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Comment Re:Just what Corporate Security needs... (Score 1) 136

What a marvelous idea you have! And think of all the crimes of stolen laptops you can solve with an unremovable connection at the BIOS level! And, in time, less robberies. Less burglaries as well, I guess. Everything implemented in the most user friendly way possible of course. No need to be bothered installing your own, imperfect, anti-theft services. The 'cloud' will solve it all (including the breezy feel in your cranium).
How much safer this world will be! That pesky bit of freedom we have to offer for that is nothing compared.

You can now switch off your sarcasm detector if you usually have need for it.

If Microsoft ever implements mobile connection technology in PC-grade equipment, before I even remotely would touch that stuff, I want a guarantee I can swap out/backup/etc e-SIMs in that hardware myself AND hardware-switch enable/disable the feature. Yes, I want a ****** button and traces on the PCB I can follow that show me the hardware can be disabled.

Comment Re:Damaging C02 is not at ground level (Score 1) 119

CO2 is a heavier gas. Yes, it exists at higher levels, due to wind and such. But, give it a rest and it would float down (It's lighter than oxygen and nitrogen). If you reduce CO2 at ground level, natural atmospheric processes will cause it to be reduced at higher level as well. No need for airplanes and such. Wind will be your best friend.

Comment Re:"Super-Efficient"? (Score 5, Insightful) 119

Well, 'we' are already working on a not-happy outcome for 'us' due to 'our' own shortsightedness and hubris. Be glad there are still people willing to look into (even if they are radical) solutions to reverse this shit, instead of moaning about some imaginary economic doom scenario if they were ordered to actually move their asses for once.
There are already a lot of things making perfect sense (also economically) to do to reduce more damage. But often they aren't done because of established order and general inactivity and who-gives-a-shitness. Well, I do.

Comment Re:What is the carbon footprint? (Score 3, Informative) 119

Guess what. Enzymes are usually called enzymes because they make possible a biochemical reaction, or enhance the natural reaction in such a way that they are not used up. Like a catalyst, but catalysts can be inorganic. Enzymes are definitely protein based, and as such, organic molecules.
As other proteins, they can denature or even disintegrate due to external circumstances (too much heat, acidity level) but in the right circumstances they keep existing and can process virtually indefinitely.

Comment Re:Disheartening (Score 2) 164

I have used AC commenting in the past because I was also moderating a discussion - then found out I just had to respond to something and me posting non-AC would mean to undo all the modding I already did... dilemma and sometimes a bit vexing when you see 'your' post reaching +5 in the process...

Banning or removing AC functionality doesn't solve any problem unless you make it very hard to register an account or do some very unsavoury things like banning on IP, user profiling using network/browser data and pre-ban positive matches and banning VPN/Tor connections to prevent entry by (nearly fully) anonymous users. And unfortunately I don't have a definitive answer to the 'big' question either. Seems it has that in common with other imperfect systems.... Democracy (tyranny of the majority), Socialism (incentives of labour), Capitalism (money 'uber alles'), Liberalism (individuality at all cost), Religion (Words, the only truth), Science (Proof, the only truth)... *sigh*

Comment Re:EU lawsuits against tech companies (Score 2) 165

Sure, go right ahead. All England and Wales have to do to make this break really quick and (iron wall-like) permanent is pull a stunt like Ireland did, tell the rest of the EU about it beforehand (or not) and that the EU can, taxes concerning, go eff themselves. The rest of the UK isn't really sure about brexit yet - they are keeping all options open, including secession from the UK.
I'm pretty sure the UK politicians know that themselves as well, especially those (who were) pro-brexit - when you look into their post-brexit-vote behaviour. But history has seen stranger things. Germany declaring war on both the United States and Russia, France trying to occupy Moscow in winter or Japan attacking Pearl Harbour. Sometimes people choose to do things that are doomed to fail from the get go. I'm afraid when it reaches that point we can only let it rage and try to build from the ashes.

Comment Re: Also kicks out scores from third party purchas (Score 1) 85

Actually, yes, that's exactly what I did.... twice.
The Fallout 4 Pip-boy edition, which comes with CDs and steam key, I installed by Steam download (because my internet connection is faster than my optical drive) and just a few days ago I read something about being able to register Games for Windows with Steam. So I took my dusty Supreme Commander with Forged Alliance bundled CD's, saw a weird looking (for Steam-key, weird looking) CD code on one of its booklets and Io and Behold, it registered this time. I did a shift-del of my ancient-half-patched SupCom folder and re-downloaded the always up-to-date Steam version. Steam usually == happy gaming experience... but with some things I do wonder...

Comment Re:Prepare to be (Score 1) 532

Ok, i'll bite...

-Video-conferencing using a mobile phone - in extension, carrying an 80's standards super-computer class device in your pocket you can interface with using mere touch input and with an integrated graphics output in splendid resolution.
-An extend-your-self computer kit a seven year old can learn to use, the size of half a tablet of chocolate (Raspberry Pi)
-Autopilot for cars (Tesla, Google, ..., take your pick - even 'though they are not yet perfect).
-Full automation of the home using off-the-shelf products.
-A.I. beating chess grandmasters - A.I. beating Go grandmasters even more so.
-Direct detection of earth-like exo-planets.
-The full extent of the world-wide web ('nuff said)
-On-demand high-resolution video streaming to both hand-held devices and commercially ubiquitous, large, potentially wall-sized flat-panel monitors.
-Commercial space companies able to technically achieve interplanetary missions.
-Whole genome sequencing in a day.
-Finding the Higgs boson - both the physical instrument, the LHC and the global network of supercomputers and storage servers transporting, dividing, combining, parsing and storing LHC's results.

Should I go on?

Comment Re:RF harvesting can work for power. (Score 4, Informative) 110

Most rechargeable batteries have a substantial self discharge rate and will go to zero in a few months with charging.

This used to be the case, but for a decade or so now there are rechargeable 'ready to use'/'low self-discharge' (LSD) NiMH batteries on the market that can hold a significant amount of their charge for several years (for good ones, 75% after 3 years). LSD NiMH's do have a bit smaller capacity per volume but that is maybe a 10-20% difference, at the most.

But maybe these sensors have a rechargeable Li-Ion battery? I don't know about LSD types of those but Li-Ion have very bad charging characteristics when almost empty (high internal resistance - so it's harder to charge the emptier it is) so I don't think they are useful when recharging in these extremely low power conditions. And then there are supercapacitors, but they have a way too high self-discharge rate to be able to claim 5 years of operation on the 'battery' alone.

Submission + - New Whistleblower Points To Lawful Disclosure Method Edward Snowden Didn't Try 1

blottsie writes: John Crane, a former head of whistleblower protections has become a whistleblower himself, laying bare how official channels designed for government workers to safely expose wrongdoing are ensnaring them instead. Though some are calling the revelations “vindication for Edward Snowden,” the Crane refuses to condone Snowden’s decision, telling the Daily Dot that the former National Security Agency contractor left a key, legal avenue unexplored.

Submission + - Google Plans to Replace Passwords on Android With Trust Score

Trailrunner7 writes: Within the next six months, all Android developers likely will have access to a Google API stemming from its Project Abacus that aims to replace the password with a multi-modal system as the primary authenticator for mobile users.

The idea behind the system is two-fold: passwords are rapidly approaching uselessness; and biometric identifiers are now advanced enough to be used for high-value applications. Google unveiled the idea for Project Abacus last year, saying that it hoped to replace passwords with a system that constantly observes users’ interactions with their devices, such as their patterns of typing, facial recognition, voice recognition, and then builds them into a comprehensive trust score. That score then is used to grant or deny access to apps.

Google officials plan to give a group of financial institutions access to the Project Abacus API in June, and hopes to expand that to all Android developers by the end of the year.

Submission + - Utah Lawmaker Wants Porn Filters on Phones and The Internet

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Here we go again...Republican Sen. Todd Weiler continues his anti-porn crusade by introducing a bill that would require porn filters to be placed on the Internet and phones. His previous resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis, which sailed through the 2016 session, was only the first step. Weiler said that two other bills he's drafting would help to restrict kids' access to pornography by adding filters on IPhones and tablets, and in libraries. The idea would be that these devices would come pre-installed so that they filter out porn sites, he said. In order to remove the filter, the user would have to prove that they're at least 18 years old. First Amendment lawyer Andrew McCullough says such a requirement would restrict free speech, as it would involve blocking certain postings. "I really don't expect that the state of Utah is going to be able to exercise that kind of control over an interstate item such as the Internet," he said. "I don't think they have the jurisdiction to." Sen. Todd Weiler doesn't seem to understand that blocking porn is about as feasible as blocking cat pictures- impossible to do technologically as well as legally.

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