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April 20 2013

The consequence is that in Figure 5-6, two armed conflicts stand out for their deadliness: The First and Second World Wars.  But as this confutes the declining-violence-half of Pinker’s narrative, he urges readers to “Cover up the two outliers with your thumb” in order to produce the impression he wants to sustain: That the alleged “randomness” of these wars renders their timing and deadliness irrelevant to understanding them.  Voila!  The two World Wars were “statistical illusions.”

July 11 2011


The loose collective of hackers also posted an "invoice" to Booz Allen for its work, a "bill" of $310. The total, the group said, is based on four hours of "man power, $40; network auditing, $35; Web-app auditing, $35; network infiltration, $0; password and SQL dumping, $200; decryption of data, $0; and media and press, $0."

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These asterisks to the "amounts" added double salt: "Price is based on the amount of effort required ... price is based on the amount of badly secured data to be dumped, which in this case was a substantial figure ... no security in place, no effort for intrusion needed."

Technolog from msnbc.com - Anonymous shares 90,000 military email addresses
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