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Do Tech Entrepreneurs Need To Know How To Code?

Haffner Re:We need more DEVELOPERS! (202 comments)

The big thing about being an entrepreneur is that if you can do it right, you can extract ALL of your value. Normally the company paying your salary is benefiting more from your work than you are; as an entrepreneur you can capture that value, and you can also chart your own growth.

about 2 years ago
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Sony Slashes 10,000 Jobs

Haffner They're in trouble (92 comments)

Sony's most profitable business? Life insurance. I kid you not.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran War Clock Set At Ten Minutes To Midnight

Haffner Re:Schwarzkopf didn't say that. (315 comments)

I knew that already just was too lazy to change it. It's funny, not relevant.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran War Clock Set At Ten Minutes To Midnight

Haffner Framing? (315 comments)

This is possibly the most deliberately confusing way to try to explain our chances of war to anyone. Twenty minutes to midnight means a 0% chance? Why are we restricting a scale designed to have 720 minutes to just 20? This is just designed to scare people (for whatever reason) into thinking war is more probable than it really is. I have no problem with the panel, just the manner in which they displayed their results.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Rob a Bank: One Social Engineer's Story

Haffner Re:Small time (111 comments)

Part of it is that when you inflate an asset class domestically, there will be a reaction abroad. Let's say the real asset value of a house in the US is $X, and an equivalent property elsewhere is $Y. If in the US $X house is overpriced to, say aX where a>1, we would expect to see an equivalent investment abroad rise to bY, where there is a function f(a) = b (as there won't be a perfect correlation). HOWEVER, the net result is that one could hedge out most of the location/currency risk and be left purely investing on the value of the home. So, abroad people start buying houses at bY, which appears to be the rational price. Then, when everyone finds out that in the US the real value of the home is $X, prices fall, and pull down houses abroad to $Y. TLDR: housing abroad is affected because housing getting more expensive in the US makes housing more attractive elsewhere, and investors will try to arbitrage that.

more than 2 years ago
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Feds Shy Away From Raiding Email Without Warrant

Haffner Re:PGP, GPG, etc. (71 comments)

Because the encryption technology currently available to the average user is pretty much useless if the NSA or other government agency takes an interest in your e-mail..

THIS is misleading. Maximum strength PGP encryption is virtually uncrackable, first of all. Second, the laws concerning cracking encrypted files are different from the authority necessary to get emails without a court order. I fault the courts here - make the court order process easier, but never, ever let anything be done without the approval of the justice system.

more than 2 years ago
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Robots Retrieve Your Books At U. Chicago's $81 Million Library

Haffner Re:Removes more than it adds (202 comments)

As a University of Chicago student, something that I think many people won't take into consideration here is how the library is geared toward the student body. The majority of students use the library as a place to work, rather than a place to get books. And honestly, as someone who does a fair amount of (economic) research, I don't even go to the library until I know what book I'm going to get (I have access to the online library catalog). I think most students view the new library as a cool new place to do work, rather than another place to find books at.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Your Electricity Meter Spying On You?

Haffner Re:But.... (405 comments)

Clearly, all customers who consume electricity more than one standard deviation above the norm should be eligible for a warrantless search of their house.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Your Electricity Meter Spying On You?

Haffner But.... (405 comments)

These are what keep us SAFE because it lets power companies notify law enforcement when our neighbors are growing marijuana! We NEED these to keep us SAFE!

more than 3 years ago
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77 Million Accounts Stolen From Playstation Network

Haffner Re:Credit card numbers WERE taken too (645 comments)

And until Sony announces that the data was stolen, you don't know that it was. Wait, we've heard this before.

more than 3 years ago
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My present employer I think will survive ...

Haffner Re:Good wording. (225 comments)

It seems Yoda worked hard on the wording of this week's poll...

more than 3 years ago
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The Decreasing Impact of Death In Sci-fi

Haffner Re:Nothing new to see here (373 comments)

I remember reading an interview with a Prison Break executive who said "So and so died in the 2nd season but we found a way to plausibly bring her back." Although I don't watch that show, if I did something like that would be a deal breaker for my continued viewership. I hate, hate HATE cheap plot toys to keep characters around.

On the other hand, sometimes a show like Fringe comes up with a clever way of retaining a character, e.g. flashbacks or alternate reality where a character is still alive.

more than 3 years ago
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CCIA Calls Copyright Wiretaps 'Hollywood's PATRIOT Act'

Haffner Re:'understand' ? (150 comments)

But what can one legally do? I wish there was a career path or something that I could do to stop this and similar abuses of power by the government, but short of spending 30 years entrenching myself in the system (at which point I'm sure the economic benefits of prolonging corruption will outweigh any lasting moral compulsions not to) to right some minor wrongs, what can a citizen do? Sadly, I think nothing. Most people I speak to about their rights either don't understand what the rights are, or why we need them, and some think that less privacy means more safety. I don't think the masses can comprehend what is occurring, and the educated few don't have the manpower or public outrage to take a stand. It's depressing, really...

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T Cracking Down On Unofficial iPhone Tethering

Haffner Re:USA #1 (513 comments)

No, they wear jeans with a black turtleneck.

more than 3 years ago
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Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

Haffner Re:yes! (1251 comments)

Back into the dark ages with you, Americans! you've never been very bright anyway...

FTFY

more than 3 years ago
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Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

Haffner Re:Fair enough. (1251 comments)

If I were tasked with hiring someone for a post in higher education, belief in intelligent design would be a criterion for not getting the job. Why would a university want to hire someone who thinks that an entire department's work is total bogus? Not believing in the scientific methods that demonstrate evolution and Earth's 4 billion year history is a clear red flag for academic trustworthiness. If you don't believe in a field of science, what else can you choose not to accept? "Oh no, mathematics is entirely false, I reject numbers!" I can't see any university eager to hire someone who goes against everything they stand for. To throw in a car analogy, it's like Ford hiring a sales manager who believes that cars run on magic and unicorn dust.

more than 3 years ago
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The Quake Through Eyes of Slashdot Japan

Haffner What is generating this? (265 comments)

New slashdot: You may also like to read, Book Reviews: Godel, Escher, Bach -- 20th Anniversary Edition 123 comments Painfully pretentious guff by Sinner (3398) Hardware: Linux Support for Riva TNT2 110 comments I have to agree with Crow by Anonymous Coward Linux: ZD on Red Hat 37 comments No good deed goes unpunished. by toriver (11308) Linux: RedHat 6.0 is Out 237 comments upgrade path by MikeTurk (18201)

more than 3 years ago
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Secrets of a Memory Champion

Haffner Good training book? (290 comments)

This sounds interesting. Does anyone know of a good book that would help teach me this technique?

more than 3 years ago
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Foreign Hackers Attack Canadian Government

Haffner Re:How far is too far? (208 comments)

I think the big difference here is that the financial crimes that were committed stemmed from behavior that was initially within the law before greed took over. On the other hand, hacking another country's government has never been within the law.

more than 3 years ago
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Foreign Hackers Attack Canadian Government

Haffner How far is too far? (208 comments)

All the news of China's hacking attempts, compounded with the links many of those have to government, begs the question: "How far is too far?" When will the US (or the international community) hold China accountable and force them to stop these actions? The way I see it, what they are doing is worse than firing shells over a border. This could easily be a buildup for a larger attack, yet no one has done anything substantial yet.

more than 3 years ago

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Is There Statistical Evidence of Election Fraud?

Haffner Haffner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Haffner (1349071) writes "Commenters over on reddit seem to believe that there exists a statistical anomaly in voting records for Romney. They've shown that for large precincts, Romney's cumulative vote distribution increases linearly over time — a statistical anomaly — and that this happens many times. Is this good evidence?"
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What Ultra-Portable Laptops Are Best?

Haffner Haffner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Haffner (1349071) writes "I'm in the market for buying a second computer that I can carry around everywhere. I currently have a laptop that I use for gaming, statistical processing, and graphics work, but at 18.4" and 10+ lbs, it is difficult to carry when traveling, and is too large for many workspaces. I'm interested in purchasing a second laptop exclusively for browsing and word processing that I can easily carry around with me, but I'm not sure what to get. I've looked at "ultrabooks" including the new Acer S5, and while these are appealing, I'm wondering if their $800+ prices are justified. Would anyone recommend these over a much cheaper, bulkier laptop? The only mandatory specifications I have are an SSD and at least 6 hours of battery life."
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Galleon Billionaire Convicted of Insider Trading

Haffner Haffner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Haffner (1349071) writes ""Hedge fund billionaire Raj Rajaratnam was convicted on all 14 counts of fraud and conspiracy Wednesday in the biggest insider trading case in a generation.

The verdict was an historic victory for the Justice Department, which used tactics once reserved for investigations of mobsters, drug dealers and the like to expose financial professionals and corporate insiders trafficking in such business confidences as details about pending mergers."
No news on sentencing yet, but this looks like the conclusion to a massive insider trading case."

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Tens thousand protest in Cairo, Twitter blocked

Haffner Haffner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Haffner (1349071) writes "Protests in Cairo, Egypt have now reached the tens of thousands. Police have deployed water cannons and tear gas. I am writing this live from Cairo, where I witnessed a throng of 1000-3000 march towards Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo. I also witnessed 300-500 protesting on one of the bridges heading downtown. Most importantly, twitter has been blocked by many national carriers. Other updating links include http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/blog/2011/jan/25/middleeast-tunisia and https://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/world/middleeast/26egypt.html?_r=2&src=twrhp"
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Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?

Haffner Haffner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Haffner (1349071) writes "An article on physorg.com details what could be the first cold fusion reactor.

"Italian scientists Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi of the University of Bologna announced that they developed a cold fusion device capable of producing 12,400 W of heat power with an input of just 400 W....when the atomic nuclei of nickel and hydrogen are fused in their reactor, the reaction produces copper and a large amount of energy. The reactor uses less than 1 gram of hydrogen and starts with about 1,000 W of electricity, which is reduced to 400 W after a few minutes. Every minute, the reaction can convert 292 grams of 20C water into dry steam at about 101C. Since raising the temperature of water by 80C and converting it to steam requires about 12,400 W of power, the experiment provides a power gain of 12,400/400 = 31.""

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ISP P2P Throttling Class Action: Lawyers, ISP Win

Haffner Haffner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Haffner (1349071) writes "Ars Technica reports, "Starting November 1, Internet service provider RCN can resume its discriminatory traffic management policies against peer-to-peer protocols—so long as it offers advance notice to customers." Furthermore, "What do the 446,657 class members get from the settlement? Not much. RCN agreed to stop targeting P2P for 18 months after May 1, 2009, and it further agreed to stop all non-P2P traffic management for 18 months staring April 1, 2008," and "The lawyers get $540,000, billing at a blended rate of $605 an hour. Sabrina Chin gets a token $3,000 for leading the charge. And RCN can do whatever it wants to do come November 1—though it has agreed to tell customers in advance about changes to its traffic management policies.""
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LA Prison Using Pain Ray on Prisoners

Haffner Haffner writes  |  about 4 years ago

Haffner (1349071) writes "Popular Science reports that "Inmates bringing the ruckus at Pitchess Detention Center in California will find that deputies there can bring the pain. Working as the test-bed for a National Institute of Justice experiment, the prison is testing Raytheon's Assault Intervention Device, a seven-and-a-half-foot-tall device that focuses an invisible energy ray on misbehaving inmates, causing a serious heating sensation that should bring said bad behavior to a halt.""
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ISPs lie about broadband "up to" speeds

Haffner Haffner writes  |  about 4 years ago

Haffner (1349071) writes "Ars Technica has an article detailing the difference between ISP advertised "up to x Mbps" speeds and the actual speeds, in addition to some possible solutions. They find that on average, the advertised speeds were "up to 6.7 Mbps" while the real median was 3 Mbps and the mean was 4 Mbps. This implies that ISPs were falsely advertising by at least a factor of 50%."
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10 Russian Spies Caught

Haffner Haffner writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Haffner (1349071) writes ""Ten Russian intelligence officers have been arrested for allegedly serving as illegal agents of the Russian government in the United States, the Justice Department said Monday.

Eight of 10 were arrested Sunday for allegedly carrying out long-term, deep cover assignments in the United States on behalf of Russia.

Two others were arrested for allegedly participating in the same Russian intelligence program within the United States.""

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Control Music Player Wirelessly

Haffner Haffner writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Haffner (1349071) writes "I have a large speaker system that is located in a different room from my computer. I want to find a device that I can plug my speakers into that lets me stream wireless music from my computer. I am wondering — what is the most cost-effective way to do this?"
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Top Federal Spending Aid Contracts Don't Compete

Haffner Haffner writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Haffner writes "According to the usaspending.gov's 2009 Top 100 Federal Contract Awards, of the top 10 companies receiving federal contracts, 7 of them receive at least 50% — and in most cases far more — of their funding without competition. These 7 are given $82 billion, over 40% of the total $195 billion given to the top 100. Of the contracts between 11-100, only 15 receive over 50% of their funds non-competitively, and 2 of these companies are subcorporations of those in the top 10.

Is this something we should be worried about?"

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