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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Actually, I do RTFA Re:~50% have no degree... (155 comments)

I'm at year 13, and I've learned those lessons you said earning your degree taught you.... but I (lucky for me) didn't need college to teach me humility and how to be receptive to learning

Yeah, I'm gonna say no. Humility, recognizing the depths of your ignorance, being open to new ideas, dealing with new people, being exposed to other things, etc. are all a continuum, not binary.

That said, you may be advanced for your age. But you seem to think that means you crossed the finish line early. What it means is, if you don't squander it, you can go much farther.

I wish you luck.

6 hours ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Tool problems (350 comments)

Different tool chains are not used, because it is a client-server architecture, but because regularly one develops for different platforms using different technologies.

That's the idea I don't get. Why oh why do different platforms try to/actually encourage and enforce this? Cross-platform code is good. I suppose it behooves the dominant player (I suppose iOS) to not be compatible with, say, Windows Phone. But doesn't that mean Windows Phone should be made to be compatible with iOS?

7 hours ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Who is stopping him? (350 comments)

Watch Google punt on the ADT bundle as soon as they take Android Studio out of beta.

I also expect to see the second coming of Jesus riding unicorns at that point. Beta is the new Gold Master

7 hours ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Best Wishes ! (303 comments)

I'd love to see a single UI that works across 4" phones and 7" tablets with gorilla glass, and 13" laptops and 10" convertibles with membrane keyboards, and 24" desktops with 101-keyboards, and 60" XBox Ones with controllers but I'm not holding my breath.

OS != UI.

The OS has so much more. Hell, a lot of programs only talk to other programs, and those instantly work regardless of form factor. I think it would be great if the future was just make... what, 4..., UI profiles was sufficient to be cross platform

13 hours ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Actually, I do RTFA Re:So Kind of open? (185 comments)

It would be kind of ironic if it were a software-only patent, since one of the reasons H.264 is amazing is the hardware acceleration built into everything.

yesterday
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Patent upgrade treadmill (185 comments)

By the time the patents on one codec have run out, bandwidth constraints cause providers of non-free media to switch to a new freshly patented codec

That seems silly.

Bandwidth is one of those commodities (like processor cycles) that gets cheaper as time marches on. Bandwidth now is easily a couple of orders of magnitude higher than a decade ago (and moving towards gigabit), and that was several orders of magnitude higher than the decade before that.

Further, its a cost center now. If you could halve Netflix's bandwidth costs, you'd be quite wealthy.

The real limits are a) on the decoding side: How much processor power, RAM, etc. does it take to create an image, and b) the quality of the decompressed video, esp. against theoretical limits

yesterday
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Pretty low (74 comments)

. Unfortunately for Verison disabilities activists can be INCREDIBLY noisy when they are shat upon, so I doubt our deaf friends are going to tolerate this guff at all.

But how would they know?

Go deaf dudes!

Hear, hear! <-- What I actually wrote before I figured out it was ironic, which would be fine, and probably insensitive, which is not. But I will echo your sentiment: Go dead dudes!

yesterday
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Trusting a binary from Cisco (185 comments)

Cisco heard your concerns and has responded: Development and maintenance will be overseen by a board from industry and the open source community.

yesterday
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Actually, I do RTFA Re:So Kind of open? (185 comments)

The source is open: you can read it, you can compile it and compare binaries, etc.

In fact, it is BSD licensed.

But that only covers the copyright. The patent is not opened (nor owned by Cisco), and seem to prevent derivative works.

Cisco paid the fees to use the patent in this one application, and open-sourced it to the world. Seems like a great solution, security-wise, and clever legally.

And, it becomes just more BSD code when the patent expires in... what, a decade? Or if the new Supreme Court ruling is found to invalidate the patent.

yesterday
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

Actually, I do RTFA Re:"to not look inside the box" (252 comments)

I'm not sure what I would do to protect my device (I'm not smart enough to make a device, so it's a moot point)

But I do know that it would be a toss up between trying to keep Google from opening the box, and trying to develop a tamper-evident prove that they did. I have no idea if the lawsuit would be worth enough to justify the costs... and whether I could patent it anyway.

yesterday
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Firefox 31 Released

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Spyware companies will love it (169 comments)

So they gave analytics teams an easier way to send info, so they don't have to rely on really iffy hacks that often cause all sorts of stability and performance issues?

You mean like cookies? Why are cookies not the appropriate solution to a standardized way to track users if they choose to allow themselves to be tracked.

if you had a good solution to Canvas tracking then why didn't you tell them?

Sure. Disable readback from the Canvas. Done.

If FireFox took a stand against stupid bullshit that costs more than it benefits, they could kill it. They're big enough to do so.

yesterday
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

Actually, I do RTFA Re:"to not look inside the box" (252 comments)

more like an awesome way for Google to grab a profitable patent in exchange for the prize money.

Except they are not claiming any of the IP, just a 100 hr license to use it for the test. Also, why they claim they will not open the box up.

2 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Actually, I do RTFA Re:I'm shocked... shocked I say... (338 comments)

But you never owned it in the first place... even when you had a hard copy. You only owned a license.

Google "First Sale Doctrine". You own a copy. Software is tricky because it comes bundled with a license to install it/run it. But the actual disks that contain the installer? Yours.

All these things go away if you buy a license directly from the stuido, and are guaranteed perpetual use

Yeah, but that won't happen. In fact, the studios are pushing for per-device fees, separating TV/Computer/Mobile rights, and going more towards a "per-view" model.

Even if they were willing to, even if that didn't cause all kinds of problems with residuals, even if it didn't impose a perpetual and unbounded cost on the studio... what happens when the studio goes out of business? How does fulfillment actually happen

My problem with physical media is that it's not possible to carry it all with you... so when you want to take a road trip you have to be selective and predict what your kids are going to want to watch.

You could ask them ahead of time and plan ahead. Or you could carry a hundred disks in a relatively small wallet. Or, depending on where you live, you may be able to copy the DVD to a hard drive for transportation.

When kids damage the media, you are stuck purchasing another license to something you already have a license to use.

Did you use your legal right to make a backup?

But personally, I find the times I am without access to stream, a la ton a plane, in a tunnel, or just with a lot of peopel using the Internet at my house, where ever, make me want a local copy. And that means a physical copy, in general, if I want it on a device I control that doesn't need to call home or self-destruct. It also means I can resell it, loan it to a friend, etc.

2 days ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Actually, I do RTFA Re:what environments allow USB boot? (130 comments)

Well, you could use PS/2, or serial, or even say "fuck it, no mouse for you. Here's a command line and a tab key."

2 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Actually, I do RTFA Re:I'm shocked... shocked I say... (338 comments)

Huh? I'm all for shorter copyrights. But it's stupid to not anticipate the reaction of Disney, et al. And their solution will be to attempt to use technology, licenses as opposed to ownership, and every other non-legal monopoly method to keep their copyrights in practice once they are no longer supported bu the law.

2 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Actually, I do RTFA Re:I'm shocked... shocked I say... (338 comments)

What good is the copyright expiring if the day before it expires, the content-owner (for one more day) can destory/make unavailable all copies they don't own? And then maintain de facto control over the work, if not de jure.

2 days ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Scaremongering? (130 comments)

How does it assure no deficiencies? And why don't other projects use that methodology?

2 days ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Actually, I do RTFA Re:what environments allow USB boot? (130 comments)

you give my physical access to a box, it's my box.

Well, the BIOS could be password protected, the case alarmed if opened. In either case you could work around those, but if I put that box in a busy hallway, that's not going to happen. Combine that with no optical media or USB ports, and I think that's a pretty safe box.

Now, you could mess with the hardware, via a hardware key logger, but that could be mitigated by soldering the wires directly as opposed to allowing a PS/2 port. And the keyboard could probably be physically hardened to the point that you cannot easily open it.

Bottom line, physical access is one thing. But tamper-evident measures combined with regular but not continuous observations should enable me to trust that if you do gain access, I will know about it while you are present. Possibly even before you are able to finish gaining access.

2 days ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Scaremongering? (130 comments)

How does that work? If there is an easy way to guarantee no deficiencies, why isn't it used always?

2 days ago

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Why would you teach your kid to brush his teeth - there's an app for that.

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  about 2 months ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "

Have you ever tried to teach your kid the "Bass-Stillman" brushing technique — the technique that dental professionals would try to teach your child if they thought he could handle it?

That's the question asked by Brush Up, a new mobile game with a bluetooth-enabled toothbrush. They purport to be able to train your child to brush his own teeth. They seem to back it up, as they used NIH (National Institute of Health) money to run a year long study.

Interestingly, they hired a developmental psychologist, because apparently you brain handles brushing your teeth differently when you are younger.

Their website has some information, but they seem to have put a lot more effort into their Kickstarter page.

Would you trust your child to bring a tablet/phone into the bathroom as they brush? Do you think you can teach better than a game? Or will parents not ask themselves any of those questions, and just buy it to get their kid to brush his teeth without a fight?"

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Fluke Donates Real Multimeters to SparkFun as goodwill gesture

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  about 4 months ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "We recently heard about the confiscation of a delivery of multimeters to SparkFun for infringing on Fluke's trademark. One common thread in the discussions was the theme that Fluke should have let that shipment through ("lawyers" argued about the legal ramifications of it) as a goodwill gesture to SparkFun and the Maker community. Well, Fluke did one better. They announced they were sending more than $30k worth of official multimeters to SparkFun for them to do whatever they want with.

SparkFun is most likely going to give them away.

A great example of win-win-win?"

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Microsoft loses final appeal in EU Antitrust case.

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "Being a convicted monopolist in Europe may be not as sweet a deal as in the United States. Microsoft has been forced to allow blanket licences to its server protocols[Free registration required]. Although they will still be raking in the money (at 10,000 euro upfront and 0.4% in royalties), it seems paltry compared to the almost 6% royalty rate they used to insist upon. And Microsoft has already paid 1 billion euros ( $1.43 billion US ) for the privledge of appealing to this stage, with a possibility that they will owe another 1.6 billion euros more.

Since they are having such a bad day, I thought I might as well advertise where you can purchase access to their proprietary code to make up for it. Curiously enough though, that site is down."
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Our ATM is broken, so you go to jail?

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "A short while ago, slashdot featured an article about possible criminal prosecution for people who took advantage of faulty slot machine software. At the time, many people drew an analogy to an ATM that dispensed too much money. Well, apparently, that too may result in criminal charges. Interestingly, although they suspect that someone may have tampered with the ATM, they are considering charging anyone who withdrew money from the ATM.

This also provides an interesting rejoinder to 'if they can build a secure ATM, why cannot Diebold build a secure electronic voting machine.'"

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