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Lizard Squad Hits Malaysia Airlines Website

medv4380 Did they? (41 comments)

Or did the admin mess up the config files, and he's more than happy to let Lizard-Squad-we-claim-responsibility-more-often-than-North-Korea take the credit.

5 days ago
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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

medv4380 Re:This doesn't sound... sound (327 comments)

You're right. I focused on what he's actually done for Valve which is make a gamblers economy which is eerily similar to what John Law did.

5 days ago
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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

medv4380 This doesn't sound... sound (327 comments)

I don't really want to compare Yanis to a gambling murderer, but I am anyways. This sounds a bit too much like John Law getting appointed to fix the French Economy. That turned out great for everyone didn't it. Appointing someone to run your economy who's primary job in economics was to make a bunch of gambling addicts to improve steams revenue doesn't sound like the kind of person who should be fixing an economy. But who knows, maybe he'll do something good and be crowned a genius.

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

medv4380 Re:Can I Object to Both? (648 comments)

Clearly my English Language Compiler is based off of VB and auto corrected my syntax to rigid in my head. Hence the problem with "human" readable programming languages. We can be very vague, and still garner meaning from it. As if C weren't readable by humans. I swear I pass the Turing test, but someone thinks that just because I recognize logical blocks with braces, and understand case sensitivity that somehow I must be a machine to understand C. An example of a VB related problem is that they have a nasty habit of not ending lines with a semicolon. This is fine in VB, but languages like C, and java require them. It doesn't sound like too much of an issue, but it's easier to have the habit of ending your lines correctly in the beginning then to learn it after you've already learned to build competent programs. This make it so that a VB programmer will have a difficult time moving to OS level coding. The local college has this problem because they don't teach C to start, and the first time any of their CS majors see C is when they start down the OS path. They get confused because they've never seen pointers, or been forced to do even basic debugging of minor errors. Kinda explains whey they only had ONE CS graduate one year.

about two weeks ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

medv4380 Can I Object to Both? (648 comments)

VB has always been a horrible place to start. Any programming language that doesn't have a ridged syntax structure like C is a bad place to start. It teaches sloppy habits, and makes it so you have to get rid of those habits if you want to move up into a more ridged language. C is an excellent place to start. Python is ok as a language, but makes the same sin as VB by trying to make things more "human" readable thus I believe it would have a similar effect. However, since my experience with this is limited to when VB as the idiots intro to programming I've never seen what happens when someone learns Python first. Again, C is an excellent place to start.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

medv4380 Feature not Bug (393 comments)

The bugs, and people glossing over the basic info on homeless made them much more of a problem. Homeless only really became a problem with going up to the largest cities. Traffic would snarl resulting in people not getting enough work resulting in homeless. Homeless would build up in that scenario until traffic got under control. Getting rid of homeless was only an issue if you recklessly upgraded everything. Homeless need a level 1 business that needs workers to get out of becoming homeless. If you have too many people and not enough jobs these jobs will be filled by people with homes. I've yet to see a scenario where I changed the economy to level 1 businesses with a surplus of jobs that didn't slowly remove the homeless without going all Machiavellian. Though Machiavellian is a much faster route.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

medv4380 Re:These people scare me (319 comments)

Can you really call any code of ethics that permits this an actual code of ethics. Lets start with Informed Consent. You have to inform the entire world since it would be involving everyone and not just the one country you want to help. For example, just because we want to stop hurricanes from hitting Florida sounds good, up until you find out that it'll negatively affect the rain fall in another country like Mexico. So we have to inform everyone of the risks, and benefits. Then where do we draw the line at consent. Is it half the countries agree, or half the population. Is it at half, or is it at two thirds. I'd give the option for unanimous, but that's never happening. Then what if it will benefit 90% of the world, but really screw over one country?

about three weeks ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

medv4380 Bad Statistics (552 comments)

Only 5% of the excellent programmers are in the US if you assume that all the factors that contribute to excellent programmers are randomly distributed. It's a statistically fallacy. I wouldn't expect most of Africa to produce many excellent programmers due to the large uneducated population. I also wouldn't expect China, or India to produce a directly proportional ratio of excellent programmers ether due to the massive illiteracy rate in their populations. I also wouldn't expect Middle Eastern countries with massive uneducated female populations to be able to produce the same ratio to their populations. I would expect the US, Japan, South Korea, and Europe to produce most of the worlds 5% of assumed excellent programmers due to the higher rate of educated citizens. There are a lot of assumptions, and unless you know all the variables involved, or made the necessary measurements you could also assume that 90% of the worlds top programmers were born and raised the any random country you pick, including the USA.

about a month ago
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Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History

medv4380 They're asking for documentation. (149 comments)

Sorry, but when has anyone in the field been "good" at documentation? I'd say the best "history" we got is probably just to pull all the comments off of the Linux code, or the dev groups, but that wouldn't be safe for work. If someone were to look at the comments in any major program you'd probably come to the conclusion that we're all mental patients, and criminals being hired out of some asylum. Best to leave the history as Lovelace, then Tuning, and then nothing, but Chaos.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

medv4380 Re:Actually.. (227 comments)

Would you rather spend 10 for each family member?

about a month ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

medv4380 Re:Who will get (360 comments)

The top 5 chains constitute over 90% of the market, and 100% in many areas. That's pretty close to ALL by most definitions.

about a month ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

medv4380 Re:Who will get (360 comments)

US Theaters pulled the plug, not Sony. I also believe there's some weird defense Alliance from some War Japan was in requiring us to do something if they're attacked. I'm all for Japan arming themselves to the teeth as long as we realize it will send South Korea, and China into a panic.

about a month ago
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Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

medv4380 Re:Hardware Security (89 comments)

Being able to explain that when it rains the line goes static is one thing. It's another to say every day around 3 oclock the line gets static when there is no rain. All the line tests would say the line was wet, but no indication of where, or why. Arizona doesn't really get a lot of rain ether. We found out when the customer looked out at the pedestal during one of the trouble shooting calls, and saw a kid on his way home from school peeing into pedestal. The older models are ok for rain, but if someone's deliberately spraying liquid at the doors cracks it's going to get wet inside.

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

medv4380 Re:Hardware Security (89 comments)

I'm glad my pedestal is in my back yard. Probably not comforting for my neighbors that the fence blocks their view of it. At least it's not near the road were a kid taking a leak on it would cause static on the line. I feel sorry for the tech that had to trouble shoot that one.

about a month and a half ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

medv4380 Re:What are they going to do? (230 comments)

If they do they'll just release it later anyways.

about a month and a half ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

medv4380 Re:Land of the free (580 comments)

I did up until the latest round. The minor nothing threats from DPRK were free advertising, and I could see some PR rep trying to capitalize on it. However, once the film was canceled that moved it out of a Sony PR guy trying to get butts in seats. It's still probably just a bunch of hackers using NK as cover.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

medv4380 Re:Religious is better than philosophical? (1051 comments)

If the people claiming Philosophical objection were actually able to write up a well reason and argued case I'd personally accept their objection. However, most if not all of these case are hysterical anti-vac nutters claiming something due to mass hysteria and not a well reasoned argument.

about 1 month ago
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Study of Massive Preprint Archive Hints At the Geography of Plagiarism

medv4380 Seems more like a relationship with quantiy (53 comments)

I don't have there whole data, but they did put up 10 or so on their nice little map. Seems more like the fewer papers a country has the higher the percentage of plagiarism. However, the US has so many papers in this study it should be divided into smaller regions.

about 2 months ago
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New Destover Malware Signed By Stolen Sony Certificate

medv4380 Why wasn't this already revoked? (80 comments)

The scale of the Sony hack should have prompted the System admin to revoke any, and all certs that had the slightest possibility of being compromised. You can't keep the hackers out of your new fixed system if you still honor the certs they stole.

about 2 months ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

medv4380 In the event I have to prove my innocents (99 comments)

I don't like the Guilty Until Proven Innocent mentality. However, since some people are insistent on doing away with the basics of our legal system I do like the fact that my Wii FitMeter could be used to prove my general whereabouts since it records altitude information thought the day. I can easily see in my daily logs when I come home, and leave for work because there are substantial hills on the path. I'm fairly confident that between my phone and FitMeter I could prove my whereabouts with absolute certainty. Since I'm also pinned in a IT room in the back with only one other coworker who doesn't come in till 10, and leaves at 3ish I wouldn't have a provable alibi between 8 to 10 and 3 to 5 without my devices. I don't like having to do that, but since some people insist on Guilty Until Proven Innocent I'm happy that my devices do this.

about 2 months ago

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38 Studios Financially Collapsing

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "38 Studios, run by Curt Shilling, is having a hard time paying its bills and employees. The gaming community hasn't been happy with 38 Studios since issue with an Online Pass for Single Player Content discussed previously here. For Curt to rant against Obama and welfare addiction makes it seem like the pot has been calling the kettle black since he received a $75 million dollar loan from Republican Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. When 38 Studios defaults RI will have to cover the loan and interest of nearly $100 Million."
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Crenezumab Antibody to Begin Human Testing to Combat Alzheimers

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "The US Government is committing 16 Million to 100 Million dollar prevention trial of Crenezumab that is intended to help combat early onset Alzheimers. The Government has also committed an additional 7.9 million for a second trial."
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Judge Dismisses Patent Lawsuit Against Nintendo

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  about 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "The patent lawsuit filed by IA Labs regarding Wii Fit and other Nintendo accessories has been dismissed before it could go to the Jury. The case was previously discussed on slashdot here. It appears that Maryland courts maybe a much better venue then East Texas."
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News Reports WoW used as Mass Murder Simulator

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "It should be no surprise that the Mass Murderer, Anders Behring Breivik, found a game like Modern Warfare entertaining. However, in his manifesto he writes

example, tell them that you have started to play World of Warcraft or any other online MMO game and that you wish to focus on this for the next months/year. This "new project" can justify isolation and people will understand somewhat why you are not answering your phone over long periods. Tell them that you are completely hooked on the game (raiding dungeons etc). Emphasize to them that this is a dream you have had since you were a kid

The news has taken this clear use of Warcraft as cover for cutting off contact with friends and family as Norway Terrorist Used World Of Warcraft As A Training Simulator

I guess we can expect this to spur anther round of game bashing very shortly."

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Blizzard Authenticator Change

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Some of you maybe aware of the change blizzard made to the authenticator system at the end of last week. The basics of the system is if Blizzard sees that you are using a system that you've used in the past the authenticator will be requested less often to log in. Since it seems that only a tech audience would understand what was done I have a question for slashdot. Is this more or less secure then what it was prior to the change?

If you use an authenticator – and we hope you do – you may soon notice that an authenticator prompt may not appear with every login. We’ve recently updated our authentication system to intelligently track your login locations, and if you’re logging in consistently from the same place, you may not be asked for an authenticator code. This change is being made to make the authenticator process less intrusive when we’re sure the person logging in to your account is you. We hope to continue improving the authenticator system to ensure the same or greater security, while improving and adding features to make having one a more user friendly experience. If you don’t already have a Battle.net Authenticator attached to your account, don’t wait until it’s too late -

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Java SE 7 Finally Approved by JCP 13 to 1

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Java Platform, SE (Standard Edition) 7 has been passed this week by the JCP Executive Committee for SE/EE (Enterprise Edition), by a vote of 13 in favor and 1 — Google — against. Oracle, IBM, VMware, Red Hat, and Fujitsu are among the affirmative votes, and two committee members — Credit Suisse and Java architect Werner Keil — did not vote. Specifically, committee members voted on Java Specification Request 336, which pertains to the Java upgrade. Voting on the public review ballot for Java SE 7 finished up earlier this week after beginning on May 31. Java SE 7 still faces another vote on a final approval ballot."
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Worlds.com gets 4th Virtual Worlds Patent

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Worlds.com has received another Virtual Worlds patent.

The present invention provides a highly scalable architecture for a three-dimensional graphical, multi-user, interactive virtual world system. In a preferred embodiment a plurality of users interact in the three-dimensional, computer-generated graphical space where each user executes a client process to view a virtual world from the perspective of that user. The virtual world shows avatars representing the other users who are neighbors of the user viewing the virtual word. In order that the view can be updated to reflect the motion of the remote user's avatars, motion information is transmitted to a central server process which provides positions updates to client processes for neighbors of the user at that client process. The client process also uses an environment database to determine which background objects to render as well as to limit the movement of the user's avatar.

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FCC Moves to Convert Phone Fund to Broadband Fund

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "The Federal Communications Commission is expected to change the Universal Service Fund and instead of having the funds go towards Rural Phone Infrastructure it would not go towards Broadband Infrastructure. You can see a transcript of what was presented to the FCC here."
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Scientist claims Jupiter is messing with WMAP

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Tom Shanks at the University of Durham reprocessed the published WMAP data using radio galaxies instead of Jupiter, and claims that the data no longer excludes theory's like one-dimensional cosmic strings."
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Worlds.com Settles Lawsuit Against NCSoft

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Worlds.com is implied as about to go under financially but with the number of times zombie SCO has appeared World.com maybe no different in the long run. If true NCSoft probably could have fought off the case by waiting for World.com to die but then the patents would be sold off and we'd be back at the same place."
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Is IE8 really better at malware?

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "I recently read an article that stated that IE8 Tops Blocking Malware.

Internet Explorer 8 wiped the floor with the other products in the malware tests, blocking 81% of live threats. Firefox 3.0.11 was closest at 27%, with Safari 4 at 21%, Chrome 2 at 7% and Opera 10 beta at 1%. NSS Labs says that they confirmed that this protection is identical in Firefox 3 and 3.5, as well as Opera 9 and 10.

I was curious how accurate this could actually be. It has been my experience that I run into more actual malware threats (mostly unwanted activex controlers) using IE then I have in any other browser. After reading bits of the report the "malware" they were referring to was the Social Engineering kind of malware. I'm not sure if this is an honest way of reporting malware security, but then I'm of the mindset that malware distributed though the "Click Here for Viagra" as malware for dummies.

Am I crazy or are they right about IE?"

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Microsoft Ordered to stop selling MS Word

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Michael (1604309) writes "

Microsoft Corp. has been ordered to stop selling several versions of its popular word-processing software, Word, in the U.S. after losing a court battle with a Toronto-based company.

A Texas judge issued the injunction Tuesday and awarded small Toronto technology firm, i4i, more than $290 million US in damages, ruling Microsoft wilfully infringed on the company's 1998 patent for software that opens up documents using the XML computer programming language.

As much as I dislike Microsoft I hate this kind of patent abuse even more."

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