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Epsilon Breach Affects JPMorgan Chase, Capital One

neo NONE. (180 comments)

Thankfully I don't work for any of those slave shops. I knew I should have taken the blue pill.

more than 3 years ago
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An Anonymous, Verifiable E-Voting Tech

neo I'd like my receipt please. (236 comments)

Voting needs to give you a receipt. That receipt would have a hash encoded number that you could then compare to a publicly available vote count and verify that your vote was counted correctly. As simple as a .gov website with SSL that allows me to either download the entire data count or to enter a hash key and see the resulting voting.

It seems ridiculously simple to me. You can verify your own vote and tally all the votes yourself to ensure that the totals are accurate.

more than 2 years ago
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Elo Chess Rating System Topped By Proposed Replacements

neo Re:Interesting (102 comments)

This is chess rating algorithm. The goal is to predict given a matchup between two players with known histories how they will likely fare in a game or series of games against each other. Elo is the standard rating system and has been for some time. These algorithms are improvements on that. So they predict better who will win. They have nothing to do with playing actual chess. So the Turk is irrelevant to this discussion (aside from the not minor issue that the operator has been dead for some time.)

You don't understand, the winning system is using a midget to guess the outcomes.

more than 3 years ago
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Website Lets You Bet On Your Grades

neo Grading on a curve makes this gambling. (204 comments)

Gambling means that the event has a significant random factor. Any course where the prof grades on a curve would prove to create random shifts in results against a class not graded on that curve. This is not a game of skill.

about 4 years ago
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High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

neo I'm sure someone has already said USE YOUR OWN (1018 comments)

If these things can turn around huge profits and you write them ... then you can increase your own freak salary but using them.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Calls All-Hands Meeting On Privacy

neo Who Faces the Facebook? (302 comments)

My brother recently was convicted of bank robbery. He's currently in prison serving his sentence. His life is a sad story, but that's not why I'm posting this.

The reason I'm posting this is because he has access to Facebook.

So ask yourself, "Why would the federal prison system allow inmates to us a social networking system?"

The paranoid answers are more terrifying than I care to entertain, but the most obvious answer would be that they don't fear Facebook. That implies that they can monitor it... that the federal government has access to the information being stored in Facebook and more importantly wants inmates to show their connections and to possibly implicate others through the system.

What government in the world wouldn't want access to the information that Facebook has? Social networks at your fingertips? Messages that can be filtered for problematic content?

Anyone who seriously entertains the idea that Facebook has not bowed down before the government information community is deluding themselves.

Expect Facebook to continue to make headlines with possible privacy issues with advertisers while privately giving its information away to the government.

more than 4 years ago
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Latvian "Robin Hood" Hacker Leaks Bank Details

neo It wasn't me. (170 comments)

I didn't do it.

more than 4 years ago
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SQL Injection Attack Claims 132,000+

neo Don't worry, that site is slashdotted. (186 comments)

It's already under a huge DOS attack by the readers of Slashdot. There's no need to block it, in fact you should be attempting to load that page in concert with all the other members of the Slashbot.

more than 4 years ago
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Contributors Leaving Wikipedia In Record Numbers

neo Re:I'm wondering if it degrades. (632 comments)

It's called Uncyclopedia.

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Barack_Obama/old

"Blaraka Hussein Obama bin Laden (pronounced Bárockus Obomus) (born Baruch Seamus O'Bama to an Irish Catholic family in County Cork) won the 2008 presidential election in a historical milestone becoming the 44th half-white man elected to office. He is a well known terrorist who claims his god "Oprah" is commanding him to destroy America. He started out as the young shiningly optimistic upstart United States Senator from Illinois that went out to shake up Washington and change the system and the world for a brighter and better tomorrow. He is also not a Muslim (But even if he was a Muslim, speaking hypothetically of course, it would be just fine) . In 2008, Obama became the first African American (his dad was from Africa and his dad's baby mama came from America) to be president of the NRA and not be lynched by an angry mob in white robes holding torches, so you know he's one of the good ones. He brings hope and change and you know we can do it. By taking down the man, Barack will set the lower class working people free from economic oppression."

more than 4 years ago
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Contributors Leaving Wikipedia In Record Numbers

neo So keep your claims of "it's finished, dummies" (632 comments)

When the Chinese writer wants to contribute about Heilongjiang, I'll be right there supporting them. But it's not going to be anyone who's been with Wikipedia all this time. Those people have already written everything they know. The original post is about the current editors leaving. It's finished for them.

Now figure out a way to get Jing Gu to write about Heilongjiang.

more than 4 years ago
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Murdoch-Microsoft Deal In the Works

neo Big News is already dead. (468 comments)

Last week my subway stop was closed. All around it were reporters desperately trying to get the story, but no one knew anything. A Brooklyn forum posted a thread about the death of two people and the subway outage. The forum had the news at least 4-8 hours before it was reported by a news agency (and they were getting it wrong.)

So the lesson is clear. People write better news than "The News" does. Murdoch wants to delist. He's already delisted. I don't read news from his sources. Blogs and Forums have much better news and are way better fact checked by the masses who have access to call BS when something is wrong.

I don't use Corporate News anymore because I don't want to know about what they think will get ratings. I want to know about the things that impact my life.

more than 4 years ago
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City Laws Only Available Via $200 License

neo Appeal (411 comments)

This is not ignorance of the law.

You are not the person listed on the ticket. You are not the person suspended. That person is fictional and does not exist as listed by the officer.

It's erroneous to have to assume there are judgement pending against you and that it's your responsibility to periodically check with city hall to see if there are.

(Imagine if everyone started to do this, city hall would come to a crawling halt... hey, wait a minute.)

On the other hand, if you didn't pay the ticket because the address was wrong on the ticket, you should have appealed immediately and you are at fault.

IANAL IAAS

more than 4 years ago
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Mac OS X 10.6.2 Will Block Atom Processors

neo Apple is a hardware company. (1012 comments)

Apple does not make software unless that software drives hardware in some way. Apple has always been a hardware company, that is how they make their money. The software is there to entice you to an experience on their hardware.

You will never see Apple sell just their software because that would ruin their market. It would also cripple their support system which relies heavily on standardized hardware to streamline technical issues. Customer support is easier on Apple products precisely because they know their hardware inside and out.

Get this point through your heads people... Apple will never shoot themselves in the foot and stop linking their software directly to their hardware. The hardware IS the Macintosh. The software drives the hardware but will never, ever get uncoupled from it (again).

more than 3 years ago
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The Science of Irrational Decisions

neo Re:Yard Sales (244 comments)

Just out of curiosity, what is your social security number?

more than 4 years ago
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Chessboxing Storming the Athletic World

neo Re:Heard about this... (36 comments)

MMA has much fewer concussions than boxing due to it's lighter weight gloves with allow for knock-outs faster and because many matches end by submission. Boxing matches can last for up to 15 rounds with fighters being repeatedly struck to the head. This repeated beating of the brain is much worse than the relatively small amount that happens in MMA.

Chess, on the other hand, makes you angry from repeated beatings by higher level players. The scars, while much less obvious, are none the less debilitating. I suggest playing Chess960 *(or Chess480) as the MMA equivalent to chess.

more than 4 years ago
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Court Orders the Pirate Bay To Delete Torrents

neo Re:As I've said before. (455 comments)

I've heard of this thing called Patronage, but perhaps that's too old fashioned and concept.

more than 4 years ago
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Court Orders the Pirate Bay To Delete Torrents

neo As I've said before. (455 comments)

It's not property and you, sir, are not an intellectual.

The very idea that something infinitely reproducible could be considered to have value is preposterous and flies in the face of call macro economic theory. Infinite supply results in infinitesimal value.

Eventually people will realize that what is being called intellectual property is actually the result of a service, then we will all be happier.

I want to pay the person who provided the service, but pretending that something ethereal is property is not the way to do it.

It is simple to create copies, people will continue to do it and the companies who fight it will lose potential customers.

Wake up.

We are willing to pay for the services rendered, but your prices are ridiculous.

more than 4 years ago
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First Black Hole For Light Created On Earth

neo Military application. (244 comments)

This could easily be the next smoke rounds. Imagine being able to block light past specific points on a battlefield. You could effectively blind the enemy in darkness, or create soft cover for your movements. It would also absorb laser tracking and targeting devices, leaving many modern weapons systems moot.

Make no mistake about it, this is a very important technology for the battle field.

more than 4 years ago

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Oracle to charge for use of InnoDB in MySQL

neo neo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neo (4625) writes ""Oracle has dropped support for InnoDB in its MySQL Classic Edition as part of its continued push to capitalize on the open-source database technology." Start forking now, while you still can."
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Multi-threaded SSH/SCP

neo neo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

neo (4625) writes "Chris Rapier has presented a paper describing how to dramatically increase the speed of SCP networks. It appears that because SCP relies on a single thread in SSH, the crypto can sometimes be the bottleneck instead of the wire speed. Their new implementation (HPN-SSH) takes advantage of multi-threaded capable systems dramatically increasing the speed of securely copying files. They are currently looking for potential users with very high bandwidth to test the upper limits of the system."
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neo neo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

neo writes "Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. The newest version cleans up the administration interface and the user community support is huge. It you're looking for an open, LAMP solution, Drupal is a great find and a great time to try it out. It's greatest strength is it's use of "taxonomy" to tag content for extremely flexible sorting and manipulation of content."
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neo neo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

neo writes "Looks like it's time to quit your job! From the website:
The goal of Quit Your Job Day is to reverse the advantage perpetuated by an elitist class who profit from your actions without making any personal investment in you as an individual. If you don't know who profits from your hard work, I assure you that they care very little about you."

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