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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

Githaron Re: Price of safety (64 comments)

News to me considering the founders of the United States fought a war partially over this. Ever hear of the Bill of Rights?

about 3 months ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Githaron Re:Duh Snowden was a stalking horse. (183 comments)

Irrelevant to what? His stated purpose was to make the public aware of what the NSA was doing so that there can be a public discussion rather than a backroom one. For that purpose, his leaks are highly relevant,

about 3 months ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

Githaron Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

The constitution was never meant to be imutable; it was meant to be supreme. Because it is supposed to be supreme, the rules for modifying are much greater than the rules for creating/modifying lesser laws. The problem is that many of the government's parts do not want to treat it as supreme because it is so hard to modify. They would rather do what they think they can get away with constitutional or not.

about 3 months ago
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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

Githaron Re:He continues to show himself to be ... (230 comments)

well, smart is relative. This shows him to be pro society. From a stock holder perspective. it's a very dumb move.

Not sure you second statement is true. By opening the patents of his super charging systems, it encourages other parties to put up more stations. This would make Teslas more enticing to prospective buyers. Sometimes, pro-society and pro-profit are not mutally exclusive.

about 6 months ago
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New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

Githaron Re:This is awesome (217 comments)

The point is that if a flaw exists, when found, it can be quickly fixed in open source. You can also do your own security audit on open source software if you are really security conscious. With closed source, you have to wait for the vendor to both find and fix it (if they ever do). That said, assuming the vendor is trustworthy and would rather shut down than backdoor their software, heavily auditted close source software could easily be more secure than lightly audited open source software. If the audit levels are the same, open source wins. Part of the problem is that until recently a lot of open source security software/libraries like OpenSSL have not gone though enough auditting and vunerabilities are overlooked.

about 6 months ago
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Whistleblowers Enter the Post-Snowden Era

Githaron Re:Why the martydom? ... (129 comments)

A whistle blower's exclusion of their name is likely only going to protect them for so long. It is better to be seen as a hero than just to disappear or be cleverly murdered one night. Also, revealing themself as a source adds validity to the information leaked.

about 6 months ago
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NYC Councilman (and Open Source Developer) Submits Bill Establishing Open Source Preference

Githaron Re:This is bullshit. (105 comments)

I would argue that having any government move to open source is good for everyone. I don't know if it will be cheaper but I do think it will like give the people more bang for their buck. Instead of those dollars going into one person's pockets, they can not only still be used to solve the government's software problems but also provide software libraries and frameworks for other to bulid off of.

about 7 months ago
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Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

Githaron Re:I recommend... (293 comments)

But what if they don't get squished? Think about the intelligient alien species that might be on the other side! Do you really want to curse another intelligent species with such a disease?

about 7 months ago
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Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

Githaron Re:It is God. (293 comments)

They are advocating for my destruction, so it's really only rational to advocate for theirs.

Many many Christians are no better than the Taliban in their desire to force the rest of us to follow their rules.

What's funny is that a lot of thiests probably thing the same thing about you.

about 7 months ago
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Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

Githaron Re:It is God. (293 comments)

Which is why many species evolved collaboration. Evolution doesn't always mean killing competitors. Some species(particularly humans) do extremely well by turning competitors into collaborators and developing mutually beneficial relationships.

Until the last human dies, the pig species will survive, because we like bacon.

about 7 months ago
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What Was the Greatest Age For Indie Games?

Githaron Re:I'd say "right now". And it's getting better. (92 comments)

While I don't know what made Minecraft initially popular, I think its prolonged success was a happy accident. Notch decided to write the Minecraft client and server in Java which is a relatively easy to decompile language. This encourage a few hacker types to make their own mods. This eventually evolved into third-party mod APIs like Bukkit and Forge which further encouraged third-party content. I don't know what the percentages are but I would guess there is a lot more people playing modded Minecraft than vanilla Minecraft. Since there is not an official modding API, I don't think Minecraft would be nearly as popular today if it had been written in C or C++ because there would much less likely be such a rich modding community for the game.

about 7 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Githaron Re: frosty piss (664 comments)

Also, since the entity that is issuing the tickets also has no say on whom that funds are allocated to, there is a much smaller chance of corruption. Unfortunately, where money is involved. There is always a chance of corruption. I suppose the government could lie on how much ticket revenue they bring in.

about 7 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Githaron Re: frosty piss (664 comments)

The points was to split the entity that is issuing tickets from the entity that is benefitting from them. Right now, they are, more or less, one and the same.

about 7 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Githaron Re: frosty piss (664 comments)

I think all funds generated through traffic tickets should go to an untouchable fund. Once a year citizens of the jurisdiction have the options of submitting a charity in which they would like the funds to go. Once the submissions are counted, the fund is split amoung the submitted charities based on the percentage split of the submissions, That way government jurisdictions can't use traffic violations as a means of funding.

about 7 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

Githaron Re:I love the idea, but... (465 comments)

I am trying to figure out what their stances are also. If their only goals are to limit the power of PACs, make it so that only individuals (not businesses/corporations) can contribute to politicians, limit contributions from a single individual to a reasonable ceiling, and illegalize backroom dealings; I would think that almost anyone would get behing that, Their website alludes to that direction but not does not make their goals clear. No one wants to fund an organization that is going to do something against their stances.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

Githaron Re:Give up the keys (125 comments)

sudo su -

about 8 months ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

Githaron Re:Repeat July 2011 (202 comments)

Compared to Netflix. Amazon Prime is a joke.

about 8 months ago
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

Githaron Re:Professional Liability (183 comments)

Liability for your code would also destroy open source libraries and collaberation. Why would you give something away for free if you knew someone could sue you over it?

about 8 months ago

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Verizon Share Everything

Githaron Githaron writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Githaron (2462596) writes "Verizon's new pricing model is coming June 28th. The new plans will include unlimited talk and text with a limited shared data pool. Up to 10 devices can be added to the plan.

The base cost per device varies with the most expensive being $40 for smartphones and the cheapest being $10 for tablets. In addition to the base cost per device, the plan requires the unlimited talk, unlimited text, and shared data pool to be purchased at $50 for 1GB, $60 for 2GB, and $10 per 2GB at each level thereafter up to 10GB. Overages will cost a hefty $15 per 1GB. With Verizon's still ridiculously high prices, one upside is that tethering is now included in the cost.

For those of you grandfathered into unlimited data plans, you can keep your plan as long as you do not purchase any more subsidized phones."

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