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Mysterious Radio Station UVB-76 Goes Offline

hitchhacker Re:Actually it usually does (336 comments)

Oh and I do love the saying "correlation is not causation" often said here, which is where crackpot anti-logic spills over into the /. group think. Correlation is in fact a prerequisite of causation, certainly a lack of correlation is evidence against causation?

The actual saying goes "Correlation does not denote causation", which I hope you agree, makes more sense.

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more than 3 years ago
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Operation Titstorm Hits the Streets

hitchhacker Re:Curiosity (458 comments)

but unless you've got 1,000+ friends it's not going to help plus you need a sparse range of ip addresses to run it on

This is where 4chan comes into the picture.

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more than 4 years ago
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Operation Titstorm Hits the Streets

hitchhacker Re:Curiosity (458 comments)

I'd imagine it is more effective to attack their web server than their bandwidth. The more connections the better, and don't close them.. let the web server timeout on each.

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more than 4 years ago
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Directed Energy Weapon Downs Mosquitos

hitchhacker Re:It's friendly (428 comments)

Like I said, the article didn't say, but I doubt they are using object detection like facial recognition. It's easy to toss around concepts like "see humans", and impossible to get software to do it 100% of the time. I'd be willing to bet they are using infrared to detect heat, and motion to detect the size and direction of the moving objects. Maybe when the TED talk comes out we will have more info.. can't wait.

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more than 4 years ago
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Learning and Maintaining a Large Inherited Codebase?

hitchhacker Re:Use it (532 comments)

What do you think about intermediate variables that are not strictly necessary?

I'll often find myself coding some physics equations from specifications written on paper. Obviously, they are always written in math notations. What I end up doing, if not limited by cpu/ram, is to create a stack variable for each term in the equations. Basically, I'll try to make the code look as much like the paper specs as possible. The specs will ALWAYS change, and trying to figure out how the two relate some years later is a real pita. Also, I'll always preface everything with some comment like "The following is from foobar specs dated Jan 1st 2002" for the reverse reasons.

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more than 4 years ago
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Directed Energy Weapon Downs Mosquitos

hitchhacker Re:It's friendly (428 comments)

Well I didn't read anything about stereoscopic vision, so I'm guessing it is using the motion of the mosquito to track. If that is the case, then you could get hit if you stand completely still.
I'd be completely wrong if they are using infrared vision, or facial recognition, but the article didn't mention.

more than 4 years ago
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Directed Energy Weapon Downs Mosquitos

hitchhacker It's friendly (428 comments)

It's a friendly mosquito killing robot here to help you... Until a mosquito lands on your face or near your eyes.

more than 4 years ago
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Directed Energy Weapon Downs Mosquitos

hitchhacker Evolution (428 comments)

Great.. Now we can look forward the evolution of the laser-resistant mosquito!

more than 4 years ago
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Google Buzz — First Reactions

hitchhacker Privacy? (310 comments)

The problem, however, will be the increasing backlash Google is seeing from the general public over how much data the company already controls on their online habits.

Doesn't seem like a problem for them so far. I'm fairly sure only a tiny percent of the people using social networking services really care about privacy. Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg came out and said Privacy is no longer a social norm. The real hurdle for Google Buzz is going to be migrating the massive social graph that exists on Facebook. The usefulness of these sites is mainly due to who is participating. I'm guessing that's why they injected Buzz directly into gmail.. where they already have a sizable dominance.

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more than 4 years ago
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PlayStation 3 Hack Released Online

hitchhacker Re:Summary of what I've seen so far (164 comments)

I swear your bullet points sound like the plot to Tron.

"Tron: My User has information that could... that could make this a free system again! No, really! You'd have programs lined up just to use this place, and no SPU looking over your shoulder. "

... Bring in the logic probe!

more than 4 years ago
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Uranus and Neptune May Have "Oceans of Diamonds"

hitchhacker obligatory uranus joke (347 comments)

"Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you'd have a diamond."

-- Ferris Bueller

more than 4 years ago
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High-Temp Superconductors To Connect Power Grids

hitchhacker Re:blackouts (332 comments)

Hmm OK. My BS meter is kind of tingling... its possible, but for 25 million TX citizens, plus or minus some illegals, that's like 1500 watts average on a cool weekday midday... Ya'll have a lot of aluminum refineries down there on the ranch?

Why Texas Has Its Own Power Grid: "The state uses more electricity than any other, 44 percent more than runner-up California. Much of this is used by industrial customers such as petrochemical plants and oil refineries."

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more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Acquires FriendFeed

hitchhacker Re:full circle (71 comments)

It has been a long time since it was just an RSS reader. From 2007: Google Reader Begins Sharing Private Data. The newer features added in the past few months have pushed it more to the social side, IMO. Of course it all depends on how you use it, and who you are sharing data with.. and how they use it.

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more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Acquires FriendFeed

hitchhacker Re:full circle (71 comments)

Google Reader is an RSS aggregator, not a social networking site.

The group of people I currently see sharing content on Google Reader suggests otherwise. It has been moving towards the social aspect for awhile now. eg. Sharing content, commenting, 'liking'. It feels like a precursor to what Google Wave is trying to be.

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more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Acquires FriendFeed

hitchhacker full circle (71 comments)

How many social networking sites are we gonna go through before we settle on an open platform? Anybody remember Friendster? Myspace, Orkut, Facebook, Google Reader. Oh, I found a really long list of them.

I honestly can't believe that Facebook will be worth much considering how many other sites we've already gone through. I'm usually wrong though, so who knows.

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more than 4 years ago
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Has Bing Already Overtaken Yahoo?

hitchhacker Re:Also Interesting: (319 comments)

I wasn't referring to the search results. What I listed were from _before_ you search.. ie. the search "hints" that pop up before clicking on "search".

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more than 4 years ago

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