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Comcast Threatens TorrentFreak For Posting Public Court Document

phrackwulf Problem solved.. (215 comments)

Sounds like Torrentfreak needs to drop everything and move their goods to a server in the back of a pickup truck or out at sea somewhere? *innocent look*

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about a year ago
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New Study Suggests No Shortage of American STEM Graduates

phrackwulf Welcome to STEM Jeopardy (344 comments)

I'll take, "Corporations prefer international young and desperate engineers they can lock into five or ten years of indentured servitude for much less money and minimal benefits for $500, Alex."

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Science Books For Middle School Enrichment?

phrackwulf Divers Down! and Harold Leland Goodwin (203 comments)

The problem is a lot of books written for this specific purpose are out of print or lost to the ravages of time. Divers Down! for example, is an excellent book that deals with ocean engineering and mechanical engineering with a story that an 11 or 14 year old is actually going to be able to relate to. Another possibility is "Falling Free" by Lois Mcmaster Bujold which does a good job in orbital welding engineering while also telling an exciting story. Partly, the question is, how sophisticated is the given 11 to 14 year old? Honor students will have been exposed to different types of influences when compared to other students who may be reading at a different level (not to be un PC).

about a year ago
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How the Internet Makes the Improbable Into the New Normal

phrackwulf Apparently.. (191 comments)

The Internet makes stupid people more stupid..

What were the odds?

about 2 years ago
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New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

phrackwulf What about adding some "Intermediate rules?" (330 comments)

For example, I have a really hard time remembering phone numbers, so I use mathematical rules to aid in memory recall. Like, take my cousin's phone number for instance (not a real number).

The Area code is (516) so I remember that as "Prime" 4^2 or "Prime" 16^1/2. Because I know 5 is a prime and 16 can be squared perfectly. Then the next three numbers are 231, which all happen to be Fibonacci sequence numbers. So I remember that as "FIB."

Finally, the last four digits are 4447, so that translates as 4^3 and a Prime or 7. The point is, part of the insecurity problem is the use of a small number of rules to create the passwords makes them more vulnerable. An additional set of "intermediary rules" could be implemented to make security more personalized and harder to defeat.

about 2 years ago
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Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

phrackwulf Uh.. remind me, why is soldering like (1009 comments)

Hard? Can I not have the option to solder and re-solder whatever chip I want to the board? What if Intel and AMD are smart enough to just standardize their sockets before they exit the high end market and we get to do whatever it is we want with the pin-outs?

about 2 years ago
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A Gentle Rant About Software Development and Installers

phrackwulf As an uninformed hardware guy.. (338 comments)

Are there any IEEE standards for software installers for different platforms right now, and if there were, can anyone reference them so as to help the hopelessly clueless start to understand the problems? Thanks.

about 2 years ago
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Artificial Muscles Pack a Mean Punch

phrackwulf Re:mechwarrior (139 comments)

Paraffin wax filled bucky-muscle armored suit + integrated flamethrower = bow before the Fire Lord! You pathetic human vermin!

MUAAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH!!

"Some men just want to watch the world burn" - Alfred

about 2 years ago
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Fabricating Nature and a Physical Turing Test

phrackwulf Re:Turing Test? (36 comments)

Our instruments are functioning and unable to measure our instruments! *SHOCK*

about 2 years ago
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Buckyballs Throws In the Towel

phrackwulf Re:Change the name to SchtickyBalls (383 comments)

Exactly, when morons sue you, always do what the morons want. Why do you have to stop making the "metalAWESOME?"

I love "metalAWESOMES." It's like "liquidAWESOME" (Beer) only made of metal.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

phrackwulf Also, get into machine learning! (306 comments)

Huge important place to be for the next ten years. If you can do any sort of database at all you can get a great job at Orbitz or any other type of shop that uses Hadoop.

Go to machine learning meetups in your area, super smart people are in the data science community and they will help you get a job. Our Chicago Machine Learning group is super good for this!

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

phrackwulf Re:Contracting... (306 comments)

Absolutely, contracting is the way to go! We have a bunch of guys who retired from John Deere to get the benefits and then walked right back in the front door as contractors. If I wasn't interested in running my own business, I'd plan on staying a contrator forever. I love moving every so often. And I don't need health benefits for another ten years or so based on my good genes.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Become a Rural ISP?

phrackwulf Here's how it is. (239 comments)

You need to consider and interlocking series of mesh network transponders that your subscribers would pay to rent. That way, you can boucne the signal to them across wide swaths of land without line of site. No need to satellites or other expensive solutions.

Think about it.

about 2 years ago
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Phil Shapiro: Slashdot Reader, FOSS Activist, and Library Computer Guy (Video)

phrackwulf How to say this diplomatically? (30 comments)

"Influencing future technology" isn't really a thing. People are influenced by Slashdot as evidenced by this very nice gentleman and his video. Slashdot is a social space, not a technical workshop.

"Without me, my rifle is useless, without my rifle, I am useless." Making techology into this sort of monolithic, God like entity has always been a major failing in the computer geek culture. You need human's first to have technology. If no one wants to play with your neat toy, it may be very neat, but it may not be very useful.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For Developers To Start Their Own Union?

phrackwulf Join the Confederacy of Independent Programmers! (761 comments)

Outriders welcome! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHAWWW! Down with the MBA Yankee boys!

Last one to meet me at the Death Star trench programs in PASCAL!

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For Developers To Start Their Own Union?

phrackwulf No Unions.. We need a confederacy (761 comments)

A confederation is a more loose alliance among independent knowledge professionals. Bargaining would be left up to the individual, but the organization would offer unemployment assurance through Union dues. The best off all possible worlds. Highly Optimal Opportunity Topology. H.O.O.T!

about 2 years ago
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Climbing 103 Floors On a 'Bionic' Leg

phrackwulf 53 minutes.. (117 comments)

5 + 3 = 8. Beauitful underlying symmetry. Somebody better call Astrid Farnsworth at FRINGE Division. We have a potential anomaly at the Tower! Immediate evac and search.

about 2 years ago
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Climbing 103 Floors On a 'Bionic' Leg

phrackwulf Re:Enhanced robotics training (117 comments)

Please get a clue.. Go to www.ric.org before you jump to a stupid and wrong conclusion. The Ric uses parts from all types of manufacturers. You could say they are the first "open source" prosthetics shop.

about 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: How do I join the math geeks?

phrackwulf phrackwulf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

phrackwulf (589741) writes "In college I majored in materials science and now support myself as a contract engineer providing various technical services to a wide variety of companies. As I've gotten older, I've found myself more and more attracted to big data analytics and combinatoric and applied math because of the idea of using math to solve real world problems and a lifelong passion for mathematical logic. My question is this, what does someone in their mid thirties do to get admitted to a graduate program in applied mathematics? What undergraduate work should I consider doing first and what types of things would make me more marketable to a school with a highly competitive program?"
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State Government based Bartering Centers

phrackwulf phrackwulf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

phrackwulf writes "As a step towards realizing a new economic system based on sufficiency rather than scarcity, I would like to propose the creation of government sponsored bartering centers to benefit the poor and elderly. The first series of centers in this network could be established in California, given that the state government has just passed a budget that cuts services to these segments most of all. The use of money would not be prevented at these centers, but they would serve as a central distribution point for state government assistance along with allowing the sort of human connection that gives entrepreneurs at the most basic level (and I have been there personally) to start to build networks and barter goods and services. What does Slashdot think? [-)"
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Search algorithms and Derivative valuation

phrackwulf phrackwulf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

phrackwulf (589741) writes "My understanding of the current credit crisis that set off the massive financial system meltdown is as follows. Bad loans are chopped up and mixed in with other loans to make things called derivatives that are sold at a certain value to securitize risk and make money for banks. The current crisis has not been resolved because, like a contagion in a population of animals, or an oil slick spreading through a water supply, the banks are not able to separate out the bad loans contaminating the derivative population. The market is not able to value these derivatives because of the missing information on how many of them are "contaminated" and which loans make up the different derivatives. My question for Slashdot is this. Isn't this a job for a search algorithm and a database or what? Why isn't Tim Geithner and the best group of code monkeys and accountants he can find, building an algorithm to quickly search and order derivative portfolios at each major bank followed by running it on however many Beowulf clusters he can beg, borrow or steal? Do the banks themselves just not have the information? Or is the information not able to be accessed all at once by a powerful enough computing system? Or how about we use a distributed client like Seti at home to get ourselves out of this mess? Advice?"

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