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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Three articles on what kind of high quality (gaming) monitor you should buy on: February 18, 2015, 07:10:48 AM
My primary interest is in whether or not quantum dots become the main technology in displays.

Oh, I should also mention this:

http://www.extremetech.co...dot-4k-display-technology



Which is more gorgeous? Korean women or Korean displays? tongue

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Let’s take the quantum dots first. Quantum dots, despite sounding thoroughly futuristic, are actually fairly simple things that are easy to mass-produce. In short, quantum dots are just small specks of semiconducting material that emit light when they’re excited. Depending on the size of the dot, and also the material, you can tune these dots to emit very specific frequencies (colors) of light. In the case of LG, a film of quantum dots is placed in front of the backlight and behind the display, resulting in “picture color reproduction rate and overall brightness [that] are significantly improved.”

Image: Quantum dots, depending on their size, emit light at different frequencies

LG doesn’t say exactly how the quantum dots achieve this, but we do know from previous testing that the overall quality of a display is significantly affected by the quality of the light produced by the backlight (and the various other films and waveguides that sit between the backlight and the display). If the quantum dots help produce a whiter light, or a specific frequency of white that plays very well with LG’s IPS LCD tech, then that could explain why this new 4K monitor has such exceptional color reproduction.

Go quantum dots!  Thmbsup



127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware on: February 18, 2015, 06:47:50 AM
A government sponsored team of super hackers - what could possibly go wrong?

Hahaha! Grin

Yeah, pretty much exactly that.

Can anyone say "mission creep"? smiley

128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Reliable Web Hosting for $5 or less? on: February 18, 2015, 06:00:09 AM
While you're still shopping, look at Digital Ocean. It could fit the bill.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: February 18, 2015, 05:58:34 AM
(Equally well fits in the silly humour thread, eh?)
yes Grin thumbs up

what's her accent - sounds like Montana?
Remember that Coen brother's film set in Montana? I cant remember the name, hang on - Fargo - the same accent - it's funny cause it's reminiscent of a Wexford accent at times (SE-most county in Ireland). They say 'Hun' there as well. I remember someone claiming the word came from one of the Scandanavian languages (and is not a short version of 'honey'), which might make sense in terms of Montana - with Wexford, it was a long time since the vikings visited (8th-10thC), but many did settle in Ireland, and there are still signs of their presence in place-names, and surnames - and possibly in the language (I'm no expert here).

Oh, it's a Canadian accent alright. smiley

I have quite a few friends that have elements of that accent.

It's taken me almost 2 decades outside of Canada to be able to hear those "Canadian" bits of accent. They range from really thin to extremely thick. And I still can't for the life of me hear the "about" thing -- which on many occasions has betrayed me as Canadian to some discerning listeners.

One journalist that I like, Dan Dicks, has a light accent, but it's definitely there. Another journalist that I like, James Corbett, has virtually zero "Canadian" accent that I can hear. (I think my accent is like James' and not Dan's, but I'm in no place to judge properly.)

A lot of Irish did immigrate/flee to Canada. I'm not sure about the Irish slaves though. It would've made sense for Irish slave to flee to Canada, but I'm just not up on my history enough to know/comment.

130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: February 18, 2015, 01:11:23 AM
If you've seen American Sniper... get ready... It's...

CANADIAN SNIPER!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMNuUJ7gHs8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMNuUJ7gHs8</a>

(Equally well fits in the silly humour thread, eh?)
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware on: February 17, 2015, 09:47:22 PM
This is very different. This is a weapons grade piece of malware. A real game changer for everyone. It is sophisticated enough that it smells of very high level government involvement. Many think it is the Unites States NSA working through a shady group that has eluded security researchers for many years. Researchers call them The Equation Group.

The article you want to read to learn more about this is on ArsTechnica:

http://arstechnica.com/se...s-and-were-found-at-last/

It is very saddening news.

After reading that... Just. Wow. That's beyond impressive.

132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Face Detection Algorithm Set to Revolutionize Image Search on: February 17, 2015, 07:42:56 PM
I foresee plastic surgeons making as much money as oil sheiks do...soon  huh

I was chatting with a fellow on a recent trip to Seoul and he told me about a new plastic surgery "clinic" in Gangnam -- it's like 27 floors or something obscene like that. Just nuts. Apparently it's very popular with Chinese plastic surgery medical tourists who fly in during the morning, get surgery, then fly out that evening.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware on: February 17, 2015, 07:36:02 PM
This looks like some pretty nasty, nasty stuff.



http://www.pcworld.com/ar...s-to-hit-iran-russia.html

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A cyberespionage group with a toolset similar to ones used by U.S. intelligence agencies has infiltrated key institutions in countries including Iran and Russia, utilizing a startlingly advanced form of malware that is impossible to remove once it's infected your PC.

Kaspersky Lab released a report Monday that said the tools were created by the “Equation” group, which it stopped short of linking to the U.S. National Security Agency.

The tools, exploits and malware used by the group—named after its penchant for encryption—have strong similarities with NSA techniques described in top-secret documents leaked in 2013.

Countries hit the most by Equation include Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China. Targets in those countries included the military, telecommunications, embassies, government, research institutions and Islamic scholars, Kaspersky said.


Kaspersky’s most striking finding is Equation’s ability to infect the firmware of a hard drive, or the low-level code that acts as an interface between hardware and software.

The malware reprograms the hard drive’s firmware, creating hidden sectors on the drive that can only be accessed through a secret API (application programming interface). Once installed, the malware is impossible to remove: disk formatting and reinstalling the OS doesn’t affect it, and the hidden storage sector remains.

“Theoretically, we were aware of this possibility, but as far as I know this is the only case ever that we have seen of an attacker having such an incredibly advanced capability,” said Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab’s global research and analysis team, in a phone interview Monday.

There was a security researcher a year or so ago that released details on this (but on mobile platforms) or something similar, but I forget who or where I saw it. Does anyone else remember?

It's pretty simple at a high level -- secret sectors are created, then hidden as bad sectors or something.

I'm not sure if this is basically the same thing or if it's different. It seems different, but my memory is a tad fuzzy. I think the other one was for Flash Nand memory only.

134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The Face Detection Algorithm Set to Revolutionize Image Search on: February 17, 2015, 06:57:54 PM
Face recognition is improving a lot, and has some pretty important implications.

http://www.technologyrevi...volutionize-image-search/

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The result is a single algorithm that can spot faces from a wide range of angles, even when partially occluded. And it can spot many faces in the same image with remarkable accuracy.

More at the link.

Throw in CCTVs every 10 metres or so (Hello UK!), and bigger budgets for "safety" and you will never have another moment of privacy, ever.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 17, 2015, 06:32:45 PM
...and it shows nothing really exciting happening; basic request; basic response; no cookies; total replied content=boo!

Given the pitch, I was expecting it to tell me what I had for breakfast yesterday morning ... But no matter how I view the source, it just says boo!

With Fiddler, in Chrome I get a 502, but in IE & Opera I get a 304. In all of them I get "No Response Data".

In Wireshark, with Chrome, I get 200, and "Boo!\n".

Then, fiddling in Fiddler, I managed to get a 200 with "Boo!".

I don't know - it's just bizarre that the source won't show up in some cases. I give up. Got better things to do. Sad
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 17, 2015, 05:04:53 PM
Ever wonder why you never see any maps of the solar system drawn to scale?

Nice.

How about something similar for atoms and molecules with their electron clouds? Wink

This kind of describes it - I can't find the "pixel":

http://keithcom.com/atoms/scale.php

The electron is there... I just can't find it, except in code:

Formatted for HTML with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. <font face='arial,helvetica' color='#FFFFFF' size='+2'>Electron</font><br>
  2. <img src='Electron.gif' width='200' height='200'>

And also see this regarding the above:

http://www.phrenopolis.com/perspective/atom/

The distances are simply mind-boggling.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: February 16, 2015, 09:10:17 AM

That was really well done.

138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: February 16, 2015, 08:57:46 AM
Matheson is famous for the Twilight Zone episode Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.. (That's the one with the airliner and the gremlin.) His anthology by the same name is one place to start. He's one terrific writer, and more mainstream than the previous two.

Ah! I remember that episode clearly. It was brilliant!

I'll need to follow up on all that. Books are out of the questions now --- I just threw out many hundreds of $$$ of retail value of books last night, and I'll be doing that to more as we prepare to move.



Mirrormask (2005)



@40hz - I think you will enjoy this. See below.

This is a very British style film. If you hate British styles, you'll hate this, and if you love 'em, you may well like this.

Now, as a British film, I find many make me want to commit suicide rather than watch another second. Some are just boring to tears and entirely push you to suicide. Some British film makers love to mirror their weather. tongue

Then... There is that other class of British films that is simply brilliant or bizarre - one of the two, and sometimes both.

This film will likely get you to pull out the razor blades in the first 20 minutes or so, but don't slice your wrists quite so quickly -- it gets a lot better! Wink

What is this film? A mix of:

  • The Dark Crystal
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Wall

But it's more than that. It mixes in some kind of bizarrely organic clock-work world with a dark element that isn't as hopeful as steam punk.

The art and CGI is spectacularly well done.

I do NOT recommend this for people that like big tits and sex scenes, or lots of shoot 'em up, or mainstream films.

This is squarely in the "art" category, but not so far into it that it's just stupid, as many "art" films are.

Take that for what you will and from my past recommendations and likes.

Oh... and one last thing...

If you like to get high... yeah... do it. You'll like this. Very trippy~! tongue Grin  Thmbsup






139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 16, 2015, 08:38:50 AM
@Renegade: Thanks for the to-scale pic of our solar system. Just what I had been looking for.

It's one of those stupid questions that has been dogging me for years. I searched, and that, well, it soaked up some time. However, it's time well spent to understand the vastness of space.

Buddy has done an impressive job there too. Not only is it informative, but very entertaining.

I used my middle-click scroll to keep that time element so that I gained a better understanding of the vastness. Hint: Don't do it if you're in a rush.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 16, 2015, 04:31:07 AM
Ever wonder why you never see any maps of the solar system drawn to scale?

This one is. And the moon is 1 pixel.

Hint: Use your mouse button click to scroll right... Or use the < and > at the top to go to the next bit of text with an autoscroll.

http://joshworth.com/dev/...xelspace_solarsystem.html

No screenshot. I'm not sure we'd have enough memory for an image that size.

Enjoy~!

P.S. Lots of fun little facts while you scroll. Make sure to read the last one. Wink

141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: February 16, 2015, 01:31:08 AM
Fraud and cover-ups at the FDA?

http://www.slate.com/arti...e_hidden_from.single.html

http://www.wired.com/2015...tecting-americans-health/

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Want some examples? How about the study on a treatment for leg blood clots that claimed the legs were getting a lot better, when one of the patients actually needed his foot amputated? Or falsified research in eight of the 16 research sites investigating a single blood clotting treatment? Or the researcher who was disbarred and sent to prison for overdosing a chemotherapy patient? All of these were reported in warning letters, but missing from the peer-reviewed research.

Hm.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 15, 2015, 09:46:22 PM

143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 15, 2015, 05:51:22 AM
Create a blank text file, type "anything" in it, save it as anything.html, then open it and check the DOM again. You'll see that the DOM is there, even though you only typed "anything". Now, do a view source and you'll see "anything", but no head or body or html tags.

Isn't that just the browsers reinterpreting the source due to the extension?

For example, if you then change the extension to .txt you'll find that the DOM wraps it in <PRE> ... </PRE> tags as well as HTML/BODY.

For the "inspect element" bit, yes. It's just a part of error correction, and relates to the display, but doesn't relate to the actual document in a literal sense.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 15, 2015, 04:22:18 AM
It ain't very exciting, certainly nothing to soil your pants over.

No no no! You're missing it.

Do this:

Create a blank text file, type "anything" in it, save it as anything.html, then open it and check the DOM again. You'll see that the DOM is there, even though you only typed "anything". Now, do a view source and you'll see "anything", but no head or body or html tags.

What's funky here is that view source shows nothing, but the document says, "Boo!" Which, is kind of spooky as the site hosts security material, and that's the home page.



For the OP, I was trying to point out just how backwards and out of touch the article was. It just took me by surprise seeing it, and then again, I thought about how very few people are aware of this -- present company excluded, of course.

145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 15, 2015, 01:31:56 AM
Huh? I have IE 11 and I can see the source.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: February 14, 2015, 09:04:26 PM
From the wonky side (just a few minutes there - about geo-dating)...

http://youtu.be/Bcw5YpeTd4I?t=1h26m

Yep. Aliens!

But, the point about dating methods stands.

Here's the original research: J.G. Funkhouser and J.J. Naughton, "Radiogenic Helium and Argon in Ultramafic Inclusions from Hawaii," Journal of Geophysical Research, 73 (1968): pp. 4601-4607.

http://www.readcube.com/a...click&show_checkout=1

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It  was hoped that  the  examination of  the rare gases in Hawaiian xenoliths would provide information about the  origin of  such material or  would  at  least  further  delineate  the  reason why  such unusually old K-Ar  ages are  found for  ultramafic  nodules.

While many may question the sanity of someone talking about aliens, this isn't a valid objection when he asks a valid question. i.e. What are we to make of different dating methods when we find incredible discrepancies in their reported results?

Conclusion: ALIENS~! Grin (Well, not really, but it's still fun!)

My point here is that science is never "settled" - it's only our best guess/estimate at any given time, and may very well be overturned tomorrow. It might be a good idea to remember that Galileo was also dealing with "settled" facts, as were so many other heretics.

A group of modern heretics in the field of physics asks the same question:

WHAT IF? Asking the Dangerous Questions | Following the Evidence

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6QLu2Pdu1c" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6QLu2Pdu1c</a>

147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 14, 2015, 08:03:17 PM
As far as armour piercing capabilities, a 10-30 lb. draw will most definitely not pierce plate armour - and probably not chainmail either unless the arrow is extremely heavy and hits a weak link. FWIW plate armour is heavy.

That was one part of the video where I was just rolling my eyes. Like, really? C'mon... We already know bows don't pierce plate armour. That's why the crossbow was invented. The comparison is disingenuous at best.

While Ms. Maltese's snarky 'rebuttal' may be based on stuff she knows a thing or two about, her attitude kinda grated on me.

^ This.

But, I just took Lars' video for what it was - some good entertainment from a "magician", complete with wild claims, showmanship, and theatrics.

What might be good for comparison is to check out some interview with Jackie Chan where he talks about some of the stunts he does, how difficult they were, and how many takes they needed to do in order to finally get the shot.


148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 14, 2015, 05:17:20 PM
@Ren - What browser "works" for the pants crapping exorcise?

In Opera and Chrome there is no source.

I checked in IE, and it's there.

It's freaky though. How does he manage to do that?

My guess is he's doing some bizarre stuff with headers, but I have no idea what.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: February 13, 2015, 10:21:56 PM
What you've actually demonstrated is what I said in my initial post. It's more complicated than you think, and you don't understand the process, at least not the terminology used to describe the process.

Specifically, you're misconstruing the meaning of infection. Infection merely means the virus has entered a host body. As long as the host has been immunized, the virus will be neutralized, although not necessarily eliminated, as with varicella. At worst, the infection is harmless. At best it acts like a booster shot.

Again, thank you for helping me make my point about the nature of this particular topic, i.e. that it goes exactly nowhere because people are far too busy being religious/political about the topic to actually have a discussion in good faith.

Instead of reading what I wrote ("infect") and inferring common verbiage, you rigidly stick to jargon then accuse me of not understanding. While I may be guilty of being a bit lazy in my writing when using common language, you're guilty of violating the principle of charity in your reading, particularly when you very well know what I meant and then proceed to purposefully misread it (which also happens to be a strawman).

In any event, thank you for at least helping me illustrate my point about how the topic has degenerated into a toxic wasteland and how good faith in the conversation quickly disappears. I think we're pretty much done.




So, moving on...

150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 13, 2015, 05:33:51 PM
Odd. The source was blank for me in two browsers.
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