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Comment: Re:Not so very strange (Score 1) 123

by moteyalpha (#45384689) Attached to: Scientists Invent Urine-Powered Robots

There's a lot of useful chemistry and energy in ammonia (a significant component of urine), because nitrates, or bound nitrogen, have potential energy. Gunpowder manufacture in the middle ages relied on factory-style processing of animal urine.

Urine Connections
So the sewer bots will be powered by urine and manufacture explosives from the nitrates and will be equipped with sensors to smell each other. So the robot overlords will be under? So next we have the proof of concept hack of a sewer bot to create a distributed denial of existence (DDOE) attack.
Life is becoming a free science fiction movie. I smell a sequel with methane powered poop bots.

Comment: Old is new again (Score 3) 282

by moteyalpha (#45377213) Attached to: Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage For Solar
Molten Batteries
I was surprised to learn that the concept behind molten batteries originated in Germany with the V1. MIT and Dr Sadoway have a battery system that is supposed to be available 2014. If it was invented in Germany and has since been used for ICBMs and ordinance. Seems odd that it has taken almost 70 years to come full circle.

Comment: Re:And later (Score 4, Interesting) 219

by moteyalpha (#45314833) Attached to: EU Considering Sensors In Sewers To Detect Bomb-Makers
I realized this could be done decades ago. I am surprised that it has taken this long to be implemented. I work in robotics and recently in molecular genetics. It is a complete source of DNA for every person. It is a wealth of "raw" information and since analysis is getting cheaper every day it could become a new data base that can be collected and sold. It is creepy and that is why it creeps.
GATTACA. BTW, we checked your DNA and you have too many SNP's and will not be allowed to procreate as it would be a burden on the state. Also it would be the obvious creep of scope. Cold Cases with DNA and no match. It will happen.

Comment: And later (Score 4, Funny) 219

by moteyalpha (#45314493) Attached to: EU Considering Sensors In Sewers To Detect Bomb-Makers
Dear Sir, We were monitoring the sewer and it seems your daughter is pregnant. We checked the DNA and it is that kid you don't like. We only know you don't like him because the NSA shares information with us. On the side are ads for abortion clinics, diaper services, gun shops, and obstetricians provided by WalMart. BTW you need to check your cholesterol.

Comment: Re:photoelectric effect (Score 4, Interesting) 42

We've known about this since the turn of the last century. It's the photoelectric effect. Every material has a wavelength where if it is struck by a charged particle at or above that, it will absorb it and then emit an electron. This isn't news.

What's news is that we've now reached a sufficient level of understanding regarding the engineering of electro-optical systems that we are starting to build devices where the primary logic is based on optics, not electronics. This is an advancement of technology, not of understanding.

I am a bit confused by what you said. An incident photon at wavelength (Lamda) or smaller will eject an electron ( photo electric) and thermal excitation of a material like the cathode of a tube will also eject electrons. I am not getting where the charged particle comes in. From TFA:

In other situations, light can modify a material’s behavior — but only when it’s absorbed, transferring its energy to the material. In this experiment, Gedik says, the light’s energy is below the absorption threshold. This is exciting, he says, because it opens up the possibility of switching a material’s behavior back and forth without inducing other effects, such as heating — which would happen if the light were absorbed.

What they are talking about is changing the bandgap with the incident angle of polarized infrared laser light.

Comment: Re:Why is anyone surprised? (Score 1) 122

by moteyalpha (#45241765) Attached to: LinkedIn's New Mobile App Called 'a Dream For Attackers'

I'm not surprised ('social networks' in general make you the product, linkedin has always been a touch sleazy, especially for an ostensibly 'professional' site that could theoretically be making its money on the semi up-and-up by offering useful recruiting services);

Linkedin has many dubious methods that aren't visible to a typical person. I know some of the methods they employ to extend their grasp. The problem is that there is no way to explain this to people without a CS degree. It just irritates the victim to be a tool so they ignore it.
To go from ironic to sardonic as well as a self deprecating , we are providing social comments on a site owned by a company that handles employment (DICE). So it is posters on a 'social network' that complain of the use of themselves as product on a 'social network'.
But, that aside, I agree that this is right out of the ball park for sleaze and greed.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 95

Super caps are neat for their application but suggesting they are useful for this is a stretch. It seems from RTFA that they think 5 Wh/Kg is comparable to 128 Wh/Kg for Li-ion . Also the incorporation into silicon presents serious issues that never get resolved in less than 10 years. No sane company is going to incorporate this in a line of CPUs and then find out that after a year they like to release their energy in one single burst. I suggest we test them in 747s first to make sure they are safe and do not pose any risk to my CPU.
Thanks for the link , looks interesting. Hands-on scientists like Science/Engineering/Tech forums

Comment: Re:Steve Gibson is a... (Score 4, Informative) 234

I invite everyone to let Google autocomplete that sentence. It's been well-known for a good while that absolutely no-one should pay any attention to him.

Just for giggles I did test auto complete on that and it gave:
1. steve gibson is a fake
2. steve gibson is a moron
3. steve gibson is a idiot
Could that be considered the -opinion- of the Google algorithm?
My opinion about TFS involves squirrels too. But mainly their primary food source ( pronounced 'nuts').

Comment: Re:Why Only Now? (Score 4, Interesting) 91

by moteyalpha (#45144103) Attached to: 35,000 vBulletin Sites Have Already Been Exploited By Week Old Hole

If you watch your server access logs, you will regularly see bots checking for common install URLs of popular website software. I'm blown away that vBulletin's hasn't been targeted for years.

You are absolutely right. I was shocked at how quickly the knocking began. Within a day of registering a new address it already had obvious attempts to find a hole. The logs also show many other things that would worry people IF they knew it was happening. Very few people have the experience and skills to deal with it. It seems obvious that the intruder has the advantage. In a system with more than 2 to the 64th directions to guard against, the attacker has the advantage of surprise.
Analogy: Open field, everybody has a gun, some have food, others want it.
It could be that the only way to win is not to play at all. The problem is that the game has already started and this is no longer a choice. There is a dominant strategy. It is a conflict of interests. It is thus "Bellum Omnium contra omnes". No way to tell how it will end, but everybod has a "shot". ;)

Comment: Re:that ship has sailed (Score 1) 264

by moteyalpha (#45127459) Attached to: RMS: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?

The question may be whether the internet should die and be replaced by something better.

Simply implementing ipv6 isn't going to cut it for you?

I never minded having company meetings that included everybody. The internet is like a company meeting where people off the street are allowed to attend wearing a stocking on their head and screaming obscenities and nonsense and grabbing papers from the table, while everybody else is trying to accomplish something. Anything other than limited complexity is just toothpaste in a hole. Ten to the ninth factorial is a REALLY big number. It can never be operated by a competitive population. Maybe human V6 will all be able to be in the same room.
There was talk about getting the worst type of literature off the ebook sites, but in reality the internet is a toliet and they just have a problem with solid waste as it clogs the tubes.

Comment: Re:that ship has sailed (Score 1) 264

by moteyalpha (#45127199) Attached to: RMS: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?
The question may be whether the internet should die and be replaced by something better. The cost of doing business through the internet may be too high compared to some other alternative. It has failed to exhibit a plan for -sustainable- profitability and it is too connected. It is like a brain tumor. It has no core structure that could serve to regulate growth or partition against assault. Designing security or subjective isolation after the fact is becoming an ever increasing burden that will only get worse. It might be a good network for a nuclear war, but it has served as an example of what not to do and now a new system needs to be designed that has no middle man to pay. ( In ad clicks, private information, overages, outages, loss of security, escalating prices, ...)
The signal to noise ratio is rising and will drown any utility eventually. CARRIER LOST

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