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Future Hack: New Cybersecurity Tool Predicts Breaches Before They Happen

iiii Re:66%? Worthless trash... (33 comments)

My algorithm does better than 66% and I'm open sourcing it right here...
(Predicts whether site will be hacked between now and the destruction of earth)

public boolean willSiteBeHacked(Vector whateverYouFeelLike) {
        return true;
}

You can't disprove my claim.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Look For In a Prosthetic Hand?

iiii Dean Kamen - Luke (173 comments)

Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, has been working on much more functional prosthetics. He named his bionic arm "Luke", an obvious reference we can all appreciate. Demos of it look pretty amazing. Here's the official page for it: http://www.dekaresearch.com/deka_arm.shtml Also google "Kamen Luke Arm" and you find lots of pix, vids and articles about it.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To (or How NOT To) Train Your Job Replacement?

iiii Re:As a contractor (292 comments)

Parent post is well stated.

There really is no benefit to becoming adversarial or doing anything to undermine the future success of the project. And there are many possible down sides, including your rep within that company and your broader rep.

Continue to provide them the best value you can. It sounds like right now that value might be to advise them on the level of complexity of their codebase and the level of talent and experience needed to maintain and continue development on it. Even if that doesn't change their minds, you are on record with your attempts to help them steer a better course. And then, whatever their decision, do the best you can to transition knowledge and prepare the new guy for success.

If you leave with them knowing that you did everything you could to help them make good decisions, and you did everything you could to help them be successful given the decisions that they made, they'll be much more likely to call you for the next project. Or maybe the CTO will call you when he finds a challenging project at his next company. If you help people out, even when there is no angle for you, and create a history of doing this, you'll find that people want to work with you and there are more opportunities coming your way.

If you burn these guys, and do it again somewhere else, and create a history of that, you'll eventually find that people don't want to work with you.

Building a good rep and a network of people who recognize your value and enjoy working with you is a long-term investment worth making.

about a year and a half ago
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Missouri Legislation Redefines Science, Pushes Intelligent Design

iiii Re:It's a race... (813 comments)

That's really an excellent point that I had not considered. It would certainly be possible to build a curriculum that is completely in compliance with these laws, but that uses the presentation of Intelligent Design as a counterexample to show what science is *not*. You could teach the scientific method and the work that led up to our current understanding of evolution, including the abundant evidence supporting it and the hypotheses that have been shown to be true. Then teach a unit on logical fallacies, manipulation, rhetorical trickery, superstition and cult psychology. Then use what you have learned to examine the scientific merit of Intelligent Design. Fuck, I just convinced myself that we *should* be teaching ID!! And teaching it well, so people understand exactly what it is, what the claims are, what evidence exists (or doesn't) to support those claims, how the message is carefully crafted for specific effect, and how the whole thing relates and compares to actual scientific work. Once we have this curriculum ready, any time some idiotic state passes a law like this schools in that jurisdiction would be able to turn to it to maintain their standards. Make it so!

about 2 years ago
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IBM Creates Commercially Viable, Electronic-Photonic Integrated Chip

iiii Re:Faster? (71 comments)

s/ on / one /

about 2 years ago
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IBM Creates Commercially Viable, Electronic-Photonic Integrated Chip

iiii Faster? (71 comments)

...thousands of times faster than current state-of-the-art copper and optical networks...

Nope. Electrons and photons still moving at the speed of light, which is relatively constant. (c what I did there?!?)

Ok, mostly I'm just being a smart ass. This may improve throughput and/or latency. But our chips are running into constraints due to the fact that the electrons can only go so far in on clock cycle. The stuff is cool, but it's not going to fix those problems.

about 2 years ago
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Swimming Robot Reaches Australia After Record-Breaking Trip

iiii just keep swimming (72 comments)

Some sources are reporting that the whole way there the robot kept saying "P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney!!"

about 2 years ago
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CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Affair

iiii Re:This is going to get very messy (401 comments)

Maybe. But most of the time they don't prosecute things like this, even though they are technically in violation. This is high profile enough that it might get a different response. My bet, though, is that they let him slip into retirement as quietly as possible.

FWIW, this is what she looks like: https://www.google.com/search?q=Paula+Broadwell&tbm=isch

about 2 years ago
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Federal Judge Approves Warrantless, Covert Video Surveillance

iiii Re:Will this support the right to record police? (420 comments)

Yes, some people are trying to do that. That's the point. The way to fight it is to get some solid legal precedents established that clearly state that citizens have the right to record in public, including police doing their duty. Any decision that establishes that right or builds towards it helps. And this one might be a building block that helps the case.

about 2 years ago
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Federal Judge Approves Warrantless, Covert Video Surveillance

iiii Will this support the right to record police? (420 comments)

I hope someone will soon put to the legal test the assertion that what this allows police to do without a warrant can be done by any citizen, including by any citizen towards the police. This may help to support the rights of citizens to record police officers while they are on duty. Hey, if any property that doesn't have a building on it is fair game for surveillance, by anyone, it opens up opportunity for all of the citizenry. Not saying I like this, but maybe there is a positive side to it.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is TSA's PreCheck System Easy To Game?

iiii Re:Could be a honeypot (157 comments)

Yeah, and the "who".

Their thought: "hey, well catch the bad guys who are trying to get around security!"
Reality: they catch the nerds who know how to hack barcodes and want to save 10 minutes of waiting in a security line.

But this is giving them too much credit. They are not thinking that far ahead. They are still stuck on shoe bombs (22 Dec 2001).

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is TSA's PreCheck System Easy To Game?

iiii dupe (157 comments)

If this sounds a little familiar, well, it is... http://it.slashdot.org/story/12/10/24/2222225/ But I like the tie in with the /. logo today. Will that logo get me a faster screening?

about 2 years ago
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The Virtues of the Virtual Autopsy

iiii Re:Wait (48 comments)

Yes. That's what jumped out at me too. Revealing medical mistakes is a reason to do *more* autopsies. And any doctors or hospitals who are "uncomfortable" with that need to get out of the business. If you are not interested in having some QC to improve your processes, I don't want you involved in my medical care.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Explaining Version Control To Non-Technical People?

iiii Why are you asking permission? (383 comments)

Why are you explaining and asking permission to use a tool? Download git, install it, use it, done. Standard practice, free, so what's the issue? Just do it. The management doesn't want to see how the sausage is made.

Also, there is a "manage your management" issue here. When the bosses ask if you need anything, you need to provide answers that they understand and can accomplish. Asking for something they don't understand and don't know how to get for you leads to them feeling stupid and ineffective. Line up your own tools without bothering them. When they ask what you need be ready with something that they can easily accomplish, like stocking the fridge with Mt. Dew.

more than 2 years ago
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The UK's New Minister For Magic

iiii Re:What a sham (526 comments)

Well if the ER just gives the patient more homeopathic treatment it will save those 10s of thousands of pounds. Mission accomplished.

BTW, reading your .sig, I should have sprinkled my post liberally with ~s.

To some extent I am just being a smart-ass agitator. But the serious point within the snarking is that large health care institutions like NHS or Medicare don't care if you are healthy. They just want you to live and die while pulling as few dollars as possible from the pool, and without making a fuss that will cause them trouble. No one judges the administrators of these programs by how healthy the people in their program are.

more than 2 years ago
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The UK's New Minister For Magic

iiii Re:What a sham (526 comments)

There is zero scientific evidence homeopathy works. Absolutely none.

Wrong. Your problem is in your definition of "works". Works mean achieves some goal you were trying to reach, and perhaps the goal you are thinking of is not the one NHS is trying to reach. Their job is not to cure everyone of everything. Their job is to *control expenses* while *minimizing complaints*. And it is very likely that providing homeopathy will help achieve those goals. Therefore it "works". Remember, even the homeopathy supporters admit that often treatments do not contain even a single molecule of the diluted substance. (cite ) I cannot think of a more cost effective treatment than water, maybe with a bit of food coloring. Even a small reduction in whining would make it cost effective. From an institutional health perspective it's pure genius!!

more than 2 years ago
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Man With World's Deepest Voice Can Hit Infrasonic Notes

iiii Re:No longer vocalizations (173 comments)

Our vocal chords make clicks. In very low tones I can hear the individual clicks. I can see it being possible to for a person to gain the control over their voice to be able to make a single click, then do that at whatever interval they want. That doesn't really seem like a "tone" to me, but this must be what they are doing here.

more than 2 years ago

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Delaware prof's new techniques bring access to 30-100GHz spectrum

iiii iiii writes  |  about a year and a half ago

iiii (541004) writes "University of Delaware prof Dennis Prather, author of many highly cited papers, recently published in Nature Photonics (abstract, full article paywalled) about new techniques that enable communications in the relatively untapped 30-100Ghz spectrum. “The ability to harness the capacity of a spectrum at higher frequencies is huge – no one is saying ‘give me a slower network.’ We’re the first to do it at this frequency, with this kind of fidelity, in this particular way,” said Prather, who is working to patent the concept. Prather has received $1.6 million in new funding to take the technology to the nanoscale."
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