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Comment Re: Rape sympathizers (Score 2) 227

Assange committed a "crime" that isn't a crime in the US. He lied to a woman to convince her to have sex with him. Apparently that's "rape" in Sweden, and not in the US.

Nope, that's a lie. He had sex with an unconscious woman, knowing that before she fell asleep, she told him 'no'. And not only is that a crime in Sweden, it's also a crime in the US. And it's also a crime in the UK, where Assange tried exactly the defense you're offering: he said that because she didn't fight him off later, it shouldn't be a crime. The UK High Court, in its opinion upholding extradition, stated:

Our view is, as we have set out, that a jury would be entitled to find that consent to sexual intercourse with a condom is not consent to sexual intercourse without a condom which affords protection. As the conduct set out in the EAW alleges that Mr Assange knew SW would only have sex if a condom was used, the allegation that he had sexual intercourse with her without a condom would amount to an allegation of rape in England and Wales.

As the EAW sets out the circumstance that SW was asleep, s.75 which applies to rape is also material: [quote of statute removed].
As it is alleged SW was asleep, then she is not to be taken not to have consented to sexual intercourse.

Comment Re:SJW Bullshit (Score 0) 227

I posted this in another post below, but I just wanted to reiterate it here, for those who might not fully understand the situation.

It might help your understanding of the situation to understand that the CIA and NSA now use fake rape and sexual assault/harassment claims as their preferred method of character assassination (much easier, less messy, and just as effective as actual assassination). It happened to the poor bastard IMF head who made the VERY stupid mistake of challenging the supremacy of the U.S. Dollar.

What would you call someone who repeatedly changes their story, offering details, then recanting them over and over? The "poor bastard IMF head", maybe? He originally said nothing happened and he had never even seen his accuser; then that he may have been in the room while she was cleaning but he doesn't pay attention to housekeeping staff; then that he was naked in the room while she was cleaning; then that they had consensual sex; then that they had "rough" consensual sex during which he tore her rotator cuff. That doesn't sound like someone who is the victim of character assassination - you'd expect that such a victim would be able to maintain a constant story.

It also happened to Julian Assange and others.

Assange who has admitted he had sex with an unconscious woman? If all it takes to be a honeypot is to fall asleep around Assange, then they're not really entrapping him into doing anything he wouldn't do otherwise, are they?

Comment Re:I lean the other way. (Score 1) 147

In general (not talking about actual crypto here), the whole password/passcode policy thing is nothing more than a CYA and comfort food for the paper pushers.

You make a password more complex than 8 characters and a cap (or number or special)... you got the easiest password to break. The monitor post-it.

But if you ignore the enforced artificial complexity and suggest pass phrases, you get easily remembered, but very strong passwords. For example, even assuming a brute force attacker limits their search space to 26 characters plus punctuation - and further limits it to common english words - if you have a pass phrase like "everyday for breakfast, my cat, muffin, enjoys eating tuna dipped in milk", the resulting Shannon entropy is 365 bits. By comparison, a keyboard-mashed password of "a8gh!#hZ0-" only has 40 bits of entropy. Even though the former has a very limited search space, the length is sooooo much longer that protons will decay before you brute force it.

Comment Of course it's not unstoppable (Score 5, Insightful) 236

Sure, they use caller ID spoofing so that we, the recipients, can't block the number, but you know who knows exactly who the spammers are? The phone company, for two reasons: first, they're routing the calls from end to end, so they know the real source rather than the spoofed one. Second, and more importantly, they're billing them for the calls. They're not sending out bills for thousands of calls to the spoofed IDs, but the real ones. And while individually, those calls are cheap, the tens of thousands a day add up and the phone company makes a lot of money from the spammers, all while telling the FCC and consumers that their hands are tied.

Freeze their assets until they release the billing information to the state AGs. That'll untie their hands really quick.

Comment Purchase without having to purchase? (Score 2) 13

Subby: "without having to purchase HTC's VR gear."
Article summary: "track objects with the HTC Vive base stations... new hardware can work with the Vive's base stations and sensors... products that work together with HTC Vive."

Cripes, Subby, we know no one reads the articles, and at this point, we don't even expect Subbys to read the articles, but can you at least read the text that you're copy-pasting into the submission box?!

Comment Re:Not a Violation of 1A because why? (Score 1) 447

The government's "request" was the reason the private company complied. That makes it a government action. The government, not facebook, shut down her speech, though obviously Facebook was involved..

But only Facebook would have standing to sue, and they agreed with the government, apparently.

Comment Re:HoloLens vs Vive?! (Score 3, Interesting) 53

I agree $3000 is really steep, especially for the product. It's rather disappointing so far. The field of view just isn't there. However, the implication that VR is somehow greater than AR I strongly disagree with. I think AR is a much harder problem to solve and has really great potential applications. I think people are ready to start moving away from their all-digital worlds and in to something grounded in the physical world a little more. People don't like having their phone in their face all day, or staring at a computer screen all day. There just isn't a better way to get the information they want at the time they want it. VR (so far) is just further isolation from your physical world by moving your body in to the digital world, whereas AR is bringing your digital world out in to the physical world.

As someone with a Vive, I definitely agree. The Vive is great for fully escaping into a digital world, and the sense of immersion is amazing. Just last weekend, I lost several hours playing in a few different apps and was shocked to take off the set and find it was dark and I missed usual dinner time.

But I'd also love to have a system that I could use for work. I've been looking at Bloomberg's Oculus Rift multiscreen experiments, as well as solutions like Virtual Desktop, and while those are great for, again, disappearing into a virtual workspace, nothing offers something that could work in an office environment: specifically, something with multiple virtual screens that I could surround myself with to view multiple documents and PDFs simultaneously, but still be "aware" when someone pokes their head in my office. AR (or a VR headset with low-latency front facing cameras) offers that possibility.

That said, this offering is disappointing, both from a price point and from the offered apps on the website. $3000 is too much for anyone but a developer who expects to earn money back from being an early adopter, and the current apps all seem to be either "project a video on a wall" or "play with 3D modeling" and are useless for typical work. How about "place documents in midair"? It should be easy, given that they're 2D and (other than scrolling) static images. Be able to do that with a dozen documents at once, and you've got a multi-monitor replacement.

Comment Re:Construction Use (Score 1) 82

However, my sister is an audiologist and pointed out something else- there really hasn't been a study of noise cancellation in loud environments, and it's benefit to ear health. While the cancellation is creating opposing waves and all, there's no study on the actual sound pressure that gets to the ear drum and possible effects of that, even if it is in an inaudible range.

With all due respect to your sister, active noise cancellation generates out of phase acoustic waves of equal amplitude to the incoming wave, and acoustically, the waves cancel out in the air, before they hit your ear drum. There is no energy left to hit your ear drum, and accordingly, no possible hearing damage (provided the phase is correct, which it is, because even with some temporal slop, they reduce most of the energy. Otherwise, they'd be amplifiers, and you'd know it right away).

More specifically, the generated waves are not in the inaudible range - i.e., they're not generating some infra- or ultra-sonic frequencies that do some sort of magic to your ears. Instead, they're the same exact incoming waves in the audible range, but with a negative amplitude. So, you get your loud wave at 100Hz and your loud negative-wave at 100Hz, and they cancel out to 0 amplitude, or 0 dB SPL. With no pressure, there's nothing to hear, and no possible way any energy could get transmitted to the delicate nerves in your ear. Accordingly, they can't cause any harm (unless, again, there's some delay such that that phase gets flipped back around, but again, you'd know it immediately).

Comment Re:If only (Score 1) 82

By the way, there's another damn patent that should not have been granted because nothing new was invented: we already have noise-cancelling headphones as well as stuff to detect certain sounds. Combining them in this way is clever, but not more than that. Worth a cookie, not a patent.

And possibly valuable. In which case, the question becomes, "if all the parts already existed, and there's money to be made from combining them, then why didn't anyone do it already?" The answer is that it may not have been obvious, and/or you don't realize that there's something new needed to make the combination work.

Comment Re:I believe you've already found tge problem. (Score 1) 536

This is the problem with your analog headphone jack -- there's no vendor lock-in possible! This grievous error must be stopped.

Apple almost had this going on with the original iPhone... And what could Apple do? ... Apple can make money without lifting a finger now... I can't wait to hear how Apple spins this as being a good thing at the next iPhone announcement in a few months here.

Yeah, Apple sure are horr- wait, what was the summary?

In the Android camp, phones like Lenovo's Moto Z and Moto Z Force and China's LeEco have already scrapped the 3.5mm headphone jack; to listen to music on the company's three latest phones, users need to plug in USB Type-C headphones, go wireless, or use a dongle.

So, Apple has done nothing yet, while Lenovo and LeEco have, and yet all you rant about is how terrible Apple is, and not them. So, which is it: hypocrite, or Android propagandist?

Comment Re:because it's universal (Score 1) 536

That's exactly the problem. The companies want proprietary. Hell, this goes back the earliest Macs, with their unique mouse, keyboard, and printer ports, and their scuzzy drive connectors..

SCSI, or the small computer system interface, was a set of standards created by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), not Apple. You want a unique port? Look at PS/2, created specifically by and for IBM and IBM-compatibles.

Comment Re:Marriage (Score 1) 268

Except of course that before "marriage equality" was imposed by the courts many states were passing domestic partnership laws. Domestic partnership laws solved all of those issues.

Except of course that the case that "imposed" marriage equality, Obergefell v. Hodges, invalidated a statute that barred domestic partnerships:

Ohio Rev. Code 3101.01(C)(3):
The recognition or extension by the state of the specific statutory benefits of a legal marriage to nonmarital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes is against the strong public policy of this state. Any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of this state, as defined in section 9.82 of the Revised Code, that extends the specific statutory benefits of legal marriage to nonmarital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes is void ab initio.

So, no. Stop trying to rewrite history, and particularly history from just last year.

Comment "First of three.. no fatalities" = FUD (Score 5, Interesting) 166

In response to the third reported Autopilot crash, which was the first of three where there were no fatalities

The first crash in Florida was the guy who got killed going under the truck while watching his DVD.
The second crash was a gallery owner in Detroit and he and his passenger survived without any injuries .
The third crash - the one apparently without autopilot - hit a guard rail in Montana. "The two occupants walked away without major injuries."

I don't know why this "fatalities in two crashes" myth is so pernicious. It was also falsely claimed in this Slashdot story on the third crash last Monday. But all of the linked articles are absolutely clear that there's been only one fatality, so it's not like the various submitters are just getting bad information from the media. Instead, the Subbys appear to be making up the second fatality out of nothing.

A more skeptical person than me would wonder if someone shorted TSLA.

Comment *Two* of which? (Score 5, Informative) 297

Tesla hasn't had the best month so far as not one, not two, but a total of three crashes have been reported with the car's Autopilot self-driving system engaged at the time -- two of which resulted in fatalities

The first one was the guy watching the DVD who went under the truck. Or at least, all of him below the neck did. Fatality!
The second one was in Michigan, and the driver "survived a rollover crash."
This is the third one, and "the driver said he activated Autopilot mode at the beginning of his trip."

That's one fatality, Subby. These are your own links and summary. We expect you to read them, even if none of the posters or editors here do.

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