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Scary USB marketing device

ProfessionalHostage Wait what? (8 comments)

... pretty scary, especially since I am logged in to my computer with admin rights. Anyone else ...

So you stick a shady USB device while logged in with admin rights?

Dude, WTF?

more than 4 years ago

World Cup Prediction Failures

ProfessionalHostage A tribute to predictions and pundits (312 comments)

So much you can put into a prediction but it is still restricted to proxy stuff such as stature, how many players playing at "top level football", and managers. But still the ones who doing the real stuff on the pitch are human; 25 of them. It is impossible to de(rive|vise) a relatively accurate mathematical model(s) on what going to happen minute-by-minute.

Well that's why even the likes of Slovakia can roll over Italy, Holland to Brazil, South Korea to Italy, and every other underdogs trashing big-names games. With the insistence of FIFA towards, basically encouraging, drama is why the game is so damn addictive to many people.

Of course the drama is not all there is for football. On each game you can expect to see real skill from players of the big-names or inspiring determination from the underdogs. That's why if you value things such as skill, team work, determination (and other things that many people attribute to football) you are likely to fall in love with the game.

Sure the big-names got their reputation for good reasons, so there's a great chance that they will run all over the underdog, scoring at will, and being classy at the same time; well basically living up to their reputation.

Slightly off but related, in my opinion it is the likes of Fulham, Aston Villa, Everton, and Bolton Wanderers that kept BPL making money, the same with Catania, Cagliari, Napoli to Serie-A, and basically every other league with big-names and underdogs teams. It is the fans of those underdogs that willing to pay up a lot of money to see their beloved team to go against the big-names and hoping for some sort of reimbursement of local pride (or insert-your-favorite-reason-for-emotional-attachment here) being served by 11 men on the pitch. On the flip side the fans of big-names want a good time on the weekend seeing their favorite players trashing a no-body on the pitch so they reach their pocket too.

So what? This year your big-name team defeated by an underdogs? well there's always next years (or four years for WC). Even with those shocking results the fans still lining up in great expectation for the next season, with dreams of what to come with new players coming in from the transfer market or local talents "stepping up" to the game.

If the game can be predicted even with a-rather-good accuracy we'll see games "played" by analysts and numbers crunching experts instead of players running, wailing, **cough**diving**cough**, getting bruised, injured, fouled in the process. So much with nurturing talent, buying players, training, and prep-talk; just bribe some math-wizard to come up with smelly statistic to favor our team and call it a day.

Don't be fooled, all that prediction is going to pay for themselves anyway. Match-prediction pundits/"experts" are there to sell commercials and corporations prediction are to sell their products, as evident in this case.

Predicting every single game is a joke. Stop doing that and just enjoy what's on the pitch. Just like a respected manager (that I fond of) once said: "Football, bloody hell."

more than 4 years ago

Ultrathin Silk-Based Brain Implants

ProfessionalHostage Re:Wow! (98 comments)

Just in case you dont know yet we CAN do that already. We call it reasoning.

more than 4 years ago

Innocent Until Predicted Guilty

ProfessionalHostage In other news ... (430 comments)

An IBM marketing officer have been reported missing after giving a pitch on a new, future-predicting device. He was last seen with three males wearing wizard-like robe on Monday around 14:20 on the way between meeting room and restroom. According to the witnesses who accidentally caught some parts their conversation, the visitors made queries to the marketing officer with repeated references to a "talking hat" although when asked for their opinion they cannot explain what the visitors and the disappearing salesman was talking about.

The mystery grows thicker when security officers has no explanation when asked the identity of the three mysterious visitors let alone on the disappearance of the marketing officer.

more than 4 years ago

Digg Says Yes To NoSQL Cassandra DB, Bye To MySQL

ProfessionalHostage Firebird (271 comments)


Firebird is a relational database offering many ANSI SQL standard features that runs on Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. Firebird offers excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers. It has been used in production systems, under a variety of names, since 1981.

more than 4 years ago

Reducing One Amino Acid Could Increase Lifespan

ProfessionalHostage Am I reading this right? (286 comments)

Live long, have lots of sex without worrying about giving babies? By jove! Where can I send my money to?

more than 5 years ago

Church of Scientology On Trial In France

ProfessionalHostage Re:Hell yeah - R2-45 (890 comments)

Gotta love debunking this one. A quick glance to this link should clear this one up ( Warning: Religious text, might cause disagreement, hatred, and nausea, proceed cautiously ) http://bible.cc/mark/9-43.htm

I don't know if you were posting in a honest attempt to troll Christianity, or simply "I'm posting this using my so-so memory of a verse in some religious texts and remove its context" kind of joke? Hell you don't even have to think of any context, the text after that should explain the simple logic.

I'd rather to remove or fix offending lines of code from my multi-million dollars worth software if it causes bug rather than to keep it and bring the whole system down. This one sounds logical to me, joke or not; but you might be just too freaked out by the "plucking" and "removing" especially when it comes to body parts didn't ya?

Of course if you want to take it as it is, we'll see more literally blind, one-legged, disabled Christians. I'm pretty sure the text can be 'translated' into something that's acceptable in today's "crowd", something like do not commit sin if you value yourself, or your body is a holy temple therefore according to this text if you commit sin then.. yada.. yada...

more than 5 years ago

The 10 Coolest Open Source Products of 2008

ProfessionalHostage Re:I don't get it... (198 comments)

To pay their shareholders that's why. Something as mature as Ms Office already has all the features of word processor, yet they had to 'invent' something to sell every year.
And everybody know that security updates, patches, and minor add-ons are not great sellers these days.

about 6 years ago

"Anonymous" Hacks Palin's Private Email

ProfessionalHostage Aw shite... (1733 comments)

This is no fun, you mean I don't get to DoS anyone this time?
'For the horde', 'We are legion', and all that jazz...


more than 6 years ago


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