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What To Expect With Windows 9

Attila Dimedici Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (503 comments)

Wow, I never knew anybody that down on ANY version of OSX, but you say that OSX 10.10 is a combination of Vista and Windows 8? That is pretty bad.

yesterday
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Attila Dimedici Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (286 comments)

That strikes me as a lot of work in order to play a game. If I want to work that hard to find a group of people to interact with, I want it to be people I actually meet.

yesterday
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

Attila Dimedici Re:Don't google it. Bing it! (154 comments)

I am not sure why "google" works as a verb, but MS made a bad choice in "Bing". I'm sorry, but saying you "binged" it sounds slightly obscene...Of course, it also does not work because the following sentence would feel right, "Ray Rice is in trouble because he did a bit more than just bing his girlfriend (now wife)."

2 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Attila Dimedici Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (608 comments)

Or maybe people just are not that interested in the music that is available? I do not pirate music, but I, also, do not buy music. I have several friends who pirate music...interestingly enough, they buy more music every year than I ever did.

2 days ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Attila Dimedici Re:Where is the misuse of military equipment charg (286 comments)

He cannot be found guilty until he is charged with a crime, something which the poster you replied to was suggesting should happen.

3 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Attila Dimedici Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (887 comments)

Please define "do good"? What makes your definition of "do good" better than that of someone else (for example, someone who believes that it is "good" to kill every member of a particular ethnic group)?

3 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Attila Dimedici Re:Cart FIRMLY in front of horse! CHECK! (444 comments)

You made the point I came here to make. Why don't we wait until Tesla actually does it before we ask why other companies don't? It is all very well and good to praise Tesla for making the effort, but before we condemn others for not making the same effort we should wait to see if Tesla succeeds. Once Tesla has this plant up and running we can analyze their results against what they had to do to obtain those results and then judge whether or not this is something other companies should implement. For example, if Tesla's solution depends on the factory being located in Reno, NV with annual rainfall of about 8 inches, do we really want all of our manufacturing (and the people employed doing it) located in areas with such low annual rainfall? I was hoping to get an average for the entire U.S., but the average rainfall east of the Mississippi is slightly about 30 inches, close to 4 times that of Reno.

5 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Attila Dimedici Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Perhaps you can tell me the names of the "two groups advocating for women and Puerto Rican independence," because despite reading the article before I posted the comment you replied to and then reading it again when you linked to it in your reply, I can find no mention of the names of those groups.

about a week ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Attila Dimedici Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Finds She Lied On Her Routine Background Check

Actually, it is more a matter of "Researcher Fired at NSF After Government Alleges She Lied On Her Routine Background Check." After reading the article, it appears to me that this is a story that bears paying attention to, but is probably not a scandal. The researcher in question did indeed have ties with a questionable organization. Since the article fails to name the two subsidiary organizations of which she was a member it is not possible to dismiss her claim that she was unfamiliar with their ties to the parent organization. On the other hand, the fact that she was a member of two separate groups which were fronts for a third group significantly increases the likelihood she was aware that they were affiliated with the parent group. Especially when you combine that with her knowing members of the group who carried out an attempted robbery of a Brinks' truck, one of them well enough to carry on correspondence with him while he was in jail.
It is still possible that she was unaware of the ties, but by the time she was interviewed for the background checks, she should have been. After all, at that point she spent a significant amount of time corresponding with a member of the group who went to jail for a highly publicized crime related to the organizations of which she had been a member. On the other hand, the article certainly makes it seem like the information against her is somewhat sketchy.

about a week ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

Attila Dimedici Re:so (150 comments)

As someone else pointed out, your answer sounds oh so logical, but suffers from the problem of being false. The VA received a much lager increase in resources than it did patients.
So, explain to me again why I should believe this Administration official when they claim that no private personal information was stolen during this breach? Bear in mind that this official answers to the same people as the IRS officials who claimed that Lois Lerner's emails had been lost due to a hard drive crash, only to admit that backups existed when a judge insisted they testify under oath about exactly what had happened (the judge making it clear that he would hold the specific people who testified accountable for the accuracy of their statements).

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

Attila Dimedici Re:so (150 comments)

Well, at least that is what the government officials are claiming, but these are from the government officials who answer to people who were telling us a few years ago that the VA was the model of ideal healthcare delivery.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

Attila Dimedici Re:Definition of "Lie"? (150 comments)

No, he was either lying, or he intentionally did not listen to his advisers who were trying to tell him that people would not be able to keep their insurance or their doctors. Well, it is also possible that he assumed that people had voluntarily chosen doctors and insurance they did not like, so would be perfectly happy to give it up for insurance which covered less and cost more and doctors who delivered poorer service (largely because new regulations would require the doctors to spend more time filling out forms for bureaucrats than actually treating their patients).

about two weeks ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Attila Dimedici Re:Good (108 comments)

At least the LAPD nominally works for the people. A murderous stalker doesn't.

Except of course when that murderous stalker works for the LAPD (or another police department): http://www.philly.com/philly/n...

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Attila Dimedici Re:I actually don't see a problem (289 comments)

Except that Google lobbied against requirements for these cars to have steering wheels and other physical controls.

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Attila Dimedici Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

Bottom line is, when it comes to technology progress, roots are pretty much irrelevant.

Translation: "Why should I learn from the mistakes made in the past? I'll just make them all over again. All in the name of progress."

about three weeks ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Attila Dimedici Re:Defeats the purpose (232 comments)

Not a problem, of course, I am sure you will not complain when you are left completely out of the loop while we make decisions which involve your future work responsibilities.

about a month ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Attila Dimedici The silliest part of this... (226 comments)

The silliest part of this is that the posts they are claiming are infringing actually increase the value of their product.

about a month ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

Attila Dimedici Re:A truly smart person ... (391 comments)

Anyone who lacks humility will, sooner or later, make a fool of themselves. However, self-confidence in one's ability is often mistaken for a lack of humility, especially when the one who is self-confident is highly gifted

about a month ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Attila Dimedici Re:Please give examples of the obstacles (306 comments)

That is not an obstacle. That is merely less of an incentive.

about a month ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Attila Dimedici Re:Please give examples of the obstacles (306 comments)

The business models that have made solar systems financially viable for millions of homeowners in California, New England and elsewhere around the country are largely illegal in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina and some other Southern states. Companies that pioneered the industry, such as SolarCity Corp. and Sunrun Inc., do not even attempt to do business there.

What that appears to mean is that without the subsidies and questionable business practices, no one in their right mind would buy solar panels for their home. That may not be the case, but the fact that the article fails to spell it out, suggests that it is.

about a month ago

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Poll shows that 75% prefer printer books to ebooks

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about a year ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "In a new Rasmussen poll, 75% of American adults would rather read a book in traditional print format than in an ebook format. Only 15% prefer the ebook format (the other 10% are undecided). The latter is a drop from the 23% that preferred the ebook format in Rasmussen's 2011 poll. In addition, more say they buy their books from a brick and mortar store that say they buy books online (35% from brick and mortar, 27% online). I suspect that the 27% who buy online buy more books, but these results are interesting and suggest that the brick and mortar bookstore is not necessarily doomed."
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Ask Slashdot: What is the Best Email Encryption Gateway for a Small Business?

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about a year ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "I am in the process of implementing a Email Encryption Gateway for my company. I checked with my various contacts in the industry and came away with Voltage as the best solution. However, as I have been working with them to implement a solution, I have been sadly disappointed by their lack of professionalism. Every time I think I am one question away from being ready to pull the trigger, I discover something that my contact with them had not mentioned before that has to be ironed out by the various stakeholders on my end. So, my question for Slashdot Users is this, what is your experience with implementing an Email Encryption Gateway for your company and who what solution would you recommend?"
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Reports of Mis-registered Votes In Early Voting

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "There have been several reports of voting machines changing for Mitt Romney to votes for Obama in several states that have Early Voting, Ohio, North Carolina, Kansas. So far, I have not seen any reports of voting machines doing the opposite. Is this just user error? Or happenstance? Or is this the case of someone fiddling with the calibration of the voting machines to favor their preferred candidate? If it is just random error, why are all the reports just showing votes being changed in one direction?
I am not ready to declare that this is voter fraud, but these are the types of stories that people need to pay attention to if voter fraud is to be stopped."

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It's a Small Galaxy After All

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "Word has just come out that Disney is buying LucasFilm for just over $4 billion and that it intends to make new Star Wars movies, ultimately a new one every two to three years.

I will let that news sink in for those of you hearing this for the first time.

Okay, I’m just thinking out loud here.

My first reaction was horror. I joked on twitter about “Herbie the Love Bug as R2D2 and “Lord Vader, we have received reports that the Apple Dumpling Gang is on the ice planet Hoth.”

But then I thought, “Who cares?” it’s not like Disney could do more to sully the franchise than Lucas already has. I mean, so what if Justin Timberlake plays Luke Skywalker and Johnny Depp plays C3P0? And what’s the big deal if Jar-Jar Binks gets his own sitcom on ABC?"

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Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court is going to be hearing a case this fall that could overturn the "first-sale" doctrine for goods not manufactured in the U.S.. The back story (which I think has been discussed on slashdot before) is that a Thai student at Cornell discovered that textbooks were sold significantly cheaper in Thailand than in the U.S.. So, he set up a business where his family bought textbooks in Thailand, shipped them to him in the U.S., where he sold them on Ebay. John Wiley and Sons sued him for copyright infringement. A lower court ruled in favor of the publisher."
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Department of Justice Defends Warrantless GPS Tracking

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "The U.S. government told a federal appeals court Thursday that it still has the right to place Global Positioning System tracking devices on cars without obtaining a search warrant—despite a January Supreme Court ruling that the warrantless installation of such a device violated the Constitution. Another article on the subject points out that despite claiming that a warrant is not necessary the Justice Department has instructed agents and prosecutors to obtain one going forward. Is the Justice Department correct that since the Supreme Court did not explicitly say that this particular usage of GPS tracking without a warrant was unconstitutional they have leeway to do so? Or should the Justice Department be staying away from constitutional gray areas in order to be sure that they are not violating it?"
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House Appropriators want to limit public availability of pending bills

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "The House Appropriations Committee is considering a draft report that would forbid the Library of Congress to allow bulk downloads of bills pending before Congress. The Library of Congress currently has an online database called THOMAS (for Thomas Jefferson) that allows people to look up bills pending before Congress. The problem is that THOMAS is somewhat clunky and it is difficult to extract data from it. This draft report would forbid the Library of Congress from modernizing THOMAS until a task force reports back. I am sorry that I cannot write a better summary of these articles, but I think this is an important issue about improving the ability of people to understand what Congress is doing. I am pretty sure that the majority of people on slashdot agree that being able to better understand how the various bills being considered by Congress interact would be good for this country."
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Study Says That Beer Makes Men Smarter

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "Researchers at the University of Chicago say that men are better at solving brain teasers when they have had a couple of beers than when they are stone-cold sober. They discovered that at .07 blood alcohol level men were better problem solvers than when they were sober. Additionally, they found that men were better at solving problems in groups of three rather than in groups of two.
How many of you already knew this?"

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Court Ruling Opens Phones to Warrantless Searches

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "This article is rather alarmist about the way this ruling opens the door for warrantless searches of cellphones. However, the police in this case only went so far as to determine the phone numbers of the cellphones. They then used that information to obtain a warrant for the call histories of those phones. This does not seem overly intrusive to me and the judge in his ruling seems to me to say that deeper searches of the phone without a warrant would be inappropriate (although he does not draw a clear line as to what qualifies as a deeper search)."
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A Honda Civic Lesson

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici writes "Eric Peters makes the case that hybrids have been over-hyped. His argument is that in order to sell people on hybrid cars, automakers have emphasized the energy efficiency of hybrids in ideal conditions and failed to tell people that in most ordinary driving conditions they will not come close to meeting the numbers given. He refers to a recent case where an individual has chosen to forego membership in a class action law suit and has instead chosen to go to small claims court. He suggests that there is a significant chance that she will win there and that this will open up all of the manufacturers of hybrid vehicles to similar lawsuits.
The article was on a rather partisan website so I am curious as to what factors he has chosen to overemphasize to make his case? Or what factors he has chosen to ignore to the same end? I know that slashdot has a large contingent of hybrid and EV supporters who are well educated on the subject (as well as a large contingent of those who are not so well educated)."

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World-first hybrid shark found off Australia

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "This story talks about the discovery of the first known hybrid between two shark species. The article itself is an interesting hybrid of junk science views of both Global Warming and evolution. It implies that the sharks are planning ahead by "evolving" through interbreeding with another species of shark in order to deal with the changes brought on by global warming. More importantly, it completely ignores the question of whether they will be more capable of being equiped with lasers than either of the parent species"
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A World Without Schoolteachers

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "I came across a an article this morning that suggests that the Nook and the Kindle have changed things in such a way that schools are becoming obsolete. His premise is that the ideal way to teach children is by a tutor. Schools arose because those who were not well enough off to afford tutors pooled their resources to hire a tutor (teacher) for all of their children. Schools further developed because they offered the opportunity for society to indoctrinate children in the values society considered important. Until today, the indoctrination has become more important than the education.
The author's premise is that the Nook and the Kindle have allowed large amounts of written material on many different subjects to become accessible enough that parents can tutor their children at a price that just about everyone can afford."

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Google's Privacy Problem

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici writes "In this article, Daniel Gellenter talks about the various ways that Google uses to keep track of your location. He discusses an new Android app, Lattitude, that installs as part of a system update and how Google lets you know about it with an email that many people will overlook as spam. He then talks about how difficult it is to disable this app. He further talks about the other ways that Google tracks the location of Android users."
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Ask Slashdot: What do Slashdotters think of Herman

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici writes "What do slashdotters think of Herman Cain's candidacy for President since he is arguably one of us (he has a Masters Degree in Computer Science)? This would quite possibly make him the first Presidential candidate with an understanding of technical issues. I wonder, does anyone know what his position is on patent reforn?"
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Tilburg professor faked data in at least 30 academ

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici writes "A professor at Tilburg has been caught using fake data in over 30 scientific papers. His latest paper claimed that eating meat made people anto-social and selfish. Other academics were skeptical of his findings and raised doubts about his research. Upon investigation it was discovered that he had invented the data he used in many of his papers and there is question as to whether or not he used faked data in all of his papers. This is why so many people have trouble taking social and behavioral sciences seriously as science"
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Massachusetts plans to keep track of where your c

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "Massachusetts wants to establish a database with the information gathered by license plate scanners installed in police cars. The scanners will scan license plates of every car the police car passes and transmit that information (along with the location) to a database that will be made available to various government agencies. The data wil be kept indefinitely."
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