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Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance

Arrepiadd Re:I think this is a real good idea. (304 comments)

More parents need to learn from your parents' mistake.

His parents' mistake? Or his mistake? Who the hell ends up with half a million in debt and manages to blame his mom, if not a whiner? Sure, his mom is at fault for not giving him an allowance, but if you can't figure out that consistently using more money than what you get is going to cause you problems then what the hell do you want your brain for?

This is like saying because your parents never gave you a bicycle you never learned to manage speed so all these high speed crashes you've had with your car are your dad's fault. He should man up and get real! His mom could have done better, but he's the one who screwed up!

about 7 months ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

Arrepiadd Re:Iron Mountain places seem to burn easily (463 comments)

And if you had read the first article linked in the summary, you'd find out about another one of their facilities who burned even earlier than that. But I'm not going to tell you more about it, I know reading the articles goes against Slashdot's MO.

about 7 months ago

Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

Arrepiadd Re:Too late, switched to Chrome (167 comments)

The first step to cutting web bloat is to disable JavaScript, but ironically Mozilla seems to be directly against this idea.

What world do you live in? I have to agree with the previous AC, it's a lost battle. Sure, for casual websites I can do without Javascript, and even opt to not look at blog X if it's done in such a crippled way that I'd need JS to read test. But my bank has such a web interface that I can't do without JS. Should I just start changing banks every time they do such a move? My time is more precious than that!

Hell, the nearest cinema has such a crippled webpage (recently upgraded to being a lot more JS-abuser) that I can't do anything (not even look at the schedule) without accepting a cookie for which is my preferred location (it's from a national chain of theaters). Almost feel like never going there again...

about 8 months ago

US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

Arrepiadd Re:education (306 comments)

Because obviously less education is the solution. [/irony]

Seems to have worked for her...

about 8 months ago

Megatons To Megawatts Program Comes To a Close

Arrepiadd Re:Nuclear dangers... (125 comments)

List the non-leathal health issues of storing safely a small amount of nuclear waste of a half-life of a few hundred years that you get from an integral fast reactor.

Please tell us about the IFR reactors in commercial operation, so that we can discuss the subject fully. Oh, right...

about 8 months ago

Security Experts Call For Boycott of RSA Conference In NSA Protest

Arrepiadd This is worse than child porn (for the company) (112 comments)

'I can't imagine a worse action, short of a company's CEO getting involved in child porn,' says Carr.

The CEO getting involved in child porn means his personal life is tainted and he goes to jail and hell and all that.
This is bad news for the company because people lose their trust on the company. No one needs to identify with the CEO of a company... but not trusting a company in the security field doesn't bode well for said company.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

Arrepiadd Re:Why is "forgetting" such a problem apparently? (381 comments)

All he needs to do now is give the poem, but just the poem, to one person he trusts and these instructions he just posted to someone else. When he has amnesia, person 1 brings one side of the solution to his problem and person 2 brings the other side. Sure, they could look for the other, but they don't necessarily have to know each other. He can give the poem to a work colleague and the algorithm to a close friend. Both will know when he almost dies, but won't necessarily know how to find each other out.

Of course there is still the possibility of them being curious enough, but unless he has 1 billion dollars in his bank account (or something else super-interesting) it may simply be not worth the trouble (and since he knows the people around him, he can choose the ones most likely to not even bother with it). And it definitely beats my system... since I create random passwords, I cannot give anything but the actual key.

about 8 months ago

Unencrypted Windows Crash Reports a Blueprint For Attackers

Arrepiadd Re:Double edged sword (103 comments)

When it is sent in the clear, at least you could sniff your traffic and see what Microsoft is getting. So with encrypted crash reports, you need to trust Microsoft more than now.

Sure, but when sent on the clear you need to trust everyone between you and Microsoft. I know this is Slashdot, but Microsoft may not be your worst enemy.

about 9 months ago

Why Snapchat and Its Ilk Face a Revenue Conundrum

Arrepiadd Re:Who cares? (104 comments)

The point is to be bought by somebody else, not to make profit.

Then... why reject 3 billion from Facebook? How many other companies, with more money to waste, are willing to buy these guys, from where you are looking at it?

about 9 months ago

Doom Is Twenty Years Old

Arrepiadd Re:Ah the memories (225 comments)

"up vote" and high UID. go back to reddit.

Honey, I wrote that comment. Check my actual UID and shut up!

about 9 months ago

FCC Chair: It's Ok For ISPs To Discriminate Traffic

Arrepiadd Re:Discrimination could work against you (365 comments)

the ISPs will do whatever they want that works out best for their bottom line.

I don't even see why they won't go forward with screwing SSH and other low latency dependent applications, once this crap becomes acceptable: "Oh, you need your packets to arrive in less than 2 seconds? We have this extra-upgrade just for you."

about 10 months ago

Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

Arrepiadd Re:It's Iron Maiden all again (244 comments)

But even the Iron Maiden story suggested no one makes money off of selling CDs. Sure, to make millions like Iron Maiden does, it's hard, no doubt about that. But if even them don't make any serious money out of selling CDs, why do we expect anyone else to do? How much money do Iron Maiden make out of Spotify? Is an indie artist seriously going to expect more?

about 10 months ago

RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

Arrepiadd Re:Just wait until... (549 comments)

I wonder if a country could actually orbit a satellite with enough power and a spot beam to stop cars in an entire city... in the name of anti-terrorism, of course.

Sure... and in the process kill all other electronics. Use satellite to prevent a terrorist car from moving to its target in NY city. Leave the entire city to deal with the economic (and social) impacts of shutting it down for 10 minutes.

about 10 months ago

Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

Arrepiadd It's Iron Maiden all again (244 comments)

Two days ago we had a story about how Iron Maiden is making big bucks by touring and not by selling CDs or whatever. Everyone agreed, back then, that this is the way to make money in the music industry.

Are we now surprised that no one gets to be a millionaire just out of Spotify?

about 10 months ago

Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

Arrepiadd Re:Kill pact (961 comments)

I am not sure what she'll do after but I am positive I'll commit suicide after killing her.

So, if you're wife gets in a car accident next week and you face this decision, are you sure you are willing to kill yourself? Or you're just telling us that in the remote future when you're a really old man and she is super-sick, etc., etc... Because you know, life often doesn't turn out how we planned it.

about 10 months ago

1.21 PetaFLOPS (RPeak) Supercomputer Created With EC2

Arrepiadd Re:1.21 PetaFLOPS (RPeak) (54 comments)

The one (slightly) novel aspect of this, presumably also made possible because the workload parallelized well, is the use of Spot Instances. As the name suggests, these aren't Amazon's standard fixed-price instances; but are rather instances whose price changes according to demand.

Even that isn't novel. Quoting some work done last year "Running a 10,000-node Grid Engine Cluster in Amazon EC2": "Also, we mainly requested for spot instances because ..."

Doesn't make it less interesting for me though.

about 10 months ago

Finance Firm Bloomberg Goes In For $80,000 On Ubuntu Edge Project

Arrepiadd Re:Free publicity (98 comments)

but slowing down like this at this point in time is normal, (and I assume expected) successful projects and failed projects alike.

I totally agree with you, this slow down is expected. But, whereas some projects that get funded will have this slowdown close to or already after their goal* if at all, the Ubuntu Edge project is stalled at about one third of their stated goal. We can safely assume that everyone wanting a Ubuntu Edge, knowing about it, and with the money for it already donated. There will be no geeks pledging for the phone at the last minute. So, either at the end someone with lots of funds (and possibly connected to Canonical) just orders around 30 thousand of these phones so that the goal is met, or this campaign will fail.

* NOTE: I'm not trying to focus on the issues discussed on the Slashdot thread I linked to. Merely to the money they made relative to their goal.

about a year ago

Finance Firm Bloomberg Goes In For $80,000 On Ubuntu Edge Project

Arrepiadd Free publicity (98 comments)

Bloomberg is the first business to opt for the bundle — but it will get its money back if the project isn't fully funded.

This is no more than free publicity for Bloomberg then. They're pledging to give 80 thousand USD to a project if it gets fully funded. Said project after getting 7 million in the first 24 or 48 hours, has only managed to go up 1 more million in two weeks. And it needs 24 million more in the next two weeks!

Chances of actually having to give the 80 kUSD... close to 0. Free publicity... a lot!

about a year ago

Researchers Develop New Trap To Capture Bloodsucking Bed Bugs

Arrepiadd Re:Wait, what? Be careful when you quote stats (141 comments)

Well, what does that mean? If I have bedbugs, and I leave this out overnight, is there a 23% chance it'll be empty in the morning?

Yes, that's what that means. It is said that these are merely monitors, they are not meant to kill all the bugs. Just like having a mouse trap empty does not mean no mice in your house, having no bedbugs in your trap does not mean no bedbugs. But, keep it there for n days and the 0.23^n chance of it consistently failing at catching something becomes negligible.

about a year ago

Researchers Develop New Trap To Capture Bloodsucking Bed Bugs

Arrepiadd Re:Funny, but glad (141 comments)

I wonder if the same design works for fleas. I understand fleas are also attracted to CO2, so the yeast + sugar water thing would likely improve results with fleas as well.

My guess is it wouldn't work as well (the entire plastic bowl + CO2 source thingy). It says in the article one of the main advantages of this contraption is the high walls that make it hard for the bugs to come out. Fleas would most likely just jump out of the trap once they realized there's CO2 in there but nothing to eat.

about a year ago


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