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Commerce Secretary: US Wants Multi-Stakeholder Process To Preserve Internet

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Don't like it? (57 comments)

The problem is, they're likely to. If not now, than at some point in the future. There is a great value to a single unified environment.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Patent attorney chiming in (224 comments)

The real question is: are you applying for a job or are you trying to license your technology? In all likelihood, a blended negotiation is probably not going to happen unless...If you're talking about trying to license your technology, then you need to talk to the right people. Probably their patent attorney or the person in charge of in-licensing technology. This is usually a protracted negotiation.

While I get that trying to go from job interview to IP licensing seems nigh impossible, I can see many situations where IP licensing is helped by offering to implement the solution.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Was this ever anything but a slogan for sheep ? (376 comments)

You could point out that President Clinton bombed Iraq first

You mean Bush Sr.

Of course, that was a good idea and universally recognized as such.

about a week ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Simple != worse (240 comments)

and even in that other 0.01% of the time, it's likely that your compiler will optimize the pretty human-readable code into the cool-but-cryptic bitmasking trick at the assembly level anyway

That's almost universally untrue. The 99.9% is made up of the union of "code that executes infrequently enough" and "code that the compiler can auto-optimize."

Now, predicting what's in that 0.1% is tricky, which is why it is often better to optimize later after profiling reveals it. And may someone protect you from me if your cool-but-cryptic bitmasking doesn't comment what the "if X then Y else Z" logic is.

Now, often times, that 0.1% then can get incorporated into a language feature, or the compiler can automate. Over time, that content will drift smaller and smaller.

about a week ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Easy to say when not dealing with customers (240 comments)

If you want to see what happens when Microsoft actually tries a fresh start, see Windows Vista. Where UAC introduced unprivileged by default operation (breaking so many apps that assumed users were admins and bombarding them with dozens of elevation dialogs).

Yeah, but obviously that would break things, look at how little warning they gave developers. They only released an API/standards that UAC played well with in 2001 with Windows XP. Surely that's not enough time to modify their code.

Seriously, I remember being forced to use that architecture in 2004 by what I thought was an overly anal programming lead. Low and behold, come Vista, that software is still chugging along painlessly, but our expensive tools all suddenly require admin access.

But MS will break their backs to maintain backwards compatibility.

about a week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Actually, I do RTFA Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

What's needed is either to make those instructions INTERESTING (like the Southwest Airlines people often do)

Oh, good lord no. Right now, the announcements are fairly unobtrusive... except on Southwest. I already know the information, so the only value it would have is entertainment. Except most people aren't entertaining, especially when they do the same skit over and over. But my book is. So let me read in peace. As a consolation, if any of the flight attendants are any good, I'll go see their community theater play later.

about a week ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Google's forgoten its obligation to shareholder (134 comments)

Can someone please tell me how this move increases shareholder value, which should be Google's top priorities?

Why should that be Google's top priority?

I'd contend that their top priority should be living up to their "don't be evil" mantra.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

Most c-sections happen on Friday. Why? They've got to get home for the weekend.

It also gives the parents a whole weekend to recover before the man has to go back to work.

What you need to reinforce your claim is a breakdown of c-sections planned for a Friday in advance, and those that get scheduled *that day* on a Friday.

That said, I agree with the need to question your doctor. But your example sucks.

about three weeks ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Typical statistics (64 comments)

I read "select" as meaning specific fields (as in, select types of data), not deliberately selected subsets of data... got a quote that helps clarify things?

about a month ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Typical statistics (64 comments)

In other words, they took everything they gathered and pulled a subset that matched criteria that would back the claim that they could detect future crimes.

While it's possible that they did in fact pull a biased sample, this methodology is what I was taught in academia as a legit way to test machine learning. If you have one sample set, first split it into two. Use one set, usually much smaller, to train the neural network. That data set, because it's tuned to find those specific correlations, obviously produced really good predictions. So you use the second data set to test whether the inputs correctly predict the outputs.

about a month ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Price of safety (64 comments)

Especially considering that said "information sharing" leads to a mere 8% increase in accuracy.

Well, closer to 22%. While it's true that 8% of the predictions are more accurate, what is important is that ~22% of the predictions that used to be wrong are no longer. In much the same way as if it went to 100% accurate, you don't get to bitch about it being only a 38% increase in accuracy. You get to talk about whether it's worth the cost, and how we can get something only 62% as accurate without the cost.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Kleenex, Xerox, iPad.... (405 comments)

This is one of the reasons why it's going to be such an uphill battle for Microsoft when it comes to tablets and phones. They were late to the game.

They really weren't. I remember using a Windows tablet/laptop convertable back in 199? And a Windows phone (with Office, etc. ) before the first iPhone dropped.

I'm actually not sure why neither one took off. My assumption would be that both were too large, and that probably had most to do with either non-low-power chips or battery technology.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

Actually, I do RTFA Re:ironic (260 comments)

because of the hoover dam.

Which is all green energy, so it's easy for Tesla to live up to their claims.

about a month and a half ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Is there a science deficit in creativity? (203 comments)

The same formula is used by Hollywood when someone messes with the occult. The dire, yet vindicated, warning. The monster in the second act. Etc.

I guess what I'm saying is that Hollywood honestly doesn't know the difference between science and magic. Although computers even more so.

I'm far more concerned about the effect of "cops bend the rules because they sooo hate the evil killer and need to get him off the streets" shows. Cops actually do get influenced by that. I think there was a study about that, but it may have been not published because it was too groundbreaking....

about a month and a half ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Who bears the risk? (203 comments)

Risky to who, exactly?

The research bearing fruit. No one is suggesting removing protections from actual subjects. The article is about funders wanting to fund "successful" (that is, hypothesis affirming) and "publishable" (that is, less contraversial) experiments.

His goal is to somehow shift the funder's incentives so high sucessful completion risk/high reward (either in basic knowledge or specific benefit) stuff gets made.

And I agree. The shit that gets funded at any real level is often piecemeal and uninteresting. Hell, even "we want money to try a similar study with N>35 so we can test a lot of spin off research of this promising study" get shot down for being too out there.%lt;/rant>

about a month and a half ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Actually, I do RTFA Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (1134 comments)

there is no incentive to solve the misogynistic trolling "problem" (assuming it even exists

Well, that depends on who is solving the problem. Certainly, some games do in fact see a drop in subscriber base. These companies have incentive to stop the problem.

For instance, XBox saw a lot of women not re-upping their XBox Gold accounts.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Actually, I do RTFA Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (311 comments)

In this case they did lock the gate, I assume. By which you mean use passwords.

However, that doesn't help if the gate is set in a 4 foot high picket fence

about a month and a half ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Nobody has the right not to be offended. (1134 comments)

There's no such thing as a right not to be offended

There certainlly is, within some contexts. There is a right not to be offended in your home. There is a right to limit what asshats say on your blog.

Now, that doesn't give you the right to shut down channels where people say what you don't like, unless that channel is too difficult to avoid. Protests in front of your house. Calls at 2am. Etc. But free speech does not give you a right to force yourself to be heard.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Actually, I do RTFA Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (311 comments)

Youâ(TM)ll note the celebs arenâ(TM)t in the above list of people who share in the blame here. I donâ(TM)t even expect them to know enough to use good passwords. Theyâ(TM)re ordinary humans whose focus should be on things not related to IT security.

I expect them to know enough to use good passwords, because I expect all people to know that. I expect them to know enough that they are a high-profile target. And I expect them to know enough to know that computer security is often shittily done.

That is, I expect them to know enough not to trust anything. I don't expect them to know enough to choose to trust anything.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Actually, I do RTFA Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (311 comments)

Wrong-think.

If the fucking system worked like it's supposed to, people could put anything anywhere. Blaming the victim for a broken system is not logical.

It is if the victim, exercising a reasonable amount of care, would have known the system was broken. Now, what is reasonable is up for debate. I think everyone agrees if you ignore the "Beware of the Leopard" sign that everyone agrees you don't get to complain when you don't get a super-awesome adventure (possibly also mauled by a leopard). And I think if the breaks in your Prius go bad, then no one would think you could have predicted that (unless you are the Woz; because he did and told Toyota...)

I would say that it is perfectly reasonable to blame the victim for not realizing that nothing you put on the internet can ever hope to be private. If you are leader of a country, you should expect other countries to tap your phones. If you are a celebrity who makes a lot of money off your sexiness, you should expect people will want nude pictures of you.

You may disagree. And it is distasteful to blame the victim. But there is some point, which different people can have a discussion about, when it is starts becoming their fault.

about a month and a half 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 5 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 7 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  |  about 7 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 7 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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