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Comment: Re:Old, old news (Score 2) 157

by deego (#49507801) Attached to: Mandelbrot Zooms Now Surpass the Scale of the Observable Universe

>> First off, does that even mean anything? What units is the "scale" of a universe expressed in?

Well, I had the same question, so I RTFA'd a bit ;-).

The zoom-factor of universe in the article is defined thusly, not too unreasonably, IMO:

The scale of observable universe divided by Plank Length (the smallest length, by some definitions.)

And, this is "only" 65 orders of magnitude. Whereas, they have zoomed in the Mandelbrot by some 200 orders, finding the same features and self-similarity even after so much zooming in.

Comment: Just to keep things in perspective: (Score 5, Interesting) 356

by deego (#49202809) Attached to: Indian Gov't Wants Worldwide Ban On Rape Documentary, Including Online

While the Government of India may be trying to ban it and the some conservative rednecks of the country hold crazy views, it seems that the majority doesn't..

It is the same Indians that are mass-protesting in response to rapes, to corruption, and want safe streets for themselves and their women: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

It is the same Indians that are drawing attention to this problem in the first place, through documentaries like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

While its society and people have ways to go to catch up with the West, India is like an oasis in the fucked-up desert of a region it is surrounded by. A culture of male-dominance and women hiding their own rapes - in shame - is endemic pretty much everywhere outside of West. It is again nice to see this society trying to challenge and change it.

Problems like these exist and have always existed. The poorer the country, the more prevalent they are. It is actually nice to see the /people/ of India stand up, bring increased attention to these problems, and demand that something be done about this.

In other words, we can think of one monolithic India and take this time to mock their poor for lacking running water and shitting in the open... Or, instead, we can stand with and encourage those Indians that are trying to highlight these problems...

Especially outside of West, corruption is the /norm/. It is again somewhat encouraging that the middle class of India went crazy demonstrating against it and elected a local Government in the capital whose sole agenda is freedom from corruption.

Through all this, it is heartening how the people of India demand a secular, safe, corruption-free, democratic society and are, by and large, very "Westernized" in their views.

+ - Hal Finney, PGP and Bitcoin pioneer passes away

Submitted by brokenin2
brokenin2 writes: Hal Finney, the number two programmer for PGP and the first person to receive a Bitcoin transaction has passed away. From the article on Coindesk: "Shortly after collaborating with Nakamoto on early bitcoin code in 2009, Finney announced he was suffering from ALS. Increasing paralysis, which eventually became near-total, forced him to retire from work in early 2011."
Security

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say 280

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the brain-full-try-again-later dept.
An anonymous reader tipped us to news that Microsoft researchers have determined that reuse of the same password for low security services is safer than generating a unique password for each service. Quoting El Reg: Redmond researchers Dinei Florencio and Cormac Herley, together with Paul C. van Oorschot of Carleton University, Canada ... argue that password reuse on low risk websites is necessary in order for users to be able to remember unique and high entropy codes chosen for important sites. Users should therefore slap the same simple passwords across free websites that don't hold important information and save the tough and unique ones for banking websites and other repositories of high-value information. "The rapid decline of [password complexity as recall difficulty] increases suggests that, far from being unallowable, password re-use is a necessary and sensible tool in managing a portfolio," the trio wrote. "Re-use appears unavoidable if [complexity] must remain above some minimum and effort below some maximum." Not only do they recommend reusing passwords, but reusing bad passwords for low risks sites to minimize recall difficulty.

Comment: Re:work is survival (Score 2) 566

by deego (#46946123) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

> [Bay Area... hard to rent without proof of income]

How about we ask for some laws to address this problem? Seems like a good idea, right? Let's make more laws to try to solve a problem that was caused in the first place by... wait for it, previous bad laws!

Do you know why things are that way in the Bay Area? It's because do-gooders made it very hard to evict a deadbeat tenant, and a host of related bad laws..

Interfere with the free market, and the consequences will come back and bite us all. Of coures, then we can ask for more bad laws... till the cows come home.
 

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