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Comment Re:Prosiner's dilemma (Score 1) 273 273

This is a variant of the Prisoner's dilemma, where if everyone does what's in their immediate best interest then everyone suffers needlessly.

It would only be the Prisoner's dilemma, if it was always better not to get vaccinated, regardless of what others chose. But in the "vaccination game" you want to get vaccinated if nobody else is and you don't need to if everybody else is. So you want to do the opposite of the crowd. That makes it a Chicken game.


4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101 101

SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124 124

MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.

Comment Re:Litigation Land (Score 2, Insightful) 558 558

Anti-pokerites believe in something that is obviously untrue (the non-existence of two pair). I'm not saying you believe in this, but this turns out to be the only consistent stance that anti-pokerites fall into when they start talking about the after-round. They do this to avoid the unavoidable consequence that based on the fact that two pair exist, and didn't exist before the hand was dealt, the evidence is actually on the side of pokerites of various stripes that two pair exist again after the round.

Why can't the "self" be a transient pattern, like "two pair" in poker?

Comment DI-524 workaround? (Score 1) 133 133

I've got an affected router (DI-524 Rev C1 v3.23 firmware). From the advisory:

Older models, such as the DI-524, require authentication for all of the supported SOAP actions, but allow both the administrator and user accounts to execute any of these actions. This allows a malicious individual to use the often-ignored user account (default login of 'user' with a blank password) to perform administrative actions

If I read that right I should be fine as long as I secure the user account as well as the admin account. (And, of course, disable remote access.) Can anybody confirm/correct? Thanks.

Comment Re:Yeah just wait... (Score 1) 453 453

Hmm, that doesn't seem right. Stopping from v = 200 mph = 89.4 m/s over a distance of x = 0.65 m would require a constant deceleration of a = -v^2/(2 x) = -6150 m/s^2 = -630 g, 630 times the force of gravity. The highest g-force test I'm aware of was 46 g and that caused permanent injury.

Adbusters Suggests Click Fraud As Protest 390 390

An anonymous reader writes "In response to Google's recently announced plans to expand the tracking of users, the international anti-advertising magazine Adbusters proposes that we collectively embark on a civil disobedience campaign of intentional, automated 'click fraud' in order to undermine Google's advertising program in order to force Google to adopt a pro-privacy corporate policy. They have released a GreaseMonkey script that automatically clicks on all AdSense ads."
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Submission + - TX Science Educator Fired - Was Non-Neutral re: ID-> 1 1

jeffporcaro writes: "Texas' Director of Science Curriculum was "forced to step down" for favoring evolution over intelligent design (ID). She apparently circulated an e-mail that was critical of ID — although state regulations require her not to have any opinion "on a subject on which the agency must remain neutral." I hope they don't enforce the same kind of neutrality regarding heliocentricity or other scientific "debates.""
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