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The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

superwiz Re:"Python Code" (131 comments)

did you say line 138? And then line 255? That's a LOT for a python script. Sounds like python is doing most of the setup work.

2 days ago
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The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

superwiz somebody should start a petition (131 comments)

The White House takes suggestions, doesn't it? Someone should start a petition to treat Rick Rolling as a capital offense. Oh, and yeah, get OFF MY LAWN!! Damn dumb millennials.

2 days ago
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

superwiz Re:Consipricy nuts, go! (100 comments)

That was me. Russian oligarch's are the "it" boys which maldives so attractive to Russians with money. And once again. They became oligarchs before Putin tightened the screws. The fact that they survived and thrived in the environment in which murder and fraud were par for the course of doing business should tell you that they are prepared for almost any contingency. Their wealth is virtually guaranteed to be impossible to connect to them or to trace in its entirety. The only real restrictions on them is that they cannot receive US visas at the moment. But 5-50 people having visa restrictions is hardly rises to the level of what is called "sanctions."

about two weeks ago
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

superwiz Re:Consipricy nuts, go! (100 comments)

Actually, the US sanctions are currently an ongoing joke in Russia. I saw someone post a photograph showing that some local gym was advertising that they were having sanctions against McCain and Harry Reid. The sanctions cover a few (very few) individuals. They are about as much "sanctions" as Obama's administration is "the most transparent in history." The Oligarchs managed to make their money in Russia in which every business, at the time, was ran the way the narco businesses are ran in the US (in complete absence of the law). Having a few accounts frozen is hardly a contingency they haven't anticipated.

about two weeks ago
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

superwiz Re:9/11 was an inside job (100 comments)

If by that you mean, that it was you talking out of your ass (the inside of it), then you are probably right.

about two weeks ago
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

superwiz Re:Umm yeah (100 comments)

Maldives is yielding to pressure both from the US (which probably did kidnap the guy) and from Russia. Russians see Maldives as THE PRIME DESTINATION for anyone with money. The name "Maldives" in very, very common in modern Russia. But the reason they were pressured to take responsibility is that kidnapping a direct relative of a Parliament Member makes this potentially an Act Of War. US doesn't want the possibility of such such interpretation being made. And neither does Russia. Russia is in no position to let go of even a minor act of war right now. The internal Russian media has been blaming the West for Ukraine's asserted independence and has created a war-path climate. Russia would HAVE TO respond to even a minor act of war at this point. And they don't want to be forced into this position over someone nabbed on fraud charges.

about two weeks ago
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

superwiz Re:Consipricy nuts, go! (100 comments)

Cooperating with the US would have been (and still is) a terrible PR move for Maldives. Russian oligarchs are their main customers.

about two weeks ago
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

superwiz Re:Consipricy nuts, go! (100 comments)

Maldives doesn't give two craps about the US. The reason it would lie (if it were to lie) would be to placate Russia. Russian tourism money is one of its main sources of revenue. Not just general tourism, but specifically Russian. Vacationing in Maldives is the considered the main indication that one "has arrived" in modern Russia. It's where the Russian Big Money go when they want to prove that they are BIg Money. If there is even a hint that they served as US lap dogs, this particular little vacation destination will be abandoned. They are gonna have to prove now that a son of an MP was on Interpol watch list. Because he almost certainly was travelling on a diplomatic passport and was most likely outside of the reach of Interpol's jurisdiction.

about two weeks ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

superwiz Re:Kidnapping. (176 comments)

The Russians are masters of passive aggression when it comes to law enforcement when it suits them: the place is corrupt from top to bottom, and it manifests itself in a complete lack of desire to cooperate in international law enforcement.

No argument there. But this didn't happen in Russia.

about two weeks ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

superwiz Re:Kidnapping. (176 comments)

What's more interesting is that Maldives almost definitely would not have agreed with it. It depends on Russian tourist money because Russians somehow think it's the destination of those at the very top of the pecking order. There is almost no way Maldives would have agreed to piss off Russia over a mild fraud case. So this was in violation of the local laws. Given that he may have had a diplomatic passport, it could have been an act of war, too.

about two weeks ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

superwiz Re:Guam is in the Maldives now? (176 comments)

The more interesting part is that Maldives actually agreed to it. It's the favorite tourist destination of the the Russian money. It's one of the few places that depends on Russia much more than it does on the US.

about two weeks ago
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New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

superwiz Re:So they don't have to ask the NSA (206 comments)

Putin has already lost power to the murderous thugs currently running Russia. The current occupation of Ukraine is nothing but a deliberate attempt of the Russian upper military class to reassert its relevance to the level which it enjoyed during the Soviet Union and which it has long lost in the current climate of peace.

about three weeks ago
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New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

superwiz Re:So they don't have to ask the NSA (206 comments)

It is most definitely about burdening Russian companies. If the police raids their Russian offices they don't have the excuse "our data is stored abroad" anymore. Such an admission in itself would become and admission of guilt.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

superwiz Re:R... (143 comments)

Why Python and not C or ERLANG or COBOL? ..

While the question is interesting, it's off topic. You may as well ask the same question about any development task. Clearly the person asking the question already decided that the advantages of Python outweigh the advantages of C,ERLANG and COBOL. He is now asking whether the advantages of R outweigh the advantages of Python. Which is an entirely different topic.

about three weeks ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

superwiz Re:Agreed. (242 comments)

SQL server is down and the boss is in the elevator coming to fire you is a pretty critical bit of information.

So as to fix it himself? Fear is how you negotiate down your life.

about three weeks ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

superwiz Re:Good? (273 comments)

Nah, that one will be much easier to fight. NYC, for example, made segways illegal despite being the best market for it and having a lot of bike lanes which can be used by segway users. It's easy to outlaw a technology which can be visually identified (police can ticket its users). It's much harder to enforce a ban of technology based purely on information.

about three weeks ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

superwiz Re:Ain't trolling fun? (109 comments)

Interesting. So are you pro or against the AGW hypothesis? Because when I argue that AGW hypothesis is a thinly-disguised neo-Communist agenda, it seems to have a whiff of paranoia. Would you care to affirm that you a primary example of such a confluence?

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

superwiz yes and no (109 comments)

If a plant managed to find a process to capture all chemicals and have 0 pollutants other than CO2, this would give them a way to also be free of CO2 regulations.

about a month ago
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Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

superwiz hmm (248 comments)

would be nice if a lawyer could comment if a branch of canadian government has standing in dictating policy of foreign corporations. does google.jp, for example, really have to comply with canadian court orders?

about a month ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

superwiz actually... (347 comments)

This time they may have stepped into it. Whoever created the myth that the emails were destroyed will probably go to jail. The very claim that the electronic records could not be produced because they were destroyed (while they clearly haven't been) is tantamount to attempting to destroy those records. There is no question that this lie gets them on abstraction of justice and lying to Congress. But attempting to destroy electronic records of a crime brings in a whole new set of charges (think wire fraud and such). They can't back peddle this anymore. Expect them to double down and dig in.

about a month ago

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Scientist Claiming Threat to Polar Bears Suspended

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "Just five years ago, Charles Monnett was one of the scientists whose observation that several polar bears had drowned in the Arctic Ocean helped galvanize the global warming movement. Now, the wildlife biologist is on administrative leave and facing accusations of scientific misconduct."
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A teen simplified Bernoulli formula

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "Fox news reports this (oddly enough I can't find this story on the AMS website, so it might be a hoax):

I am wondering if he found a formula for Bernoulli denominators. But so far I can find little details beyond the "he simplified the formula" statement."
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Does ABC populate discussions with fake comments?

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "I just read this story http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=4933727&page=1 on the ABC news web page and naturally I was tempted to comment on it. After registering as a member of the ABC news (first and last name were required for the registration, mind you), I tried to post a comment and was no longer able to load the website. Each browser that I tried was stuck in set-user-name-cookie/reload infinite cycle. I tried multiple browsers. And yet when I loaded the page without loging-in, there were already comments posted. If I wasn't able to log in and post comments, I would assume that neither could anyone else. So is ABC news putting up fake comments to the story as part of their attempt to control the content that they deliver? Is this astro-turf? Or is it a bona fide technical problem?"
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HP makes memory from a once-theoretical circuit

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "
Thirty-seven years ago, Leon Chua, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, mathematically theorized that scientific symmetry demands that there should be a fourth fundamental circuit. Engineers were already familiar with resistors (which resist the flow of electricity), capacitors (which store electricity), and inductors (which resist changes to the flow of electrical current), which can be combined to build more complex devices. The fourth circuit, which Chua called a "memristor" for memory resistor, would register how much current had passed.
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9932054-7.html?tag=nefd.lede"

Journals

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Progress And Nihilism

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

A lot of soul-searching is happening in light of the Virginia Tech shooting. Many people sighed with relief that the shooter was not a video game player. Many others sighed with relief that he wasn't a Muslim. Everyone is shockingly asking "why?" Far be it from me to know what was the last straw that made him snap. I've known angry people in my life. I've known people fascinated with the truly morbid. None of them snapped. The last I heard, they were all living productive lives. So what made Seung-Hui Cho snap?

While this may be an unpopular position during this time of our unsuccessful prosecution of the war in Iraq and the all-too-obvious fact that the war on terror was hijacked to become a war to grab oil, I will still make the claim that this was a terrorist act. And I will attempt to say why terrorism occurs and why it is the scourge of civilization. While the term "civilization" is often used to distinguish those within one's group from those outside of one's group, I will try to be more precise in defining it. I will say that a civilization is a society that is committed to progress. Where progress is a process of making physical life (not spiritual, but physical) more comfortable. That is progress is the process of improving creature comforts for people so as to relief the suffering and discomfort that is caused to them by the mother nature.

Progress has a certain life-cycle. First, it is born. It is born out of innovative thinking of visionaries or out of aimless wondering of the curious. But it always starts with a new way of seeing the world. That is followed by a period of convincing the general population that this particular piece of progress is a good thing (tm). This is not always successful. Often the new and innovative ideas die at this stage. But those ideas that succeed, attract a following of the competent (often confusingly called "technologically elite") that wish to profit from blessing the world with this new way of living. As they go through the iterative stages of making the new progressive idea more usable and acceptable to the world, the "technological elite" earn enough power in the form of the world gratitude (usually expressed in financial compensation) to join the ranks of the actual elite -- the people who wield actual power over the general population.

Those who don't see the hard work, ingenuity and talent that is involved in creating progress don't see why it happens. All they see is the progress' missionaries' rise in power or affluence. They feel that they are not part of this rising tide (even though they do become benefactors of progress) and as a result they loose hope. For what is hope? It is the belief that future will be better than today. And once the rise of others is clear and is accompanied by realization that one cannot participate in that rise, it becomes very easy to believe that endeavors of one's life do not improve one's condition are not fruitful. Many times this is a fallacy because one's "moment of greatness" simply hasn't come, yet. Alas, sometimes it is, in fact, true. There are those who just coast through life not trying to improve it. Their moment of greatness never comes.

So what is the next step after the hopelessness sets in? Well, inevitably it is nihilism. And that is the last stage in the life-cycle of progress. Those who did not participate in progress' fruition loose hope and become nihilistic. Nihilism is a destructive tendency. As a matter of fact, it can be defined as taking joy in destruction (not necessarily caused by one's hands).

Nihilism takes many forms. Communism is one of the most grandiose nihilistic movements because it wishes to reverse the clock on progress and to re-distribute the wealth created by progress so that those responsible for it get no more benefit than those idly standing by. Large scale terrorism is a smaller scale nihilism. It only wishes to wrest the laurels of progress from the peoples that created it in order to give it to those peoples that did not. Mass murder is an even lesser scale and harder to understand form of nihilism because it is always impossible to predict when it so happens that a single individual passes that threshold of having a glimmer of hope and having none.

It is the wish of everyone involved in the work of bringing progress to fruition that they be recognized for the great benefit that they bring to the world. They are the only ones that separate us from savages. Social scientists and clerics would argue that they contribute a great deal, too. But their work has not changed much in 2000 years. Civilization has improved in that time tremendously though. So what can a civilization do in the face of nihilism? Well, its only choices are to surrender to it or to fight it. Now I can feel the reader's eye rolling up at the word "fight". How can I suggest that destruction be met with something so uncreative as more destruction? I am doing nothing of the kind though.

This fight must be for the minds of those without hope. It must be waged by teaching the world how to become active participants in the work of progress. The primary goal of governments must be not only protecting the civilization from the destructive drive of those who surrendered to the nihilism, but also the educating of those who have a glimpse of hope -- educating them how to create. The missionaries of progress must walk hand-in-hand with those in power so as not to isolate themselves from those who can contribute and who wish to contribute to the work of creation. It is very tempting to argue that it is a basic human right to be left alone. But that won't stem the building tide of nihilism outside of one's castle.

In the end stage of life-cycle of progress is a test of civilization. The test of whether a civilization can fight nihilism without itself becoming more destructive than the nihilists. The civilizations that pass this test get to part-take in the next wave of progress. The ones that fail it, get to be fondly remembered as the "good old days".

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