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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

AK Marc Are GMOs safe (309 comments)

GMO means genetically modified (implies cross-species genetic transfer). Some are things like having your food produce poison (insecticide). I'm not sure how my food containing more poison is more safe. Have the scientists actually studied it, or are they just assuming it's safe because other scientists made it?

6 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

AK Marc Re:Government Intervention (424 comments)

It's consistent because it's the best way to tax the middle class and re-distribute it to the ruling elite. Own the rail line, make billions. Own the copper, make billions. That's always the American plan. And why nobody else follows it.

yesterday
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FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

AK Marc Re:Since when is AMT controversial? (153 comments)

I can't recall a single laptop I've had that has an active network connection when it is off,

So because you've never had a computer with AMT, AMT doesn't exist? That's some weird logic you have. If your computer has WoL (most do) it has an "Active" network connection (as in a passive listening connection), even when you disable WoL, it's still listening, it just doesn't do anything. You don't have to electrically light your "transmit" wires to hear what's on the receive wires.

so how would someone use this AMT on a Lenovo laptop to turn one back on to do anything to it?

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=wake+on+l...

yesterday
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

AK Marc Re:track record (267 comments)

You also have the greater power of 4 vs 2, for higher takeoff weight, greater climb rate, and such. If your 2 engine aircraft can climb with one engine, then it's similarly oversized. No 4-engine aircraft in passenger use today can climb with only one engine. So if your 2-engine craft can, then you've made the same problem you are complaining about.

yesterday
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

AK Marc Re: Big Surprise (267 comments)

So they could whine about all the protectionism in the US, to justify their own protectionism.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

AK Marc Re:when? (424 comments)

Then we should have it everywhere, as the states are the size of sale. That, and the smaller states are closer to the density and distribution of Europe. So why don't they have it? It comes down to the people. We like our monopolies abusing us. If not, why do we keep voting for politicians that force them down our throat (on both sides of the isle)?

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

AK Marc Re:Government Intervention (424 comments)

But the others subsidized the build. We subsidized the service. There's a difference.

Also, unbundling caused 1000s of CLECs to pop up. But that was too much competition for the bells, so CLECs were shut out, restoring the monopoly/duopoly (depending on location). Had the unbundling continued, locking out bells from their own network, then we'd be much better off than Europe. But the government is bought and paid for (both sides), so we got the government we deserve by voting them in.

Transforming the copper/fiber network to a distribution-only model is what works best. Anything else fails.

yesterday
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Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center

AK Marc Re:Built to reduce risk of fire? (143 comments)

He never said never use any risk mitigation, but that the risk mitigation in this case seems excessive for the risk involved. Fires are rare, and in the case of the NYSE, the fire in the data center affected only one pod, and was quickly extinguished,. They all are.

The problem with fire isn't the fire, it's that the fire triggers automatic responses (disconnecting the power), and the room is sealed while the fire is investigated, before the power can be turned back on. So the "fire" almost never does damage beyond the system it started in, but will almost always take out a data center for a day.

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

AK Marc Re:grandmother reference (462 comments)

No.

Yes

35 merchants for a third party reseller sold the keys that someone bought from EA Origin using stolen credit cards.

Yes, Kinguin, an authorized reseller of Ubisoft, resold keys that were later invalidated for having come through "questionable" channels.

Rather than honoring the keys bought through an authroized reseller, Ubisoft, canceled them and is offering refunds (for the people who bought a real key from a real and authorized reseller).

That should be illegal. The "legal" answer would be for Ubisoft to honor all the keys that have been purchased, and track down the illegal person in the chain and hold them responsible, not hold the end user responsible for having bought a key from an authorized Ubisoft reseller.

yesterday
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

AK Marc Re:In related news (247 comments)

Do you know what mark to market means? How do you do that with a bond that has no functional market?

If there is no market, then the value is zero. Which bonds do you assert have no value?

People that take loans they know they cannot pay are without blame when they cannot pay their loans?

I never said that. I'm saying that when the "high risk" group has a low level of defaults (well under historical averages), that it's not that group's fault when the frauds of the rich white male bankers are revealed.

But in the US, poor are only poor because they are lazy, so if you blame the poor, you are "safe" as they are all worthless sub-human creatures that deserve no sympathy. So they are truly the last group that's safe to discriminate against, regardless of what the oppressed rich white males assert.

yesterday
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

AK Marc Re:inflation embiggens numbers (517 comments)

The national media is owned by the same people that own Big Oil (institutionalized investors). So I always find it hilarious that the "liberal media" is called such when they are obviously owned by some of the most conservative people.

yesterday
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

AK Marc Re:inflation embiggens numbers (517 comments)

That's hilarious. The "liberal media" in Texas is owned by oil companies. The stories about all the earthquakes around Dallas explain how it's not fracking, and if it were fracking, it's a good thing, as the more common smaller earthquakes release pressure, preventing a larger one later.

And I'm referring to Belo, whose owners have ties to the West Texas oil fields. No, Mobile doesn't own Belo, but the owners of Belo have ties to oil.

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

AK Marc Re:inflation embiggens numbers (517 comments)

Paying for the services you use is not ethical? They use roads, education, police, and all sorts of services. If they had their $22B in cash under their mattress, there are countries that would invade to take it, so they use the military much more than anyone else.

2 days ago
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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

AK Marc Re:No Kidding (218 comments)

Indent isn't meaningless. But there's no reason to double-space an indent. It carries a reading meaning, related to nesting of code.

Code "feels" smaller when it's compact. Also, having a single spacing method uniform across everyone makes for easier cut-and paste sharing. Having one person space things differently than another will result in decreased readability.

2 days ago
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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

AK Marc Re:No Kidding (218 comments)

If the whitespace is meaningless, it should be eliminated (carriage returns excepted). However, I can understand people who add in meaningless whitespace, as some times a + b is easier to read than a+b, even if they are interpreted the same.

2 days ago
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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

AK Marc Re:Can they do it with corporate code? (218 comments)

Even if they build up a database of 100% of written code, how can they identify me if I only copy and paste code from others?

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

AK Marc Re:grandmother reference (462 comments)

35 official Ubisoft resellers sold keys. Rather then honoring keys sold through official channels, Ubisoft revoked them, and refunded them. That seems silly.

Also note, the total number of keys purchased fraudulently was not disclosed, nor was the number voided. Apparently, Ubisoft is banning and making people demand a refund to get a refund. Some people may think that they did something wrong, and won't ask for a refund. This will result in theft by Ubisoft. Because anyone who doesn't ask for a refund won't get it.

The "proper" way to handle this is to honor all the keys and try to recover money from the fraudulent distributor.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

AK Marc Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (292 comments)

for me.

Yay, you are unique. but that doesn't add anything to the conversation. Most professional photographers will tell you "the best camera there is, is the one you have with you." The camera on the phone is popular because it's always with you. That's the "value" in the phone. It's so small and convenient that you *always* have it with you.

the only thing a tablet is better ar is battery life

You must not have kids. Or friends. Most tablets can survive a drop from 3 feet onto unpadded outdoor carpet (the standard cheap office carpet, glued to hard concrete, with no padding). However, I've never seen a laptop survive that. Maybe the special ruggedized ones could, but they are always much more expensive and much slower.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

AK Marc Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (292 comments)

Laptops are also cheaper than smart phones. A low-priced touchscreen laptop will be about half the price of a large-screen phone. A dumb phone and a laptop gives you the most computing and screen size for the $$$. But just because you assert that to be the target doesn't mean anyone else sees it that way. The "real" benefit of the iPad is the walled garden. You can tether one to a desk. Put on a corporate app (perhaps for a reception/guest notification) and it's reasonably durable (vs a PC tablet, few of which will survive a worst-case drop 2-feet onto unpadded carpet), and if you need more, it's easy to get another identical one. Actually working on a phone is hard. Much less so on a screen 4x the size (in area, not diagonal). http://www.computerworld.com/a... about $500 for a "decent" touch-screen laptop.

2 days ago
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The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

AK Marc Re:Bad comparaison (135 comments)

Which way? The US app store (locked down to US residents) is global, and the hollywood global receipts are domestic?

Part of the problem is comparing gross Hollywood with net Appstore. And just one appstore at that.

I agree that the comparison is bad, but your implication that it's skewed to make apps look large is the opposite of the actual skew.

2 days ago

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House approved proposal to help block municipal broadband

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 6 months ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wants to make sure the Federal Communications Commission never interferes with "states' rights" to protect private Internet service providers from having to compete against municipal broadband networks."
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Bullied student punished for recording incident

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 9 months ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Whether it's the fact that it's a "disabled" student with ADHD, or the wiretapping was done with an iPad, stupid overreacting authorities, or bullies, this has Meme written all over it.

A 15 year old student was feeling bullied. He reported it, but nothing was done. He was being bullied in class time. So he recorded it on his school-provided iPad, provided because he has ADHD. When he took an incident to the school authorities, he was ordered to delete the file, the police were called, and he was arrested (and convicted) though one source indicates the charges were dropped and another indicates he was convicted, but overturned on appeal. . The charge was disorderly conduct, but he was also formally accused of (but not charged with) wiretapping violations."
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Loan Google Glass and Google will brick them remotely

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Now, as those lucky enough to be given Explorer status will begin to receive their Explorer Glass devices, some may be surprised to find that, in a possibly un-Google-like manner, the company has written, Do not “resell, loan, or transfer” language in the user agreement.

So what will the penalty be if you fork over the $1,500 and then decide to pass your brand new device on to someone else? The company says they can remotely turn your device into a fancy-looking forehead ornament."

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Software developer Bob outsources own job and whiles away shifts on cat videos

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes ""All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually".
When a routine security check by a US-based company showed someone was repeatedly logging on to their computer system from China, it naturally sent alarm bells ringing. Hackers were suspected and telecoms experts were called in.
It was only after a thorough investigation that it was revealed that the culprit was not a hacker, but "Bob" (not his real name), an "inoffensive and quiet" family man and the company's top-performing programmer, who could be seen toiling at his desk day after day and staring diligently at his monitor."

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Slashdot Poll

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Where do you live
1) USA
2) non-USA North America
3) South America
4) Europe
5) Africa
6) Asia
7) Australia/South Pacific
8) Other (Sealand, moon, Antarctica)"
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Last Chance to Save Buckyballs/Zen Magnets

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Comments close today on the magnet ban. The CPSC doesn't have to follow submission preferences, but it helps them stand up to the "you killed my kid" mothers who fed their children magnets until dead to say "the democracy chose to allow you to protect your own child". And yes, my attention was drawn to this by Zen Magnets who sent me an email about this issue, indicating that the last day for comments is today (well, will be by the time most of you read this)."
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