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Comment Re:Dear Editors (Score 1) 123

The reason why this new word usage takes favor is because of computer search.

The most correct way to track discussion topics across multiple mediums would be to create a centralized database and then you request an identifier whenever you want to discuss a new topic. And you use that new ID in your tweets and posts. Because IDs are unique, it is easy to track the beginning and end of the discussion -- just Google for AA536410-7827-4F4A-8F84-F33EE892D9E4 and all those discussions will come right up.

Of course it would be easier to have a decentralized topic identification system. This is what hashtags are and single word tags are preferred. And dieselgate sounds nicer than dieselscandal.

Comment Japan (Score 1) 584

Would anybody like to comment on other countries where culture and law may make this more palatable?

The first that comes to mind for me is Japan and the women-only subway cars. I would like to ask if anyone knows more about the culture there and whether that rule could be extended in this way.

Comment Easy (Score 1, Insightful) 87

There are two simple technical solutions:

  • Blacklist -- attempt to blacklist known exit nodes
  • No Blacklist -- do not attempt to blacklist known exit nodes

The motivation between choosing between these solutions is based on whether Tor users, which use server resources, are returning value (product sales, other calls to action) to the people that provide those resources.

Therefore the solution is simply to inform each client of Cloudflare client and let them individually decide the correct course.

Submission + - Webpage broadcasts radio, even if you don't have radio hardware (githack.com) 1

fulldecent writes: If you are using a MacBook Air, open this webpage and turn your nearest AM radio (you still have one?) to 1580 kHz and listen. It will play music. Other types of computers also work and many users have documented the best frequency to tune it. Even some phones work.

This does NOT require any radio-transmitting hardware, wifi, cellular, or audio capabilities either. It is accomplished by modulating expensive processor calculations and your hardware is allowing electromagnetic radiation to leak which is picked up by the radio. This technique was recently presented at USENIX.

The full project page is at https://github.com/fulldecent/system-bus-radio and includes versions that you can download and compile and which produce stronger output than the Javascript version.

(Full disclosure: the project was previously mentioned here. However, since the project has been updated to work from a webpage and by using smartphones.)

Submission + - New program transmits radio on computers without radio transmitting hardware (github.com) 1

fulldecent writes: This project allows transmission of radio signals from a computer that is otherwise air gapped. Right now this could be useful for playing a quick tune or for pranks. But there are more nefarious uses as this could also be used to exfiltrate information from secure networks. The code is open source at https://github.com/fulldecent/system-bus-radio.

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