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Comment: Re:What about tetrachromate women ? (Score 0) 176

It is most likely an RGB display, so its color gamut would be limited to what can be made out of those three wavelengths, and not anywhere close to 94% of "nature's true palette". Seriously, if Apple made that claim about a display, they would be a hundred posts by now mercilessly mocking them.

Android

New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure 249

Posted by Soulskill
from the this-app-is-requesting-permission-to-shock-you-with-a-tazer dept.
capedgirardeau writes: An update to the Google Play store now groups app permissions into collections of related permissions, making them much less fine grained and potentially misleading for users. For example, the SMS permissions group would allow an app access to both reading and sending SMS messages. The problem is that once an app has access to the group of permissions, it can make use of any of the allowed actions at any time without ever informing the user. As Google explains: "It's a good idea to review permissions groups before downloading an app. Once you've allowed an app to access a permissions group, the app may use any of the individual permissions that are part of that group. You won't need to manually approve individual permissions updates that belong to a permissions group you've already accepted."

Comment: Bad Thermostat Placement (Score 1) 216

by jpatters (#47024467) Attached to: Who controls the HVAC at work?

Often the problem is that the theremostat is not placed anywhere that makes sense.

One place I used to work, I discovered, through trial and error, that the temperature in one room was controlled by a thermostat in a totally disconnected workspace. Since the people in the workspace always wanted it warmer, the temperature in the disconnected room (which was basically sealed off behind a big thick locked door) would run away to 85 or 90, which would cause the temperature in the refrigerator in that room to go out of spec.

Fun times.

Comment: Many-worlds (Score 1) 608

by jpatters (#46839027) Attached to: Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

If the Many-worlds interpretation is correct, then it should be no surprise that we find ourselves existing in a world in which we have avoided an extinction catastrophe. If that outcome is sufficiently rare, then we should not expect to find any other advanced civilizations, because they will have all been eliminated by their own extinction events with high probability. Therefore, if there is a "Great Filter", and Many-worlds is true, then all advanced civilizations are isolated in their own private Everett branch.

Comment: Re:yea no (Score 4, Informative) 223

by jpatters (#46682155) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

Oh stuff a sock in it.

The cost for the infrastructural build out of basic telephone service, which is what the incumbent telcos are required to provide, was paid for decades ago and with significant taxpayer subsidies. None of the incumbents are required to provide universal internet service at all, let alone reasonably useful universal internet service, so your complaint is bull crap. Also, Comcast/Time Warner/Charter etc are not required to provide any level of universal service.

Comment: Re:Two Games (Score 1) 167

by jpatters (#46674187) Attached to: A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Re-read the GP. The claim is that when the opponent responds by playing scissors 50% and rock 50%, you will win 4/6 of the time when they play rock and you will lose 4/6 of the time when they play scissors, which makes it 50/50. The stronger claim is that the opponent can adjust to any consistent strategy that you choose, ultimately making it a 50/50 game.

Comment: Re:Would we... (Score 1) 824

by jpatters (#46608209) Attached to: Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

It is you who have made the astounding claim that "scientifically" there are "three races of humans", so the burden is on you to cite your sources. Current science makes no such claim, and you should stop spouting off on things about which you have no clue.

High school biology class is hardly a definitive venue to learn about science that is more current than the 1950s.

Comment: Disagree (Score 1) 459

by jpatters (#46003301) Attached to: Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

Every convention on a modern computer keyboard is there because of a gradual process of innovation. Some things are for the best, like the inverted "T" arrow layout, and some things are for the worse, like rubber dome membrane actuation, cylindrical keycaps, and pad printing.

There is plenty of good innovation from the DIY community, see deskthority.net (workshop section) for some great examples.

United States

US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD 408

Posted by samzenpus
from the real-cash dept.
angry tapir writes "The founder of the Silk Road underground website has forfeited the site and thousands of bitcoins, worth around $28 million at current rates, to the U.S. government. The approximately 29,655 bitcoins were seized from the Silk Road website when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) moved to close it in late September. 'The United States Marshals Service shall dispose of the Silk Road Hidden Website and the Silk Road Server Bitcoins according to law,' wrote Judge J. Paul Oetken, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in a court order that was issued this week. The ruling represents the largest-ever forfeiture of bitcoins. 'It is the intention of the government to ultimately convert the bitcoins to U.S. currency,' said Jim Margolin, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York."

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