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Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 1) 281

by hAckz0r (#47961005) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
I doesn't need to be *that* old, just not the latest model. It is a known fact, from a previous SD article, that older models slow down when a new iphone is released, which always coincides with a bright new shiny OS upgrade. If you upgrade the older hardware to keep up with the Jone's you are likely to have a slower phone,ipod, or ipad after you are done.

Comment: Re:Challenge accepted! (Score 1) 343

by hAckz0r (#47949825) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'
So true. At the end of the day it only takes a single copy of non-drm'ed music file to hit the street and all the Billions they spend to lock it down are wasted. Basic problem: You give the buyer the data, and you give them the key to read the data, and then ask them nicely (via leagal threats) to not put the two together in a way that is not authorized. Like that will ever happen. You only need one pissed off geek that can't play their newly purchased music to make it all worthless by providing a single download of that music file as a simple mp3. Hell, you can plug your speaker wires into another console to record it. Game over. I've personally never seen a system I couldn't break, but then I'm too honest to be that one pissed off geek. There are so many others out there that are not as honest.

What is the point to "interactive music" anyway. I like to listen to music, not hold a conversation with it. Why would I even want this? Its just a solution looking for a problem.

Comment: Resources (Score 1) 230

by hAckz0r (#47938611) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?
I have several suggestions from the things I do to stay on top of things. I have limited time to devote to my passion but there are things you can do to multitask.

Podcasts: pick up a used ipod and subscribe to the astronomy related podcasts.

Kindle: get a used kindle that has the bubble-type keyboard, and let it read books and papers to you. The keyboard lets you start/stop the reader without looking, for in the car use. Download Calibre application and convert online/document resources and copy them to the kindle. You are not stuck with just Amazon eBooks, but many of them are good.

When online use an RSS reader and connecty to the publications feeds: e.g. http://physics.stackexchange.c... and many blogs!

Comment: From reading the service agreement (Score 2) 418

by hAckz0r (#47908639) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor
They can prevent you from allowing others to connect into a service you are providing. Public Tor servers (aka entry/exit nodes) would thus be against the user agreement and likely result in termination of services. Running the client portion should not run afoul of that agreement. (ianal)

They would first need to prove illegal activity is happening, and that would be difficult, but then there are known exploits for some Tor applications that can be used to leak data which can give away this kind of evedence of your activity. The question is, would they go through the trouble to inject these exploits into your system so that they can find out what you are doing? Like unsecured DNS, or injections of web bugs into your open http traffic. That sounds illegal to me, and a clear invasion of privacy. Privacy is exasctly the reason for using Tor in the first place, so don't expect those kinds of users to sit back and say nothing when terminated.

Comment: What we need for efficiency (Score 1) 168

by hAckz0r (#47685261) Attached to: Processors and the Limits of Physics
The human brain is a marvel of technology. Brain waves move through it as waves of activity. It only consumes (most) energy where the wave of intensified activity is passing through it. If a 3d circuit could be made to sense when a signal is incoming then it could be more efficient. In this paradigm its no 1's and 0's, but rather circuit on vs circuit off. In addition, if you could turn those on/off cycles into charge pump circuits then you could essentially recycle the a partial of that charge and reuse it in a casade like or layered circuit. I believe Sun Micro was working on one such design, but the cost benifits were not there at the time to make it to production. Things have changed.

Comment: Re:Answer needed (Score 1) 390

by hAckz0r (#47484641) Attached to: Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa
This is fine. If Verizon wants to increase *my* bill because of my bandwidth is higher, then you and I have no problem. I pay more for that bandwidth. That is an open market system. But that is based on my bandwidth usage and not by increasing the cost of a competitor. If I were instead downloading Gigabytes of anything else, again Verizon would have the right to charge *me* more money.

Charging Netflix money just to connect is anti-competitive, because both companies sell the same service, only one is the gatekeeper to the customer. If anyone gets charged more for my bandwidth it should be me, and only me. I then get to choose who I use to connect to the Internet. If Verizon raises my rate I have the right to go shopping. If they rise the rate for Netflix that is extortion, and Netflix doesn't get to go shopping for a better source of customers. it doesn't work that way, and there are laws against that sort of thing. Why Congress doesn't get it is a mystery to me.

Comment: Re:Answer needed (Score 1) 390

by hAckz0r (#47482311) Attached to: Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa
How about because customers are paying them for Internet service, and going to Netflix is where they want to go? People don't want to pay for bad service do they? The real problem here is Verizon is a competitor to Netflix, and Verizon is not only being allowed to be anti-competitive but also hoping to get paid for it.

Comment: Re:We've observed and created antiparticles (Score 1) 214

by hAckz0r (#47475707) Attached to: Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe
No, I think the next step is likely that someone will 'mathematically prove' that you can have anti-energy or something cruft like that, to explain away Dark Energy. Where the word 'prove' actually means 'infer' from some magical fantasy land mathematical contortions. Once you divest yourself from the physical reality you can twist equations around to do many impossible things. Why so many people invent fantasy to try and explain away actual evidence is beyond me. At least with anti-matter we have actual evidence of it. We can create it, and experiment with it. Its physical.

You just can't do that with Dark Matter or Gravity waves, because they simply don't exist. General Relativity is thermodynamically incomplete as a theory and no amount of fantasy-like invention is going to compensate for an incorrect/incomplete theory.

Comment: Move along, nothing to see here... (Score 2) 122

by hAckz0r (#47470679) Attached to: Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia
Maxwel Smart agent 86 just prevented KAOS from turning their Super-laser on to the US Capital building last year. Unfortunately, as usual, he tripped over the power cord and spun the lazer around and blew a 40 meter hole in the USSR Siberian outback before his food tangled and pulled out the power cord. That incident of course caused a fair amount of damage and eventually forced the KAOS spaceship to perform an emergancy landing right behind the CONTROL building parking lot. Furtunatly 99 prevented Hyimie from repairing the craft which would have allowed the KAOS agents to excape. The Chief is in protracted negotiations with the Kremlin over the loss of the summer vacation home that was said to be on that property.

I'm guessing that less than 2% of you know probably what the heck I'm talking about here.

Comment: Another giant leap? (Score 2) 91

by hAckz0r (#47468335) Attached to: Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass
By leap I mean assumptions, not 'getting ahead'. How does one go from proving that a Higgs CAN decay into fermions, in accordance to the math of the standard model, all the way to saying that the Higgs is responsible for creating mass in general? What is the proof of any connection here? Yes, a fermion will have some mass, but how do they manage to jump to the conclusion that the Higgs creates the mass of all particles? I've looked a the paper and still don't see any connection. Looks like another overly sensational headline to me.

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