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Comment Examples? (Score 2) 194

Uhh... of course I am not going to read the original artice, this is Slashdot after all. But the summary mentions 5 shows, 3 of which are on channels with commercials. How does this support the original tenet? I would think you are far better naming only commercial free quality shows. I agree on the point about streaming later becoming a money maker though and that driving a way of thinking in the age of new media.

Comment Re:Game balls (Score 0) 225

The NFL should provide all game balls, selected randomly prior to each use. Bringing your own game balls is a pretty obvious vector for manipulating the game.

Not necessarily. Some teams like the ball inflated more while others would prefer less pressure. If the NFL picks the pressure, it could be construed as them flavoring one team over the other. By letting the team control their own footballs, you are removing them from claiming the field was tilted against them.

Having the NFL supply the game balls is a pretty obvious vector for them manipulating the outcome.

Comment Re:Why not use something better for RNGing the Lot (Score 1) 342

Like I dunno a physical mechanism that relies on nuclear decay to decide what number to hit. They aren't that complicated, they aren't any more dangerous than a smoke detector and unless you can hack physics (at which point you probably no longer care about money) you can't really mess with them.

In any case this just goes to show the old adage holds true, your system is only secure as its weakest component. Also something about all security measures pretty much flying out the window the second someone has physical access to your hardware etc etc.

I would not have to hack the physics, I would hack the detector.

Comment Re:Completely dumb (Score 1) 342

the prize was claimed by a lawyer representing a shell company out of Belize. .

Which is a quite a big red flag in itself.

Not really, most people that win that kind of money don't just walk into the 7-11 and ask they deposit 15 mil into their checking account. They get a lawyer and often would rather be unknown then have it publicly announced under their real name.

Except in many cases the lottery T&C in fine print on the ticket states you agree to be publicly identified when you buy the ticket if you win. It is great PR for the lottery association to parade the winner in front of the press so it comes across as "see anyone can win and change his/her life forever".

Comment Scratch again (Score 1) 315

Yes. Scratch is what I would recommend also. My children love it and have moved on to more advanced things after enjoying scratch. Turtle was another early "programming" language they were introduced to and enojoyed. LEGO Mindstorms is a good next step, but expensive to use. I would not start there because you have sunk money into something that may not ultimately be an interest.


Personal Genomics Firm 23andMe Patents Designer Baby System 171

An anonymous reader writes "Consumer genomics company 23andMe has developed a system for helping prospective parents choose the traits of their offspring, from disease risk to hair color. The patent — number 8543339, "Gamete donor selection based on genetic calculations" — describes a technology that would take a customer's preferences for a child's traits, compute the likely genomic outcomes of combinations between a customer's sperm or egg and other people's sex cells, and describe which potential reproductive matches would most likely produce the desired baby."

Brooklyn Yogurt Shop Sting Snares Fake Reviewers For NY Attorney General 168

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Reuters reports that nineteen companies caught writing fake reviews on websites such as Yelp, Google Local and CitySearch have been snared in a year-long sting operation by the New York Attorney General and will pay $350,000 in penalties. The Attorney General's office set up a fake yogurt shop in Brooklyn, New York, and sought help from firms that specialize in boosting online search results to combat negative reviews. Search optimization companies offered to post fake reviews of the yogurt shop, created online profiles, and paid as little as $1 per review to freelance writers in the Philippines, Bangladesh and Eastern Europe. To avoid detection the companies used 'advanced IP spoofing techniques' to hide their true identities. 'This investigation into large-scale, intentional deceit across the Internet tells us that we should approach online reviews with caution,' said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. 'More than 100 million visitors come to Yelp each month, making it critical that Yelp protect the integrity of its content,' said Aaron Schur, Yelp's Senior Litigation Counsel."

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