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Major Wikipedia Donors Caught Editing Their Own Articles

Beorytis Also, "An anonymous reader writes" (125 comments)

Did the anonymous submitter disclose their ties to Wikipediocracy?

about a month ago
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Major Wikipedia Donors Caught Editing Their Own Articles

Beorytis "...were not confronted..." ? (125 comments)

Wait, this is Wikipedia. How could they not be confronted, when anyone can do the confronting, even the writers at Wikipediocracy.

about a month ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

Beorytis Re:They've got it wrong (341 comments)

...cellphones are at least as common as wallets at this point.

For comparison, we should see the statistic for how many robberies involved a wallet, and then perhaps some legislation to require mandatory kill switches on our money.

about 2 months ago
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The Cost of the US Government Shutdown To Science

Beorytis Re:Does it occur to anyone (355 comments)

Who else has the money?

Giant corporations?

A few foreign governments?

about 5 months ago
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Barbarians At the Gateways

Beorytis Fiber length? (321 comments)

Some facilities such as the Mahwah, New Jersey, NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) data center have rolls of fiber so that every cage has exactly the same length of fiber running to the exchange cages.

That just seems silly. They should be charging higher rents for the shorter cables.

about 6 months ago
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The NSA Is Collecting Lots of Spam

Beorytis Re:SPAM is a way to hide a message in plain sight (159 comments)

I had wondered about a steganographic secondary purpose behind the grammatical-but-semantically-empty seemingly-random paragraphs that used to appear at the end of spam messages to confound filters.

about 6 months ago
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Diamond Rain In Saturn

Beorytis Re:Lucy in the sky with diamonds (177 comments)

Yes, and actually that someone was TFA, which begins:

“Picture yourself in a boat on a river” And make it a river of liquid hydrogen and helium deep within the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn.

about 6 months ago
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Diamond Rain In Saturn

Beorytis Re:oblig (177 comments)

Adam and Eve were ashamed of Uranus.

about 6 months ago
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Google Offers Cash For Security Fixes To Linux and Other FOSS Projects

Beorytis Re:No. (94 comments)

Google isn't hiring people to actually look at the code and submit changes if problems were found (either internally patched/unreleased, or publicly available; The license allows for either). That would be the truly responsible thing to do.

Maybe they plan on hiring people, but they're establishing the market wages for that job in advance.

about 6 months ago
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South African Education Department Bans Free and Open Source Software

Beorytis Re:(sniffs cautiously) (185 comments)

I prefer the nearly equivalent "Sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from malice."

about 6 months ago
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BBC Thinking of Canceling Sky At Night

Beorytis Re:I miss The Star Hustler (171 comments)

...and they have continued to produce "Star Gazers" episodes with new presenters since Jack Horkheimer's death in 2010.

about 7 months ago
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Vimeo Held Covered By DMCA Safe Harbor

Beorytis Re:Backstory? (51 comments)

No... I think people want something in between 70 words and 56 pages.

about 7 months ago
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Vimeo Held Covered By DMCA Safe Harbor

Beorytis Re:Backstory? (51 comments)

Maybe it's not about killing Vimeo, but rather making it "play nice" the way YouTube has: Pay for sync licensing of the music and support the licensing costs with ads.

about 7 months ago
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Vimeo Held Covered By DMCA Safe Harbor

Beorytis Re:Backstory? (51 comments)

The blog post linked from TFS is a brief (~70 word) summary of the recent development with no links to other posts on your blog for the background on the story, only the big PDF of the decision.

about 7 months ago
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Homeless, Unemployed, and Surviving On Bitcoins

Beorytis Re:Oh my god (403 comments)

True, but they are highly correlated.

Of course one reason they are correlated is that a previously mentally healthy person can become mentally ill after spending a little time homeless.

about 6 months ago
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US Electrical Grid On the Edge of Failure

Beorytis Re:I know most of you don't live where I do... (293 comments)

I understand the technical challenges of living on the 30th story of a building are much greater than for my house in the middle of no where...

I would have thought the opposite. A 30 story building can get by with a central standby generator (or central battery/inverter) serving all tenants/condo owners, etc., but there's a greater psychological challenge in that extended outages are rare enough that the money spent installing and maintaining the system seems a waste until it's needed.

about 8 months ago
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Security Community Raises $12k For Researcher Snubbed By Facebook

Beorytis Re:Zuck, pay up (95 comments)

More likely Winklevöss or Winklevossen

about 8 months ago

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NCSA Launches Blue Waters Supercomputer

Beorytis Beorytis writes  |  1 year,23 days

Beorytis (1014777) writes "The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has set Thursday March 28 as the official launch of its 1 petaflop sustained performance Blue Waters supercomputer. Previous drama surrounding Blue Waters involved IBM's departure from the project which was taken on by Cray for $188 million. Thursday's date is ceremonial as the system is already operational for several projects."
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A New and Improved Moore's Law

Beorytis Beorytis writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Beorytis writes "MIT Technology review reports on a recent paper by Stanford professor Dr. Jon Koomey that claims to show that the energy efficiency of computing doubles every 1.5 years. Note that efficiency is considered in terms of a fixed computing load, a point soon to be lost on the mainstream press.

Also interesting is a graph in this related blog post that really highlights the meaning of the "fixed computing load" assumption by plotting computations per kWh vs. time. An early hobbyist computer, the Altair 8800 sits right near the Cray-1 supercomputer of the same era.

Warning: you'll have to get past the usual misstatement of Moore's Law (saying it relates to processing power rather than transistor density)."

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IEEE Spectrum: Visualizing Electronic Health Recor

Beorytis Beorytis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Beorytis writes "The IEEE Spectrum reports on IBM research to turn electronic health records (eHR) into 3d images. Seems like a great way for doctors to explain what's going on to patients. The dazzle of the technology will probably make the eHR concept an easier sell in the US. It is after all another chunk of personal information we'll need to keep out of the wrong hands."
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