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Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

ak_hepcat digital shadow.... (164 comments)

This automated system is a mess.

I gave it access to my account temporarily, and afterwards revoked access.

Turns out, it can't identify my face, nor can it identify my political leanings or my income with any certainty.

It also couldn't figure out who my friends and enemies really were.

All in all? It's a game, and it's not really doing any "data mining" that we should be worried about. ...

Either that, or I'm a mischievous son-of-a-bitch that pads my timeline with fake information, and uses
my kids face for my profile picture a lot, and only pushes location information if it's funny, irrelevant, or

about 9 months ago

Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

ak_hepcat You got a bit wrong there, Larry... (394 comments)

You said "Government-sponsored community development approaches to software creation lack the financial incentives of commercial companies to produce low-defect, well-documented code."

What you really meant was "Unlike proprietary, hidden commercial code, Government-sponsored back doors in software can't be found in the traditional, open-source, many-eyes, well-documented code.

But that probably doesn't rake in the profits, does it?

about a year ago

CERN Launches Line Mode Browser Emulator

ak_hepcat Looks familiar... (92 comments)

Almost exactly what browsing with lynx looks like on my CIT-101e VT100 dumb terminal that i still have, and still works.
It's been a workhorse since 1989 or so, and has yet to fail.

Granted, i don't keep it ON all the time.

Now, is CERN going to make an archie/veronica tty client for the web as well?

about a year ago

Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks

ak_hepcat And the NTSB wants cars to talk to each other??? (390 comments)

Just wait until somebody reverse-engineers the communications between vehicles.

Then, you can just send a rogue car down the road "Hey, I'm a police car, please pull to the outside lane(s) and slow down to 10mph" and watch the road magically open up for you!

Or, even worse "OMG! YOU'RE GONNA HIT SOMETHING! EMERGENCY STOP!" to all the cars you pass.

Or even worse than that.... every nth car you pass....

about a year and a half ago

Slashdot Asks: What would you like to see at CES?

ak_hepcat I'd like to see... (102 comments)

Felicia Day. She's going, at least per her twitter account.

But, sadly, I'm not, so i won't be able to meet and greet.

about 2 years ago

Linux Is a Lemon On the Retina MacBook Pro

ak_hepcat Tell me why... (780 comments)

It is so shocking to think that an operating system doesn't work well on hardware for which no drivers have yet been written?

And yes, folks have been working on this. It's all up on the G+.

But seriously, until somebody is paid to write the drivers prior to hardware release, why expect it to work?

more than 2 years ago

Interviews: Ask Physicist Giovanni Organtini About the Possible Higgs Boson Discovery

ak_hepcat Obvious... (170 comments)

The question on everybody's mind, of course, is ...

    will it blend?

more than 2 years ago

Minecraft Creator's New Game Called 0x10c

ak_hepcat Re:Towns (206 comments)

Seriously? You think a site like /. doesn't have readers that might be interested in a game that contains

What are you, some sort of reddit user?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Shortcuts To a High Tech House

ak_hepcat Re:Debt is the most prized American possession. (281 comments)

My 1st house was built in the early 40's.
There wasn't a right angle in the place, nevermind that it survived the '64 earthquake.

And different addition phases meant different building styles.
The outside of the original structure was still present behind some of the drywall in the "kitchen" area,
with it's slanted nautical-themed cabinetry.

still, I'm not moving out of Anchorage.

more than 2 years ago

Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

ak_hepcat Re:serves 'em right (1271 comments)

Ah, right. So anti-vaxers are the new abortionists!

I can see the campaign posters now...

more than 2 years ago

Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

ak_hepcat serves 'em right (1271 comments)

If some anti-vax moron doesn't want to use the help provided by the doctor, then the doctor doesn't need to keep them cluttering up his clinic.

That's his right.

It's also the right of the anti-vax moron to die faster, so hopefully they'll be weeded out in short order and we can get back to living better with medicine.

No. Really. You anti-vax'rs are morons. Self-indulgent, blinded, murderous morons.

more than 2 years ago

Study Finds Online Cheating Is Infectious

ak_hepcat So.... (110 comments)

This isn't about my ex-wife....

Awkward post then.

more than 3 years ago

OpenPGP Implemented In JavaScript

ak_hepcat Re:Not just webmail (167 comments)

| gpg
gpg: encrypted with 2048-bit ELG-E key, ID AA53B491, created 2001-11-13
            "Eric L. Howes "
gpg: decryption failed: secret key not available

Well, I guess this one isn't for me.

more than 3 years ago

Electric Tron Lightcycle Hits the Streets

ak_hepcat Ugh... (113 comments)

Looks horribly uncomfortable and dangerously unwieldy to ride.

I think i'll pass.

more than 3 years ago

Spectrophotometer Analysis of Crayons

ak_hepcat For the geeks... (40 comments)

He's also on twitter: @markmeyerphoto

Just in case you want to say hi.

(Always pimpin' my fellow Alaskans)

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?

ak_hepcat Buffalo^5 (398 comments)

I've got a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH running the [provided!] DD-WRT firmware, and haven't had any problems.

It's also the gigabit switch between the upstairs office and the downstairs servers.
Not had a single lick of trouble, and I've got coverage throughout my 2500 sq ft house.

more than 3 years ago

Linus' First Linux Post, 20 Years Ago Today

ak_hepcat oh yeah... (181 comments)

Brings back the memories. I remember the usenet post because I was camping on the .minix trying to decide how best to conquer my computer...

then Linus showed up with his post, and I soon had my answer.

I've been running Linux non-stop since 1993, and have never looked back.

more than 3 years ago

CERN Physicist Says Dark Matter May Be an Illusion

ak_hepcat no dark matter... (379 comments)

I hope so. Dark matter is the ugliest kludge to the standard model ever.

It's worse than the Plus upgrade for Windows 98.

more than 3 years ago


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Long time, no write

ak_hepcat ak_hepcat writes  |  more than 11 years ago Got cast in the independant film Denali as the photographer for the guide-company. Should be fun, as I get to play with an Austrailian accent. Start filming mid-September.

Divorce finalized in June. I've actually been on a couple of dates, nothing serious or interesting. More just trying to remember what this whole dating this involves, anyway.



ak_hepcat ak_hepcat writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Buggar. Not much to say on this subject, except that I'm busy working my way through the paperwork. It's been a <facetious> great year </facetious> so far....


Say, would you be interested in playing...

ak_hepcat ak_hepcat writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Got a phone call asking if I could audition for a show to be produced in June during the Valdez theatre conference. Ran over with a resume, read for a couple of parts, and walked out with a script!

The show is called "Heathan Valley" and I'm playing the part of Billy. The author is one of those being recognized at this years conference for his achievements, etc,etc.


Actor Needed

ak_hepcat ak_hepcat writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Just got a call from Eddie P, of Fox-4. Saw an ad I did a couple of years ago and thought that I'd make a good "funny-guy" in a janitorial commercial that is a take-off of "The Godfather."

No, I'm not the Godfather, I'm the patsy whom wants his trash taken. "Please Mr. Godfather, I can't stand it any more!"

Should be a funny shoot. Sometimes it's nice working without an agency -- I get these great gigs where half of the commercial is improvised on the set, and they end up playing for years and years. Too bad the market doesn't pay residuals. Sigh. Where's that national ad contract when I need one?


Face painting gone wrong...

ak_hepcat ak_hepcat writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Most people, when asked, would probably pass on having a plaster casting made of their face. Oh no, not me. In my quest to play the Wolf in "Into the Woods", I'm undergoing prosthetic enhancement of the upper and lower mandibles, occipital lobes, and post-exterior nasal formation. Good fun was had by all those watching while I sat back with a face full of plaster, trying to control my breathing and not to laugh. Communicating in nasal wheezes and hums leaves a lot to be desired, and not that many people can sign. Fingerspelling works, but is really slow.

Did I mention that the plaster is frickin cold? Yep. So it doesn't set so quickly. A nice cold facial that weighs about 5 pounds. Everybody should enjoy it once or twice..


First Post?

ak_hepcat ak_hepcat writes  |  more than 11 years ago So I'm sitting at home, listening to some Ska, bumping up my AudioScrobbler stats, trying to work out some sore muscles from taking first-place-mens-intermediate at the local bouldering competition on Feb 15th, and I decide to check my /. account. Wow. I have fans. That's pretty freaky. And then I notice that I've never written in my journal. Oy vey, whats a good jewish boy to do? Hell, I don't know, I'm not good, nor am I jewish. As for the third... Yep, just looked down, and the proof is in the proverbial pudding. Boy. Ma auf salaama.

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