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Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks

roland_mai Give me a break! (516 comments)

Being a web dev myself, I do appreciate the importance of optimization but static files are definitely not the cause of such performance issues.

Usually, it's either application load or database load.

These "experts" are giving really "obvious" comments. The point of architecture problems is most likely the culprit, or simply, they've just haven't planned very well for the amount of data transfer that the system would have to handle.

about a year ago

Researchers Create Mid-Air Haptic Feedback System For Touch Displays

roland_mai Re:Obvious post (62 comments)

First thing that crossed my mind as well. Especially the way he was grabbing that tiny nob. :) Blinkin form Robinhood Man in Tights is going to be so happy.

about a year ago

No US College In Top 10 For ACM International Programming Contest 2013

roland_mai I see opportunity here (199 comments)

I don't think this is a matter of lazy or stupid. There are smart people all over the world. Finding them is the problem. Also, the US thrives because of smart people, so why not give incentive to the special ones to come over?

about a year ago

Brain Zapping Improves Math Ability

roland_mai Small sample size (202 comments)

The sample size is truly ridiculously small. I would expect some rigor from people before publishing these results.

about a year ago

"Dance Your Ph.D." Winner Announced

roland_mai Amazing Performance (31 comments)

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Really cool performance.

about 2 years ago

Wi-Fi Illness Claim Doesn't Impress New Mexico Court

roland_mai Re:Never amazed (217 comments)

And we found the grammar Nazi.

about 2 years ago

Wi-Fi Illness Claim Doesn't Impress New Mexico Court

roland_mai Never amazed (217 comments)

Gentlemen we found Magneto's cousin, ElectroMangeto. His powers are retarded though.

about 2 years ago

Researchers Say Dark Winters Led To Bigger Human Brains

roland_mai Crappy article! (167 comments)

Correlation and causality are not the same. Also, I really would like people to stop publishing articles on "Scientists say", a study found, etc without publishing a link to the peer reviewed article so we can understand what is going on. If we don't have such reasons we can make this sort of reasoning too: "Northern latitudes are have less light during winters, and people have bigger brains to deal with the depression that is associated with lack of light." Of course I just pulled that out of my behind, and it's only meant to indicate that any yahoo can come up with some theory behind correlation. So, you have to control for all sorts of variables before making such conclusions, but heck, we just care about the 2 line summary, eh?

more than 3 years ago

Star Wars To Air As Animated Sitcom

roland_mai Sounds like Watchmen inspired someone (268 comments)

It looks like "Watchmen" inspired someone, to make toys and become the richest person on earth. Hail George Lucas!

more than 4 years ago

Battlefield Earth Screenwriter Accepts Razzie

roland_mai Well, I liked it (295 comments)

I watched the movie while coding on a project and I remember liking it. I have found out that bad movies are not as bad if you code while watching them. This allows one to only allocate to the move a very small fraction of brain power. You'll feel happy because you actually did something, and that you did two things at the same time.

more than 4 years ago

Write Bits Directly Onto a Hard Drive Platter?

roland_mai Well, how about mbr rootkits (578 comments)

Hmm, I was thinking of how Mebroot installs itself in the MBR of the drive. Maybe looking at that code might help you. :) However, I don't think one has to deal with firmware. I think writing a simple filesystem that writes or seeks sequentially only might be a better way of dealing with this issue. I think there are a couple such file systems for NAND flash that pretty much work this way. Then, you can put all your directory structures at one end and all files on the other end of the drives.

more than 4 years ago

Was This the First Denial of Service Attack?

roland_mai Oh, come one. If anyone is ever the first .... (166 comments)

I once (well okay twice) used the "net send /domain" command to just creep everyone in my college of 1,500. The funny thing is that, I don't think the admins would have figured out it was me because they didn't track MAC addresses at the time. Was I the first? PS: probably not!

more than 4 years ago

Researchers Claim "Effectively Perfect" Spam Blocking Discovery

roland_mai Where is the paper? (353 comments)

I can't find the paper anywhere. This is just hype! Templates are relatively similar, however, the trick is in figuring out what the polymorphic engine that injects the content does. Currently, there's quite a bit of research being done uses machine learning techniques. I guess this paper is supposed to do the same thing, learn from some training data and filter other spam. So, there's a learning phase and a testing phase. Current research shows that for the short term these techniques are quite successful having really low false positives 0.002 (AutoRE at Microsoft). However, when looking at spam say 6 months down the road unless you keep learning from labeled emails spam/not-spam, you won't be able to make good decisions because of the volatile characteristics of spam. Also, you've got to be concerned with the Real-Time implications of these learning methodologies and noise. Most campaigns last around 5 days, however, will a user have to wait for 5 days to receive an email? Probably not, so this technique may yield low positives in a longer period than the short term.

more than 4 years ago

Relaunched Fails Accessibility Standards

roland_mai It's the .NET way: Quirks (197 comments)

It's written in .NET which throws out all sorts of standards: W3C and WAI, and keeps only one: Quirks. I think this site was launched way too early.

more than 4 years ago

Balancing Performance and Convention

roland_mai hmm (171 comments)

I don't quite see how using django solves your problems. If you want to use a particular vesion of rails and not upgrade, there's of course: rake rails:freeze:gems No updates means that your software will be out of date eventually. That's like saying, I have an ActiveX plugin that works only in IE7. What can I do to make it work with IE8 without doing anything?

more than 5 years ago

DHS To Grab Biometric Data From Green Card Holders

roland_mai Hmm.. (248 comments)

It's quite strange that prisons are filled with mostly citizens! I think this is part of their stupid initiatives that yield no results.

more than 5 years ago

Graphene Transistors Clocked At 26GHz

roland_mai Cool (174 comments)

My pencil will be finally worth something.

more than 5 years ago


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