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Comment every consumer needs to assume some responsibility (Score 1) 31

"every consumer needs to assume some responsibility"

Really? When *I* go online, yes, I have to assume some responsibility.

I hold the "things" up to the same standard: when the "things" go online, *they* have to assume some responsibility. It's not my f***ing fault if my fridge wants to surf the web, it's the fridge's fault.

Comment Re: Aha! (Score 5, Informative) 319

It's true, and to stay out of legal trouble, most now put it in their terms and conditions.

Citation or you are spewing garbage.

If he won't, I will (simple Google search, which you could do, if you knew how to work Google):

"You also understand and agree that there are users and members on the Site that use and subscribe to our Service for purely entertainment purposes. Those users and subscribers are not seeking physical meetings with anyone they meet on the Service, but consider their communications with users and members to be for their amusement."

In other words, they find it amusing to troll people, and some of the people who troll people may or may not be employed by the company.

Comment Re:The actual finance guys I know want interest up (Score 2) 101

The day traders I know are afraid it's going to kill their ability to make money.

Day traders don't care.....if the market is up, they go long, if the market is down, they go short. What they want is volatility, long, predictable swings where they can jump in and jump out.

Money being sucked out of the stock market into the bond market reduces stock liquidity, which in turn, reduces stock volatility. Day traders rely on more or less large swings in stock prices, and when major holdings are not in play (because there are none, if all the institutional investors have fled to bonds), then their ability to profit evaporates.

Day trading is generally based on options with a limit order (to reduce downside risk, since they can't use the Black-Scholes or Black-Scholes-Merton hedging model in order to balance risk via bonds and other longer term instruments -- since they are *day* traders). There is the possibility of using ETFs in order to hedge risk, but then the upside is considerably reduced; generally, to lower than the brokerage fees, so it's not an option (pardon the pun).

Comment Re:I'm from Mongolia (Score 2) 163

Desalination plants are also used for treatment of alkali water.

"A new report from the Asian Development Bank sent a warning signal to Mongolia that, despite its wealth of natural resources and pristine image, the country faces a severe water scarcity and quality crisis"

So if you can't fix the quantity, fix the quality.

Comment I'm pretty sure the interconnect bus is not the is (Score 1) 102

I'm pretty sure the interconnect bus is not the issue.

The thing that slows down most ARM devices is the memory controller, which is why iPhones are such a win: the PA Semi folks were able to speed up the memory controller considerable, but only for Apple's chips. The nVidia people have made some forward progress, but the bottleneck is still the memory bandwidth making the graphics (among other things) pretty crappy. They are almost an order of magnitude slower than the A9. If you had an A9 at the core of these things, yes, the interconnect would become the bottleneck, but good luck sourcing Apple's hard-won designs.

The secondary problem is that the parts are not uniform between models, meaning you can't depend on anything but the lowest common denominator, which translates to intentionally limiting feature so that this will run on everything. This include using older API sets because not all of the phones can run the latest (which is what you expect, since that's sunk cost, so you lose out on any of the modern features that would compete with integrated phones. A lot of this has to do with carrier certification for the combinations of components, which go up by a power of two for each ne possible module you can plug in.

The idea is pretty doomed due to the least common denominator alone, even ignoring that it's a s mid-mash, and they are using real software engineers of component isolation and interface contract. In other words, it's a mess of epic proportions;

Comment General answer: no (Score 1) 101

General answer: no

Less general answer: most startups come from the U.S., not China; the economy is bad in China and Greece (and maybe two other EU countries, who are now regretting letting Germany be in charge of their economies, the way Germany wanted to be in WWI and WWII), and that's not a problem for the U.S.. This is not like the dot bomb, where everyone was afraid to invest in startups, who were going to lose money on every customer, but make it up in volume.

Comment Re:Ignorance? (Score 1) 233

Theocratic busybodies are no good at answering that question..

Now at what point does a human first gain anything considered consciousness? That has yet to be proven, but most guesses put it at or around 15-20 weeks of gestation; around the same time the brain forms...

Actually, cognitive psychologists put it at the point where someone can recognize themselves in a mirror. So if you are disinclined to accept religious involvement in definition of civil law because of a little thing called the Establishment Clause of the 1st amendment, i.e.: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...", and you happen to believe in the separation of church and state... they can go pound sand.

We should no more make laws based on precepts of Christianity than we should make laws based on Sharia.

Comment Re:What part of "exit node" does IBM not understan (Score 1) 68

Once the traffic hits an exit node, it's no longer in Tor. It's also more or less impossible to "disguise botnet traffic" using Tor, since it's not like the botnet is running an entry or exit node.

Did you even read the paper? Botnets are using Tor to scan and attack corporate networks. Blocking Tor exit nodes will block those scans and attacks.

Yes. I did. They implied but didn't specifically state, in a single sentence (the one I quoted in fact) blocking of exit nodes. All of the other sentences suggested "block Tor", which implies the protocol (which -- did you even read what I wrote? -- is pretty stupid advice).

Do you really expect people to be able to implement TorDNSEL DNS lookups on reverse addresses for all incoming connections, or that if people start using this for blocking, that it will continue to be published? Or that if people start really banging on it with queries, it won't simply go down? Because continuing to publish as soon as even a single major ISP starts blocking on behalf of all their customers would be pretty critically stupid on the part of the Tor project, don't you think?

You are also aware that it is at best 30 minutes out of date at all times, right?

Also -- you are aware it's possible to run a private Tor network, since the software is Open Source, and deploy via Amazon or similar services, using stolen credit cards, so blocking the official Tor exit nodes is unlikely to be nothing more than a trigger to escalate the arms race, right?

Comment What part of "exit node" does IBM not understand? (Score 1) 68

"IBM said its data shows a “steady increase” over the past few years in attacks originating from Tor exit nodes, with attackers increasingly using Tor to disguise botnet traffic."

What part of "exit node" does IBM not understand?

Once the traffic hits an exit node, it's no longer in Tor. It's also more or less impossible to "disguise botnet traffic" using Tor, since it's not like the botnet is running an entry or exit node.

At worst, a bot on one of your servers will hit a Tor entry node in order to disguise that the traffic is coming from *your* server, as opposed to somewhere else. Frankly, if you have a bot on one of your servers doing this (which makes really no sense, since there's really no economic value in protecting individual bots from discovery of their identity), the problem isn't Tor, it's that you've allowed your server to become a bot in the first place.

Why IBM is involved in this anti-Tor scare tactic is anyones guess... but if you wonder about something like that, you should probably follow the money, since blocking the Tor protocol only buys you the ability to prevent entry or exit nodes on your network, and seriously, no one is going to trust an unvalidated entry/exit node enough that they'd be willing to peer with the thing in the first place.

Comment Re:Ignorance? (Score 1) 233

Now at what point does a human first gain anything considered consciousness?

I'm going to say "after they are sufficiently programmed", which is about 5 years old. Then it goes away again when they become a teenager. Then it comes back again when they go off to college. Then it goes away permenantly when they get their MBA. More or less.

Comment Officer, why am I being arrested? (Score 2) 280

A: Officer, why am I being arrested?
O: For crapping in the street.
A: But I didn't!
O: I have a picture of it right here.
A: Sorry, but that's a piece of performance art, and you are in violation of my copyright; delete the picture now!
O: OK. ...

Probably not the way things would go, even in Germany.

Comment This is precisely what they found. (Score 3, Interesting) 380

The article is vague, but if you changed a person's metabolic rate (how many calories are burnt without exercises) you would also expect them to have a corresponding change in body temperature.

This is precisely what they found.

I've made another posting (later) in which I link to a PDF of the original research paper, if you care to read it.

Statistics means never having to say you're certain.