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Comment: Re:Incoming international flights (Score 1) 683

by hweimer (#47407161) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Where have you ever been re-screened after boarding the first flight.

Just a few examples off the top of my head:

  • FRA always has re-screening when you change from non-Schengen to Schengen
  • MUC usually has re-screening right before the gate for US-bound flights
  • IIRC, SIN has re-screening at every gate
  • When you change between carriers that operate out of different terminals, you usually have re-screening because most airports do not have a connected security area.
  • Or, of course, if you have to change airports within a city, like the infamous LHR-LGW run

Comment: Re:interesting times... (Score 4, Insightful) 220

by hweimer (#47376255) Attached to: IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

so a lot of people think that there should be no gender seperation in shooting sport competitions, and I tend to agree. but for some reason, the top females can never quite break into the top levels with the top males.

This is simply not true. Margeret Murdock won a silver medal at the 1976 Olympics (she lost the battle for gold under very controversial circumstances) and set four individual world records. In the eighties, most shooting sports became gender-segregated, the only exceptions being skeet and trap, which became gender-segregated right after a woman (Zhang Shan) had won the gold medal in the skeet competition in 1992. There are other examples as well.

So, if today's women are no longer competitive with men, then that's certainly a consequence of gender segregation and not an argument for it.

Comment: Re:How does it work? (Score 3, Insightful) 247

by hweimer (#47202483) Attached to: Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

From what I understand, their goal as a SuperPAC is to pour money into congressional races to help reform candidates win, with the ultimate goal of having them pass campaign finance laws that limit the influence of SuperPACs.

So, the winning move for any candidate is to support reform until elected and then make a reversal and enjoy the windfall from the status quo. How are they going to prevent that?

Comment: Re:Linux really does have serious issues (Score 1) 293

by hweimer (#47044631) Attached to: Linux Sucks (Video)

Your issues have quite simple fixes:

Applications: Typical GNU/Linux distributions provide at least 10,000 packages. It's ridiculous to claim that "there is nothing on the OS that does what they want to do". Applications might be somewhat different from their Windows equivalents, but time spent on getting familiar with them is a better investment than fiddling around with Wine.

Hardware: Only buy stuff that has been certified to work with Linux. Easy.

Unity/Gnome 3: Well, if you don't like it, then don't use it. There are plenty of other distributions supporting alternative desktop environments.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 144

by hweimer (#46663111) Attached to: Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

Now if you could free ticket i would be downright impressed.

Free ticket is easy. Just buy a ticket online and use someone else's bank account data (which should work in most of Europe via SEPA direct debit). Bank account data is widely availabe on the web, as this is generally not thought to be highly sensitive information. If you do it shortly before the flight, the account holder will most likely not notice what's going on to have the ticket cancelled in time.

For bonus points, you can get the ticket issued under a pseudonym and alter the boarding pass to match your real name, so whenever you get asked for ID you won't get into trouble. The only thing where this won't work is when you want to check luggage (or, when flying to the U.S.), as there people will match your ID against what is actually stored in the airline's database.

Of course, if you do this without the bank account holder's consent, this is plain old direct debit fraud. So kids, don't do this at home.

Comment: Re:Beta Sucks (Score 1) 400

We live in an economy of mass computing, because it is way, way cheaper to perform a calculation on a mainframe than a microcomputer on your desk.

In areas where there really is mass computing (i.e., heavy number crunching), this statement is actually true.

Most of the arguments against 3D printers are essentially the same as though used against early microcomputers. Yes, those early microcomputers were never going to change the world, but their descendants sure have.

Microcomputers slaughtered mainframes in the marketplace because there was not widespread network for information transfer that mainframes could benefit from. Now we have this network and people are moving towards centralized computing facilities (the "cloud"). For physical goods, such distribution networks have been in place even longer so there's no economic benefit from switching to hyperlocal manufacturing.

Comment: Not gonna happen (Score 1, Insightful) 400

We live in an economy of mass production because it is way, way cheaper per unit to produce stuff in very large quantities. Even if 3D printing should become the way of manufucturing in the future, we'll still go the big-box retailer for our shoes and get a 3D-printed one from the shelf (or order them online) rather than printing them at home.

Comment: Re:SUSY isn't dead yet. (Score 3, Interesting) 138

by hweimer (#46405913) Attached to: The Rise and Fall of Supersymmetry

However, the observed Higgs mass of 126GeV is a sweet spot which allows the mass of the lightest SUSY particle to be far greater than the LHC can produce. It'll take a few more colliders before we can dismiss SUSY completely.

The main motivation behind SUSY is that it solves the fine-tuning problem associated with electroweak symmetry breaking. But if SUSY itself is fine-tuned, this solution creates the same problems that it was intended to solve.

BTW: The largest constraint on SUSY partner masses does not come from the $9bn LHC, but from the ACME collaboration's measurement of the electron electric dipole moment, a $6M tabletop atomic physics experiment.

Comment: Likely death not likely (Score 4, Informative) 104

by hweimer (#46358367) Attached to: Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

Death is a quite rare thing; ignoring age and other factors, the probability of someone to die within five years is less than 5%. Even when you belong to the top 20% in terms of risk, the probability of death is just 15%, so you're much more likely to be alive than dead after this time. And for what it's worth, the biomarkers are strongly correlated with other factors like "does this person have cancer?", so that in the end the authors say that their new model is just 4% better than previously used models.

Comment: Re:Can someone explain... (Score 3, Informative) 116

by hweimer (#46332337) Attached to: Complete Microsoft EMET Bypass Developed

As far as I can see, they do not rely on a specific IE vulnerability for inserting the payload, but they rely on a specific (and fixed) Windows vulnerability to bypass ASLR, which is a crucial component of EMET. They claim in a footnote that the "IE flaw could be modified to leak the base address of a DLL in another way", but they do not provide a working exploit that does so.

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