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Comment Re:Code should be as concise as possible. (Score 1) 239

I have run out of Latin letters & started using Greek ones a few times. In my defense, I was just grabbing elements of small nested lists (via Haskell's pattern matching) & permuting them, & a comment saying what the permutation meant (or better yet, a good function name) would be a lot clearer than trying to give meaningful names to 32 (or however many it was) variables used only once.

Comment Re:faraday cage (Score 1) 107

Microwave ovens only need to block the frequency used by the magnetron (& enough to the sides to account for drift & finite-time effects). It is apparently tricky to make a broad-spectrum Faraday cage with a usable door, so they tend to take the cheapest option & leak elsewhere (i.e. everything but (part of) the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band).

Comment Re:Its a step, but there are better ones (Score 1) 107

This. The comments suggesting just disconnecting or disabling the radio are missing that the phone could record stuff & transmit it later when re-enabled. An RF sensor will not stop such recording, either.

Sensors could have small, redundant backups, so hardware input switches might only get a false sense of security. For that matter, even removing the battery is in principle possible to work around (using an extra battery or a capacitor—the power needed to record from a microphone is not very high, for example). We might hope that would not happen due to cost, but what is a few cents out of the price of a modern smartphone?

A soundproof Faraday cage should work, but if someone is that paranoid, they probably need to put the people inside it rather than their phones.

Comment Re:What if the robots don't want socialism? (Score 1) 262

There is a difference between a human of above average intelligence needing the rest of civilization to survive &, say, a human needing an ant colony. (Sure, they do something useful, but we kill them en masse when they get in our way.) So it would seem to depend on how much more advanced than us these hypothetical robots were.

Comment Re:What if the robots don't want socialism? (Score 1) 262

If they are more rational (for certain values of "rational"), they might be socialist while sub-human, then switch to being libertarian once they reach super-human intelligence. But of course that assumes they are programmed such that they can pick their political views, rather than being constrained to espouse whatever position most benefits their owners.

Comment Re:Meh, I won't bother (Score 1) 292

I hacked the PS4 camera firmware to get it to work with my apparently-buggy USB 3.1 controller card. You still have to unload & reload the driver every time you want to use the camera (or even change resolution or frame rate), but it does work. Sometimes. (I suppose I could have hacked the USB controller's firmware instead, but it does not seem to be reloaded every time it powers up the way the camera's is.)

Comment Re:Have to give it to Apple..... (Score 1) 771

While the standard way of quoting the size is ¼" (& that was surely what was originally specified), that is exactly equal to 6.35 mm, unlike many other claimed (near-)equivalences between metric & U.S. units.

But for exactly that reason, it might as well be called ¼" because it is a more easily memorable number.

Comment Re:Say "Citigroup" instead of "Thank You" (Score 1) 281

I was not aware of that specifically, but that is irrelevant to the point I was making. I was only talking about how people think some brand names are too generic. If they complained that Apple Computer should not be called that because "Apple" is a dictionary word, then I do not see why they would not have said the same about Apple Corps, & vice versa. That the latter sued the former for having a similar name & working in the same area is not the same thing as whether (random people think) "Windows" is too generic a name for a windowing environment or "App Store" for an app store.

It is more like "Android" for an OS or "Oracle" for a database company, unless people actually start using Android to run humanoid robots or asking Oracle to predict the future (which should still not affect their non-genericity with respect to cell phones & ordinary databases, respectively).

Comment Re:Why are muslims still allowed in the US? (Score 1) 1718

There are also places in the US where you are not free to express your religion. E.g. some schools not allowing prayer (at least in forms that makes it apparent to others that one is praying). & we all know what some in the government seem to think of the rest of the Bill of Rights.

Comment Re:What this actually means..? (Score 1) 189

Except that each separate app is bigger than the original app was when it did all the things (& I have yet to actually use any of the new features, as far as I can tell). It has gotten so big that my phone crashes (the OOM killer takes everything out, eventually including something-or-another important) if I attempt to install any recent version of the main Facebook app (whereas you would think separating the parts would have fixed that). I would say it must be because I have too little RAM, except that everything else seems to fit & work just fine.

Comment Re:SHA256. (Score 1) 637

The idea is to prevent getting the master password (which still needs to be secure by itself) from a per-site password. If SHA256 has the relevant security property (inability to find a common prefix given several partial hashes & the suffixes used), this should be as good as using a list of random passwords secured by a master password, while taking less space & being reconstructible.

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