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Submission + - Enemy of HRM, Paul Revere, Identified Using Metadata (

cervesaebraciator writes: In the wake of recent revelations from Edward Snowden, apologists for the state security apparatus are predictably hitting the airwaves. Some are even 'glad' the NSA has been doing this. A major point they emphasize is that the content of calls have remained private and it is only the metadata that they're interested in. But given how much one can tell from interpersonal connections, does the surveillance only represent "modest encroachments on privacy"? It is easy enough to imagine how metadata on phone calls made to and from a medical specialist could be more revealing than we'd like. But social network analysis can reveal far more. Duke sociologist Kieran Healy, in a light-hearted but telling article, shows how one father of the American Revolution could have been identified using the simplest tools of social network analysis and only a limited dataset.

Comment Hang up and drive (Score 3, Insightful) 405

How many of you have received a check from the insurance company to replace a vehicle that was totaled as a direct result of phone use? I have. Trust me...hanging upside down, covered in broken glass, does not make for a fun afternoon.

You cannot multitask nearly as well as you think you can. You might want to look out the windows once in a while, rather than looking at the phone. Unlike the bimbo that t-boned me.

If you self-important phone users would just put the goddamn phone down and actually drive the car, we wouldn't need initiatives like this.

Comment Re:Lags? (Score 1) 155

The article, and the /. submission has but one purpose. To bash the US.
It even says that right in the /. headline "US Lags at 4th".

Take some small subset of the data, and you can show that any country 'lags'. Why isn't this titled - "South Korea, probably the most connected country on the planet, comes in at dead last with 0% IPv6 adoption" ?

Comment Hm.. (Score 2, Interesting) 54

"While they are working to make a better Facebook Home experience"

$ ping
PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=87 time=59.217 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=87 time=58.550 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=87 time=58.887 ms
--- ping statistics ---

Try harder.

Comment Why is this special? (Score 2) 66

Plans for these have been around forever. Many, many people have built them. has many plans and kits for sale.

When my son was 9, he called me at work one day. "Dad, do we have a leaf blower?"....Yes..."Do we have a piece of plywood 4 feet wide?"....Yes. (I can see the wheels turning)...He goes on to list a bunch of other parts.
'Ok, dude....why?'
"I have a science project! I want to make a hovercraft!"

"OK then." He had gone online and found plans for a simple floating platform. No forward thrust, powered by a leaf blower.

It worked well enough to float my fatass down the driveway.

He got an A. My wife freaked out when I chose this as a teaching moment in how to use a circular saw.

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