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Comment: Re:That almost smells like... (Score 1) 85

by dex22 (#47883321) Attached to: Mining iPhones and iCloud For Data With Forensic Tools


It seems contrary of us as an audience to find so much difficulty with solving these problems. Yet at the same time we're roundly condemn Apple for their solution that has, so far, worked for over 99.999% of users. It's easy for us to throw stones, but when we look at what they have done and how they can improve it, it turns into a scrappy brawl of slashdottian proportions. :)

As a peanut gallery, we are a tough crowd ;)

Comment: Re:That almost smells like... (Score 2) 85

by dex22 (#47882487) Attached to: Mining iPhones and iCloud For Data With Forensic Tools

If they abstract the fingertip so there's a granular range of maybe 10,000 possibilities, it would have the same security as a 4 digit pin and an attacker would only have a 1:10,000 chance per attempt of hacking the fingerprint. That's within the realm of being anonymous enough to not exclusively identify, yet difficult enough to not easily reproduce. It's also a course enough granulation that a person can achieve the same result with their same fingerprint on a new phone.

It looks like we're in violent agreement ;)

Comment: Re:This probably ignores cost of decommissioning (Score 3, Informative) 409

If you read the article and linked information, you'd know they included decommissioning costs, plus costs related to accidents and insurance costs. Also, many nuclear power stations have been fully decommissioned. A surprising number of them are now greenfield sites in the US.

Comment: Constructive approaches... (Score 5, Insightful) 552

by dex22 (#47074987) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

I'm truly sorry for what has happened.

Many people are addressing how to communicate, but few are addressing what to communicate. At this time, your sister-in-law is tired, afraid, and a new mom. Her mental stamina is low and she is trying to heal. Making it harder, her potential to heal won't be apparent immediately, and can take several weeks or months to show.

Let her spend time with the baby. If things go badly this may be her crowning achievement, and if things go well, this may be her greatest mental uplift giving her the energy to heal.

Spend time listening as well as talking with her. Always give her comments to you priority over your comments to her. If her time is limited, there's much she will want to say - you have to let her get it out.

Just take things day by day. There will be good days and bad days. Bad days can actually be good news - healing is tiring, and while her brain swelling goes down and she recovers she will be extra tired. As parts of her brain switch back on and fumble to find their mental feet, she will sometimes seem off-balance.

Finally, given the affected area, modify your expectations of touch. Contact is important, but it should be somewhere she is connected to. If she can't move or feel her hands (which are two quite separate things) but she can move her eyelids, contact with her face might work better. Give her a say in that - she will guide you. Touch and intimacy are vital to her wellbeing.

I hope she makes a full recovery. She may well not. Take what you can get, listen to her, and do the best you can as a family to work with what you now have.

Congratulations on the new baby. I hope they will grow to know and enjoy their mother.


Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Could Actually Be Group From Europe 186

Posted by samzenpus
from the we-are-legion dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto could be a group from Europe which has a strong footing in the financial sector. From the article: 'Josh Zerlan, the Chief Operating Officer of Butterfly Labs and a person familiar with the Bitcoin network, has said it is highly likely that Nakamoto could be a group of people working the financial sector. Speaking to IBTimes UK on the sidelines of a Global Bitcoin Conference in Bangalore, India, Zerlan said: "One of the prevailing theories, I think has credibility, is that it was some group of people from financial sector that created this. They released it and stepped back and let it go. So, Satoshi Nakamoto is a group of people, I think, is a reasonable possibility."'"

Comment: Re:Lesson #1: (Score 1) 501

by dex22 (#45124453) Attached to: Lessons From the Fiasco

I wrote a tasteful missive about the dangers of politicians of all creeds, stripes, colors. When it came time to click "submit" I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Modern politics is brought to us by the Seventh Circle of Hell. I laugh so that I do not cry.

The first steps of progress in making things better would be if one party gained some competence, and the other turned off their Petty Hate Machine(tm). You, humble reader, can decide which party is which. Choose the one that makes you happiest and upmod accordingly ;)

My idea of roughing it turning the air conditioner too low.