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Comment: Re:What does the hidden object see? (Score 1) 59

by gnu-sucks (#48021901) Attached to: Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking

A complete blur on both sides. Since the light is extremely convergent, it won't make any sense to the eye.

These are the same optics in a telescope, by the way. If you were to look inside a telescope without the eyepiece, you'd get the idea right away of how it would look to be in the middle of this "new" idea.

Comment: Re:Keep It Simple (Score 1) 191

by gnu-sucks (#47996815) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

Ok, but how important is it to keep passwords secure to a textbook website or an iPad? Maybe if someone steels Johnny's textbook password then the teacher can just go in a reset it?

Let's keep things in perspective here, these are not banking passwords or social security numbers. These passwords are only used to identify individuals for the purpose of individualizing the presentation of information. Nothing of value, especially to an identity thief (and especially to a fellow 6-year-old student) can be lost.

Comment: Here is the text (Score 3, Informative) 203

by gnu-sucks (#47963725) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

It's not in the linked article, but here is the interesting part of the new rules: creators have to refund remaining money, and have to post status updates.

Read it here:
If a creator is unable to complete their project and fulfill rewards, theyâ(TM)ve failed to live up to the basic obligations of this agreement. To right this, they must make every reasonable effort to find another way of bringing the project to the best possible conclusion for backers. A creator in this position has only remedied the situation and met their obligations to backers if:

they post an update that explains what work has been done, how funds were used, and what prevents them from finishing the project as planned;
they work diligently and in good faith to bring the project to the best possible conclusion in a timeframe thatâ(TM)s communicated to backers;
theyâ(TM)re able to demonstrate that theyâ(TM)ve used funds appropriately and made every reasonable effort to complete the project as promised;
theyâ(TM)ve been honest, and have made no material misrepresentations in their communication to backers; and
they offer to return any remaining funds to backers who have not received their reward (in proportion to the amounts pledged), or else explain how those funds will be used to complete the project in some alternate form.

Comment: What could possibly go wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 241

by gnu-sucks (#47948527) Attached to: Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

People forget how much we depend on the internet for basic things. (Writing from a USA perspective).

Without the internet, suddenly all the Cisco phones can't check in daily. The windows computers freeze up during windows update (imagine if he flips the switch *during* an update), cash registers can't authenticate credit cards, most iPhone apps fail (maps!)...

Is Russia as internet-dependent as we are?

Comment: Nothing! (Score 1) 286

by gnu-sucks (#47942687) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Except for a flash drive in a router. I guess these days internet hosting and connection speeds have become so much more affordable and overall better that it doesn't make sense to archive the world at your house.

A few years back it was a different story:
SGI Challenge 12 CPU IRIX machine
Sun UltraSPARC
K6-2/500 with Debian Linux (or FreeBSD, depends on what year)
P3-? with NetBSD
Plus probably 5-6 random computers.. iMac here, dell there, etc.

Comment: Closed source (Score 1) 504

by gnu-sucks (#47939695) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

iOS is closed-source. As is the hardware.

Until there are a few independent source audits (unlikely), we only have Apple's word to go on. Nobody wishing to hide anything should trust the "word" of a corporation that their device is encrypted safely.

Is anyone stupid enough to believe this?

Having said that, even if it is true, the fingerprint reader is a lot easier to fool, and the government has experience with fingerprints. So maybe that makes the passcode irrelevant.

Comment: Re:Whenever I read stuff like this (Score 1) 223

by gnu-sucks (#47886779) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

And all the rest of them. For once both parties "worked together", and indeed, they accomplished their goals. Now we rely on and fear of big brother more than ever. Job well done.


357 from the house, and these wonderful 98 from the senate:

Akaka (D-HI), Yea,Allard (R-CO), Yea,Allen (R-VA), Yea,Baucus (D-MT), Yea,Bayh (D-IN), Yea,Bennett (R-UT), Yea,Biden (D-DE), Yea,Bingaman (D-NM), Yea,Bond (R-MO), Yea,Boxer (D-CA), Yea,Breaux (D-LA), Yea,Brownback (R-KS), Yea,Bunning (R-KY), Yea,Burns (R-MT), Yea,Byrd (D-WV), Yea,Campbell (R-CO), Yea,Cantwell (D-WA), Yea,Carnahan (D-MO), Yea,Carper (D-DE), Yea,Chafee (R-RI), Yea,Cleland (D-GA), Yea,Clinton (D-NY), Yea,Cochran (R-MS), Yea,Collins (R-ME), Yea,Conrad (D-ND), Yea,Corzine (D-NJ), Yea,Craig (R-ID), Yea,Crapo (R-ID), Yea,Daschle (D-SD), Yea,Dayton (D-MN), Yea,DeWine (R-OH), Yea, Dodd (D-CT), Yea,Domenici (R-NM), Yea,Dorgan (D-ND), Yea,Durbin (D-IL), Yea,Edwards (D-NC), Yea,Ensign (R-NV), Yea,Enzi (R-WY), Yea,Feinstein (D-CA), Yea,Fitzgerald (R-IL), Yea,Frist (R-TN), Yea,Graham (D-FL), Yea,Gramm (R-TX), Yea,Grassley (R-IA), Yea,Gregg (R-NH), Yea,Hagel (R-NE), Yea,Harkin (D-IA), Yea,Hatch (R-UT), Yea,Helms (R-NC), Yea,Hollings (D-SC), Yea,Hutchinson (R-AR), Yea,Hutchison (R-TX), Yea,Inhofe (R-OK), Yea,Inouye (D-HI), Yea,Jeffords (I-VT), Yea,Johnson (D-SD), Yea,Kennedy (D-MA), Yea,Kerry (D-MA), Yea,Kohl (D-WI), Yea,Kyl (R-AZ), Yea,Leahy (D-VT), Yea,Levin (D-MI), Yea,Lieberman (D-CT), Yea,Lincoln (D-AR), Yea, ,,,Lott (R-MS), Yea,Lugar (R-IN), Yea,McCain (R-AZ), Yea,McConnell (R-KY), Yea,Mikulski (D-MD), Yea,Miller (D-GA), Yea,Murkowski (R-AK), Yea,Murray (D-WA), Yea,Nelson (D-FL), Yea,Nelson (D-NE), Yea,Nickles (R-OK), Yea,Reed (D-RI), Yea,Reid (D-NV), Yea,Roberts (R-KS), Yea,Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea,Santorum (R-PA), Yea,Sarbanes (D-MD), Yea,Schumer (D-NY), Yea,Sessions (R-AL), Yea,Shelby (R-AL), Yea,Smith (R-NH), Yea,Smith (R-OR), Yea,Snowe (R-ME), Yea,Specter (R-PA), Yea,Stabenow (D-MI), Yea,Stevens (R-AK), Yea,Thomas (R-WY), Yea,Thompson (R-TN), Yea,Thurmond (R-SC), Yea,Torricelli (D-NJ), Yea,Voinovich (R-OH), Yea,Warner (R-VA), Yea,Wellstone (D-MN), Yea,Wyden (D-OR), Yea

Comment: Re:All doublespeak (Score 2) 223

by gnu-sucks (#47886745) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

Big brother gave a speech and named the latest/newest foreign enemy of America. The crowds cheered. The inner party clapped feverishly. The media (ministry of truth) immediately launched new stories and interviews supporting big brother's speech. The lower class bought it hook and sinker.

There were no laws needed. Big brother decided what was right and what was wrong. If you had an independent thought and were deemed too intelligent, you simply vaporized. You could never tell exactly when they were listening...

Go read 1984.pdf. NOW.

Comment: Re:TI calculators are not outdated, just overprice (Score 1) 359

by gnu-sucks (#47829511) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

A lot longer. The parent's post about kids not using the 10^x function is, of course, all about entering the data in incorrectly. Which is about their lack of understanding in order of operations. However...

On an HP:
4 [enter]
2E3 [divide]

It's not too bad, and now that I do things that way, I am somewhat handicapped when it comes to other calculators...

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