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Favorite way to add capsaicin to a dish:

Dr_Art Curry! Yum! (348 comments)

I love Malaysian curry with added red chili powder or habanero powder. Yum!

more than 2 years ago
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Benchmark Software For Windows 7 Rollout?

Dr_Art Politics? (215 comments)

Before you publish the results, make sure to find out which vendor the CIO prefers so that the benchmark winner will match the vendor that the CIO picks anyway! :-)

more than 4 years ago
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Recourse For Draconian Encryption Requirements?

Dr_Art Belligerent Obedience (555 comments)

I once worked with a fellow who worked long hours, including weekends, just of his own volition. Once, his management demanded that he come in and work on a Saturday. From that day forward, he only worked overtime when demanded by his management. Belligerent obedience. When asking for more pay, he was told "we pay average", so he replied "then I will give you average work". Belligerent obedience.

I'm not sure I'd suggest being that extreme, but you should consider why are you funding your employer's business operations by using your own equipment? Use their equipment, adhere to their policies and procedures. After all, I assume you are an employee, so you can only loose by trying to fight them. If it really bothers you, start looking for a better job.

more than 4 years ago
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New Adhesive Device Could Let Humans Walk On Walls

Dr_Art Spider Pig (4 comments)

Spider-man? I'm more looking forward to spider pig!

more than 4 years ago
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UMG v. Lindor Ends, No Fees, No Sanctions

Dr_Art RIAA never had evidence of a "person" (113 comments)

The RIAA's boilerplate says "detected an individual", but they never have any evidence identifying a specific person. Same thing happened here. My condolences to Ms. Lindor for the hell she was put through by the RIAA. Too bad she can't get attorneys fees from the b*stards!

more than 4 years ago
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Woz Cites "Scary" Prius Acceleration Software Problem

Dr_Art It passed QAT, so no bugs here... (749 comments)

So what Mr. Hanson is saying is that since the QAT team didn't catch it during test phase, the issue can't exist. Classic!

'After man-years of exhaustive testing...'

more than 4 years ago
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Obama DOJ Sides With RIAA Again In Tenenbaum

Dr_Art Re:Deep breaths here people (528 comments)

There was no evidence given that any uploading took place, except to the unlicensed private investigator.

"A distribution license costs tens of thousands of dollars" - RIAA offered no evidence of that amount, and even if true, such licenses are for all songs, not one song.

Apple's example is revenue sharing, not individual song licensing. Do you think that radio stations pay tens of thousands of dollars for each song played over the air (which are distributed to millions of people), or tens of thousands for an unlimited song performance license?

more than 4 years ago
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Obama DOJ Sides With RIAA Again In Tenenbaum

Dr_Art Re:Someone is not clear on the issue (528 comments)

The RIAA has no evidence of "uploading", except to their unlicensed private investigators. If there was any such evidence, then those folks should/would be parties to the suit.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama DOJ Sides With RIAA Again In Tenenbaum

Dr_Art Re:Deep breaths here people (528 comments)

So from the DOJ perspective: all laws are equal, but some laws are more equal than others... :-)

more than 4 years ago
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Obama DOJ Sides With RIAA Again In Tenenbaum

Dr_Art Re:Deep breaths here people (528 comments)

To be compensatory implies somehow equal to the damage caused, which is not the situation in the Tenenbaum case (over 32,000 times the wholesale price per song). If the 5th amendment limits "excessive" punishment by the government, then the government can't make laws that effect excessive punishment by legislating statutory damages to civil courts, in which the defendant has far fewer legal protections than in criminal courts. That is, if it's unconstitutional for the government to do it to you, then it's unconstitutional for the government to enact a statute letting the RIAA do it to you. Even ignoring the 5th amendment, such excessive verdicts are inconsistent with established common law precedent. Remember, the purpose of the civil court system is to find equitable remedies for wrongs. I would add that even if the statutory damages in copyright are not intended to be punitive, in reality they are punitive.

more than 4 years ago
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Antitrust Case Against RIAA Reinstated

Dr_Art Re:Why was I modded Troll? (163 comments)

The summary was entirely factual, and didn't contain any "anti-RIAA propaganda". Your quote was for a reader comment, not from the original summary.

Read the Starr vs Sony decision linked in the summary and you'll discover that the appeals judges found the evidence is strong that RIAA members have been colluding using illegal (under antitrust law) methods such as price fixing. E.g., they ask why RIAA members raised the wholesale price from $0.65/song to $0.70/song while the second largest distributor of music, eMusic, was wholesaling at $0.25/song. In the stereotypical "normal free market", competition as well as decreased production costs would lead to lower prices.

more than 4 years ago
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Does a Lame E-Mail Address Really Matter?

Dr_Art Re:I notice it. (1049 comments)

Yahoo does support POP3 if you use Yahoo Mail Plus. If you Google it you can find some hacks to do IMAP as well even with the free version. I use both Yahoo Mail Plus (great web interface, spam filters and no adds injected into your emails, but has a small yearly cost) and gmail (free, and better if you use an external mail client). They both have their uses.

more than 4 years ago
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Which Math For Programmers?

Dr_Art Discrete, NA, then PDE (466 comments)

Take the Discrete Math stuff first since you are just beginning to learn Computer Science and it will fit better with those courses. You should then take Numerical Analysis to totally break your concepts that computers are precise. Finally, take the classical Calculus & Differential Equations track just so you can take Partial Differential Equations, at which point the math will start becoming useful for real world Engineering problems.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Removes Search Choices For BlackBerrys

Dr_Art Re:Do you hear me now?? (510 comments)

If you "dump cellular all together" then why would you need a handset?

The best thing to do is to dump cellular all together. You save enough money each year that you can buy a new hand set every year if you want with your savings.

more than 4 years ago
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Music While Programming?

Dr_Art Boss' perception of unproductivity or poor quality (1019 comments)

The big issue here is the boss' PERCEPTION that developers are not producing at a level he expects or that the code being produced is crappy. The music edict is just a proxy for his real concern. It is critical for you to make sure the boss doesn't have this perception about YOU specifically. If so, you need to either find a way to change the boss' perception of you, or find another job. Most likely the boss' perception is general, and is not based on any real metrics of productivity or quality. What might help is suggesting to the boss how to collect such metrics, and more importantly how to present to his management that his team is very productive and has the highest quality work. It's very likely that the boss is being pressured by his management, so giving him the tools to fight back will help your teams' chance of avoiding the next round of layoffs. This is good for everyone: the boss gets credit, you are adding value, and everyone is aligned with the company's goals.

about 5 years ago
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Anti-Spam Lawyer Loses Appeal, and His Possessions

Dr_Art Why not the same for the MAFIAA? (237 comments)

Why don't the MPAA/RIAA (MAFIAA) get the same treatment as this lawyer? Of course, this is a rhetorical question...

more than 5 years ago

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Hillary's Beard

Dr_Art Dr_Art writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dr_Art (937436) writes "When Al Gore conceded the 2000 election, he went off and grew a beard. Likewise, when John Kerry conceded the 2004 election, he did the same. I would like to know from Slashdot readers if they think that now that Hillary is out of the race for the 2008 election, whether she should grow a beard herself?"
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Dr_Art Dr_Art writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Dr_Art (937436) writes "The Register has an interesting story about a would-be phisher trying to steal another users' Steam account information on MSN. It turns out the phisher gets his/her own account information stolen. The article has a link to the actual IM conversation between the two."

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Jammie Thomas looses lawyer due to lack of funds

Dr_Art Dr_Art writes  |  more than 6 years ago The "Free Jammie" website recently announced that Jammie Thomas is no longer represented by her lawyer due to lack of funds.

Whether or not you think Jammie Thomas is really guilty of copyright infringement, her case is noteworthy because it is the first known case from the 30,000 or so the recording industry has filed against P2P users to actually make it to jury trial and receive a judgement. Her case is currently under appeal, and several controversial legal issues arose from the case. Most notably, at the last moment the judge changed his instructions to the jury to indicate that "making available" is copyright infringement, even though copyright law (Title 17 USC 106(3)) clearly states that an actual "transfer" must have taken place. Also, the appeal claims that the $9,250 per song judgment is unconstitutional and unjust since it is over 9,000 times the "actual" damages (see this article).

It's sad that the appeal on a case with such important legal issues may fail due to lack of funds.

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