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Comment: Are there any reasons... (Score 3, Interesting) 174

by cosmin_c (#47682469) Attached to: Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program
... that can be given that Elon Musk isn't one of the best humans out there? Let me elaborate a bit. In an age of chasing profits and cut-throat competition and where the most ruthless are getting rich, there are some people chasing another type of enrichment. And this comes after giving up on patents. I don't know this man, but it'd be an honour to shake his hand. I simply got nothing that could do justice. Nikola Tesla would indeed be proud.

Comment: Re: I wouldn't worry so much about Chernobyl... (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by cosmin_c (#46494613) Attached to: Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly
You can't wish radioactive particles to "be gone". They do have a half-life, but for example the Ce-137 that's depicted in my link has a half-life of ~30 years. And it's spewed continuously into the ocean and spread around the world. The Bikini Atoll experiments resulted in sea-life in general being hundreds of times more radioactive than the norm because those elements, and guess where that radioactivity ended up - on people's tables. Saying it's safe to swim around the sunken ships is interesting to say the least. My point is that radioactive particles don't just "go away" and their generation can overwhelm the moderating capabilities (i.e. dilution) of the sea water. And it isn't reasonable to think that having radioactive material being spewed into the ocean like that is all-right.

Comment: Re:Best way to let someone know something's amiss (Score 1) 148

by cosmin_c (#46283785) Attached to: Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us
It isn't debatable that humankind lacks the enforcement agencies to deal with this kind of stuff. IT&C isn't a particular new field, but stuff happens a lot faster here and in the last 20 or so years we've witnessed terrible abuse and incompetence when dealing with IT-related stuff - and yes, this includes jailing/fining 10 year olds for one song downloaded from the internet. For example, in this particular case - and the case of leaving a text file with "dude, your security lacks" - a specialized agency would clearly investigate and conclude that the person was meaning well and didn't access any sensitive files, nor did he copy them - thus calming the hysterical and re-assuring people. Maybe issue a communique stating this, this and that and why securing your wi-fi network is really a good idea. Stuff that getting people arrested for nothing doesn't really solve, the Police should have better things to do than investigate why there's an anonymous text file in an unsecured location over a network. But then again, why invest in something that actually makes sense.

Comment: Best way to let someone know something's amiss (Score 2) 148

by cosmin_c (#46273549) Attached to: Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us
Is a text file. The average computer user will not go and dig through log files, nor they will go around on the internet reading everything about each vulnerability that is exposed everyday. Years ago I copy pasted a similar text file to computers on a neighbourhood network, letting them know those specific folders were exposed on the local network and also been given r/w permissions. I was (and somehow still am) a humble user, passionate about tech, but I can always appreciate the heads-up. Just did what I think I'd like done if I were to accidentally share something on the local network, since although it might not be sensitive at first, mistakes are made regularly.

Comment: Guilty until proven innocent (Score 1) 364

by cosmin_c (#46115513) Attached to: EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020
I am starting to think there isn't really a place on this planet that won't be under surveillance at a point in the next 10-20 years. Buying a smartphone? Welcome to being under surveillance because you just might be a terrorist. Buy a car? Welcome to being under surveillance because you just might be a getaway driver (who's stupid enough to use his own car). I am all for more security measures to stop car thieves, thus I installed my own GPS tracker on my car, but that's something only I have access to, not everybody and their grandmother. Also, the problem with putting backdoors in stuff is making stuff less secure. What if somebody hacks your car and starts playing around with stuff just for lulz? I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

+ - Battle of B-R5RB Costs Eve Online Players $750,000->

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "It has been described as the largest online battle ever and according to some reports has seen thousand of players losing trillions in in-game currency and over 100 of the most powerful ships in Eve Online have been lost in the Battle of System B-R5RB. Based on one conversion rate, each fleet-ready Titan ship is worth $7,600, meaning the Battle of B-R5RB cost players upwards of $750,000 — and all over a missed payment."
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Comment: technology shouldn't replace expertise (Score 1) 124

by cosmin_c (#45479965) Attached to: New Smart Glasses Allow Nurses To See Veins Through Skin
As a doctor I can say this is rubbish. IV access and venepuncture isn't done by visualizing the vein, it's done by using anatomy knowledge to palpate and find a vein that's robust enough to take the needle/cannula. If it's done by sight alone, then it's wrong, there are plenty of visible veins that collapse as soon as a needle is inserted. This reminds me of the attempt to give patients local anaesthesia before having a cannula inserted, which was proved to be a rubbish solution. If you're a patient, I can feel your pain, but do understand we're there to make you better and we loathe the idea of causing you pain via needles. It's just something that has to happen until we find a way of giving medication wirelessly.

Comment: More like fully unleashed (Score 1) 88

by cosmin_c (#45378725) Attached to: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review: GK110, Fully Unlocked
Basically the Titan was a publicity stunt. The 780Ti is faster and a lot cheaper. Then again, the R290s are just as fast as a Titan and a lot cheaper, but it seems they have some cooling (throttling) issues. One should wait for the custom cooled R290s if the target are games and just get a 780Ti if you really need the CUDA processing (e.g. Adobe applications like Premiere). Also, as for the price, it's top-end, it's normal to be expensive. One can game with a GTX670 or a GTX770, which are more than enough and a lot cheaper.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz