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Submission + - SPAM: Recurrent Neural Network WYR

CrusadeR writes: In an attempt to understand neural networking, I trained an instance of Lars Eidnes wonderful word-rnn using pretty much every "would you rather" list I could find and the curated output of the initial networks to make WYR Bot, a twitter bot that asks Would You Rather questions every 3 hours. It's been fun working with machine learning even coming in with zero background on the topic, and hopefully others are as amused by the results as I've been!
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Submission + - Badlock Vulnerability Falls Flat Against Hype (

msm1267 writes: Weeks of anxiety and concern over the Badlock vulnerability ended today with an anticlimactic thud.

Badlock was the security boogeyman since the appearance three weeks ago of a website and logo branding the bug as something serious in Samba, an open source implementation of the server message block (SMB) protocol that provides file and print services for Windows clients.

As it turns out, Badlock was hardly the remote code execution monster many anticipated. Instead, it’s a man-in-the-middle and denial-of-service bug, allowing an attacker to elevate privileges or crash a Windows machine running Samba services.

SerNet, a German consultancy behind the discovery of Badlock, fueled the hype at the outset with a number of since-deleted tweets that said any marketing boost as a result of its branding and private disclosure of the bug to Microsoft was a bonus for its business.

For its part, Microsoft refused to join the hype machine and today in MS16-047 issued a security update it rated “Important” for the Windows Security Account Manager (SAM) and Local Security Authority (Domain Policy) (LSAD). The bulletin patches one vulnerability (CVE-2016-0128), an elevation of privilege bug in both SAM and LSAD that could be exploited in a man-in-the-middle attack, forcing a downgrade of the authentication level of both channels, Microsoft said. An attacker could then impersonate an authenticated user.

Comment Re:Ceiling lights (Score 1) 205

Heh. They're using DC strip lights with an AC->DC power supply and possibly a bit of intelligence on top of the constant current switcher.

Thing is, if you're doing the converter at the room level, you're still using 110 mains, etc. This doesn't gain you anything. LiFi is intriguing (in that it took them this long to "get" there) but it's limited in what it can/can't do... It's a solution looking for problems to solve.

Comment Re:The wall will be built (Score 1) 832

People keep fallaciously saying this... If it makes you feel better, by all means keep repeating it to yourself. You don't

1) Understand HOW a President gets elected (Seriously- if you mention "popular vote" in this context, you DO NOT KNOW.)
2) Understand that it's not what YOU wish, but what a lot of other people think that you clearly know nothing about.

While I didn't agree with the man's take on things, I thought Romney was going to take it because of anti-Dem fervor back then. Clearly I was wrong. Pontificating like you have here, you're likely to be that too. Just don't act shocked, pissed, etc. when it doesn't work out that way. I won't agree with you then and I won't have any sympathy either.

Comment Re:Doesn't anybody have a sense of humor these day (Score 1) 118

Heh. You'd be surprised. While it doesn't directly do that, it DOES set that most of the rules for content are unconstitutional.

Courts have been slow to appreciate the expressive power of trademarks. Words, even a single word can be powerful. Mr. Simon Shiao
Tam named his band THE SLANTS to make a statement about racial and cultural issues in this country. With his band name, Mr. Tam conveys more about our
society than many volumes of undisputedly protected speech. Another rejected mark, STOP THE ISLAMISATION OF AMERICA, proclaims that Islamisation is undesirable and shouldbe stopped. Many of the marks rejected as disparaging convey hurtful speech that harms members of oft stigmatized communties. But
the First Amendment protects even hurtful speech.

The government cannot refuse to register disparaging marks because it disapproves of the expressive messages conveyed by the marks. It cannot refuse to register marks because it concludes that such marks will be disparaging to others. The government regulation at issue amounts to viewpoint discrimination, and
under the strict scrutiny review appropriate for government regulation of message or viewpoint, we conclude that the disparagement proscription of 2(a) is unconstitutional.

Because the government has offered no legitimate interests justifying 2(a), we conclude that it would also be unconstitutional under the intermediate scrutiny
traditionally applied to regulation of the commercial aspects of speech.

The reasoning is immediately applicable to the content rules.

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