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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

hodet Re:Let's talk methodology (68 comments)

All he did was use a web scraper with some code to handle captchas and to create a new user account when he was logged out by the site. Yes, a complete methodology would be better but it still is interesting to read what he did. I wouldn't quote his research in anything serious, but it is still interesting. Looks like he will be posting the code for is scraper to github, without the SilkRoad parts which I don't really understand why. Take it for what it is I guess, a good collection of observations for watercooler chat.

yesterday
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

hodet Re:Empty shell of a Facebook account (408 comments)

I don't know. But I created an empty shell Facebook account, my only facebook account, because it is the only way to access a slingbox on Linux. The FB Slingbox app works great. I never created a shell Google acct.

2 days ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

hodet Re:So? (171 comments)

I believe myself to be practical man who doesn't easily succumb to the latest in gadgetry. But a manual drill? That's pushing it. I will get off your lawn now. ;-)

3 days ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

hodet No thank you (171 comments)

If I really need to connect my toaster to the internet then I deserve to buy a new one every 2 years.

3 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

hodet Re:The power companies will make up for it (491 comments)

Which would drive more people to alternative energy. Vicious cycle. Energy companies can also cut costs by closing power plants and tightening supply. They can also diversify into manufacturing and supporting alternative energy installations. Ok well that last point will need less dinosaurs in the corner offices.

4 days ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

hodet Re:Netflix (184 comments)

Have you seen the selection to Canadians. I would say they already do not server Canada.

about a week ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

hodet Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

After years of watching the mess that is the CRTC, I have come to the conclusion that if they don't like it then I probably should.

about a week ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

hodet BeerCrypt (269 comments)

Well we only had one Beer story today, so I nominate BeerCrypt. Because we all love beer and crypto. It's a no brainer and the quicker you bring Cipher-Shed behind the wood shed the better. Let Mcafee have Endpoint and Microsoft have BitLocker. Nice catchy names to make the most hard assed CEO blush and gush. BeerCrypt. You know you want it.

about two weeks ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

hodet Re:Why should it NOT exist? (120 comments)

Think of the advantages for the deaf and hard of hearing (combined with a HUD). That alone tells me we should develop it. NSA are gonna NSA. Terrorists are going to terrorize. This type of technology has the potential to change countless lives, and for that reason alone we should.

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

hodet Re:A change in diet - from what? (588 comments)

I agree and it is important to test the assumptions. But there is room for common sense as well in the face of so many contradictory reports in regards to nutrition.

about a month ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

hodet Re:A change in diet - from what? (588 comments)

I would think fruits, vegetables, grains and meat/protein products that come from one mother are good stuff. Water is the only beverage your body needs. The rest starts bordering on crap.

about a month ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

hodet Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

How do you handle eating low carb for extended periods? Meat, cheese, eggs, pork rinds. I knew a guy that lost 100lbs eating like that. Other things as well, not just those foods, but the key was to keep his carbs at about 30gm as day.

I am lucky, high metabolism and eat a healthy diet anyway, but I could not imagine eating heavy type foods like that in those quantities.

about a month ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

hodet Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

It's math. Burn more calories than you consume. Impossible when watching 40hrs or TV a week stuffing your face with crap.

about a month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

hodet Re: A few issues with this... (595 comments)

She wouldn't have to roll up her sleeve and dunk like a proctologist. A quick discreet swipe with her little finger would be fine. Seriously, how can anyone be shitting on this idea.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

hodet call your local astronomy club (187 comments)

they may be happy to loan you a decent scope or two. Some members may even join you and you could experience several scopes. The person advising on binoculars gave solid advice as well. Try and get glimpse of a space station passover as well. Very popular with the kids. Stay away from all those department store refractors promising 500x magnification. They are garbage. Magnification is less important than a scopes ability to gather light. DOBS are the best bang for your buck.

about a month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

hodet Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (260 comments)

Agreed. I ran CAT5e all over the place when I built my house in 2005.

about a month ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

hodet Re:Safety (190 comments)

Will be hilarious as they iron out the bugs.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

hodet Re:What about (234 comments)

Website?

about 2 months ago

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Joining the Canadian Arctic with the world through

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hodet (620484) writes ""Toronto businessman Doug Cunningham hopes to lay 15,000 km of fibre optic cable from the eastern Arctic all the way to Asia, connecting remote areas of Canada's north to the rest of the world with high speed, modern telecommunications.""
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Microsoft's server boss talks Azure and more (Q&am

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "Interview with Bob Muglia on Windows Azure

From TFA:
After two years of building Windows Azure, Server and Tools President Bob Muglia said yesterday that the cloud operating system is ready for business customers of all sizes to give it a try. At its annual Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft announced several new Azure features including the ability to move existing applications and virtual machines into Microsoft's hosted service.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20021119-56.html#ixzz13ksHQSMa"

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Quantum computing may lead to a quantum Canadian l

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "From the TFA: .."D-Wave is pioneering a new high-performance computer that uses the laws of quantum mechanics. In theory, one can dramatically reduce the time and memory requirements for computation by harnessing and leveraging the mysterious properties around quantum physics.""
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Ottawa killed cellphone cost calculator

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "The Canadian Government has killed what could have been a very helpful application for Canadian consumers amidst some lobbying by the the Telcos.

From TFA....

"After spending tens of thousands of dollars creating and testing an online calculator designed to help consumers select their ideal wireless plan, Industry Minister Tony Clement killed the project weeks before it was scheduled to launch. Government records suggest intense lobbying this spring by Canada's wireless companies, who feared the service would promote lower-cost plans, played a key role in the decision.""

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Police find dope farm using Google Earth

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "Swiss police use Google Earth to find marijuana growing in a farmer's corn field. I have heard of dope being grown this way before and that many farmers don't even know what's happening. Those who do, know to just keep their mouth shut about it. The stuff gets harvested at night without their knowledge."
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The Great Leader peddles limited capitalism

hodet hodet writes  |  about 7 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "Interesting article on the North Korean attempt to dip its toe into capitalism. They figure they can do it without giving anyone access to the Internet or the use of cell phones. Just makes me so grateful to live in the free world."
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