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Comment: Re:UK article, US units (Score 3, Informative) 164

by pjt33 (#48210899) Attached to: U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

For some things. But a lot of the units which people in the US call English are different sizes to the units with the same name in England. And the UK certainly doesn't use $ for its currency, which I think is what the GPP was talking about, although I think they may have overlooked a context switch from the UK beta tests to the US launch.

Comment: Re:No, lying headline (Score 3, Informative) 155

by pjt33 (#48090173) Attached to: Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year

I quoted the part of the article where the reporter states that the security firm made that forecast. But as often happens, the headline makes claims which don't match either the truth or the body of the article. It's far from unknown for reporters or opinion writers to get a nasty shock when they see the headline which the subeditor chose to put on their copy.

If the issue were the length of the headline, a 20% saving could be made and the accuracy improved by rewriting it to "Online attacks could lead to deaths, warns Europol".

Comment: No, lying headline (Score 5, Informative) 155

by pjt33 (#48089511) Attached to: Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year

The first link in the summary is to a news report with the headline "First online murder to happen by the end of 2014, warns Europol". When you read the story, what it actually claims is

The study, which was published last week, analysed the possible physical dangers linked to cyber criminality and found that a rise in ‘injury and possible deaths’ could be expected as computer hackers launch attacks on critical connected equipment.

The assessment particularly referred to a report by IID, a US security firm, which forecast that the world’s first murder via a ‘hacked internet-connected device’ would happen by the end of 2014.

And the reference that it mentions is right here and says

With more objects being connected to the Internet and the creation of new types of critical infrastructure, we can expect to see (more) targeted attacks on existing and emerging infrastructures, including new forms of blackmailing and extortion schemes (e.g. ransomware for smart cars or smart homes), data theft, physical injury and possible death [188], and new types of botnets.

No mention of 2014. No assertion that it will happen: just that it might.

TL;DR: Europol isn't predicting an online murder in 2014. That's just a subeditor who either didn't understand the plain English of the reporter or who chose to outright lie when writing the headline in order to sensationalise it.

Comment: Re:Crying out for open source (Score 1) 240

by pjt33 (#48040005) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

No. The software isn't the hard part. The hard part is the requirements gathering for the data schemata (aka archetypes). For example, suppose you want to create an archetype for blood samples. At a minimum you need to talk to phlebologists and GPs, but you probably also need input from other specialists who might refer someone for a blood sample to see what they need from the data. Then you work out the indivisible chunks of data, run them past your domain experts, fix any bugs they spot, repeat. And even with a lot of input from experts, unless the standards for blood sampling are universal you risk creating an archetype which doesn't quite fit the way the hospitals in the neighbouring province do things.

Comment: Re:Or so they say... (Score 2) 142

by pjt33 (#47852763) Attached to: Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

the situation is analogous to the poor dudes in gitmo. Everybody knows they're not terrorists, yet because they were seized illegally there's no way for the justice system to process them.

I'm puzzled by this one. Surely all the justice system needs to do is say "The U.S. Constitution binds the actions of the U.S. government even outside U.S. territory" and then admit a writ of habeas corpus?

Comment: Re:Would be nice to see Scala replace Java (Score 1) 94

by pjt33 (#47844811) Attached to: Scala Designer Martin Odersky On Next Steps

I'm not quite sure whether your question is "Why allow reference comparisons?" or "Why use == for reference comparisons?" If it's the former: if you look at equals(Object o) implementations, a lot of them begin with if (this == o) return true; It can be a major performance boost in some situations.

Lisp Users: Due to the holiday next Monday, there will be no garbage collection.

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