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Comment: It is like proving 2 = 3 (Score 1) 44

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48936343) Attached to: 'Anonymized' Credit Card Data Not So Anonymous, MIT Study Shows
A mathematician could easily prove 2 = 3, for large values 2.

For loose definitions of "identify" they could find sets of credit card transactions that would meet the given "pieces" of information. If Detective Paul Drake is looking for someone who went to a particular restaurant one night and then bought cake from some bakery next day, and Della Street knows the same person paid for toll the same evening, the super duper algorithm will tell Perry Mason all the sets of transactions that would match the given "pieces". But the data sets will not have any name or address attached to it. But still Ham Burger will make a mistake and his star witness will confess on the stand.

Comment: Re:track record (Score 1) 204

by bill_mcgonigle (#48935901) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

To the military I say: buy the best on the market, with a proven track record, with a slight bias for buying local.

Not here - the DoD is spending $2B to design a new rifle, rather than just adopt the AK74M, which has all the features it wants and many allies already use.

"'Cause commies, son."

Comment: Re:Service call? (Score 1) 236

I know there's SMART and other tools, but oddly enough, with offshore admins supposedly monitoring our equipment 24/7, I can still walk through our (fairly large) machine room and identify three or five warning lights that they did not know about. (I'm a "legacy" IT employee who still has access to the room.) Software alerts are important, but they're only as good as the people watching them. Even with an alert automatically spawning a trouble ticket, things can go bad if the ticket is dropped into a week-long queue, or even if it happens during local daylight hours and the offshore crew aren't coming online until 8:00 PM local time. Later, when the smoke clears, the offshore admins will insist they were just following process, and we'll just set things up to be knocked down again at a future date.

Secondly, you're right about IT making recommendations that are ignored by the pencil pushers. But in my opinion that's the CIO not doing his or her job.

Comment: Re:that's the problem. 3/16th" hole = opened (Score 1) 325

by hey! (#48935183) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

The issue as I'm sure you know isn't "opened", but rather "opened within a certain length of time." Obviously given unlimited time you can get into anything, and you probably can get into an ATM a lot faster than a decent safe. But once you have the explosion routine down pat, you can probably be away with the ATM money in *seconds*. In terms of practicality and low risk, that's hard to beat.

They laughed at Einstein. They laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. -- Carl Sagan