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Comment WTF is this noise? (Score 2, Insightful) 464

FIRST... no he dose not prove that you are in the SLOWEST line. He demonstrates that it's most likely that you are NOT IN THE FASTEST LINE. The exact same argument can be used to show that you are likely NOT IN THE SLOWEST line [of course, Slashdot editors and readers have never written any kind of mathematical proof, so the concept of "similarly" is foreign to them].

SECOND... this is elementary probability... barely even high-school level.

Given 3 lines
WLOG, randomly choose one
there is 1/3 probability that your line is the fastest
therefore there is 2/3 probability that your line is not fastest
therefore it is more likely that you are not in the fastest line

THIRD... there is nothing ironic about the single queue being fastest. This is obvious to anyone who has even set next to someone who's brother's dog licked someone who accidentally clicked on the wiki page for queuing theory.

I cannot believe that this drivel got posted. Apparently, Slashdot is now for remedial math. AND the poster (and editors) didn't even get it right! Slashdot editors fail remedial math.

I know this site went to shit about 7 or 8 years ago, but all nerd cred is forever lost in my eyes. It is now just for 12 year old mouth breathers who have no idea what they are talking about.

Logging into my account that I created when I officially gave up on this website. I am not going back to routing * to so that I am never tempted to return here on a lark.


Submission + - The iPhone Meets the Fourth Amendment ( 3

background image writes: According to Alan M Gershowitz, the doctrine of "search incident to arrest" may allow devices such as mobile phones, pdas and laptops to be thoroughly searched without either probable cause or warrants, and incriminating evidence found in such searches may be used against you whether or not it is germane to the reason for the original arrest.

Imagine that police arrest an individual for a simple traffic infraction, such as running a stop sign. Under the search incident to arrest doctrine, officers are entitled to search the body of the person they are arresting to ensure that he does not have any weapons or will not destroy any evidence. The search incident to an arrest is automatic and allows officers to open containers on the person, even if there is no probable cause to believe there is anything illegal inside of those containers. What happens, however, when the arrestee is carrying an iPhone in his pocket? May the police search the iPhone's call history, cell phone contacts, emails, pictures, movies, calendar entries and, perhaps most significantly, the browsing history from recent internet use? Under longstanding Supreme Court precedent decided well before handheld technology was even contemplated, the answer appears to be yes.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Chuck Norris sues, says his tears no cancer cure ( 2

Google85 writes: Chuck Norris sued publisher Penguin on Friday over a book he claims unfairly exploits his famous name, based on a satirical Internet list of "mythical facts" about him.
The book capitalizes on "mythical facts" that have been circulating on the Internet since 2005 that poke fun at Norris' tough-guy image and super-human abilities, the suit said.

United States

Submission + - Judge strikes down two PATRIOT act provisions (

Barraketh writes: Judge Aiken struck down two provisions of the PATRIOT act which allowed for search warrants without probable cause. In 1978, the FISA court was established, which could issue a search warrant as long as the primary purpose of the search was gathering of foreign intelligence information. The PATRIOT act relaxed this requirement to a significant purpose. This allowed the FBI to search anyone they claim to be 'an agent of a foreign power'. The FISA warrants also allowed the FBI to bypass the requirement to 'describe with particularity' the things to be seized and place to be searched in order to obtain the warrant. These provisions were deemed to violate the Fourth Amendment. Read full opinion here.

Submission + - Call 9-1-1, get yourself killed (

ajb44 writes: What do you do if you discover a crime, and the criminals haven't seen you yet? Call 911 on your mobile. Problem is, some recent mobiles now squawk loudly when you do this, potentially alerting the criminals to your presence. A FOAF had this happen to her. Fortunately the criminals had already left, but she's now worried about using 911 when checking her woods for criminal activity. Verizon and Casio techs claimed that this is an FCC mandate, but it's not really clear yet. Please help tell the FCC, Verizon and Casio that this is a dumb idea.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - PC Gaming to meet it's Steamy Demise. (

Ethocybin writes: "I bought Lost Planet recently and I was informed by Steam that my CD-Key was already in use, so I contacted the seller for a replacement and he ignored me, I then contacted Steam so that they could "release" or "transfer" my CD-Key to my account (which it says on the steam powered website, that they can do) and it's been four days without any reply from Steam. I even provided pictures of the Game Manual with the CD-Key on the back as requested. I also tried phoning Capcom's technical support AND product support yet no answer from both their lines within working hours for four days. It just rings forever... So, what am I to do with this game? It's quickly become about as worthless as an AOL CD but my wallet still feels the burn of twenty pounds. My question is that, if they are to enforce such drastic and ridiculous measures of security, should they not also provide better customer support? It's a surprise to me Steam still have no Phone Support after their big global expansion marketing many third-party games."

Submission + - Norway votes "no with comments" to OOXML

kandresen writes: Standards Norway has rejected the OOXML, citing too many weaknesses in the current specifications, however states the vote may be changed to "unconditional yes" if the comments (PDF) are addressed.

  • The Scope clause in Part 1 is inappropriate for an ISO standard
  • Rework into an ISO-style multi-part standard
  • Rework into a much more concise standard
  • The information model in unnecessarily complex
  • All examples should confirm to the XML specification
  • DrawingML should be a separate standard
  • OPC should be a separate standard
  • The specification should not include binary notations
  • The specification should not include unspecified features
  • Option sets should be extensible and should avoid cultural bias
  • OOXML should reference, use, and confirm to existing standards where applicable
  • Lack of consistency in notation of values and dimensions

Submission + - Absolute poker Paying Interest on Poker Accounts ( 1

Lenny S writes: "Starting Sept 1st Absolute Poker says there going to be paying 9% interest on money in poker players accounts . The 9 percent per annum interest bearing account is based on a player's daily balance and requires an average daily balance greater than $1 000. The maximum eligible balance is $500 000. Wow Pays much more then my local bank ."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Via Unveils 1-Watt x86 CPU

DeviceGuru writes: Taiwanese chip and board vendor Via Technologies has introduced a new ultra-low voltage (ULV) processor aimed at industrial, commercial, and ultra-mobile applications. Touted as the world's most power-efficient x86-compatible CPU, the 500MHz 'Eden ULV 500' processor debuted at an Embedded Systems Conference in Taipei this week. Via says its chip draws a minimum of 0.1 Watts, when idle, and a maximum of 1 Watt, making it a great candidate for consumer electronics devices such as UMPCs, PVRs, and such.

Submission + - Wordlogic Patented Predictive Interface 1

Packetl055 writes: "Have any of you heard anything about this new high tech company (Wordlogic) with a soon to be granted/issued patent with 117 claims for predictability software? They recently received the patent approval/allowance letter from the U.S. Patent Office see link. Their patent application was submitted in March 2000. If I read this correctly any software that gives you any prediction after you type something is infringing on their patent (e.g. vehicle navigation systems, cellular telephones, PDA's, Google with their "Did You Mean" when using Google for a search, the new Apple I-Phone, Blackberry, Sony Playstation-3, etc. etc.). If true, this is going to be huge. Lawsuits after lawsuits because of infringements."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Sony to add TV tuner, DVR to PS3

pjhenley writes: Sony has announced that they will add digital TV and DVR capabilities to the PS3 in Europe. TV can also be watched on a PSP using "remote play" over WiFi or via downloaded recordings. You can read the press release on the semi-official Sony UK blog. Engadget has some details as well.
The Internet

Submission + - IP holders press for access to WHOIS data

Stony Stevenson writes: The seven-year-old battle over access to WHOIS data — the names, street addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of those who have registered Internet domains — remains a stalemate this week, leaving reforms undone.

The conflict pits individuals and groups that favor privacy protections against organizations and law enforcement agencies that favor data access to police intellectual property and to curtail cybercrime. Caught in the middle are Internet domain registrars that have to balance customer data protection with data access requirements mandated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Numbers and Names' (ICANN) Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA).

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