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Survey Finds Cheating Among Students At All GPA Levels

microcentillion Why is cheating frowned upon anyway? (333 comments)

It's been argued in the past that schools do not prepare you for the real world, and I think this is an excellent example.

When you get into 'the game' (i.e. a job), cheating is simply part of it. Others will routinely take credit for your work. The people that deserve the promotions the least are often the ones that get them. Hard workers with good ethics are overlooked, cheaters & fakes get ahead, and nice guys get foreclosed on. If anything, hearing that 1/3 of students cheat and got away with it makes me glad that they are learning valuable skills that will be used for the rest of their lives.

more than 2 years ago

Sony Targeted Yet Again; Thwarts Attackers This Time

microcentillion 'Thwarted'? Try 'tripped over'. (68 comments)

93,000 compromised accounts. If they can tell that an account was compromised vs. a legitimate use, that means there was something unique to these logins. For the sake of argument, let's just say it was a browser-agent. Let's also make some baseline assumptions:
- Let's say that the 93,000 accounts only make up 10% of the total scope of the attack. 930,000 accounts hit, or 1% of the account-base (according to Sony).
- Let's say that only 1 attempt was ever made per account (the most difficult scenario to detect).
- Let's assume that across all the accounts on these systems, 1% of the logins are fat-fingered, and 50% of the user-base logs in per day: 2% average user error.
* These assumptions are very biased in Sony's favor.

If suddenly 930,000 of your accounts (2% of daily logins) had a 90% login failure rate across the board, that would be a terrifying moment for a sysadmin.
If suddenly 930,000 of your accounts started seeing logins from a uniquely distinguishable user-agent, that's a blatant attack.
If, with a dedicated security team, it takes you 3 days to notice that this is going on, there is undeniable incompetence.

Thwarted? No. It was probably some lone sysadmin scanning through the logs that said 'hey, this user-agent sure is showing up a lot...'.

more than 2 years ago

Leaked AT&T Letter Damages Case For T-Mobile Merger

microcentillion 'Acceidentally'? No. (201 comments)

'Leaking' a statement of that magnitude was 100% intentional by someone who didn't want it 'going down without a hitch'. You know it's true.

more than 2 years ago

China Catches Up With Google's Driverless Car

microcentillion Re:probably more of a social/political problem (258 comments)

Even if its raw skill was worse than a typical human driver.

It's worth noting that the 'typical human driver' has no measurable 'raw skill'. However, an AI system would have no emotions (in theory), and therefor would have no minuses to it's driving saving-throws.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Exposes Locations of PCs and Phones

microcentillion LINK PLEASE (96 comments)

None of the articles covering this include a link to the alleged maps, and I can't find it on the web.

about 3 years ago

IBM Watson To Replace Salespeople and Cold-Callers

microcentillion Re:Huzzah! (316 comments)

American robots assembled in China!

about 3 years ago

IBM Watson To Replace Salespeople and Cold-Callers

microcentillion This works both ways... (316 comments)

I'll have it answer for bill collectors and telemarketers!

"Your computer vs mine, and I suck less at building them!"

about 3 years ago

Apple Patents Tech to Stop iPhones Filming in Venues

microcentillion Your cunning plan (391 comments)

ruined by a $0.25 IR filter over the lens. Sorry Apple!

more than 3 years ago

MIT Develops Fast Charging Liquid Flow Batteries

microcentillion Wesley Snipes Flashbacks (135 comments)

"That's pure capacitance gel..."

more than 3 years ago

Senior Citizens Lining Up to Tackle Fukushima

microcentillion Re:Thats quite noble but... (242 comments)

This has nothing to do with it. You are implying that people would be 'Chosen' to do this, when in fact these individuals are *volunteering*.

I can see no political detriment to this, other than the future spin people would put on it (e.g. Future claims that Japan forces the elderly to clean up radiation spills). If these people want to make the world a better place for everyone else, at their own risk and peril, why not let them? I'm proud to share the planet with people like this.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Certifications To Get?

microcentillion Passion over certs. Certs to fuel your passion. (444 comments)

I'm a high school dropout. I have no college under my belt, and only a GED. I'm 23. I do however, have MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, CCNA, and am actively pursuing MCITP: DBA, CISSP, PMP, and RHCE. Am I cert farming? Yes. I'd openly admit it in an interview too. I've forgotten a great deal of what I learned in preparation for my CCNA, and I will likely forget a great deal more about my future certs. What-more, I payed $10,000 in 2010 for cert training, and will drop $6,500 more this year. $16.5k (half my 2010 salary) on certs that I don't yet directly use. Why would I do this? Because it exposes me to new technologies. I could learn it myself, sure; but the certification requirements and training will help me know that I've gotten everything out of it that I need. Quick example: In any 2000 functional level Active Directory domain, a NON-administrator user can add up to 10 computers to the domain by default. I have INTERVIEWED over a dozen people with experience managing domains, and nobody yet has known this. Certs are a tool. Like many other things, they are up for interpretation and can arguably mean nothing. However, if you use them to fuel your passion, and push you in new directions, it doesn't matter what a prospective employer thinks about the individual certs you have, your passion will win you the job.

more than 3 years ago

Zuckerberg Only Eating Animals He Personally Kills

microcentillion CEO Mark Zuckerberg Eaten (544 comments)

The man claimed no foul, as he had killed Zuckerberg himself before enjoying his meal

more than 3 years ago

Ford Uses Google For a New Type of Smart Car

microcentillion That's all fine and dandy (68 comments)

as long as they don't track my location data!

more than 3 years ago

How Far and Fast Can the Commercial Space World Grow?

microcentillion Re:But why? (159 comments)

What we should be focusing on is how to create the demand.

Promise hot blue alien sex. You'll have more demand than you can handle.

more than 3 years ago

EFF Advocates Leaving Wireless Routers Open

microcentillion Re:Yes, you paid for it, but: (686 comments)

Hence the 'many (though not all)' statement. If you are pay-per-bit plan, sharing means their usage hits your pocket. My point is *if* you've got a buffet, why not treat it as such?

more than 3 years ago

EFF Advocates Leaving Wireless Routers Open

microcentillion Yes, you paid for it, but: (686 comments)

I would venture to say that many (though not all) of you pay the same amount regardless of how much you use. Instead of the 'electricity', 'heating', and 'borrowed car' analogies, think of it this way instead: A Buffet. You pay $10 regardless of how much you eat. If someone had a legitimate need for an egg, would you really give them the stiff, unwavering middle finger? It doesn't cost you anything more than a very temporary inconvenience... Some people have (arguably) legitimate needs ( If they don't, and it impacts me enough for me to do something about it, I have the upper hand. When you transmit data over *my* network, *I* can do whatever I want with it. You downloading CP on my wireless? I'll post the news on *your* Facebook.

more than 3 years ago

Does China's Cyber Offense Obscure Woeful Defense?

microcentillion Don't be too sure (132 comments)

Did he hit a bunch of honeypots? If China is better defended than he though, he'll dead by morning.

more than 3 years ago



microcentillion microcentillion writes  |  more than 7 years ago

microcentillion (942039) writes "Brad Woodward, 19 from Idaho US, recently launched , attempting to add an extremely foreign element to Advertising: Head-to-Head Competition. 'People are naturally competitive, but you never see Companies getting into Fist-Fights over territory.' Although it's more than likely that no Fist-Fighting will erupt, giving a Teenager a chance exploit what companies are willing to pay for advertising is exactly what this site intends to do."

microcentillion microcentillion writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Microcentillion (942039) writes "Nearly 18 months ago, Alex Tew (21, UK) launched the the first pixel-advertising site on the web: the MillionDollarHomepage. The site capped out with a profit exceeding $1Million within 4 months of it's original launch date. Earlier this month was launched the first Auction Style advertising site: . Launched by Brad Woodward (19, US), it just might have what it takes to become the 'Younger, Better, Faster' American answer to the MillionDollarHomepage."


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