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Professor Ditches Grades For XP System

Drasham Re:MetaGame ... (311 comments)

Aren't we already using an econimic system of reward based on points i.e. money? =) =)

more than 4 years ago

Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall

Drasham Big Picture (664 comments)

I think that many people are losing sight of the bigger picture.

That being that the sudents are the paying customers, and barring negatively impacting other students (paying customers) why/how can the school dictate how a student (paying customer) utilizes the offered service?

While I do understand that there are always those that can/will be a distraction to others, those cases should be a case by case basis.

If it's someone's choice to goof off during class, that will be reflected in their work while those who are paying attention will do well.

more than 4 years ago

EU Says Google Street View Violates Privacy

Drasham Re:how is the public private? (300 comments)

I agree, I am not sure I grasp how a picture taken out in public of pubic places violates privacy.

more than 4 years ago

Cell Phone Searches Require Warrant

Drasham Re:Not not? (161 comments)

From the article:

The trial court admitted the call records and phone numbers, citing a 2007 federal court decision that found that a cell phone is similar to a closed container found on a suspect and therefore subject to search without a warrant. Smith was convicted of all charges and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

A state appeals court upheld the trial ruling in a 2-1 decision. The dissenting judge based his opposition on a different federal court case, which found that a cell phone is not a ''container'' as the term had been used previously.

It sounds to me as if the article itself is worded ackwardly.
later in the article Supreme Court Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger is quoted saying:

''We do not agree with this comparison, which ignores the unique nature of cell phones,'' Lanzinger wrote. ''Objects falling under the banner of 'closed container' have traditionally been physical objects capable of holding other physical objects. Indeed, the United States Supreme Court has stated that in this situation, 'container' means 'any object capable of holding another object.'

''Even the more basic models of modern cell phones are capable of storing a wealth of digitized information wholly unlike any physical object found within a closed container,''

A simple solution to the everyday person should be to use the pin feature available in most, if not all, modern cell phones to prevent _casual_ inspection by anyone who picked up your device.

more than 5 years ago

Martian Methane May Be Created By Lifeforms

Drasham Really? (297 comments)

From the article:

Either there are microorganisms living in the Martian soil that are producing methane gas as a by-product of their metabolic processes, or methane is being produced as a by-product of reactions between volcanic rock and water.

I think that it would be really exciting to find the first possibility true, and there's ample precedent for it here on earth.

more than 5 years ago

The Ultimate Geek Christmas Card

Drasham I like it (122 comments)

Interesting and innovative!

more than 5 years ago

Hunting the Mythical "Bandwidth Hog"

Drasham Re:Interesting (497 comments)

Just curious as to the reason why my previous comment "I'd love to see the result of such a data analysis." would get modded down.

I am truly interested in seeing the results of the proposed data analysis, if it were ever possible.

Not really sure how this would offend a modder or how it would seem inappropriate enough to rate losing karma over. Anyone care to enlighten me?

more than 5 years ago

Hunting the Mythical "Bandwidth Hog"

Drasham Interesting (497 comments)

I'd love to see the result of such a data analysis.

more than 5 years ago

Verizon Doubles Early Termination Fee and More

Drasham wow (520 comments)

Wow, this is pretty bad.

I do like the slowly lowering of the termination fee month over month, not sure if that warrants doubling the initial amount though.

The charging for "even one kilobyte--is billed as 1MB" sounds really shady to me and would make me question my carrier, no matter who it was at the time.
I do feel that the article is somewhat disjointed though, as it goes from discussing termination fees for smart phones (which often have data plans) to data charges on all the other phones to the point of mentioning how most of the non-smart phones have dedicated keys for some form of web access.

Two interesting points, poorly constructed transition from one to the next..

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Responds To "Like OS X" Comment

Drasham the future... (505 comments)

I often wonder at what point the fans of both sides will stop and realize that both OSas are convergently evolving? We can all see how both OSs have slowly been drawing closer and closer together. Additionally, where do you draw the line between a company's "property" and a "good idea"? Both OSs use a window driven interface, both have close and minimize buttons, both use a mouse, et cetera... Heck, even Linux OSs have a window's-ish GUI. "Can't we all just get along?"

more than 5 years ago

AT&T Sues Verizon Over "Map For That" Ads

Drasham Marketing/advertising of a shady nature (249 comments)

While the ads with the change may be considered factually accurate, that doesn't change the fact that there are a great number of people who don't read the fine print on TV ads, much less anything else and will form opinions based on the convient "quick glance" interretation of the maps. This is an interesting example of marketing/advertising of a shady nature.

more than 5 years ago

Cryptographic Tools To Keep You Hidden On Facebook

Drasham what if ... (148 comments)

I wonder if, should said 3rd party go down, does that leave facebook with nothing but gibberish?

more than 5 years ago



Intel's Latest Legal Woes

Drasham Drasham writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Drasham (1626825) writes "from an article about Intel and FTC:

On Wednesday, the FTC sued Intel alleging the chipmaker engaged in a decade-long campaign to stifle competition and strengthen its dominant position in the microchip market.

The allegations relate to whether Intel coerced computer manufacturers through pricing schemes and mirror earlier allegations by other antitrust bodies, except for the addition of complaints related to the graphics chips now found in more and more computers.


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