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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

fph il quozientatore Re:The average human being (291 comments)

Normal distributions make sense for real numbers. How are you converting "intelligence" to a real number? If you are using IQ, then it's not normal (it can't be, since it's bounded below by zero and a normal extends to infinity both ways).

about two weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

fph il quozientatore Re:Lobby = Corruption (190 comments)

Lobbying is the act of telling an official how to vote by making a convincing argument.. Bribery is paying money for a vote or action.

A convincing argument as in "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse"?

about three weeks ago
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Radio, Not YouTube, Is Still King of Music Discovery

fph il quozientatore Music variety (126 comments)

What worries me about radios is the lack of variety in the represented genres. I don't know about where you live, but here all stations seem copies of the same one, and they all broadcast the same kind of pop-ish music. The less popular genres have zero chances of making it out to the public. The cycle will never be broken if it goes like (people like and choose music based on radio broadcasts) -> (artists on radios get famous and popular) -> (radios choose music based on their perception of people's taste).

about three weeks ago
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Linux 3.19 Kernel To Start 2015 With Many New Features

fph il quozientatore Re:"New Features" (66 comments)

By the way, wtf is a "x86 laptop improvement"?

about a month ago
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TripAdvisor Fined In Italy For Fake Reviews

fph il quozientatore Re:WTH iIs the Italian Competition Authority (88 comments)

"Because said companies fradulently claim these reviews are legitimate." *citation needed.

They were not fined because they had fake reviews in the first place; they were fined for fraudolent advertising, because their billboards were like "I haz one bazillion reviews!! And they are totally genuine and authentic from real people!!1!"

about a month ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

fph il quozientatore Re:Unrelated to Github (148 comments)

Please, that's GNU/git.

about a month and a half ago
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Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

fph il quozientatore DNSSEC (110 comments)

So, I assume DNSSEC is <strike>screwed</strike>compromised already?

about a month and a half ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

fph il quozientatore Re:Will activity of the cat and couch potato diffe (99 comments)

Cats are nocturnal. They're sedentary during the16 hours a day you watch them, then stalk to house all night looking for bugs to torture.

So am I, because I AM THE BATMAN.

about 2 months ago
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Fabiola Gianotti To Take Over As CERN Director-General

fph il quozientatore Re:Uh oh (23 comments)

I made a bet with a colleague mathematician last year; if I lost, my next presentation would have had to be in Comic Sans. Luckily, I won.

about 3 months ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

fph il quozientatore Re:Not actually a new stance (669 comments)

There are catholics with very conservative views such as "the world was created 5000 years ago", and catholics that are very progressive and modern in their views. The real problem is that the second type does not call out the first as cranks and forces them to change their views, but rather they shrug and consider it a minor matter.

Christians, even catholics, keep saying "why don't the moderate muslims ostracize Al Qaeda and this kind of extremisms?", but they behave exactly in the same way in this respect.

In my view, this is part of the problem. They give the message that it's ok to believe all kind of unsubstantiated things "because God says so and it's written in the bible", and that is a very dangerous message to pass, especially to young people who should rather be taught how to think with their own head.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Capture the Flag Training

fph il quozientatore Re:Yes (102 comments)

I'd be really scared if the FBI mainframe ran Windows...

about 4 months ago
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Redbox Streaming Service To Shut Down October 7th

fph il quozientatore Phrasing! (64 comments)

As a non-American: are you telling me it's not porn, with that name?

about 4 months ago
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Study: Multimedia Multitasking May Be Shrinking Human Brains

fph il quozientatore Re:Addicts (87 comments)

Let me guess, you are about 30. Usual my-generation-is-better bias.

about 4 months ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

fph il quozientatore Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (178 comments)

"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterion. It's rich people. Let's just put that down in here in black and white.

Yeah, that's what affluent means. Had to look it up myself.

about 4 months ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

fph il quozientatore A better solution (192 comments)

One day after independence, they won't have a working army. Invade them and enslave them all. They'll regret their previous days.

about 4 months ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

fph il quozientatore Re:Turn tiles off... but for how long? (171 comments)

How long will it be before Mozilla decides that the users no longer need the ability to turn off the sponsored tiles?

Uh, if only Firefox were open source, then we'd be able to override these decisions from above by simply patching them out. Oh, wait...

about 5 months ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

fph il quozientatore Re:Chess (274 comments)

It is correct that duplicate and tournament play eliminates most of it, but bridge still has some second-order luck component. The most classical example is the two-way finesse.

about 5 months ago

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The tunnel between CERN and Central Italy

fph il quozientatore fph il quozientatore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fph il quozientatore (971015) writes "The Italian ministry for university and research complimented the researchers for the recent (supposed) discovery of faster-than-light neutrinos. Her press release (Google machine translation) mentions that Italy funded the construction of a "tunnel between the CERN [in Geneva] and Gran Sasso [the labs in Central Italy]". Google maps reports the distance between the two labs as over 900km — but of course once the tunnel is open to traffic the trip will be much faster."
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State "certified e-mail" introduced in Italy

fph il quozientatore fph il quozientatore writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fph il quozientatore (971015) writes "Starting from today, the Italian government is offering a free 500MB certified e-mail box for every citizen. This e-mail — PEC is its Italian acronym — is based on its own new dedicated protocol (RFCs? Ha! Those are for kiddies) that should handle server-signed sender identification and return receipts. The whole system is meant to allow certified e-mail communication with the Italian public administration, though it is not clear how many offices are going to support it. Every citizen is entitled to a free state-provided mailbox, though there is a list of private providers offering "premium services" for a surcharge.
The whole system has already raised some eyebrows, and an open-source mail server supporting this protocol has already been developed. Only time will tell us if this is going to work. At the moment of writing, the official state "certified e-mail" server is refusing connections — and that's even before being slashdotted."
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Berlusconi will "regulate the internet" wi

fph il quozientatore fph il quozientatore writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fph il quozientatore (971015) writes "Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's evil overlord, recently declared (automatic translation by Google) that he is going to propose 'a regulamentation of the internet' during the next G8 meeting, chaired by himself. He did not go into further detail, but added that the proposal is going to have 'an international perspective' and that Italy 'is going to be at the forefront'. How do you say 'good luck with that' in Italian?"
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