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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

MozeeToby What's changed? (108 comments)

Your two primary worries are vote selling and voter secrecy, neither of which are guaranteed by mail in ballots. The real concern is wholesale fraud: no paper trail means a "miscount" is undetectable and untraceable. The fact that your municipality is almost certainly using COTS software is actually a plus in this case, even more so if the software is being operated by an outside third party; they're unlikely to have a horse in the race and be tempted to sway the results.

3 hours ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

MozeeToby Re:SWIFT Key (543 comments)

I'd pay most for a phone with a slide out game controller... only one was ever made that I know of and it was about 18 months behind spec-wise (on a gaming device... what were they thinking?) There are some clip on solutions, but it wouldn't be the same as having it built into the phone.

4 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

MozeeToby Re:I'll believe it when it actually happens. (116 comments)

There's enough overlap from one game to another that it doesn't take a fresh 10,000 hours to master the next game that comes along. A surprising amount of the pro level skill is in fact mechanics (as in physically moving quickly and accurately enough to play the game at high level). There are several SC2 professionals that started their careers playing twitch FPS games for example. Within a genre... well there's not that much difference between SC2 and Command and Conquer, let alone Brood War and SC2.

Another aspect: This is probably one of the reasons Blizzard has stretched the SC2 release out over 6 years (that and making a dumptruck full of money). Every few years there's a new expansion which adds new elements but uses the same basic structure. Freshens up the game without forcing high level players to start from scratch.

about a week ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

MozeeToby Re:surpising (168 comments)

That's nice. Now for a thought. Let's imagine Amazon runs a script and raises all their prices, every single one of them, by 1% Would anyone notice? Would anyone care? Is 1% even enough to justify looking elsewhere for a product? They'd still be cheapest on 90% of things, why would anyone bother?

Guess what, they just boosted their profits by $700,000,000. Ok, lets say some people do shop elsewhere, so call it $600,000,000. Not just their revenues, their actual profits. And investors are running away

about a week ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

MozeeToby Mods, read the parent please! (242 comments)

This is the real problem. We have no knowledge of who and what are on these lists, nor do we have any way of obtaining that knowledge. Every single person on them could be someone who trained in Pakistan with known terrorists or every single one of them could be regular people who have done absolutely nothing to warrant surveillance (which is what a "watch" list is, if you didn't gather by the name). We don't know, we can't know. The system is entirely and completely opaque to anyone outside it (and probably the vast majority of those tasked with updating it).

about two weeks ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

MozeeToby Re:Terrorist is an impossible label (242 comments)

What was the quote from the Vietnam war era? "In order to save the village we had to destroy it"... something along those lines anyway. Except this time round the "village" is the "freedom" that so many claim to champion.

about two weeks ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

MozeeToby Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (242 comments)

I don't know why this is marked troll. We may not be there yet, but all it's going to take is one guy in a position of power with the will to use it the way McCarthy did. That's a pretty damn small barrier between "freedom" and "blacklists".

about two weeks ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

MozeeToby Re:costly concentration (110 comments)

Mirrors are cheap. Water to wash a few hundred acres worth of mirrors is relatively expensive. Especially in the middle of the desert where we like to park solar installations.

about two weeks ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

MozeeToby Re:Postal is an Ideological Fanatic (454 comments)

Which is probably why they put the Iron Dome installations on the border, no? So that rockets they shoot down fall far short of the major population centers?

about two weeks ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

MozeeToby Re:Maybe (454 comments)

Even after the propulsion stage you're going to cause the rocket to tumble, ruin the aerodynamics, and considerably change/shorten the trajectory.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

MozeeToby Re:Seriously? (509 comments)

If people like Kurzweil are right is the fact that planning for them is worthless. Kurzweil's predictions are, by definition, that the future is unpredictable due to rapid technological development. What on earth makes you think construction workers will have a job if Kurzweil's predictions were to come to fruition? Or Plumbers? Or even painters, actors, poets for that matter? In Kurzweil's future, you could have software that understands the human brain far, far better than we do today and could apply that knowledge to generate works of art of such sublime beauty that we'll look at Michelangelo's works like a toddler's scribbles (beautiful for what they are but ultimately primitive).

There's no point in planning for that future because that future is so far removed from where we are today that it's not yet imaginable how we, as fleshy, living, breathing human beings, will fit into it.

about two weeks ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

MozeeToby Re:Seriously then (106 comments)

You could say the same thing about any early adopter tech: first generations are worthless, over-expensive gimmicks that don't actually deliver what the promise. But hey, they do finance R&D for the next generation so the rest of us get the actual worthwhile, cost effective product.

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Claims Reveal Hidden Electronic Damage From Geomagnetic Storms

MozeeToby Re:Buy Surge Protectors (78 comments)

Doesn't do you a damned thing if the lightning hits the power line a block down the street.

about three weeks ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

MozeeToby Re:Download vs indexing (87 comments)

Instead, they would have to laboriously spend hours thinking about every single german word, and eventually teach themselves german, from the memories they had installed.

This could still result in learning German in a matter of days vs months. Perfect is the enemy of good, even if everything you say is 100% accurate (and I doubt there's any convincing evidence that the brain works like an indexed database) you could still see orders of magnitude improvement in the time it takes to learn new things.

about three weeks ago
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Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

MozeeToby Re:Buzz elaborated on his reasoning yesterday. (78 comments)

It's a dream that can focus and revitalize the space program, whereas the asteroid visitation is simply aiming too low as the overarching goal for NASA.

I never understood this. An asteroid visit is the first and most necessary step to asteroid mining which is arguably the only way to open up the solar system with chemical rockets for propulsion. Go out and grab a water rich asteroid, ship up a few hundred square meters of solar panels and start cracking the water into fuel. Obviously there are challenges involved, but not having to haul all the fuel for your interplanetary burns from the Earth's surface would cut the difficulty of a Mars mission significantly.

about three weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

MozeeToby Re:Power? We dont need no stink'n power! (468 comments)

[...] until those guys did it a few years ago in the Hudson, no commercial plane had ever done it and remained intact.

Your friends in the aviation industry were mistaken. If you come in flat and level on a decent glide slope and decent weather, the vast majority of the passengers are likely to survive. Some of the ditches in the linked article went terribly, with the plane breaking into multiple pieces on impact, and still had the majority of the passengers surviving. Floatation devices on airplanes are not a joke, despite what some would have you believe.

about three weeks ago
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The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

MozeeToby Re:It's here already? (162 comments)

That story bugs me, not the technology or anything. Just the fact that he spends the first 40% of it lamenting how bad things are and how the wealthy just want to live their life of leisure and leave everyone else to rot in the slums. Then the main character suddenly becomes fabulously wealthy and... leaves everyone else to rot in the slums while he farms... I guess... No one, not even the "good guys" with essentially limitless resources actually tries to change the system that is leaving 99% of humanity living in abject poverty with no hope of escape.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

MozeeToby Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Yes, because it'd be impossible to modify a batter so that 5% is functional (at least, functional enough to turn on the device for a few seconds) and the rest is... whatever.

about three weeks ago
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Android Wear Is Here

MozeeToby Re:Call me (129 comments)

Why don't thy have wireless charging on these things? It wouldn't be so bad if I took off my watch, threw it on the dresser, and went to bed. Having to stop and fiddle with a charger for multiple devices is a bit of a no go IMO.

about three weeks ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

MozeeToby Re:Did the editor know...this is Google/Android te (242 comments)

I won't delve into the details, I'll just say that calling Woz an "Apple insider" is both misguided and unfair. He hasn't been part of the company in almost 3 decades and has many valid criticisms of the company and Jobs in particular.

about 1 month ago

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High Temperature Super Conductivity Reported

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "The EE Times is Reporting a developement in near room temperature super conductivity. Professor John Tse of the University of Saskatchewan announced the discovery of a new family of superconductors based on Silane (Methane with Silicon replacing the Carbon).

This new discovery does not come without its own obstacles to overcome. While the new superconductors don't need to be supercooled, they do need to be super-compressed, on the order of 100-125 GPa."

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Ohio Voting Machines Tampered With Last Year

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "The Columbus Dispatch is reporting on a criminal investigation currently being performed in Franklin County Ohio. It seems several voting machines listed Jay Perez as withdrawn from the race when in fact he wasn't. By the time the investigations tracked down which machines had been affected, Mr. Perez's name was back on the ballot.

Normally, we could dismiss this as confusion or a mistake on the part of the voter(s) who noticed it. In this case, the person who first noticed the discrepency was Ohio Secretary of state Jennifer Brunner. Further compounding matter, the Franklin County Board of Elections had dissabled virtually all logging on the machines to speed setup of the balot.

Naturally, the county board remains sceptical of these accusations."

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Electronic Scholars to Interpret Muslim Law

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "
An 'Electronic Mufti' is currently under development that will use artificial intelligence techniques to issue opinions on contemporary Muslim affairs. A mufti is an Islamic scholar who offers interpretations of Sharia, Islamic law.
Apparently, such a system does not violate muslim law and is welcomed by most traditional clerics; after all, what could possibly go wrong."

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No link between violent behavior and video games

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "In a study confirming what most of us already believed, it was found that there is no link between violence and video games. Christopher Ferguson of Texas A&M has published a meta-analysis of the results of past research done on the topic.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/66217176984x7477/

He concludeds "Once corrected for publication bias, studies of video game violence provided no support for the hypothesis that violent video game playing is associated with higher aggression."

As an added bonus, he also found that violent games improve spatial awareness. Maybe this will finally put the debate to rest... or most likely not."

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Dark Matter May Not Exist

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "Last August, a collision of two huge clusters of galaxy's was found to have separated the normal matter of the clusters from the dark matter. Now scientists are saying that this is not necessarily the case. Instead, John Moffat and Joel Brownstein propose a Modified Gravity theory that they say can explain these results and others without having introduce dark matter."
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