility or reflectivity.

In other words, it is legal to cover the parts that don't have letters and numbers or the name of the state? Cover those parts with the same black paint that they use for the letters and numbers.

Comment: Re:Relaxing = Live longer? (Score 1) 203

by arth1 (#49164769) Attached to: Research Suggests That Saunas Help You Live Longer

That sauna which you call American one is infra-red sauna and uses a totally different method to heat your body. This sauna doesn't have a dedicated sauna stove like in Finnish one.

Americans have saunas with a stove with rocks too. They just don't use them as warm as a real sauna. I've been to a couple, and they have been truly underwhelming, with the temperature being in the 60C/140F range. Yeah, that's uncomfortable - it needs to be much warmer before it works as a sauna and not just a sweat lodge.


Intel Announces Atom x3, x5 and x7, First SOCs With Integrated 3G and LTE Modems 83

Posted by samzenpus
from the brand-new dept.
MojoKid writes Intel is unleashing a new family of Atom processors today, taking a cue from its highly successful Core series with model branding. Similar to the Good, Better, Best strategy with the Core i3, i5 and i7, Intel is renaming its Atom family with x3, x5, and x7 designations. The biggest news comes from the low-end Atom x3, which will be available in three distinct variants; all of which will come with integrated modems — a first for the Atom family. All three variants are 64-bit capable cores. The Atom x3-C3130 tops out at 1GHz, incorporates a Mali 400 MP2 GPU, and includes an integrated 3G (HSPA+) modem. The Atom x3-C3230RK bumps the max clock speed to 1.2GHz, throws in a Mali 450 MP4 GPU, and the same 3G modem. Finally, the Atom x3-C3440 clocks in at 1.4GHz, features a Mali T720 MP2 graphics core, incorporates a Category 6 LTE modem, and can optionally support NFC. Using handpicked benchmarks, Intel claims that the Atom x3-C3230RK can offer up to 1.8x the media editing performance of competing SoCs from Qualcomm and MediaTek. Then there's Intel's Cherry Trail-based Atom x5 and x7. These are the first 64-bit Atom SoCs to be built using a 14nm manufacturing and they incorporate eighth generation Intel graphics. While the Atom x5 and x7 don't feature integrated modems like the Atom x3, they do support Intel's next generation XMM 726x and 7360 LTE modems. Intel claims that the Atom x7 offers two times the graphics performance of the existing high-end Atom Z3795 in the GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD benchmark and 50 percent greater performance on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark.

Comment: Re:Pharming? (Score 1) 34

by arth1 (#49159315) Attached to: Pharming Attack Targets Home Router DNS Settings

Incidentally, I thought this feeble exploit attempt was called "pharming" just so the author could feel justified in calling the next and bigger one "pharmageddon".

I'm personally glad for all these fishing attacks and exploits relying on a human element. With the lack of other predation lately, they're sorely needed to cull the human genome. Presumably enough idiots will lose enough on this that it allows for a mild selection for those with more sense.

Comment: Re:Relaxing = Live longer? (Score 3, Informative) 203

by arth1 (#49159197) Attached to: Research Suggests That Saunas Help You Live Longer

No, you don't start to cook. All your sweat and sebum glands go into high production, and your circulatory system works in cooling mode. But yes, one of the fun experiments is to bring a piece of raw meat in with you in the sauna, and set it aside. After a while, the meat is done, but you're not.

Comment: Re:Relaxing = Live longer? (Score 4, Informative) 203

by arth1 (#49158967) Attached to: Research Suggests That Saunas Help You Live Longer

A sauna isn't a hot tub. At least not in Finland. It's sweating in a hot room.

Where a real sauna is typically kept around 90C/194F (and some hotter), an American "sauna" is rarely above 60C/140F, and usually less. And they wear swim trunks and bikinis in it.
In a real sauna, you can't wear clothes, and particularly not synthetics, because it's too hot.

The funny thing is that a good hot sauna feels less hot. Your body goes into sauna mode, something it can never do at an American "sauna". You only feel the warmth in your lungs, or if you touch some new piece of furniture. I have often sat with teeth clattering and goose bumps in a sauna, because my ambient temperature sensors had turned off.

Half an hour in a real sauna is something I truly miss.

Comment: Re:Best defense is not to care (Score 3, Interesting) 100

by arth1 (#49155391) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

If you can, have the "computer" that you use for such things not matter if it gets hacked. If your blue ray player has no writable storage or network access and you power it off after every use, there is no danger

I don't think there's a single BD player out there that doesn't allow for either software updates or updates to the BD codes that allow/disallow you to decode disks.

One I have requires a USB key to be present to cache validity information for disks you have already watched - without it, it still works, but requires contacting the mothership through Internet whenever re-inserting any disks newer than the latest firmware update.

BD disks these days even come with extras like links to youtube videos, that play on the BD player. That's an attack vector right there. Do they all use https and check the validity of the cert to avoid MITM attacks, using only name servers with signed entries? I highly doubt it.
If I wanted to hack it, I feel fairly confident that I could do so. I'd start by hooking up to the (convenient) JTAG interface, and learn as much as i could that way, before starting to probe from the outside, i.e. through discs, USB or TCP/IP. But it would be low on my list if things I own that I want to hack. My car is more interesting.

Comment: (Score 1) 184

by arth1 (#49154617) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

I think .dev should be like not able to register so DEVELOPERS (re: NOT GOOGLE) can use like, [mydomain].dev to develop, and not have to create wonky local host names.

But is not like that. It's an actual domain name that was reserved due to developer abuse, mostly out of ignorance that there's the dedicated .invalid TLD already (un)assigned for that use.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1) 221

by arth1 (#49152155) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

That's a shame, but I think there are plenty of precedents of male actors who have likewise done stupid shit because of the bottle, but have gotten help to get out of it, and given second and third chances.

Yeah, she still looks good.
There are many older actresses that still do look great, and who aren't used as much as I think they should be. Like Susan Sarandon, who I think looks so awesome precisely because she has aged naturally, and not been ruined by a plastic surgeon. Diane Keaton and Sally Fields too are easy on the eyes.

I think it's sad that Hollywood continues to make so many movies with elderly gents in the lead role, but never do you see an elderly woman in a lead role. Even the great looking ones.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 5, Insightful) 221

by arth1 (#49147741) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

Leon puts his hand in freezing liquid without a problem.

Pris puts her hand in boiling water without a problem.

I always thought those were more to show that the replicants had more control over their human++ bodies, being able to bypass feeling pain, or inflict it on themselves voluntarily, like Roy Batty did with the nail.

It would be interesting to see a Blade Runner 2 with Sean Young. What I don't want to see is yet another long overdue sequel where they have kept the male characters but replaced the female characters with younger eye candy. For some reason, women aging appears to be a taboo in Hollywood, and one I thinks needs to die.

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 523

by arth1 (#49141641) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Anyone can mine quotes, but unless you provide the context for each, you have no strength in your argument.

I did. I provided the book, chapter and verse for each, and you can read all the context you need. Or cherry pick the context and interpret it so it doesn't have to apply to you.

(And the fallacy you just fell for is known as the continuum fallacy - rejecting all of a claim because the part you saw is not as precise or extensive as desired.)

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 3, Insightful) 523

by arth1 (#49140633) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

I'm sorry you're wrong. Many (most are obsolete) medical advances came from cleric scientists.

What does that prove? That they would not have had the advances if it wasn't for religion? Why do you think so?

Mind that everything had to be done in the name of religion in past days. There was no way around it. You couldn't build a bridge without it being to the glory of fucking god. Any healing was attributed to the deity. Those who tried to practice outside the confines of the church, like wise women, were killed as heretics. The only safe way to practice was within the church.
And even today, religion holds medical science back. Stem cell research is a good example.

But all in all, most scientists today are, fortunately, atheists or agnostics, and manage to roll out miracle after miracle without the need to attribute it to a faith. The rapid increase in science coincides nicely with the loss of control of the religions.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.