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Comment: Re:wii is an awesome netflix appliance (Score 4, Informative) 255

by thedohman (#38404260) Attached to: Aging Consoles Find New Life As Video Streamers
Speaking of using the Konami code in netflix... A slightly modified version can be to deactivate the account, so you can reactivate it. In theory you could use trial accounts, and just keep deactivating it to start a new trial account. I wouldn't be surprised if they tracked this and disabled Wiis that do it too much, but I also wouldn't be surprised if they didn't bother. (Got this from their tech support when we had a phantom account issue. Re-activating with the same account fixed our issue, but cleared our instant queue, recently watched, etc.).
Slightly modified: U U D D L R L R U U U U

Oh, and I'd say for now we use the Wii for Netflix and the homebrew WiiMC ( http://www.wiimc.org/ ) (for shoutcast 'radio', mostly) for about 80% of the Wii usage, and about 50% of total tv use. There is a 360 wrapped and under the tree, so those numbers will go down very soon.

Comment: Re:how is this a sign of potential problems? (Score 5, Insightful) 145

by thedohman (#32357746) Attached to: Lifelock Worries After Employee Data Leaked To Web
You are absolutely correct! They are doing exactly as I would expect the service to do. She got her info on a police report. The police department gave a media outlet the report in such a way that her personal information was exposed. LifeLock called the media outlet and asked to remove her data. There is no way anybody could have prevented the info from getting there in the first place... except maybe not giving the police department your SSN when reporting a crime happening to someone else.

If I was a customer of theirs, and a police department did the same to me, then LifeLock is doing exactly as I would expect them to do, if they wanted to continue getting my monthly fee.

However, Tamika is one of their own, and the police report was published in an article about them. I don't think they would even notice if it had happened to a regular customer and/or if it had not been an article concerning LifeLock.

Comment: Re:Stock market analysis? (Score 1) 509

by thedohman (#27896817) Attached to: New Pattern Found In Prime Numbers

Where is the interaction between prime numbers and the praxeology of buying and selling securities?

Primes don't have anything to do with Stock Market analysis.

From the article (ha! I didn't read it, I just skimmed it, but it's not think with maths), what the researchers found, using primes, is a generalization of Benford's Law. It's this Generalized Benford's Law that can be used in Analysis.

In addition, many applications that have been developed for Benford's law could eventually be generalized to the wider context of the Generalized Benford's law. One such application is fraud detection: while naturally generated data obey Benford's law, randomly guessed (fraudulent) data do not, in general.

(OK, so the article doesn't mention stock market except for the part that is quoted in the summary, but better fraud detection would play a part in stock market analysis, yes?)

Comment: Re:Ask not... (Score 1) 198

by thedohman (#25429431) Attached to: Tax Write-Offs For Free (As In Speech) Work?
They do have chapters. But IRC sections are unique across all chapters. There is only one Section 12, so chapter is irrelevent in your parent's citation. (If you wanted to be nit-picky, there is no "IRS Code", it's simply IRC or "Internal Revenue Code") IRC is US Code Title 26. There are also subtitles and subchapters, which you failed to mention, and THEN parts.

Specifically, IRC Section 12 is in subtitle A, Chapter 1, subchapter A, Part II. Unfortunately for Ottair, there is no Paragraph 14. There is no other (US) IRC Section 12. And no, I am not a CPA, enrolled agent, or a lawyer (though I play one on TV...), so my citation is probably not written properly, but I can still provide a reference:
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode26/usc_sec_26_00000012----000-.html

That is the site to which the IRS links when you look for Internal Revenue Code. Funny how even the IRS doesn't want anything to do with the code.
Graphics

+ - Stereoscopic 3D on Linux

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Pitr writes "Owners of head mounted displays could enjoy stereoscopic 3D on their Linux boxes only with high-priced graphic card like NVIDIA Quadro or ATI FireGL. But, the things changed... for the better. The salvation came, but not for all. Owners of ATI Radeon cards will have to wait for a while, but the lucky, lucky owners of any NVIDIA GeForce card can enjoy stereoscopic applications, images and videos with PolyStereo adapter — http://vrlogic.com/html/polystereo_adapter.html — on their Linux boxes and almost any HMD supporting 800x600 resolution. It also works with shutter glasses, but who actually uses those anymore?"
Programming

+ - GCC Compiler will finally gets replace by BSD PCC.->

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Sunnz
Sunnz writes "A leaner, lighter, faster, and most importantly, BSD Licensed Compiler PCC has been imported into OpenBSD's CVS and NetBSD's pkgsrc.

The compiler is based on the original Portable C Compiler by S. C. Johnson, written in the late 70's. Even though much of the compiler has been rewritten, some of the basics still remain.

It is currently not bug-free, but it compiles on x86 platform, and works being done on it to take on GCC's job."

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Programming

+ - Want to be a computer scientist? Forget maths->

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Coryoth
Coryoth writes "A new book is trying to claim that computer science is better off without maths. The author claims that early computing pioneers such as Von Neumann and Alan Turing imposed their pure mathematics background on the field, and that this has hobbled computer science ever since. He rejects the idea of algorithms as a good way to think about software. Can you really do computer science well without mathematics? And would you want to?"
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Editorial

+ - MIT Professor: Who Cares About Global Warming?

Submitted by Jomama
Jomama (666) writes "Noted climate expert Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, writes in a recent Newsweek article that the global warming debate is irrelevant because global warming is actually a good thing that has naturally occured throughout the Earth's history. From the article:

Looking back on the earth's climate history, it's apparent that there's no such thing as an optimal temperature — a climate at which everything is just right. The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman's forecast for next week.
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Novell

+ - openSUSE Hobbled by Microsoft Patents

Submitted by
kripkenstein
kripkenstein writes "openSUSE 10.2 no longer enables ClearType (which improves the appearance of fonts). The reason given on the openSUSE mailing list for not enabling it is:

Note that this feature is covered by several Microsoft patents and should not be activated in any default build of the library.
As reported on and discussed here and here, this matter may be connected to the Microsoft-Novell deal. If so, Novell should have received a license for the Microsoft patents, assuming the deal covered all relevant patents. Does the license therefore extend only to SUSE, but not openSUSE?"

Verizon rolling out G-PON technology to boost FiOS speeds->

From feed by engfeed

Filed under: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Networking

In Verizon's never-ending quest to continue bumping the bandwidth to the four or five lucky customers that actually have access to its FTTH network, the firm is planning to implement a new technology which will hopefully increase the speed of FiOS fiber-to-the-premises links "by four to eight times." Of course we jest about the amount of you oh-so-fortunate ones that can actually get ahold of such speedy luxuries, but Verizon is looking to Alcatel-Lucent to help with the forthcoming gigabit passive optical network (G-PON), which is slated to "increase the aggregate broadband speeds on Verizon's FTTP systems by four times downstream to the customer, and by eight times upstream back to the Internet." The outfit also stated that it would "continue deploying the broadband passive optical network (B-PON)" that it has been using since 2004, and took a moment to boast about "how simple" upgrading FiOS actually was. Still, the vast majority of you won't even be in the general vicinity necessary to acquire the newfangled G-PON niceties, but the soon-to-be-celebrating town of Lewisville, Texas can keep an eye on Q2 of this year, while folks in Kirklyn, Pennsylvania should have it sometime "over the summer."

[Thanks, Jim V.]

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Toys

+ - Mileage Maniacs

Submitted by WY
WY (666) writes "Bloomberg reports in this article about the Japanese hybrid car hackers: "Toyota Motor Corp. says its Prius gasoline-electric hybrid car gets about 55 miles to the gallon, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road. That's not good enough for Takashi Toya." He managed to reach as high as 115 MPG. He "is one of about 100 nenpimania, Japanese for 'ileage maniacs,'.""
Education

Is The Term Paper Dead? 444

Posted by kdawson
from the drop-and-give-me-5,000-words dept.
Reader gyges writes in to tell us that the Washington Post has picked up a piece he wrote about cut-and-paste plagiarism: "Plagiarism today is heavily invested with morality surrounding intellectual honesty. That is laudable. But truly distinguishing plagiarism is a matter of intent. Did I mean to copy, was it accidental (a trick of memory), was it polygenesis[?] ... Young people today are simply too far ahead of anything schools might do to curb their recycling efforts. Beyond simply selling used term papers online, Web sites such as StudentofFortune.com allow students to post specific questions and pay for answers." The author argues that in the era we're entering, schools need to rely far less on term papers in assessing students.

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