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Comment: RLCs are not a big issue in this race (Score 1) 93

Chicago resident here. Rahm Emanuel has a 45% to 20% lead over his nearest rival and all rival candidates are grasping at straws. The red light camera program here has been a success at reducing red light running which used to occur on a routine basis in almost every intersection. Since reckless driving here is so rampant they make up a good percentage of the population of voters who want their driving unenforced. They make for an easy target for challengers to Rahm who have no other agenda to offer. Odds are there won't be a runoff and Rahm wins in a landslide. RLCs are far from an issue that will determine the outcome of this election but they make for good click through bait.

I'm hoping for camera tech to improve enough where stop sign and crosswalk camera systems become feasible to install and manage.

Comment: I have this system to win at craps (Score 1) 127

This reminds me of all the systems with mathematical models to back them up showing how they hold secrets to winning at the dice game craps. Past events don't affect future events for random acts like throwing dice or flipping a coin. All that math is hooey. Baseball is full of these kind of stats with fans playing them off each other like Magic the Gathering cards not understanding a whit of the math underlying them. If students get taught to think critically of these kind of mathematics then using an example like this could be educational.

Comment: Re:How to disable CGI in Apache (Score 2) 318

by mea2214 (#47999469) Attached to: Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild
I got the exact same request - - [25/Sep/2014:00:58:47 -0500] "GET /cgi-sys/defaultwebpage.cgi HTTP/1.0" 404 16658
on only one of my sites, the site I have registered with Google.
I use tcpdump to catch other fields and the ping came in through User Agent.
User-Agent: () { :;}; /bin/ping -c 1

Comment: Check the Date of Article (Score 1) 441

by mea2214 (#47810217) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist
The original story at is dated 8/25 with an update on 8/26,5 days ago. From the today's Baltimore Sun at indicates this is a mental health matter and nothing to do with his books. HIPPA laws kick in to protect Mr. McLaw's privacy.

Comment: Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (Score 1) 154

In 1984 University of Illinois got killed by UCLA in the Rose Bowl. Near the end of the game someone hacked the scoreboard to replace UCLA's name with MIT (the victor) and Illinois' name with CalTech. Never heard anything more as to how they did that but it was pretty funny after suffering through a boring one sided football game.

Comment: Re:it's about defensive analytics (Score 1) 56

by mea2214 (#46671085) Attached to: Mystery MLB Team Moves To Supercomputing For Their Moneyball Analysis
The problem with baseball analytics is more in the misuse of mathematics than lack of processing power. Few of what they call "peripheral" stats like FIP and BABIP have any mathematical proofs whatsoever. Other stats try and normalize all external conditions to level the field for all players for evaluation. This introduces ambiguous concepts like "stadium effect" being calculated based upon another set of stats and assumptions. All assumptions along the way add up to introduce bias which is why there is no single player evaluation system that can even determine past results with full knowledge of history. WAR tries but there are several variations. If WAR truly had a mathematical proof for it there would only be one answer. Supercomputers might be an interesting science project for some baseball owner but when you enter into it garbage data based on faulty math you end up with garbage results no matter how many processor cycles it consumes.

Comment: Depression can hit anyone (Score 1) 257

by mea2214 (#46656051) Attached to: Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression
Depression is a disease much like cancer. If this story was entitled "Start up founders on dealing with cancer," why would anyone think start up founders have any more insight to that suffering than anyone else? Depression can hit anyone, even billionaires without a care in the world. Like cancer, depression too frequently ends in death.

Comment: Re:The viewers are just too stupid to keep up ! (Score 1) 412

by mea2214 (#46158313) Attached to: Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

It is those Joe Sixpacks who are so perplexed by the unconventional moves deployed by Mr. Chu who are doing all the booing.

I suspect Jeopardy's core demographic are old people. Old people generally dislike when young whipper snappers change the way things are done.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."