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Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

Jumunquo Not too big to fail (60 comments)

Chinese official face their biggest challenge yet: too big to pay bribes.

3 hours ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

Jumunquo Re:Awesome, I shall buy one in a year (114 comments)

Geforce 750 should be able to run 1920x1080 at high settings on most games, so I would say it's ideal. I run 2560x1440 on a Geforce 660, medium and sometimes medium-high settings no problem.

about a week ago
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BlackBerry's Survival Plan: the Internet of Things

Jumunquo Re:Can they do it? (74 comments)

That would be an improvement! Their strategy is to follow the white ant because it knows where the food is, and after the white ant takes the food, they look for scraps it left behind. Even when the white ant hits a dead end and spins in circles, they are undeterred in heading over there.

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

Jumunquo They may have the manual, but ... (189 comments)

... how long will it take to hack in? Days later, the machine will finally respond to the unoptimized hacking code, it will launch a shell, and out-of-memory, lol.

about three weeks ago
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Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal information

Jumunquo Re:notice-and-notice (172 comments)

I thought it was see something, shoot something.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

Jumunquo Re:Poker isn't really about math (340 comments)

You should read the comment above:
http://tech.slashdot.org/comme...
Basically, they can only call it solved if the robot has a strategy that's not exploitable in this format (limited Texas Hold'EM).
But the ironic thing (and the article itself admits it) is that this perfect robot player doesn't necessarily win the most because it can't adjust to exploit other human players. It just has a can't lose.

about three weeks ago
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European Researchers Develop More Accurate Full-Body Polygraph

Jumunquo Re:Accuracy (106 comments)

Well, that sort of illustrates why the test is wrong so often, but if you TRY to be bored and aggressive, you'll probably think too much ;)

The way they teach you to beat it is pretty simple. Before they ask the hard questions, they need to calibrate. They will ask you something easy to get a base truth response. Likewise, they will get a base lie response. You want your base lie response to go sky high so that nothing can ever match that. Bite your tongue. Tighten you ass. Whatever you like. Once you're past that, then strain yourself a little and answer all the questions like that. Just remember that you're not in the clear yet because you've handled the problem with the junk science handing out false positives, but don't forget the person across from you is not a scientist but a skilled interrogator. They can still ask all sorts of loaded questions. For example, have you ever done something personal during work time? The interrogator is much better at this game than you are and probably has more mental stamina than you do. That's why they say if you have a choice, don't take a polygraph - tell them you know how it works, and that it's a sham.

about three weeks ago
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European Researchers Develop More Accurate Full-Body Polygraph

Jumunquo Re:Accuracy (106 comments)

I found this to be a great read on the subject:
https://antipolygraph.org/lie-...
They actually talk about specific cases concerning the trouble use of this for defense and intelligence, and why it's such a sham. You also see that they probably keep using it even though it's inaccurate because it beats some confessions out of some people, and I guess they don't mind the innocents that get screwed by it.

about three weeks ago
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European Researchers Develop More Accurate Full-Body Polygraph

Jumunquo Re:Accuracy (106 comments)

Exactly. There's no reliable body response for a lie. All they are measuring is nervousness, which you could have for a variety of reasons. It's the same thing the border agent does.

The purpose of the polygraph is to bully the victim into a confession. The unknowing victim thinks they are undergoing a scientific test, but they are actually being drilled by a skilled interrogator w/ no lawyer present to defuse the loaded questions.

about three weeks ago
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

Jumunquo Cloud service bandwidth caps, rsync? (124 comments)

All this has done is catalog what the bandwidth caps for the various cloud services are. The article itself admits that. BitTorrent performance is completely irrelevant.
A relevant comparison would be against other peer-to-peer transfer utilities like scp and rsync (w/ and w/o -z).

about 3 months ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

Jumunquo Re:Comcast (158 comments)

Wave Cable does it too. This happened after they gobbled up my local ISP.

about 4 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Jumunquo Re:Unique passwords? (549 comments)

It says password, so you're supposed to type in "password". Gosh, can't you people follow instructions?

about 4 months ago
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Jumunquo Re:quid pro quo? (72 comments)

There is. It's mentioned in the story:
"Since 2007, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco’s office in New York, where ComputerCOP is based, has bought 43,000 copies of the software—a fact trumpeted in DeMarco’s reelection campaign materials. ComputerCOP’s parent company directly donated to DeMarco’s campaign at least nine times over the same period.

Indeed, ComputerCOP markets itself as the “perfect election and fundraising tool.” As part of the package, when a law enforcement agency buys a certain amount of copies, ComputerCOP will send out a camera crew to record an introduction video with the head of the department. The discs are also customized to prominently feature the head of the agency, who can count on a solid round of local press coverage about the giveaway."

about 4 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Jumunquo Re:Don't wait on the wiping... (577 comments)

That's just sad - why are you even buying new PCs with Windows preloaded and paying for something you'll wipe immediately? You're clearly not the clueless user so just buy the parts yourself and stick them together. Dell/HP basically use the cheapest, crappiest parts they can get, and that's why their standard warranty is 1 year when most quality computer parts have a 3-year warranty. That is why the Apple fanboys always rag on PCs. For just slightly more than Dell/HP, you can build a faster, quieter quality computer that will last 10+ years and with parts you can individually upgrade. SSDs are cheap now too, and they give the huge speed boost. Dell/HP gives you like a pathetic 60GB hard drive and change you an arm and a leg to upgrade it.

about 4 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Jumunquo Re:Vague click-bait (577 comments)

Same experience. WinXP has serious fragmentation issues, and the included Disk Defragmenter is not enough to fix it. I have had success with third-party defragmenters that do more - in particular Norton Speed Disk, which is unfortunately part of the horribly bloated Norton Utilities. Even disabling everything, the Norton Control Center still starts up, so I had to remove the startup entry from the registry manually. However, it's worth the trouble because it really does return the system to its original snappiness.

Haven't seen it on Win7, although I am running on a well-performing SSD, so that mask some of the problems.

about 4 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Jumunquo Re:Why avoid 8.1? (577 comments)

Well, you're on a tablet - that's why! Microsoft made the bone-headed decision to force mouse-and-keyboard uses to use the same interface, and not only it is awkward, but it is just plain inefficient. Also, most of the people who would take the time to try Windows 8.1 or buy it are not Win haters. They are the bonafide Windows users. That's why so desktop users are sticking with Win7, my gaming rig included. Or you could disable most of that Metro crap with Classic Shell.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Purchases .buy TLD For $4.6 Million

Jumunquo Greatest price war ever (67 comments)

Wait until they auction off the .sucks TLD!

about 4 months ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Jumunquo Re: Mecial Cannabis companies (275 comments)

@thejynxed: No need for insults. Needing to throw one on the first sentence is usually an indication that you lack the means to back up your claims normally. This restaurant owner doesn't know what the intent of the grocery store is - for all she knows, they love her business because many local grocery stores do survive just off that (and as someone else just pointed out, most loss leaders actually aren't, and they might be missing a big sales opportunity). Is anything you just repeated about the restrictions of the sale communicated by the store? No, and that's the problem. It's the store's fault.

And let's see, if it were you, you'd also ban kids, right? Because how would you know they are related? I've been conscripted to buy limit 1 eggs before when I was a teen. We were a poor family of 4. Would you interrogate and demand ID from anyone looking young? Can the store not deal with 2 or 3 customers buying the sale item up to the limit they set themselves?

And let's see, you say your corporation bans this kind of thing - how so?
And you ban extreme couponers by policy? Huh? Do extreme couponers have a badge or something? Do you ban use of any coupon? It's funny because except for store-issued coupons, those are all manufacturer's coupons. Read the fine print - the manufacturer will pay the store the face value of the coupon plus 8 cents handling fee! The stores make a killing off these extreme couponers buying overpriced items for the coupon discount. The only thing is that managers may limit them to 4 or 8 so that all the couponers get some rather than one clearing them out. By the way, I did try couponing for a while, but it just wasn't worth the time spent, and the coupons are usually for packaged foods which are not healthy. Also, those extreme couponing videos you see with the dozen carts of stuff for free are fake - it's all been revealed to be totally staged.

I think ... you just have way too much hate for customers. Just make good, clear policies, and you won't need to treat your customers like criminals.

about 5 months ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Jumunquo Re:Normally (275 comments)

Liable? You mean like the business can take me to court, and I have to defend myself before a judge?

I know what you're getting at, but bringing government bureaucracy into this isn't the answer. People know that a product with few reviews isn't a good representation, and they learn which review sites are more reliable. People have greater trust in reviews from "verified buyers" as marked on many sites like Amazon. Many review sites also do have various safeguards in place to handle situations like you've mentioned (Yelp included), and those review sites gain popularity because of that. I think sometimes businesses are just paranoid about a few bad reviews. Most people don't believe everything on the Internet.

about 5 months ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Jumunquo Re: Mecial Cannabis companies (275 comments)

Why does the story keep changing? Your original story said very clearly that she would clear store out, so then they put limit signs. Then, she would get the limit, and her kids would get the limit. Do you only have 5 customers or something? How can that clear you out if you put up a reasonable limit? Seems like she was following the rules, and they banned her anyway. I'm sorry, but that's not her fault. It's your store's fault. If they don't want to people buying just the loss leader, then make it clear that you must buy $X dollars worth of stuff in order to get the deal. Every grocery store in my area does this for turkey during Thanksgiving now. Your store harbored hidden expectations, and they just banned people who didn't meet them rather than state them clearly. That's low.

about 5 months ago

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