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Solution For College's Bad Network Policy?

313373_bot Re:Solution For College's Bad Network Policy? (699 comments)

It's incredible that you guys are not fed up with it.

That is the point. Paraphrasing another article about P2P, people are playing a cat and mouse game and the mouse may keep evading the cat almost indefinitely, via encryption and other tools. It is a waste of time and resources, I agree, gaming the network admins should not be a student's concern. What I was trying to say is that their snooping may be borderline illegal, but on the other hand, fighting the system has its costs, too. My sympathy goes for your situation in Croatia, but I'm pessimistic about the U.S. and overall.

more than 5 years ago
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Solution For College's Bad Network Policy?

313373_bot Re:Solution For College's Bad Network Policy? (699 comments)

As the GP suggests, keeping the sensitive material in an encrypted VM which accesses the net via VPN should be enough, unless the so called "Client Security Engine" includes keylogging or screen capturing functionalities, begging the question: how far can they spy on their students? Shouldn't they have privacy to do their online banking, exchange private e-mail, access medical records, or many other *perfectly legal* activities?

more than 5 years ago
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Looking at Intel's New-ish Desktop Socket, LGA 1366

313373_bot Re:Not the new desktop socket (100 comments)

Point taken, perhaps "artificial" wasn't the best way to put it. But again, with few exceptions, the high-end technology of today becomes the mainstream of tomorrow.

more than 5 years ago
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Looking at Intel's New-ish Desktop Socket, LGA 1366

313373_bot Re:Not the new desktop socket (100 comments)

For what it is worth, looks like artificial market segmentation = bad for upgraders. AMD is guilty of that, too.

more than 5 years ago
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The Great Ethanol Scam

313373_bot Re:Don't blame me, (894 comments)

From a technological point of view, it is not rocket science: some components have to be better protected against corrosion, the engine has to withstand higher compression rates, and the ignition has to be remapped. (Disclaimer: I am not a mechanical engineer.)

Adapting current U.S. cars may or may not be viable, but all major automakers do have access to the technology and could start selling flex-fuel cars in the U.S.

There are many open questions about ethanol: sugarcane vs. corn vs. whatever as a source, ethanol vs. biodiesel vs. electricity vs. hydrogen, etc. Technology is not one of them, and that's why TFA is a poor attempt at trolling.

more than 5 years ago
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The Great Ethanol Scam

313373_bot Re:Don't blame me, (894 comments)

In Brazil, ethanol fueled cars reached parity with gasoline-fueled ones still in the 1980's. Brazilian gasoline has about 24% ethanol, and properly designed engines work flawlessly. Nowadays, most cars are flex-fuel, i.e., can take ethanol, gasoline or anything mix of both.

The kind of fear-mongering from TFA = not invented here syndrome + troll.

more than 5 years ago
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ISS's Node 3 Might Be Named "Colbert"

313373_bot Metal Gear (276 comments)

is way cooler.

more than 5 years ago
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Has RIAA Fired MediaSentry?

313373_bot Re:Quality for Your Dollar (76 comments)

Isn't that wishful thinking? A scenario where most if not all ISPs become copyright enforcers (maybe under new laws), and just a handful of scapegoats (paying costumers) are sacrificed once in a while - just enough to keep the masses fearful - seems as possible.

more than 5 years ago
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Wine Goes 64-Bit With Wine64

313373_bot Wine64 (385 comments)

Because XP64 was so much trouble...

Seriously, though, what kind of Windows 64-bit compatibility is provided, XP or Vista?

more than 5 years ago
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The End of Individual Genius?

313373_bot n*mediocre greater than genius ... (364 comments)

... for sufficiently large values of n.

A single genial paper may have more value than several (even infinitely many) mediocre ones. However, the majority will define the rules - funding, "peer" review, etc - so individual genius is eventually suppressed anyway.

more than 5 years ago

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313373_bot 313373_bot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

313373_bot (766001) writes "This is not an unexpected development: rather than higher learning institutions, Universities behave more and more like businesses, and if it is more lucrative to take RIAA and MPAA's side, they will.

Citing the costs involved with keeping up with the number of file-sharing complaints received by the school, Stanford will continue to disconnect students from the campus network upon the receipt of "DMCA complaints" and other notices such as the infamous prelitigation settlement letters from the RIAA but will now charge students a hefty fee to be reconnected.
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