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Comment Re:BT (Score 1, Interesting) 64

Why is it even possible to fake Caller-ID anyway? You are charging a provider to make the call, you know exactly who it's come from.

Because you have a grave misunderstanding that Caller ID and call routing and billing codes have anything to do with each other, and have unrealistic expectations out of Caller ID.

Take the example at my work place. We have over 200 phone extensions, but we only have 60 DIDs from the phone company and thus 60 phone numbers.
For those 60 extensions our system reports the DID in the Caller ID field, so you know the outside phone number to call if you want to reach that extension.

But what do you suggest for the other 140 phones?

I argue the incorrect "spoofed" value of our main/reception phone number being sent as Caller ID is hugely more useful than whatever nonsense you are promoting. At least with that data you know it is our company calling, and have a number to call back to at least potentially be transferred to the internal only phone extension you can not possible dial directly from the outside.

Making the Caller ID value "correct" would mean you couldn't dial it (it's a 4 digit number after all), and it wouldn't tell you who is calling you. Completely worthless.

It can't be made a DID since the phone has none.
It shouldn't be left blank or you would still be bitching about it.

So what exactly would you suggest as a value that isn't "spoofing" but is also your definition of "correct"?

Comment Re: Because real life == breaking bad (Score 1) 21

Exactly....like he said....why?

This is exactly the response I would expect.... ridiculous fear. This is a movie plot risk. It is a risk so rare and so ridiculous that the detector has no value at all.

Maybe something useful will come out of the research, but the stated goal is clear: To use bullshit excuses to get money to fund the lab.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 173

Yup, and in another way...cheating itself seems like it could become a game.

This, I definitely experienced first hand. I used to hate a "game" called the "lighter game". It plays out amongst pot smokers where, people smoke tohether, and try to keep the other person's lighter. Many people who do this develop rules over time and it ends up becoming a game...a game of actual theft.

I hated it, then one day my cousin bragged about how he steals lighters, so I resolved to go home at the end of the weekend with as many of his lighters as I could....I left with 6 of them....then I was hooked. Pretty soon, I was good. I still have a box with maybe 50 or more lighters in it, every single one of them I stole from someone.

Eventually, another friend came along and broke me of the habbit, but once you start and begin to enjoy the game, it just becomes automatic.

Comment No, just refuse "directions only" GPS (Score 1) 571

Like ONSTAR was in my Camaro, just verbal directions and arrows. I never used that once. I did have a tablet that I could mount to my dash so that it could display Navigation with a MAP so I could use my common sense to double check, in the off chance that the computer had picked an invalid route (or one through a bad neighborhood). Waze in particular saved me from a few hours-long traffic snarls that without its input I could not have gotten around, due to complete unfamiliarity with side streets in that area. Having a MAP along with advise that I could follow or ignore, along with software that was capable of working to continue to guide me despite me making a different choice, was invaluable.

There is NO WAY I would attempt to navigate in a new city or country without at least SOME positional information to go with a map. The technology is useful. I see no need to behave like a luddite simply because "machines"

The people that stubbornly obey directions without reference to even a map are at fault, not the software.

I also blame "safety experts" who think that having in-car GPS display a map in transit is "distracting and unsafe" and insist on "no screen, directions only" GPS. Useless.

Comment This again.... (Score 2) 154

See I remember this shit. My very first exposure to any kind of encryption at all involved finding out about PGP and wanting to try to port it to my system.

Multiple versions of the same library? why? They didn't DO anything different at all, just one was produced in the US and one outside so nobody had to go to prison for sharing well understood fucking math with people who already knew it.

Politicians are fucking neanderthal pinheads. Let them make their laws, they will do nothing but make laughing stocks of themselves....AGAIN.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 173

I don't think its about entitlement, but competition and increasing value of loss.

The more you win, the more reputation you feel you have as a winner, the more you stand to lose if you don't win. The only thing that makes you a winner is one thing...that you win. Losing the game is a much greater loss than winning is a win.

I have seen some other studies where it was found you could greatly influence people's answer to a question simply by phrasing the same data either in terms of loss or gain. The constant trend was that people chose to avoid loss.

also, there is another phenomena where people who are expert in a thing know what they don;t know. Sure, I won that magic game, but, I was sitting in my seat...I know I got lucky and top decked that card. You just know I won. So, I now have an image to uphold, and a reason to doubt that image is true.

So really, I don't think its a matter of entitlement but the opposite.... if you don't feel entitled to the reputation you have, and want to live up to it. You have people seeing you as a winner, and you already don't deserve it.... why lose it?

This is also why, I think, you don't see the same in self-challenging games because, you can't actually consciously cheat yourself, you know what you did.

I also think, as a loser, there is less incentive to see the competition angle, and more reason to see it as a matter of self-competition. "I can't beat this guy, so I will try to score better against him than I have before...and that is a private win for me" makes a lot more sense when you are not winning the matches.

Comment Re:Card counting works at the tables (Score 1) 41

No. Casinos are private establishments who reserve and use their right to refuse you service for any reason that they choose, including, being a good player who can do basic arithmetic.

Besides, if you shuffle the deck every round, then card counting is irrelevant. Its more like, casinos broke their own game and didn't want to fix it because they make more money/hr with it broken because it plays faster from a shoe.

Comment Re:How accurate is this? (Score 1) 41

Well stereotyping cheaters is still stereotyping.

Some of them, I am sure, are really good players. I wouldn't assume many are, but I think it depends on the scenario. For example, an MMO player often has plenty of incentive to bot, since it can grind for him while he does something else. He isn't cheating while he is playing, he is cheating in between in order to not spend his time doing less interesting grinding.

He is going to be a very different player from someone who jumps on a quick multi-round FPS game with an aimbot; and even he may have different motivations as some people, will be the delusional "I am actually good" guy, and others, may just be griefers who want to harvest salty tears from other players by ruining their day.

Comment Re:Math education turns students off! (Score 1) 218

what needs to be taught differently in early math so that students will enjoy it?

Here's my answer...from the perspective of a licensed math teacher in the state of Minnesota, plus the father of a two-year-old and an 18-year-old...

1) Teach parents how to teach their children. As a teacher, when I conferenced with parents, there was always a high likelihood that students that struggled with math had parents struggle as well. (And they would openly admit this, sometimes even with pride. It was very common for parents to say things like, "I don't get the stuff myself, and I'm doing fine, so why does my child need to learn it?) With my 18-year-old, every question he asked about math, I could answer, so nothing held him back. My 18-year-old isn't brilliant in math, but he's not afraid of it and knows how to use it.

2) Teach elementary teachers how to teach their students. In the US, most elementary teachers are general educators responsible to instruct in all subject areas. Teachers who are disinterested in one or more of those areas, especially mathematics, do not display the enthusiasm and joy that teachers need to radiate for students to absorb. In addition, those teachers lack a deep understanding of the subject which is necessary even at the elementary level to answer all the questions children have on the subject. (I myself had one teacher in 3rd grade who often responded to my questions with, "Because that's the way it works, dear.")

3) Fix and enrich the curriculum. American curricula is difficult and frustrating, because it is "created" by state governments but authored and published by private textbook companies. The left hand never really understands what the right hand is doing. In addition, neither body really has any true educational knowledge or experience, leaving the final product often minimal, inconsistent, and unpractical, not to mention unpalatable. Finally, it continues to change each election cycle, making teaching it that much more difficult.

4) Empower teachers as professionals. Even with a poor curriculum, It's up to each and every school and even teacher to decide how to teach the course material, as long as standards are followed. So, each and every day across the country teachers have to reinvent the wheel, finding their own way of making their lessons effective. Teach teachers how to evaluate the efficacy of lessons, and give them time to collaborate with their fellow teachers, within their district and within their state, to evolve the curriculum in a way that works not just in one classroom, but in thousands.

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