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Comment Dunning Kruger effect (Score 1) 698

Dunning Kruger effect

Or more succinctly put by Charles Darwin

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."

Comment Last week ... (Score 5, Interesting) 290

Last week when I was driving to work as was approaching a traffic light that turned from red to green as I approached. I noticed a youth crossing the other side, head phones in and face down in his phone, slowed down in anticipation of him walking out in front of me. He did, I braked and blew my horn in warning and stopped and stepped backwards onto the central refuge and launched into a tirade of abuse and offensive gestures. Despite the fact I'd just saved him from serious injury at minimum as a result of his own stupidity.

You just cannot help some people.

Comment Measure twice (Score 1) 323


The most important Engineering Principle is to measure everything using metrics to guide the process, in a word continuously testing your assumptions and decisions.

This IS applicable to software engineering through the application of test driven development, to ensure the component meets the requirements and continues to do throughout the development process.

Comment And ... (Score 1) 425

Comprise: to be made up of (something) : to include or consist of (something)

Comprise: to have as parts or members, or to be those parts or members:

to include; contain
to constitute the whole of; consist of

Submission Cure for a financial epidemic? Help! I've Been Hacked...->

An anonymous reader writes: Reports indicate that incidents of hacking, identity theft and fraud have reached epidemic proportions.

Consider the following:

        The number of U.S. data breaches rose 27.5 percent in 2014 to a new record, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. The breaches involved more than 85 million records, with hacking incidents accounting for 29 percent of the total. []

        Identity theft has been identified as the fastest growing crime in America, with the number of incidents reaching 9.9 million a year, according to the Federal Trade Commission. []

        Hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans, based on the most recent 12-month tally, according to data compiled for CNN Money by Ponemon Institute, and potentially involved up to 432 million accounts.[

        There were "at least 123,741 unique phishing attacks worldwide" in the first half of 2014 that each targeted a specific brand or entity, according to The Global Phishing Survey, detailed in a story by CBS News. Almost 23,000 domain names "were registered maliciously by phishers," mostly in China, the report said. []

And yet, while there are various public and private sector resources available that can help those who've been affected, they are many are widely dispersed, hard to track down and require considerable effort to marshal effectively.

Needless to say, that is the last thing victims need when defenses are low and time is of the essence.

Now, though, there is a new resource that can speed up the recovery process. Help! I've Been Hacked is a free online directory of links, telephone numbers, and relevant resources for Americans who have been "compromised" by hacking, fraud, identity theft, or credit and debit card theft.

Featuring a clean, multi-device-friendly layout, Help! I've Been Hacked allows people to quickly and easily connect, via smartphone, tablet or desktop PC, with credit card issuers, online service providers, and other firms who can help them get their lives back.

For those who would say it is just as easy for people to "Google it," that is probably not the best approach when it comes to tracking down a list of after-hours contact numbers or the correct URLs to visit to reclaim hacked numerous email and social media accounts before further damage is done.

Instead, it would be easier to visit the place where the work has already been done: Help! I've Been Hacked (

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Submission 10 new Rosetta images reveal comet 67P in all its glory->

sciencehabit writes: The first scientific results from Rosetta at comet 67P have been published, and they detail a surprising diversity of features on the 4-kilometer-long duck-shaped comet. The discoveries include images from Rosetta’s main science camera, OSIRIS, which reveal 67P to be a far more diverse place than anyone expected.
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Submission This Battery Has Lasted 175 Years and No One Knows How->

sarahnaomi writes: There sits, in the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University, a bell that has been ringing, nonstop, for at least 175 years. It's powered by a single battery that was installed in 1840. Researchers would love to know what the battery is made of, but they are afraid that opening the bell would ruin an experiment to see how long it will last.

The bell’s clapper oscillates back and forth constantly and quickly, meaning the Oxford Electric Bell, as it’s called, has rung roughly 10 billion times, according to the university. It's made of what's called a "dry pile," which is one of the first electric batteries. Dry piles were invented by a guy named Giuseppe Zamboni (no relation to the ice resurfacing company) in the early 1800s. They use alternating discs of silver, zinc, sulfur, and other materials to generate low currents of electricity.

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