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# Comments

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### The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

Better version of TFA (131 comments)

Article in original content format, without ads: here

about two weeks ago
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### Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

What are these from? (701 comments)

Someone with more nerd points than me could please post a list of the sources?

about two weeks ago
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### Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Re:Asuka Langley Sohryu (701 comments)

Harry, hol' schon mal den Wagen!

about two weeks ago
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### Norway Scraps Online Voting

Re:Concerns about online voting (139 comments)

Indeed. Selling your vote is like cutting out the middleman.

about a month ago
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### Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

IPE (132 comments)

Ah, the inner platform effect at its finest.

about a month ago
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### Microsoft To Launch Machine Learning Service

Triple E (56 comments)

So, R is being Embraced. I wander what's coming next...

about a month and a half ago
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### Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

Not sure what they mean... (250 comments)

I am not sure what this "globally assigned" means, but I imagine it means that they had a pile of IP addresses allocated to them decades ago and that they weren't using, and now they started using them. Doesn't sound like a bad thing if it is so...

about a month and a half ago
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### Google Announces 'End-To-End' Encryption Extension For Chrome

Re:Thumbs up so far... (100 comments)

a) you can't log into gmail from a different computer unless you brought your keys with you, because they don't have them; if you lose your keys, you're hosed.

Can have secure encryption at all without the "if you lose your keys, you're hosed" part? I have never seen a solution to this fundamental problem.

about 2 months ago
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### OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

Re:Business model (90 comments)

Thanks for the informative answer. I am looking forward to reading the new data privacy policy, to back up your claims.

about 2 months ago
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### OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

Business model (90 comments)

Wait, how will they make money then?

Oh, right. The usual answer. Selling our data.

about 2 months ago
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### Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

Re:This act is highly illegal (322 comments)

what is so illegal about changing a registry key or value, or creating a registry key?

What is so illegal about changing 0 to 1 and 1 to 0?

about 2 months ago
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### Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

Re:Insurance (389 comments)

Heavier penalties, or more frequent controls. Both methods work to reduce the expected value of fare dodging, and the latter has a better educational value: if controls are rare, when one gets caught they think "Wow, how unlucky", not "I shouldn't do that anymore".

about 2 months ago
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### Discrete Logarithm Problem Partly Solved -- Time To Drop Some Crypto Methods?

Re:It's still NP. (114 comments)

What WoOS writes seems ok to me. He's not rearranging the components, he's pointing out that the correct formula is a different one. There's a constant involved in the most common definition of the big-O notation --- look at line 3 of the wikipedia page that you linked to.

about 2 months ago
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### Can Google Influence Elections?

Re:Bigger problem (138 comments)

"blame" - like it wasn't in their interest to be the ones who take the real decisions...

about 3 months ago
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### Single Gene Can Boost IQ By Six Points

Re:Standard Deviation (199 comments)

So, I've followed the notes on MIT's courseware up to this (first formula on page 3), and it seems that my "intuitive" test formula is correct apart of the fact that I am summing SDs instead of variances, which will account for a factor \sqrt{2} at most if I am not mistaken. Is that it? Or the fact that statistical significance \neq practical significance (which I was never claiming in the first place)?

about 3 months ago
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### Single Gene Can Boost IQ By Six Points

Re:Standard Deviation (199 comments)

Yeah please enlighten me. I'd be happy to learn more on the right way to set up the calculation, this was just to have a magnitude estimate.

about 3 months ago
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### Single Gene Can Boost IQ By Six Points

Re:Standard Deviation (199 comments)

Yes, but this shouldn't be an issue in this research, since they are comparing apples with apples, at least from my understanding.

about 3 months ago
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### Single Gene Can Boost IQ By Six Points

Re:Standard Deviation (199 comments)

That is my intuition anyway: if the SD of a single IQ measurement is 15, then the SD of the measurement on the population that possess the gene is 15/sqrt(718*1/5)=1.25. The SD of the measurement on the population without the gene is 15/sqrt(718*4/5)=0.63. The SD of the difference should be 1.25+0.62=1.88. So yes, 6 points is over 3-sigma. IANAS and I could be saying complete nonsense.

about 3 months ago
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### Single Gene Can Boost IQ By Six Points

Re:Standard Deviation (199 comments)

The standard deviation is 15. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.... As for the statistical significance, not sure. IANAS, so I am not sure which formulas to best use to model it. According to TFA, their sample size is 718, of which 1/5 possess the gene, so intuitively I'd say that 6 points do seem significant.

about 3 months ago
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### GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

Re:EMACS 2.0 (121 comments)

If the comment systems on the internet have taught me anything, it is "if you are insulting someone in your post, make sure that your spelling and grammar are flawless".

about 3 months ago

# Submissions

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### The tunnel between CERN and Central Italy

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 (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 (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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