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Comment Re:So just hand them encrypted data (Score 2) 190

Great point-- give 'em total access to the encrypted data same as the FBI. If they have a problem with it, let the French take it up in US Courts. And let them pound sand for good measure in the process.

If this causes Apple-- and other device manufacturers-- headaches selling in France, then so be it.

Fair is fair. I personally applaud Apple for saying NO to unreasonable search and intrusion as an American citizen in US residence, even though it might likely bite them in the ass and cost them business. I hope the current legal debate works out in favor of privacy and the 4th Amendment in the US. If other countries have different laws, they are certainly entitled to enforce them within their borders. They can start by requiring all smart phones to be government issued Android: open source OS, they can craft and force all of the world's top hardware makers-- save one-- to run their preferred system. No snark intended, I am quite serious.

I'd love to see strong encryption become the norm in the industry-- I'm bothered, but not in fear of terrorism-- however each Nation can do what they want. I'll continue to enjoy being American and prefer living life with my Constitutional rights intact. If I'm killed by Terrorists with an iPhone then fuck those guys and may they roast... but I'm quite certain that I prefer to live out my time without government imposed FUD and nibshit LEOs whining that they cannot do their job without Orwellian access.

Expedient "justice" does not equal higher quality of life.

Comment Keyword-- INDIVIDUALS... (Score 1) 676

...and in this case-- per the article and/or a tiny bit of simple awareness-- old people are receiving the overwhelming share of those checks in the form of Medicare and Social Security.


I say our Baby Boomer friends (i.e. parents and grandparents) have earned those benefits. In the case of Soc Sec, they've certainly paid for them. We should give them what they have paid for. It'll hurt now-- particularly for all of us earning a living in the workforce/tax base-- but as those folks inevitably stop receiving benefits it'll all work out.

Fair's fair, and today's retirees didn't ask to be born at the same time at an incredible rate.
Encryption

OpenSSH Has a New Cipher — Chacha20-poly1305 — from D.J. Bernstein 140

First time accepted submitter ConstantineM writes "Inspired by a recent Google initiative to adopt ChaCha20 and Poly1305 for TLS, OpenSSH developer Damien Miller has added a similar protocol to ssh, chacha20-poly1305@openssh.com, which is based on D. J. Bernstein algorithms that are specifically optimised to provide the highest security at the lowest computational cost, and not require any special hardware at doing so. Some further details are in his blog, and at undeadly. The source code of the protocol is remarkably simple — less than 100 lines of code!"

Comment Re:Only half of the widget... (Score 3, Informative) 153

You can fudge quite a bit on a receiving antenna, not so much with a transmitting antenna...

None of the uses in the quote you objected to require a transmitting antenna.

True. That's a good point. However, consider the enormous range of those services:

RFID: 120 KHz - 10 GHz (Generally below 2.4 GHz, with LF and UHF tags being common)
FM Broadcast: 88 MHz - 108 MHz
DTV: 55 MHz - 700 MHz (Three bands, ~55-85, ~175-210, ~470-700)
Radio Astronomy: 13 MHz - 0.8 THz or something equally nuts way up there (The VLA receives below 50 GHz)

That's way outside the scope of getting an antenna to fudge on receive. We're talking wavelengths from ~1.5 MILES to under half a millimeter !

Unless Scotty beams down and hands us an antenna from the future, TFA's mega-broadband SDR described as doing all that at the same time is science fiction. I'll buy that SDRs could possibly handle that kind of bandwidth sometime soon, but there's no way we're going to see a practical antenna system shipping with it.

Comment Only half of the widget... (Score 5, Insightful) 153

FTFA: "It could record FM radio and digital television signals, read RFID chips, track ship locations, or do radio astronomy. In principle it could perform all of these functions simultaneously."

Nice try, but no. At least not in a practical sense and certainly not as a mobile rig.

Software Defined Radios are sweet but still dependent on a Physically Defined Antenna. I can see loads of wonderful uses for a broadband, frequency-agile SDR. Actually, I use them often as a Ham radio operator and they are extremely cool. However, there's still the problem of the pesky antenna. You can fudge quite a bit on a receiving antenna, not so much with a transmitting antenna (or a single transceiver antenna), and the engineers out there are very talented and clever at coming up with better designs... but it always tends to come down to the antenna.

My point is that advances in SDR tech is fantastic, but they're not-- nor do I ever see them becoming-- a magic box. What I think they WILL do is streamline production. One super SDR can be dropped into a number of application-specific boxes.

Comment Really ? Unsafe amount of RF ? (Score 5, Insightful) 684

I'll be these folks lodged some of their complaints over a mobile phone. And none of them use garage door openers, or keep track of their kids at the mall using FRS radios... argh. If they don't like the idea of remote meter reading, fine-- that's one thing, and a valid discussion to be had. But unsafe RF levels ? Are you KIDDING me ?
Games

Submission + - The average salary at Square Enix Japan is $273,000 (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Working in the games industry can be a very good career choice due to the pay on offer for more senior roles. If you want to work in Japan, then Square Enix is clearly the place to seek employment.

Nensyu Labo is a company that tracks salaries across a range of industries in Japan and has just released a new top 10 for the games industry there. The top 10 includes the companies you’d expect to see such as Sony, Konami, Namco Bandai, Tecmo, and Capcom, but it’s Square Enix that pays the most, and by a huge margin if these figures are to be believed.

The average salary for an employee working at the Final Fantasy studio is 21,680,000 yen. That’s roughly $273,000 a year. To put that in context, the company coming in second on the list is Sony who pays an average of $116,000. That’s less than half what Square Enix is offering.

Java

Submission + - Write BASIC, run Java (wordpress.com)

An anonymous reader writes: BINSIC allows you to write BASIC code, as though for an old Sinclair machine, and run it anywhere you have Java. Source code is available and it comes with code to run Conway's Game of Life.
BINSIC is actually written in Groovy, which runs atop the JVM but is supplied in JAR form and so can be used just as a Java JAR.

NASA

Submission + - Zero-gravity Roller Coaster in the Works (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: It appears that BRC Imagination Arts, a Southern California design firm, has a zero gravity roller coaster proposal that's waiting for a US$50 million investment. BRC's proposed theme-park ride is inspired by NASA's astronaut training aircraft the KC-135 (aka "Vomit Comet") and would give riders the sensation of floating within a stable chamber.
Android

Submission + - Samsung takes another page from Apple's playbook (bgr.com)

zacharye writes: Apple has argued on multiple occasions that Samsung builds mobile products that ”blatantly imitate the appearance of Apple’s products to capitalize on Apple’s success.” Courts seem to disagree for the most part, with only a pair of injunctions having been issued despite dozens of complaints Apple has filed around the world. There are some areas where Samsung does seem to take pages out of Apple’s playbook, however — Samsung’s new anti-iPhone ad strategy is somewhat reminiscent of Apple’s famous “I’m a Mac” campaign, for example — and market research firm Allied Business Intelligence may have uncovered another one this week...

Comment Re:Easy! (Score 1) 430

Absolutely correct--- the parent must either be, well, a PARENT or a teacher (perhaps both). Choose an EXTREMELY simple, straightforward physical task, break that task up into absolutely fundamental chucks, assign a [child-unit]* to each chunk, execute. *[child-unit]: Depending on how many kids you have and how you want to structure things, assign your kids to work as either individuals or small groups. I'll return to this in a bit... For 2nd grade, I'd suggest opening up by having the children consider single-task robots. They'll dig that. A bot can perform ONE physical movement. The task is to move a box from Table A to Table B. Break the movements into chucks like this: a: Grab box, elevate from table height to chest height b: Accept box at chest height and pivot left/right from a stationary position c: Accept box at chest height and move back and forth on a linear path from Table A to Table B d: Accept box at chest height and pivot left/right from a stationary position e: Accept box at chest height, lower to table height and release Following this model, you need three kinds of kid-robots: Lift/Lower, swivel cargo, transport cargo. If you explain and demonstrate each chunk, they'll get it. For 4th grade, do the same except lead them in a discussion to discover that the 5 chunks only require three discrete actions, and have them outline the order on the chalkboard. In essence, they'll be writing code. Good luck, consult the classroom teacher for assistance with the lesson plan, and above all HAVE FUN !!

Submission + - Iran accidentally shoots down it's own UAVs (wsj.com)

Worchaa writes: As told in an opinion piece by Michael Ledeen of the Wall Street Journal, the Iranian Air Force accidentally shot down (WSJ) three of its unmanned drones a few weeks ago. We read about the bomb-carrying version of the UAV here on /. recently. Apparently, the Air Force thought they were intercepting foreign aircraft spying on the country's new nuclear power station.

Mr. Ledeen focuses on growing domestic opposition to the Iranian government, not UAVs. But it's a great way to start. From the article, "...according to official Iranian press accounts, the Iranian military had created a special unit to deploy the drones—some for surveillance and others, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad bragged on Sunday, to carry bombs—but hadn't informed the air force." Whoops.

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