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Comment: Re:Why do we even need a system for premium rate S (Score 1) 39

by iateyourcookies (#41286485) Attached to: Majority of Mobile Malware Now Reliant On Toll Fraud
FWIW It's a very useful alternative to parking meters... You text the premium number (cost is the same as a normal ticket) and the system replies with a code. That means the actual ticket machine doesn't need payment processing, and you don't need to carry change around.

Comment: A great reminder? (Score 5, Insightful) 110

by iateyourcookies (#36527356) Attached to: WordPress.org Hacked, Plugin Repository Compromised
"This is a great remainder [sic] for all users not use the same password for two different services."

Not it's not. Not even slightly.

The amount of mental effort required by users to memorise a different password for every internet site is at best unreasonable, if not a completely insane idea. While using the same password for Hotmail and internet banking is really not a good idea, using the same password for wordpress.com and wordpress.org is just common sense for people who don't have a photographic memory.

Blaming the user here is unreasonable.

Comment: Still Uses PayPal (or Moneybookers) (Score 1) 194

by iateyourcookies (#34630090) Attached to: WikiLeaks Continues To Fund Itself Via Flattr
It's worth noting though that to top-up your Flattr account you need to use PayPal or Moneybookers (a UK similar service which also bowed to government pressure). So while this does make it possible, the sad fact is that your donation will not go as far. Flattr takes ~10% and I imagine PayPal or Moneybookers do similarly.

If you were hoping to take your custom away from these services and give others your money, this isn't the way to do it :(
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Education Official Says Bad Teachers Can Be Good For Students 279

Posted by samzenpus
from the hiring-on-a-curve dept.
Zenna Atkins, the chairman of the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), has raised some eyebrows by saying that, "every school should have a useless teacher." She stresses that schools shouldn't seek out or tolerate bad teaching, but thinks bad teachers provide a valuable life-lesson. From the article: "... on Sunday Ms Atkins told the BBC that schools needed to reflect society, especially at primary level. 'In society there are people you don't like, there are people who are incompetent and there are often people above you in authority who you think are incompetent, and learning that ability to deal with that and, actually surviving that environment can be an advantage.'"
Science

The Proton Just Got Smaller 289

Posted by samzenpus
from the size-does-matter dept.
inflame writes "A new paper published in Nature has said that the proton may be smaller than we previously thought. The article states 'The difference is so infinitesimal that it might defy belief that anyone, even physicists, would care. But the new measurements could mean that there is a gap in existing theories of quantum mechanics. "It's a very serious discrepancy," says Ingo Sick, a physicist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, who has tried to reconcile the finding with four decades of previous measurements. "There is really something seriously wrong someplace."' Would this indicate new physics if proven?"
Math

Ranking Soccer Players By Following the Bouncing Ball 142

Posted by timothy
from the well-it-ain't-baseball dept.
sciencehabit excerpts from an interesting report on statistics for soccer, in the stats-obsessed world of sports: "Only a handful of soccer ranking systems exist, most of which rely on limited information: the number of goals scored in a match, the number of goals assisted, and some indices of a match's difficulty and importance. ... So researchers turned to an unlikely source: social networks. Applying the kinds of mathematical techniques used to map Facebook friends and other networks, the team created software that can trace the ball's flow from player to player. As the program follows the ball, it assigns points for precise passing and for passes that ultimately lead to a shot at the goal. Whether the shot succeeds doesn't matter. Only the ball's flow toward the goal and each player's role in getting it there factors into the program's point system, which then calculates a skill index for each team and player."
Privacy

+ - UK Announces Identity Register & Privacy Refor->

Submitted by iateyourcookies
iateyourcookies (1522473) writes "Amongst other bills, the intention to reform legistlature relating to privacy and citizen's rights was announced today at the opening of the UK parliament. Two bills, to be debated in the coming months, will "limit the amount of time that DNA profiles of innocent people can be held on national database" as well as "scrap identity cards and National Identity Register[...] and cancel the next generation of biometric passport". Additionally, the newly elected coalition government intends to "tighten regulation on the use of CCTV cameras, [and] remove limits on right to peaceful protest.""
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Censorship

Thailand Cracks Down On Twitter, Facebook, Etc. 130

Posted by timothy
from the and-everybody-loves-the-king dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The ongoing poitical turmoil in Thailand has inspired the country's Ministry of Information, Computers, and Telecommunications to issue a stern warning that all users of the Internet in Thailand must 'use the internet in the right way or with appropriate purpose and avoid disseminating information that could create misunderstanding or instigate violent actions among the public', that 'all popular websites and social networks such as facebook, twitter, hi5 and my space [sic] will be under thorough watch,' and that 'Violators will be prosecuted by law with no compromise.' Thailand has draconian anti-lèse majesté laws which are routinely abused in order to settle political scores and silence dissent, and recently implemented a so-called 'Computer Crimes Act' which appears to be almost solely focused on thoughtcrimes and censorship, rather than dealing with, you know, actual crime. Several Web forums have recently been shut down, their operators charged because they failed to delete 'harmful posts' quickly enough to suit the Thai authorities."
Classic Games (Games)

OpenTTD 1.0.0 Released 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the and-so-soon dept.
Gmer writes "Eming.com reports that OpenTTD, the open source clone of the Microprose game Transport Tycoon Deluxe, has reached a milestone. OpenTTD 1.0.0 has been released 6 years after work started on the first version, with the help of hundreds of contributors and thousands of testers/players. Over 30 language translations are considered complete, and OpenTTD is available for *BSD, Linux, Solaris and Windows. OpenTTD is a business simulation game in which the player is in control of a transport company and can compete against rival companies to make as much profit as possible by transporting passengers and various goods by road, rail, sea or air."

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