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Comment what happened to advanced civilization (Score 1) 634

when we have such a close tie in such an important situation, whatever happened to using high technology, supposedly one of the hallmarks of our advanced civilization?

why are we tossing a coin when a whole slew of models of handheld calculators come with a rand() function?

it's pretty simple. somebody is picked to be the caller and they call high or low.

then you get a group of people (does 10 work?) to write a single digit from 0-9 on a piece of paper and stuff it in a box (UNfolded). somebody shakes the box and then the 10 people get in line to reach in and take a piece of paper out of the box without looking at it. as each piece of paper is drawn, a string of numbers is built up. you seed the randomizer with that string of digits, throw out x number of results and produce the next result.

if it's higher than 0.49, then the result is "high", otherwise it's "low".

not that damn hard to figure out. but these are the people who get into politics rather than something that takes intelligence.

Comment smh: gambler's fallacy, people (Score 1) 634

any succession of coin tosses is arguably equally likely.

but hey, let's go your direction and do it one more:

the odds of a coin landing on a specific side are 1:2.

but then somebody has to have called the correct side to win. so, let's "compound" those events. the caller has two choices to choose from, so the odds of them calling the correct side are also 1:2.

wow, now winning a coin-toss is 1:4.

oh, hey, what are the odds that the person chosen to be the caller wins? well you have two sides vying for a win, and so two people to choose from. once again, the odds of the person being called also winning the coin toss are 1:2.

wow, winning a coin toss just got to 1:8.

ad infinitum.

also doesn't change the fact that if you practice it for long enough, if you're in control of both the toss and the catch, you can force the outcome. if you manage to master this art, consider the fact that the call is usually made while the coin is in air, giving the master of hand eye coordination, reflexes, or whatever ample time to adjust the height of the catch.

Comment Re:97% odds against either winning all flips fairl (Score 1) 634

I've done this and can vouch for it.

When I would wait (upwards of an hour) the for bus after work, I'd sit on the concrete and flip a quarter to see if I could get down an art of forcing the outcome. I once managed to tally up 25 heads in a row.

Given that this is a proven unfortunate fact of coin flipping, I'd say that there's probably no way to make a coin toss fair without enforcing a lot of distance between the tosser and the landing surface, and enforcing a lot of spin during the coin's flight.

Comment Re:Electronic Engineer Here (Score 1) 220

It doesn't matter what you, as the designing Engineer, plan for.

Ultimately, your plans get handed up and up until they reach a holder, and then down and down until they reach a buyer.

And that buyer, ultimately, decides how those plans are executed -- whether in full or in part, with or without modifications.

And when "in part" and "with modifications" means selling *more quickly* for a *good enough* price to any buyer whatsoever, then that course you took in Ethics In Engineering (I hope!) waves good-bye because the end-producer is the one who determines what the actual product is and the politics that producer works under decides how accountable they are to their consumers.

Say "hi" to China for me.

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 220

q: what's stupid?

a: wishing in one hand and shitting in the other. it's a joke -- don't actually do it!

fact of the matter is, you can look at the history of PC's and see *FOUR* prevailing and concurrent trends:

1. "this gets easier to sell as it gets smaller"

2. "this gets harder to break into and work on as it gets smaller"

3. "making things smaller takes more investment and research, it's more expensive and fewer companies can compete -- which means i can't just run out and get replacement parts for a smaller device"

4. "things getting smaller, harder to work on and more desireable all at the same time is a real fucking hard on for me, i'm going to go with manufacturig the miniaturized model AND the proprietary model AND the unserviceable model, all because nobody can fucking touch me! i'm king! KING!"

which is exactly where we are, today!

Comment Re:Ridiculous... (Score 0) 220

................. the point was that if you bought all your consumer goods (which those undoubtably are) all at the same time, and if they all had a planned obsolescence of the same time period (these days it's two years -- look it up!) and if enough people were in the same boat as you, then all of a sudden, wow wow, all at once, gee whiz, a whole population would be stroking their dicks in the dirt in a big fucking circle around a bonfire of their worthless fucking gadgets.

not that hard to figure out!!

Comment "hay" now (Score 4, Insightful) 220

... don't try to sell me on planned obsolescence!

When I was proofing goods for the sales floor at a charity second hand shop, here's the prevailing theme I noticed:

* Made before 1970: Pretty good

* Made during WW2: Awesome

* Made during WW1: How are we so blessed

Everything else is unserviceable fucking garbage, might as well throw it in the trash.

Comment get dat granny nerd rap $$$, g's (Score 1) 1310

*animated old lady in a flower dress and shades*

yo
drop the pinochle, boise
this senior citizen's about to get noisy
i'm not crazy, just senile
but i can pick up rhymes like mahjongg tiles
my grand-daughter is a hacker, not a slacker
windows 10 since july 29th, cracker
taught this granny everything she knows
like how to search amazon for dildos
now i'm surfin' on over to the slash-dot
point my webcrawler from my aol
push the firehose button and blow it all to hell
tony bennett, drop the bass you crackhead

Comment not sure what's worse (Score 1) 1310

a) that treating slashdot as a money maker seemed to be a step in the wrong direction as far as "news for nerds" and yet here we go again

b) that "nerd" has become so hyper-realized since the 1990's, that basically everybody and their grandmother is a "nerd", now, completely eliminating any point in targeting anything at "nerds"

get dat granny nerd rap $$$, g's

Submission + - The myth of the ISIS encrypted messaging app (dailydot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Despite widespread media reports to the contrary, an app created for Islamic State militants to send private encrypted messages does not exist, a Daily Dot investigation found.

On Jan. 12, Defense One reported that that the Islamic State allegedly built a new Android app called Alrawi for exchanging encrypted messages, based on claims from online counter-terrorism outfit Ghost Security Group (GSG). The claim was quickly reprinted by Newsweek, Fortune, TechCrunch, and the Times of India—the largest English-language newspaper in the world—among many others.

However, it seems as though hype and fear, rather than concrete evidence of a genuine tool for orchestrating terrorists attacks, played the primary role in propagating word of its existence.
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GSG was unable to provide a version of Alrawi with encrypted communications, but they did point to a jihadist website offering custom-built software where GSG said they originally found the Alrawi encrypted messaging app.
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So, where is the Alrawi encryption app?

Multiple security researchers who closely follow the Islamic State’s online activity say that they haven’t seen the Alrawi app being discussed or shared in any of ISIS’s online channels. Nobody from ISIS seems to know anything about this app, based on extensive online conversations viewed by the Daily Dot and other ISIS observers.

“Basically, [it's] a lot of bullshit over nothing,” Sehnaoui said. “I think it is just a bad media mock-up to try and get some attention. There is nothing even remotely professional or functional about both these apps.”

Ghost Security Group, whose claims are regularly featured in the media, says that it has a working relationship with U.S. counterterrorism officials, and it appears the group passes along information in an informal capacity.

Beyond news of the Alrawi app, GSG has proven its power to generate headlines. In addition to the popular publications that covered the Alrawi app, the group and its associates have been spotlighted by outlets as high-profile and wide-reaching as CNN, BBC, and Fox News. In each report, connections to the U.S. government provide the foundation for the group’s authority.

Submission + - DeLoreans to go back to production (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The last time a DeLorean was built was about 35 years ago, but that is all about to change. Next year, you'll be able to buy a new 2017 DeLorean to satisfy all your deepest Back to the Future dreams. CNN reports: "The new production plan is itself something of a time warp. The cars will be built from an inventory of a million spare parts that have been in storage ever since the Belfast plant closed. Only the engine will be a creature of the 21st century."

Submission + - Do We Really Need Chief Digital Officers?

StewBeans writes: There seems to be a lot of debate around the need for a Chief Digital Officer, with strong opinions on both sides. But when you consider that only 6 percent of companies have hired one, it would appear that most are unconvinced. Theo Priestley writes in Forbes about the hype surrounding the role, saying, "the digital role is performed by the Chief Customer Officer, Chief Innovation Officer or Chief Technology Officer. There is also overlap with the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Talk about stepping on every toe in the C-suite." On the other side, Chris Curran, chief technologist at PwC, is convinced that every company needs a CDO. He says that even if your company has a CIO and CMO, they have "competing objectives and perspectives," leaving customers and users frustrated, while also wasting time and money. He makes a case for solving this in your company by bringing a CDO on board.

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