* Posts by Ian Michael Gumby

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What's that, Equifax? Most people expect to be notified of a breach within hours?

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Re: Not Qualified

This industry is rife with people who are under qualified.

30 years ago.... to call yourself a software engineer, you needed to go to a college and graduate with a 4 yr degree in an accredited engineering program.

Today... its a job title.

When I look at resumes where someone who calls themselves an engineer who didn't go to school for engineering, I hammer them in the interview.

When I see a resume chock full of buzzwords, I hammer them to see what they know. How they handle stress. Note, I haven't made anyone cry... that's a feat that I've only seen happen once while my friend was interviewing someone.

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Re: Words are cheaper than sysadmin time

Sorry mate.. Struts isn't system admin.

Its application admin.

Some companies are large enough that the responsibility gets split.

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Facebook let advertisers target 'Jew-haters'

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@AC ... Re: Cambridge Analytica

Chum, hate to break it to you... Trump won because he was the lesser of two evils.

You think Hillary would have been better, her book is proof that she's a nutter and we dodged a bullet. While I didn't vote for Trump, I will say that if he was given a chance, he'd be doing a better job. The issue is that he's an outsider and wants to drain the swamp. So those who made their money in DC and feed from the swamp, don't want him around.

He gets blasted by the Media even when he's doing the right thing and after the fact, it comes out that he did the right thing yet no mea culpa or correction from the MSM. I mean, I kid you not... 90% of MSM is negative. Fox News which ran stories is closer to 55-45 where 55% was negative. (And they're being labeled 'pro Trump')

Trump won because of the fact he went to the rust belt and won the states that Obama won. Clinton avoided them and instead went to fund raisers in California.

The DNC's treatment of Bernie Sanders had more of an impact on voters than any ads that could have run on Facebook. Her illegal activities which are still being investigated today... are more of a reason than any 'pro Trump' ad on FB.

As to using 'Big Data' for political fundraising... The Republicans are far behind what Obama did in 2012 out of Chicago. Something Clinton didn't come close to doing either.

BTW, Clinton's crew ignored the Big Data analytics that was done... ;-)

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@Voland's right hand Re: How about some balance?

Wow.

Even your response could be viewed as being antisemitic. Free clue. Judaism is both a race and a religion. Prior to the second world war, the largest Jewish community in Europe was in Poland with communities over 400 years old before the Holocaust.

The issue though is that its possible to search for specific key words or phrases which can give clues to people belonging to hate groups. "88" for example. And then the BDS movement which is not only misguided but also produces antisemitic rhetoric and hate speech.

The underlying issue is that Facebook does have the ability to control hate speech as well as other user content, yet here is an area where they are turning a 'blind eye'. This would be akin to the 'pink sheet' contracts that were afforded spammers by the ISPs and Telcos.

Antisemitism isn't getting all of the outrage.

There's more, but I doubt you'd grok it.

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@Anton

Wishful thinking, but no.

They were 'undercover'.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: My Battery lasts all day...

Fucking neo-luddites. Why wouldn't I use the computer in my pocket as a pocket computer?

Because I have real computers for that task? Because I sit in front of a real computer all day?

Oh? You must be a windows luser...

Its not being a ludite. I've been in tech longer than you've been alive.

Its using the tool for its designed use.

My phone... calls, text, emails. Then there are the work related apps. Closed when not in use.

Uber, off when not in use and use of location services are turned off.

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Re: Headphone Jack Please

Hmmm.

I would have opted for creating a pluggable device that expanded the USB charging port.

Think of it as a dock that fits over the USB port that still allows you charge but then has a headphone jack that lets you plug in your head phones but then runs thru the USB port.

But that's just me and rather than ruin your phone, you would have a marketable product. (Of course you would have to write the software app that lets you recognize the head sets... )

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My Battery lasts all day...

Seriously. What are you running on your phone?

Do you keep your apps up and running in the background when you don't need them?

Are you busy watching youtube vids or netflix on your phone?

I have maybe 30 apps downloaded to my phone. Most are for travel, some are for work (emails , slack, skype, etc ...) But that's pretty much it. I don't listen to music although I do have music apps.

So yeah. if you use your phone primarily as a phone and a communication device... your battery lasts a day or more.

Mines the jacket with the small jar of prune juice as I keep yelling at you kids to get off my lawn.

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Bosch wants crowdsourced data for future connected cars

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Re: Low accuracy?

I don't think you understand.

Your position is a bit fuzzy and relative.

(There's the GPS location, and then there's the map which is also a bit relative.)

Here, if you're within 2m , the position relative to the map, but that's where LIDAR kicks in. It helps you determine your position relative to your surroundings. LIDAR can give you fairly accurate positioning. However these are expensive and they may be building/designing cheaper units which are less accurate.

Imagine your lane guidance system where you're going down the highway at 70mph and the guy in the lane next to you starts to swerve towards your lane but doesn't enter it. What does your car do? ;-)

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Apache Foundation rebuffs allegation it allowed Equifax attack

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Re: @Sane ...

Touche! now go and google 'BOHICA!'

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@ Aodhhan ... Re: @Sane ...

You really are dense... so I'll dumb it down for you...

Breeches will happen. However, you have to ask yourself what the crooks gain by having the data?

Hint: Identity theft .

If you make it impossible for them to open up a line of credit... aka stealing your identity... then the data is worthless for the criminals.

You remove the value from the data for the criminals. However, you remove the chance for the credit unions making $10.00 per account for the privilege to 'freeze' it.

As to the database breech. there are other things that they could do, and that is a different topic for discussion.

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@Sane ...

No shit sherlock! (Hence the icon)

When they know that they are about to get massively sued in multiple courts / jurisdictions... they are smart to say nothing. Anything they say will be used against them.

The sad thing... it isn't until a massive breech like this that the industry adopts new changes to improve their service.

ALL Credit Bureaus can FIX THIS PROBLEM

All it takes is adding a page to their web site that allows you for FREE to freeze your credit report information and provide a unique Q Code that you can scan as input in to a free app like Google's Authenticator or DUO. So that if you want to apply for credit, you get an alert, you plug in your timed code and then you are up and running. This would shut down most of the identity fraud overnight.

And it's relatively cheap for the bureaus to implement, albeit they lose $10.00 USD per account.

But its a heck of a lot cheaper than a lawsuit.

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@AC Re: And here comes the thunder...

Slow down there perry mason.

Remind me when did GDPR go in to effect? ;-)

Before you jump all over Equifax... if they don't have your credit information, nor do the other information brokers like Trans Union... you do realize that you will be paying more for your next loan or mortgage, right?

Oh believe me, we should sue these monkeys out of bizness. [sic]

However, that doesn't mean that the information brokers who create your credit score should be tossed out.

Instead we need to force them to change their business model.

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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@ Yet another anon coward... Re: Science provides facts, you decide.

Sorry, that's the wrong author.

You're thinking of Larry Niven and his Puppeteers. ;-)

There's more, but I don't think you'd get the gist of the discussion.

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@Peter 18

The irony is that its not the nicotine or tobacco that is killing you but how you ingest it.

Apparently Vaping is healthier than smoking. (Yes, actually there are reports that suggest this... )

There is also evidence that its next to impossible to quit smoking. Most products that exist to help you... fail or have a lousy success rate.

But I digress.

The point is that he made up his own mind and wasn't afraid to speak it (I agree with an earlier post).

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@AC

You're showing your age.

I remember having a collection of all of the BYTE magazines from the first edition. In 1997, I donated them to my local library only to have them throw them out... :-(

But I digress.

Yeah, he was a good writer and I loved his work with Niven. (Definitely two of the best writers of all times.)

These days 84 is still young.

RIP

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Huawei's storage hardware future: Fancy some cosy NVMe over Fabrics this winter?

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Wow

This is the future ...

You can build some crazy fast clusters using 2 of these and fill the rest of the rack with a ToR and 1U servers w lots of cores and Ram w minimal local drives for OS.

How much?

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Scotiabank internet whizzkids screw up their HTTPS security certs

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Re: Banks and security? Pah!

That's par for the course.

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Surprising nobody, lawyers line up to sue the crap out of Equifax

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Re: Insider trading?

First, you can't just make up a credit rating.

These individuals will be charged with violating trading laws by the SEC. Its a no brainer. What happens next would be interesting.

The issue though is why they sold and how much of their shares they sold.

If they can provide legitimate reasons for the sale... they won't be charged or be found guilty.

If they can't... boom. They will be forced to pay a fine that will exceed the proceeds, pay their legal costs which may initially be paid for by the company, and could face jail time, and lose the ability to be a corporate officer of a publicly traded company. It all depends on the dollar amount and the severity of the situation.

To give you an example... a sale could have been done as part of diversification, meaning their broker may have found a good deal and he or she sold to move in to the deal. It could have been done to pay off debts, or to get money ready for college tuition or something... we don't know.

The other problem... Rule FD.

They could argue that the minute they went 'public' aka notified the authorities... they were allowed to sell.

(IANAL so I don't know if that argument would hold up in court. )

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@AC

You can do the following:

1) Pay $10 per credit bureau and 'freeze' your credit reporting. (Meaning no one can pull a credit report without your approval)

2) Join the class action.

There are a couple of ways they can easily improve security. It may mean removing a source of revenue.

The PCI compliance rules need to be updated. However depending on how the systems were breached, the company could have already been out of compliance.

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Facebook ties JavaScript code together with Yarn

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Re: Adding to the confusion

FB is at war w Apache... so to speak.

FB donated code... taken out of Apache because of FB T's & C's.

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Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

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Class action lawsuit.

This is a major class action lawsuit in the making.

There's no denial as to the harm this can cause because it makes it easier for the crooks to target individuals and to steal identities.

There is also no excuse.

They should be offering free credit monitoring for the next 5 years.

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Big Tech fumes over Prez Trump's decision to deport a million kids

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@Tom Dial ... Re: ...because we are a nation of laws

There is immigrants and then there are illegal aliens who snuck into the US.

Bit of a big difference.

The US is a land of immigrants, including the American Indians if you go back far enough...

The issue isn't that the Presidency has gotten too big, but that there's been an absence of checks and balances.

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Re: ...because we are a nation of laws

And we are.

Trump isn't wrong is rolling back Obama's order. The fifth court of appeals ruled against Obama citing that only Congress can make laws. Obama broke the law and was in violation of the constitution. SCOTUS was split 4 to 4 and had Scalia still been alive he would have sided with the courts and said Obama's power grab was unconstitutional.

To really put a pin in it... Obama said to the public in 2011 that he couldn't unilaterally make an executive order like DACA, then later he does just that. (IIRC, his words were used against him during the lawsuit.)

You may hate Trump, but he put the ball back in Congresses court. So if you don't have DACA, you can vote out your congress critter in 2018. (Both parties)

Trump is right for doing what he is doing. Ironic isn't it? A lawyer turned senator turned POTUS ignoring the law while a Billionaire real estate puff actually is following it. Go figure.

Meanwhile Clinton attempts to rewrite history with her new book.

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Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

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@Paul Crawford

Amazon Prime.

So they can stream videos for 'free' if they have Prime. Or to make purchases.

Kids these days use their phones more than they use computers for 'web apps' to do things like make purchases.

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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@DougS Re: The phrase "lies, damned lies, and statistics" ...

Sorry but there's a bit more to this...

You can take a larger sample size, but you would still be off.

The issue when polling Trump supporters is that those who are true supporters will openly express an opinion in favor of him. Of those who ultimately voted for him were the undecided and those who didn't want to be outed as Trump supporters. And then there are people who tell the pollsters to F-Off!

That's the real issue. You are assuming that you're getting a random sample, when you are not. Did the polls take in consideration that most people who responded to the poll tended to be Democrats?

As to the popular vote... doesn't matter. Polls are done at the local level.

If you look at the map, Trump won most of the country. The map county by county showed Red.

Bottom line, Clinton ran a bad campaign. And she's a crook and criminal.

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Well, whad'ya know? 'No evidence' that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower

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@Strum Re: @Bandersnatch ... @AC Funny... but no.

Pathetic?

Really? So the news reports which have published excerpts from the leaked transcript of Flynn's conversation were faked? really?

The reported evidence that several members of the Obama Administration made numerous unmasking requests without full documentation didn't occur? Sorry, but there's several members of Congress who saw the requests (which are classified BTW)... they are all lying?

Here's the thing. Technically the NSA/CIA/etc spied on the Russian diplomat and hence Flynn got caught up in the BS. So they didn't spy on Flynn, just unmasked him which then led to other unmasking requests.

The conversation between Flynn and the Russian was actually legal. Flynn lied to Trump and Pence so he got canned for lying.

The leaking of the transcript was illegal and if they catch the bastid, that's jail time.

What's pathetic is the blind and ignorant hatred of Trump. Which would make you pathetic.

If you took an objective look at what is happening... mask the players... you'll see that there's a bit of lawlessness going on and it isn't Trump. The biggest problem with Trump is that he doesn't know how to cover himself and to play the game.

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@Bandersnatch ... Re: @AC Funny... but no.

Wow, you clueless feck.

Look, you already know that they had unmasked Flynn's conversations with a Russian diplomat. Why? because they leaked the transcript.

They didn't eavesdrop on Flynn but were eavesdropping on the Russian which is normal operations.

But here's the thing.

They unmasked Flynn and others within the Trump team.

Forget what you think about Trump.

Look at the actions taken by Obama's Administration.

They expanded the rule of law as to who would be allowed to request unmasking. Does the US Ambassador need to know who said what? No. Which is why she's been forced to testify as to why she was unmasking US Citizens. Keep in mind the written requests had a vague " I need to know as part of my job" with providing any specifics.

What we don't know is the specifics. But this is very serious.

Unmasking is allowed within certain parameters. And each time should be well documented. Yet these apparently went unchecked. What makes the use illegal is that it was apparently done for political reasons to spy on Trump and his team.

This is where you have a major problem and why Trump is correct to say that the Obama Administration spied on him.

There is enough evidence in the public eye to confirm that this did occur and that Trump was spied on. The whole. 'no wiretapping' is a smoke screen.

For those who wonder why the say 'no wiretapping' is because that's how Trump described the spying and its a way to poke fun on him.

The Congressional hearings may provide split reports. Schiff is playing partisan politics and threatening to release a minority report to counter the official report. There's more, but you have to be objective to understand the threat.

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Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

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@AC ...Re: Wow

Now when you consider that you're future proofing it.

All of the stuff is going to be hi-res.

Today 4K tomorrow (a couple of years) 8K .

The only problem is that you can now make out the ass acne and makeup can't hide all of the blemishes.

But at 8K, how much storage is required for a full length flick?

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Re: Fuck a duck!

Which one? 110 Baud or a more 'modern' 300 Baud Cat? ;-)

As to the Internet being only B&W hog wash... a couple of friends and I went in to the EE Dept's vision lab and used the camera to make a copy of a playboy centerfold, in gasp *COLOR* and put it up on usenet. That was in the late 80's.

Mine's the coat with a pocket protector because my lead holders had sharp metal tips.

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Google, propaganda, and the new New Man

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@AC ... Re: "making computer geeks appear more attractive"

Growing up in the 70's and being first gen computer kid (those with access to computers as a child),

I can tell you that shows like 'Halt and Catch Fire' are an attempt to gloss over the real history.

There were women in IT, for sure. But to be brutally honest... neither the guys or gals in IT were attractive. Note: That's the rule, there were some that were the exception.

Back then there wasn't as much money in IT. Sure as a Software Engineer, you made more than the sales guy, but you were capped and the guy in sales/marketing eventually caught up to you unless you moved in to sales/marketing or management. But you made a decent living.

Today, everyone is an Entrepreneur and is working on their startup... ;-)

So rewrite history because frankly, we weren't that good looking, and were usually part of some sub-cultures on the fringe.

Geeks and Freaks was probably the first show that brought the geeks from out from under the rocks...

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Leaky S3 bucket sloshes deets of thousands with US security clearance

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@Dr. Who

Sorry have to down vote you.

The first question you have to ask... "Did Talent Pen know what information was in the data?"

The answer is yes, they had to know since they are a 'third party recruitment firm' .

The information contained PII (information) and thus they had an implicit obligation to lock that information down.

This isn't to say that they should have clear policies in place, but that their contracts should also have explicit wording on the need to protect PII (information). Note: This wasn't mentioned in the article and it may already exist.

The point is that Talent Pen is clearly at fault.

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Tesla hit with official complaint over factory conditions

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@404 Re: My reason for believing unions can go suck a bag of dicks

Yup, you get it.

Others don't. Unless you've seen or experienced the negative side of unions... you just know them from a conceptual point of view.

Take the Unions who cover employees of the state.

They take money from employees who are not in the union, claiming that they can do this because said employee benefits from the collective bargaining they do on their members behalf. Said revenues pay for Union's political lobbying where said employee, who's not a union member is still paying in but without a vote. (Yeah, its illegal, but its up to a judge to decide and some are very liberal.)

When Gov. Scott Walker bused the unions in Wisconsin, the unions lost over 50% of their members because the employees didn't want to be members of the union.

It gets worse when you start to look at cases around the US of Union abuses.

But hey! Everybody loves those Unions... yeah right...

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@Lars Re: @Bombastic Bob ... unions could be beneficial

In the US, those who join unions do so in an effort to avoid work.

I never understood it until a friend who was in a union explained it to me.

Where I live, we have 2 building engineers. At one time, we had one engineer who was in a union, the other was not. Our building got picketed because the Union was told that we were threatening the employees and not allowing an outsider to meet with them while they were working. So the union called in all of these people to come on down and harass and threaten our residents.

Here's the facts...

1) We are a residential building with 3 employees and contract the services for janitorial and security.

2) We do not allow outsiders who are not here on the request of a resident to come into the building.

(Note: This is why Union organizers who wanted to meet with 'staff' were told no.)

3) The only engineer who isn't union laughed at them because we provide better benefits and salaries than what he could get from the Union. So why should he pay union dues? (The other engineer who was older was in the union before coming to our building.)

4) When the union rep who requested to meet with the one employee who isn't a manager or in the union already, the building manager offered her office, and yet the employee declined. Union Rep then claimed he was coerced to say no. (No evidence to that fact)

So... I don't have a high opinion of Unions here in the US. In Europe, Unions are a bit different.

Unions provide no benefit or protection for the employees where they are protected under the law.

I gave you the example of the Government employees under the union. Just look at Wisconsin... 'nuff said.

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@Bombastic Bob ... Re: unions could be beneficial

Unions are an anachronism.

100 years ago, the employees were open to abuse and harsh conditions.

Over the past 100 years, laws were enacted to protect workers.

Unions provide no value and in fact, workers make less in union shops than they do in non union shops when you consider the cost of the Union dues.

Consider that in Wisconsin, the Governor removed unions from public service workers. (You could be a member of the Union, but it was not compulsory. ) Union membership dropped dramatically.

And to think that you *need* Union protection from the Government as your employer? (Think about that for a second....)

Unions are not needed and a source of revenue for corrupt individuals.

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That virtually impossible classic compsci P vs NP problem is virtually impossible, say boffins

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Re: Queens problem is solvable part(2)

The wikipedia answer is a bit more complex than it should be.

Again I haven't tested my solution and checked it against a brute force method.

Keep in mind, this is only a part of the solution.

Assuming I'm correct, its only a part of the solution. It finds the number of cells where you can place a queen, because the order is important.

Now if I can use this solution, I can easily walk thru an NxN solution where N can be > 1000.

Then take the count of solutions per NxN matrix. (There should be a pattern to the growth.)

If true, then you can predict the level of effort to find the solution. For each solution in the set of solutions, for an N by N matrix you would have N! solutions. So you can predict it.

That is of course assuming I'm correct in my observation that it holds true and it captures all possible solutions. (And that's the big stretch.)

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Re: Queens problem is solvable part(2)

Just to expand on it...

The first part of the problem is to ignore the order of the queens and just find the possible solutions within an N by N matrix.

The algorithm above works, but its not fully tested. Once you know the possible set of solutions, then its a matter of establishing the order which a simple factorial of N where N is the number of columns.

5x5 you have 5x4x3x2 which is 120 combinations of queens for each solution set. But that isn't necessary to know the matrix of solutions.

I guess the issue is that with N = 1000 then if order matters, for each solution set of open cells, I would have to walk thru 1000! permutations and that is what takes time.

But what am I missing?

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Queens problem is solvable

If I understand the problem ... you have an N by N matrix where you need to find the set of solutions where you can only have a piece in a square that is neither in the same row or column of an existing piece, nor is on a diagonal to an existing piece.

I think this is the solution, which I tested on the 4x4 and 5x5 matrices.

There is a distinct pattern...

The matrix is numbered 0 thru N-1;

Lower left is 0,0 while upper right is (N-1, N-1)

You move from left to right when placing queens.

Place the first piece in column 0 in any square. (0,k)

Block out the row;

Block out the column;

Block out the diagonal(s) to the right;

In the next column you place the queen in the square MOD(k+j, N) where j in {2 thru (N-2)}

If the square is blocked, then the solution attempt fails and you move on to the next possible choice.

And so on. ...

This works for N=4 and N=5

I did it by hand, but will now cobble up a simple program to do it and for larger sets.

Of course then you have to run thru all of the possibilities to show that this is wrong. But I don't think it is.

Now where do I submit my solution?

Note: If the order of queens matters, then its merely an N! for each solution within the set.

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So much data, so little time: How to not flip your wig processing it

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Re: For example, anyone fresh out of university ... normalise everything to death

There's more to this...

Many want to re-purpose or re-use existing RDBMS tech in the big data space.

So thats why there's still a drive to normalize the data.

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Not worth reading...

The author has no clue about what he attempts to talk about.

So many errors that it would take a rebuttal article to correct the original.

Free clue. Batch processing for summaries has to occur at some point when the data is stable. You can do this periodically throughout the day or at night. Note that if you're a global company night is relative.

Also, if you aren't going to use the data, it makes no sense to spin cycles computing averages kpis for no reason.

The real issue is how the data is delivered. Some data comes in throughout the day in flat files, thus you have to wait until 'end of day' or all sources have delivered the data. Then you have data which is streamed. This data can be used to generate running totals /averages or other kpi.

But the author is correct in that most people today only know RDBMs. We've since flipped back to hierarchical structures and unless you're old enough to have been taught COBOL or have worked with a Pick system (Revelation, U2, etc ...) or have converted IMS,... you really don't know much about it.

Or have spend time working with the newer tools where you have field and record separators in hive.

But I digress. Maybe the author should learn something before he writes an article ?

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Bitcoin Foundation wants US Department of Justice investigated

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Re: Bad lawmakers make bad laws

Actually...

Feinstein is retiring after her term so she's starting to come out of her shell.

The truth is that crypto-currency is currency.

So they will be regulated.

Or if they are what they claim... anyone who is using it is at risk because its nothing.

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

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Re: Tax free?

Because its mail order if you order from Amazon and Amazon doesn't have a physical plant in your state, you are not charged sales tax and the burden of reporting the sale is on you.

So if you buy your expensive IT hardware from a site in California but you live in NY or IL, you save $$$ because they don't report the sale to your state and they don't collect sales tax so the state doesn't see the loss of tax revenue.

Amazon has since changed their rules and AFAIK, they will now charge sales tax in most if not all states.

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Re: Site for sore eyes.

"You're only buying something from Amazon if it says "Sold by Amazon" in the listing."

No.

Amazon is making their brand available to third parties where Amazon is housing product for the third party and is managing the sale/transaction of the product. Amazon will have a certain amount of liability.

I do expect that Amazon will raise this issue, but they will lose.

Think of it this way... would you buy a product from Ma and Pa Kettle if they just put up a website on GoDaddy or Network Solutions? Or did you find the product on Amazon and they had the lowest price?

It gets complicated because Network Solutions and GoDaddy offer site space and handling the electronic payments, and I think some level of fraud protection... But they don't hold stock or manage fulfillment.

The mom and pop shops are not at 'arms length' and IMHO, Amazon will lose if this goes to trial.

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@AC Re: Site for sore eyes.

I sympathize with what has happened to this couple. I do not, however, think that Amazon can be liable for failures of every single product they sell, especially since much of what they sell is listed by third-party resellers through the Amazon Marketplace.

Yes, Amazon can and will be held liable for selling defective products.

There is an amount of liability that Amazon has when they make a marketplace for third party resellers to sell products under the Amazon Brand.

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

As a class action, expect Amazon to settle where those affected will get nothing and the lawyers get a large chunk of the settlement.

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Re: @Chris G Curious

Doug,

You have a selective windowing of the data.

Did you read the articles about the drop in subscriptions around the time of the election and read some of the editorials in the NYT lamenting the fact that they lost the trust of their readers? Oh yeah baby, you can't handle the truth.

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Re: Cue the inevitable

Doug,

You really don't know when to quit.

I suggest you actually go over the history of some of the articles that were written by the WaPo and NYT prior to the election.

Editorials were written justifying that it was ok for journalists to set aside their ethics and to push an agenda especially when it went after Trump.

There's more, but clearly you have an agenda or prejudice so it would be a waste of time.

The fact that is not in question is that the news coverage of Trump is intentionally negative.

Funny thing. While the MSM roasted Trump about denouncing violence on both sides. There's hardly a mention that it took 3 days for Pelosi to denounce the violence of Antifa.

I suggest you google Kass and Chicago Tribune. Today's editorial is a good one, even though I don't agree with everything he says.

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@Voland Re: What, specifically, makes news "fake"?

There's an even more simple explanation. He's just being Trump. And he's from Queens if memory serves.

But you just proved my point that your liberal bend is showing. :-)

The funny thing... Trump on the same day as Charlottesville denounces violence on both sides.

He gets hammered for saying that and that he's making a moral equivalency between the left and the right. Yet the reality, he was doing no such thing.

He then two days later clarifies his statement and condemns specifically the white supremacists. The press and MSM criticizes him for being two days too late.

Now we have the rally in Berkley where peaceful 'pro free speech' rally members were violently attacked by Antifa member. Keep in mind that there were other protesters (protesting free speech???) that were non-violent until Antifa showed up.

Some in the MSM are reporting on it, yet we don't see Nancy Pelosi or other Democrats speaking out about the violence on the left. No question of moral equivalency but that there is violence.

Seems the 'demented' POTUS yet again is correct when he denounced both sides.

So I have to ask which politicians are showing signs of dementia and denial?

The simple truth. Trump says something... regardless of how silly it could be... and people attempt to find hidden meaning that he never attempted to communicate. And they condemn him.

And you're also confusing dementia and Alzheimer. Which is why you shouldn't attempt to play doctor.

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Re: Cue the inevitable

@Voland,

Show me where Breitbart has to fire or ask for the resignations of multiple reporters for grossly violating their ethics and placing the paper in legal jeopardy.

It cuts both ways mate.

The irony is that Brietbart scores higher in terms of integrity when it comes to reporting than WaPo, CNN or the NYT.

The Daily Caller has broken several key stories and hasn't had any lapses of ethics.

And to be fair, how many stories has the WSJ had to retract, not that many...

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@Chris G Re: Curious

And this is something that I alluded to above.

Of course DougS is trying to justify it.

CNN Has lost the trust of the people, So to has NYT and WaPo.

We have to look back over 100 years to see the whole Yellow Journalism play out to understand how this could happen.

The problem is that people are unable to discern which sources are credible and which sources are not. Even within the MSM.

Case in point. Democrats called the rally in Berkley a 'White Supremacist' march, yet, the leader of the rally wasn't white. The rally claims to be anti-violence. And they were peaceful yet Antifa shows up and attacks the protesters. Rather than condemn the violence, the elected Democrats that tried to shut down the rally are silent. Yet you don't see that on the news.

The fact that elected officials don't even know who is doing what is troubling.

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@DougS Re: Cue the inevitable

You seem confused.

Posting a retraction is one thing.

Clearly violating any semblance of journalistic ethics is another.

To be clear, I'm not what you call a 'Trump Defender' but rather I am an objective observer and the MSM / Press have gone way over to excuse lapses of ethics as a way to justify an attack on Trump.

The numbers don't lie.

And to be clear... lapses to the point where three 'reporters' are forced to resign. Producers who are injecting their personal bias in an effort to distort the news, in order to driver their agenda?

And then there's the reverse. Killing a story so that most don't see what is happening.

But hey! Be in denial.

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