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Comment Re:I think this existed in the 80's (Score 1) 69

What you are referring to is demodulation of AM signals in much the same way a crystal receiver operates. That requires a fairly strong signal and a nonlinear device, i.c. a diode formed by two different metals in your brace, a germanium diode (crystal set) or iron/rust junctions in barb wire, which also exhibits this phenomenon.

The article is about a modulation of a pre-existing radio wave, similar to a spy device the Russians used during the Cold war. A difference is that the Russians transmitted a dedicated carrier to be modulated, while this technique piggybacks on existing radio waves.

Comment Re:Only Tech? (Score 2) 156

Except that, by any objective measure, the news is NOT negative. The world is most peaceful.

No. You are confusing what is happening, the facts with the news. At the moment, the news may very well be the worst of all times, even if the facts aren't.

If you think that the reality of what is happening in the world is mostly negative, you should reconsider your news sources, and get a more balanced perspective.

The OP's personal source of news is irrelevant in this discussion. Bad news sells better than good news, even for the NYT and the WSJ. As TFA puts it "...they have an incentive to pursue alarmist stories that generate clicks."

Comment Re:Maxwell is admired (Score 2) 129

Very true. The vector thing was the brain child of Oliver Heaviside. As much as I appreciate Maxwell, it is sad to see that Heaviside, one of the few people that understood Maxwell`s work, and the one who gave the equations their current, familiar form -while on the fly inventing vector calculus- is virtually unknown, even on /.

Comment Re:Yes, it's *giants* all the way down. (Score 1) 129

there isn't such a thing as a "revolution" and "geniuses" in science.

There may be no geniuses, but there certainly are revolutions in scientific advancement, typically called "paradigm shifts"

There was a time people believed combustion was "phlogiston" exiting the material; blood was generated and consumed in the body (not circulated); the Sun revolved around the Earth; mice could be "created" by leaving some food and rags alone in a bucket in a barn for a few days, while fly maggots were "generated" in meat. Around Maxwell`s days it was believed aether was needed for the propagation of electromagnetic waves and the age of the Earth was under estimated because the radio active processes preventing a more rapid cooling down were unknown.

All of these ideas were eventually discarded through a process that was not incremental, but revolutionary.

Yes, revolution exists in science!

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 2) 146

Anti-aliasing is not "providing data that is not actually there", anti-aliasing is removing data that is actually not there, more specifically high-frequency aliases of the low-frequency information. Hence the name anti-aliasing.
In practice, this means that the best any algorithm can do to improve a (general) blocky image, is smooth the edges of the blocks. What this algorithm apparently does, as far as I understand, is just correlate the blocky image to a library of known facial features. This has nothing to do with FFT or anti-aliasing whatsoever.

Apart from that, unless your name is "M", I am afraid

I know this because I am friends with both of the "B"s in BBM.

doesn't really mean anything.

Submission + - NOAA deliberately published flawed report on climate change 6

elgatozorbas writes: The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed. A whistleblower and top NOAA scientist claims NOAA breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders.

Comment Re:But, but, we have alternative facts! (Score 1) 366

Politicians will lie by very rarely will they straight up deny an easily demonstrated fact. If you allow straight up fiction to become the historical record then you're allowing someone to write their own history.

Indeed. America, please stop supporting this "the emperor's new clothes" bullshit. "Alternative facts" are no facts. A schoolkid would be slapped in the face for telling such nonsense, but apparently coming from the White House this becomes acceptable or what???

And I do not even intend to attack the US here. To use a more patriottic twist: did the first nation to put a man on the moon do so by inventing facts? By pretending the moon is only a few miles away (insofar as there is room with this apparent abundance of asteroids there)? Is this how the master negotiator will deal with Putin? By not even acknowledging the simplest and unambiguous of observations??? Because that is the problem: you may pretend all you want, if the other party does not go with your delusion, it buys you nothing but mockery.

If I were an American, I would be infuriated with a president that makes us the laughingstock for the rest of the world. Your country deserves better.

Comment Re:Have they added DRM yet? (Score 1) 303

This! I don't want vinyl, what I want is a digital download of the master used to produce the vinyl. The one that doesn't have to compete in the loudness wars and isn't compressed all to hell.

IIRC this is exactly what Neil Young's pono player was offering, which was confused by other top musicians that heard it with the pono player technically being superior to CD and SACD.

Comment Re:Security expert? (Score 1) 377

Screw your "regardless." Honest people wouldn't have taken it. Same as I should be able to leave my doors unlocked and not have strangers walk into my home and take stuff.

Yes and no. You are right in that the victim of these offenses is not guilty of these offenses.
The OP is right in that a security expert should typically not be the type of person to rely on the honest intentions of others. On the contrary: these people's work is exactly to anticipate criminal behaviour and try to prevent it as much a possible. This is the very reason "security" was invented in the first place.

So you are comparing apples and oranges here.

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