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Comment: Even Classic has a "feature" that really bugs me (Score 1) 2219

by pterry (#46181589) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
It's the damn auto-refresh on the main page. It was bad enough when it used AJAX to load new content - any new story would push down the one I was reading the summary of, causing me to lose my place. But for a while now it's been reloading the whole page (, which is even worse. I've found no way to disable this "feature".

Comment: Re:If anyone believes the age of the universe... (Score 1) 245

You'd cheat someone if you could with a fraudulent sale

Actually that part was humor. You might want to look that up.

For any given model, these uncertainties can be calculated in a Bayesian sense.

My feeling, as a non-cosmologist, is that we don't even know the correct model. What was the nature of the inflationary epoch, for example?


+ - 12.6 Million Identity Fraud Victims Identified in the U.S.->

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Orome1 writes "In 2012 identity fraud incidents increased by more than one million victims and fraudsters stole more than $21 billion, the highest amount since 2009, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. The study found 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in the United States in the past year, which equates to 1 victim every 3 seconds. The report also found that nearly 1 in 4 data breach letter recipients became a victim of identity fraud, with breaches involving Social Security numbers to be the most damaging. Over the past year, companies are responding more quickly which means a consumer’s information is being misused for fewer days than ever before, and the mean cost per victim has been flattening.

Fraud victims are more selective where they shop after an incident, and small businesses were the most dramatically impacted. The study found that 15 percent of all fraud victims decided to change behaviors and avoid smaller online merchants. This is a much greater percentage than those that avoid gaming sites or larger retailers."

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Comment: nowhere is safe (Score 2) 421

by pterry (#42952845) Attached to: Does the Higgs Boson Reveal Our Universe's Doomsday?
You are correct. Even though in infinite time the bubble would expand to infinite volume, this would only affect a volume that was initially finite, if very large. The "edges" (cosmological horizon) of the affected volume would always outpace the bubble's expansion. (This is assuming the expansion of the universe continues. Its apparent acceleration might be just an artifact) However, there doesn't have to be just one bubble, nor does it have to arise in "billions of years". Nowhere and nowhen is safe... unless the Many-Worlds Interpretation is true. (to see why the MWI helps, see quantum suicide and quantum immortality)

Comment: Re:Not blocked, but click to play (Score 1) 309

by pterry (#37580700) Attached to: To Stop BEAST, Mozilla Developer Proposes Blocking Java Framework

In fact, all plugins should be click to play with a white list of auto play sites that the user can configure.

That's exactly what Chrome does for me since I enabled it. Go to chrome://flags/ and enable Click to play, then go to chrome://settings/content and set Plug-ins to Click to Play. There's also a blacklist / whitelist you can configure. Why this option is "experimental" I have no idea.

Comment: Not surprised (Score 1) 269

by pterry (#32727326) Attached to: 22 Million SSL Certificates In Use Are Invalid
Every time I use Thunderbird to access fastmail via IMAP I get an annoying warning dialog:

Security Error: Domain Name Mismatch

You have attempted to establish a connection with "". However, the security certificate presented belongs to [long list of hosts ending in]...

If you suspect the certificate shown does not belong to "", please cancel the connection and notify the site administrator.

...which I haven't done - it seems more productive to bitch about it on slashdot. (over the years I've put quite a lot of effort into bug reports for various products and the rate of response is pretty discouraging)

Comment: Focus (Score 1) 152

by pterry (#28778879) Attached to: Using Sound Waves For Outpatient Neurosurgery
Never mind Star Trek, this reminds me of the Emergents' "Focus" mental enslavement technology from Vinge's A Deepness in the Sky. From wikipedia:

An active MRI-type device triggers changes [...] manipulating the brain in this way, Emergent managers induce obsession with a single idea or specialty, which they call Focus, essentially turning them into brilliant [information] appliances.

Life would be so much easier if we could just look at the source code. -- Dave Olson