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Comment Re:Movies (Score 1) 322

And of course the "last ditch effort for another season or movie". The Stargate showrunners were stupidly bad when it came to this. (...) A bad movie leaves viewers annoyed at wasting a couple of hours. A TV series with a horrible conclusion leaves longtime viewers disgruntled and sometimes quite angry. But yes, a well-constructed TV show can provide many, many hours of great storytelling.

Yeah, except then the product (you!) has already been sold to the advertisers. And you've probably bought all but the last DVD/BluRay set, which means you'd have to be royally pissed and not just a little miffed to not buy the last one. They really don't have anything to lose that way, and it did get them Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum. It started with a movie becoming a TV series that ran for ten seasons with two spin-off series that ran for five and two seasons respectively plus the two movies I already mentioned so yeah... I doubt they think it was stupid, it seemed to work pretty well for them. There's Star Trek, who else has 17+ seasons and 3+ movies?

Submission + - Researchers Discover 'Hesperbot' - A New and Potent Banking Trojan (

wiredmikey writes: Security researchers have discovered what they say is an entirely new and “potent” banking malware family that packs advanced features including a mobile component.

Named “Hesperbot” by ESET, the firm that discovered the malware, despite being a new kind of malware, researchers are calling it a potent “Zeus-like Trojan” that features capabilities, including keystroke logging, screenshot and video capture, and event the ability to setup a remote proxy and create a hidden VNC server on the infected system.

“Analysis of the threat revealed that we were dealing with a banking Trojan, with similar functionality and identical goals to the infamous Zeus and SpyEye, but significant implementation differences indicated that this is a new malware family, not a variant of a previously known Trojan,” Robert Lipovsky, a malware researcher at ESET, explained in a blog post.

According to the researchers, the threat is currently targeting online banking users mainly in Turkey, the Czech Republic, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Hesperbot is not the only emerging threat working its way into users' systems. In late July, another new professional-grade banking Trojan was uncovered that RSA researchers said could soon rival Zeus, SpyEye and Citadel in how effectively it spreads.

Comment Re:End of a Dream (Score 1) 344

GP didn't say that. What he did say is that the Zimmerman/Trayvon case got extreme amounts of attention solely because Trayvon was black and Zimmerman was not. If the situation was reversed, it wouldn't be front page national news (we actually know this because there was a similar case with this crucial difference).

Comment Re:Sumitomo all over again (Score 1) 77

Well price isn't driven by cost, but by supply and demand. When a company needs a new laptop because they have a new employee who'll otherwise be twiddling their thumbs it'd take one helluva price hike to make them not buy one and look for a refurb/second hand laptop instead. What's the cost to Google if they have to close YouTube for new uploads and say "sorry, out of HDD space" do you think that's going to happen? At the first whiff of a shortage people go crazy and overbuy, which causes an actual shortage which again feeds the panic. If your products are practically going to sell anyway at any price because the market is squished, yeah I'd rise prices too. It's a business...

Comment Re:Still limited to 60Hz? (Score 1) 293

I know. :-( Wish they would upgrade 1080p to at least 120 Hz. Looks like we'll have to wait another 20 years before people figure out the importance of 100+ Hz.

Having lived with 50Hz PAL TVs and 60Hz CRTs we need high refresh rates, but an LCD doesn't go to black between refreshes so it doesn't suffer from flicker at any signal rate. Movies for example usually solve this by displaying 24 fps content at 3x24 = 72Hz which is flicker free. So the question is do we need 60+ Hz signal? We perceive fluid motion as around 25-30 FPS so 60 FPS is perfect smoothness for movies and television. Why? Because it's a capture of reality's "infinity" frames per second into 1/60 second time slots.

You can see flashes of light down to a few milliseconds (think a photo flash), but you can't say whether it was a 3 ms flash or a 20 ms flash or three 5 ms flashes with pauses. If I record it with a camera and play it back to you at 60Hz, it looks exactly the same. But in a game you can't see it unless it was rendered in a frame, only 60 FPS is like taking 60 snapshots with a 0.00001 second exposure time. If the flash of light wasn't in the frame it "doesn't exist". In order to capture all that a human would see, you need to render at much higher frame rates, perhaps something like 600 FPS. But you could motion blur ten frames into one for 60 Hz and it'd still look the same, you can't perceive 600 individual frames.

Having 120 Hz cables and monitors is really the brute force version of this, instead of motion blurring you just throw up razor-sharp images on the screen and let the brain do the motion blurring instead of the computer. It doesn't actually improve picture quality or smoothness. The only thing it improves is latency, all other lag in the gaming system being equal a 120 Hz monitor will render and make you start perceiving the image up to 8.3 ms faster than a 60 Hz monitor (16.6 vs 8.3 ms/frame). In an FPS it might mean you pulling the trigger faster than your opponent, but it doesn't do anything for non-gamers or games where 0.01 seconds doesn't make a difference.

Comment Re:The NSA screwed themselves and everyone else (Score 1) 183

We need an organization whose mandate is similar to the NSA.

For a second there I thought you were going to propose an anti-NSA organization: a government agency whose mandate and sole purpose is to protect Americans from NSA spying.

I feel dumb for not having thought of this. Mind you, protecting us from violations of our rights in general should be the job of the executive branch. The law is that we're not to be spied on without a clear chain of evidence constituting probable cause. The executive branch is supposed to enforce the law. Too bad they don't.

The "problem" with this is that there are only two groups who will use these tools. Innocent privacy enthusiasts and criminals. The NSA will be unable to distinguish between them

Are you implying that they can distinguish between them now? I don't think they particularly care. They are just building a database they can search, a private NSA Google.

True. And as someone who knows just enough about information retrieval to be dangerous, I can assure you that what they get out will be almost entirely garbage. Look up "precision" and "recall." It's like Heisenberg. If they increase precision, recall will plummet, and even real criminals won't be found. If they increase recall, their precision will be terrible, and they'll indict basically only innocent people.

Comment Re:Crap ... (Score 1) 77

You can always use more RAM anyway.

Man, I wish that were still true. I've got mobos that won't take anything but 1.82V RAM and RAM that's rated for 2.3V that won't work in a mobo that sees it at 2.3V but will work if I push that up to 2.35V.

In short, I've got unused RAM without mobos and unusued mobos without RAM, and that's not even counting buffered, ranked, ecc, 2/3, timings, interleavings, etc.

Re-using RAM has become hard. I miss the days of just ripping RAM out of my Mac II to put into my 486 when I needed to render a big file.

(above values are approximate)

Comment I got something good from it. (Score 4, Insightful) 136

We have enough studies telling you not to do this particular thing where you feel like complete and utter crap if you do.

Well, cool. You must feel pretty proud about learning absolutely nothing from this study except how your preconceived notions (aka "common sense") were correct to brag about it here and bash the authors for their useless work, but personally, I was fascinated by the info about sleep mediating gene activation and its effects on myelin growth.

Providing a mechanism to explain why you feel like utter crap is important -- especially for people who just like to soldier through chronic sleep deprivation and say they can handle it. Turns out, no, you can't -- you're literally killing your brain slowly, and that candle you're burning will run out much quicker. I've been trying to get myself into bed earlier each night, and I've heard studies that tell me that I'm shortening my life by not getting enough sleep, but now I know how and why and that I may be doing long-term brain damage by not fixing that problem, and that provides extra impetus to stop coasting and solve it right now.

This article, in the long run, may save my life (or at least greatly extend it) by giving the final kick in the pants to do something solid about it. (Especially since I'm half-dead today from lack of sleep.)

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