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Comment Math... (Score 1) 126

His model suggests that the ones that collided to make these gravitational waves were stars that formed 12 billion years ago, became black holes 5 million years later, and then merged 10.3 billion years after that.

Did he do his experiment 3.3 billion years in the future?

Of course, it could just be a typo...

Comment It's not faster at all... quite the opposite (Score 1) 58

I was running Android studio 1.5 on an i3 with 4GB of RAM. Emulator load time was about 3 minutes, gradle builds were 1-3 minutes, time between gradle build finish and app launch was about a minute.

After upgrading to 2.0, emulator load time is now 11 minutes, gradle builds are nearly five minutes and it takes nearly 3 minutes between gradle build finish and app launch.

Comment Apple should comply and then close the hole... (Score 0) 401

Apple should create the version of iOS that the government is asking for that is specific to the phone in question. That keeps them out of trouble.

At the same time, and prior to turning over the signed image to the FBI, they should also create a version of iOS that doesn't accept updates if the phone is locked.

They should then very quietly push the secure version of iOS out to all iPhones. From that moment forward, they will be unable to comply with any further court orders.

Problem solved.

Submission + - UK Company Riversimple Launches Hydrogen Car (techienews.co.uk)

TechnoidNash writes: Riversimple has been developing a hydrogen car with the support of a £2 million grant from the Welsh government. The result of their efforts? The Riversimple Rasa. A hydrogen car with a claimed fuel economy of 0.9L/100 km (250 mpg). The Rasa can reach up to 96 km/h (60 mph) and has a range of 483 km (300 miles) on a 1.5 kg tank of hydrogen. Read more: http://www.techienews.co.uk/97...

Comment Why would ad revenue suffer? (Score 1) 398

The only reason that websites know that the ads aren't reaching the intended target is because they're using javascript to test to see if the ad makes it into the page. The solution is to stop checking. As long as you're making a good faith effort to display the ads, it's not your job to be sure that they made it to the target. If I'm the publisher of a print magazine and I put ads in the magazine, I bill the vendors for the ad space. I have no way of knowing whether the reader actually reads the ad and it's not my job to know. The same principle applies to websites. Bill the vendors for the ads you attempted to insert and you're not losing money.

Comment It doesn't affect existing phones. (Score 1) 1235

The law only governs the manufacture of phones. It provides no guidance or penalty for possession of an 'unapproved' phone. If Bush were still in office, I would expect to see a division of the Department of Homeland Security created to monitor cell phone pictures, but...

Besides, if a bill is passed that says all cars manufactured after 2010 have to get at least 100 mpg, that doesn't mean that every other car has to leave the road. Eventually all of the older cars will stop working and only the high mileage cars will be left. Similarly, when all of the 'predatory' phones meet their demise, only the 'safe' phones will be left.

The real question is, why the hell is Congress wasting time with this tripe? Is this supposed to fix the economy?

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Submission + - Forensics Expert says Al-Qaeda Images Altered

WerewolfOfVulcan writes: Wired reports that researcher Neal Krawetz revealed some veeeeeery interesting things about the Al-Qaeda images that our government loves to show off.

From the article: "Krawetz was also able to determine that the writing on the banner behind al-Zawahiri's head was added to the image afterward. In the second picture above showing the results of the error level analysis, the light clusters on the image indicate areas of the image that were added or changed. The subtitles and logos in the upper right and lower left corners (IntelCenter is an organization that monitors terrorist activity and As-Sahab is the video production branch of al Qaeda) were all added at the same time, while the banner writing was added at a different time, likely around the same time that al-Zawahiri was added, Krawetz says." Why would Al-Qaeda add an IntelCenter logo to their video? Why would IntelCenter add an Al-Qaeda logo? Methinks we have bigger fish to fry than Gonzo and his fired attorneys... }:-) The article contains links to Krawetz's presentation and the source code he used to analyze the photos.

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