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23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

crabel Re:Big deal. (449 comments)

To quote Magnus Carlsen from a recent interview: "I find playing against computers very depressing. I don’t like losing." http://venturebeat.com/2014/01... Of course, computers profit alot from opening books alot and the books must be tuned to their play. Computers play best against humans if they avoid positions that require highly positional play (basically closed positions). The benefit of endgame tables isn't that clear. It is very costly to hit the database, giving a benefit only in some positions. Till 2013 Nalimov tablebases were pretty much standard, but they have been replaced by Syzygy tablebases, with better compression and better performance. Anyway, I don't think that even a Magnus Carlsen, whose playing style is very, very good against computers would win against a match against monsters like Stockfish, Komodo or Houdini.

about 3 months ago
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Thousands of Germans Threatened With €250 Fines For Streaming Porn

crabel Re:If the lawyers cheated ... (192 comments)

Well, it seems people could sue the law firm, alas, the amount is too small, so the effort is rather high, even if it is likely that they win. But at least one person has already disputed the claim and sues over it. And: Berlin public prosecution department has already started an investigation of the matter. It seems they sent their applications to 16 different courts, most granted their application, but more than a quarter didn't. Such applications (regarding filesharing!!) are quite common and usually the request is granted. Well, the case at least gets a lot of press and hopefully things improve.

about 4 months ago
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Thousands of Germans Threatened With €250 Fines For Streaming Porn

crabel Re:Oh Dear. (192 comments)

Not so fast. First of all, the lawyers "cheated". They avoided the term "streaming" in their applications to court and made it look like a typical filesharing case. The courts granted most of their applications because of "unbefugtem öffentlichen Zugänglichmachen über eine sogenannte Tauschbörse" that means "unauthorized sharing of files through a file sharing network". German internet law blogger Thomas Stadler explains in his blog, why their applications are invalid (for various reasons). German link: http://www.internet-law.de/2013/12/warum-die-streaming-abmahnungen-der-rechtsanwaelte-uc-unwirksam-sind.html

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Link Roundup® Herbicide to Cancer, Autism, Parkinsonism

crabel A little ad hominem ... (2 comments)

Well, while I don't know a lot about the matter at hand, can't tell if the claims are valid or not, but Mrs. Seneff has a history of bad papers e.g.: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2012/11/20/dumpster-diving-in-the-vaers-database-again/ Also, that she was interviewed by Joseph Mercola doesn't really improve her credibility. Mercola has quite some reputation in pseudomedicine/science. (e.g. that HIV doesn't cause AIDS) http://psiram.com/en/index.php/Joseph_Mercola

about a year ago
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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

crabel Re:now we wait (586 comments)

Old/outdated news. The new simplified regulation that is intended to replace the old regulation had no exception for small, non-commercial farmers. After protests from the farmers organizations about the draft, the paragraph was added and the petition/open letter is moot.

about a year ago
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Oculus Rift Loses Doom 3 BFG Edition From Launch Package, But Gains TF2

crabel Re:Carmack Not Onboard? (69 comments)

They state in their blogpost from Saturday: "Assuming you’re in the first batch of development kits to ship out, the next 24 hours are your absolute last chance to update your shipping address." It is reasonable to assume that shipping starts/started this week. Personally I wouldn't have been surprised if shipping had been delayed till April or so. Sure, there timeline said March, but I have seen countless projects that were delayed a few weeks.

1 year,28 days
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Narconon Drug Rehab and Drug Education Centers

crabel WTF? (1 comments)

A Scientology Ad?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can using ADFS limit your options in the future?

crabel Probably not... (1 comments)

Hi! The idea behind SAML is that two identity providers can trust each other. So if you use ADFS, you shouldn't have any problems in the long run. Of course, the caveat is, that you need to use another software that can do LDAP login and supports SAML2 protocol. ADFS can then consume identity tokens from those other SAML2 providers and issue tokes for users that are authenticated against them. And those other identity provider could in turn act as consumers and accept identity tokens from ADFS. So, going for a solution that supports SAML (or most likely SAML2) should put no insurmountable problems in your way. Btw.: If you need to do SSO with e.g. Sharepoint, you basically need to use ADFS anyway. (Well, that's not a 100% true, but close enough). Of course, if you already know that you will have multiple LDAP servers, AD users and maybe even other identity sources, you could just start using another SSO software instead of ADFS. My company implemented SSO with OpenSSO from ForgeRock as producer and ADFS as a consumer last year. The guy he did it complained a lot, because ADFS developers apparently hate to give meaningful errors. Just unspecific errors and it did not work for quite some time. A Microsoft guy fiddled with the Sharepoint - ADFS integration for several days. He did it several times from scratch till it worked... hth

about a year and a half ago
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Solid State Quantum Computer Finds 15=3x5 — 48% of the Time

crabel Re:Can someone explain... (262 comments)

That may be so, but computing the prime factorization of 15 is not in that class.

Well, it's O(n^2 log n), which is pretty high. http://numbers.computation.free.fr/Constants/Algorithms/splitting.html If you have a machine, that can do it with large numbers in an instant, but only with 50%, it would be awesome. But I agree on the rest of the argument, still way to go...

about a year and a half ago
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Existing Solar Tech Could Power Entire US, Says NREL

crabel Fantastic! (589 comments)

Now we just need to convince the sun to shine all night. Oh, wait. That's impossible... Ok, better idea, we just store the energy in our cheap, tiny superbatteries. Yes, that will totally work.

about a year and a half ago
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H5N1 Bird Influenza - not a credible threat

crabel Re:That is an incorrect assessment of the situatio (9 comments)

You are wrong. H5N1 is indeed an old virus, but the bird adapted strain "Asian lineage HPAI A(H5N1)" is extremely dangerous. Currently it just affects the the lower respiratory tract, which makes it rather unlikely that it is transmitted through coughs. Basically unlikely. But a just a few mutations can change that. The virus has already mutated a couple of times, creating said dangerous strain. And influenza has a high mutation rate, making it very likely that it could become a dangerous strain. Read Robert Webster (that virus keeps me up at night) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Webster_(virologist)/ or Vaclav Smil's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaclav_Smil/) assessment of the biggest risks for mankind). Do you really think that Hongkong would kill close to 20000 chickens and stop trading with them for 3 weeks if that was a simple matter?

more than 2 years ago
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H5N1 Bird Influenza - not a credible threat

crabel That is an incorrect assessment of the situation! (9 comments)

While it is not very likely to get infected by H5N1, it has killed 60% of the people that got infected. It is a very dangerous virus. The good thing is that it is cannot be transmitted through air. But as some might recall, there was a report about two studies recently on slashdot, where two laboratories had created a "superflu", a killer. Well, that was a H5N1 strain, basically all they did to it was making it more infectious. Just 5 mutations were necessary to do that. Preliminary reports suggest that they didn't even do something fancy, looks as if they just breeded a more dangerous variation in ten generations. If something like that happens somewhere outside of such a laboratory or if it escapes. Not funny.

more than 2 years ago

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CES Oculus Rift prototype adds headtracking and gets rid of motion blur

crabel crabel writes  |  about 3 months ago

crabel (1862874) writes "The Oculus rift prototype Crystal Cove shown at CES uses a camera to track over two dozen infrared dots placed all over the headset. With the new tracking system, you can lean and crouch because the system knows where your head is in 3D space, which can also help reduce motion sickness by accurately reflecting motions that previously weren't detected.
On top of that, the new "low persistence" technique practically removes motion blur."

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Activision is preventing Gabriel Knight from coming to Linux

crabel crabel writes  |  about 4 months ago

crabel (1862874) writes "A Gabriel Knight remake was announced back in October with plans to release the game for Windows, Apple OS X, iPad, Android, and Linux. Unfortunately, the technical director of the game studio had bad news for Linux users:
"Figured this deserved its own thread. I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but my previous statement that GK would be available on Linux turns out to be incorrect. I can't even begin to imagine why, but Activision isn't allowing the game to be made for that platform. Just PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.""

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Interview with Prof. Potrykus, inventor of Golden Rice

crabel crabel writes  |  about 7 months ago

crabel (1862874) writes "According to WHO, 127 millions of pre-school children worldwide suffer from vitamine A deficiency, causing some 500,000 cases of irreversible blindness every year. This deficiency is responsible for 600,000 deaths among children under the age of 5. Golden Rice might be a solution to this problem. The only problem? It's GMO.

In an interview inventor Potrykus, now close to 80 years old, answers questions about the current state of approval, which might happen in the next couple of months."

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First Documented Case of Child Cured of HIV

crabel crabel writes  |  about a year ago

crabel (1862874) writes "Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins University today described the first documented case of a child being cured of HIV. The landmark findings were announced at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta, GA."
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Dreaded Research Works Act is dead

crabel crabel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crabel (1862874) writes "It appears, the dreaded RWA is dead. The bill would have prevented agencies of the federal government from requiring public access to federally subsidized research.
After Elsevier has pulled its support, it was decided that legislative action will be taken on the bill."

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Honest Achmed wants to sell certificates

crabel crabel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crabel (1862874) writes ""Honest Achmed", from "Honest Achmed's Used Cars and Certificates" has asked Mozilla to add his CA root certificate. Honest Achmed plans to authorise certificate issuance by at least, but not limited to, his cousin Osman, his uncles Mehmet and Iskender, and possibly his cousin's friend Emin.

His business plan is to sell sell bucketloads of other certificates, make a lot of money and become too big too fail.

For some odd reason, his request was denied..."

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NASA picks 2012 as the silliest sci-fi flick ever

crabel crabel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crabel (1862874) writes "The NASA has compiled a list of the most plausible and implausible movies up to date.Gattaca topped the "good" list, while 2012 was named the least realistic movie of all time. 2012 won the title against steep competition like "The Core""
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Huge security risks in PDF standard

crabel crabel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crabel (1862874) writes "At the 27. Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin security researcher Julia Wolf pointed out numerous, previously hardly known, security problems in connection with Adobe's PDF standard. For instance, a PDF can reportedly contain a database scanner that becomes active and scans a network when the document is printed on a network printer."
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Pianist defrauded of 6 million Dollar by a virus

crabel crabel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crabel (1862874) writes "In August 2004, the pianist Roger C. Davidson walked into a computer services shop seeking help with his virus-plagued computer. The shop owner told Mr. Davidson about an elaborate international conspiracy that had attacked Mr. Davidson's computer and was threatening him and his family. The conspiracy allegedly involved a mysterious hard drive in a remote village of Honduras and a plot to infiltrate the United States government by Polish priests linked to Opus Dei. The CIA was working with him to prevent the priests from infiltrating the United States government. Mr. Davidson was persuaded to pay the computer shop not only for data retrieval, but for personal protection. Over time he paid over 6 million dollar for protection..."
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Chip allows blind people to see

crabel crabel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crabel (1862874) writes "3 blind people got implanted with a retinal chip that allowed them to see shapes and objects within days of the procedure.
"One of the patients surprised researchers by identifying and locating objects on a table; he was also able to walk around a room unaided, approach specific people, tell the time from a clock face, and describe seven different shades of gray in front of him.""

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India now wants access to Google and Skype

crabel crabel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crabel (1862874) writes "A couple of weeks ago India went after RIM and it's mail service it has extended its hunger for data now to all telecommunication. All telecom companies have to give them access to all voice over IP services that go in/out or happen within the country. Heck, they are even going after VPNs used by corporate employees working remotely. What's next?

All your data are belong to us!"

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Eclipse 4.0 released for early adopters

crabel crabel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crabel (1862874) writes "Eclipse released version 4.0 for early adopters. It is compatible to version 3.6, has lots of improvements for rich client developers (using RCP) and a new model-based user interface."
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Oracle's Java Company change breaks Eclips

crabel crabel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crabel (1862874) writes "In Java 1.6.0_21 the company field was changed from "Sun Microsystems, Inc" to "Oracle".

Apparently not the best idea since some applications depend on that field to identify the virtual machine.
All eclipse versions since 3.3 (released 2007) until and including the recent Helios release (2010) have been reported to crash with an OutOfMemoryError due to this change.

This is particularly funny since the update is deployed through automatic update and suddenly applications cease to work...
Good job!
https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=319514"

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Sitting kills

crabel crabel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crabel (1862874) writes "Sad news: According to the linked study the typical slashdotter probably has a reduced life expectancy.
Sitting around seems to be quite deadly. (Well not so much, but still statistically significant). So, stop reading and take a walk!"

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