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Lessons From the Papal Conclave About Election Security

calmofthestorm Electing the Doge of Venice (183 comments)

I read a really neat paper about the implications of the Doge election protocol to distributed systems. There the focus was more on preventing bribary and less on more general fraud, but it was a pretty cool system. [pdf]

about a year and a half ago

Google Announces Its First Latin-American Data Center

calmofthestorm Re:I can hear it now... (52 comments)

But if you back up your data in the cloud, your data could fall as rain anywhere in the world.

about 2 years ago

Raspberry Pi Revision 2.0 Board Announced

calmofthestorm Re:Still Waiting... (155 comments)

I got mine two weeks after ordering from Newell or Newark or somesuch. They did tell me 8-10 wks so maybe I just got lucky.

about 2 years ago

The UK's New Minister For Magic

calmofthestorm Re:Devil's advocate here... (526 comments)

Don't underestimate the power of placebos, especially in intractable cases. They are not medically useless.

about 2 years ago

How Apple's Story Is Like Breaking Bad

calmofthestorm Re:Walt's Not a Nice Guy (288 comments)

Dread is right. BB is one of the few shows I've watched where I'm actually afraid to find out what happens next. Not in the horror movie the trainwreck sense.

about 2 years ago

How Long Do You Want To Live?

calmofthestorm I plan to live forever, of course (813 comments)

but barring that I'd settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be pretty nice.

-- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
MorganLink 3DVision Interview

about 2 years ago

A (Mostly) 3-D Printed Race Car Hits 140 Km/h

calmofthestorm Re:Take that MPAA! (94 comments)

We'll just store the oil and energy in the cloud. The automotive industry has been ripe for disruption for a long time.

about 2 years ago

T-Mobile Returns To Unlimited Data Plans

calmofthestorm Re:"The flaw" not really much of a flaw (152 comments)

Gaah you're right, I was mixing up SOCKS proxying with how AT&T (or was it Sprint?) was blocking some tethering apps by TTL that just bounced them through; but this is new packets so it's moot. I'm sure some kind of rate information would let them detect various protocols within SSH but I'm not too worried about that 'cause I don't use much data.

Really I just want to check my email on a device where I can actually reply to it when traveling. I have a $3/day pay-as-you-use T-Mobile contract but I've yet to try to tether with it.

about 2 years ago

T-Mobile Returns To Unlimited Data Plans

calmofthestorm Re:"The flaw" not really much of a flaw (152 comments)

If they're using browser agent detection it sounds like a blacklist rather than a whitelist.

Any idea if this could be bypassed by SSH tunneling all your computer traffic to a computer on the other side? It would still be distinguishable from traffic that originated from your phone by looking at the TTL, but I doubt many people do this.

about 2 years ago

Some Players Want Day-1 DLC, Says BioWare

calmofthestorm Re:X-Com (357 comments)

Ditto, except MOO 1 not MOO 2 (I play it some but it's just not as good as the original).

Speaking of not as good as the original, I also still play TFTD. Tacky and unoriginal as the story may be, it has some elements I like.

BTW have you seen XComUtil? (ironically, the guy's now at BioWare): Speaking of DLC...

Also and (I've played the latter, it's excellent).

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Data From a Carrington Event?

calmofthestorm Re:How about something more plausible (386 comments)

How can you go about doing this? Wouldn't any backups you make by definition fall under the order? It seems like such a court order would completely shut your company down until all proceedings were over, which could be for years.

more than 2 years ago

Mitt Romney To Announce VP Decision Via Smartphone App

calmofthestorm Re:Who Will Be the First to Hack It? (461 comments)

You forgot "Headless Body of Agnew" and "Richard Nixon's Disembodied Head"

more than 2 years ago

FBI Plans Nationwide Face-Recognition Trials In 2012

calmofthestorm Re:Nationwide? (102 comments)

You only tell people in select states you're doing it.

more than 2 years ago

Google Opens First Retail Outlet In London

calmofthestorm Re:Me too! (172 comments)

Most of those have merit, but I will say:

* Sun released Java for others to use. You [read: the courts] can argue about the terms of said release, but it was released for free use on computers if not phones [as if they were different...sigh...]. If Google had developed a language called Microsoft J++ that was similar and pushed it as their alternative, you would have a point. Google uses Linux too. That's what it's there for; use.

* Altavista, yahoo, etc did classical AI methods relying heavily on human labeling. Google used what we now call modern (read: statistical) AI, and did not offer paid placement [I don't recall if Yahoo/Altavista did paid placement but it was common practice back then] To a former AI researcher you might as well say that Google is unoriginal because they and Microsoft both use computers, or that the automobile is unoriginal because horse and buggy also has wheels.

* Hotmail had 2 MB quota when Gmail came out with a gig. Google's innovation was the archive, the UI, and not having to delete mail. Also not selling your email address and personal data to external spammers, keeping all their privacy invasion inside the company and being upfront about it with an [at the time] clear, easy to read privacy policy. (I once changed my language to French on the hotmail UI and suddenly most of my spam was in French...hmmm....)

Other than that, I can see your point.

more than 2 years ago

Mr. President, There Is No (US) Engineer Shortage

calmofthestorm Re:like "compuer scientist" (580 comments)

Computer science isn't less rigorous science, it just isn't science. Depending on your work it's a form of engineering or math, or some combination thereof.

about 3 years ago

Justice Dept. Files Antitrust Complaint Against AT&T and T-Mobile Merger

calmofthestorm Re:Cue the pundits. (301 comments)

As soon as their checks clear.

about 3 years ago



US Postman Hoarded Over 20,000 Letters

calmofthestorm calmofthestorm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

calmofthestorm (1344385) writes "Some 20,000 pieces of mail — many more than a decade old — have been recovered from a postman's garage in the US city of Philadelphia. The FBI said it took more than three postal vans to remove the mail. Investigators are still trying to find the postman so they can question him."
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