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Submission + - SPAM: Kaggle Data Science Bowl Perfect Score Submission

karlnyberg writes: In the Data Science Bowl 2017 competition (with $1M in prize money available), Oleg Trott has shown that he can "game" the system and achieve a perfect score using only probes and test scores (not actual solutions to the problem at hand).

And he's good-humored about it, since this is only Stage 1 of the competition, meaning he's no closer to actually winning the $500K for first prize to be awarded at the end of Stage 2.

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Comment Re:Bitcoin against govenment (Score 1) 43

So good for the ones that have been telling us that bitcoin was good to protect capital against government fiddling on currency

Here's the thing... whenever anyone tells you there's something good about bitcoin beyond its utility for gambling on the change in value between when you get buy some and when you sell some (and perhaps gambling on whether you get scammed in the process of either of those transactions)... they're lying scammers or deluded cultists.

We've had years of evidence of this but they have a stake in convincing you otherwise.

Comment Re:This is my shocked face... (Score 0) 43

I use bitcoin to purchase stuff.

HAHAHAHAHA. Thanks for the laugh. There was a brief window where that could be practical, but now you'd just be throwing money away to use bitcoin, and in most cases also incurring extra liability over a cash or credit card transaction. With less convenience, and no anonymity.

Why on Earth would any sane person want to do any of that? It's like carrying a balance on your credit card - you're just throwing an extra portion of your wealth away with every transaction!

Comment Re:Fuck off, msmash (Score 1) 43

Fuck off with your bitcoin spam. We're not your pump-n-dump engine.

We might be. There appear to be more people with mod points voting to support the scam's narrative than those voting against it.

But then again, most people who aren't participating in the scam probably aren't interested enough to waste mod points here, or even read the discussion in the first place.

Either way, these posts are an embarrassing reflection on the userbase of this site. I can only assume they're permitted because they're generating page views and that's more important to the owners than not supporting a scam.

Comment Re:This is my shocked face... (Score 0) 43

Nope. Bitcoin's already dead.

It died long ago, when stores stopped accepting it, when Bitcoin ATMs failed as a business, when VC smartened up and stopped throwing money at it.

You just haven't noticed yet and you're playing with the corpse.

And you don't even have enough confidence in your cult scam to post with a registered UID, which is a pretty strong indicator you know bitcoin's digital shit.

Comment Re:Fuck off, msmash (Score 5, Interesting) 43

How is saying, "The price is falling!" going to pump up the price? Perhaps it's a short-n-spread-fud scheme.

After you pump the price and dump your bitcoin, you want to drop the price so you can buy more low in preparation for the next pump.

Now, it's unlikely MsMash is a top-level player in that scam, but there are lots of people who want to participate in hopes of enriching themselves.

Since the market is more or less entirely driven by fraud, this is essentially a guessing game of how far bitcoin will go during its ups and downs, so if you're NOT actually one of the big players who is moving the market through exchange fraud or controlling large amounts of bitcoin, you're probably not going to do very well... which seems to make them try all the harder.

Comment This is my shocked face... (Score 1, Flamebait) 43

>The People's Bank of China said its probe of bitcoin exchanges BTCC, Huobi and OKCoin was to look into a range of possible rule violations, including market manipulation, money laundering and unauthorized financing.

Wait, the price of Bitcoin was pumped by Chinese fraud? If only this had been known earlier! If only we'd noticed that every selling point of Bitcoin has actually been thoroughly debunked, that every major player in Bitcoin has been caught stealing or has failed (or both). If only we'd notice that blockchains have fundamental flaws that make them useless on any decent scale.

Oh, wait, pretty much everyone did know, but the scammers and fools yelled a lot louder and more frequently in their efforts to draw in new suckers so they could cash out.

Submission + - SPAM: IETF Stunning Announcement: Emergency Transition to IPv7 Is Necessary!

Lauren Weinstein writes: In answer to a question regarding the timing of this proposed transition, Seville noted that the IETF planned to follow the GOP’s healthcare leadership style. “We feel that IPv4 and IPv6 should be immediately repealed, and then we can come up with the IPv7 replacement later.” When asked if this might be disruptive to the communications of Internet users around the world, Mr. Seville chuckled “You’re catching on.”
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Submission + - 11 Predictions for the Future of Programming

snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a long-term view of today's trends in programming to give a sense of where programmers should place their career bets in the years ahead. 'Now that 2017 is here, it’s time to take stock of the technological changes ahead, if only to help you know where to place your bets in building programming skills for the future. From the increasing security headache of the internet of things to machine learning everywhere, the future of programming keeps getting harder to predict.' How do you see technologies impacting the work of programming in the years ahead?

Submission + - Abrupt product termination consequences for Google?

managerialslime writes: I wonder how many good Google products never get adopted because IT executives (like me) are now too anxious about application abandonment?

When I was the CIO at a mid-size company, I rejected adoption of Google Voice, Google Wave, and Google Hangouts after seeing them abandon Google Desktop Search.

I reasoned that if Google could not give multi-year sunsetting like Microsoft, then they were not a partner I could rely on.

At what point will Google's advantage due to the flexibility of abrupt terminations be outweighed by resistance to adopting their products?

Hmm....

Submission + - ChaCha crushes AES on mobile (speedify.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It's been just a couple years since D.J. Bernstein's Chacha20-poly1305 cipher, first arrived on the scene. ChaCha is an encryption cipher intended for fast mobile performance. The real world numbers are in, and they're much better than AES on mobile devices. In tests, Cloudflare is seeing 3x the performance, and Speedify is seeing 2x throughput. Is it time for good old AES to get out of the way?

Submission + - This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet (latimes.com)

schwit1 writes: In a group of 562 Scots in their 70s, those whose consumption patterns more closely followed the Mediterranean diet experienced, on average, half the brain shrinkage that was normal for the group as a whole over a three-year period.

To glean how diet might influence brain aging, researchers tapped into a large group of Scottish people who were all born in 1936 and had many measures of health status and lifestyle tracked from an early age.

Around the time they reached age 70, 843 members of the “Lothian Birth Cohort” filled out a dietary frequency form that gave researchers a broad look at what foods they ate, which they avoided, and how often they consumed them. At about age 73 and again around age 76, their brains were scanned to gauge the volume of the overall organ and a few of its key components.

The researchers used the food-frequency surveys to divide the group into two — those who at least approximated a Mediterranean-style diet and those who came nowhere close. Even though many in the Med-diet group were far from perfect in their adherence, the average brain-volume loss differed significantly between the two groups.

Submission + - A Coal-Fired Power Plant in India Is Turning Carbon Dioxide Into Baking Soda (technologyreview.com)

schwit1 writes: In the southern Indian city of Tuticorin, locals are unlikely to suffer from a poorly risen cake. That’s because acoal-fired thermal power station in the area captures carbon dioxide and turns it into baking soda.

Carbon capture schemes are nothing new. Typically, they use a solvent, such as amine, to catch carbon dioxide and prevent it from escaping into the atmosphere. From there, the CO2 can either be stored away or used.

But the Guardian reports that a system installed in the Tuticorin plant uses a new proprietary solvent developed by the company Carbon Clean Solutions. The solvent is reportedly just slightly more efficient than those used conventionally, requiring a little less energy and smaller apparatus to run. The collected CO2 is used to create baking soda, and it claims that as much as 66,000 tons of the gas could be captured at the plant each year.

Its operators say that the marginal gain in efficiency is just enough to make it feasible to run the plant without a subsidy. In fact, it’s claimed to be the first example of an unsubsidized industrial plant capturing CO2 for use.

A “climate change” project that doesn’t involve taxpayer dollars? Is that even allowed?

Submission + - Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' Xfce Edition Beta available for download (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: Today, Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' Xfce Edition reaches Beta status. As with other versions of Linux Mint 18.1, this version is based on Ubuntu 16.04 and offers support until 2021. The kernel version is 4.4 and the Xfce environment is updated to 4.12.

From a software perspective, there is a major shakeup regarding the included default music player. Banshee has been banished, with the superior Rhythmbox taking its place. While both players have their merits, the Linux Mint team points to bugs and a lack of Banshee development as a reason for the switch.

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