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Comment Re:What happened = gambling + sports (Score 2) 95

Any time gambling gets mixed with sports you have a mechanism where cheating can get you money. Whether it's the 1919 Chicago "Black Sox" or one of these point shavers gambling always has the potential to lead to sports cheating.

... Which makes you wonder why the US professional leagues have invested their own money in fantasy sports gambling sites.

Comment How about if we OWN our personal information? (Score 5, Interesting) 79

Imagine if we owned our personal information as a form of intellectual property? Big corporations have gotten pretty good at protecting their intellectual property rights. Maybe it's time for us ordinary folks to own our personal information. Then we could license it to companies for particular uses, but they wouldn't have the right to sell it without our permission.

Comment Re:Does not crash Chrome on my Win7 laptop (Score 1) 205

It does not crash the copy of Chrome running on my Win7 machine. I let the machine automatically update when it feels like it; the machine is currently running Chrome 45.0.2454.93

When I paste http: //a/%%30%30 into the address bar, I seem to get a web search for 30 30, with the first two hits being .30-30 Winchester - Wikipedia & 30/30 Poetry. I get the exact same behavior pasting into the search box. So it seems the current default behavior is to treat a malformed URL as a text search.

P.S. This meme should be a bonanza for the good folks at 30/30 poetry!

Comment Re:Don't take yours in. (Score 1) 411

Diesels are better at CO and unburnt hydrocarbons, because they always take in a full charge of air, no matter how small an amount of fuel is being injected (therefore combustion is more complete). They may be marginally better at CO2, but that is mostly because they tend to be under powered compared to "performance cars".

Comment Re:Same reason we're looking for earth-like life (Score 1) 275

Radio is very noisy. Why would any advanced civilization think that it would be a great way to communicate over long distances?

Because microwaves near the 21cm band pass through dust clouds that would block visible light and various other frequency bands, so its good for really long distance communication. Hydrogen 21cm detectors are also a good way to measure the large scale structure of the universe. See The Watering Hole.

Comment Maybe it's time to tax intellectual property (Score 5, Interesting) 128

OK, I get it, intellectual property is a real thing and needs a certain amount of protection. But you know what? Protecting property costs money! I own a condo and I pay taxes on it - something like 2% of the property value per year! Obviously the tax rates for IP need to be set at a reasonable level, but if a company is claiming x billion dollars of IP, perhaps they ought to pay a tax of a few hundred thousand for property protection. And if they lapse in their tax payments, perhaps their ownership rights lapse too, just as the city or state would take over my property if I stopped paying taxes.

Comment Re:That's pretty surprising for 2015 Android IMO (Score 1) 287

Android supports RDNSS for IPv6, but not DHCP for IPv6. Basically, there is no need for DHCP in IPv6. There is no need for an IPv6 address to be dynamic. Your carrier has multiple ways to supply one or more global IPv6 addresses to your mobile device, and to renumber the devices under its control at any time. Since your carrier is responsible for routing the IPv6 packets from your mobile device, it's up to your carrier to assign IPv6 addresses. For use on a local network, your device can also use IPv6 stateless auto configuration. Also, none of these options exclude any others: IPv6 assumes devices will have multiple addresses at the same time. Finally, IPv4 and IPv6 are not mutually exclusive. If you are behind a firewall, using addresses like 10.x.y.z or l192.168.x.y, then your device is capable of using IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously.

On my android 4.1 phone, connected via Verizon, I can see both an IPv4 address and an IPv6 address. On my phone, tap Settings, scroll to the bottom, tap About phone, then tap Status, and you'll see a field of two IP addresses. With wifi turned on, I have a 192.168.x.y address on my home wifi network. If I turn wifi off, I get an address that begins 100.71, presumably assigned by Verizon and globally routable. With or without wifi, I have a second address with 8 fields, much longer, beginning 2600:1000. That's clearly an IPv6 address assigned by Verizon. Whether or not Verizon will route my IPv6 packets is another question.

Comment Re:DUHHHHH (Score 5, Interesting) 124

Whoever hacked Kaspersky was probably hunting moles. From the outside, it looks as if Kaspersky has been positively brilliant, revealing state level actors, cracking stuxnet, duqu, & duqu2. But what if some other state level actor had been feeding Kaspersky? What if spies, not security researchers, told Kaspersky where to look? It would be worth a lot for the authors of stuxnet etc to be able to confirm or deny that Kaspersky worked without help. That's the best reason I can see for hacking into Kaspersky.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 2) 210

Actually, Sun Microsystems made a VM and, in 2006, released it under the GPL. So the only real question at this point is whether there is anything in Dalvic that was not released by Sun in 2006-7. Oracle can hope for control over a few small crumbs, but most of the cookies in the Java jar have been free and open source for over 9 years.

Submission + - Baidu forced to withdraw last month's ImageNet test results

elwinc writes: Back in mid-May, Baidu, a computer research and services organization in Mainland China, announced impressive results on the ImageNet "Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge," besting results posted by Google and Microsoft. Turns out, Baidu gamed the system, creating 30 accounts and running far more than the 2 tests per week allowed in the contest. Having been caught cheating, Baidu has been banned for a year from the challenge. I believe all competitors are using variations on the convolutional neural network, AKA deep network. Running the test dozens of times per week might allow a competitor to pre-tune parameters for the particular problem, thus producing results that might not generalize to other problems. All of which makes it quite ironic that a Baidu scientist crowed Our company is now leading the race in computer intelligence!

Submission + - Linux kernel 4.1 Will be an LTS Release

prisoninmate writes: Linux Foundation’s LinuxLTSI (Long-Term Support Initiative) group has confirmed on Twitter that the next LTS version of the Linux kernel will be 4.1. The information has also been confirmed by Greg Kroah-Hartman, a renowned kernel developer who is currently maintaining several kernel branches, including a few LTS ones. Therefore, when Linux kernel 4.1 will be released, it will become the LTS version of 2015 and the most advanced long-term support release,

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.