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Israel Says It Will Treat Online Credit Card Theft As It Would Terrorism

MrEd Re:The original 0xOmar post on pastebin (422 comments)

instead of punishing the banks for somehow fucking up so badly that the information was leaked online and calling for their heads (figuratively) they're more interested in calling for the heads (literally) of the people who exposed just how fucked up securing that data was--an act that is ultimately self-defeating if it were meant to protect those random people who are hurt .. instead of using the opportunity for a very public, open expose on the issues with the banking system as a justification to fix those problems

Terry Gillam's Brazil comes to mind. Everything that's called "Terrorism" in that movie is just "Central Services" screwing up and passing the buck. The worst terrorist of all is a heating repair man.

about 3 years ago

Critics Say US Antimissile Defense Flawed, Dangerous

MrEd Re:Just as Matter Of Principal (312 comments)

Your heuristic works as long as

1) you don't care about their data, analysis or arguments
2) you don't care who chose their labels - "antimissle critics"

Sounds like you're adapting to cable news quite well.

more than 4 years ago

Google's Computing Power Refines Translation

MrEd Ob. Lebowski (142 comments)

Good times.

"But sometimes, there's a man – and I'm talking about the Dude here – sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's the Dude. In Los Angeles."

"But sometimes, man - you can go anywhere - even in some cases, men, men of his time and place. He is the right fit. Order. In Los Angeles."

more than 4 years ago

Engaging With Climate Skeptics

MrEd Re:A question (822 comments)

Well, of the 54 prominent skeptics on the record, only eight of them have any relevant scientific qualification: Tim Ball, Robert C Balling, Bill Gray, Richard Lindzen, Patrick Michaels, Garth Paltridge, Roy Spencer and Wolfgang Thune. So I guess they could fit in one New York Yankees box seat.

more than 4 years ago

Investigators Suspect Computers Doomed Air France Jet

MrEd How the computer made it worse (403 comments)

You forgot some steps:


1. Computer in control every flight for months
2. Pilots' skills and awareness degrade.
3. Sensors fail
4. Computer: "sorry dudes, you're on your own"
5. Rusty, out-of-the-loop pilots thrown into control
6. Pilots: "Fuck, I'd better troubleshoot the computers"

Here's the same for a B767:

1. Pilots in control, maintaining their skills, developing aircraft and weather awareness
2. Sensors fail
3. Seasoned pilots: "Fuck, it's a good thing I can fly this thing in my sleep"

more than 5 years ago

Making a Child Locating System

MrEd Re:Holy Crap! Calm down (1092 comments)

Next post on Ask Slashdot: Evading a Child Locating System! "My dad is tracking me with a subcutaneous GPS chip. How can I block it?"

more than 5 years ago

AMD Phenom II Overclocked To 6.5GHz

MrEd Re:Zomg (303 comments)

Yea, the poster must have gotten confused - they actually overclocked it to 6500+

about 6 years ago

Obama Proposes Digital Health Records

MrEd Re:Because the Feds are in the way (563 comments)

Bingo. You nailed it. Electronic medical records are visible to all sorts of people who aren't working to help patients get better. Medical staff realize the potential for lawsuits, etc. and are responding by using unofficial paper medical records to record the real juicy information that helps them do their jobs.

Now this isn't necessarily bad, your penicillin allergy won't be 'off-the-record' on a post-it note, but the parallel 'shadow medical records' are a real phenomenon that EMR designers will have to contend with. A more complicated hospital visit will likely leave two sets of records, a dry sanitized version for the accountants and lawyers, and the one that really documents all the ugly, embarrassing, CONFIDENTIAL stuff that went into making you better.

Hospital diagnosis is a messy, hugely complex problem, and the communication and documentation reflects this. Trying to tidy medical records can destroy what makes them useful.

about 6 years ago

Best Introduction To Programming For Bright 11-14-Year-Olds?

MrEd Re:Lego Mindstorm (962 comments)

Education also works well when you're doing something competitive! That's why I spent so much time learning to program in RoboWar back in elementary school. You built a robot, then program it, then set it loose in an arena against other robots. Competition winners from 1992-2003 are available for download, so there's lots of examples. It's open source, and has a Windows version...

more than 6 years ago

Hawaii Planning State-Wide Electric Car Network

MrEd Re:It is already there. (255 comments)

Opinion. Citation.

The problem isn't the bulk quantity of electrical energy needed*, it's the timing of the power. As long as electric car chargers can be timed to match times of excess generation capacity, then it's golden.

* except for hydroelectricity

more than 6 years ago


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