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+ - Two Data Driven Investigations of 'Deflate Gate'

Submitted by vortex2.71
vortex2.71 (802986) writes "In light of the NFL 'Deflate Gate' scandal, Slate.com has a pair of articles on the New England Patriots’ statistically unlikely prevention of fumbles and on the change in their fumble rates after Tom Brady lobbied the NFL to allow teams to provide the balls for their own offenses in 2007 . Regardless of your team allegiance, the articles provide interesting statistical insight into the debate from a data science perspective."

Comment: Re:Real, real, real... (Score 4, Informative) 98

by _xeno_ (#48840123) Attached to: Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

Where have I head this before? Oh right - Blackhat is the Interstellar of info-sec terrorism films - sigh

Interesting analogy, because the "accuracy" in Interstellar actually was somewhat distracting to me because it made the areas that weren't accurate stand out more.

OK, so there are magic space aliens driving the plot at some point. That I didn't have a problem with. Magic space aliens doing magic, whatever, it drives the movie, willful suspension of disbelief and all that.

Infinite fuel space-planes and the magical spaceship that somehow carried enough supplies for a multi-year mission while looking way too small to do that, on the other hand - those annoyed me. If they hadn't gone for the "realistic" initial spaceship launch I probably could have binned those into the "magic space aliens" "suspension of disbelief" category and just ignored them, but when you go for "realism" you need to go for "realism" everywhere.

Sounds like it's the same with this movie. OK, so the hacking is super realistic, great. Too bad the rest of the movie isn't, making the contrast just that much more jarring.

(That being said, I enjoyed Interstellar. It's a good movie. The science stuff is still a bit bogus, but the core movie is good. Sounds like the same can't be said for Blackhat based on the reviews I've seen.)

Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 55

by _xeno_ (#48835833) Attached to: UK Suspect Arrested In Connection With PSN/XBL 'Lizard Squad' Attacks

And did he actually carry out those threats or is the traditional police tactic of "let's charge with literally everything we can and see what sticks?"

Because nothing in the article elaborates on these so called death threats and swatting claims. It's almost entirely about the LizardSquad DDOS, that involved neither of those.

Comment: Re:unexpected deletion (Score 2) 329

by _xeno_ (#48830127) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

Not using that command is so ingrained, that I have the nightmare where I type "rm -rf /" in a console instead of the dream where you are naked in front of the class, or the one where you didn't study for finals.

You could also do what I did once, and accidentally hit space in the command and not notice.

rm -rf a/bunch/of/local/junk /

Except that's not quite right. What I actually did was:

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/dontremember /bin

Comment: Re:Will SystemD feature creep ever stop ? (Score 3, Interesting) 552

by _xeno_ (#48815275) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features

but even Microsoft managed to avoid building a console, web server, and QR code server into its init system.

Actually, when it comes to consoles... they kinda did.

Consoles in Windows run as part of the Client/Server Runtime Subsystem, which isn't exactly equivalent to init but kind of is. Killing CSRSS causes a BSOD as it's considered that critical to Windows. (Sort of, apparently it's not a "real" BSOD. Do not ask me what that means, I don't know.)

This was the reason that the Windows console didn't support themes (like the XP theme or the Aero theme) until Windows 7 - it was too tightly coupled to the core OS and Microsoft didn't want to introduce security risks via themes.

Comment: Re:This could be fun.... (Score 1) 164

by _xeno_ (#48813375) Attached to: Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

Most medical imaging equipment will dump out a DICOM file, which, IIRC, can be translated into the more typical 3D formats.

DICOM is a magical container format that is more than capable of storing data that no one can use.

In the best case, it contains the imagery in an unencrypted format that everyone can read like JPEG or TIFF.

Because it's the medical industry, it will instead contain an encrypted blob of proprietary imagery data that can only be read by a crappy Visual Basic program that the vendor supplies.

(At least, based on my brief experience trying to get useful data out of medical devices that did provide DICOM files that were universally in some vendor-specific format. And in at least one case were actually encrypted. You could get the raw imagery data out, using the Visual Basic program.)