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Comment: How is this not identity theft? (Score 1) 163

by sinrakin (#48761621) Attached to: In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming
I see no problem in limiting bandwidth when necessary. The real problem is the mechanism, which is essentially fraud. It would be very surprising if Google couldn't legally stop another company from certifying themselves to be Google if they really are not. After all, corporations are people now, right?

Comment: I've long since given up (Score 2) 247

by sinrakin (#48526687) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?
My routine way of logging onto anything that I hit less than once a week is to automatically click on the "I forgot my password" button and reset via email without even attempting to remember it. That basically makes all passwords equivalent to my gmail password, but since anyone with the gmail could do that any time they wanted it's no loss of security. It's a little inconvenient, but not as inconvenient as trying to remember 100 unique passwords.

Comment: Douchbags (Score 2) 247

by sinrakin (#48526577) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?
For the same reason the TSA acts the way they do. If you take security to insane extremes such that everyone is always massively inconvenienced, you can never be blamed for not doing enough, no matter what happens. And there's an implicit assumption that if you've moved onto crazy extreme measures, you must have already exhausted all the less extreme measures.

Comment: Re:Not that great of a car analogy... (Score 1) 129

by sinrakin (#34387322) Attached to: Aussie Gov't Decides ISPs Aren't Responsible For Infected Computers
'It would be like forcing car manufacturers to take responsibility for bad drivers.'" The government used to require car makers to include dashboard lights to tell drivers when to shift their manual transmission in order to get better mileage.Indirectly, in that other methods could have been used to, but they required car makers to help drivers get better mileage with some technique.

Comment: Can't you simulate a chemistry set with software? (Score 0, Troll) 446

by sinrakin (#33748232) Attached to: Safety Commission To Rule On Safety of Rulers In Science Kits
What do you need actual chemicals and stuff for, not to mention rulers and paper clips? Why not just a "My Science Kit" app, and do virtual experiments? Although I guess you could drop the PC on your foot or something, which could also be dangerous.
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Equatorial Mounts For Budget Astrophotography? 85

Posted by timothy
from the rubber-band-and-hope dept.
Timoris writes "With the Perseids approaching rapidly, I am looking for a good beginner's motorized equatorial mount for astrophotography. I have seen a few for $150 to $200, but apparently the motor vibrations make for poor photographs. Orion makes good mounts, but are out of my price range ($350) and the motor is sold separately, adding to the price half over again. Does anyone have any good experience with any low- or mid-priced mounts?"

Comment: Re:Turing Test? (Score 1) 184

by sinrakin (#31289684) Attached to: Scientists Develop Financial Turing Test
I failed five times in a row, then I read the article. It says humans can "learn" to tell the difference between the series, not that they can tell immediately. However the quote says "It's not hard to see why. In feedback sessions, the players say that the real data was smoother than the randomised data or vice versa and that these patterns were easy to spot after a few goes". So it sounds like people actually don't know how they're recognizing the patterns. Actually, I'd bet you could construct data that would fool people if you superimposed a few random series with different periods, say: quarterly, weekly, daily, etc.

Comment: Re:Motion blur and bloom effects (Score 1) 521

by sinrakin (#30677528) Attached to: Framerates Matter
What bothers me about even 60 fps is when you move quickly in games. If I spin quickly in place, I can make, say, a small object (a bird in the sky, a tower, or whatever), move across my screen a distance of maybe 15 inches in about a quarter of a second. That's 60 inches a second. At 60 fps, every time that object gets redrawn on my screen, it's hopped across an inch of space. So even at 60 Hz, I get the sense that it was HERE, and HERE, and HERE, but not at any of the places in between, because those pixels never got turned on. Not sure if that's the same as blur (would blur just draw a blurred line across the entire screen?). But it's why I feel like I want more fps.

Comment: Take a look at your cookies (Score 4, Informative) 241

by sinrakin (#30222684) Attached to: Google Analytics May Be Illegal In Germany
Before getting too paranoid about google analytics, take a look at the actual cookies it stores. E.G. in Firefox "Tools", "Options", "Show Cookies", search for "__utmz". Whoa, there are a few hundred. Check out the one from Slashdot - in my case: "9273847.1252068577.1.1.utmcsr=(direct)|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none)". "9273847" means "slashdot.org". "1252068577" means me, when I go to Slashdot. The rest of the stuff has to do with how I found the site. But now look at __utmz for say, pennyarcade.com: "84531096.1252070740.1.1.utmcsr=(direct)|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none)". It's a different web site ID, but it's also a different user ID. There's no correlation between the person who goes to slashdot, and the person who goes to pennyarcade. Google can't tell that they're both me. My ID is different on every single web site that uses Google analytics. The only purpose of the ID is so that, for a single given website, they can tell the difference between one person visiting it a hundred times, or a hundred people each visiting it one time. There's no other personally identifiable information tied to that number. Your analytics cookies on all those sites are not correlated with each other; they're not tracking everything you do.

Comment: Depends on what he's asking for (Score 1) 550

by sinrakin (#30015588) Attached to: Visually Impaired Gamer Sues Sony
My initial feeling is that this sounds like nonsense: the word "video" in "video game" pretty much implies that vision is required. However, maybe he's asking for something that's not too unreasonable: a better brightness control, or a high contrast mode, or a way to limit extraneous detail, or something that might not be incredibly hard to include as a part of all games, and that would open up the whole are of video games to people previously unable to experience them. I'd have sort of a hard time arguing against that.

Comment: Re:Purchased Feature (Score 1) 684

by sinrakin (#29413191) Attached to: IPhone 3.1 Update Disables Tethering
I also wonder about the legality. Unless the upgrade explicitly warns you that a feature is being removed, it seems that they're taking back some of what you bought. "Upgrades" are generally to fix things that the manufacturer wasn't able to get into the initial release that should have been there, or to fix dangerous bugs. If you bring your car in for a recall and they fix a problem but also remove the radio, you would certainly have grounds to complain and presumably recover damages.

The only perfect science is hind-sight.