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How Good Are Robo-Graders?

Anti_Climax Re:Human vs. Software (157 comments)

You got me - I generated this post algorithmically... Guess I need to work on it.

more than 2 years ago
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How Good Are Robo-Graders?

Anti_Climax Human vs. Software (157 comments)

But Les Perelman, a writing teacher at MIT, has shown the limits of algorithms used for grading with an essay that got a top score from an automated system but contained no relevant information and many inaccuracies.

Considering the fake generated paper that was published in a peer reviewed journal, I'd say that means the robo-graders are on par with human proof readers.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would Room-Temp Superconductors Affect Us?

Anti_Climax I'd have to answer your question with a question (262 comments)

The practical considerations for applications it ends up in depend tremendously on how much it costs. If this room temperature supercondictor costs more than the current cryogenic cooling of a conventional superconductor, because it's made from a super exotic material or requires a prohibitively expensive process to manufacture, it's not likely to displace it from most current applications, let alone get into many new ones. Of course that still depends on the price difference; If they're comparable you'll see some change over. Power companies would love it, but if the conductor costs significantly more than the percentage of power they are losing to resistive heating in a given section, it won't get changed. Chip applications may be a notable exception if it's not terribly expensive, but they have the additional consideration of manufacturing: if it can't be laid down on silicon in a process that is compatible with the current lithography, they are almost certainly going to stay in a niche market for a long time even if the bulk material is dirt cheap.

So folks can do the Glass half full thing and figure out places where it can be used, but without an answer to "How much does it cost" there is no way to predict the paramount information of where it *will* be used.

more than 2 years ago
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Patent Troll Says Anyone Using Wi-Fi Infringes

Anti_Climax Not going after home users yet... (436 comments)

They're not going after home users yet but they never will. They may try to make it sound like there is a persuasive reason for end users to buy a license or something but taking a non-commercial entity to court over using an unlicensed or infringing device is asking for it to be thrown out with prejudice. End users are not selling equipment or services. Anyone could build, from scratch, a device that infringes on every patent every filed and, unless they tried to sell it, no one can say a damned thing about it. Do your best to get this slapped down now, but don't fret about millions of home router users getting named in an RIAA/MPAA style lawsuit.

more than 2 years ago
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Whither Moore's Law; Introducing Koomey's Law

Anti_Climax Re:Battery Size/Efficiency? (105 comments)

It's important to note that a large amount of power in a portable computer is being expended outside performing calculations. Your LCD probably consumes more energy than your processor - heck, if I leave wifi off on my cell phone, more than 90% of my battery consumption is from the OLED screen. Add in a portable's spinning disks, wifi radio and other various bits and you have a system that, even if the processor was 2x as energy efficient, you'll barely be into a double digit percentage savings in overall energy. Granted, battery tech is getting better and other components are getting more efficient as well, but not anywhere near an 18 month exponential rate.

about 3 years ago
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UK Man Jailed For Being a Jerk On the Internet

Anti_Climax Re:Propaganda or Bad reporting? (898 comments)

If they get enough evidence to justify questioning someone as a suspect or person if interest and that person isn't smart enough to shut the fuck up until they have a lawyer to do the talking for them, the authorities will probably get all they need to continue prosecution from there. "Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law" is not a concept unique to the United States.

about 3 years ago
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"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

Anti_Climax Re:so the parallel must be drawn (627 comments)

of course it should be said that this effort is largely to blame for california bearing the greatest number of hate groups in the united states according to the SPLC

Total, or per capita?

about 3 years ago
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RealNetworks Sues Dutch Webmaster Over Hyperlink To Freeware

Anti_Climax Re:Where are the Anonymous when you need them? (297 comments)

Sounds like something some silly little teenager would say. And has nothing to do with TFA.

Yeah, except for current events relating to vigilante action against corporations that harass people and draw the ire of a large group of reasonably tech savvy people with something to prove. Other than that, totally unrelated.

about 3 years ago
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Using AI To Identify Innuendo

Anti_Climax Simple algorithm (86 comments)

If "that's what she said" doesn't work, "giggidy" probably does.

more than 3 years ago
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Fukushima Radioactive Fallout Nears Chernobyl Levels

Anti_Climax Re:Coal power plants emit more radiation than nucl (537 comments)

The first 2 sentences of your reply needn't even be there, they simply cloud the issue. As for the uranium fraction being similar to clay soil, one typically doesn't breathe in dirt to a significant degree though not breathing in fine ash in the air near a coal plant is much less likely. And how the fuck is coal ash not airborne and spreading around the world?

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

Anti_Climax Re:You're kidding, right? (2058 comments)

Human Compassion, with a price-tag that carries the weight of law is Socialism. One can be an advocate of compassion for others without advocating that compassion be mandated by the government. I see it as a significant distinction.

more than 3 years ago
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How Should Poll Numerical Increments Be Set?

Anti_Climax Different tools for different jobs (311 comments)

The numbering that fits most polls the best is random - but that's only because different applications require different conventions and it would be similarly bad.

I say have someone think about it for about 5 minutes and then choose an appropriate one before posting the polls.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Shut Down 411 Service

Anti_Climax Re:Sad day (156 comments)

Just SMS the name of the business to 46645 (googl) with your non-smart phone and get similar results messaged back

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Changing Users Router Passwords

Anti_Climax Re:uhhh (545 comments)

Remind me since when do we trust big companies to set anything right to protect their customers from outside threats.

The change that they made in this case is provably more secure than leaving it as it was. Default router passwords have allowed for at least one *large* scale phishing incident of a major bank in the last few years. All it took to accomplish was an emailed link and default router passwords. I wouldn't trust them to babysit my kids, but it's pretty hard to fuck up the implementation of TR-69.

Also I wouldn't leave out the possibility that they're getting all sorts of data concerning their customers' LAN, to target them for advertising for, say, faster networks, or TV set-top boxes like the Roku player if they notice a lot of video streaming

You can look up a list of the data types monitored by the TR-69 system. I've seen a dump of the standard data fields and most are benign and frankly only useful for network management.
That does not preclude them from implementing their own variables to send back but most of the data you've described is pretty easily captured off the wire from the WAN of their router or any other you use.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Changing Users Router Passwords

Anti_Climax Re:uhhh (545 comments)

What are you all on about? He said [slashdot.org] he disabled administrative access from outside. No matter the password, there's intrusion going on here, so there is something to talk about.

Administrative access was not used for this. His actiontec, along with most other telco distributed CPEs use the TR-69 remote administration spec to allow for reconfiguration of services, firmware updates and other crap that used to require a technician to be sent out.

If a password was all there is to protect your router from outside, all hell would break loose for simple brute forcing. You also can't expect Aunt Irma to change her password first thing when she gets net access.

Which is why they changed his password from the default to a unique one. Even with remote access disabled, a default password on your router is a risk. see Pharming

Finally, even disregarding all that, even if he was stupid and careless, they can't just access the router if he didn't explicitly give them the right in a contract somewhere. I get you're all supercomputerexperts, but maybe we could talk about what he's asking?

Telcos are typically behind IBM and God on how many lawyers they have on staff. I'll eat my fucking shoe if it's not explicitly laid out in the TOS for FIOS that they can and will access the router for remote configuration changes, particularly for security reasons.

Why is there an open forced access port/back door?

There is a backdoor to allow changes in configuration that are usually, but not always, related to connectivity and function of the actual connection to the provider - the minutiae that even a field tech doesn't want to have to waste time with.

Is that ok without telling the owner?

Are we that sure it wasn't in that contract he signed?

What security is in place that entities besides Verizon can't access it?

A properly implemented TR-69 system is going to be more secure than any machine this guy is running on his network, guaranteed. The administration server address cannot be changed from the user accessible interfaces, the connection is initiated from the CPE to that server instead of the reverse and there are multiple layers of verification and encryption in use before anything is actually allowed to be updated or changed.

more than 4 years ago

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OTP capable VPN

Anti_Climax Anti_Climax writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anti_Climax (447121) writes "With 16GiB of storage hanging from my keychain, the recent discussion of maintaining or restarting SSH connections got me wondering: does there exist a simple, preferably cross platform VPN program or plugin that supports encrypting/decrypting traffic using a preshared one-time-pad? Even better, does anyone know of one that is paired with a system image that can be booted from a thumbdrive? Google has not returned anything that seems to fit the bill though, admittedly, my Google-fu is not what it used to be."
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Anti_Climax Anti_Climax writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Anti_Climax (447121) writes "As posted by the team on the 25th, the Alienware PC awarded to the Black Mesa team by ModDB for winning Best Upcoming Mod of 2006, is now being auctioned off on eBay. The auction includes exclusive Black Mesa media preloaded on the machine, a Black Mesa case decal with the signatures of the dev team members, an honorary Black Mesa developer hoodie and a guaranteed beta testing slot for Black Mesa! They will not be holding a public beta test, so this could be your only chance to see this mod in action before its release."
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Anti_Climax Anti_Climax writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Anti_Climax (447121) writes "Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables. You can see the full story on CNN. It'll be interesting to see what happens to these teachers after the charges brought against students in recent months."

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