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Comment Why restrict this to the blind? (Score 1, Insightful) 131

This is the most promising bit of cybernetics news I have seen in quite a while. I've been hoping that some day within my lifespan artificial senses could be used. Well, now it looks like they can. Maybe they make for low-resolution video, maybe they can be used for information readout. Yeah, it would look weird, but this can give you (for example) a read heads-up display that doesn't interfere with your vision. Or an interface for processing senses from remotely controlled robots. Imagine the fun business users would have being able to "read" their email while driving. The possibilities are endless.

Comment Re:Excuse me, but... (Score 1) 51

But say you have two black boxes. The first uses Diffie-Hellman to exchange a key for subsequent AES encryption; the second exchanges a one time pad using quantum cryptography. What's the advantage of the second? In a passive attack (snooping alone), the snooper can't break Diffie-Hellman. In an active attack (man-in-the-middle), quantum crypto fails as well: I just put a machine in the middle that acts as A to B and B to A, receive one pad from A and send a completely different one to B, and go on my merry way, transparently reencrypting anything passing through.

You can't perform a man-in-the-middle attack with quantum crypto because the one-time-pads are exchanged in advance. You can't send an OTP with the message, you have to share it in a secure manner at some previous time. In the quantum crypto case, you would create and distribute the entangled particles ahead of time, then use the OTP to send a strong symmetric crypto key and encrypt your normal communication with that.

You can't intercept that one-time-pad key transmission because, if you did, you wouldn't be able to reproduce the OTP to re-encrypt your man-in-the-middle key to be sent to the other party. While quantum crypto doesn't prevent interference, it makes it impossible for the interference to not be noticed. That is its advantage.


Paro the Therapeutic Robot Baby Seal 52

Mike writes "Paro is a therapeutic baby seal robot that is exploring new dimensions in animal therapy. Created to act as a companion for hospital patients and the elderly, the adorable baby harp seal bot aims to increase relaxation and decrease stress. Paro can sense and respond to its immediate environment through five integrated sensors that detect touch, light, sound, temperature, and posture, and it is even capable of learning and responding to a name."

DIY Google Street View Project? 106

Ismenio writes "Does anyone have any ideas for a do-it-yourself Google-Street-View-like project on the cheap? I am planning to visit a few places outside the US that are important to me, and would like to be able to set up a site for friends and family to visit and give them the Street View-like experience so that they could navigate, pan and zoom in the areas I have. Though being able to use GPS coordinates would be great, that's certainly something I can do without. I know I can take pictures and stitch them together to create panoramic views, but I would like to be able to also navigate though some streets. Would it make sense to record it with an HD camera, then batch export frames as pictures? Is there any software in the open source community that I can use?" Ismenio includes links to some related pages: Popular Mechanics' look at the camera tech used for Street View, and a company that claims better panoramic image technology than Google's.

Comment Re:yeah (Score 1) 260

I find it interesting that you are complaining about the last eight years in the US, yet the article is about Europe...

I'm referencing the U.S. because I'm a resident of the U.S., and have more knowledge of the U.S. government's various malfeasances than I do of the U.K.'s.

And no one was "complaining". I was merely pointing out that the OP's claim that a government is somehow more trustworthy than a "grey hat" is patently absurd.

IMO, it shows the anti-US sentiment, apparently because of the US's more or less high position in the world, as opposed to many European countries that are trying to rival it with the EU, etc., but failing.

IMO, you're reading way too much into my remarks, Sparky.

And yet, The UK and Europe have far worse "wire-tapping" sorts of things than the US. But it's not in vogue to complain about it anywhere but in the US, it seems.

Could you please explain your point, seeing as how you have seemed to have made mine for me at this juncture?

Comment Re:More Information? (Score 1) 260

Granted....I'm just making the suggestion based upon the available information that says a Trojan will be involved, which will almost certainly be only written in the M$ flavor...90% of market share and all...

However, as interest in Linux increases, it's only a matter of time before The Powers That Be take notice, and mucking with a repository would be a great way to snare an unsuspecting Linux user. All the more reason to support the growing Paranoid Linux movement...I don't know exactly how effective this sort of thing would be in the real world, but unfortunately, it looks like we're going to have to find out.

Comment Re:Wow! (Score 0) 260

But, of course, if your machine is behind a firewall, they'll just outlaw having firewall because it impedes their ability to investigate you for crimes.

Actually, if you live in Michigan, this has already happened.

Unless this law has been repealed since 2003 (and I've been unable to find any evidence that it has), then I and everyone I know is a felon.

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