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Army Researching Network System That Defends Against Social Engineering

geschild Re:I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that (57 comments)

Obligatory :)

My thoughts exactly.

(I explicitly browsed through all comments to see if this remark was made, yet :)

about a year ago

Why All the Higgs Hate? It's a 'Vanilla' Boson

geschild Re:Higgs "hate" because the discovery is meaningle (205 comments)

In reality, there is of course only a percentual difference between having everything be nothing or 'nearly' nothing if you look at atoms as being mostly empty anyway.

My 'Whoa. Déjà vu" was actually a smart ass reference to The Matrix because if everything is essentially non-existant, then what is the difference between our reality and a virtual reality simulation.

Cool stuff!

about 2 years ago

Why All the Higgs Hate? It's a 'Vanilla' Boson

geschild Re:Higgs "hate" because the discovery is meaningle (205 comments)

"The entire world is made of nothing, of moving twists in space. 100% empty."

I wasn't aware that this is an implication of finding the Higgs. If that is true... Whoa. Déjà vu.

about 2 years ago

Debian Project Releases 7.0 "Wheezy" Installer Candidate

geschild Re:Wrong wrong wrong (100 comments)

I'd mod you to +6, if only I could. So we'll just leave it at heart felt: if only Timothy would be running on Debian (the person, not his computer.)

about 2 years ago

Lots of Changes for Intel Graphics Coming in Linux 3.9

geschild Re:Unexploded acronyms (102 comments)

I had the exact same association with GEM, but the link you provided really made me relive moments from over 25 odd years ago in college where I first saw that beast called GEM. Seeing your #id, I guess our lawns are in the same street.

about 2 years ago

RMS Speaks Out Against Ubuntu

geschild ignore (597 comments)

negating failed mod

more than 2 years ago

How To Add 5.5 Petabytes and Get Banned From Costco

geschild 3.96$ a month... (273 comments)

... is pretty cheap (5$ is for a family account). But as BB itself says, you can only upload 2 to 4 GB per day.

They should be making a mint on that service! They use home-brew storage pods and are very open about it, too!

Anyway, be careful to read all the gotchas:
http://www.backblaze.com/remote-backup-everything.html (hint: 'everything' for a certain definition of everything. No virtual machines, ISO's and NAS storage by default.)
http://www.backblaze.com/internet-backup.html (hint: not all OSes are treated equally.)

(Full disclosure: I work for a storage manufacturer that sells de-duping storage so I think I understand their cost model a bit better than most.)

more than 2 years ago

How Big Pharma Hooked America On Legal Heroin

geschild Re:Breaking the addiction is easier than you think (499 comments)

Good to hear you've your arrangements in place.

Thanks for those links, I know people wanting to take a look at that MFLB :)

Again, all the best to you and your loved ones.

more than 2 years ago

The Risk of a Meltdown In the Cloud

geschild Re:Why not stick to real risks? (154 comments)

Let's convince the bean counter's boss that Somali accounting methods and bookkeeping practices
- require less staff
- require fewer resources
- are much easier to use

It would amount to a great cost reduction and the boss would have to deal with less of those pesky bean counters!

What's more, the bean counters can hardly protest such a smart business measure...

more than 2 years ago

World Internet Traffic To Top 966 Exabytes In 2015

geschild I've heard such a prediction before... (100 comments)

It was around the year 2000 I heard a long speech by a short American woman in the Kürhaus in Scheveningen (The Netherlands.) This freshly arrived UUNet manager proclaimed that the Internet would double in traffic every 9 months.

I preferred to listen the two (very tall, Dutch) senior networkadminstrators that looked at each other in disbelief while muttering "Where did she get her figures from?"

Contrary to what some might expect, I believe Cisco is akin to the very short American UUNet manager, not the very tall networkadmins.

more than 2 years ago

Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance

geschild Re:The work itself (732 comments)

I haven't even bothered to read other replies before posting my own so forgive any redundancy. I think it important to respond on my own.

First of all, no you're probably no devil. Your bossess may be devils, but they're irrelevant for the moment.

I would like you to read back your own statement and, after reading the next part, decide for yourself if you're morally responsible.

Now I'd like you to try and imagine that the problems you're solving are in military biotech instead of mathematical finance. I can imagine it's very interesting and even fulfilling to create new and innovative bio-weapons for the company or governement you're working for. Yet, if you think about the consequences of the deployment of your inventions, would you still feel the same way about your work? Proud of being influential, responsible?

You can decide for yourself if you're evil. Other people, like me, can have an opinion on your ethics, but we're just 'us'. You're you and you have to live with yourself.

Good luck!

more than 3 years ago

Further Updates On Post-Tsumami Japan

geschild Re:astroturf in action (369 comments)

In other words, because land becomes uninhabitable, a nuclear disaster is worse than a hydro-dam failure? Do you understand that for comparable loss of life to that dam failing in China, there would have to be 40 chernobyl style accidents? As to your comments on Chinese geography being responsible instead of human failure, perhaps this example will make you think again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vajont_Dam

Besides, the area of habitable land made inhabitable by hydro dams /while in operation/ is quite probably a lot larger than the area made uninhabitable by nuclear accidents. I can't find a good comparison, though.

Chernobyl was an older, less safe style reactor that was badly designed, built and operated than those in Japan.

A modern style reactor would not suffer from cooling failure and a pebblebed reactor would even go on without any consequences if all people would suddenly disappear from the face of the planet. (Hmmm. Not the best example as there would be no humans to 'inconvenience' with relocation anyway :)

The amount of lives lost, financial and other consequences, over the lifetime of this way of energy production are all well below those for other types of energy production. This is just like a large aircraft accident: the sheer number of casualties makes people /feel/ unsafe but airtravel is still a very safe if you look at the bigger picture. The shortcomings you mention are all addressable.

In other words: if this accident makes you feel 'Nuclear energy lost its gloss' then I wonder how you would feel if you informed yourself properly of the consequences of the alternatives. To me, nuclear energy has proven itself beyond a shadow of a doubt in the Japan disaster and I think we should use nuclear energy more, not less, because of this.

more than 3 years ago

The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

geschild Re:Company cheats Google, gets punished (154 comments)

Thanks. As a non-native speaker I'm pretty glad I make as few mistakes as I do but it never hurts to have mistakes pointed out so I can keep improving.

more than 3 years ago

The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

geschild Re:3rd Party? (154 comments)

"Please do not insult us nerds"...

If you feel insulted by that, you better thicken your hide, nerd! You're going to need it... :D

But honestly, I never intended to insult anyone, not even marketing droids...
(Or perhaps, especially marketing droids, since they might have a modulating armour and heavier weapons ;P)

You're welcome!

more than 3 years ago

The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

geschild Re:Lying to humans by lying to robots (154 comments)

..."lying to the robots so they'll tell the humans that it's interesting"...

Precisely. In the Google case, lying to robots==lying to humans. Not Google employees, but the people that use Google to search for something. Google understands very well that if their customers get lied to and Google doesn't stop that, they'll go elsewhere for their search results and Google will do anything it can to prevent that. If that makes Google behave ethically, that's fine with me.

In other words: all this is, is a turfwar by companies. Some behave worse, in the common ethical sense that most humans share, than others, but this is always by proxy because it's always humans making the decisions. Ultimately it's about the bottom line. As long as you know what the bottom line is for a certain company, you can figure out how its overlords will act and thus how the company will act. Capitalism may, and probably isn't, the end-all of social systems, but at least normal humans can understand it if they care to, because the drivers are both open and something that most humans 'get'.

Again, ymmv ;).

more than 3 years ago

The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

geschild Re:3rd Party? (154 comments)

"To play devil's advocate, who says that JC Penny did this themselves?"

I'm going to be rude and answer a question with a question: does it matter?

Unless you've been hiding somewhere dark for quite a while, you would know these things happen.

Companies act like assholes all the time. If they act like assholes against Google and Google finds out, they react to them to keep their business 'safe'.

How is this 'news' to a nerd? To a marketing droid somewhere, maybe but even that I doubt in this day and age.

more than 3 years ago

The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

geschild Company cheats Google, gets punished (154 comments)

News at 11.

Reasonably written article.

If you already know the ins and outs of search or have no interest in it's specifics you can spare yourself the read, though. Ymmv.

more than 3 years ago

Statistician Cracks Code For Lottery Tickets

geschild Re:Small typo (374 comments)

Combining this quote from the second post in this thread:

"I mean, if they have that mindset and level of intelligence they could easily have gone to a business school and gone on to make millions."

with your observation:

"The obvious solution is to make a webpage to crack the code, and then make a deal with someone who has a smartphone but makes much less than $600/day."

Makes it quite obvious why this guy isn't in management or making millions. He has a statician's mind, not that of a business man.

more than 3 years ago



Clear win for paper voting

geschild geschild writes  |  more than 7 years ago

geschild (43455) writes "In what can only be considered a clear victory for 'Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet' (We don't trust electronic voting devices), Ank Bijleveld, the Dutch undersecretary for the Interior said that the next big election process in the Netherlands, for the European Parliament, in 2009, will most likely be held using pencil and paper.

This declaration followed the advice of a report titled 'Stemmen met vertrouwen' (voting with trust) that proposes a return to paper voting. The report states that paper voting presents the most assurances for a transparent and verifiable voting process.

The report does not completely preclude the use of computers but suggests that computers should only be used to print the vote on a paper ballot that can be verified by the voter. The vote would not be retained on the computer but the paper ballots could be counted electronically after the polls close.

Common sense seems to have prevailed on electronic vs paper voting, at least in the Netherlands."

Link to Original Source

geschild geschild writes  |  more than 8 years ago

geschild (43455) writes "I had a lazy period when Dutch media reported on this, early December. Now the story is at risk of going stale, I guess I'll have to do the work myself, after all...

Late September 2006 a Dutch "cold case" team with the Utrecht police force re-opened the nearly 12 year old murder on the then 18 year old Sjaak Gerwig. So far nothing extraordinary, but here's a twist: the team has decided to try and involve the public in a new way. The team has put all the information from the case-file online. Reactions from the public are put back onto the site so others can see them, too. Although the site misses quite a few of the hallmarks of a true 'web 2.0' application (reactions are moderated, for instance) Dutch bloggers and mainstream media are referring to this method as 'Police 2.0'.

So far, the police has received numerous reactions and has commented that some might very well be useful, while 'noise' seems low. Could it be the team is on to something?

All sites are in Dutch, unfortunately, as foreign media haven't picked up on this. Is his really new or just new to The Netherlands?

(Please do not add to the noice level? Besides the fact that interfering with a police investigation is a criminal offense most anywhere in the world, putting up comments for the heck of it, while not even being able to read Dutch, isn't cool.)"


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