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Comment: Re:Better question than "what's next" (Score 1) 83

by godel_56 (#49425259) Attached to: TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis

Instead of asking "what now", doesn't anyone wonder why TC chose to self-destruct, invoking its own canary and refusing to let anyone keep the name? If the devs just wanted out, they could have passed on the name to a blessed successor. Even if they wanted to act petty and protect the name for no good reason, they didn't need to invoke their canary. Something about this just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Hmm, if we question whether or not we can trust that the NSA didn't get to the original devs... How can we trust that they didn't get to the auditors? "Yup, all clear! Enjoy! (Can I have my kids back now, Mr. Suit?)"

We'll never know for certain but one theory is that, being just a couple of developers doing it in their own time for no money, and perhaps with family and other concerns, they just got sick of it. However it would have been nice if the bastards could have at least given us a clue as to why they left.

One big disappointment for me is that the audit did not cover the plausible deniability function of Truecrypt, something that could be crucial if you live in an authoritarian right wing state — such as the UK.

Comment: Wire heads (Score 1) 42

by godel_56 (#49253145) Attached to: Controlling Brain Activity With Magnetic Nanoparticles


. . . injected custom-made, 20-nanometer iron oxide particles into a region of the rodents' brains called the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a well-studied deep brain structure essential to the experience of reward, which plays a central role in disorders such as addiction and depression in people

Think of Larry Niven's "wire head' addicts and the Puppeteer's Tasp in Ring World. There are potentials for both private and governmental abuse.

Comment: Australians claim alzheimers breakthrough (Score 1) 299

by godel_56 (#49244989) Attached to: Sir Terry Pratchett Succumbs To "the Embuggerance," Aged 66

"AUSTRALIAN scientists have made a breakthrough in the treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that can restore memory loss. Researchers at the University of Queensland’s Brain Institute hope to trial a planned “cheap, mobile’’ ultrasound device for humans in two years after the technique was found to work on mice.

The drug-free treatment uses ultrasound waves to break apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that cause memory loss and cognitive decline." etc.


Oops, too late.

Comment: RTFA (Score 1) 131

by godel_56 (#49132357) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping
Although it would break with Slashdot tradition, I wish the complainers would read the fucking article. This product is designed to address ONE of the problems/duties associated with bee keeping.
The promoters clearly advise anyone without bee keeping experience to contact and join a bee keeping club if they don't know what they're doing. They clearly state that the hives will also have to be inspected for diseases, pests etc, but that's not the specific problem this product is designed to solve.

Comment: Re:LOL ... powering down ... (Score 1) 30

by godel_56 (#48879463) Attached to: Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles Users At Risk of Cyberattacks

We used to have a receptionist who would install pretty much anything from anywhere. Animated dinosaur cursors? Bring 'em on. A game? Make it so. She'd click any link, any button, anywhere.

Periodically it was just easier to wipe her machine, re-install from an image, and then let her destroy it again.

"For example, the researchers found that users who are more comfortable taking risks are also more susceptible to virus infections"

That also applies to real life and STDs. In that case anyone sleeping with your receptionist should use a lot of latex protection.,

Comment: Re:Depends on who is searching. (Score 1) 130

by godel_56 (#48741241) Attached to: Writers Say They Feel Censored By Surveillance

For example, if I wanted to see most recent documents, and I had appropriate workstations available, in about 10-15 minutes, if I though you were worthy of a deep search, by looking at date stamps and sector sparing tables for las sectors pared, and which files they are attributed to, I could likely find everything that changed on the disk from 5 days before you booked the ticket, up to now.

Even if things are encrypted, that's information, and there are exposed timestamps that could tell me if I should copy/confiscate for further examination, and/or find something incriminating to hold you personally on, or hold you on the suspicion of having done.

Bulk File Changer by NirSoft. howtogeek.com says "BFC was created to help you build file lists from multiple folders then edit their creation, modification, and last accessed times. You can also adjust the file attributes (Read Only, Hidden, and System). It also integrates seamlessly with Windows so that you can copy, paste, and move files around."


Also from Nirsoft is Folder Time Update http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/f... They are less than 150KB for the two of them.

Comment: Re:just do strength training (Score 1) 115

by godel_56 (#48673321) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

Use multi-joint barbell exercises like squats and deadlifts. They build bone density and stave off the effects of osteoporosis.

Or just drink some milk for the calcium and go for long walks when you're in your teenage years (especially for females), and of course later as well.
You could add some wrist and ankle weights to enhance the effect, oh, and get some sun for the vitamin D.

Our bones don't have to be as strong as our ancestors were, they just have to be strong enough to get us through our lifetimes without breaking down.

Comment: Re:America! (Score 4, Insightful) 230

by godel_56 (#48629891) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

In all seriousness, though, I think Sony ought to release the movie and I think everyone who believes in free speech ought to buy a ticket, whether they see it or not. Let's turn this movie into a blockbuster! That's the American thing to do! Well, at least back when Americans acted like Americans.

You've got to be joking! Everyone buys a ticket and gives a huge profit to Sony and Fox?

Fuck that, I don't think so.

Comment: Re:I love contextually useful ads. (Score 1) 69

by godel_56 (#48577567) Attached to: How Your In-Store Shopping Affects the Ads You See On Facebook

Bring it on Google and Facebook. Consolidate all of my data. Have at it. I sure as hell wasn't doing anything with it.

...just keep giving me predictive traffic, weather and restaurant options.

Hell, I may even let you read my mail :)

Heh. What makes you think you have the choice? They probably already are.

Comment: (Most) nuclear waste isn't waste. (Score 3, Interesting) 138

by godel_56 (#48481413) Attached to: Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

Most of the "waste" from pressurized water reactors still has about 97% of its extractable energy left in it. It could fairly easily be reprocessed and reused in a PWR again, or used almost as-is in the future generation IV design fast neutron reactors.

The reason most used fuel is not reprocessed now, apart from the NIMBY complaints about the processing plants, is that "virgin" fuel is so cheap and abundant that the small extra cost is not deemed to be worth it.

Comment: Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 2) 438

by godel_56 (#48462689) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't SSD's have a point where they put on too many write's per bit?

Tech Reportchecked a bunch of SSDs for write durability and virtually all of them made it to 600 terabytes of data writes or better.

For an ordinary desktop user, write durability is not a problem. Now what about storage durability? With 3 bits per cell, how long before the data fades?

Comparing information and knowledge is like asking whether the fatness of a pig is more or less green than the designated hitter rule." -- David Guaspari