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Ushahidi Crowd-Sources Crisis Response

ThinkOfaNumber add some meta-data and make it powerful (71 comments)

This is a really interesting concept. Not only from the demanding perspective (eg earthquake, blizzard) but think of the planning possibilities.

If you add some metadata about the input (eg. a snow blocked road would be a requirement for clearance, and a snow plough would be a method of clearing) and a higher level system could start to organise resources accordingly, with or without human intervention.

Of course, a "humanitarian crisis" would have human involvement anyway, but think about traffic for example. Cars could send their current speed and location to a network that redistributed traffic in peak hour. This is more than just traffic avoidance, it's highway load balancing...

There are doubtless many more opportunities!

more than 4 years ago
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Cell Phone Data Predicts Movement Patterns

ThinkOfaNumber Re:What's the big deal? Just watch TV... (93 comments)

Benson and Stabler know where every perv in New York is located.

that's easy, every perv is in New York!

(just kidding ;)

more than 4 years ago
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Cell Phone Data Predicts Movement Patterns

ThinkOfaNumber old news... ie very old! (93 comments)

I don't mean old as in "last week", this came up months ago, if not even pre 2009!

Not with cell phones, but some study was claiming to predict human location based on a study of your previous location, to a high degree of accuracy.

Now if I could just find the original link... I'm sure it was on slashdot...

more than 4 years ago
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"Limited Edition" SSD Has Fastest Storage Speed

ThinkOfaNumber Re:Marketspeak, or as normal people call it: lies. (122 comments)

Maybe you should pay some attention ;) The current generation of SSDs are all supporting some type of trimming.

I would expect the first generation of any technology to have issues. Don't write them off just because the first round was sub-optimal!

more than 4 years ago
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Hackers Attack AU Websites To Protest Censorship

ThinkOfaNumber Re:Do you agree? (334 comments)

true, I shouldn't have written it like that.

more than 4 years ago
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Hackers Attack AU Websites To Protest Censorship

ThinkOfaNumber Re:Do you agree? (334 comments)

Nor did we last time. Nobody understands the list it seems :) But your point was "people won't find out", not they "won't understand".

"...But about half of the sites on the list are not related to child porn and include a slew of online poker sites, YouTube links, regular gay and straight porn sites, Wikipedia entries, euthanasia sites, websites of fringe religions such as satanic sites, fetish sites, Christian sites, the website of a tour operator and even a Queensland dentist..."
(Sydney Morning Herald)

more than 4 years ago
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Hackers Attack AU Websites To Protest Censorship

ThinkOfaNumber Re:Do you agree? (334 comments)

You'd just have to wait for the govt to let the list slip to the public, as they have done in the past.

more than 4 years ago
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Europe's LHC To Run At Half-Energy Through 2011

ThinkOfaNumber Re: Seven mosquito's (194 comments)

From New Scientist:

In everyday terms, this energy isn't so great – a flying mosquito has about 1 TeV of kinetic energy. What makes the LHC so special is that this energy is concentrated in a region a thousand billion times smaller than a speck of dust.

... I'll remember that next time I squat a mosquito!

more than 4 years ago
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Landmark Ruling Gives Australian ISPs Safe Harbor

ThinkOfaNumber Re:Sudden outbreak of... (252 comments)

Hey, I live in Australia and therefore I resemble that remark...

more than 4 years ago
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Giving CubeSats Electric Propulsion

ThinkOfaNumber engage (74 comments)

Engage the Ion Thrusters, No. 1.

more than 4 years ago
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Membrane That Turns Any Surface Into a Touchscreen

ThinkOfaNumber Re: seriously, think of the robots (111 comments)

You make an interesting point, if not necessarily for sexbots...

Think of the Star Trek movie First Contact where Data gets feeling on his arm from the Borg - image what a difference this could make to a robot?!

Imagine not only touch sensitive fingers, but the ability to detect wind, or feel past objects such as trees or guage the movement of a crowd. For a robot that's pretty cool.

This has big implications for the robot industry. They shouldn't look like us, but they should be as functionally similar to us as possible (or better).

more than 4 years ago
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The Lancet Recants Study Linking Autism To Vaccine

ThinkOfaNumber Re: "consecutively referred"? (590 comments)

Are you having a laugh? 12 children specifically chosen because of their having a specific diagnosis in a population of >60 million people in the middle of a mass innoculation aren't diagnosed with a similar syndrome.

yes of course, and I think you meant "aren't"? A lack of ethics approval is different to a specific ethics committee disapproval (which appears what they got, for valid reasons).

more than 4 years ago
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The Lancet Recants Study Linking Autism To Vaccine

ThinkOfaNumber Re:The debate is long from over. (590 comments)

Fixed that for you.

Seriously. You aren't claiming anything, you're just suggesting something that you are denying having said you even believe. So why are you saying anything at all?

wait, which one is the car?

*sigh* I'm not suggesting that MMR vaccine causes autism. This is my last post, if you guys don't get it then too bad.

I am saying "anything at all" because originally there was a comment

There is more anecdotal evidence to prove vaccines don't cause autism, so wouldn't that push the debate into being over, if anecdotal evidence is the measuring bar?

This comment in itself is wrong. Let's disengage the issue and analyse it. Paraphrasing:

"There is more anecdotal evidence to prove x doesn't cause y, so wouldn't that push the debate into being over, if anecdotal evidence is the measuring bar?"

Answer: No.

Reason: let there be a theory that f(x) = f(y) for all values of x. You could try and prove it by substituting numbers for x. You could show that thousands of values of x are consistent with your theory. This does not prove it.

You could find one value for which the theory does not hold. This does disprove it.

I am not saying that therefore the MMR - autism link is proven.

I am not saying that any child with autism who's had an MMR vaccine proves the link.

My original mistake was to use a personal anecdote in my post. I thought people might find it interesting. I'll take care not do to that in the future.

Goodbye.

more than 4 years ago
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The Lancet Recants Study Linking Autism To Vaccine

ThinkOfaNumber Re:The debate is long from over. (590 comments)

As a parent I can understand those that prefer to error on the side of caution, because even with 1000 to 1 odds against it happening that is still your kid that you are risking.

I'd suggest looking up the mortality rates of the diseases you're failing to immunize against.

Negatory ghost rider. Statistics mean nothing to the individual, only to large groups. According to statistics, both my kids should have had Down Syndrome (from the scans) but neither of them have. That doesn't disprove the measurement theories for early detection of Down Syndrome, just that in my case we had 2 exceptions.

If he wants to ignore the vaccine, and go with the consequences, then that's up to him, so long as he accepts the consequences whatever they may be (including death).

more than 4 years ago
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The Lancet Recants Study Linking Autism To Vaccine

ThinkOfaNumber Re:The debate is long from over. (590 comments)

Or its proof there was something else wrong with the person who took the vaccine and it was all coincidental that they showed symptoms after being vaccinated.

And you're telling me this because...?

Let me say it slowly: I. Agree. With. You.

I'm not drawing any links between MMR and Autism. I was just talking about proofs in and of themselves, nothing to do with MMR / autism.

The night before I showed symptoms of ALL, I had been playing with a late 1970s Han Solo blaster pistol in my uncle's unfinished basement. Dose that mean a toy gun, an unfinished basement and/or playing are linked to ALL?

If that's what you want to think, but that's going a bit far.

more than 4 years ago
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The Lancet Recants Study Linking Autism To Vaccine

ThinkOfaNumber Re:The debate is long from over. (590 comments)

"Descending into autism" is an awfully broad term. It's sure as hell not scientific. Just right for anecdotal evidence really.

I'm not trying to use it as scientific evidence. I said "descending" because she wasn't diagnosed until much later, but the symptoms started then.

If you talk to autistic children's parents you'll find they often describe it as a descent. Changes don't happen immediately, or from birth, but they often reach a developmental point and then start going backwards, hence my use of the word

The scientific studies conducted over hundreds of thousands of people that showed no evidence that MMR caused autism may carry more weight than what your friends say.

Of course, but I never claimed to:
  - be a scientist
  - conduct studies
  - believe the link between MMR and autism

I was previously talking about proofs. I used an example because I have a close relationship to the story.

more than 4 years ago
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The Lancet Recants Study Linking Autism To Vaccine

ThinkOfaNumber Re:The debate is long from over. (590 comments)

me too, but that's my point which you might be missing. You can't take one healthy MMR-vaccinated person and prove that all MMR vaccine cases will never cause any side-effects.

It only takes one person with a side effect LINKED to the MMR vaccine to prove that they're all potentially dangerous. Note the link has to be well proven.

I'm not saying it is or isn't a good vaccine, I'm just talking about proofs.

more than 4 years ago
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The Lancet Recants Study Linking Autism To Vaccine

ThinkOfaNumber Re: "consecutively referred"? (590 comments)

What does that mean? And because the local ethics committee didn't approve it does that mean the results are invalid? (Granted assuming the tactics didn't skew the results, they could still be valid)

Sounds like mudslinging to defame them.

It did pass a previous investigation after all.

more than 4 years ago
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The Lancet Recants Study Linking Autism To Vaccine

ThinkOfaNumber Re:Oh, the naivete. (590 comments)

And now they're scaring parents who might want to research this issue by posting a picture of a young guy with mumps in the middle of the article...

FUD!

more than 4 years ago
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The Lancet Recants Study Linking Autism To Vaccine

ThinkOfaNumber Re:The debate is long from over. (590 comments)

Nope, it doesn't work like that.

It only takes one exception to disprove a rule, but to prove a rule you need to prove it for all cases.

Friends of ours have a daughter who started descending into autism one week after the MMR vaccine.

However I think the larger issue here is the weakening of the human race - as we continue to vaccinate, use antibiotics, and fix defects with surgery, we're allowing weak genetic traits to propagate that would otherwise be bred out. Nevertheless I still get my kids vaccinated.

more than 4 years ago

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Low support for Australian Internet Filtering

ThinkOfaNumber ThinkOfaNumber writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ThinkOfaNumber (836424) writes "Results from Whirlpool's 2009 Australian Broadband Survey are in with (not-so?) surprising results about the Australian Federal Government's mandatory internet filtering. Only 7.4% of over 23,000 validated unique surveys supported the idea. Of course, Whirlpool is a large forum with many IT-savvy readers, and the survey doesn't represent a broad selection of Australians, but they state this bias and the results are interesting nonetheless."
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Pointless Internet Banking Security

ThinkOfaNumber ThinkOfaNumber writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ThinkOfaNumber writes "I hate some of the stupid internet banking security features, with a vengeance. I have tried to convince readers as to why one particular method (on-screen keyboards) serves no practical purpose. Am I right or am I wrong? Perhaps I am just frustrated... no not _that_ frustrated ;) Anyway, the article is here: http://nthrbldyblg.blogspot.com/2007/07/internet-b anking-security-feel-good-fuz.html. From it: "I would like to separate criminals interested in getting your account details into two groups: 1. Those who are doing a dedicated attack on an individual 2. Random script-kiddies exploiting worms / trojans / security holes who install a keystroke logger. Now let me say that you have no hope of avoiding the first type of criminal. ... It follows therefore that the only criminal you can protect yourself from, is the opportunistic criminal, who downloaded some 1337 Warez, and who thinks he is a hxr." "It is highly unlikely that a great series of consequences would lead our criminal to this point. [accessing your bank, username, and password] And if you want to make sure, there are some simple measures you could use to thwart him at the start:" I am about to submit this argument to my bank who, guess what, recently installed an on-screen keyboard along with a bunch of other frustrating security measures. You could help me refine it."
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