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Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

Compholio Re:pretty foolish (231 comments)

The problem in the US isn't the absence of such laws, it's the absence of oversight and enforcement of those laws.

Why would you enforce a law that has no explicit penalty, seems like a waste of resources ;)

about 3 months ago

Major Performance Improvement Discovered For Intel's GPU Linux Driver

Compholio Re:The "paid Microsoft tax" bit, apparently (96 comments)

... conceive of what function such a bit could have, without having some down side..

Power-save -> 0, Performance -> 1

about 3 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Compholio Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

Sure. Give them 2-3 weeks a season. 3 months off in the summer currently means that they spend the first month back getting back into the swing of schooling and relearning some of what they've forgotten.

Exactly, because children are simply portable memory storage devices. People forget that if you don't keep plugging them into school then they will discharge information and won't learn anything new.

about 6 months ago

Federal Court Pulls Plug On Porn Copyright Shakedown

Compholio Re:The US needs a loser-pays legal system (136 comments)

Have both parties pay into a pool managed by the court, legal bills need to be addressed to the court and each party can only spend half of the pool. Frivolous cases can still be reimbursed as with the current system, but you need to think more carefully about any money you spend since that money also helps your opponent.

about 8 months ago

Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

Compholio Re:Limited outside USA? (222 comments)

How about unusable outside the USA? In many stores in Belgium the staff does not even know how swiping works.

Really? I was in Belgium in February and I didn't have a single problem with it. Everyone took one look at me, knew they had an American on their hands, and did everything properly without hassling me one bit.

about a year ago

Professors Say Massive Open Online Courses Threaten Academic Freedom

Compholio Re:...and not academic freedom (284 comments)

No, they're usually just better about not signing a shitty contract that says "we pay you shit _and_ we own all your efforts".

about a year and a half ago

U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

Compholio Re:Your Crazy (417 comments)

What if he's cheated on his taxes and his tax documents are on one of those other drives? Forcing him to decrypt the contents of the other drives could force him to incriminate himself for crimes unrelated to the original search.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Office 2013 Not Compatible With Windows XP, Vista

Compholio Re:Lol (711 comments)

You could use LyX instead and get a nice WYSIWYMean editor.

more than 2 years ago

Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

Compholio Re:I did (667 comments)

But even if I did, I can go to any 7-Eleven in the U.S. and most credit unions in the co-op network [co-opfs.org] and deposit a check.

FYI, The CO-OP Network is for ATMs (triangle-ish symbol), the CU Service Centers are for performing financial services at a "partner" Credit Union (starfish-ish symbol).

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

Compholio Re:Awful (951 comments)

Most people I've known who "hate" it stop hating it after I sit down with them for five minutes and just show them how to use it and make it work like they want it to.

Every time I use an Office 2007+ machine I have to re-learn how to use the damn thing. I use a lot of different software and somehow I can still remember how to use it even going months or years between uses, but for some reason I cannot do that with the Office ribbon interface. However, my main compliant about the ribbon really has to do with that it doesn't tell you what the shortcut keys are. All sane software for the past decade has had this nifty menu system that tells you exactly what shortcut to use for each operation, why exactly is it more convenient to force me to use the help to find the shortcut keys?

more than 3 years ago

Google Chairman To Testify At Antitrust Hearing

Compholio Re:I call shenanigans. (93 comments)

Ain't that the truth. Talk all you want about Microsoft; however, at least they have a real, live, functioning telephone number.

MS: What is the nature of your call sir?
Caller: We'd like to get a representative of your company to show up to a senate hearing.
MS: That'll be $200 for an incident report sir, would you like me to charge your credit card?

more than 3 years ago

Teen Builds Nuclear Bomb Detector

Compholio Re:Reality check (210 comments)

... Meanwhile, these guys have sufficient resources to start handing out equipment and lab space to enterprising teenagers for science fair projects! ...

A lot of funding agencies require a certain amount of your research budget to be spent on "educational outreach." It's likely that someone went "gee, here's a cool way to spend my outreach budget that won't require me to do anything."

more than 3 years ago

Pirated Android App Shames Freeloaders

Compholio Re:In most contexts this would be illegal (519 comments)

You can't set traps for people even if the only way they would be harmed by it would be because they themselves are doing something illegal.

Not entirely true... At least in the US it is illegal for the government to entrap you, but there is no prohibition on private corporations doing the same. You can, however, sue over just about anything here (and you can sometimes win said crazy lawsuits).

more than 3 years ago

Censorware Vendors Can Stop Mid-East Dealings

Compholio Re:Honestly, this won't solve very much. (126 comments)

In other words, the current situation sucks, but it sucks less than most of the alternatives, and the only truly better alternative -where censorware is banned worldwide for all purposes- is never going to happen. At least transactions which take place in the open are known quantities.

That's not necessary, all you'd really have to do is ban country-wide censoring. If you passed an international law that essentially said "anyone may offer optional crippled versions of the Internet, but no country may cripple the Internet outright" then you'd be golden. At that point all you have to do is make the punishment "we all agree worldwide to cut you off" and you're done, all this stupid crap is over.

more than 3 years ago


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