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Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts

Crashmarik Re:Old news (136 comments)

Not sure if you are trolling or not, but the articles make no mention of the comparison.

about a week ago

Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts

Crashmarik Old news (136 comments)


This has been known since the 60s. Only reason it keeps cropping up is the ego of the people involved in analysis, and the organizational inertia of the agencies involved.

about a week ago

More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

Crashmarik Re:Snowden's leaks has gone off the rails (90 comments)

Did he ever have legitimacy ?

There was never any doubt that this was being done. The questions is do you want the NSA having your info or Facebook and Google.

about two weeks ago

GCHQ and NSA Targeted World Leaders, Private German Companies

Crashmarik Shocking it's not as if there was a resason ? (145 comments)


So people are upset about the NSA spying on companies and a country that was willing to look the other way on some very questionable practices ?

A little reality check here. George Washington was one of our first spymasters,
And the value of intelligence information to our well being has not decreased one bit since the revolution.

about three weeks ago

Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

Crashmarik No of course not (276 comments)

It's really not even a question that should have to be asked. Here is a man who wasn't seeking the limelight and this idiot reporter stole something from him he will never be able to fully recover.

about a month and a half ago

Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

Crashmarik Comcast usually triple dips why is this a surprise (520 comments)

Comcast charges content providers to be on channel line up
Charges the customer to watch them
Overwrites the provided programming with their commercials.

If ever the was an exemplar of a gravy sucking pig comcast is it, and they are the prime exemplar of how crony capitalism is failure.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Crashmarik Moving on to the next MMO (669 comments)

Was Playing The Secret World but it looks like Funcom has killed the development budget, replaced content updates with insane grinds for gear and made false promises about delivery dates to string along the subscribers. Still recommend it. Buy it for $10 when it goes on sale and play it like a single player game, just be prepared to be disappointed by the largely nonexistent and very tedious endgame.

So now it's Star Wars The Old Republic. It's surprisingly good, especially if you aren't expecting it to be star wars galaxies. Good engine, beautiful graphics, and solid play backed by excellent story and dialog. Thumbs up.

Beta tested ESO, Looks good but hasn't grabbed me.

Going to give Wildstar a try as well.

about 2 months ago

A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin

Crashmarik Read the article and Stross (396 comments)

Don't see the article as actually refuting much of anything Stross had to say.

The nicest thing you can say about bitcoin is that it is disruptive and the disruptions have the possibility of not being exceptionally painful. If you think about the primary advantage of bitcoin, making anonymous electronic transactions that are much harder to trace, you have to think it's not going to be good. Then you look and see the first killer app for bitcoin was the silkroad ? It really isn't going to surprise that this technology destabilizes civil society more than it promotes it.

about 3 months ago

Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

Crashmarik CS is Race/Gender neutral (612 comments)

It's applied mathematics how much more abstract and removed do you want it to be ?

What this is about is getting particular groups of people interested in the subject. That may be good or bad, but the problem is not with the material.

about 4 months ago

Google Fiber In Austin Hits a Snag: Incumbent AT&T

Crashmarik A monopoly wants as little competition as possible (291 comments)

No surprise from ATT, I doubt anyone expected anything from them except obstructionism. Cheers to the City Council for taking action that is obviously in their constituents best interest.

about 4 months ago

Scientists Discover Huge Freshwater Reserves Beneath the Ocean

Crashmarik Re:The problem with all this... (273 comments)

Before we try and get and that additional freshwater - has anyone found another possible _deposit_ location for all the rubbish and toxic waste we're producing? ...even if we would get at that water, it would only be a stop-gap -- right now, most seem to think that there will always be some new source of whatever resource we need to keep our "unsustainable" pace going...

Your kidding right ?

Look around you, we have a near endless universe and we haven't even noticeably begun to exploit it. We can either man up to the challenges ahead use the resources at our disposal and move forward to a better future, or we can stick our heads in the sand a plant a kick me sign on our collective asses.

about 4 months ago

Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

Crashmarik My god it's a Stainless Steel leach (424 comments)

What does it do roam the roads by night draining the life out of Priuses ?

about 5 months ago

FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

Crashmarik The FDA is part of the executive branch (371 comments)

So the party that currently is in control of the executive branch would be to blame here.

about 5 months ago

FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

Crashmarik Expect this chain to be modded offtopic (371 comments)

And correctly done at that. This would be better fodder for it's own Ask Slashdot.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

Crashmarik That's the great flaw in all MMOs (555 comments)

The world exists at the whim of the developers, or rather the marketing people. It makes it very difficult to justify putting in the kind of effort needed to do well, when you know, it will be pulled out from under you. Esp, when developers actively seem to dislike people doing well in the games.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

Crashmarik Re:The Secret World (555 comments)

TSW is very problematical.

While the writing is very good, the coding is not. It could reasonably be renamed the The secret world of bugs.

about 5 months ago

Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Pharmacies

Crashmarik But will patients actually get to see the savings. (282 comments)

If you need a blood test the doctor/hospital will likely take the blood perform test and charge accordingly leaving the patient out of the loop entirely. If this test does actually force a lower reimbursement rate, they will specify checking for conditions not covered by the test so a more expensive one has to be done

about 4 months ago


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