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Comment Re:Dear article writer: Listen to yourself (Score 1) 69

> all economy runs down to energy.


> society can get all of its energy needs without energy being built using big data infrastructure.

I'm not sure how you missed the fact that (Big) Data leads to Knowledge which leads to Power and Energy and ultimate Money.

That's why Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, etc. are all building huge data centers. They want a piece of the pie of influencing & controlling because ultimately it will bring profits.

Submission + - Homeland Security Committee Chair Says Crypto Backdoors Would Hurt U.S. Economy

Trailrunner7 writes: Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said forcing vendors to install backdoors or intentionally weakened encryption in their products is not the solution to the disagreement over law enforcement access to encrypted devices and said there needs to be international standards for how the problem is handled.

“The easy knee-jerk solution I thought was let’s just put a back door in everyone’s iPhone that law enforcement can access. Simple, makes sense,” McCaul said.

“Putting in a back door isn’t the solution. People don’t the government to have access to their data. The government wasn’t asking Apple to put in codes to create a vulnerability that would kill their product. We think there’s a better way and a better solution to doing that.”

McCaul also said that pressure from the U.S. government to insert backdoors could drive tech companies to take their operations out of the country.

“I don’t see it as privacy versus security. I see it as security versus security,” he said. “I don’t want to weaken encryption and drive these companies offshore.”

Comment Re:This again? (Score 1) 380

> It certainly did not have an assembler in ROM, you had to type in Hex Opcodes.


The Apple ][, //e (enhanced), and //c have a mini assembler in ROM.
On the Apple ][+ you could load in the Integer Basic into the Language card and use it.

That's what the monitor `!` command does -- it invokes the mini assembler @ F666 with the appropriate ROMs.

Woz even included the source code for it in the "Red Book"

Comment off YouTube...? (Score 0, Troll) 243

I'll probably be down-modded for being snarky but just because you're "tone deaf" and can't tell the difference between 16-bit @ 44 KHz and 24-bit @ 192 KHz doesn't imply everyone else is.

I never mentioned the shenanigans of bullshit cables such as this one:

But keep bringing up non sequiturs.

Comment off YouTube...? (Score 0) 243

> So, wondering when the masses stopped caring at all about how the music sounded?

It started when CD's became popular and became cemented with the iPod.

16-bit @ 44 KHz was "good enough" for the average Joe.
Studios started making "hot" music with very little dynamic range in the 90's.
Ripping to 128 Kbps more so.

> I have the Khorns, hell, I have a whole Klipsch surround system

How do the Khorns sound compared to Tannoy's Horns or MartinLogan's Electrostatic speakers ?

"When I die I hope my wife sells my speakers for what they're worth rather than what I told her I paid for them."

Submission + - Mozilla Releases 'Rebellious' Selfie App Against EU Copyright Reform

An anonymous reader writes: In response to the European Union’s (EU) proposed copyright reforms, web browser Mozilla has created a new app, called Post Crimes, which it believes highlights the outdated and harmful nature of the proposals. Mozilla argues that the reforms make everyday online activities like education and parody unlawful. It suggests that making memes, gifs and certain selfies illegal in some countries is a ridiculous proposition, and aims to open up the debate further through the Post Crimes platform. The aim of the app is to encourage users to take a selfie in front of European landmarks, which would be technically unlawful to photograph, such as the Eiffel Tower’s night-time light display. The selfies are then forwarded as postcards to members of the European Parliament. Mozilla hopes that this rebellious approach will show policymakers just how outdated the copyright reforms really are.

Comment Re:This again? (Score 2) 380

> Assembly language usually normally contains conveniences ...

Minor quibble. FTFY.

On the Apple 2 computers you can use the mini-assembler built into ROM -- which IS the raw assembly it generates.

300: LDA $C000
  BPL $300
  STA $C010

The OP is ignorant of what assembly language even is.

Comment Re:This again? (Score 1) 380

Mod parent -1 incorrect.

> "Assembly" is not a programming language.

You keep using this phrase "not a programming language." It doesn't mean what you think it means. Methinks you need to review what a programming language IS because your definition is incomplete.

Your mistake is assuming "assembly language" refers to one canonical language. The truth is Assembly language refers to a family of languages.

As someone who still programs in 6502 assembly language (I work on an emulator in my spare time) then tell me my WHY does my Apple //e have a mini-assembler built into ROM if assembly is not a programming language??? The 6502 mnemonics are stored, compressed, in the ROM of ALL Apple 2 computers, along with a dis-assembler.

I could program in machine code (either decimal or hexadecimal):

300:AD 00 C0 10 FB 8D 10 C0 60

I could use the mini-assembler:

300: LDA $C000
  BPL $300
  STA $C010

Or I could use full canonical assembly

; Stupid /. unindents first line
  ORG $300

So yes, "Assembly" is a programming language. It comes in many flavors. There are even two flavors on x86: GCC assembly and Intel assembly.

Apostle Paul the Perverter, 1 Corinthians 11:14

Submission + - New formula massively reduces prime number memory requirements.

grcumb writes: Peruvian mathematician Harald Helfgott made his mark on the history of mathematics by solving Goldbach's Weak Conjecture, which every odd number greater than 5 can be expressed as the sum of three prime numbers. Now, according to Scientific American, he's found a better solution to the Sieve of Erasthones:

In order to determine with this sieve all primes between 1 and 100, for example, one has to write down the list of numbers in numerical order and start crossing them out in a certain order: first, the multiples of 2 (except the 2); then, the multiples of 3, except the 3; and so on, starting by the next number that had not been crossed out. The numbers that survive this procedure will be the primes. The method can be formulated as an algorithm.

But now, Helfgott has found a method to drastically reduce the amount of RAM required to run the algorithm:

Helfgott was able to modify the sieve of Eratosthenes to work with less physical memory space. In mathematical terms: instead of needing a space N, now it is enough to have the cube root of N.

So what will be the impact of this? Will we see cheaper, lower-power encryption devices? Or maybe quicker cracking times in brute force attacks?

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