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Comment: Re:Sanctions (Score 1) 155

by jabuzz (#49117731) Attached to: NSA, GHCQ Implicated In SIM Encryption Hack

Wrong, the EU courts don't have jurisdiction over this in the case of the U.K. Even worse the EU courts have insufficient evidence to even bring a case. All they have is a document that allegedly claims this which at best case scenario was stolen by someone now on the run. Good luck bringing a case on that evidence. So the EU courts simply can't fine the UK or the USA because without further evidence all we have is a circumstantial claim.

Further any attempt to take money from the USA government by taking from US based companies would be illegal under international law, and is simply not going to happen.

Comment: Re:Sanctions (Score 3, Insightful) 155

by jabuzz (#49112457) Attached to: NSA, GHCQ Implicated In SIM Encryption Hack

Except in the case of the U.K. trade sanctions from other E.U. member states are simply not permissible. I would also doubt the USA would introduce sanctions against the UK on this one, and E.U. sanctions against the USA would require approval from the UK which I doubt they are going to give. That's 45% of the worlds GDP locked in right there.

Good luck on that plan.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 2) 677

by jabuzz (#49110335) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

I would go further. Unless you understand how floating point numbers work then you should stay away from doing anything with them; period. Even then doing anything mathematical without a good grounding in numerical analysis is a none starter.

Unfortunately most CS graduates don't have the faintest clue about numerical analysis.

Comment: Re:Apple got it right (Score 1) 62

by jabuzz (#49094811) Attached to: Samsung Takes On Apple Pay By Acquiring Mobile Wallet Startup LoopPay

Except that the market in contactless payment outside the USA has already been sown up. So while ApplePay might get traction in the USA, in the rest of the world it is very unlikely to get any significant traction.

Then again the USA has been a third world country when it comes to credit/debit card technology for some time.

Comment: Re:Voluntary vs mandated kill switch (Score 1) 190

by jabuzz (#49032005) Attached to: Smartphone Theft Drops After Spread of Kill Switches

Actually you could put a kill switch in the screen, so that it no longer worked. There is electronics in there that could be disabled. You could do the same for a battery as well, and you certainly can do it for the main board.

It won't work for the case, but if you have removed the value of the screen, battery and main board the residual parts value is probably too low to make it worth a thief's while to steal if to part out.

Comment: Re:well (Score 1) 418

Yeah I never understood that, why try and recover the clock signal from the data stream? If I where designing it I would have my DAC monitor the stream to calculate what the clock signal is supposed to be then generate my own dam clock signal. Let's face it there is only a handful of possible clock signals.

For that audiophile approach I would then today use a chip scale caesium atomic clock for two orders of magnitude better accuracy than an oven controlled crystal oscillator to generate my internal clock signal.

Then again high end audio gear is all done wrong in my view. For starters anything not using a modern switch mode power supply operating at 120kHz+ is a piece of shit design by someone who is stuck in the past. Basically mains hum, what dam mains hum. Sure a 20kHz SMPS is a bad idea in audio kit, but the world has moved on and SMPS that operate well outside the audible range are common place today.

Comment: Re:Caught flat-footed... (Score 2) 129

by jabuzz (#49021739) Attached to: The Technologies That Betrayed Silk Road's Anonymity

It looks to me that the biggest goof he made was using the Altoid pseudonym more than once, and on one occasion leaving an obvious connection to himself. After that it was mainly just patience on behalf of the law enforcement officers. If he had not made that crucial mistake they probably would still not have any idea who dreadpirateroberts was.

Comment: Re:The problem is the "social sciences". (Score 1) 493

Rubbish. Firstly even hard sciences like biology suffer from a lack of experimental rigour. Coming from a physics background "if it ain't repeatable it ain't real" is the basic mantra. Even this basic tenant does not hold in bio-sciences, let alone social sciences. Believe me I worked in one of the worlds leading university bioscience departments in I.T. support and the view that your results where valid even if you could not repeat your experiments was widespread and pervasive.

As for social sciences, well the idea that you could run an experiment to determine if "phonics" or "whole language" was the better method to teach children to read English is clearly an anathema due to the on going "wars" over which is best.

When I suggested it to me sister while she was doing her teacher training, her response was but it depends on the child, with some suited to phonics and some to whole language, completely missing the point that on *average* one method might lead to higher reading ages than the other and you could perform an experiment to determine which if either was statistically better.

Comment: Re: Guy allegedly does something stupid (Score 1) 327

by jabuzz (#49017523) Attached to: Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas

Except if nobody is dead then you cannot have attempted manslaughter (at least in England and Wales), see R vs. Creamer 1966, the court said that attempted manslaughter is not an offence known to law. Manslaughter is killing someone without the intention to kill them, so it is a logical fallacy to attempt to do that.

Regardless "swatting" is certainly an offence of reckless endangerment in the USA, or .

Comment: Re:Kinetic has problems with indirect fire ... (Score 1) 517

by jabuzz (#49008243) Attached to: The US Navy Wants More Railguns and Lasers, Less Gunpowder

Still a complete and utter physics failure. The point about escape velocity is anything below escape velocity will return back to the earth surface.

The vertical component of the "muzzle" velocity will be more or less preserved, so if you shoot upwards all that kinetic energy gets converted to potential energy, and then gravity takes over and it all gets converted back to kinetic energy. Yes there is losses due to air resistance, but indirect fire with a hypersonic inert projectile DOES NOT REQUIRE EXPLOSIVES.

Anyone who thinks it does is a blithering moronic twit who clearly knows jack shit about physics. You get some right idiots on slashdot.

Comment: Re:Kinetic has problems with indirect fire ... (Score 0) 517

by jabuzz (#48997579) Attached to: The US Navy Wants More Railguns and Lasers, Less Gunpowder

Oh boy, physics 101 failure. The escape velocity of earth at sea level is roughly 11200 m/s. Anything less will fall back to earth with roughly the same speed. The rail guns the US Navy are looking for have a muzzle velocity in the region of 6000m/s which is well below escape velocity. They are looking for a range in 200nmi or 370km which is well over the horizon.

Comment: Re:Since when is AMT controversial? (Score 1) 179

by jabuzz (#48938591) Attached to: FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

I don't trust the locksmith. So I actually fit the lock myself, and when it comes to getting keys cut the locksmith has no idea where the lock for the key I am getting cut is going to be located because I don't tell them or even give them my home address. In fact they don't even know my name because I paid in cash.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.