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Mob-Sourcing — the Prejudice of Crowds

joe_n_bloe Re:QQ Less, Pew Pew More (178 comments)

I don't know what the hell you're talking about, and neither do you.

You sure as hell can't RTFA though.

more than 3 years ago
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Mob-Sourcing — the Prejudice of Crowds

joe_n_bloe QQ Less, Pew Pew More (178 comments)

This dude's butthurt whine about Craigslist is somehow cast as a contemporary political drama titled "Mob-Sourcing — the Prejudice of Crowds"? Am I in the .onion TLD or something?

more than 3 years ago
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Caffeine Addicts Get No Additional Perk, Only a Return To Baseline

joe_n_bloe I don't care. It still feels good. (506 comments)

Q.E.D.

Additionally, caffeine has mood-elevating effects. Like, thank God I'm at the coffee machine talking to the hot girl from payroll instead of at my desk being a Java monkey.

more than 4 years ago
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Tetris Clones Pulled From Android Market

joe_n_bloe So, write an ORIGINAL game .... (396 comments)

Seriously, what sort of accomplishment is it writing clone # zillion of a popular game? Go do something useful and come up with something original, or get out of game "development."

more than 4 years ago
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Are Silicon Valley's Glory Days Over?

joe_n_bloe Set-asides, not corruption (335 comments)

The actual problem is the set-asides imposed by referendums. The politicians in Sacramento are lousy at budgeting, but most of the money has already been allocated by whatever special interest groups have managed to pass set-asides as ballot issues over the past three decades.

Did he also cut too many taxes?

Makes it even more important to put the money you do have to good use. The principal problem here is corruption.

more than 4 years ago
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Are Silicon Valley's Glory Days Over?

joe_n_bloe Fewer jobs? More H-1bs! (335 comments)

The obvious next step: Ban people who don't have H-1 visas from tech jobs. There's lots of jobs at Starbucks left for lazy overeducated white guys.

more than 4 years ago
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Are Silicon Valley's Glory Days Over?

joe_n_bloe Could be ... the "r" word? (335 comments)

If this stagnation and job loss was happening everywhere else in the country, we'd be in a recession.

more than 4 years ago
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XCore's EduBook, a Netbook That Runs on AA Batteries

joe_n_bloe I have one too! (217 comments)

I loved it. I'm sure it still works. I also have the acoustic (300 baud) coupler for the built-in modem.

Also, there's the Newton.

Some day maybe 2 week battery life will be back.

more than 4 years ago
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In UK, Two Convicted of Refusing To Decrypt Data

joe_n_bloe Re:Thank God that can't happen here (US) (554 comments)

Of course you can be compelled to open your safe. Refusal is interfering with an investigation, obstruction, subject to contempt citation, et cetera.

And in the case of encryption keys where there is a valid warrant (which won't be issued for an open-ended "we think something illegal might be there but don't know what" request), the situation is the same. You aren't testifying against yourself when you surrender evidence, in the case that the state can make a reasonable argument that it knows where and what the evidence is.

The state can't compel you to "give us everything you have so that we can look for something illegal, even though we don't know what to look for or where it is." That's an entirely separate issue and is both an illegal seizure and, if related to a prosecution, possibly a Fifth Amendment violation as well. In other words, the state can ask and require you to cooperate in this situation:

"We have reason to believe that the computer you possess that contained numerous references to bomb-making materials and which we seized as part of your arrest for illegal possession of destructive devices CONTAINS encrypted files with additional relevant information. What are the encryption keys for this data?"

The state can't ask you to answer these questions:

"Have you ever been involved in terrorist activities?" (-- self incrimination)

"Do you have any data in your possession that relates to terrorist activities?" (-- also self incrimination)

"Although we found no evidence of terrorist activities when we conducted a search of your home, and no one in the investigation mentioned your involvement, we wonder if there might be evidence of illegal activities hidden on your computer. Give us the encryption keys." (-- no probable cause)

"We have been searching every 10th computer brought into this Federal building as a matter of routine. Give us the encryption keys." (-- no probable cause although you could be refused entry in most cases.)

more than 5 years ago
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In UK, Two Convicted of Refusing To Decrypt Data

joe_n_bloe Re:Self-incrimination becoming mandatory (554 comments)

Turning over evidence in your possession is not the same as testifying.

Earlier this year, a Vermont court found that a Canadian man's refusal to provide encryption keys for data on his laptop was not protected by the Fifth Amendment.

http://web20.nixonpeabody.com/np20/np20blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=298

This really isn't any different than a situation where a witness or suspect is required to open a safe, provide account numbers, et cetera. In general the state can't "fish" for evidence (say, seize a laptop just to see if it contains anything of interest, without a specific goal in mind), but if there is a reasonable belief that a search will produce evidence that pertains to the charges at hand, the state has the right to conduct the search and compel a defendant to cooperate.

You can always refuse anyway.

more than 5 years ago
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Fermi Paradox = Fewer than 10 ET Civilizations?

joe_n_bloe Re:Good news, everyone! (5 comments)

I wish I could mod this up today.

more than 5 years ago
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EFF Urges Pressure On Google Over Book Search

joe_n_bloe Good search requires knowing more about YOU (37 comments)

So, I understand that people might feel like Google is scanning your library card every time you borrow a book. But the thing is, in order to return more relevant results for your searches, Google (or whoever) needs to know what sort of things you typically look for. You know, like the librarian who tells you that there's a new book on adult stuffed animals.

Relevant search and anonymous search: Pick one.

more than 5 years ago
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Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable"

joe_n_bloe Re:Fewer H1-B visas = Less American unemployment (1144 comments)

That is ENTIRELY untrue. H1-B labor is hired to replace "equivalently skilled" domestic labor. As far as an American worker is concerned, H1-B employees only parasitize the job market.

The fact that H1-B holders often wind up in worker bee positions that American workers would be reluctant to take is simply abusive of both H1-B holders *and* Americans. The H1-Bs should be greatly reduced in number, and American developers should have working conditions that distinguish them from worker bees.

more than 5 years ago
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Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable"

joe_n_bloe Fewer H1-B visas = Less American unemployment (1144 comments)

People who call themselves Americans are campaigning for more H1-B visas when US employment is scratching 10 percent.

Amazing.

This is the sort of thing that makes me want to be a labor organizer. For all their faults, at least unions aren't just plain anti-American.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Does Not Get US Tethering Either

joe_n_bloe Re:Verizon = more tethering, less lameness (232 comments)

I went with Verizon because their coverage in San Francisco is respectable (some providers have major empty areas), their voice quality is very good (AT&T being amazingly bad), as a business-oriented carrier they tend to have more technological clues, and ... wait for it ... they're not AT&T!

AT&T is actually the reason I don't have an iPhone. That and my desire to avoid anything that is a hipster fad.

Hopefully Verizon will be cheaper and simpler one of these days but who knows. For now they suck less.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Does Not Get US Tethering Either

joe_n_bloe Re:Verizon = more tethering, less lameness (232 comments)

Apropos of anything else, that sounds horrid. I just pair my Nokia N95 to my Mac, create a modem connection with a phone number of *99#, and I get 3G tethering over BT via the native connectivity options.

Well that's the way it's supposed to work with any EV-DO phone, and that's how it works with my Centro ... but there are major stability problems with Apple's Bluetooth DUN.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Does Not Get US Tethering Either

joe_n_bloe Verizon = more tethering, less lameness (232 comments)

I got a Centro a little while back and *Verizon* is A-OK with tethering. A short while before that I got a dongle but I hardly ever use it now, because Bluetooth tethering is so convenient.

Verizon doesn't support its tethering software on Mac OS X, but, no worries, you can set Bluetooth dialing up yourself.

BTW The Mac OS X EVDO script is terrible and broken. There's a MUCH better one floating around (I forget exactly which but I think it's the "PCS Intel EV-DO Modem Script"). Also, OS X's pppd likes to hang the computer occasionally (requiring a power button reboot), and Bluetooth dialing in general is flaky. But that's not Verizon's fault!

Tethering really is a killer smartphone app. Too bad providers are so self-centered, unimaginative, and stuck in the past that they can't let owners use it.

So I'll keep using my Centro with all its warts and random reboots, until, however many years from now, Verizon offers a better option.

more than 5 years ago
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Could a Meteor Have Brought Down Air France 447?

joe_n_bloe Re:EMP Testing (884 comments)

I think I read once (no citation, sorry) that something like 80% of drivers believe they're above average in driving skill. They can't all be right!

But they can.

more than 5 years ago
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Funding For Automotive Fuel Cells Cut

joe_n_bloe Re:You don't need to transport hydrogen. (293 comments)

Small scale electrolysis is even less efficient and more expensive than large scale, and takes bloody forever to boot.

The wildly optimistic estimates I've seen have been $600k per "gas" station, and I don't believe those for a second.

more than 5 years ago
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Funding For Automotive Fuel Cells Cut

joe_n_bloe Re:You don't need to transport hydrogen. (293 comments)

"What they need to work on is a cheaper way to generate electricity."

Which of course you could just put into batteries.

more than 5 years ago

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Perl Monks Pwnt, and Your Plaintext Passwords Too

joe_n_bloe joe_n_bloe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

joe_n_bloe writes "Perl Monks has been hacked and a number of passwords have been compromised. That's right — passwords stored in plaintext by Perl geeks who should know better. If you were one of Perl Monks' saints, hopefully you've used a different password for all your email and pr0n^H^H^H^Honline banking accounts."
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Polaroid done with instant film by end of 2008

joe_n_bloe joe_n_bloe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

joe_n_bloe writes "Polaroid will cease production of instant film by the end of 2008.

The company, which stopped making instant cameras for consumers a year ago and for commercial use a year before that, said today that as soon as it had enough instant film manufactured to last it through 2009, it would stop making that, too. Three plants that make large-format instant film will close by the end of the quarter, and two that make consumer film packets will be shut by the end of the year, Bloomberg News reports.
This makes me sad, not because people won't be able to use Polaroid to take "instant" photos any longer, but because all of the other artistically important things you can do with Polaroid film will become more expensive (as stocks gradually run out) and, perhaps, eventually come to an end. To me, it's like discontinuing oil paint because you have painting tools in Photoshop."

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OLPC Kids Surf Pr0n Just Like Us

joe_n_bloe joe_n_bloe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

joe_n_bloe (244407) writes "Here comes solid evidence that those OLPC laptops have all the essential functionality of conventional laptops. According to Reuters, 'Nigerian schoolchildren who received laptops from a U.S. aid organization [OLPC] have used them to explore pornographic sites on the Internet.' Apparently OLPC is responding to this by outfitting the computers with filters."
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joe_n_bloe joe_n_bloe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

joe_n_bloe writes "As predicted in an earlier article, X-prize supporter Anousheh Ansari has arrived at the International Space station. Mrs. Ansari is the first female "tourist" in space and the first Muslim in space. Having left Iran at age 16 shortly after the 1979 revolution, she emigrated to the United States with her parents, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering, and, well, got rich when she and her family sold their telecom startup toward the end of the telecom boom in the 1990s. After the de rigeur land and sea survival training, centrifuge rides, months of studying technical documentation and conversational Russian, and, of course, learning to put on a spacesuit while weightless in a Vomit Comet, she lifted off from Baikonur, Russia on Monday 18, and is now aboard the International Space Station for a roughly 10-day stay."
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joe_n_bloe joe_n_bloe writes  |  about 8 years ago

joe_n_bloe writes "Apparently, some species of freshwater carp overwinter in cold, oxygen-deprived water by increasing the amount of glycogen in their brains — and by reducing their brain's "clock speed":
The study also showed that the carps' sodium-potassium pump — responsible for keeping brain cells functioning in extreme conditions — was intact, but reduced its activity by 10-fold in lower water temperatures. This would help to reduce the amount of energy the carp need for continued brain activity in anoxic conditions, the researchers say.
Perhaps this could be a useful trait for college students attending those boring early-morning lectures where life forces are invariably at an ebb."

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