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Comment evidence (Score 1) 1226

There's already enough evidence that earth is >6,000 years and yet some people don't believe it. There's also enough evidence for evolution today, so I doubt the situation will change in 30 years. Perhaps things will change when we're able to create life from scratch (go Venter!) or simulate consciousness in a computer.

Comment Re:No Question At All (Score 1) 342

I would have thought that the answer is pretty obvious: A riot will be considered illegal if three things are true:
1- The police (usually provincial -- nothing to do with the Federal Conservatives) consider it a riot, and arrest you;
2- The Crown attorney (usually provincial -- nothing to do with the Federal Conservatives) agrees with the police and presses charges; and
3- The judge or jury agree with the Crown attorney and convict you.

In a free country like Canada, if you're reached this stage, it probably means that you did in fact participate in a riot.

Comment Don't let the facts get in the way of your opinion (Score 1) 342

What a poor summary (shock!)
- It was not the (federal) Conservatives who arrested protestors during the G8/G20, but the (Provincial, Ontario) Liberals.
- You cannot compare a maximum sentence (10 years) with an actual sentence (5 years). In Canada that "10 year" sentence would probably translate into a suspended sentence (0 days) unless aggravating factors were present (violence).
- The bill is redundant anyway, since (according to TFA!) the "Criminal Code ... already criminalizes the wearing of a disguise."

Comment Re:Reed Solomon to the rescue (Score 1) 247

I'll second that. QuickPar ( http://www.quickpar.org.uk/ ) has been exceptionally useful to me over and over again. I can check file integrity, recover minor corruption, and revert to past file states if I accidentally modify old archived files. It's also free. The only unfortunate thing is that it doesn't seem to be under development anymore, but at least it still works with Win7/64.

For archival purposes, I've started using WinRAR ( http://www.rarlabs.com/ ) with the file authenticity and recovery options checked. Unfortunately none of this helps you now, but it will help in the future at least...

Comment History (Score 1) 816

"Most of the computer scenarios found population and economic growth continuing at a steady rate"

That's already a sign that their models are wrong. Did their models, if run on historical data, predict: the 1930's depression? the 1970's stagflation? the babyboom? the current economic situation? the current population growth trends in Africa? ...

Humans (and markets) are adaptable. If resources get scarce, prices rise. People change their behaviors.

Comment e-voting (Score 1) 100

This episode should serve as a reminder/proof that we should stick to good old fashioned paper based voting for as long as we can. Besides the fact that it's easier to run attacks on e-voting, there is also the nagging doubt that will always linger about the results when the count is close (ie: can you really be sure the algorithms weren't tampered with?)

Comment Re:Tip of the Scummy Iceberg (Score 1) 100

Elections Canada has so far identified only one "riding" (district) where many robo-calls were placed, and this riding was won decisively by the Liberals. So far, it is estimated by independent media that exactly -zero- ridings were swung either way. But don't let the facts get in the way of your opinions.
Crime

Submission + - Money Mules, Not Customers, The Real Victims? (threatpost.com)

chicksdaddy writes: "Threatpost is reporting on research from Microsoft that argues money mules — the accomplices who help move stolen funds — may be the real victims of online banking scams, not the bank customers who are the ostensible targets of fraudsters.

In a paper that turns conventional wisdom on its head, Microsoft researcher Cormac Herley and two co-authors argue that, mules, unlike fraud victims, are not protected by Federal anti fraud laws. And, unlike the criminals they work for, they are not beyond the reach of the banks or law enforcement. Further, as banks and other financial institutions have gotten better at tracing account takeover scams and reversing charges, it is the mules who pay the price: having funds extracted from their account to make the victim whole, assuming such funds are available.

"The thief is really stealing from the mule, not the compromised account, though that fact does not become clear until the dust settles," the researchers write.

Their conclusion: shoring up customer accounts (say, through stronger passwords) will have only limited utility in stemming fraud. A better approach would be to crack down on muling, denying fraudsters the critical link in getting money out of compromised accounts: a legitimate bank account that will take an illegal money transfer from a hacked account and turn it into a legitimate transfer to the fraudsters' account."

Google

Submission + - Google Drive coming as early as April (tech-stew.com)

techfun89 writes: "The wait may finally be over for the rumored Google Drive or GDrive. GigaOm's Om Malik says that it will be launched the first week of April.

"According to the details from my sources, Google is going to offer 1 GB of storage space for free, but will charge for more storage. The market leader Dropbox currently offers 2 GB for free. Google's product will come with a local client and the web interface will look much like the Google Docs interface. Interestingly, it will launch for Google Apps customers and will be domain specific as well. Google has also built an API for third party apps with this service so folks can store content from other apps in the Google drive. My sources are impressed, so far with what they have seen."

Google has fumbled in the past like with their initial release of Google Music without any record labels, which they later fixed. Google Play could to have ties to GDrive for storing things like digital movie content. So the potential exists for big results from Google Drive."

Encryption

Submission + - Cops Can Crack An iPhone In Under Two Minutes (forbes.com) 2

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: Micro Systemation, a Stockholm-based company, has released a video showing that its software can easily bypass the iPhone's four-digit passcode in a matter of seconds. It can also crack Android phones, and is designed to dump the devices' data to a PC for easy browsing, including messages, GPS locations, web history, calls, contacts and keystroke logs.

The company's director of marketing says it uses an undisclosed vulnerability in the devices it targets to run a program on the phone that brute-forces its passcode. He says the company's business is "booming" and that it's sold the devices to law enforcement and military customers in 60 countries. He says Micro Systemation's biggest customer is the U.S. military.

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