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Comment: The hard parts is the integrated circuits ... (Score 2) 363

by kbahey (#49472009) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

I would argue that fossil fuel is not the only determinant ...

The hard part is that we have become almost dependent on integrated circuits. This goes for any computer device, all control devices in manufacturing, and much more ...

If civilization collapses, how can we get back the IC fabs going with specialized material?

I wrote about it in a previous comment: 19th century technology vs. mid 20th century.

And expanded a bit on it in information readability and longevity in the digital age.

Comment: Another LG TV owner here ... (Score 1) 130

by kbahey (#49092015) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

Another LG TV owner here ...

I want to echo what the parent said. LG TVs are decent in general. The voice feature is just a gimmick added to make the company/product look cool. Perhaps it gains some WOWs when demoed in store. But in real life, its voice recognition is subpar, and the feature does not get used much. And yes, you have to press a button on the remote for the TV to listen (via a mic in the remote in my case).

Comment: Re:Speechless (Score 2) 49

by kbahey (#49055863) Attached to: Five Glorious Years of Sun Images In a Four-Minute Video

That the earth was round, was known from the time of the Ancient Greeks.

In fact, the circumference of the earth was measured by Eratosthenes in the 3rd century BC, with considerable accuracy, using very simple means.

Here is Carl Sagan in Cosmos, on Eratosthenes measurement of the earth's circumference.

Comment: Re:This is (sort of) good news for Americans (Score 1) 215

by kbahey (#49049915) Attached to: Russia Seeking To Ban Tor, VPNs and Other Anonymizing Tools

I can't talk about Ukraine because I am not fully informed about it as I am about the other countries I listed. But from a cursory look, Russia accepted an independent vote from the Crimean penninsula, and annexed it based on that. If it is good for Crimea, then it is good for the rest of Ukraine.

But as I said, Ukraine is not what I can/want to discuss. I am specifically astonished to you characterizing these three Arab countries as having 'legitimately elected government" while the facts completely contradict this. These are dictatorships, and not legitimate at all. They were a brutal police states.

Moreover, the role of the USA in removing or trying to remove the dictators was minimal to non-existent.

Comment: Future genetic analysis and research (Score 1) 199

by kbahey (#48980905) Attached to: British MPs Approve 3-Parent Babies

At some point in the future, genetic analysis will be messed up because the lineage fo the mtDNA is not from the same mother that gave the nuclear DNA.

Will be a serious puzzle when this is done without any accompanying documentation that person X had this done, or a marker is present to indicate it was.

Comment: Re:SIP Replacement? (Score 1) 282

by AftanGustur (#48912541) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance
RedPhone is only for Android although iPhone compatible version exists. But this is not what I was talking about.

The problem is that there is no telephony system that you can use cross-platform, that is open source and the clients are easy to install and use for the average user.

No other heavily-used protocols have this problem, FTP, HTTP, SMPT, DNS, Torrent, Cloud Storage, VPN, SSH all have cross-platform, free and open source clients that are easy to set up and use for the average user. Telephony is the handicapped service on the internet

The main problem, as I see it, is the SIP protocol and the design mistake of relying on IP addresses in the application layer.

Comment: SIP Replacement? (Score 4, Interesting) 282

by AftanGustur (#48912125) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance
One of the big pieces of the puzzle that needs to be solved is a replacement for the SIP protocol.

Almost no one has a public IP address directly on their workstation at home and it is preventing free open source telephone to be widely adopted.

What is needed is a telephony protocol that and can easily be proxied or tunneled and/or that does not need extra measurements for surviving NAT.

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein