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Comment: Limited scope of vulnerability (Score 2) 202

by jrumney (#47574733) Attached to: "BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"
OK, this makes a bit more sense than the MSM version I read half an hour ago. In that article, they made it sound like USB keyboards were spreading a virus by reprogramming the USB controller chips on motherboards, which sounded a bit too far fetched to me (maybe one brand could be vulnerable - but a widespread problem?). In the Ars story it sounds more like they are reprogramming the firmware in the USB device itself to act as a different device. Cute trick, possibly useful against a carefully chosen target, but the likelyhood of a widespread attack seems minimal. And auditing your devices would be quite easy - just keep an eye on what device types are showing up in /sys/bus/usb or device manager.

Comment: Re:Sponsored by Mars Candies: (Score 1) 119

by jrumney (#47571431) Attached to: The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought
Spot on. I have a pair of 32" jeans that would fall down if I wasn't wearing a belt, and a pair of 36" trousers that I need to squeeze into. I don't need to go into a changing room to see how these look on me, I'd just as happily take them straight from the shelf to the cashier if I could rely on the sizing.

Comment: Re:Strange? (Score 1) 139

by jrumney (#47571089) Attached to: More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties
The only thing that is strange is the confusing terminology that is counter to its standard meaning. "spinning in parallel to its trajectory." and spinning in the opposite direction is somehow not parallel with the trajectory... yep, you lost me there, you boffins must be so much smarter than us mere engineers.

Comment: Re: Tag, you're it! (Score 1) 182

Country A is violating the Geneva convention. Country B would not be violating the Geneva convention, provided they are not firing into a recognized hospital, safety or neutral zone. If such an event were to take place inside such a zone, country A would also be violating the Geneva convention by using the zone for military activity. To be clear, Hamas are blatantly violating the Geneva convention. That does not make it right for Israel to do so as well.

Comment: Re: Tag, you're it! (Score 1) 182

When a group fires from the grounds of a hospital, religious building, or homes, under the geneva convention those buildings automatically become military targets.

There is no such provision in the Geneva convention. If a party finds that the conditions for a hospital, safety or neutral zone are not being complied with, they are required to give five days notice to the party administering the zone of their intention to cease recognizing it as a hospital, safety or neutral zone if its use is not brought into compliance.

Comment: Re: Tag, you're it! (Score 2) 182

I saw the segment the GP was talking about. I don't remember it being the third floor, but the doctor certainly admitted it was on the hospital grounds.

It still doesn't excuse Israel ignoring the targeting said hospital though. At the end of the day, the damage Hamas is doing with those rockets is minimal, and doesn't warrant ignoring the Geneva convention to deliberately target hospitals and schools where they know the civilian casualties will be disproportionate. Yes, Hamas is deliberately using human shields to sway global opinion, but Israel is deliberately giving them exactly what they want.

Comment: Re: Bullshit.... (Score 1) 133

by jrumney (#47554749) Attached to: A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World
It depends in the situation where it is used. If your data almost but not quite fits on your available media at 15%, and you're not pressed for time, you might still go for 15%. And if you only have 15 seconds to compress it, strictly no more, you might settle for significantly less compression than would be possible in 20 seconds.

Comment: Re: Black box data streaming (Score 1) 503

by jrumney (#47487855) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet
There is some sort of regulation though. Flying Singapore to LA earlier this year, WiFi was available from the gate at Singapore until the seatbelt sign came on approaching Narita, then from when the seatbelt sign went off after leaving Narita until we started to approach the coast of Alaska, and while flying over Canada. Basically the only places it was not available was takeoff and landing in Japan, and flying over US airspace.

Overload -- core meltdown sequence initiated.