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Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

Chuck Chunder Re:All of this has happened before... (241 comments)

Black Mirror is an absolutely awesome series (though perhaps series isn't the right word as each episode is standalone). Well worth watching.

about 6 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

Chuck Chunder Re:Lesson from this story...don't be a glass hole! (1034 comments)

I don't think it's unbelievable that the FBI (or whoever) were called. If a crime is suspected then I don't think it's unreasonable to report that suspicion. (Similarly in this recently reported case, I don't think it's unreasonable for authorities to be informed, it would possibly be more outrageous if there was a possible breach that authorities weren't informed about).

However the 'authorities' in question should be capable of responding to those reports in a sensible fashion.

about 6 months ago
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Data Analysts Attempt To Predict World's Largest Music Vote, Again

Chuck Chunder Re: Winner! (41 comments)

That seems like a somewhat pessimistic view, a glance through the historical results shows some pretty solid songs (and some quirky ones) http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/... If course, they aren't all Bohemian Rhapsody's, but there's only ever been one if them.

about 6 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Chuck Chunder Analysis too shallow (635 comments)

Picture this scenario. Ten guys and ten girls live together. All ten of the guys have slept with five of the girls in the house within the first ten days. That makes them promiscuous. However, five of the girls engaged in no sexual activity whatsoever. That gives us a 100% male promiscuity rate, and a 50% female promiscuity rate.

If we're going to discuss this properly then I think we need more info on any possible threesomes.

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla Is Mapping Cell Towers and WiFi Access Points

Chuck Chunder Re:Privacy (113 comments)

I think you are misunderstanding what I meant. In my example "Y" was the stationary AP, you as "A" can't see any packets from it directly because you are out of range, but you can see data being sent by "X" to "Y" (as "X" is in range of both you and "Y"). As I understand it by looking at the packets being sent to "Y" from "X" you can know enough about "Y" to add it to your geolocation data even if you haven't observed any data from it directly.

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla Is Mapping Cell Towers and WiFi Access Points

Chuck Chunder Re:Privacy (113 comments)

There's no need to ever actually connect to any network to map them, just slurp up SSID broadcasts, maybe channel and signal strength.

You don't need to 'connect' to them but IIRC there is some benefit to looking at the traffic beyond mere broadcasts. IE if you can see device X sending traffic to Y you can begin to imply the position of Y even if you can't see it that device yourself because it's too far away from you.

A <------ X <-------> Y

Moz might not be doing that and perhaps it isn't a "need" but if the goal is to get the best data it's not correct to say that deeper analysis than mere SSID broadcast doesn't have benefits. Of course if you are looking deeper then you should be paying attention to any possible privacy implications and avoiding recording anything that could be considered 'content'.

about 6 months ago
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Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

Chuck Chunder Re:Cash only economy (250 comments)

Right. With credit cards, you're basically getting free insurance paid for by people who keep loads of interest-bearing debt.

Don't be silly. That money stays with the financial institutions involved. Any money that needs to be refunded due to fraud comes from the merchants who accepted the card (with a hefty fee attached too).

about 6 months ago
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End of Moore's Law Forcing Radical Innovation

Chuck Chunder Re:dumbest thing I've read all day (275 comments)

It's not a fallacy, you didn't understand. People are saying that limited computation facilities will encourage innovation. If limited computation facilities encourage, nay, force innovation, then limiting it even more should force even more innovation.

Why should it? That seems like an obvious fallacy. Limiting us to abacuses would just mean people would be looking to improve on the abacus. Limitations in silicon means people looking at alternatives to silicon (just as limitations with vacuum tubes meant people looked for better alternatives and the transistor).

Perhaps in 60 years the basic components of today's technology will look as quaint and old timey as vacuum tubes do today. If we are just using iteratively improved versions of todays integrated circuits then that might be somewhat disappointing.....

about 7 months ago
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End of Moore's Law Forcing Radical Innovation

Chuck Chunder Re:dumbest thing I've read all day (275 comments)

That's basically how you sound.

How I sound? You really should work on your reading comprehension, I was merely explaining what the article was saying.

about 7 months ago
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End of Moore's Law Forcing Radical Innovation

Chuck Chunder Re:dumbest thing I've read all day (275 comments)

That may have been the dumbest thing you've read all day but to be fair that was before your comment was written.

The intent behind that sentence seems fairly clear, that the end of predictable speed increases may lead to greater focus on whole other avenues of development and other unpredictable and exciting ideas popping up.

about 7 months ago
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The FBI's Giant Bitcoin Wallet

Chuck Chunder You aren't being pedantic (177 comments)

Indeed, a pedant would be right, you are just inventing a distinction where there is none.

about 7 months ago
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Code.org Wants Participating Students' Data For 7 Years

Chuck Chunder Re:Self-serving philanthropy (90 comments)

Centralizing control over analysis of student performance data --- taking the capability away from teachers to evaluate how a program is really working, and placing it in the hands of

You seem to view this as a zero sum game.

Additional central analytics doesn't necessarily take capabilities away from teachers. It could inform and help them.

Anything can be used badly, it seems to me the fight should be to use analytics well, not stop it being used.

about 8 months ago
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Code.org Wants Participating Students' Data For 7 Years

Chuck Chunder Re:Self-serving philanthropy (90 comments)

For improving quality of the educational materials, all Code.org needs is aggregate summary data

I don't think that's necessarily true, or at least it's not true that more specific detail than aggregate data won't lend itself to additional useful insights.

For instance it's reasonable to imagine that different people learn better in different ways and that by accumulating data on individuals one might be able to determine different groups among them which might in turn lead to more tailored materials for different types of learners.

If you aggregate the data early around one factor (eg a class or school) that will vastly reduce your ability to come up with other ways to view the data or to have things emerge from the data that you didn't already anticipate.

It would be absurd to suggest that more fine-grained data wouldn't allow for more detailed analysis. The only question is where the line needs to be drawn for privacy or other reasons.

about 7 months ago
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Australia Spied On Indonesian President

Chuck Chunder Re:Nearest neighbour (213 comments)

You can almost walk from Papua to Australia at low tide (if you have very long legs).

Or a kangaroo to ride, of course.

about 8 months ago
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Venezuela: Cheap Television Sets For All!

Chuck Chunder Jokes on her (702 comments)

"I want a Sony plasma television for the house," said Amanda Lisboa, 34, a business administrator who waited seven hours outside a Caracas store ... "It's going to be so cheap!"

Didn't Sony stop making plasma TVs some time ago?

about 8 months ago
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Venezuela: Cheap Television Sets For All!

Chuck Chunder Re:For those who want a $15 minimum wage in the US (702 comments)

I don't think he was suggesting that the minimum wage was responsible for prosperity. He was merely pointing out that a (reasonable) minimum wage doesn't inevitably destroy prosperity the way the OP suggested it did.

about 8 months ago
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New Zealand's Hackable Transport Card Grants Free Bus Rides

Chuck Chunder Re:Why do transit smartcards need to be hard? (96 comments)

If the system is designed right, forged cards, replay attacks (e.g. add $50 to the card, read its contents, spend the $50, write the old contents to get a free top-up) and other such things can be prevented.

What is the practical gain from that?

The reality is that 99.9% of people are honest and will pay what they should regardless of whether the cards are insecure and could be 'hacked'. As such there isn't much to be gained from designing a system that protects against things almost no one is going to do anyway.

Which doesn't explain why these systems always seem to cost so much and get delivered late. I can only assume the companies that make these things do that so the problem seems harder than it is.

about 9 months ago
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Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

Chuck Chunder Re:Seems fine with me. (599 comments)

What kind of idiot budgets for a server room with a steel door that takes weeks to break down

That room sounds pretty secure, the perfect place to put the spare keys for safekeeping.

about 9 months ago

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Pedofile security through obscurity

Chuck Chunder Chuck Chunder writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Chuck Chunder (21021) writes "A pedophile who has distributed obfusctated images of himself on the internet may be about to learn that security through obscurity is not much security at all. Computer specialists in Germany's federal police have reversed image manipulations intended to obscure his face to obtain pretty clear images of the offender. Analysis of other parts of the image has not lead to any concrete leads so INTERPOL are now asking for public help in identifying him."
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Chuck Chunder Chuck Chunder writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chuck Chunder (21021) writes "I have bought a Wii (having previously owned an XBox and a Playstation) and am really enjoying it. It is a load of fun and I get a real kick out of seeing non gamers pick up a controller and enjoy themselves. However the fact remains that someone with general gaming experience will get to grips with a game a lot faster than someone without experience. This fact makes most of the "newbie friendliness" of the Wii moot when playing competative multiplayer games.

If my girlfriend and I play such a game (eg Sports, Rayman or Monkeyball) then it isn't much fun for either of us if I win all the time. The most fun we have had together with the Wii so far has been working through the single player part of Rayman, taking it in turns to face a challenge.

By doing that we both have some success and take part in the progression. Given that the Wii is reaching out to a broad range of people and multiple users on the same console I am thinking there should be plenty of collaborative (non FPS) games which players of varying skill levels can all play at once and have some success in. Am I missing some titles or is this a hole in the current Wii lineup?"

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Flamebait?

Chuck Chunder Chuck Chunder writes  |  about 11 years ago Is calling people "fucking morons" flamebait, or is the flamebait people being "fucking morons" in the first place?

You be the judge I guess.

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