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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

PPH Re: Hodor (115 comments)

Your algorithm has them killing off all the popular characters. You appear to have discovered the secret behind ABC's programming process.

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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

PPH No mystery (115 comments)

Everyone is sitting at the table at a large feast and the scene switches to black.

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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

PPH Re:Yeah So? (241 comments)

Aldrich Ames, Jonathan Pollard, Alger Hiss, Benedict Arnold, Julia Child.

Don't forget Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. And Chuck Barris.

2 days ago
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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

PPH Bond (241 comments)

James Bond. And I'll take that shaken, not stirred.

What was I thinking? I'll just send Moneypenny down to fetch the coffee.

2 days ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

PPH No problem (113 comments)

There's always AltaVista.

2 days ago
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Update: At Least 31 People Feared Dead After Japan Volcano Erupts

PPH Re:No doubt... (53 comments)

Then the exchange rate for the dollar drops through the floor because nobody wants to hold them as a reserve currency anymore. Bank capital held in dollars becomes nearly worthless and lending seizes up, probably much worse than in 2008. When the economies finally recover, contracts for foreign goods and resources will probably be settled in Euros, Rubles or Renminbi.

2 days ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

PPH Dear Hot Chick from High School (185 comments)

I was recently struck by lightning. I am writing you to renew my request for a date per your stated conditions.

2 days ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

PPH Re:Bummer... (185 comments)

Super powers. Check.

But it still didn't get me out of having to do community service.

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

PPH Steve Jobs ... (299 comments)

... would have said, "You're sitting on it wrong."

2 days ago
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Underwater Landslide May Have Doubled 2011 Japanese Tsunami

PPH Re:The size of Paris? (27 comments)

Can we convet that to barn megaparsecs (something Google conversions can handle)?

2 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

PPH Re:TFA False Premise (488 comments)

What will happen is that utilities will realize that they are not recovering their investments in electrical distribution networks from customers who just use them to trade power back and forth. nd they will change their tarifs to reflec the new useage pattern. Customers will be charged an energy charge for net power consumed pr paid for excess power fed back in. But the utility system investment will be recovered by a charge for power exchanged in either direction. In other words, you will pay a certain amount per peak killowatt drawn from the utility or fed back into it.

Some people will go off grid. Most cannot affort the cost, space requirements and maintenance of a battery bank and will opt to purchase the equivalent of this function from the local utility. Once the utilities get over their old school thinking of selling power and rewrite their tariffs, they will be happy to provide this service.

2 days ago
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NSF Awards $10 Million To Protect America's Processors

PPH Trustworthy ... (48 comments)

... is a process, not just a technology.

How do I know that some microcode hasn't been added to the CPU/GPU I've got plugged into my motherboard? Is there some sort of independant auditing process in place? Not that this would do any good. Customers of components like FPGAs have demanded methods to secure their device code from illicit inspection and copying. And any audit process would be indistinguishable from such inspection. So that isn' going to happen.

If you buy a router, how can you be sure that a back door hasn't been installed, either by the manufacturer or at some point in the unit's transit? And I suspect tht any attempt to secure such a device from tampering by those evil Chinese would trip over NSA requirements to provide exactly the same kind of access.

4 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

PPH Re:Briefing for management - reuse with attributio (316 comments)

WUT?

Because many web servers use system command interpreters to fulfill user requests,

I did this a few decades ago. When I started messing around with the NCSA httpd server. Within a few months, I cleaned up all the CGI shell access calls, filtering the incoming parameters for just this reason.

system modification.

Only if you let your web server run itself and launch processes with permissions that can change system settings. Almost everything I write runs as a 'guest' user/group on my systems and can't mess with anything beyond that user's data. The scripts and executables themselves are owned by a web-admin user with restrictive write permissions. So 'guest' can't alter them either.

All these practices date back to the '90's when I taught myself most of this fancy web stuff. And real UNIX admins laughed our asses off at anyone who needed a web based (or any GUI) system administration interface.

4 days ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

PPH The Water? (173 comments)

Or the Hydrogen and oxygen making it up?

I'd venture a guess that, what with water molecules continually dissasotiating into H+ and OH- ions and then recombining, most of our water is quite young.

4 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

PPH Re:The NSA guy should have known better (224 comments)

The NSA guy

He probably knows how pointless anonymity is.

Screw terrorists. If you challenge the government-industrial complex, every resource of the intelligence community will be brought to bear in order to find you.

4 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

PPH Re:Start a web site? (224 comments)

Except that a 'smart tech company' has to sell their products somewhere. And if it becomes known that they hire whistleblowers, corporate America will shun them.

4 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

PPH Re:View from the Suburbs (383 comments)

I took the non-perishable garbage in about once a month with some other debris that I have to haul anyway. So my household garbage was 'free'.

5 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

PPH Re:View from the Suburbs (383 comments)

Living out in the suburbs, in an area recently annexed by a local town, collection became mandatory. I was happy with hauling it myself, which I have done for decades. But when organized crime^H^H^Hcommercial collection services told the city they could tack a utility tax onto the fee, they were all in.

5 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

PPH In related news ... (383 comments)

... sales of commercial-grade garbage disposal units are rising.

I suppose the Seattle garbage Nazis will pay people to inspect what flows out of my sewer pipe next.

5 days ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

PPH Re:The simple fact that we can't talk about this.. (206 comments)

If you have complaints about the way climate science is evaluated, you will have to be more specific than this.

I first heard of Johnstone and Mantua's study on NPR. The overarching response from other climate scientists was 'This is wrong since it doesn't support current dogma'. Not 'Gee, we had better look at adding wind data to our ocean temperature models'.

That something as critical as wind velocities effect on ocean evaporation and heat transfer have not been considered suggests to me that these climate models are nowhere near complete enough to provide any useful predictions.

It's back to the drawing board, folks.

5 days ago

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