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Comment: Re:In other news: (Score 1) 91

by sholden (#48651261) Attached to: Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

It could mean a bunch of things. The threat being non-existent is merely one of them.

The threat could also be very rare, but have a high enough cost when it does occur that working to prevent it is beneficial.
Those who would be carrying out the threat could think the security is better than it is and hence be using other methods,i.e. the deterrent factor is working.

Or a bunch of others of course.

Comment: Re:Case insensitive file systems were a bug (Score 1) 148

by sholden (#48650671) Attached to: Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

/ is one of the two characters I said were fine to not allow, due to implementation simplicity. So there's no need to imagine such a file name.

But I have no problem with ";" in file names (or "|", or "&", etc). I don't interpret file names as shell commands since I put the commands in the text of the shell script files not in the file names.

Comment: Re:And the scientific evidence for this conclusion (Score 1) 391

by sholden (#48637415) Attached to: The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Those clearly aren't life forms. Otherwise we might as well just declare the hydrogen atom the dominant form of life in the universe.

And anyway the bacteria that most likely accompanied Curiosity to Mars outnumber the robots on Mars. Of course they might not have survived the trip and would be dormant (though that's more alive than a rover.)

Microorganisms dominate Earth. It's all ridiculous "make shit up" speculation, but it seems reasonable that microorganisms would dominate other places that have life. Obviously its not proof, but you only asked for evidence. microorgnisms dominate known life in the Universe, surely the burden for evidence is on those claiming that the rest of the universe is different than the bit we have observed.

If you are talking about intelligent life engaging in interstellar space travel then sure, computer brains are more likely than biological life assuming our current understanding of physics is vaguely similar to reality but that's a different thing than the "dominant form of life in the Universe".


Comment: Re:It wasn't the hacking that shut the movie down (Score 1) 221

by sholden (#48635297) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

Some movie theaters backed down not Sony.

Sony of course then cancelled the release - they're pretty dumb but even they can work out that releasing your movie with a bunch of the large chains not showing it is a sure fire way to bomb at the box office. The reason for those chains not showing the movie is irrelevant to that decision.

Comment: Re:50 MILLION DOLLARS! (Score 3, Insightful) 70

by sholden (#48466821) Attached to: Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

Merck revenue is irrelevant.

Flipping something that cost you $205,000 for $50,000,000 is the relevant part. That usually makes the guy who sold you it for $205,000 look a little stupid.

Of course an experimental ebola vaccine wasn't worth that much in 2010 since the Africans needing it then didn't have lots of cash to pay for it. However, $200k isn't a huge amount of money for a government either, so you would hope the reason for selling the rights was so that a private party would actually do something to move the thing forward rather than just sitting on it and doing nothing until a white guy got infected and the ebola money jackpot triggered.


+ - Power-generating spacesuits

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Maggie McKee writes: "Could piezoelectric sensors help power future space missions? From the article: "Astronauts' spacesuits may one day be covered in motion-sensitive proteins that could generate power from the astronauts' movement, according to futuristic research being conducted by a new lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US. Such 'power skins' could also be used to coat future human bases on Mars, where they could produce energy from the Martian wind." Eventually, the biologically derived suits might even be able to heal themselves."

Recent research has tended to show that the Abominable No-Man is being replaced by the Prohibitive Procrastinator. -- C.N. Parkinson