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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

Overzeetop Re:Maybe the FCC... (86 comments)

If there ever was a +6 Funny, this is the one.

1 hour ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Overzeetop Re:An an app was just launched to solve math probl (358 comments)

"...so that kids didn't need to learn how to solve them."

I don't think that's actually the *purpose* of the app, any more than the calculator was invented so that kids wouldn't have to learn how to add or multiply.

2 hours ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Overzeetop Re:Here's one reason (358 comments)

It's a correlation/causation problem, though. Most engineers are in the top 10% of compensated workers in this country and are of the delusion that since they work hard and get paid well than anyone can work hard and get paid well. They also tend to be predominantly male and white. They also, generally, come from higher socieoeconomic backgrounds. That doesn't necessarily make them right of center, but those tend to be the demographics of the right side of the aisle, regardless of their "logic" or "critical thinking" ability.

2 hours ago
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Decades-old Scientific Paper May Hold Clues To Dark Matter

Overzeetop Re:"The data come from" (80 comments)

I wish I had mod points for you.

6 hours ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

Overzeetop Re:In bankruptcy, information is an asset (164 comments)

Data is not copyrightable. Your posts extolling the virtues of free living and your treatise on the need for end to end encryption in email would be completely safe from sale, but your height, weight, dog's name, friend list, favorite meal, phone number and the fact that you spoke often of your hemorrhoids is all just data about you which is non-copyrightable.

The ability to even write a licence where you retain your data and still give them permission to transmit it to a third party (the entire reason for a site with more than a single user) without potentially opening them to liability in the case of a disgruntled user would have to be a masterpiece of lawyering.

8 hours ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Overzeetop Machines cost less (588 comments)

The simple fact is that humans are expensive. Even the cheapest human is going to cost you $20-25,000* a year, and you'll need 3-4 humans to provide a single labor slot for full time service in a business which is staffed 5a-9p 7 days a week. Account for downtime, scheduling, and turnover, plus the continuing reduction in cost for complex robotic or electronic replacements, and you'd be a fool to think humans have any chance at competing for these jobs.

This is the 10 hour a week that computers and robots promised us in the 70s. Except that it's not a 10 hour week, but rather a 40 hour week with only one in four people working, because it makes no sense to hire four people part time when you can get one to do the job.

8 hours ago
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

Overzeetop Because wallpaper is what matters most (105 comments)

To busy reviewing the Apple/Microsoft bling to realize that computer OSes really shouldn't be about what color the drapes are.

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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

Overzeetop In bankruptcy, information is an asset (164 comments)

And no matter what the charter is, if they are liquidated the court will sell all of your data to the highest bidder to pay off creditors.

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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Overzeetop Re:Driving is filled with intractible problems (283 comments)

“As it turns out, what looks chaotic and random on a city street to the human eye is actually fairly predictable to a computer. As we’ve encountered thousands of different situations, we’ve built software models of what to expect, from the likely (a car stopping at a red light) to the unlikely (blowing through it).

“We still have lots of problems to solve, including teaching the car to drive more streets in Mountain View before we tackle another town, but thousands of situations on city streets that would have stumped us two years ago can now be navigated autonomously,” Urmson writes. (Chris Urmson is head of the self-driving car project at Google)

Smarter people than you have been working on these problems for years already and have made significant progress. Other locations also have research going on. Virginia Tech, for example has a self-driving/autonomous vehicle program that is also working on navigation of complex environments. Hazard collision detection and autonomous steering and pacing is already in production vehicles (and has been for a couple of years).

The good thing about computers is that they can be programmed to fail gracefully, stopping when conditions do not meet the requirements for safe continuation. Unlike humans, who can't figure out when they're too drunk, tired, old, or distracted to drive safely. Everything will come in steps - collision avoidance assistance, then highway autonomy, then known-city autonomy, then full autonomy with driver, and finally full autonomy without driver (passengers w/o driving skills). You won't get that last phase in the next couple of years, but I anticipate it will happen before I'm too old to safely navigate the roads.

yesterday
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Overzeetop Anecdotal data isn't (283 comments)

100% turnover doesn't mean everyone quits, it means that for 1000 drivers average on the road, there are more than 1000 drivers who leave. If you have two people who only last 6 months each as a driver, that's 200% turnover.

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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

Overzeetop Actually, yes. (159 comments)

You must be a dude. Women's clothes are generally not labeled by measurements but by a non-dimensional number which means almost nothing from brand to brand, and even from year to year. To wit:a young women's clothing store near me recently changed all their sizes. Everything changed by one value (what used to be and 8 is now labeled as a 6). They even had convenient "conversion" charts in the store listing the "old" size, and then a column with the "new" size, exactly one size smaller.

Men's clothes are less variable, especially with pants (though different styles do vary by 2-4 inches in actual measurement/fit). However; shirts are notoriously inaccurate, and a full size difference (M-L or L-XL) is common between manufacturers.

For online shopping, if the vendors could accurately identify the fit (doubtful), it would make for a lot less guesswork.

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Overzeetop The good news (687 comments)

Now that we know it's happening we can all join the class action lawsuit which will utterly bankrupt FTDI because what they are doing is illegal and they can be held liable for damages, which could easily run into the billions.

2 days ago
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DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

Overzeetop I, for one, will be happy... (78 comments)

...when referring to connected/connectable devices as IoT dies.

2 days ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Overzeetop Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

"How is "OMG I can't afford to stream 8 hours of video a day any more" going to set society back 20 years?"

"Raise the price, they cut back and substitute another product (dvds..."

Which part of the 1990s did you miss?

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Overzeetop Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (382 comments)

Look - if there's one thing that humans need, it's one ass to kick. Some dude to be the top of the pyramid. A face of the effort. A single point for organization. President, CEO, Principal - it doesn't matter the organization, you need a person in charge. And a person to take the fall if things go wrong. What you want is someone organizing and coordinating all of the response to the epidemic (of three). You can call him a Czar, a Director, or whatever - you still want *somebody* in charge. And somebody to fire (and/or crucify in public) if things go wrong.

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Overzeetop Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (382 comments)

No, that's not leadership, it's damage control and/or preemptive excuses.

Do you remember the last time Obama declared that we "don't have a plan" because the conditions in Syria were complex and required addition time to evaluate the various options? Yeah, that honesty in leadership went over well, despite the fact that he made it clear that evaluating what was an exceptionally complex set of conditions could go horribly wrong if played incorrectly.

Ebola is just another disease without a (nearly guaranteed) cure. There are others out there, right now, which we know even less about (enterovirus, for example). This one is headline grabbing because you bleed out of your asshole. It's like "Ow, My Balls" but grosser for daytime shock newscasts. I mean, really - a facility takes on a patient with inadequate resources to do so, and fails. We're all somehow surprised.

Instead of stating that hospitals are, generally, bad places to isolate transmitted diseases and recommending facilities and transport set up for such work, we go into shit storm finger pointing mode and massive over-reaction. That's not leadership. That's damage control.

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Overzeetop Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (382 comments)

Wow, that sounded terribly elitist - sorry, it's been a long day. Seriously, though, we can debate all we want but human nature is going to push us to these irrational conclusions. I've learned to (mostly) ignore it and get on with life.

3 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Overzeetop Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (382 comments)

Look, every idiot out there wants to see a "response". Take anyone below the 90th percentile a they won't have the intellectual ability to process any probability less than 1 in 4. It's like the entire airline screening process - people feel safer if they see someone doing something. In reality it does little or no good, but until you figure out how to instantly make people smarter and less gullible you will get irrational panic and calls to "do something."

3 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Overzeetop Why worry about CFAA? (239 comments)

If they are violating the TOS, Facebook can simply ban them - no laws required. It's nice they've made a public display of calling them out, and it may suffice as a blanket "first warning" to all operations from the DEA.

And, of course, they could always take affirmative action against them by flagging DEA IP addresses if they should come up, notifying the user of the access violation, suspending the account until it is re-verified, and posting to the persons page that the page may have been accessed by the DEA. That's kicking sand in a bully's face, of course, but it could be done if they were serious about it.

3 days ago
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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

Overzeetop This sounds rather convoluted (113 comments)

So I'm going to install an app which is used to open a picture I don't know the origin of and which has been tampered with to append a second app, and if the first app opens the "picture" of choice it then installs another app which triggers a permission request (which they say they can work around).

I'd say this is implausible, but between porn and LOLcats there are going to be some unsuspecting idiots out there who might actually get caught.

3 days ago

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Cloud provider Livedrive has critically failed leaving users without access

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "For three days, Livedrive has been offline, denying access to users files except through their one-file-at-a-time web interface. The support forum, which is limited to registered users only and is submission moderated, has had no posts since late February 23rd, just before the first major service error occurred. Since the service went offline on March 6th, there have been no status updates except to indicate a new date on the status page. Will this service interruption finally kill off the UK-based cloud service provider, which has been losing £1,000,000 a year?"
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Digital versions of popular books to be delayed

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "Simon and Schuster and Hachette have recently announced that they will delay e-book releases by up to 4 months. This comes on the heels of literary agent recommending such a plan just days prior. This seems like a potential stumbling block for people who are considering picking up an e-reader this holiday season. Will Amazon or Barns and Noble consider playing hardball with the publishers to get the electronic versions released earlier?"
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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "What solutions are there for non-Outlook based calendaring and contact software that can be used on both a Windows desktop and a Windows Mobile device? I need shared contacts and calendaring with others in my small office, and would like to take that "on the road" with my new (yet to be purchased) pda/phone. I really don't want to go to Exchange server. Is there something that will work on both the desktop and a mobile device that doesn't use the Outlook database?"

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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Many people mistake my sig to mean that I'm suprised that so many people (half!?!) are of sub-average intellegence. Quite the contrary, there are plenty of people out there who are intellegent.

My problem is that there are so many people who choose not to exercise their intelligence in any useful fashion. No, I'm not talking about proofreading emails or journal entries. I mean just plain old, walking around common sense.

You hear somthing incredible on the radio, or from a friend, or (the worst) read it in an email. Rather than saying, "that sounds pretty unusual, I should check it out for myself," it gets repeated to eveyone you know as if it were handed to you on stone tablets you received at Mount Sinai. Urban legends take the cake (stolen kidneys?). But it applies to current events, too.

Somtimes it's even simpler. When you're driving on a highway and an exit ramp is coming up, most of the time an entrance ramp will immediatly follow. A quick glance will show you if it is a busy interchange. Are you in the right lane? Is there anyone in the next lane over? No? How about switching lanes so you don't play chicken with the cars entering. Stupid AND inconsiderate (they seem to go hand in hand).

It's not about how intellegent people are; that isn't suprising. It's about how many people choose not to use that intellegence; that always amazes me.

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