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Law Enforcement Wants To Try 'Predictive Policing'

hkz Re:My CJ teacher (377 comments)

The panopticon effect. If the bad guys know that the police will only use highly visible Crown Vics, they know exactly when to be on guard. If the police also occasionally uses unmarked cars, criminals can never feel safe, because there is a chance they might be watched.

about 3 years ago

10-Year Study Reveals Electron Shape

hkz Human hair? (370 comments)

10^-27cm (the spherical error in the article) is 10^-29m. The upper bound on the electron's radius is 10^-22m (Wikipedia). The solar system is roughly 1.5*10^13m in radius (Wolfram Alpha), so 3*10^13m in diameter. If you'd inflate the electron to the size of the solar system, scaling by 3*10^35, the spherical error would be 3*10^6m, which is more than twice the diameter of Earth, according to my calculations.

more than 3 years ago

Study Sez Txt Msgs Make Kidz Gr8 Spellrz

hkz Re:Writing (375 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

hkz Re:Mugabe (669 comments)

This conflates the right of a people to know what an elected government is doing in their name, with the reasonable right of a person to hold personal secrets. One form of openness increases liberty, the other decreases it. Disclosing to the state the secrets of the people is much more heinous than the reverse.

more than 3 years ago

NSA Considers Its Networks Compromised

hkz Re:Duh (239 comments)

You're not a programmer, are you?

more than 3 years ago

TIME Names Mark Zuckerberg Person of Year

hkz Re:For Better or *for Worse* ... (317 comments)

I distinctly remember that they weasled out of making Osama bin Laden their Man of the Year 2001, even though he marked that year like no other.

more than 3 years ago

Woz Misquoted About Android Dominating iOS

hkz Re:Founder of Apple realizes what he said (251 comments)

I'm Dutch and I concur. Comparing De Telegraaf to The Sun feels about right. I won't comment about this incident, but De Telegraaf is not known for being nonpartisan and rigorous, to put it nicely.

more than 3 years ago

CDE — Making Linux Portability Easy

hkz Populating chroots (385 comments)

Cool stuff; this allows the automatic creation of chroot environments.

more than 3 years ago

Bredolab Botnet Taken Down

hkz Re:Don't use made up words (187 comments)

Armanian; noun; someone who wears Armani suits when committing High Crime.

more than 2 years ago


hkz Good grief, those run-on sentences (148 comments)

John Calcote is a senior software engineer in Novell's Linux business, who after slogging up the steep learning curve the Autotools triad poses to those packaging software according to the portable GNU conventions for the first time, very kindly decided to make the experience easier to newcomers by sharing his years of experience and carefully crafted bag of tricks.

The book opens with John's experiences in adopting the Autotools, and quickly offers what is in my view a very important word of caution that is often lacking in the few tutorials I have seen on the Net: the Autotools are not simply a set of tools but foremost the encoded embodiment of a set of practices and expectations in the way software should be packaged the GNU way.

Good heavens, I'm all for sentences with body, but this is terrible. I actually stopped reading the article after the second one. You know what this site could use? Editors.

more than 3 years ago

UVB-76 Broadcasts New Voice Message

hkz Re:I actually monitor this station on occasion. (560 comments)

The station is so hypnotizing because the broadcast constantly changes around the basic beat: there's static, sometimes the signal will fade in and out, and sometimes you hear strange things. Listening to this unpredictable thing broadcasting live can be quite a trippy, tense experience.

more than 3 years ago

UVB-76 Broadcasts New Voice Message

hkz Re:I actually monitor this station on occasion. (560 comments)

I use a Sangean ATS 505 shortwave radio (cheap, and lets you listen to all of the shortwave spectrum, not just the broadcast bands), with a wire antenna attached. That's literally a wire, strung to a tree outside, with a headphone plug soldered to one end so I can plug it in the external antenna socket. Works fine, though with a lot of static. I'm in Western Europe, so the signal is decent by night, unaudible by day.

The thing about the broadcast bands is important: most cheap shortwave radios only let you dial into specific "broadcast bands". The Buzzer (as well as most other interesting stuff) does not broadcast in one of those bands, so a normal world receiver can't pick it up.

more than 3 years ago

UVB-76 Broadcasts New Voice Message

hkz I actually monitor this station on occasion. (560 comments)

I have it on right now in the background. There used to be an alternating tone at the top of the hour that kicked in suddenly and always gave me the shivers, but it stopped doing that a few years ago. Sometimes I tune in late at night, since the monotone drone of the buzzer can get pretty psychedelic. Good for coding. Never been lucky enough to catch a voice broadcast, though I did hear some crosstalk once. I even started work on a C daemon to autocorrelate the signal and auto-record any voice transmissions, but that got put on hold.
Pictures of the transmission site:

more than 3 years ago

Claimed Proof That P != NP

hkz Re:Simpletons! (457 comments)

And P is nonzero.

more than 3 years ago

US Military 'Banned' From Viewing Wikileaks

hkz /s (390 comments)

Sorry if that scans as a troll. I meant it sarcastically, in a deep, disappointed voice.

more than 3 years ago

US Military 'Banned' From Viewing Wikileaks

hkz Speak truth to power (390 comments)

This is a necessary consequence of speaking truth to power. You've unnerved them. Good for Wikileaks, you go girl! First they fight you, etc. (Then here came some cynicism about betraying the very values for which... but nevermind. European citizen, sorry.)

more than 3 years ago


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