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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

mveloso Not everyone should equal when it comes to voting (341 comments)

Government purports to represent voters, but it's unclear whether that's the best solution. In the US, the government represent the concerns of people in a particular area, and that area happens to have voters in it.

The US Senate is designed to give equal representation to states, no matter how big or small. Puny states like MD or RI have as much voting power as NY and CA. Fair? No, if you count "fairness" by "representative based on population."

However, the Senate is fair if you count them as representatives of the States.

Likewise for Congressional districts. A Rep represents a district, and by extension the voters in a district.

By representing by straight vote count you will over-represent urban voters, which is exactly what's happening in most of the states today. That's bad for a number of reasons, the first being that concerns of urban voters are different than concerns of rural voters; the urban voters will always win on a straight up-and-down vote.

While this may seem great to the urbanistas, a bit of reflection should enlighten you as to why this would be a bad idea.

8 hours ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

mveloso So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

What are the possible choices for farmers?

1. grow crappy crops with free seeds and lots of expensive water,
2. grow good groups with seeds that you need to pay for but use less water?

#2 will make you more money, so the cost of the seeds is a non-factor. #1 will make you poor, because when it doesn't rain your crops die.

So, what exactly is the issue?

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

mveloso Tor seismic analysis? (135 comments)

I wonder if they're doing their tracking by just sending traffic the servers in question from multiple places and with control over a few exit nodes. They'd basically be sending seismic waves through Tor and timing the responses. After a while and with enough exit nodes you could start figuring out where the other nodes are. With enough traffic analysis from ISPs or whatever you could find out where the TOR nodes actually are. At that point it becomes easier to figure out physically where they are.

This is theoretical, but it would be fun to try.

about two weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

mveloso What about the f*cking hiatus? (695 comments)

Hey, where'd the hiatus go? You know, the one they said didn't exist, then it did?

about a month ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

mveloso Those damn Igigi (132 comments)

That's about when the Igigi created mankind. How about that?

about a month ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

mveloso Do you charge your phone every day? (415 comments)

Back in the day, you didn't need to charge your phone every day. Now you do. Big deal?

about a month ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

mveloso It's about control (863 comments)

Who controls the system, the system administrator or software developers?

How many packages come with init scripts that actually work?

How many packages have dependencies that aren't documented?

How many packages work only on a narrow subset of environments that are tested by the developers?

The answer, of course, is "all of them."

Today, the competent administrator can control startup, dependencies, etc on a granular basis. With systemd, that control has gone - somewhere else.

Who gets called when stuff fucks up because some bozo fucked up their package's systemd configuration? It won't be the package developer, that's for sure.

about 1 month ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

mveloso Retards (268 comments)

The Jedi were, in the end, a bunch of idiots who were so blind that they (1) didn't notice they were spending billions of credits a year building a clone army, (2) didn't realize, even after some kid mentioned it to yoda, that all their systems were compromised, and (3) were so bad at tactics that they dropped 100% of their forces into - some dumb arena to fight someone.

Their last practitioner, Obi-Wan, left his best friend to die after cutting off both of his arms and his legs, and spent the rest of his life as a trapdoor spider waiting to turn his best friend's son into a weapon pointed at his old friend.

Why would anyone want to be like these yo-yos?

about a month ago
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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

mveloso Better reading: ad agency processes (150 comments)

If you want a process for fostering creativity, read something like this:

http://smile.amazon.com/Young-...

Ad agencies have to come up with ideas all the time, and their processes for doing so have worked for over a century. Each agency is different, but all of them have to be creative on demand.

about a month ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

mveloso Black bile and the humors (350 comments)

When I read this, I remember "the humors" and imagine someone ranting about the lack validity of a competing theory because they can't account of the lack of black bile in the solution.

about a month ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

mveloso Yeah, but you're not using your XPS anymore (355 comments)

Dell's equipment service life is 3 years. The difference between your XPS is the Black Macbook is that the guy was still using the macbook for daily tasks. Your XPS is probably on a shelf somewhere.

My late 2009 i7 iMac is unfortunately still going strong, with 16gb of ram and a 4TB fusion drive. It'll last for another few years. I have a mac mini 2009 that's been cranking away in a colo 24x7 for the last 4-5 years with no issues.

You can see the difference between Apple products on eBay every day. I've been trying to pick up a old Mac Pro, and Mac Pros from 2009 are going for $1k+. It's unreal and sort of ridiculous.

Even the prices for iDevices are crazy. Look on glyde.com: the 3GS is still $48, $100+ for a 4s. These phones are ancient. You can't give old cellphones away that aren't iPhones.

about a month and a half ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

mveloso Wow, that's a lot of iterations (220 comments)

Wow, going from 2000 to 327,661 iterations sounds like a big deal. Does that actually add any value, or is that like doing rot-13 a million times?

about a month and a half ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

mveloso Spanish nurse (421 comments)

She thinks she may have touched her face with a glove. Nobody is really sure. However, if she did that would show that Ebola is way more contagious than the CDC thinks. That implies transdermal transmission.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

mveloso you need some wireless backhaul (279 comments)

What you need to do is get one of these wireless backhaul things and put one at one end of your house, and one on the other.

http://www.microwave-eetimes.c...

Then you've got a 4Gbps backhaul from your fiber point to the rest of your house. Stock up on a bunch of those, and you should be able to exercise your fiber like crazy.

As a bonus, you can cook your dinner by just putting your food in the beam pathway.

about 1 month ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

mveloso Don't pay them and they'll go away (283 comments)

If they had to pay their own way, the number of PhD students would drop tremendously and all the postdocs would leave to get jobs in the real world. Problem solved!

about 2 months ago
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Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

mveloso What about the data? (146 comments)

Encryption is only one part of the announcement. Apple also said that they're not going to sell your data, for the most part. What did google say about that?

about 2 months ago
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User Error Is the Primary Weak Point In Tor

mveloso Security is too hard (70 comments)

If security is too hard for criminals to use, it's too hard for normal people to use.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

mveloso Exploited in real life? (93 comments)

Has anyone actually shown that this was exploited by anyone?

about 2 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

mveloso But - what's changing the winds? (207 comments)

But - but - what's changing the winds so the coast is warming? Global warming! Duh!

Warming is warming, unless there's no warming. Then it's still warming, but a different kind of warming than the other warming. I mean change.

about 2 months ago

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If you could rewrite your application, what would you do differently?

mveloso mveloso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mveloso (325617) writes "Lots of readers are in development — web, software, etc. After a few iterations everything gets crufty — requirements change, hacks get put into place, the architecture doesn't fit, and real-world performance is terrible.

With the benefit of your current experience, how would you have rewritten your application given what you know today?"
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Tracking zombies and botnets?

mveloso mveloso writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mveloso (325617) writes "Like many people here, I run a couple of servers that do various things. The machines run firewalls as a matter of course, and have large numbers of log entries showing machines that, for one reason or another, are poking and prodding them.

But — besides proactively shutting off access to the machines by blocking their IPs (which may or may not be useful), I was wondering: is there a repository somewhere for tracking infected machines or botnets? Some of the signatures match known vectors used by infected machines, and some don't...but it all may be useful informtion for somebody.

Does anyone know of a blacklist-type service that can use this information?"

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