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Comment Re:This is not going to work well. (Score 1) 86

Everything you mention is already happening. North Korea has a major trade link with China at Dandong. North Korean border guards are easily bribed, though they have raised their fees recently in the face of stricter controls. A cheap Chinese made portable media player known locally as the Notel is popular in North Korea. Note the brand in the image on that page, SANSUNG :-). People can buy these on the black market since around 2005 for about $50, cheap enough for them to buy with their own money without our help. It has USB ports, SD slot, plays DVDs, radio tuner, and TV tuner. And like Cuba, foreign content is smuggled into North Korea on USB thumb drives, and people swap content via sneaker net. The device was legalised by the regime in 2014, so even state run shops and markets will sell them now.

Comment Re:like what? (Score 1) 537

This is a big deal. I give the example of my mother making an international phone call when I was a child whenever I hear someone say there is no technological progress like there used to be. The whole process was quite a chore, and expensive. We had to go to the central post office in a big city, during working hours of course (through the snow, uphill both ways... just kidding). There was a special room with three phones on the wall and a person at the counter. We had to tell that person what country we wanted to call and what phone number. He then went into another room where he made the connection, probably with the help of overseas operators via some combination of undersea cables and satellites. When he made the connection he told us which phone to use. The call cost something like $10 per minute, which was a lot at that time, and the sound quality was poor. Literally every single part of that process has improved since then. Each improvement was small and incremental, barely noticeable, but together they changed the way we all communicate. I can now make a phone call to anywhere in the world for a few cents per minute, from something which fits in my pocket. That is amazing. I can't wait to see what incremental changes do to the way we drive cars in my lifetime.

Submission + - Astronauts Who Reach Deep Space 'Far More Likely To Die From Heart Disease' (independent.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Astronauts who venture into deep space appear to be much more likely to die from heart disease, according to a new study. In another sign that leaving planet Earth is fraught with danger and a potential blow to hopes of establishing a colony on Mars, researchers discovered deep space radiation appears to damage the body’s cardiovascular system. They reported that three out of the seven dead Apollo astronauts died as a result of a cardiovascular disease, such as a heart attack or stroke. Although the numbers are small, that rate of 43 per cent is four to five times higher than found among astronauts who flew in low Earth orbit or who did not actually go into space, according to a paper in the journal Scientific Reports. In an attempt to test whether the higher numbers of cardiovascular deaths were simply a statistical blip or a genuine sign of the effect of traveling into deep space, the scientists exposed mice to the same type of radiation that the astronauts would have experienced. After six months, which is the equivalent of 20 human years, the mice showed damage to arteries that is known to lead to the development of cardiovascular disease in humans.

Comment Re:Hatchet jobs aside (Score 1) 410

Jacob needs to fix it. It's your duty Jacob, no matter what shit they try to throw at you.

Do I detect a hint of narcissism coming from the AC? Are you trying to say that Jacob is the only person in the whole world who can fix Tor, no matter how many other skilled developers work on Tor and no matter how much they don't want to work with him?

Submission + - Iraq Finally Bans Fake Bomb Detectors

RuffMasterD writes: The Iraqi government has promised to stop using fake bomb detectors after a devastating suicide attack killed hundreds of people in Baghdad earlier this month. The attackers are thought to have driven a van loaded with explosives past several checkpoints using the fake detectors. The devices are actually cheap novelty ‘golf ball detectors’ re-branded as capable of detecting everything from narcotics to explosives from up to a kilometer away. A British man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud in 2014 after selling the fake detectors to Iraq for between $8000 and $40,000 each, costing nearly $60 million in total.

Comment Use it via DOSEMU (Score 5, Informative) 211

I still use FreeDOS regularly to run 20 year old research software. I use DOSEMU, which lets me edit files and move data around in Linux, and then read them into the DOS program without stopping and starting a virtual machine. So I have a DOSEMU terminal open, and my favorite text editor next to it, and maybe tail the log file in another terminal, all at the same time.

That old DOS software is still superior to any new point-and-click software. The config files leave a precise record of what parameters I set, and the logs leave a precise record of the result. It's fully auditable and reproducible, which is what science should be. And it will still run just as well as the day it was bought in another 20 years from now. The director tried to get us to buy some 'modern' software to do the same task. It 'only' cost $5000 and ran in MS Access. He was surprised when I refused the offer. Does it leave a written record of what I did? No. Are the results reproducible? No. Will it still run in 20 years time? Fuck no. Some things aren't broken yet, leave them alone.

Comment Re:More distractions (Score 1) 284

I never even thought about watching port and jacking off at McDonalds before this fiasco. I was just thinking about useless issues such as how to provide universal healthcare, or how to reintegrate incarcerated people into society, or how to support people in the lower socio-economic strata of society into productive employment etc. How foolish of me. But now I want to know, can I still jack off at McDonalds without watching porn?

Comment Re: Quantum still around...? (Score 1) 65

They did fit into a 5.25 inch bay. Mine was 1.2GB! One of the most attractive designs I have ever seen in a HD. Also the only HD I had that spectacularly failed. I seem to remember at the time they had a reputation for failing. Maybe something to do with the platter size, and the reason we don't have 5.25 inch HDs anymore.

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