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Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

AlienSexist Re:Isn't it obvious? (143 comments)

Yip yip yip.. Blinky box. Yip.

about two weeks ago
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New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

AlienSexist At last, my own friendship currency (100 comments)

I used to joke about giving points to my friends whenever they made me laugh or something. Now there's a slightly more tangible +1. In a commerce sense, my imagination can only see companies using this as a sort of loyalty point program (like exchangable frequent flyer miles).

about 2 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

AlienSexist Re:Some questions (465 comments)

+ Mod this, so right on.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft To Launch Machine Learning Service

AlienSexist Give WEKA a try (56 comments)

WEKA is Open Source, has an adequate GUI, many different kinds of algorithms available, and a "knowledge flow" visual designer for you to chain it all together. I've used it in a few personal and professional projects to find things like which variables most strongly influence an outcome, decision trees, derived formulas and expressions that accurately predict outputs from inputs, and various kinds of data visualizations for clustering data samples. Code is in Java so I presume you could embed it within a system to automatically perform analysis and swap algorithms on the fly. Best of all, since this is software under your control, and not a Corporate-offered service, your valuable data never leaves your control.

I think WEKA already did a lot to make these kinds of data analysis accessible as Microsoft is aiming to do. No matter who provides it to you, there is something totally awesome about being able to click a few buttons and get some interesting results to munch on.

about 3 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

AlienSexist If vendor pays, mod your car (626 comments)

"Gee Officer, I don't know why this thing is speeding"

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

AlienSexist My experience is mixed (466 comments)

Having worked with and managed a number of programmers over the years I've had the privilege of working alongside a number of truly gifted people. But for every rock star there are far more mediocre and inept persons for the role. On the lower-end of the quality I've seen work so shoddy that it was insulting - those people don't last long in the role but might be suitable for other positions. We try our hardest to retain the top talent but sometimes they just like to wander from project to project for their own interests. Thankfully they seem to like us enough that they always consider coming back after they've had their walkabout.

Not starting a religious war here, but the only pattern I can offer is that those lacking any formal education (self-taught/hobbyist) and those whose primary skill and experience is PHP have had the most disappointing performance. Those among the best performers stay current and attend technical conferences & seminars on topics that interest them. One particular symposium that yields great results for our team and projects has been No Fluff Just Stuff YMMV.

about 4 months ago
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Programming Language Diversity On the Rise

AlienSexist JVM-based languages like Scala, Groovy, Clojure (177 comments)

... would further inflate Java's domination of the stats. Java as the core is very strong. I'm seeing increasing adoption of (and job offerings for) the JVM-based languages though. If you don't already know about it, ThroughtWorks has a wonderful semi-annual Technology Radar comprising their consultancy's experience and evaluations of various tech.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

AlienSexist This just in: Xfinity creds harvested with fake AP (253 comments)

So now just make a fake Xfinity access point and harvest credentials of passing visitors. Then use those credentials across the country to pin your unsavory traffic on someone else. Free bandwidth for life!

about 7 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

AlienSexist What about cheat haters? (373 comments)

I've known gamers to frequent cheat sites just to see what the cheaters are using and what is possible to exploit When a legitimate player suddenly faces inexplicable challenges sometimes they go find where people are downloading their skills/advantages from in order to explain their new struggles. Often times it starts with the feeling "that HAS to be a cheat" then digging around finding if there is a cheat the enables that behavior.

about 7 months ago
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How Machine Learning Can Transform Online Dating

AlienSexist So here comes the SEO-like rush for attractiveness (183 comments)

I'm guessing that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques would come into play whereby geeks could artificially inflate their relevance/attractiveness to game the system. Once again the nerds get the supermodels... right?

about 9 months ago
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Google Fiber In Austin Hits a Snag: Incumbent AT&T

AlienSexist Build their own utility poles (291 comments)

Then sub-lease access to a whole new ecosystem of internet startups that aren't telco/cable either. Then again, this is all based upon the laws/regs which are subject to change.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

AlienSexist Turbine (555 comments)

Something is up with Turbine MMOs in general. LotR Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online in particular have been really seen a severe deterioration in game quality update after update. AFAIK there is a major exodus underway from both titles. DDO servers are becoming more and more like ghost towns all the time and it is increasingly difficult to find parties. DDO players, in particular, are really tired of the blatant Pay2Win moneygrab ploys and some I know have ventured over to Path of Exile which, so far, appears to not stink of it. I have no recommendations for the OP, just support of their initial condition.

about 10 months ago
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Many UAVs Vulnerable To Directed-Energy Weapons

AlienSexist Drone-downing Awards (153 comments)

Special drone-downing awards by category

Primitive Weaponry: bow & arrow, bola, net/sein, and rocks
Animal-Assisted: pigeons, seagulls, or trained hunting raptors (hawks, falcons, etc.).
Innovative: laser pointers, mirrors & sunlight deathrays, RC toy, other.
The Force: verbal command, hand gesture

about 10 months ago
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In an arcade with only the following games ...

AlienSexist Re:Discs Of Tron? (283 comments)

I bought it off Steam on sale for like $1 or $2

about 10 months ago
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Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

AlienSexist Fair Credit Reporting Act (519 comments)

Such abusive actions on the part of a merchant whereby they involve credit agencies could violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Statutory and punitive penalties may apply. It all depends on the appropriate characterization of the customer/merchant relationship, if the merchant is considered a creditor, and the permissibility of the merchant filing a report to the credit bureaus under the circumstances.

Don't forget an earlier story where a court ruled that Zappos Terms of Service Agreement was invalid because it "didn't force customers to click through to it."

about 10 months ago
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Military Robots Expected To Outnumber Troops By 2023

AlienSexist The Killbots - by Zap Brannigan (177 comments)

Poor quality clip

"The Killbots? A trifle! It was simply a matter of outsmarting them. You see Killbots have a preset kill limit. Knowing their weakness, I sent wave after wave of my own men at them until they reached their limit and shut down. Kiff, show them the medal I won."

about 10 months ago
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Online Retailers Cruising Tor To Hunt For Fraudsters

AlienSexist It isn't so black & white (188 comments)

I've seen these techniques in production merchant systems and really it is just another point of data by which businesses can scrutinize orders for risk. What truly is amazing is how many different data facets are available to merchants to compose their rules for fraud risk tolerance. I have not yet personally observed a merchant having a rule that rejected orders solely based upon proxy, VPN, or Tor detection. Some legitimate merchants, in fact, cater to a highly paranoid demographic where a significant number of their customers do this (like doomsday preppers).

Now if a shopper is using some sort of IP concealment, is using a credit card issued by a bank known for lax consumer validation, the card has been used 20 times across 8 other merchants in the past 3 hours, and the shopper is using a disposable email address then they may be declined. I've once seen a rule based upon if the individual has been evicted from a property, having had any judgements against them, or have had any felonies.

Coincidentally, I saw a press release from a solutions provider announcing having been awarded a patent for their technique of penetrating a proxy's concealment to establish the user's true origin. I know how much /.ers love patents. Sure this all sounds terrifying as a consumer. As an online merchant it is an invaluable tool to help prevent being robbed out of business. Now that LexisNexis was hacked and Experian sold SSNs data to thieves... expect new waves of crime.

about a year ago

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