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Comment: Re:No way (Score 1) 386

by gibson_81 (#34979188) Attached to: Biotech Company Making Fossil Fuels With a 'Library' of Bacteria

Yeah, you can produce hydrocarbons using H2O, CO2 and photosynthesizing organisms. But those organisms do need other nutrients, so the "no feedstock" bit can't be true.

I believe they call it "no feedstock" because those materials aren't used in the fuel you extract - unlike other bacteria who use the hydrocarbons from a feedstock to produce the fuel.

Comment: Re:One of the women has links to anti-Castro group (Score 1) 840

by gibson_81 (#34618400) Attached to: Assange Secret Swedish Police Report Leaked
"Leftist" indeed. Not leftist though. The social democrats and the moderates were traditionally the biggest parties for left/right politics, but now they are both moving towards a middle point somewhere to the right of where the old center used to be. (Moderates are changing their rhethoric to be more appealing to workers, while still running a policy that's a lot better for people with high incomes, while the social democrats are copying the moderate ideas and recently said that they must stop trying to be a voice for unemployed or too-sick-to-work people)

Comment: Re:Assange also claimed a poison pill if arrested (Score 1) 467

by gibson_81 (#34600718) Attached to: Bank of America Cuts Off Wikileaks Transactions

Also, since some of your politicians have suggested killing Assange we could not extradite him if there was any danger of this happening. Almost all countries in Europe (UK and Sweden definitely anyway) consider the death penalty to be so barbaric that we refuse to extradite people to face it regardless of the crime they are accused of.

Oh yeah, cause we Swedes care so much about not turning over people to countries where they might be killed or tortured (1). And Sweden will surely stand up to the US when informal requests are made to handle the issue (2).

Can't seem to paste in the links for some reason, but for (1) Google for "extradition egypt torture sweden". As for (2), remember what happened to the Pirate Bay servers here in Sweden?

Comment: Re:Conservatives against Wikileaks.. (Score 1) 810

by gibson_81 (#34467822) Attached to: Digging Into the WikiLeaks Cables

> The easiest way to protect yourself from Wikileaks is to ensure your
> organization doesn't do anything worth leaking. Simple as that.

Are you trying to say, "If your organization has done nothing wrong, you've nothing to fear from Wikileaks."??

Seems to me that my government has been saying that kind of thing to me, as they extend their surveillance powers.

This has more to do with the power imbalance between the individual and his/her government than the exposition of moral wrongs. Today's societies work by the state holding a monopoly on violence. To make up for this imbalance, the individual person has a much greater right to secrecy than the state does. While there is to a large degree an unfortunate mixing of public and private regarding e.g. politicians not paying taxes for their housekeepers, the government should be held to a higher standard than the individual, because when it steps outside its boundaries, the government can cause much more damage.

Comment: Re:not rape, not worth "international arrest warra (Score 1) 810

by gibson_81 (#34467674) Attached to: Digging Into the WikiLeaks Cables

It's not rape because he didn't have a condom, it's rape because he had a condom on that broke during intercourse, the woman claims she told him to stop, and he didn't. In my book, if the woman tells you to stop and you don't, then yes, that does qualify as rape. Of course to this date only Assange and the woman in question know what actually happened that night, but there's definitely grounds for the police to suspect him of rape.

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In this particular instance, I do believe that this has more to do with his connection to Wikipedia than his connection with these two Swedish women, but rape trials are hard enough on the defendant without that kind of stories being spread around.

Comment: Re:And they told us consolodation was good... (Score 1) 738

by gibson_81 (#31796408) Attached to: Verizon CEO Says "We Will Hunt Heavy Users Down"

>>>the teabaggers would go apeshit if the US-DOJ Antitrust stepped in and forced another set of breakups in telecom

No I wouldn't.

The breakup of AT&T Monopoly was one of the best things to happen, but only because it gave us choice in our telephone services. If the Comcast or Verizon Monopoly are broken apart, what would it achieve? We'd still be stuck with just one cable down the middle of the street.

What we really need is 10-20 cables running down the middle of the street, each one offering a different ISP. Imagine the present: Comcast or Verizon. Imagine the future: Comcast or Cox or Time-Warner or AppleTV or MSN or Verizon or Quest or Mediacom or Google ISP or.....

Of course that won't happen so long as local governments keep insisting upon holding a monopoly.

No, what you really need is one cable running down the street, operated as a government utility like the road itself is. Then you let anyone set up shop as ISP and run traffic over that cable. Individual cables mean it's more expensive to startup a competing business, which in turn gives you as a customer a higher price for less service.

Comment: Re:Converts to energy? Burns? Or fissions? (Score 1) 344

by gibson_81 (#31581088) Attached to: Planned Nuclear Reactors Will Destroy Atomic Waste

Not really.

With combustion, you have the same amount of matter you started with. What you are doing is releasing energy tied up in the chemical bonds.

Yes really.

E=mc^2 works both ways, you know. The high-energy bonds in gasoline have a greater mass than the bonds that plop out the other end.

Comment: Re:That makes sense (Score 1) 265

by gibson_81 (#31580728) Attached to: Study Shows People In Power Make Better Liars

How can anyone say with a straight face that a progressive tax is more fair than a flat tax? All else being equal. (If it's not, then that is what we should focus on fixing)

Easy, when you include the costs of living as well. Someone making $100k a year has a lot less money after rent/housing tax and food than someone making $1m, even if the first person pays 20% tax and the second person pays 40% tax. A roof over your head and food on the table is not an optional expense or some kind of luxury that you can forego when times are lean.

And despite what some people here on /. seem to think, the US is not willing to let its people starve to death in the streets (at least not en masse), so with a flat tax you would simply have more people depending on welfare, meaning the flat tax rate has to be made higher to pay for that ... Spread out over the entire population, you'd have a group that owes more in taxes than they have left after food and rent is payed.

Net effect: people who earn more money would pay more than the original percentage in tax anyway, so why not use a progressive tax rate from the start and at the same time have fewer people dependent on the government for their daily survival?

Comment: regarding SoD (Score 1) 286

by gibson_81 (#31440136) Attached to: An Early Look At <em>Civilization V</em>

If a player has the industrial muscle to build one, what whine is that of yours? Build your own stack of doom to counter it, or shut up and lose.

Disclaimer; it's been a while since I hung out on the fan forums, but here's my impression of why SoDs are unpopular: it's the AI handicap.

Sure, on lower levels (noble, prince, monarch) it's not a big issue, cause the AI only gets a small bonus. But when you get up to emperor or immortal, it's very hard to keep up. Not only are the AI armies cheaper to build, they are cheaper to maintain as well. Trying to keep up with Monty or Shaka past the medieval age is a good way to see your economy grind to a halt.

Comment: Re:Changing the voltage supply req. HW access, rig (Score 1) 173

by gibson_81 (#31368902) Attached to: Researchers Find Way To Zap RSA Algorithm

If, on the other hand, you can guess the private crypto keys out of a DRMed PMP just by clipping a 15 dollar device from some shady mod-chip vendor to the recharging port and waiting a few days, heads will roll. There are a lot of devices these days that are designed to keep keys secret from the owners of the hardware. Particularly for common ones, voltage attack devices might well become fairly common advanced hobbyist and/or grey market items...

Worth noticing is that the 100 hours mentioned in TFS was on a 81-box cluster. They estimated it to be about a year on a 2.4GHz CPU. Of course, for the purposes of cracking DRM keys, it is not unreasonable to imagine a distributed network cooperating.

More interesting, in my opinion, was that it has 50% chance to guess the key in O(n * log n) time, and their example needed only 650 faulty messages (extrapolating from a 12% single-bit-error rate, it should work with a bit over 5000 total messages generated).

Comment: What a shocker (Score 1) 231

by gibson_81 (#31285652) Attached to: IBM Claims Breakthrough Energy-Efficient Algorithm

From TFS:
"reduces the computational complexity[...]by two orders of magnitude[...]
Additionally, the process used just one percent of the energy that would typically be required"
Well, duh, what's so shocking about a computation taking 1% of the time previously needed now only takes 1% of the energy as well?

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