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Court: Homeland Security Must Disclose 'Internet Kill Switch'

Tango42 Re:Odd ruling (228 comments)

Since the details of the switch haven't been published, I have no view on its merits. It sounds more like a wi-fi jammer than something that will actually kill the internet.

This court case is not about the merits of the system but about whether the details should be published. The exceptions for things related to security where lives could be at risk by publishing seem to clearly apply.

about 8 months ago
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Court: Homeland Security Must Disclose 'Internet Kill Switch'

Tango42 Odd ruling (228 comments)

Seems like a strange ruling to me. How is something intended to prevent bombs going off not to do with saving lives? I'm all for interpreting things like this narrowly, but the fact that you don't know in advance which lives you are saving doesn't seem like a sensible argument to me...

about 8 months ago
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Court: Homeland Security Must Disclose 'Internet Kill Switch'

Tango42 Re:Why always a back door (228 comments)

I think prejudice refers to whether or not you can make the claims again. If a claim is dismissed because it is without merit, it will usually be with prejudice, meaning any future claim on that point will be consisted pre-judged and dismissed. If a claim is dismissed due to some procedural issue, it may be without prejudice so you can try again later.

Whether or not you have leave to appeal is separate.

about 8 months ago
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Liu Yang Becomes China's First Female Astronaut

Tango42 Private spaceflight is more interesting (229 comments)

China is only slightly ahead of private spaceflight, which makes it hard for me to be impressed. Give it 3 or 4 years, and private companies will be able to do more impressive stuff than China. At that point, it will just be a matter of having enough money (it's not much more than that now, really).

That, and launching women into space isn't actually any more difficult than launching men (you have to design the spacesuits a little differently, but that's trivial). When the first women were launched into space, it was a triumph for equality, but sexism isn't really China's biggest problem (well, not after birth, any way).

more than 2 years ago
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Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From NSF Report

Tango42 Re:Something I've noticed... (495 comments)

Where is the evidence that that happens more in the US than elsewhere?

more than 4 years ago
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IE Not Faring Well In the EU Ballot

Tango42 What's the margin of error? (325 comments)

What is the margin of error on those browser stats? I doubt a 1% drop from one month to the next is statistically significant.

Even if it is, it was inevitable that there would be a drop. Only IE users get the choice screen and it would be incredible if they all chose IE, so some people are going to switch from IE to something else. A 1% drop sounds extremely small to me, but I'm not sure how far the choice screen has rolled out yet.

more than 4 years ago
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Developing a Vandalism Detector For Wikipedia

Tango42 Re:Been done? (116 comments)

No, they solve very different problems. Something like Huggle needs to work out if a given edit can be almost guaranteed *not* to be vandalism (usually because the editor is on a whitelist), everything else gets shown to a human. The important thing for something like Huggle is making it easy for humans to review edits, not judging the edits automatically in any way. Something like ClueBot needs to work out if it can almost guarantee that a given edit *is* vandalism. They are very different.

more than 4 years ago
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Developing a Vandalism Detector For Wikipedia

Tango42 Re:Existing (116 comments)

In that paper, you say you think high-recall (ie. low false negatives) should be preferred to high-precision (low false positives) since it reduces the chance of a reader seeing a vandalised version. I disagree. You underestimate the harm caused by losing editors that get annoyed when their legitimate edits are reverted by a bot. The upcoming feature, Flagged Revisions ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Flagged_revisions ), will provide a much better way of preventing readers from seeing vandalised versions while not costing us useful editors.

more than 4 years ago
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Developing a Vandalism Detector For Wikipedia

Tango42 Re:Think twice before assisting this harmful proje (116 comments)

If the world doesn't want Wikipedia, they are more than welcome to stop reading it. In truth, however, it seems the world very much wants Wikipedia, since it is the 5th most popular website in the world (by unique visitors per month, if memory serves).

more than 4 years ago
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Developing a Vandalism Detector For Wikipedia

Tango42 Re:What counts as vandalism on Wikipedia? (116 comments)

Officially, vandalism is defined as edits made in bad faith. If you are trying to improve the article but are an idiot (which includes people that don't realise their own bias), that isn't vandalism, it's just idiocy. It is only if you are editing with the intention of making the article worse that you are vandalising.

more than 4 years ago
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Developing a Vandalism Detector For Wikipedia

Tango42 Re:Been done? (116 comments)

Huggle and Twinkle are tools to help humans deal with vandalism. AntiVandalBot and ClueBot, etc., are bots that deal with (the most obvious) vandalism themselves. They are very different things.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikimedia Simplifies By Moving To Ubuntu

Tango42 Re:Not so. (215 comments)

What kind of site strips angle brackets from a plain text post?

more than 5 years ago

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Tango42 Tango42 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Tango42 (662363) writes "After hovering just above the key level for days, SCO's share price has finally dropped below $1.00. If it stays below $1.00 for 30 consecutive days, the process of having the stock delisted will begin, which could spell the end for SCO — if they don't go bankcrupt sooner, or course."

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