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Turning Your Home Wiring Into a Giant Antenna

evilmousse burning down the house (135 comments)

I recall stories of products that served to make an antenna out of the electrical wiring of your house or even the chicken-coop wiring in the backing of old stucco-surfaced walls. they functioned as advertised, but seeing as neither was designed for the purpose, they're both woefully unprepared for the accidental circumstance of a larger EMF pulse. recieving a signal incurs resistance, resistance heat. too much signal can suddenly cause your house to explode into flame.

PS AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGHHHHHH entering this comment was a exercise in frustration, what the FUCK kind of script is preventing me from typing, hilighting, or rightclicking in the edit pane randomly and for 30 seconds at a time?!?!?!?

more than 3 years ago
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Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts

evilmousse Re:That's not the professional term (487 comments)

"the language" is not dead and unchanging, nor is america's great melting pot full of a completely uniform broth. there's chunks of different stuff swimming around in there.

I like Yiddish phrases like "oy veh", japanese ones like "ne?" ('don't you think?'), and gleefully subscribe to the connotations associated with the 'ebonics' versions of words with 'whiter' counterparts with identical denotations: bitch just isn't the same as beotch. I welcome useful and fun new words regardless to source, and i grant the language the freedom to fork and merge as groups invent and cease using words.

i will continue to enjoy such language quirks as a means for identifying the groups to which people wish to show inclusion to, for I don't speak identically to my boss as to friends as to children as to strangers etcetc. which dialect i choose is as much a part of the image i want to exude as the clothes i wear; as important as a tense/sad/happy soundtrack is to a movie scene.

ebonics is an american creation anyway, the words generally aren't african derived but still etymologically english-sourced in general, so the one not learning the language of their own country is YOU here.... unless you believe the dictionary angels bequeath new words from ivory towers.

about 4 years ago
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Obama Administration Withholds FoIA Requests More Often Than Bush's

evilmousse the missing birth certificate statistic (601 comments)

What goes unmentioned:

97% of the millions of denied FoIA requests that make up this statistic were requests for Obama's birth certificate.

more than 4 years ago
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Ant Mega-Colony Covers the World

evilmousse Re:Obligatory quote (359 comments)

i'm sorry, i missed the macguyver message due to ranking at the time, and thought the comparison was to the simpsons ^^

more than 5 years ago
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Ant Mega-Colony Covers the World

evilmousse Re:Obligatory quote (359 comments)

while a good story involving ants, i don't see the connection.

more than 5 years ago
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Using 1 Gaming Computer For 2 People?

evilmousse unconnected controller (424 comments)

just give her a controller, any controller, doesn't have to be attached, and tell her that your monitor is what she's playing. /works for my 4 year old niece //what? ///no really, what?

more than 5 years ago
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Original Cast On Board For Ghostbusters 3

evilmousse Re:Can we (444 comments)

i liked rocky to some degree (not 5).

the concept was better than it ended up being executed, but i still want to see the character come full circle and become mickey to someone else's rocky.

the same concept was a stated goal for goku in dragonball z; to eventually be the turtle master to someone else's goku. that didn't really pan out with the ever-topping-itself modus it took on.

more than 5 years ago
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G1 Google Phone Could End Up the Most Popular Console Ever

evilmousse Re:HAHA NO (116 comments)

I don't know the terms associated with this, but if it's close to as open a platform as the gphone it's based off of, i welcome it.

nintendo keeps tight control over just what games play on their system. a mobile gaming platform, open to all developers like the pc, can finally get me the mobile version of custer's revenge that nintendo doesn't want me to have.

i don't really expect this to be that open, but i can still hope for something similar to it.

more than 5 years ago
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The Coder Behind the Mortgage Meltdown

evilmousse Re:death star contractors (379 comments)

as i reread more of your latest point, i think i owe you more concessions. what you're telling me about overextended debt is very believable, and i will be considering it as i read more and discuss with other people. i'll need to do so before i can really agree or disagree.

i think most of the point i made still stand if they can be disassociated from the famed troubles lately, and confined to just this piece of software. i was never trying to force you to concede this caused the markets to crash lately, only that it's completely unsafe as is, and that's regrettably in-theme.

more than 5 years ago
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The Coder Behind the Mortgage Meltdown

evilmousse Re:death star contractors (379 comments)

That's my point and has always been my point. The cause of the financial crisis is completely unrelated to the presence of this trading tool. There is no connection.

ok, so your disagreement is more with the title of the article and less with me? even if you consider the crux flaw to be elsewhere, surely you can agree the software is exemplary of the type of problem, and at least contributory?

This is one of the scary differences between finance and other more stable fields. The software is closer to being a prototype.

you can even broaden it to software in general. that situation needs to be matured, and what happened is a warning to do so. especially in circumstances like this where there's large numbers involved.

Bill of Rights has nothing to do with the situation. Unless there's some secret amendment in there about people not having the right to be stupid or prohibited from taking crazy risks.

correct, the bill of rights has nothing to do with the problem. neither do racecars or bittorrent. i was making a comparison between how it is used and regarded and how safety checks can be. neither the bill or rights nor the safety checks will directly force anyone to do anything, it's all in how they're regarded by the people using them. though getting people to regard them is a difficult task, it's not impossible, and ultimately very fruitful. the miraculous adherence you doubt can occur with the software has already been accomplished in more difficult circumstances.

more than 5 years ago
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The Coder Behind the Mortgage Meltdown

evilmousse Re:death star contractors (379 comments)

i understand the premise behind your '50 dollar' point. i don't see the connection, however. maybe some of the traders were jaywalkers too, but just because the software can't catch their jaywalking actions doesn't mean they can't catch the jaywalkers that try to make illegitimate derivatives.

This is the point I've been making which you don't seem able to get. The people who use this software are too smart for the software and their needs are far too diverse to capture with software. If you want to supervise them, you need to employ other smart humans.

I get it perfectly, and I never suggested a wholly technical solution. Yes, you absolutely employ other smart humans (or ideally, set up the system so that there's a competitive interest in checking each others work.) I don't see you challenging the legitimacy of the trading tool's effectiveness at making derivatives when it too needs smart humans using it to work; why are you challenging the safety mechanisms on that basis?

The former is a good idea and it's likely the software already did that

and i want to re-emphasise they are just brainstormed ideas. as in the racecar developer saying to himself "i bet a restraint system might help the mortality rate in crashes". that's still a far cry from the professionally designed and tested crumple zones etc that we now have as a result of applying a scientific process to the task. i don't know what form the security mechanisms of a loan-packaging software would entail until that work is undertaken. as for "already did that", i don't consider such a boolean value. i consider how WELL they did that; a shade of grey. lying to the software is exactly what the safety system (and its educated userbase) should be engineered to attempt to detect.

In summary.... Software tools can't ever compensate for that.

I don't disagree with anything in your summary, but I wasn't trying to propose any theories on what caused the financial crisis. I was simply suggesting this tool is rife for abuse as-is, and the author was conscious of that. Your defeatist attitude towards human nature and its ability to use tools to solve social problems is duly noted, but not shared.

Anyone who developes a vehicle, no matter how fast or slow it travels, has some priority higher than safety. Period.

developing a prototype and launching a national production line are two very different things. which do you think an INDUSTRY STANDARD peice of software is more similar to? This was not a tool a trader built for personal use, this was intended from the beginning to have total or majority market share. the safety obligations of something intended for broad systemic use is much higher than something done one-off and for personal use. Agreed there is always some risk; the inevitability of risk is not an exuse to ignore it and fail to minimize it.

Nothing on Earth can compensate for that sort of high flying hubris, certainly not a software tool.

and the bill of rights is just a goddamned peice of paper. it's inconceivable that a dried hunk of animal skin with symbols inked on it can help society be more civilized. people will disregard the document and that's all that can be done about the situation. ...or is it?

more than 5 years ago
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The Coder Behind the Mortgage Meltdown

evilmousse Re:death star contractors (379 comments)

i don't agree with your attitude that checks are impossible, nor did i imply that the checks should be entirely software based. if the same creativity put into creating the system is applied to securing it, i'm sure much can be done. a lot of times just making sure enough of the right information is put before the right eyes is all you need. attention is the light shone into the dark areas in which misbehavior is hidden. and just because it can be an arms race doesn't mean we shouldn't fight the good fight.

safety is not secondary. period. anyone who develops a 300mph vehicle without safety belts is negligent. no it won't ever be completely safe, but dropping the effort to secure it is foolish. the answer is not to stop building racecars, or stop trying to make them safer, it's to address the issues to the best of your ability.

I wholly disagree with your last paragraph. the combination of the software and peoples natural tendency to misuse it did cause harm (in addition to the good it causes). it absolutely gave license to a sloppy lending environment to get even sloppier. yes it did create the securities in the technical sense, isn't that exactly what its function was? and i don't understand the relevance of the 50 dollars point, unless i'm supposed to accept that because bad behavior happens in other contexts, i'm supposed to tolerate it here.

What is the significance of 'professional traders' vs 'people wandering off in the internet'? I don't understand the point, unless you're saying we should just lay down and accept whatever 'professional traders' want to do because they're just so smart they're gonna do it anyway. typo checks? how about multiple independent fault tolerance checks on some of the key values? (hmm, why are the average fico score of 70% of the loans in this package 700+, and 30% below 500, but all loans are for over 200k?) how about placing a small daily random sampling of anonymized-and-scrubbed-for-privacy information is placed before your fellow competition using the software and vice versa, creating a system of peer review based off the motivations of competition. i'm just throwing ideas out there, but i'm sure the problem can be approached scientifically/sociologically.

the answer to sneakiness is eyeballs. a system that can automate the sneakiness so well needs to help automate the eyeballs as well.

more than 5 years ago
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The Coder Behind the Mortgage Meltdown

evilmousse Re:death star contractors (379 comments)

i see you don't, and i can respect the position. the blame i place on him is by no means whole. perhaps bittorrent is the better comparison. it too serves a need (past and future?) and adds value. it also, by human nature, has very obvious and tempting misapplications. but as with any pandora's box type of dilemma, it's tough to be pointedly blaming.

yes, this was just an effective automation of something that was done manually before, and that's very enabling from an engineer's perspective. becoming an industry standard has its own problems though. even presuming empathy, people begin trusting the magic black box. more cynically, such a system is rife with potential to be manipulated and serve as an obfuscation for ill intent. especially if those things combine and you have a system being widely trusted and not being paid due attention to. i hold the opinion that a system so powerful is only half-built without further checks on it. same as a race car without safety engineering, a driver without licensing, or bittorrent without god-knows-what-i-wish-i-knew.

more than 5 years ago
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The Coder Behind the Mortgage Meltdown

evilmousse Re:death star contractors (379 comments)

thus, why i ended my post "I should explain, this is a meme, and honestly an unfair comparison". working for a financial institution is not tantamount to working for an evil empire. that's a completely overblown comparison, and i know it. still, i couldn't resist over-reaching for the star wars reference. if you can excuse the conflation, the part of the metaphor i'd hoped to highlight was being aware of the broader impact of your work.

this author has shown enough intelligence and introspection in the piece that i believe he was fully conscious of the likely effects of the tool. i'm positive the original developers of napster and gnutella had an inkling of the effects their creations would have too. yes, truthfully its the individual users of the program that are "pulling the trigger", but the authors already knew the users well enough to be fairly certain of its eventual useage patterns.

since i'm being long-winded already, i'll just add that studying the scientists behind the manhattan project is a fascinating look at these kinds of ethical conflicts.

more than 5 years ago
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Virginia Health Database Held For Ransom

evilmousse professionalism (325 comments)

the note is juvenile, this person is enjoying their hacker fantasy with no appreciation for the wrath they're bringing upon themselves. there is just no way that a person this cocksure and mouthy will refrain from making a mistake during this.

i'd be a lot more afraid of something done discreetly and professionally. conversely, i'm already afraid of virginia state it administrators and their lack of professionalism.

more than 5 years ago
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The Coder Behind the Mortgage Meltdown

evilmousse death star contractors (379 comments)

oh good, my comments still there from the first time i saw the story:

i programmed in some of the same subject matter for several years recently, and much of this strikes me as a very believable tale. ...except it feels history-rewritten so as to remove any negative light from the author. he comes off entirely too saintly-while-surrounded-by-evil, and that makes me wonder what else to believe.

in particular how he made it seem like he just happened to fall into his deal to maintain/integrate/etc the software for its new owner, unpaid for a cut of its sales. that's a daring endeavor you take only when you honestly believe in long-term success, so i don't see "i'm tired and wanna take something easier", i see "all in, show your hands boys" kinda farm-betting. he knew then like he said now that his software could become the standard, shot for and achieved success. but i don't think his waxing philosophical about the potential dangers of that success started only after the trouble.

the contractors building the death star knew the risks of that association, so to speak. (I should explain, this is a meme, and honestly an unfair comparison)

more than 5 years ago
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Offshore Windpower To Potentially Exceed US Demand

evilmousse hydro turbines (679 comments)

I've often wondered, since we're talking about putting these things offshore anyway, why they're air turbines and not water ones.

water's denser and can thus exert more force in its flow; tides are a lot more predictable than wind patterns..

sure, directly translated it'd be a fish-grinder the same way the air ones are supposedly bird-grinders. but going back to water being denser, i bet we'd find we could make a more efficient archimedes-corkscrew kinda turbine instead of something like an airplane propeller.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Keep Rats From Eating My Cables?

evilmousse hot sauce (1032 comments)

cayenne pepper, etcetc.

something that won't spoil and stink, is nonlethal, and non-appetizing to rats. get a rag and fill it full of the stuff, then wipe down your cables.

more than 5 years ago
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Who Protects the Internet?

evilmousse ever more critical a system (177 comments)

my first reaction was as most of the posts I've read, disdaining the fencing in of my beloved wild west. not quite with the vitrol i saw, but still.

but i also remember sharing disdain with writers here when i read about banking systems and such being connected to the net. and even not going so dramatic, a LOT of business is done on the net, and i've wondered just when in the future it will become a primary military target in war. and for all the money we throw at defense, i wonder whether the net has become a valuable enough asset to warrant a significantly larger consideration than i imagine it to currently receive.

i hope they have the wisdom to perpetuate the decentralized approach to network security that founded it in the first place.

more than 5 years ago

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i could save the arcade if i'd just get a business plan & ..

evilmousse evilmousse writes  |  more than 9 years ago

i could save the arcade if i'd just get a business plan and some investors together.

* arcades are not for kids anymore, and not for mall food-courts anymore. The average gamer as they say is 20+, and the tastes of 20-30yrolds is the most design-driving factor.
- the location should be in an area walking distance from bars/latenite-eats
- couches, couches, couches. lounge coffeeshops have come out of nowhere in the last 10 years, and now have a presence in just about every small town in America. Videogames can be VERY social, and there's a need to be filled by providing a surrogate greater-living-room.
- nice tvs, this is where the place really should establish itself as worth the extra money over playing @ home. most ppl don't have HDTV, but most modern videogames take advantage of it, certainly more than tv does with only a few channels.
- computers are not the focus, there are already LAN places, they're a pretty expensive up-front investment, and need a constant attention to maintain. That is not to say they should be excluded, the place should provide network ports and a wireless LAN, but the hardware-focus would be consoles.
- advertize by doing contests / tournaments / month-long rankings
- a small kitchen/snackbar/maybecoffee
- i'd like to see a MAME cabinet or two too. honestly, i think i'd have to get a legitimate quarter-taking one instead of MAME in order to satisfy liscensing. i've seen legit ones in different places already. it WOULD be possible to simply have a stand-up xbox/playstation in a cabinet though, and that's fine, all the good fighting games you want joysticks for are released on console.

* major obstacles (besides my inaction)
- #1 LISCENSING LISCENSING LISCENSING LISCENSING LISCENSING
videogames come with onload frikkin warnings that they're for home use. that means technically you can't make a business that offers paid useage of the game. you can cheat it by making the game technically free and instead charge for something else very material.. like a 5$ cookie + hour of gaming free.. admission isn't an option. i've gone so far as to contact microsoft about how to pursue commercial game liscenses, but they've never even responded.

- #2 an awesome pricing scheme. i know i mentioned this above because it depends on how the liscensing goes, but presuming all options, videogames are still fairly immatterial.. it's tough to estimate ahead of time all the costs to determine what pricing would keep the business financially afloat.. I think the easiest way would be paid hourly on admission, but i'd prefer a way to include reasonable loitering until successful enough so that space is at a premium. designing a hardware solution so that playing requited a card, or hiring a bouncer to keep track both seem expensive and unpleasant. my best idea so far is to make a pin similar to the LED coasters resteraunts give you when you're aiting for a table. you must have a pin while there to play, (thereby allowing loiterers) and flashies go off on timing.

*OTHER POTENTIAL ADVANTAGES
-hacked consoles. if there ever would be a legitimate useage of our govt-given right to back up our purchased media, such a business's wear and tear on gameDVDs would be it. I'd rather circumvent the process entirely, and host games, both xbox and playstation, on the harddrives so the only possible wear and tear would be on controllers. plus, if liscensing could be arranged conductively, i could picture needing purchase only one disc/commercial-liscense and distributing it ourselves through the in-store network to each console capable of playing. there is no reason this couldn't extend should there ever be a chain of stores.. release-day, 40 machines in 4 stores in 4 states could play the game with very little effort to arrange.
-with a little extra programming, potentially even a tie-in with an id card, accounting of who, what game, how long, whatever else could easily be aggregated. should the store ever be a chain, i imagine it wouldn't be hard to defray much of the cost to the customer by selling that information to game companies. picture a nation-wide customer-feedback network.
-potential partnership with other local retailers. i would most especially like to see one with HDTV retailers. If such a store would lend a rotation of floor models, I would most happily put a HUGE poster above each explaining it's features, price, and where to buy it.

i've got more to this idea yet, but i'm a lil tired o writing right now..

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i can mod!

evilmousse evilmousse writes  |  more than 9 years ago

i can mod! finally! ..odd timing, but still.

nonsensical 'old ppl in korea' jokes, watch the fuck out.

I still can't metamoderate. does that make sense?

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