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Comment: Re:Sorry media (Score 1) 155

Yeah, and global warming is faked by the left wing media, and vaccines are poison, and municipal water flouridation is a communist plot. Oh, and by the way, you don't really believe that you are anonymous here on /., do you?

Doubting the official line on the Sony hack is hardly the stuff of tinfoil-hat denialism. How's this for a scenario: (1) Garden-variety haxx0rz and/or a disgruntled employee steal a bunch of embarrassing files from Sony -- plenty of motive there -- and dump the files on the web. (2) Some moron in the media starts speculating that it has something to do with an idiotic movie about North Korea, and the echo chamber amplifies it as truth. (3) Haxx0rz, sensing an epic opportunity for lulz, play along with the feeding frenzy in the media with some crazy threats against screening the movie, then sit back and watch the fun as paranoia in the FBI and mindless nationalism in the population do the rest of their work for them.

Couldn't be.

What if you substituted the presidents name for that of NK? Would that go well with Americans? I bet it will go very very well with Arab countries and in those countries where American Companies (United Fruit, et. al) exploited those countries for their wealth. I bet the foreign country gets only 2% of the benefit and the Corp and bribes get the rest.

Comment: Re:Dem haxxorz dey be haxxin. (Score 1) 155

In a country where the internet is about as commonplace as for us having your own rocket launch system in the backyard? Please. How do you hit NKor via internet? Take down their online payment system? Hack their official pages so their citizens would get to see defaced pics of li'l Kim?


I can see that as an offensive force, but defense? Please.

From what I read, and what I am led to believe, probably every water treatment plant, every electrical generating system, including the interconnects, has been identified and an attack prepared. The USA electrical grid needs only a core state to fail, and the entire country would fail.

And if you include airports in their attack catalogues then the North Korean protections are complete. Attack them and most probably, the USA part of the internet, and possibly the entire world would be downed.

So, its ok to joke about the NKs capabilities, , Its ok to believe that the commercial anti-viruses give you a false sense of protection, but... there is no protection. Stuxnet was a perfect example. Perhaps the NKs virus software is already installed and laying dormant, just in case....

Comment: Re:Patents... ugh (Score 1) 60

by lsatenstein (#48675555) Attached to: De-escalating the Android Patent War

Software patents are utter bullshit from word one. They should just go away and stay away.

Hardware patents are something else, but it's pretty clear they are being *very* poorly managed. I don't even like saying it, but I'm afraid I agree with you: they do more harm than good now.

We need an entirely new model of encouraging invention. Trade secret is useful in providing a reasonable profit window and establishment of precedence in the marketplace (the only way to go with software, as far as I'm concerned) as the window you get correlates well with the complexity of what you've done, but has its limits when we're talking hardware.

Perhaps a way for society to pay for an invention, and once that's been done, it goes right into the "available to everyone" pool. Panels of experts setting perceived value and an immediate payment being made, followed by a revisit ten years later to determine how it all went, with extra reward possible if the invention's impact was underestimated?

Look at me, suggesting government committees. Oy. I should go bang my head on a table.

But damn, we *really* need to clean out the drains. Patents are the disgusting glop that are making the system run slower and slower, while getting legal sewage all over everyone involved. The only consistent winners here are the plumbers (lawyers.)

I don't consider algorithms to be patentable. But I consider a process to be patentable. What is the difference? An algorthim is an application of a set of defined rules that presents a proof, a set of steps to follow to a solution. An algorithm may be copyrighted. A process is a application of a set of rules to define the control or manufacture of a product. (Driver for hardware, agricultural process, or manufacturing process, fabrication process). If we deem an algorithm a process, then the writing of a book has to be patented.

Can the algorithm be the product? I am not a lawyer, and I leave that to others to interpret that interpretation.

Software patents are utter bullshit from word one.

Comment: Re:Many DDR3 modules? (Score 1) 132

by lsatenstein (#48673385) Attached to: Many DDR3 Modules Vulnerable To Bit Rot By a Simple Program

FTFP. "We induce errors in most DRAM modules (110 out of 129) from three major DRAM manufacturers."

Short version, leakage current from adjacent gates can nudge other to bit-flip. I don't think this is a manufacturing problem as it is a fundamental EE design oversight. So yeah, defective by design (unintentionally)!!

So, as ddr3 gets more dense, and space between the cells has decreased, we should be standardizing on ECC memory for all desktops and servers. The second thought I have is "What minimal cpu clockspeed would enable this activity to occur with standard hardware? " It this problem likely to occur with off the self hardware motherboards and cpus?

Comment: Re:I think it's about time... (Score 1) 97

by lsatenstein (#48647585) Attached to: Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

I think it's about time we implemented some sort of single use credit card system.

That's how Chip and PIN works. Your account number is still fixed, but your authorization to spend from it (your PIN) is encrypted by the chip, and is valid only for a single transaction. There are still kinks with non-electronic transactions, but those can be solved.

Look for it to be all over the US by October of next year.

For the past two years, my Visa provider intercepts the authorizations that are made via the internet, and electronically asks me to respond to questions that only I know the answer (mothers name, graduation year, etc). If I fail, the transaction authorization fails. So, just because someone knows the 3 digit code on the back of the card means zero.
And our credit cards have had the chip version since 2011. That technology is just coming into force in the USA, after 4 years of fraud.

Comment: Re:of course it wasn't NK (Score 1) 236

Thank you. I don't know why so much of Slashdot seems to be taking the obvious "it was NK omg" story at face value, even after NK explicitly denied it. They take credit for things they've never done - if they'd hacked Sony successfully, of course they'd be bragging about it.

Perhaps they could solve the ISIS problem

Comment: Time for a guaranteed income. (Score 1) 622

by lsatenstein (#48647409) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

As robots take over, and liberate man from tasks, it also implies that man is liberated from an income. Should there be a have and have not society? Can the have society sustain the infrastructures we hold dear, such as roads, schools, desire to be productive?

If robots take over, we will require a guaranteed wage. That will allow money to circulate, and society to be vibrant and alive.

If that does not occur, look for malaise and crime to grow out of proportion to today's level.

Comment: Re:Big Mistake (Score 1) 33

by lsatenstein (#48543523) Attached to: With Eyes on China, Intel Invests Billions In Mobile Ambitions

Perhaps. That is certainly a valid concern. However, the state of the art in this area is continually advancing very quickly. Just having an advanced fab in China does not mean that Chinese engineers are able to create the next generation chips and fabs. I think Intel's move is quite logical, and the danger of intellectual property theft not too serious in their case.

Intel, like GM will gradually leave the USA for permenancy in China. Population 1.2 billion vs 350 million, Single party government vs democracy, better labour cost controls, lower overheads and government (universal) medicare.

Comment: Re:Than don't sign the contract (Score 1) 189

by lsatenstein (#48479979) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

In other news: A company so desperate to get into bed with Apple signs away their soul for rainbows and promises.

New entrepreneurs are always optimistic. They haven't dealt with irresponsible organizations or organizations that think out loud but then choose decisions other than what they let people believe. In a way one could say Apple was bullshitting their plans to confuse the competitors.

Comment: Re:Idea (Score 1) 244

Actually the opposite is the case. Our economy has exactly the opposite, but nonetheless equally destructive, problem communism had: They had a shortage of supply. We have a shortage of demand.

Our economy produces enough. Proof? Go anywhere and behold how desperately everyone wants to sell. Be it goods or services, You'll be hard pressed to NOT find someone offering whatever you may want to you. What's lacking is the demand. And without it, there is no market either.

If you think people need any kind of incentive to be ravenous asshole capitalists, think again. Those that could invest already want to. Quite badly, too. There just isn't anything to invest in, because there is no viable business possible without consumers that would want to buy what you'd offer. And the main reason for this is simply that there are not enough people who have enough money to become consumers. And jobs are sadly not created when someone wills a business into existence. Well, you can do that, but it's not really viable to produce without a chance to sell what you produce. You'll be bankrupt in no time.

A job is created when the market situation of demand forces the supply side into hiring additional personnel to fill that demand. Nobody in their sane mind creates a job for the sake of creating a job, paying another person and putting more goods he can't sell on the stockpile. If this is the situation (and that is the situation currently), the sane option is NOT to hire someone and NOT to produce more of what you can't already sell.

I fully concur with your statements. As corporations outsource jobs, the local net net discretionary income disappears. Only essentials are purchased. It's sad, as the American society has become a for profit everything, from public education to medicine. Even the military is a for profit institution. MacDonalds has become the location of "lets go out for an evening's supper"

Comment: Re:that's because (Score 1) 376

by lsatenstein (#48454045) Attached to: Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

It's not about countries, it's about cultures.
Some cultures (e.g. Western European culture) favor more serious subjects versus others. Some others (e.g. Northern American) favor lighter subjects (unwind-type). Asian cultures apparently favor explosive feeling-related and augmentative headlines ("It's SUPER effective!"; "AMAZING performance!").

Nobody's to blame, really, except companies not doing their homeworks and trying to vomit their own culture-specific successes over other cultures and promptly failing.

The difference is in the quality/richness of education. French/Europe get bored with useless drival from social networks. On the other hand, Americans like to waste time posting trivia. Another factor is the 6/4 situation with monetizing minutes of connection. Six minutes of important stuff and 4 minutes of commercials. How many crime programs do you need to see on the web?

We are shaped by what we visit. KISS applies more for North American users.

Comment: Re:Why... (Score 1) 129

by lsatenstein (#48443691) Attached to: Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

did this take so long to occur. It amazes me both that people fall for this, and that the credit card companies allow these services to operate under merchant accounts.

The credit card companies like these guys. After all, they did not steal the card numbers, payments were made and there are no losses, as would happen if the card/card number was stolen.

As the card companies would say

"There is a sucker born every second".

Comment: Re:Dumping (Score 1) 75

by lsatenstein (#48419603) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

It tends to be; but I think regulatory authorities only get nervous if it shows signs of being dangerously effective, or if there is reason to believe that the pockets behind it are deep enough to ignore losses almost indefinitely(as with international dumping/tariff slapfights, where a mixture of xenophobia and the fact that a nation state can typically afford to keep dumping longer than a company can afford to keep competing).

In the case of Intel trying to break into tablets, my understanding is that it's a known matter of fact that Bay Trail parts are being practically given away(along with a nontrivial amount of Intel software work, including an emulator to handle ARM NDK stuff and general porting and polishing to make the x86 Android not look like, say, the blasted hellscape that is MIPS Android); but it is less clear whether Intel has been able to dump hard enough to actually damage competition.

The one product line that they definitely helped bury was Windows RT (which was mostly an unloved bastard child anyway, even before you could cram an x86 into the same chassis, and definitely had no reason to exist afterwards); but that didn't hurt MS much, since the quality of Windows tablets went up. In the wider ARM ecosystem, ARM Ltd, themselves seem to be riding high and unbelievably cheap SoCs continue to pop out of the woodwork.

Their Bay Trail pricing has definitely made x86 Android something you might actually see in the wild, and tablet-Windows something you might actually consider at a sub-Windows Surface price point; but it doesn't seem to have crushed the ARM market very much.

Will we see the I7 47xx cpus drop in price, or will that price increase to sustain the Intel mobile market/tablet?

Comment: Re:Ehhh Meh (Score 1) 127

by lsatenstein (#48397931) Attached to: US DOE Sets Sights On 300 Petaflop Supercomputer

There are plenty of things that can use all the computing power you can throw at it these days. As you mentioned, weather forecasting - though more generally, climate science. Somebody from one of the National Labs mentioned at a college recruiting event that they use their supercomputer for (among other things) making sure that our aging nukes don't explode while just sitting in storage. There are thousands of applications, from particle physics to molecular dynamics to protein folding to drug discovery... Almost any branch of science you can find has some problem that a supercomputer can help solve.

Additionally, it's worth noting that these generally aren't monolithic systems; they can be split into different chunks. One project might need the whole machine to do its computations, but the next job to run after it might only need a quarter - and so four different projects can use the one supercomputer at once. It's not like the smaller computing problems end up wasting the huge size of the supercomputer. After all, many of these installations spend more in electricity bills over the 3- or 5-year lifetime of the computer than they do to install the computer in the first place, so they need to use it efficiently, 24/7.

You forgot encryption key researching. Got an encrypted file you want to read. Lets use this beast to determine the encryption key and read the xxx contents.

"I've seen it. It's rubbish." -- Marvin the Paranoid Android