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Comment Re:And what ? (Score 2) 87

Actually that means that thieves have to steal two objects (that NFC thing added to your phone) instead of one (your phone alone). Harder for thieves maybe, but the harder it becomes for them, the more violent towards you they can become. I don't think it's a very wise idea ...

It's always amusing to see the lengths to which some slashdotters will go to criticize an idea.

Comment Re:Overcoming the Fear of the New (Score 1) 662

Yeah and if anything I suspect the passengers have the least to worry about. If traffic only consisted of other cars it should be easy, there's not many huge metal boxes on the road except cars, they are easy to detect and they move fairly predictable within fixed lanes. Now pedestrians, bicycles, pets, wild animals and so on are another matter. Just to take one lesson that I still remember from my driving instructor some 15 years ago, if you see a ball bouncing across the road what should you do? Hit the brakes, not because of the ball but because of the kid who might be running after it. It's going to be hard to catch all those kinds of situations, then again who knows who many people react well.

Comment Re:How is TPM a security risk? (Score 1) 373

Nope, since a VM can't talk to the TPM there's no way they'd require it at the OS level, way too many enterprise customers do VDI today.

It'll be just another layer in the signature chain, your TPM-signed OS will only run under a TPM-signed virtualization tool that runs on a TPM-enabled machine and so it'll be digitally signed all the way down, just like an application running on a TPM-enabled OS.

Comment Re:Let's Not Be Jerks (Score 1) 784

Normal means, "according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle". Think normal distribution.

Funny, since the "normal" in normal distribution has nothing to do with the definition you quoted. That would be definition 5c:

(of an orthogonal system of real functions) defined so that the integral of the square of the absolute value of any function is 1.

Many of the antonyms to normal are insults, like for example normal vs sick people, normal vs insane people, normal vs handicapped people, normal vs disturbing behavior, normal vs perverted desires and so on. There are some inoffensive meanings that deal with common vs obscure and average vs extreme, but generally not being counted to one of the "normals" can be rather grossly insulting. Like "there's no elevator so you have to take the stairs but that shouldn't be a problem for normal people".

Comment Re:Hubble resolution, at a price (Score 2) 136

My personal experience is that even the largest and most sensitive AO system in the world (NIRC II on Keck II with laser guide star) still really struggles make an observation in 20 minutes that Hubble can do in 5 minutes. If anyone were to launch a >3 m aperture visual-band space telescope (NOT JWST, that's IR), it would blow all these AO systems out of the water.

Yes, but "Hubble resolution, at a price" makes it sound like Hubble was the expensive one.

From its original total cost estimate of about US$400 million, the telescope had by now cost over $2.5 billion to construct. Hubble's cumulative costs up to this day are estimated to be several times higher still, roughly US$10 billion as of 2010.

Compared to that, the Magellan telescopes

Total annual costs $10,437,639

That figure is including amortization of the $73 million dollar ($3,665,250*20) investment so $200 million total over 20 years. This means you can get 50 AOs for the cost of one Hubble, now which one comes "at a price" again?

Comment Re:How is TPM a security risk? (Score 5, Informative) 373

The only thing holding back DRM being the primary beneficiary of TPM is the lack of adoption and the fact that TPM is entirely voluntary. If every computer had a TPM module regardless of the users preference you could be damn certain that many DRM schemes would be using this.

Microsoft has announced that from January 1, 2015 all computers will have to be equipped with a TPM 2.0 module in order to pass the Windows 8.1 hardware certification. And while not every computer will run Windows, I very much doubt you'll find a computer that can't run Windows so that's the end of TPM-less hardware. Of course Windows 8.1 will run on non-TPM hardware but I figure in a few years Windows 9 will refuse to run on anything but TPM-enabled hardware. That's the end of the PC as an open platform and you can already prepare for the funeral.

Comment Re:"Maker" isn't a thing (Score 1) 109

It's an offshoot of the concept that ***the process*** is what's important in art, not the resultant quality. I agree, "maker" is a general and too vague to be worthwhile title title in and of itself.

You can make a table out of a piece of plywood and four posts, but that doesn't make you a furniture maker. "Maker" seems (like in art) just a way to sidestep the term craft.

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