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Comment: Re:Ass covering, BT Example from UK (Score 1) 230

Not quite correct - he probed for a simple directory traversal (think adding "/../../etc/passwd" to the end of the URL). However, the website was not vulnerable and did not disclose anything! It only threw an internal alarm and Cuthbert was identified by the previously entered credit card information.

Comment: Switzerland (Score 3, Interesting) 144

by SmilingBoy (#48133891) Attached to: Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

"But in Switzerland, a finance professional who asked Google to remove more than 10 links on his arrest and conviction for financial crimes had his request denied."

Would such a request not already be denied just because Switzerland is not in the European Union?

And by the way, most of the comments here seem to be unhappy about the fact that Google is making these decisions. Guess what, Google doesn't want this either. They fought this tooth and nail up to the highest European Court, but the court decided to force them to remove requests under certain (but not clearly defined) circumstances. Read more here (I haven't reviewed the article so can't vouch for accuracy though):

Comment: Re:Seems to be a contradiction (Score 1) 447

by SmilingBoy (#48131823) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage
Not a contradiction. They probably ran a regression rather than just correlating pairs of variables. Simply put example to explain the principle: You look at all weddings that cost $1,000, and then check what impact the number of guests has on likelihood of divorce. You then do the same for weddings that cost $10,000. If in both cases you find that the number of guests has a negative effect on the likelihood of divorce, this will be your first result. Now do it in reverse: Look at all weddings with 20 guests and check what impact wedding costs have on the likelihood of divorce. Then look at all weddings with 200 guests and check what impact wedding costs have on the likelihood of divorce. If in both cases you find that the cost for the wedding has a positive effect on the likelihood of divorce, this will be your second result. Hence, no contradiction. In reality, regressions work slightly differently, but in the end you always report as a result the effect that one explanatory variable has on the dependent variable assuming that the other explanatory variables are held constant.

Comment: Re:Feet and inches (Score 1) 942

by SmilingBoy (#48037225) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures
No still, but again. TVs used to be sold using the diagonal given in cm. On the other hand, computer screens were always (?) sold in inches. However, since flat screen TVs have become common, they have been marketed in inch. I don't really understand why - after all, cm are the bigger number.

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