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+ - Rep. Anthony Weiner Framed via Yfrog Security Flaw-> 1

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" rel="nofollow">bughunter writes "According to evidence collected by blogger Joseph Cannon, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was the victim of a framing attempt using the Yfrog photo hosting service. Tipped off by EXIF data inconsistencies, Cannon began investigating possible explanations, and discovered that using an email trick, images can be inserted into a Yfrog user’s collection without their knowledge. Cannon also examines other evidence, direct and circumstantial, that points to the “discoverer” of the alleged lewd Tweet by Weiner as the one who planted the fraudulent photo. Says Cannon, “The framer did not hack into Weiner's account. There was no need for hacking. The framer used a much simpler, more ingenious scheme, involving a design flaw in the architecture of the application.”"
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Comment: I have a tablet, but no idea who else would use it (Score 2, Interesting) 553

by ilyag (#31552406) Attached to: 5 Reasons Tablets Suck, and You Won't Buy One

I use the tablet to take down mathematical lectures on it. It's very nice for lectures which use tons of math symbols and diagrams, especially because it doesn't clutter up my desk as much. I find it nicer to have tons of files that I almost never look at, than when I had tons of papers I almost never look at, then lost and couldn't find when I did need one.

However, I can't invent any other use for a tablet PC. If math lectures didn't have diagrams, I'd use Word or LaTeX. Typing is faster than writing on a tablet. Maybe art students have a use for it? Anybody know other uses?

Comment: Re:Extended? (Score 1) 133

by ilyag (#31062324) Attached to: Shuttle Endeavour Blasts Off For Space Station

Sure, the shuttle went to fix the Hubble, and it was great. But remember for how long before then NASA was waffling on whether to allow this mission, or cancel it because it's too dangerous to go someplace where you can't bail out to the space station? Even though this kind of missions are exactly what the Shuttle was designed to do?

I think it's pretty clear that even if the Shuttle stayed in service, it would only be going to the ISS from now on. Which would be as much a shame as them canceling it, if not more (tons of money would be spent on something pretty useless, and cheaper to do with expendable rockets).

Comment: Re:My brain/eyes are incompatible with 3D TV/movie (Score 1) 419

by ilyag (#30704748) Attached to: Hot Or Not — 3D TV

I had the same problem. However, I found it not too hard to teach myself to focus your sight where the director wants you to focus (i.e. on the sharpest objects). I felt a bit like a trained monkey doing this, but it quickly became automatic.

I think it's an interesting dilemma for the director. It is possible to make everything sharp (by making the aperture small, and the focal depth huge. Since most of the movie is computer-generated anyway, it'd be even easier). However, this will not look realistic in dimly-lit rooms, as there your eyes cannot naturally see everything sharply. Also, the 2D version of the movie will then look terrible, as in 2D the lack of sharpness is the main tool they can use to indicate distance to object.

Still, I'd be interested in seeing what a perfectly sharp 3D movie would look like. After all, with CG, they can make two versions: sharp 3D and normal 2D.

Comment: Re:Ava-who? (Score 1) 275

by ilyag (#30548616) Attached to: The Science of <em>Avatar</em>

I just want to point out that the movie has more merits than just the visuals. The design of everything is pitch perfect: every little detail of every little machine of the humans (or the giant spaceship they came in), every little creature of the alien jungle, even details of the culture of the natives are very well thought out, even the physics works better than in almost any other sci-fy movie I've seen. The whole enviroment of the alien world feels entirely believable, you truly feel immersed in it.

On the other hand, you are right that the plot is terrible. The charaters are bad, they don't even act like live people, and you can
predict what will happen 20 minutes into the movie. However, this does not change the fact that the movie is amazing - just think of it as a safari into an alien jungle.

This does, however, surprise me. Everything else in the movie is darn near perfect, why couldn't they put a tiny bit of effort into the scriptwriting? The same setting could house an amazing plot. If the authors thought that the plot is not the point, as I think they did, why couldn't they at least have a sense of humor about this? After all, they do poke fun at the one piece of physics that doesn't work, the "unobtanium"...

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