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Book Review: The Digital Crown

DaTroof Re:Flash? (69 comments)

I'm not sure why the review mentioned Flash at all. The book has nothing to do with it. Not even in passing.

about 8 months ago
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Tiny Pacemaker Can Be Installed Via Catheter

DaTroof Whew! (57 comments)

Ah, through the femoral artery. My imagination went to a much more horrifying place when I read "catheter."

about a year ago
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Spanish Chatbot Hunts For Pedophiles

DaTroof Repeat from 2004? (186 comments)

I have a bad feeling tech journalism forgot all the lessons they should have learned from the Nanniebot hoax.

about a year ago
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The $200,000 Software Developer

DaTroof Re:Wanna earn $200K+? Two words... (473 comments)

As other posters have commented, there's a wide range between "small town" and "major city." Many cities with populations around or below 1 million have vibrant communities and relatively low costs of living. In one of Ohio's larger cities, I'm able to own a cape cod in a nice neighborhood on an income below $100k.

Not gonna knock New York and LA here. Just saying, midsized cities can have their benefits, too.

about a year ago
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Is 'Brogramming' Killing Requirements Engineering?

DaTroof Re:Why should we care? (432 comments)

I suspect that Facebook's reputation for being a brogrammer culture is an exaggeration perpetuated by the movie. If there was even a time when their work environment resembled anything in The Social Network, the company has matured since then. This article about their release process paints a different picture.

about a year and a half ago
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Petition Calls For Making Net Access Inalienable Right

DaTroof Re:US is slow (427 comments)

That's because the U.S. Constitution does not declare any rights unalienable. It only limits the power of Congress to legislate them.

The concept of unalienable rights comes from the Declaration of Independence.

more than 2 years ago
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Universal Buys EMI's Recorded Music Unit For $1.9 Billion

DaTroof Re:Hang on a sec. (119 comments)

I imagine that the $1.9B purchase price reflects the value of EMI's recorded music in the current market, not what its value would be if piracy didn't exist. Nonetheless, I don't disagree that the RIAA's figure is grossly exaggerated.

more than 2 years ago
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Universal Buys EMI's Recorded Music Unit For $1.9 Billion

DaTroof Re:Hang on a sec. (119 comments)

According to TFA, EMI owns about 9 percent of the recorded music market.

more than 2 years ago
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Bookstores May Boycott New Amazon-Published Books

DaTroof Re:Can't blame them (210 comments)

Check if the book's Simultaneous Device Usage says "Unlimited" in the Product Details. If I understand correctly, that means it does not have DRM.

more than 3 years ago
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4chan Has Been DDOSed

DaTroof Re:As apprehended.... (710 comments)

You only need to prove their intentions to the satisfaction of a court of law.

more than 3 years ago
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4chan Has Been DDOSed

DaTroof Re:As apprehended.... (710 comments)

I still see a different intent there. If you send a letter to express a grievance, your correspondence has a legitimate purpose. If you send them junk in a deliberate attempt to disrupt them, you're harassing them. DDoS is more analogous to the latter.

more than 3 years ago
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4chan Has Been DDOSed

DaTroof Re:As apprehended.... (710 comments)

No, not necessarily. Sending a political statement to a congressperson arguably serves a legitimate purpose besides nuisance. I didn't assume that the "you" in the question was a public figure whom civilians might sincerely need to contact in an attempt to participate in the political process.

more than 3 years ago
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4chan Has Been DDOSed

DaTroof Re:As apprehended.... (710 comments)

It's harassment if their intent is to cause nuisance. Asking them to stop helps prove your case, but it's not required for a crime or tort to have been committed against you.

more than 3 years ago
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4chan Has Been DDOSed

DaTroof Re:As apprehended.... (710 comments)

Yes. It's illegal for people to harass you through the mail.

more than 3 years ago
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Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain

DaTroof Re:Sounds reasonable (830 comments)

I repeat, we do not build airplanes with flapping wings.

We do, however, build airplanes that rely on the same fundamental aerodynamics as birds. We understand aerodynamics well enough to know that lift and drag do not require wings that flap. We do not have an equivalent understanding of the brain's functionality.

more than 4 years ago
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Sex Boosts Brain Growth

DaTroof Re:Pleasant albeit stressful? (251 comments)

Things like sprinting a mile or going through a rigorous workout are also stressful, usually in a not-unpleasant manner.

Good point. I took it to mean psychologically stressful instead of physically strenuous or exertive, but they probably meant something closer to the latter.

Stress isn't always just an uncomfortable, twitchy, sweaty-palms experience, constantly being nervous about everything. Although I do suppose that could describe some sexual experiences fairly accurately.

Heheh. Do rats have proms?

more than 4 years ago
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Sex Boosts Brain Growth

DaTroof Pleasant albeit stressful? (251 comments)

To see if pleasant albeit stressful experiences could have the opposite effect, researchers studied the effects of sex in rats.

Are these rats into extreme bondage or something? "Pleasant albeit stressful" is how I might describe a satisfying occupation, not a satisfying sex life.

more than 4 years ago
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Mass SQL Injection Attack Hits Sites Running IIS

DaTroof Re:So... it is really due to CPU's? Re:Wrong tag (288 comments)

How about we try an analogy that's a little closer to the original topic? Let's say the exploit injected system commands instead of SQL commands. The fault wouldn't lie with the operating system, even though that's what was ultimately compromised. It would lie with the script that failed to sanitize input properly.

Same thing with SQL. The problem isn't the query language itself. The problem is how the script executes queries.

more than 4 years ago

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