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Comment Re: Great news everyone (Score 1) 157

You seem to be under the mistaken impression that because the Solar system experiences a roughly homogenous spacetime field that everywhere else does too.

I'm pretty well convinced by the precession of the perihelion of Mercury that it isn't 'homogeneous' - if by that you mean that here's no significant space-time curvature.

The edge of the galaxy has no significant matter at all one one side and has an extremely limited distribution of matter on the other side.

As does, on a smaller scale, the solar system. Why are the results so different?

Comment Re:Great news everyone (Score 1) 157

In summary, galactic rotation curves are flat because ...

Then why doesn't the same thing happen in the solar system?

*Article that doesn't mention rotation curves*

Does that summarize our discussion well enough?

Relativistic effects happen almost everywhere, but they can't explain galactic rotation curves.

Comment Re:Black is the worst threat level...? (Score -1) 117

Black is the new Red, this is political of-course, it doesn't have any other meaning. Colour coding means something because of the colour properties (red is the most visible colour due to its wavelength and our perception of it). I guess what Obama is saying is this: the white people are scared of the blacks so much, they must perceive black as more dangerous than any other colour...

Comment Re:Provide your phone number for extra security? (Score 2) 145

This adds no additional security to a system secured with a password

Sure it does - It means you have two passwords, rather than a password and a piece of publicly-available information... Though the GP already gets that, I basically just rephrased his "type garbage, and save a copy" as something a bit more user-friendly. :)

That said, I otherwise agree with you completely - Though, I also don't really see the problem here. Biometrics would solve some of the usability issues with passwords, but at the cost of introducing entirely new ones.

Really, I think a lot of this comes down to "how much security is enough"? Sending an SMS for two-factor counts as far, far more than adequate 99% of the time; and that even counts as massive overkill 99% of the time. For virtually all uses, just using something like your favorite porn star's name is good enough.

Comment Re:If the message is intercepted and not delivered (Score 1) 145

If you are expecting a message, and do not receive, it, then how would your VOIP being hacked stop you from noticing? You might not realize that your VOIP has been hacked, but how could you not notice that you didn't receive the message?

If the message is intercepted while it is being delivered, but is still otherwise delivered normally while a copy is saved elsewhere, I can see that being a problem, because the recipient gets no cues that interception is occurring. But that's not what I was talking about... the article talked about the problem of messages being intercepted and then *NOT* being delivered, which I would imagine is not going to be a serious problem.

Comment Re:Try again. (Score 1) 91

No... just law enforcement.

I had once thought that this was because of a provincial court ruling that ordered them to do so, but I've been told since that this was not the case, so I can't say I'm entirely sure what would have happened if they had made any real attempt to argue against it. Perhaps they didn't feel it was worth the fight, particularly if they thought they would only lose anyways.

I fully agree with your main point, however.

Comment BB reputation is *disturbed* (Score 0) 91

BB CEO was disturbed by Apple just a few days back.

John Chen said he was disturbed that Apple valued its customers' privacy and its own reputation above government demands for backdoors. I think I can safely say that BB's reputation is now 'disturbed'.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he is "disturbed" by Apple's tough approach to encryption and user privacy, warning that the firm's attitude is harmful to society. Earlier this year, Chen said in response to Apple resisting the government's demands to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters: "We are indeed in a dark place when companies put their reputations above the greater good." During BlackBerry's Security Summit in New York this week, Chen made several more comments about Apple's stance on encryption. "One of our competitors, we call it 'the other fruit company,' has an attitude that it doesn't matter how much it might hurt society, they're not going to help," he said. "I found that disturbing as a citizen. I think BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility. If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out." He did say there was a lot of "nonsense" being reported about BlackBerry and its approach to how it handles user information. "Of course, there need to be clear guidelines. The guidelines we've adopted require legal assets. A subpoena for certain data. But if you have the data, you should give it to them," he said. "There's some complete nonsense about what we can and can't do. People are mad at us that we let the government have the data. It's absolute garbage. We can't do that." Chen also warned that mandatory back doors aren't a good idea either, hinting at the impending Investigatory Powers Bill. "There's proposed legislation in the U.S., and I'm sure it will come to the EU, that every vendor needs to provide some form of a back door. That is not going to fly at all. It just isn't," he said.

Comment Re:Now is the time to sue them (Score 1) 366

While I like this idea in general, the biggest problem with it is that Valve would need to knowingly invoke the courts in a case that they do not expect to win. This could be seen as a deliberate manipulation of the court system and a waste of its time, and Valve could pay end up paying punitive damages.

Comment Re:Great news everyone (Score 1) 157

What we call gravity arises from spacetime. ... The concept of time moves faster the further away it is from the matter that it is part of (e=mc^2 simplified).

*facepalm*

In summary, galactic rotation curves are flat because time is faster and space is smaller where there is less matter.

Then why doesn't the same thing happen in the solar system? If it did, we wouldn't have had a mystery in the first place.

Comment Re:Provide your phone number for extra security? (Score 1) 145

Also, security questions are a joke. Where was I born? The whole world knows by now. Why would I provide yet another vector for compromising my account?

You realize that you don't need to give a meaningful (nevermind "true") answer to those security questions?

"Mother's maiden name?" "#10 dual-window envelopes".

Comment bitcoin is money, that's its only function (Score 0) 143

I am not saying at all that anybody should be charged with anything, AFAIC anybody should be able to do whatever they want, money laundering is a nonsensical idea in the first place, however bitcoin is money.

Bitcoin is money because that is its only function. It is not a commodity, *bitcoin has no intrinsic value*, which means that outside of its use as money it has no other uses. It is used to transfer, store, account for value. It is as pure money as it gets, however because it has no intrinsic value at all (it cannot be used for anything outside of money, nobody needs it for anything but for its quality of being money) its ability to store value is questionable.

On a side note bitcoin is money and currency at the same time, that's because it is money that is also very easy to exchange and transfer from person to person.

Gold is money but it was not a very good currency (until recently), which is why people carried paper notes around to exchange quantities of gold (money). Currency is what circulates around, money is what stores value, can be traded/exchanged, can be used for accounting.

Modern technology makes gold, which is money also into currency, makes it extremely easy to use as currency without introducing any other medium of exchange to replace gold. Modern tech allows gold to be currency instead of having paper currency representing amounts of gold.

The judge in this case doesn't understand money or currency but at least he didn't use his lack of understanding to convict somebody on something that is not a crime AFAIC at all.

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