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Comment: Elephants. Rooms. (Score 1) 80

by torpor (#48280895) Attached to: Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

I think the big elephant in the room is more to be found further upstream, in the area of manufacturing. Worrying about software hacks is one thing - not having the faintest absolute clue exactly *what* is inside the chip package is something else entirely. Think its an accumulator bank? Oh sorry, maybe we forgot to mention the harmonic bundles associated with wave guidance within the interstitial distances of the rapidly blinking transistors .. yeah, those can be read from space. With a satellite (or 12).

The game is over folks, or rather .. the game is on, depending on how you look at it. Until you are capable of investigating and participating, directly, in the sub-assemblies, you will always have a weak back door. Either we, ultimately, become able to assemble our own chips on the desktop, or there will always be a power class: those who can build such devices, and those who can only be ruled by them.

Comment: No question about it! (Score 1) 94

by torpor (#48114527) Attached to: Accessing One's Own Metadata

We need to evolve to adapt to this new threat to the species, and instead of seriously *resisting* its effects on our being, we - the true power - direct the feature to our favour. If, out of the NSA catastrophe, we gain a "New Internet" wherein *everything, everywhere* for 15 years, was available to everyone, then we'd have indeed a new era in the human species. A truly evolutionary step, made by mistake - perhaps.

Comment: Re:It's a huge issue to app developers, not Google (Score 1) 211

by torpor (#32443840) Attached to: Android Compatibility and Fragmentation

The problem is OEMs have no incentive to put money into handsets they sold two years ago.

The OEMs should be profiting from their own app stores .. profits being driven from their customers. That they don't get this yet is hugely disappointing .. appstores - and naturally, software updates - are of huge interest to "next-gen" cell users .. but the carriers just don't want to get into it.

I suppose its because of the draconian US laws about content delivery over telephone networks, in the end, though ..

Comment: JUNO FIRST is another good one .. (Score 1) 78

by torpor (#28985321) Attached to: A History of <em>Robotron</em>

I love Robotron, play it regularly, Defender too .. In fact this is a list of games on my WIZ console, which is running pretty much MAME exclusively these days:

Robotron
Defender
Scramble
Moon Buggy
Crazy Climber
Crazy Climber 2
Juno First
Pleiades
Pisces
Exerion

Currently, I just can't stop playing Juno First .. love it so much, I'm considering doing a 'tribute/remake' for iPhone ..

Comment: Re:The Smart Devices Q7 is a good solution (Score 1) 167

by torpor (#28592955) Attached to: Good PDF Reader Device With Internet Browsing?

I wouldn't be so quick to jump on the SmartQ7 .. the OS pretty much blows, and there are power-management issues .. the device is rather prone to suddenly shutting down if you don't play with the right buttons for a while (15 minutes), and really .. the OS is pretty bad. It'll be much more ready for prime-time when a full Android or Mer port is completed .. in the meantime, if you get one, be prepared to put up with a very weird, Chinese, Ubuntu hack ..

Comment: My suggestions for him: (Score 1) 365

by torpor (#26566217) Attached to: Obama Keeps His Blackberry (And Gets a Sectera)

-- Hey, he can keep his blackberry, but only use it in the Oval office.

-- He keeps his blackberry, takes it with him, but it is open and public and well-maintained, and he shares it a lot with whoever he's with .. while also having his Sectera along for the ride, too.

Hey, come to think of it, he's the President now. Why doesn't he just get someone to **make** him the perfect wirehead rig, eh ..

Biotech

+ - Jet Powered Spy-Bats

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Mattheus Spartacus
Mattheus Spartacus writes "Researchers have taken amazing footage of a bat flying, and are suggesting that the mammals could be inspiration for military designers producing minitaure flying machines. "Next, the researchers aim to study bats' wakes using higher-resolution cameras provided by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. That information could help design tiny flying vehicles, such as those being developed for military reconnaissance." Should we expect jet powered spy-bats in the future?"
Music

+ - Laptop-only music performances?

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An anonymous reader writes "As music production tools, computers are everywhere from recording and mixing to publishing. What about computers as the sole musical instrument? DJing or just playing mp3s aside, we have improvisers and orchestras (another) that treat laptop as a full-flavored instrument. What's the most interesting laptop-only live act you have seen/heard? And would you call these guys a boy band?"

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