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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Chryana Re:Mission creep. (285 comments)

I think they should collect some statistics on network usage. They might suddenly start using a lot less bandwidth if restrict access to a few sites.

about 1 month ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

Chryana Re:hike up the fines (389 comments)

I like your idea, I agree it is better than mine. I'm not sure I buy the "forgotten ticket" line though. I admit my total ignorance of the public transit system in Sweden, but where I live, we are issued permanent tickets cards . My card is at all times in my wallet, and it can even be registered so that I can get back my monthly pass in case I lose my card.

about 3 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

Chryana Re: hike up the fines (389 comments)

Indeed, but it would probably require to hire more security staff, which increases the costs of running public transit for everyone.

about 3 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

Chryana hike up the fines (389 comments)

According to TFA, the organization that pays of the fines is currently profitable because it rakes in twice the money as it pays off in fines. It seems simply raising the fines would quickly make that unprofitable.

about 3 months ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

Chryana Re:Kickstarter skeptics eat your heart out (300 comments)

You think Facebook will actually do something with the Oculus? You're more optimistic than I am. I think they will try to get whatever patents they can get out of it and sue whoever tries to make something similar to it, once their bank account dries up after it turns out all the property their bought for a king's ransom turns out to be worthless.

about 5 months ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

Chryana Re:Nice but pointless for me (377 comments)

I agree with most of what you said. With that said, I am really sick and tired of having to create an account on some service I don't care or need every time I buy a game. I already paid good money for the stupid game, but the greed of game distributors is endless. They probably milk the personal data they ask for for everything it's worth, and then they want to nickel and dime their customers to get every little trivial addition to the game, such as new players skins and weapons. Honestly, if buying a movie DVD was as complicated as installing a triple-A game, the movie business wouldn't be a tenth of the size of what it is right now. It's gotten to the point I have to write down a long list of made-up personal details, such as my birth date and address, and to create a disposable email address with every new login that I store in my password database. There is a need that the laws be changed to put a stop to the personal data collection which is being performed by all the big actors in the game industry.

about 5 months ago
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Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

Chryana Re:Rich, white hypocrites? Say it aint so!!! (317 comments)

I do struggle somewhat with unions for public servant though. The reason being is that it's easier for them to be granted their wishes because their pensions and stuff are backed by the full faith and credit of the US or State government.

That would be a good point, except for the fact that the government can simply pass a law to force employees back to work with humongous penalties for anyone who would dare to defy it, would the union fancy using a strike as a negotiation measure. Where I live (Canada), the government even passed laws to that effect on private companies that used to be public (one railway company whose name eludes me right now and Air Canada. I can find references if you're curious).

about 6 months ago
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BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

Chryana Re:SSH and HTTPS support? (64 comments)

I did notice that detail before posting. I checked the definition of the word first, and I thought his comment was too insulting to be defined as snark. However, English is not my mother tongue, so I am willing to recognize that I could be wrong there. In any case, I really don't think this kind of comment is welcome on any public forum, yet it was modded up. I guess some people agree we should be kicking out the users who don't read the articles linked in Slashdot stories (right...), or they don't mind receiving a good dose of verbal abuse if they're given a little insight with it.

about 6 months ago
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BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

Chryana Re:SSH and HTTPS support? (64 comments)

And I think you should avoid posting at all, ever, if you're going to be such an ass to answer a simple question. I thought the question was interesting because I was curious about the capabilities of this OS, yet not sufficiently to go find out this information. Well, thanks for nothing. Jerk.

about 6 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

Chryana Re: Bike helmet? (317 comments)

I didn't make the hygiene concern up. As for diseases caught from wearing a helmet, I would be tempted to say lice, but I could be wrong.

about 7 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

Chryana Re: Bike helmet? (317 comments)

No sure where you get that from. What's wrong with encouraging people to do more biking? You think that running a public bike transit system is expensive? If it makes, say, a hundred fewer cars off the road, you end up paying less for road maintenance, the people that use it spend less time at the hospital because they're healthier, it helps with air pollution in the city, the traffic flow will go a little bit faster and drivers get to be back home sooner after work, etc, etc, etc. I am sick and tired of hearing arguments that go along the lines of "If I don't use a service, I don't benefit from it, and I shouldn't have to pay for it.". It's hard to calculate the benefits of a public bicycle sharing system, but what I think is clear is that you can't say straight up that it is a clear negative from a driver's point of view, and you certainly haven't brought any data to draw that conclusion from. I think your opinion is narrow-minded at best.

about 7 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

Chryana Re: Bike helmet? (317 comments)

You're assuming that uneducated and unreasonable attitudes about helmets can't be changed. They were changed for safety belts, and (to a large degree) for cigarettes; why not for helmets?

I can think of a few reasons why bike helmets are different from safety belts:
- Wearing a bike helmets has been legally required in several areas for long enough to draw conclusions about their effectiveness, and yet we are still discussing if they work or not. Thus, it doesn't seem all that uneducated or unreasonable to decide not to wear one, for now.
- Mandatory bike helmets are incompatible with public bicycle sharing systems. There was an attempt to run such a system in Melbourne, Australia, and the requirement to wear a helmet was considered one of the reasons for why it failed completely to take hold. Since you're borrowing a bike, you have to lug an helmet around, so you can't leave it with the bike, and you can't borrow an helmet for hygiene reasons.
- On a personal note, I find bike helmets very uncomfortable. This is a very personal argument, but the same thing cannot be said of seat belts.

With that said, there are some ingenious bike helmets designs that are being worked on, which do not cover the head. They may prove popular, regardless of whether they are useful or not.

about 7 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

Chryana Re:Word unlocked. (276 comments)

As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of The Times had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs -- to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct, nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary. In no case would it have been possible, once the deed was done, to prove that any falsification had taken place.

George Orwell, 1984

about 8 months ago
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Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"

Chryana Re:Mail? (292 comments)

Same situation here, and for the same reasons. I access my mail almost exclusively by IMAP in Thunderbird, so there would be no difference in the user interface if I switched to GMail (Plus, the security is better: Yahoo! still doesn't in this day and age support https access to its web interface. Terrible).

about 9 months ago
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Soylent: No Food For 30 Days

Chryana Re:Marketing Scam (440 comments)

The creator of this, Rob Rhinehart, is a software engineer, not a nutritionist or a dietician. His background is probably the reason why he got the idea to do that clever little marketing twist which geeks find appealing. Honestly, you make it sound like nobody ever had the idea to make a meal substitute. I'm not going to waste my time comparing costs with the meal replacement you mention, because I'm sure I could easily find something similar and cheaper, but you wouldn't accept the comparison because you don't know it.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Botches More Patches In Latest Automatic Update

Chryana Re:This is why I have a 1 week delayed install pol (254 comments)

Yes, I run Debian stable now for that very reason. I realized after I posted that it was rather dumb to compare security updates to program updates. With that said, I'm not sure how I am supposed to take your comment Ubuntu!=Linux. How is that addressing anything that I have said? I'm not trying to bash any distribution in particular, I like apt, I think it's the best packaging system out there in the Linux world right now, and I like Debian. However, I just wanted to point out that the update process on Windows is often a lot smoother than what most people on desktop-oriented Linux distributions experience. On Windows, you update most of your programs by hand, but hardly anything at all ever breaks. On Linux, everything is automated, but if your distribution releases anything more than security patches, chances are high you're going to see some breakage which may not be fixed until the next major release. Good luck fixing what just broke.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Botches More Patches In Latest Automatic Update

Chryana Re:This is why I have a 1 week delayed install pol (254 comments)

I used to run Linux on my desktop (and I still run it on one of my laptops), and honestly Linux has nothing, nothing to envy to Windows in regards to troublesome updates. True, updates to Linux are to the whole environment, while you have to update nearly everything by hand on Windows, but at least on Windows the programs still work after the update. On Ubuntu and once or twice Debian testing, I've had the following software stop working: Nvidia driver (no gui, joy), mpd, OSS4, SSHFS, dm-crypt /tmp and swap, wireless driver. Nvidia and wireless drivers are especially annoying in that I used to have fiddle with them on every kernel update (plus, I have to find a cable to plug my laptop to ethernet, how quaint). SSHFS, mpd and dm-crypt happened on an upgrade from a major version to the next, but OSS4 and the drivers just broke out of the blue. I don't think I ever upgraded from a major version of Ubuntu to the next without issues.

about a year ago
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Ohio Zoo Attempts To Mate Female Rhino With Her Brother For Species Survival

Chryana Re:Why? (272 comments)

What makes you think it will be cheaper to revive the species once it is extinct? The rhinos are already being taken care of since they are in a zoo, it's probably not very expensive to try to mate them together at the same time as feeding them and providing for their needs. If it was so easy to restore lost species by cloning or restoring frozen eggs, maybe we would have done it already. But I doubt it has ever been done.

about a year ago
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Lead Developer of Yum Killed In Hit-and-run

Chryana Re:Hit and runs are NEVER "accidents". (413 comments)

Well, if you hit a cyclist and don't even notice it, which is why you "ran", maybe you should not be driving, accident or not.

about a year ago
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Skype Overload Interrupts Zimmerman Trial

Chryana Re:Whole Trial is bullshit (325 comments)

Well, I just read the second paragraph of my quote, and the defense says the opposite of the prosecution. We'll have to wait until the trial goes on to know what evidence there is for either case, but a blind statement saying that "all evidence suggests he did" seems premature at best.

about a year ago

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