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Submission + - Pastafarian wins battle to wear Colander .. (huffingtonpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Castillo is the first American to successfully have his government-issued photo identification taken while wearing a colander, though DPS officials are reportedly planning to follow up with Castillo in order to "rectify" the situation. Others have tried unsuccessfully, and Castillo told KLBK that he was surprised at his victory, which he called a "political and religious milestone for all atheists everywhere."

Comment Re:What is the real problem here? (Score 1) 308

Are all non-mill degrees equal, yes or no?

If yes, you are begging the question that a degree from these two schools would not be up to standard because the entrance exam is, like degree mills, is not meaningful.

If no, your argument that this particular test as written is necessarily meaningful as to what a degree four years later means falls apart.

> Since you didn't reply to my other points can I assume we agree on those?

Nope, just that your begging the question is so bald-faced obvious and I really onlly care enough to go after the low-hanging fruit.

Comment Re:Political correlation (Score 1) 347

Men wear "attractive" clothes in order to up their social status and get more attention/respect from their peers/superiors, too, but one doesn't generally say that a man wearing a classy suit is a "slut" asking to be raped, even if the clothing might be used to attract desired, consensual sexual contact.

Men's clothes generally (not always) have a different function from women's. Men's clothes are not sexualized, they tend not to hug body lines, they don't reveal much skin, if any, etc. The aesthetic purpose of men's clothes is to communicate status to other men. It's non-sexual. It says, "Look at my expensive and exclusive suit." And in a community which values such displays, this raises status.

Women's clothes often (not always) hug body curves, expose the female anatomy much more so than men's, often expose significant areas of skin and also often close to places conventionally considered "intimate." Women's clothing of this sort is aimed to communicate sexiness to men. It's not meant toward other women. And it's not meant to communicate status. Just sexiness. If you notice, a woman of high status, like the queen, will generally wear conservative clothing which is similar to men's in that it hides the body's shape, doesn't expose much skin, etc.

Is this retarded? Yes it is. Is our society dumb for falling to this? Sure it is. Do women's shape or skin have to be always sexualized? No they do not, but we often do because we are idiots and it's a habit that doesn't go away easily.

Submission + - Researchers reverse-engineer Dropbox cracking heavily obfuscated Python app

rjmarvin writes: Two developers were able to successfully reverse-engineer Dropbox http://sdt.bz/64049 to intercept SSL traffic, bypass two-factor authentication and create open-source clients. They presented their paper, "Looking inside the (drop) box" at USENIX 2013, explaining step-by-step how they were able to succeed where others failed in reverse-engineering a heavily obfuscated application written in Python. They also claimed the generic techniques they used could be applied to reverse-engineer other Frozen python applications: OpenStack, NASA, and a host of Google apps, just to name a few...

Submission + - Tesla Model S REST API Authentication Flaws

An anonymous reader writes: New Tesla owner and Executive DIrector of Cloud Computing at Dell, George Reese, brings the Tesla Model S REST API authentication into question "The authentication protocol in the Tesla REST API is flawed. Worse, it’s flawed in a way that makes no sense. Tesla ignored most conventions around API authentication and wrote their own. As much as I talk about the downsides to OAuth (a standard for authenticating consumers of REST APIs—Twitter uses it), this scenario is one that screams for its use." While not likely to compromise the safety of the vehicle, he does go on to note that "I can target a site that provides value-added services to Tesla owners and force them to use a lot more electricity than is necessary and shorten their battery lives dramatically. I can also honk their horns, flash their lights, and open and close the sunroof. While none of this is catastrophic, it can certainly be surprising and distracting while someone is driving."

Comment Charge for Physical Delivery (Score 1) 301

Tell them you are willing to pay $5K for a fully-licensed copy shipped to your business address. Somebody at the project burns you a DVD or loads a $5 usb flash drive with the latest release and ships it. That way you get something tangible and they get the money with a postal receipt in case the project needs to prove they held up their end.

I am not a corporate auditor but I don't think that would scenario would create any problems.

Submission + - Cell Tower Jammer Created From Cheap Phone Using Open Source Firmware (technologyreview.com)

bryanandaimee writes: A few years ago the baseband code for the Vitelcom TSM30 was leaked to the public. From that leaked code others have written open source GSM firmware firmware for the baseband processor. Using that code researchers in Berlin have created firmware to intercept the cell tower to cell phone handshake and block calls and text messages from getting through. A single hacked cell phone can bring down a cell.

Comment Re:What is the real problem here? (Score 1) 308

It's unlikely that nobody in Liberia is smart enough and motivated enough to eventually pass the test.

But it is likely that out of 24,000 students nobody was smart enough and motivated enough to pass it this time? That none of them studied the tests from previous years and realized that they were already deficient?

If someone isn't able to get a degree in statistics comparable to the degrees in statistics throughout the world,

That's begging the question, the quality of degrees varies significantly throughout the world. Besides the article suggests that the problem was only with the english mechanics portion of the test, so not particularly relevant to math degrees.

Submission + - Researcher controls colleague's brain from remote location (washington.edu)

vinces99 writes: University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher. Using electrical brain recordings and a form of magnetic stimulation, Rajesh Rao sent a brain signal to Andrea Stocco on the other side of the UW campus, causing Stocco's finger to move on a keyboard. The researchers believe this is the first demonstration of human-to-human brain interfacing. Rao looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind. When he was supposed to fire a cannon at a target, he imagined moving his right hand (but didn't actually move it) to cause a cursor to hit the "fire" button. Almost instantaneously, Stocco, who wore noise-canceling earbuds and wasn't looking at a computer screen, involuntarily moved his right index finger to push the space bar on the keyboard in front of him, as if firing the cannon. Stocco, who jokingly referred to the phenomenon as "the Vulcan mind meld," compared the feeling of his hand moving involuntarily to that of a nervous tic.

Comment Re:What is the real problem here? (Score 1) 308

1 - There are people in the other courses even if no one gets in this year.

If the problem is not with the test then unless the problem is fixed you are going to run out of people in "other courses" in just a few years.

2 - The objective is not to select the least incompetent but to select people who posses the knowledge required to adequately receive the teachings given in the first year.

The objective is to further the education of the next generation. If they have to "dumb down" the university to achieve that, then that's what they need to do. The alternative is a lot worse.

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