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Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service OneDrive Now Offers 15GB For Free

hughperkins Re:Even more work for spies! (99 comments)

Note that encfs is perfect for this:
- encrypts using AES-256
- easy to use
- works on linux :-)
- and there's at least one app for Android that is compatible with the encryption protocol
- each file still is stored as a single file so:
      -- no issues with losing all your data at once :-)
      -- replication can still be file by file
- works through Fuse, doesn't need admin rights, kernel drivers and stuff :-)


about 7 months ago

Storing Your Encrypted Passwords Offline On a Dedicated Device

hughperkins Re:if you can access it on a website (107 comments)

You can use a single password, combined with the url of the website, to generate unique passwords for each website, via a hashing algorithm.

One implementation of this is: https://github.com/hughperkins/openpw , which is a derivative of http://angel.net/~nic/passwd.current.html There are other implementations around.

The advantage of this system is:
- only one password to remember
- if a website gets hacked, that password can't be used on other websites, and can't realistically be used to obtain your master password, assuming they even know which algorithm you're using, which is unlikely
- unlike a password safe, you don't need to handle making backups, replicating the backups around, and so on

about a year ago

Mystery Intergalactic Radio Bursts Detected

hughperkins Re:War! (259 comments)

To be fair, as far as 'we're a threat', this includes 'we could become a threat in the future'. Why wait for us to become strong enough to be troublesome to mop-up, when they could mop us up now?

It's a bit like keeping the fridge clean. You don't wait until it grows monsters that will actually attack you. You simply clean the surfaces occasionally, get rid of any traces of mold and stuff.

about a year and a half ago

The New AI: Where Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence Meet

hughperkins Re:Good points (209 comments)

"Asking whether a computer can be intelligent is like asking whether a submarine can swim".

An airplane doesn't flap its wings, but flies faster than birds can.

Submarines don't swim, but they move through the water faster than dolphins.

Not everything has to copy nature exactly in order to be effective.

about a year and a half ago

The New AI: Where Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence Meet

hughperkins Re:Geoffrey Hinton (209 comments)

There's also a great tutorial by Andrew Ng's group at:


There are two types of deep learning currently by the way:
- restricted Boltzmann machines (RBM)
- sparse auto-encoders

Google / Andrew Ng use sparse auto-encoders. Hinton uses (created) deep RBM networks. They both work in a similar way: each layer learns to reconstruct the input, using a low-dimensional representation. In this way, lower layers build up for example line detectors, and higher levels build up more abstract representations.

about a year and a half ago

The New AI: Where Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence Meet

hughperkins Re:Its not winning the Hutter Prize (209 comments)

From the task description:

"Restrictions: Must run in 10 hours on a 2GHz P4 with 1GB RAM and 10GB free HD"

So, even if you could write an algorithm that fits in a couple of meg, and magically generates awesome feature extraction capabilities, which is kind of what deep learning can do, you'd be excluded from using it in the Hutter prize competition.

For comparison, the Google / Andrew Ng experiment where they got a computer to learn to recognize cats all by itself used a cluster of 16,000 cores (1000 nodes * 16 cores) for 3 days. That's a lot of core-hours, and far exceeds the limitations of the Hutter prize competition.

about a year and a half ago

Cryptography 'Becoming Less Important,' Adi Shamir Says

hughperkins Re:no (250 comments)

Check out Nic's password generator: http://angel.net/~nic/passwd.current.html

I extended it a bit https://github.com/hughperkins/passwordbookmarklet :
- longer passwords generated
- the bookmarklet password field uses password characters
- there's the option of using a bookmarklet with a 'confirm' field
- added a console application (python) which invisibly copies the password to the clipboard, for non-web applications

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?

hughperkins abstruse goose (321 comments)


Specialized content for machine learning / artificial intelligence. I chain-read them for 18 hours till I'd finished!

more than 2 years ago

What's the Shelf Life of a Programmer?

hughperkins Slashdot users getting older? (388 comments)

I get the feeling that many of the comments here are from people who are 30-50, with just a very few exceptions. (I am somewhere in the middle of that range too in fact). Slashdot users are getting older? Where do the 20-somethings hang out?

more than 2 years ago

Blizzard Aiming For Q3 Diablo 3 Beta, 2011 Release

hughperkins Re:awesome! (131 comments)

> 2) Periodic activation every 30 days - this one seriously ticks me off after I've already activated once then wtf?

To save other people from googling, what the parent means is that if you want to play starcraft offline on a particular computer, you must have played starcraft online on that computer in the last 30 days.

I was panicing for a bit, thinking I'd just lost my battle.net profile, since I havent played sc2 for... a while...

more than 3 years ago

Why the New Guy Can't Code

hughperkins Why is this a nightmare? (948 comments)

Firstly, why is this a nightmare? Who wants extra competition?

Secondly, "technical interview" is a misnomer. They're actually "potential colleague" interviews. Who is going to pick someone who is smarter than them, or who is going to give them competition for promotion?

Those who get through technical interviews are either smart enough to bluff to the interviewer that they're not quite as smart as the interviewer, but an ok guy to hang out with; or are genuinely not as smart or talented as the interviewer, but are an ok guy to hang out with.

Quick tip: when you attend a technical interview, answering the questions correctly doesn't get you the job. Being amazed at how much the interviewer knows does.

more than 3 years ago

Why We Shouldn't Begrudge Commercial Open Source Companies

hughperkins Re:That's to say, it has been proven without track (172 comments)

They should give concerts and sell t-shirts!

Actually, selling t-shirts isn't a bad idea. Works for xkcd and smbc, I think, and it doesn't look like they sell them already.

more than 4 years ago

'I Just Need a Programmer'

hughperkins Re:As someone... (735 comments)

I worked on freelancer.com for a few weeks, before getting a job at an investment bank.

During that time, I got a few jobs coming through, and found a regular client.

My approach was:
- don't put the lowest bid: actually people will assume that the low bids are from inexperienced people. Put a reasonable sounding bid, and write a concise bid text, in fluent English, that shows you know about the subject and have read the client's requirements. Ask them questions to clarify points, again showing you read the original text the client wrote
- pick some very narrow field you're really interested in, and that there seems to be a market for, and be really good at that, and market yourself as a specialist in that field. There will be fewer potential jobs arriving, but the chances of being picked for one are I feel much higher, and it's much more satisfying to just submit a handful of bids and get a job, than spend a whole day spraying bids everywhere, and getting nothing.

more than 4 years ago

Google Algorithm Discriminates Against Bad Reviews

hughperkins Re:Simple (175 comments)

/me wipes coffee off the keyboard.

more than 4 years ago

The Details of Oracle's JDK 7 and 8 'Plan B'

hughperkins Expensive tools - higher salary (204 comments)

If you want the highest salary, learn the most expensive tools; and it looks like Java is heading down this road.

Most companies spending on developers is by and large proportional to their spending on hardware and software.

If you work for companies that pay $$$$ for Visual Studio, or for Oracle contracts, your salary will be tend to be larger than if you work for one where you get an ancient amortized machine and a single monitor.

Not always. But often.

more than 4 years ago

Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

hughperkins Re:Intended Reaction? (724 comments)

I think it sounds reasonable, given the laws today.

I think better would be if pirating games would be prosecuted like speeding, and you paid a small, but not outlandish, fine.

However, the games companies don't have this option today, and they have to live in the real world today, and try to make money somehow.

DRM-free, and if the fines^h^h^h^h^h^h settlements are reasonable - let's say 100-200 dollars I guess, 4-5 times the cost of the game? Then I think that sounds pretty reasonable to me.

more than 4 years ago

Intel Talks 1000-Core Processors

hughperkins Re:Future of Programming (326 comments)

I spent some time looking at a few just in case, on the basis that it's probably much easier to learn now, whilst younger, rather than in 10 or 20 years, or whenever they happen to become important.

Haskell monads seem to me to be pretty tricky to get one's head around.

I suspect that if and when fp becomes mainstream, in the way that Java and C# are right now for example, they will be much easier to understand; but I imagine many of the concepts from Haskell et al will stay the same.

Note that a whole bunch of fps use only a single core for now. eg Erlang uses only a single-core out of the box at the moment, unless something has changed since I last checked. Lots of threads sure, but they all run on the same core...

more than 4 years ago

Porn Maker Sues 7,000+ For Copyright Infringement

hughperkins Re:Good. (374 comments)

> If they were suing for the actual damage done, maybe tripled, I'd be much more sympathetic. But it's clear from their "f' 'em all" quote that they're going for blood. F' 'em right back.

Well, sueing is an expensive business, for everyone.

Perhaps it might be better if it was prosecuted more along the lines of receiving a parking ticket, or a speeding fine? Easier all round, and no insane fines which seem to me, and to you, insanely out of proportion to the actions taken and the damage one might consider to have been done.

more than 4 years ago



Working jetpack?

hughperkins hughperkins writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hughperkins (705005) writes "To rise off the ground wearing a jet pack is to feel the force of dreams. Very, very noisy dreams.

Glenn Martin, a New Zealander, has spent 27 of his 48 years developing what he calls the world's first practical jet pack. In advance of its formal unveiling Tuesday at EAA AirVenture, the gigantic annual air show here, he said he hoped to begin selling them next year for $100,000 each.

Jetpack soars above earth's bonds"

Link to Original Source

hughperkins hughperkins writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hughperkins writes "IHT reports Sony posts worst quarterly loss in four years.

"The company reported a loss of ¥67.6 billion, or $562 million, in the three months that ended on March 31 as a weak performance for the PlayStation 3 offset a turnaround in other divisions like consumer electronics and movies.

"Sony is in the second year of a turnaround effort led by its first foreign chief executive, Howard Stringer, a Welsh-born American, who has closed factories, cut jobs and canceled unprofitable products like Aibo, the robot dog.

"The new game console showcases some of Sony's newest and most expensive technologies, including its high-speed Cell microprocessor and Blu-ray next-generation DVD. Stringer has been counting on PlayStation 3 to become a global hit to help restore the company's reputation as an innovator and keep ahead of cheaper Chinese rivals. "But since its introduction in November in the United States and Japan, PlayStation 3 has quickly fallen behind its two rivals, the Wii, by Nintendo, and the Xbox 360, by Microsoft. According to NPD Group, a market research company based in New York, Sony sold 501,000 PlayStation 3 consoles in the United States from January to March, compared with 1.03 million for the Wii and 721,000 for the Xbox 360. "This performance is a big setback for Sony, whose previous game console, the PlayStation 2, held a 70 percent of the global market. PlayStation 3 has suffered from repeated production delays and is more expensive than Wii or Xbox 360. Last month, Ken Kutaragi, the father of the PlayStation series and once a rising star at Sony, announced that he would step down in June as chief executive of the game division.""

hughperkins hughperkins writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hughperkins writes "Sony PSP DRM cracked for all firmwares
Fanjita: "You remember that the only thing holding us back from a downgrader for v3.03 was the lack of a user-mode exploit?
"Well, we don't like to be held back from anything, so we went back to basics and looked over some of the old exploits. And what do you know? We found one!
"We did a little digging into the old GTA exploit, and discovered that it hadn't been properly patched after all. We'll leave it as an exercise for the interested reader to figure out exactly how we got past the patch (and to give Sony a little while longer before the head-slapping "Doh!" moment Tongue out).
"But the short version is that we can now run code again via Grand Theft Auto : Liberty City Stories. You want some proof? Check out the Goofy Hello World""

hughperkins hughperkins writes  |  more than 8 years ago

hughperkins writes "Microsoft is launching an anti-virus security suite
http://www.windowsonecare.com/purchase/trial.aspx? sc_cid=mscom_ads The software includes antivirus, antispyware (Windows Defender), and a firewall. The firewall looks to download rules automatically to defend against specific threats.

It's currently on free trial, before running by subscription for usd50/year.

Does this mark the beginning of the end for third-party anti-virus vendors, or would it need to be free (as in beer) to be a threat?"


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