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Comment: Re:Iris or RFID (Score 1) 125

by Z00L00K (#48473189) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

Reading the brain waves of a person may be better, harder to fake at least.

But a smart card with PKI and pin code authentication for every access needed will go a long way. If it's a facility with extreme security measures also add guards at checkpoints and make sure that some accesses requires counter-signed authentication.

Comment: Re:In Finland (Score 1) 495

by Z00L00K (#48468145) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

I live in Europe and lumber is the most common building material around here.

Even at a dozen houses per square mile it's still paying off to have the services underground. When you go below one household per square mile then it may be a point in not burying the lines.

Especially since the service lifetime for buried lines is averaging 50 years.

Comment: Re:Aerial or underground ? (Score 1) 495

by Z00L00K (#48467837) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Just remind them their responsibility to provide telecom service for emergency purposes. It may even be in their contract that they have to ensure a certain level of service that they can't back out from. The price they did put up was just their way of trying to say that they don't want you as a customer but they couldn't cancel your contract.

Comment: Re:Aerial or underground ? (Score 5, Insightful) 495

by Z00L00K (#48465609) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

No - it's not even a question. Bury the lines and you will remove a large number of causes for power outages.

Even more important - realize that each outage costs money for the community. In the long run buried lines will save money - even if you are in an area where the ground is filled with rocks.

Comment: Re:In Finland (Score 5, Informative) 495

by Z00L00K (#48465589) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Similar in Sweden, where I live there have been maybe 5 outages the last 15 years, none of them long enough to create any problems aside from having to set the clock radio again.

And we have underground wiring. Areas with above ground wiring sees more outages.

This is also what annoys me whenever I have been visiting the US - the air is filled with wires high and low, which definitely destroys the scenery of the otherwise picturesque towns that are common in New England among other places.

+ - It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process->

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An anonymous reader writes "Software engineers understand the pace of writing code, but frequently managers don't. One line of code might take 1 minute, and another line of code might take 1 day. But generally, everything averages out, and hitting your goals are more a function of properly setting your goals than of coding quickly or slowly. Sprint.ly, a company than analyzes productivity, has published some data to back this up. The amount of time actually developing a feature was a small and relatively consistent portion of its lifetime as a work ticket. The massively variable part of the process is when "stakeholders are figuring out specs and prioritizing work." The top disrupting influences (as experienced devs will recognize) are unclear and changing requirements. Another big cause of slowdowns is interrupting development work on one task to work on a second one. The article encourages managers to let devs contribute to the process and say "No" if the specs are too vague. Is there anything you'd add to this list?"
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+ - Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Every year the works of thousands of authors enter the public domain, but only a small percentage of these end up being widely available. So how do organizations such as Project Gutenberg choose which works to focus on? Allen Riddell has developed an algorithm that automatically generates an independent ranking of notable authors for any given year. It is then a simple task to pick the works to focus on or to spot notable omissions from the past. Riddell’s approach is to look at what kind of public domain content the world has focused on in the past and then use this as a guide to find content that people are likely to focus on in the future.

Riddell’s algorithm begins with the Wikipedia entries of all authors in the English language edition (PDF)—more than a million of them. His algorithm extracts information such as the article length, article age, estimated views per day, time elapsed since last revision, and so on. This produces a “public domain ranking” of all the authors that appear on Wikipedia. For example, the author Virginia Woolf has a ranking of 1,081 out of 1,011,304 while the Italian painter Giuseppe Amisani, who died in the same year as Woolf, has a ranking of 580,363. So Riddell’s new ranking clearly suggests that organizations like Project Guttenberg should focus more on digitizing Woolf’s work than Amisani’s. Of the individuals who died in 1965 and whose work will enter the public domain next January in many parts of the world, the new algorithm picks out TS Eliot as the most highly ranked individual. Others highly ranked include Somerset Maugham, Winston Churchill, and Malcolm X."

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