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Comment: Re:"Intelligence" is not earned. (Score 4, Interesting) 160

by digitalchinky (#47538035) Attached to: Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Malcolm Gladwell has an interesting take with his 10,000 hour theory. If you are passionate about something and you live and breath it for long enough, you obviously get good at it. Most people are not quite so fanatical - but this is a choice, meaning they could be if they wanted to. And what is intelligence anyway? How do you quantify it such that one person is born with more of it than someone else?

Comment: Re:Doesn't give warm fuzzies (Score 4, Interesting) 162

by digitalchinky (#47324073) Attached to: Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

I write medical imaging software, surounded by dozens of doctors every day that are not just out of earshot of the patients but sometimes not even in the same country. My sample size is obviously not representative of much at all, though at least in my tiny corner of the world the situation is the total opposite of what you describe. These people sigh and get upset when they see terminal disease, they cry when children are dying, they don't enjoy seeing people hurt and don't waste a second if it means life or death. They are often detached but they still care.

Don't mistake the human factor for doctors that are worried about getting sued because someone broke their pinky finger and had to wait for the guy having a heart attack to be treated first.

Comment: Re:But Terrizm! (Score 2) 233

by digitalchinky (#46667825) Attached to: Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

I'm a former electronic warfare drone (Australian Navy) - I worked with radar and satellite primarily, though I also covered a myriad of other RF systems.

With your logic you also need to discount the southerly route not just because Malaysia and Thailand did nothing, but also because Indonesia never saw the aircraft. Further, Australian agencies have said they never saw anything even though the entire region is bathed in OTH radar. Not a peep from Keeling or Christmas island.

It seems more logical (from my background) that the aircraft went north, though until it is found it would be far more appropriate to assume nothing. The Inmarsat analysis is interesting, but it isn't boiler plate and the lack of intermediate ping data fuels suspicion.

Comment: Re:ELINT tinfoil hat (Score 3, Interesting) 382

You don't need a tinfoil hat to know the theory is entirely within the realms of possibility. VHF ACARS could certainly be received by a LEO bird. It could also be received by a passive ground source just as easily. You can even build your own receiver for a few hundred $USD.

Comment: Re:Or... (Score 4, Insightful) 348

And you seem to have forgotten how to follow the money. Those profits don't come out of thin air. Public opinion is entirely within the interests of stockholders and company owners. When shareholders become absolute greedy fucks they need a smack upside the head so they get some perspective.

Comment: Re:App permissions (Score 1) 333

by digitalchinky (#46343579) Attached to: How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

They could, trivially, some do this quite well already. The problem is that android permissions are non-configurable without root so you either accept what you're told the app will use, or you don't install it. Thus developers make assumptions about what their application can do, they don't bother to catch exceptions because they assume (right or wrong) they don't need to.

Comment: Re:Ever wonder why US unscrambled GPS Signals. (Score 1) 144

by digitalchinky (#46089479) Attached to: NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data

Now let me demystify your comment good sir, this time with some actual facts: The FCC order doesn't explicitly require phones with GPS at all, it requires the telco ultimately provide 50ft accuracy on location, then by 2018 they'll issue a deadline on when any device capable of calling 911 requires GPS.


Comment: Re:Learn the basics (Score 3, Insightful) 387

by digitalchinky (#46035059) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

Correct. But, you could flip that around and ask yourself how many times during the last decade or so have you done things the harder way, or reinvented the wheel, because you didn't understand HTTP headers well enough to leverage existing functionality?

I write medical imaging software, most MR / CT studies have anywhere from one to a few thousand images, every server call you can avoid makes for a happy radiologist. This might mean wedging various DICOM fields in the headers when thumbnails are downloaded so you can rapidly populate the UI, build up annotation layers, sort thumbnail stacks, all kinds of cool stuff.

Comment: Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (Score 2) 684

by digitalchinky (#45878329) Attached to: Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

This comment comes up every single time there is anything vaguely related to weather. The drooling idiot is usually quite open minded with valid questions about the direction of change - warmer, colder, more extreme, is it natural, how much impact do humans have, and so on. (Sure, there is the odd troll too) Just in the past year it seems anyone that would question these predictions quickly gets tagged as a denier. I really don't get it.

Comment: Re:Time travelers not allowed to post prescient in (Score 1) 465

by digitalchinky (#45855085) Attached to: Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

All of this presumes a single timeline where those events occurred in the same way for all observers. What if there are a large number of parallel universes that follow through on all of those possible threads? It seems to me this would make the probability of detecting evidence of time travel so close to zero that it simply wouldn't be found.

Even if you could jump through time instantly, the earth isn't going to be where you left it anyway, tricky business to be in...

Comment: Re:Databases (Score 1) 383

by digitalchinky (#45693873) Attached to: NSA Has No Clue As To Scope of Snowden's Data Trove

Who watches the watchers? The same people that like to tell us there are checks and balances in place to prevent domestic spying? What makes you believe every device has an audit trail - or that every login is recorded?

Think of it this way, if a system was created in the 90's or 00's (On, for example, Solaris, or various flavors of UNIX) and still works perfectly fine, would you replace it? Would you disable things like RSH? Harden NIS / NFS and friends - there's a very long list of exploitable software. Or would you just do your best on the technical side and simply trust that the people you give positive vetted TS security clearances to are not going to do what Snowden did?

It's entirely conceivable that the NSA truly has no clue what the man had access to, and maybe never will.

"In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -- Carl Sagan, Cosmos