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Comment: Not Comcast ;) (Score 1) 418

by hhawk (#47909257) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Clearly it was someone from the NSA ;) just trying to help :) --- If you believe comcast..

"Comcast refuted the claims made in Deepdotweb, stating that they had launched an internal review into the discussions reported above:

Customers are free to use their Xfinity Internet service to visit any website or use it however they wish otherwise. Like virtually all ISPs, Comcast has an acceptable use policy or AUP that outlines appropriate and inappropriate uses of the service. Comcast doesn’t monitor users’ browser software or web surfing and has no program addressing the Tor browser. he anecdotal chat room evidence provided is not consistent with our agents’ messages and is not accurate. Per our own internal review, we have found no evidence that these conversations took place, nor do we employ a Security Assurance team member named Kelly. Tor’s own FAQs clearly state: 'File sharing (peer-to-peer/P2P) is widely unwanted on Tor' and 'BitTorrent is NOT anonymous' on Tor.

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Comment: Next Gen is always bettewr (Score 1) 550

by hhawk (#47525209) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

The issue is that eye surgery is complex. The tech manages the complexity but on some level it weakens the lens, Etc.

A eye surgeon friend/relation suggested that the "next" version of the technology is always better.. and in the past once you had had the surgery you were precluded from the newest revision. That may have changed. His advice was not to get the surgery unless you need it medically or understand that you maybe limiting your ability to get the surgery later in your life when you might need it.


+ - Turing tests passed.. ->

Submitted by hhawk
hhawk (26580) writes "The UK newspaper, The Independent, reports that a chat bot passed "the" Turing test by fooling people it was a 13 yo boy. A (slow) link to the bot is here. The article notes Turing himself said, "a computer could be understood to be thinking if it passed the test, which requires that a computer dupes 30 per cent of human interrogators in five-minute text conversations." The Independent article can be found here

When a bot can pass as Christopher Hitchens I'd be even more impressed."

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Comment: Problem Solved (Score 4, Interesting) 90

by hhawk (#47182247) Attached to: Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making

There is a problem that Xanadu really solves which is when you want to cite someone else's text verbatim... its a direct and visual link back to the source.. so it's clear whose words are being used, where they come from and there is an easy Color coded and visual LINK to see them in full context.. HMTL named hyperlinks can accomplish much of the same however... the interface for Xanadu is much more fluid...

i would enjoy writing with Xanadu...

Comment: Re:what the FEC... (Score 1) 129

I would say FEC to is correct the current bit state, while this method RLNC is to correct a past or future packet.. I am totally suggesting is with fast enough processing power the protocol would assume every packet is missing and have recovered packets "ready to go" if one is missing...

Comment: My Use (Score 1) 143

by hhawk (#46939851) Attached to: Google Announces "Classroom"

I use Blackboard (9.1) and do like it. I also use Google Docs with my students (I use it for virtual office hours), so we can review papers together (while talking on the phone, make mutual edits, Etc.). One issue I have with Blackboard is there isn't a great way to hand in assignments; I do it in a discussion forum. I'm really eager to see what Google comes up with.

That said, given Google's track record, I'm really concerned that this system might not last long. I can't imagine what would happen if/when it goes away in the middle of a term; I wonder if Google is willing to guarantee Classroom for X # of years.

FYI I am an Adj. Instructor at a College in NYC. I also provide commentary about Technology in Higher Education for the FIR Higher Ed Podcast (

Comment: Recording Bab5 Fandom (Score 1) 276

by hhawk (#46535681) Attached to: Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

A highlight of my early days online was when I asked (and your replied) to a question I had about how the Narn defeated the Shadows the previous war. I'm sure that many people had a similar reaction when you interacted with them. I was elated for days.

Has there or will there be an effort to edit/catalog and compile all of the fan interaction as part of the history of Bab 5? [This seems like a great task to hand over the your fans].

Comment: Social TV (Score 4, Interesting) 276

by hhawk (#46535583) Attached to: Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

For me, you are the father or grandfather of social TV, meaning the way you promoted Bab 5 (before, during and after) the series is more or less the methodology that many TV shows and movies have adapted. You maybe have been using NNTP (Network News) instead of Facebook or Twitter, but for me you are the first.

My question: in that context: What are show producers/runners not doing today with Social Media that they could or should be doing to engage and interact with fans?

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.