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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Hunter-Killer Re:Entrapment is lazy policing (388 comments)

Stings like this have another utility--counter-intelligence. Let's say you are approached by someone asking you to commit espionage. If you feel obligated to report it because there's a chance this is a sting/loyalty test, the government's job is made much easier. Is it worth destroying lives to accomplish this objective? Hard to say without weighing the assets being protected.

about 2 months ago

Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Hunter-Killer Re:Entrapment is lazy policing (388 comments)

The problem is not necessarily place of origin, but whether you can be turned. You can be the most patriotic person on the planet, but you'll be denied if there's a non-negligible chance your close relatives overseas can be imprisoned/tortured unless you agree to spy for the host country. I wouldn't take it personally.

about 2 months ago

Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

Hunter-Killer Re:I miss the good ole' days (334 comments)

That's because so many people left Slashdot during Betageddon that it's mostly just raving lefties here now.

Nah, that's not it--it's a generational shift. Late 20s skew left, and they have the free time to post more. You'd think that group think would mold them to community norms, but here's the thing about AGW:

One one side, you have 97% of climate papers.
On the other, you have the oil industry and politicians.

The evidence is compelling and the opposing parties so distasteful that if you disagree, you're white noise. There is no discussion--either you are reasonably informed, or you're a nutter. The /. old guard just happens to be on the wrong side of the consensus.

about 3 months ago

Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

Hunter-Killer Re:Impact of foreigners on the education of Americ (161 comments)

I had a similar experience when I was in school a few years ago.

Group project with two German foreign exchange students--copy/pasted their part from another website. I caught it early and after some "clarification" from the professor, they redid it.

Another group project--with a white guy, white girl, African immigrant, and a Chinese exchange student. White girl didn't contribute anything at all, Chinese didn't contribute anything (informed us "I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do" two days before the report was due), and the African immigrant contributed one slide (the project was a slide and a paper). White guy and I ended up writing the entire paper, and we were not pleased.

I was the group leader for both projects. The lesson I learned wasn't that foreign students are worthless, but rather that people needed to be treated differently. For any project, I map out the pieces and dependencies that need to be completed in a shared spreadsheet, and let team members choose what they work on. This works out very well for motivated students, and functional procrastinators since the dependencies are also worked out. Unfortunately, simply telling everyone what needs to be done is not a one-size-fits-all solution. If I had assigned tasks to specific individuals early on and followed up regularly, I would have obtained better results. If output was poor or non-existent, we could have adjusted expectations ("you need to turn this in earlier so we can correct for ESL") or escalate to the professor if necessary.

If you are an "A" student, working with other "A" students is the easiest way to keep that A. Learning how to get the most of B and C students is likely more valuable than a slight downtick in your GPA.

about 5 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Hunter-Killer Re:Bank accounts for the poor (753 comments)

Fast food companies have figured this out. Paper checks cost too much, so workers receive a debit card, which the company deposits paychecks in.

about 7 months ago

Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

Hunter-Killer Re:Netflix rating engine sucks (86 comments)

Crummy selection pretty much nails it. If there were an infinite number of movies, the algorithm would work well. Consider the following scenario: You are one of 3000 subscribers that likes 18th century historical dramas. A documentary on royal intrigues is highly regarded by the 30 or so subscribers in your group that have seen it. Unfortunately, it won't be recommended to you because other subscribers ran out of movies long ago and now watch whatever is on the main page. Many of those 3k subscribers watched Ip Man because it looked tolerable, not because it had an intersection with your interests, but it'll be recommended anyway. Hidden gems are drowned out because the algorithm can't tell the difference between a movie you want to see and a movie you saw because you wanted to see something, anything that night.

about 7 months ago

Firewall Company Palo Alto Buys Stealthy Startup Formed By Ex-NSAers

Hunter-Killer Re:I don't think so. (102 comments)

Sonicwall offers a Network Security Appliance firewall. I can hear their marketing department: "NSA? That spells security!" Good luck with that today.

1 year,23 days

Parcel Sensor Knows When Your Delivery Has Been Dropped

Hunter-Killer Re:Existing non-electronic variant (145 comments)

Couriers have figured out that the best way of dealing with a Shockwatch is to rip the filament off the box.

about 2 years ago

A Server That Can Fall From the Sky, and Survive

Hunter-Killer Re:Useless without pictures (91 comments)

How to make military-grade network gear:

1. Get network equipment.
2. Slap it in a ruggedized box.
3. Slap an extra 0 or two on the invoice.

That said, I wouldn't mind having some PacStar gear around for the next disaster.

about 2 years ago

Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle

Hunter-Killer Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (329 comments)

I switched to Netvibes a few years ago, when Google added the unremoveable sidebar (which was added at the behest of gadget developers, apparently the only users of iGoogle that matter). It has served me pretty well, though I still miss having a Google search bar with full functionality.

more than 2 years ago

In Nothing We Trust

Hunter-Killer Re:Quoting FDR Is Ridiculous (910 comments)

Wiping your nose does not cure a cold. It never has, and it never will.

Do not give specious reasoning a free pass because you agree with its conclusion.

more than 2 years ago

Military Labs Develop Caffeinated Jerky and "Zapplesauce"

Hunter-Killer Re:MRE (151 comments)

During OIF I, I made the grievous error of saying that #4, Country Captain Chicken, wasn't that terrible. After a few days of my coworkers selflessly saving the #4 for me while they got first pick on a new box, I quickly recanted.

more than 3 years ago

Writer Peter Watts Sentenced; No Jail Time

Hunter-Killer Re:simply standing too close to an officer.. (299 comments)

Your interpretation of the statistics does not appear to take proportionality into account.
If Job A has 6 fatalities and 100 workers while Job B has 3 fatalities and 10 workers, Job B is more dangerous since the odds of death are higher on a per worker basis.

more than 4 years ago

Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or Battle.net

Hunter-Killer Regulating user-made premium content (520 comments)

Shacknews reports that StarCraft II will support non-free user-made maps and mods. Depending on how this is implemented, mapmakers may find their works offered for free via other distribution channels. As some iPhone app writers have discovered, it's also possible to be undercut by a free cloned or superficially changed version of their map. How does Blizzard intend to enforce author rights?

more than 5 years ago


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