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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a Sci-Fi short story about time travel on: May 11, 2015, 07:31:08 AM
May be not helpful, but FWIW:

  https://en.wikipedia.org/...me_travel_science_fiction
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The fun of installing custom router firmware (tomato, dd-wrt) - an introduction on: May 10, 2015, 08:53:29 AM
After divination of numbers...success!
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The fun of installing custom router firmware (tomato, dd-wrt) - an introduction on: May 10, 2015, 12:58:40 AM
Moons later...

Managed to establish a serial connection today -- without solder even smiley

Perhaps the next step is updating to something that will lead to a more successful boot.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 09, 2015, 02:00:21 AM
FWIW, I think there may be something relevant starting here:

  http://www.donationcoder....40622.msg379703#msg379703
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft is releasing a cross-platform code editor on: April 29, 2015, 05:35:30 PM
Sorry double-post.

To make up for that...

Here's something from MS -- IIUC one of their research folks (Cynthia Dwork) is the creator(?) of Differential Privacy (mentioned in a RAPPOR paper FWIW):

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In 1977 Dalenius articulated a desideratum for statistical databases: nothing about an individual should be learnable from the database that cannot be learned without access to the database. We give a general impossibility result showing that a formalization of Dalenius’ goal along the lines of semantic security cannot be achieved. Contrary to intuition, a variant of the result threatens the privacy even of someone not in the database. This state of affairs suggests a new measure, differential privacy, which, intuitively, captures the increased risk to one’s privacy incurred by participating in a database. The techniques developed in a sequence of papers [8, 13, 3], culminating in those described in [12], can achieve any desired level of privacy under this measure. In many cases, extremely accurate information about the database can be provided while simultaneously ensuring very high levels of privacy.

via http://research.microsoft...ubs/default.aspx?id=64346
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft is releasing a cross-platform code editor on: April 29, 2015, 05:35:02 PM
I think Atom does the same, but it's open source, so you can remove it in theory though most won't in practice.

I'm not sure that the first time the data is sent for Atom that you know that your MAC address is harvested or that you know soon enough to prevent it.  When I tried Atom, I did not feel good about this part.

On a more positive note, Chrome seems to use RAPPOR - a pretty interesting approach to collecting data.

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Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response, or RAPPOR, is a technology for crowdsourcing statistics from end-user client software, anonymously, with strong privacy guarantees. In short, RAPPORs allow the forest of client data to be studied, without permitting the possibility of looking at individual trees. By applying randomized response in a novel manner, RAPPOR provides the mechanisms for such collection as well as for efficient, high-utility analysis of the collected data. In particular, RAPPOR permits statistics to be collected on the population of client-side strings with strong privacy guarantees for each client, and without linkability of their reports.

via https://research.google.com/pubs/pub42852.html

Some folks at MS appear to be involved in research in this area, so may be they use something analogous in some of their products.
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: April 27, 2015, 10:07:47 PM
Nice!  Thanks for the details and follow-up.
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: April 27, 2015, 08:16:26 PM
The simple answer is that our brains lie to us.

I like to think that there's no ill-will involved here...but wait a minute tongue
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: April 27, 2015, 05:55:16 PM
FWIW, here's some of what Wikipedia currently has to say about Ahamkara:

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Ahaṃkāra (अहंकार) is a Sanskrit term that is related to the ego and egoism - that is, the identification or attachment of one's ego.

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Vedic philosophy teaches that when one's mind is in a state of ahamkara, one is in a state of subjective illusion, where the mind has bound the concept of one's self with an external thing. That thing can be a tangible, material object, or it can be a concept (such as the concept of the fight for peace). The ego is involved in constructing the illusion.
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your Stuff Really Is Breaking Faster Than It Used To on: April 26, 2015, 12:46:32 AM
Noted the following via the ifixit link:

  http://www.eesc.europa.eu...l.en.press-releases.29603

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For the first time, an EU institution is looking into the positive aspects of a total ban on planned obsolescence: more jobs, better consumer protection and a boost to sustainable development. The EESC has today issued an opinion on product lifetimes and consumer information to combat the business strategy of obsolescence.

October 2013...
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: April 24, 2015, 09:02:35 AM
https://camo.githubuserco...d6963732f746167732e706e67
87  Other Software / Developer's Corner / "Think X" Book Series and the Textbook Manifesto on: April 24, 2015, 08:43:09 AM
Recently came across and have started reading "Think Stats: Probability and Statistics for Programmers" by Allen B. Downey.

There are some other "Think X" books that look interesting too, where X might be "Python", "Bayes", "Complexity" or something else.

Oh, and:

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...books are available under free license that allow readers to copy and distribute the text; they are also free to modify it, which allows them to adapt the book to different needs, and to help develop new material.

These books are available in a variety of electronic formats; some are also for sale in hard copy.



Found the Textbook Manifesto by the same author:

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Students should read and understand textbooks.

More details at: http://greenteapress.com/manifesto.html

Sounded pretty reasonable.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: April 19, 2015, 07:48:52 PM
From the way that they're marketing it, and the 'interview' process and the reasoning behind that, I don't know if it will get into the hands of someone that would do that.

Looking at:

  http://store.sony.com/dig...ler_SonyClickHere:DPStore

somehow I'm getting the feeling one can be obtained in a fairly straight-forward manner.  May be things have changed?  The price seems to have dropped a fair bit smiley



FWIW, I came across that link via:

  http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/...gitalpaper-reseller.shtml

where I saw the following:

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All Other Professions
Sony Direct-to-Customer Sales invites professionals and all interested parties to call our Concierge team to learn more about Digital Paper. Please call us at 877-723-7669, or click below to buy online.
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 18, 2015, 08:43:20 AM
FWIW, I failed to find uBlock Origin via searching the chrome web store (though I read claims to the contrary in a few places) -- there was a link that worked mentioned in the following though:

  https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/issues/50
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: April 17, 2015, 07:19:46 PM
What does HDD stand for?

91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: April 10, 2015, 04:02:35 AM
Doesn't sound like good news:

  https://www.venafi.com/as...Bleed-Research-Report.pdf
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: April 10, 2015, 03:59:40 AM
I don't think it has been mentioned here, but came across the following today regarding an extension called "Webpage Screenshot":

  https://www.scrapesentry....-google-chrome-extension/
  https://heimdalsecurity.c...ivate-data-million-users/

Not very nice...
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Lists of "Rogue Security Software"? on: April 05, 2015, 04:56:57 PM
Came across this:

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rogue_security_software

Wikipedia currently has the following definition for "Rogue Security Software":

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a rogue (a form of Internet fraud using computer malware) that deceives or misleads users into paying money for fake or simulated removal of malware (so is a form of ransomware) — or it claims to get rid of, but instead introduces malware to the computer.

Not sure how up-to-date the list is.

Found some other lists that seemed clearly out-of-date by a year or more.



Apart from asking around, I guess if one is considering something for installation and it's small enough jotti, virustotal, and the like are likely to give useful feedback about the candidate in question.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone getting a Pebble Time? on: April 05, 2015, 04:18:36 AM

He he.

How many years 'til embedding of devices within one's body is widespread?

95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: April 02, 2015, 05:36:39 AM
Although raw device access seems like it might work, I was thinking one might boot some live iso image in VirtualBox (or equivalent), create an ext4 fs image via the booted virtual environment, copy/share the resulting image to the host OS and use the likes of dd [1] to write the result to an SD card.

Booting up another machine might be simpler and quicker ofc -- but if one really didn't want to reboot... Wink



[1] IIRC, there are various implementations of dd for Mac OS X, Windows, etc.  But I take it you're quite aware of that sort of thing.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: April 02, 2015, 03:30:55 AM
ArkOS have stated they'll update their distro to use the RasPi2 when they get their hands on it.

Hadn't heard of that -- looks pretty interesting!  Thanks for sharing.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: April 02, 2015, 03:29:31 AM
Installation was slightly annoying, though, since there's no images available. I pondered whether I should accept running the root filesystem as vfat (since that's what I could create from my work macbook) - but ended up transferring a Ubuntu ISO to an usb pendrive, boot my old laptop from that, and get an ext4 root fs.

Thanks for reporting back on your success smiley

Perhaps your work-around for getting an ext4 root fs is less trouble than trying to achieve the same end with something like VirtualBox (possibly with its extension pack).
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Solved: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: March 30, 2015, 06:58:10 PM
Congratulations on your working environment smiley
99  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Syntax in Different Programming Languages on: March 24, 2015, 07:19:02 AM
On a related note, came across the following recently:

  http://learnxinyminutes.com/
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: March 22, 2015, 06:06:17 PM
If I had a RPi2 (he he), I might consider the following:

  http://archlinuxarm.org/p...7/broadcom/raspberry-pi-2
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