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Comment in other countries (Score 1) 234

So basically all the money the government has collected as fines and penalties is distributed evenly to all taxpayers. That money was collected as compensation for crimes against society, and this way it gets distributed back to society.

That's exactly how it works in other countries (e.g.: Switzerland).
Fines don't go to the department (e.g.: to the police)
Fines go to the public spending budget, so the country has more money to do things (in addition to the tax money), or more practically, gets less indebted to do the same things...

Comment IPv6 tunneling (Score 4, Informative) 49

i will admittedly say i have no idea what sixxs is

SixXS was a free IPv6 tunneling service, so that people with only IPv4 provider can still get access to IPv6 addresses through a 3rd party.
(But more reliably than 6in4 which is dependent on the dynamic IPv4 address, and relies on volunteer servers reached though anycast).

The idea was to break the chicken-and-egg problem faced by IPv6 migration :
- content provider don't care about moving to IPv6 because nobody is using it and most people are still on IPv4
- and ISP not spending the effort to provide IPv6 to their clients, because there's no IPv6 content to justify the move.

SixXS provided a 3rd party with a very reliable way to get onto IPv6, so at least the "there are no users" excuse isn't valid anymore.

Now fast forward a decade and a half later and nowadays a lot of content providers *ARE* on IPv6 (e.g.: Google, most universities, etc.), but there are still ISP not providing IPv6 on their network (e.g.: using something like 6rd, which basically works like 6in4 but relies on official servers with fixed address that is owned and operated by the ISP),
Instead of that ISPs let the users go use SixXS, for the users who want IPv6. So rely on a free 3rd party service, instead of putting the efforts themselves to enable IPv6 for their own users as they should be doing.

So SixXS is shutting down to force ISPs to setup and listen to their users and provide IPv6, instead of deferring it to SixXS.

its sad to see them go since it was a free service, providing a service for people without means.

The thing is, SixXS was providing a service that should in theory be provided by the ISPs themselves, but some are too lazy to implement IPv6 even after almost 2 decades.

(and it's not for people without means. Technically, it's for people who have the means to pay an ISP for a connection, but said ISP is damn shit lazy and doesn't care to provide something more modern than last century's IPv4)

Comment chip on your shoulder (Score 4, Insightful) 235

Given Europe's attitude towards hate speech and how they enforce "right to be forgotten", I'm surprised that they haven't already erected a GFW at this point

...said the main living in the glorious country where the simple apparition of a nipple is considered a major mediatic catastrophe, where breast feeding is a public offense, and where anything remotely sexual is sure to traumatise the next few generations of youth. (and where nude bodies are probably terrorism-level material).

To each country and culture its own taboos.
For Germany, it might be hate speech, for France it might be "right to be forgotten", and for the USA it's anything which isn't missionary position with the sole purpose to procreate.

Beware of the nude-nipple-terrorists, America !

Comment Actually real. (Score 1) 89

now its almost as pathetic as "THIS IS THE YEAR OF LINUX!"

Yeah, go tell that to your smartphone (a huge proportion are running Android, which is running on Linux, though not on GNU userland), and/or your tablet, and to the wireless router/modem they are connecting to (it's almost impossible to find one which is not running Linux + Busybox nowadays). Not even speaking about your TV set (most SmartTV firmwares are running Linux).
Even the Intel Management Engine (the small always-on microcontroller inside the motherboard of your laptop/worktation that is used to remote adminsitration in enterprises) runs some Linux variants.

You're literally interacting daily with dozens of devices running the Linux kernel without even noticing it.

Seriously, it's been the "year of linux on everything except your desktop" for ages ago.

I swear "NINTENDO IS FINISHED! 3RD PARTY WHEN?" yet, here they are still making consoles.

Even if they are not droping their still very profitable console business, Nintendo is slowly expending to other hardware. (See their "Pokemon" IP showing up on smartphone apps - though this one was done through an external studio, Nintendo basically only providing the IP)

Comment Actually it's clever (Score 1) 122

Austin Powers-references besides, that's actually a good idea:

- 75k USD is actually indeed a very small sum. So small that Apple's PR department can easily cough it up (there are probably rounding error on Apple's marketing budget that are bigger than that) without it even going noticed in Apple's finances.
i.e.: It's pretty cheap for Apple to hand the money just to make them shut up and get them out of mind.

- 75k USD can actually means a lot in Turkey (if the hacker group are truks, as they claim) given the local buying power. The sum might seem ridiculously small to the US /. audience, but it might be comfortable enough for the hacker.

- The hackers have even said that they would accept 75k in iTunes card. That's money that will eventually get spent on Apple goods and services anyway. Apple's tax evasion special...^H financists will probably find a way to write it of as a loss and still profite out of it.

Comment Control distribution : Nope. (Score 3, Insightful) 232

If I create some original digital content should I not have the right to set the terms of use and distribution?

Nope. You should not.

In the grand scheme of things, what you should have the right to, is to be paid for the act of creation of the content.
(you should get remuneration for your work. not be entitled to use it as a rent)

But for historical reasons, the point at which money got collected was traditionally at the distribution, because back at the time when copyright laws were emerging, duplicating and distributing content was hard (if not the hardest part of the pipeline). And thus it was a happy chance that it could also help finance upstream creation.

But nowadays, once we're out of the dark ages and into the information age, with everything going digital, duplication and distribution is boringly trivial and can't be justified any more. Artists still need to get paid to create (They need to eat, after all), but the point at which the money is collected doesn't make a fucking sense anymore in the modern setting.

(Also note that a few small indie artists are moving out of this business model, and going back to older concepts of patronage. See platforms like Patreon, Tipee, etc.)

Comment What's wrong with you people ?! (Score 2) 127

What's wrong with you ?

There's a new better photovoltaic cell, that is actually produced by an actual manufacturer (Kaneka) and could soon be matched by other actual manufacturer making real cells in the real world (Panasonic and Tesla mentioned), and not simply one of those "small research team in some university lab make a small breakthrough that could increase cell effenciency. In theory. Probably within 25 years when the discovery finally reach actual production at a real-world manufacturer".

And all you people bicker about how the numbers are presented in the summary ?

What's next ? Going ape-shit crazy about some shirt that a scientist is wearing, instead of paying attention that he's announcing that they managed to land a probe on...

oh, wait!

Comment The actual real problem with Mars... (Score 4, Insightful) 102

Is that it has no immediate practical military applications.

Whereas :
- ...landing a team of human on the moon (the things brought out of Earth low orbit, capsule+landing module etc = 25 tons)
- ...landing a very small probe on mars
- ...launching a huge communication satellite into earth orbit.

All require a big rocket powerful enough to lift 25ton into orbit.
A rocket with very practical military application :
- is strong enough to put a big spy satellite (the classified cousins of Hubble telescope) in low orbit.
- is strong enough to launch the biggest nuclear warhead ever (see Tsar bomba) and reach any point on the globe.

So government is sure to throw a lot of money into it. Both sides of the iron curtain did it during the cold war.
The race to space / to the moon, wasn't as much a race to reach space as a covert way to show off "I can nuke any point of the globe".

In the meantime, being able to launch a human-carrying capsule all the way to Mars needs a much more powerful rocket (heavier mass to launch than a probe / or further to launch than to the moon), which doesn't make any sense from a military point of view : you're not going to pack several Tsar-bomba-class nukes to the same destination.

Alternatives are using several normal launchers to slowly build step by step an interplanetary vehicle in Earth orbit and use that to shuttle people around to/from Mars.
That's the thing which makes the most sense in a civilian point of view (re-use existing proven launcher technology, and tons of further scientific discoveries and potential applications of developing an "orbital shipyard / construction site" capability).
But again no concrete immediate advantage for the military (what's the point of having a huge space borne platform ? dropping rods from space ? When you can already simply nuke any point on earth ?)

So you can't easily get government money for that.
So the NASA, SpaceX, and co will need a way to finance these kind of "for Science !" projects privately.

Comment Communication vs. instruction (Score 1) 158

I would guess that the difference is that a satnav device gives you step-by-step instruction that you can blindly follow.
("Turn left, turn right, stay on the left lane, etc.") the information is very low level and simple. Almost giving you direct instruction about what to input on the control interface of the car.
(i.e.: you're mostly thinking about turning the wheel, pushing the pedals and fiddling with the transmission stick)

Whereas a passenger with a map will *communicate* with you. You'd be having a discussion about where you're going.
The passenger might give much more higher level instruction :
("See that traffic light at the end of the street? You'll need to turn left there" vs. "Stay in left lane. [pause] Turn left").
You and your passenger are communicating about your spacial environment.
And therefore your brain needs to think in term of spacial location in order to parse and process the informations given by your passenger.
(i.e.: you are still thinking spatially, because you need to process speech about spatial cues).

Now although IAAD, I'm not a neuro psychiatrist so the above guess might be wrong.

Comment What shape is your hand ? (Score 1) 103

There's a huge difference between "portable" and "I can comfortably hold this with one hand for an extended period of time".

Again, we're not speaking about something shaped like a brick.

We're speaking about 6.1mm vs 7.5mm.
i.e.: differences in the mm range, in a object that's less than 1cm thick.

What weird shape does a hand have so that a 6.1mm thick object can comfortably fit for an extended period of time, but a 7.5mm thick object suddenly can't anymore ?!
I just can't get why people are paying so much attention to mm differences in objects that are thin enough for nearly all most common use cases...

Comment Thicker: So what ? (Score 1) 103

Do you really need that much to be able to cut cheese with your tablet ?!

I understand that it's preferable for gadgets not to weight 1 metric ton, and not to be as fat as a cinderblock, but as long as they are portable does it really make sense to chase after every last millimetre ?

Comment The password isn't the password. (Score 2) 54

The password here (i.e.: the word that is spoken) isn't what plays the role of password (it's not the actual word itself that unlocks the machine).
As mentionned, this technology doesn't use any voice recognition.

The thing which acts as a password (the thing which decides to unlock or not) is the particular way in which your mouths moves when composing the sound of the word.
The word only plays the role of a mnemonic : a thing that helps you remember the combination of elements - i.e.: the order of mouth movement that you need to do to unlock the session.

You could try to do the same motion noiselessly if you want (and if you actually manage to do the same lip motions).


Now, there's a strong correlation between sounds and lip motions, and somebody over hearing you would have a good starting point at trying to guess what your camera sees.

Comment PIN code (Score 1) 54

These kind of "biometrics unlock" (like also a fingerprint scan) are used as a quick way to unlock instead of having to input a strong password.
They're the equivalent of a PIN code, not the equivalent of a 16-characters long strong password.

So if you can't lip/mouth your biometric pass, you simply do as you would if your finger was unavailable (= harmed, and covered with a band-aid) for fingerprint scans:
you type instead the strong unlocking password to log-in.

Now the problem is that you probably use your PIN-like biometric because it's faster and easier, and thus avoid using the strong password.
And thus by never using it, there's a risk that you'll forget it.

Seriously, how many people around here know the PUK to unlock their SIM card, as opposed to the PIN ?

Comment Technically (Score 1) 54

The point is don't try and sell this as a "combined" security model when one half of the system is essentially compromised, simply by using it as intended.
Unfortunately, the other half of this system will ensure the entire thing is marketed as the best "multi" factor authentication solution in the entire universe.

From a pureley technical point of view, it *is* a multifactor :
- something you have/are : Your lips (or more precisely : their peculiar shape and your personal way to move them when making some sounds).
- something you know : A certain order in which you present the above lips motions (though it's linked to the sound you're making, and if somebody can over-hear you, they have a decent starting point at guessing what motions you where doing with your mouth).

Currently, it's not being marketed *for being multi factor*.
Currently, it's being marketed for the fact that you *can* change the "something you have/are" part. It's a changeable-type of password/biometric, which is unusual among other biometrics where you can't change the "something you are" part (you can't easily grow an extra finger with a new fingerprint whenever a previous one was compromised - using gumy bears or whatever).

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