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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Great Big Bird Re:Selling Free Software (178 comments)

AAC and A52 can be troublesome if you are in the United States. But I kid you not that if you change your time zone to a place in Canada, it magically works. If you do a search you will see some posts about this.

2 days ago
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ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

Great Big Bird OR better... (101 comments)

OR better — they can shove the new TLDs so far up their ass that they choke on them.

3 days ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

Great Big Bird Re:A complaint (206 comments)

In fairness, that 'java guy' has to close it too. The difference is that most Java IDEs will tell you in a warning about it. That is why we have try (Resource r = ...) { .. } style now, where r must be 'autoclosable'.

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

Great Big Bird Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (206 comments)

But the concept of broadening the tax base is great from a government perspective. The broadening at this point would be better understood as diversifying sources of taxes — so that interruptions in any one area do not affect the whole (unless it is a systematic decline, like a recession).

about a week ago
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

Great Big Bird Canada. (111 comments)

If true, please buy something in Canada.

about three weeks ago
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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

Great Big Bird Re:An excellent book... (86 comments)

Especially the unforseen result of the laws of robotics causing alien worlds to be eradicated because the inhabitants weren't human.

What book did this? I thought I had read them all.

about three weeks ago
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How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

Great Big Bird Re:An absurd "crisis"! LOL (128 comments)

I don't think "space" will just inspire. It can and has produced significant advances (and thus careers) — although that benefit might not be running on all thrusters anymore.

about a month ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

Great Big Bird Re:AI is always (564 comments)

Actually it is AI. What it isn't is Generalized AI. What most AI research is done now is specific techniques to specific problems.

about a month and a half ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Great Big Bird Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (560 comments)

One thing I never got with the "don't talk to the cops" thing is what happens if you actually the kind of help you would generally phone them for — such as your daughter ran away, or somebody just burgled your home, etc?

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Great Big Bird Re:Let's be fair (561 comments)

You insulted my carrot sir!

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

Great Big Bird Other similar Efforts (308 comments)

There are other similar efforts, specifically WolfPAC, which aims to reform using a constitutional amendment. Do you feel that these other efforts are complimentary or just duplication of effort?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Great Big Bird Re:I'd like to give swift a try (466 comments)

I have looked at the language, and although I am an 'Apple Guy', I haven't done much with it yet. The language itself looks like a really really nice language for some of this sort of thing, but I mainly would want it for general purpose — so I agree with your parent that for this application s/he shouldn't look at it. However, if it becomes freely available as a compiler and multiplatform (with libraries) it would be worth a serious look at.

about 2 months ago
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Parents Mobilize Against States' Student Data Mining

Great Big Bird Not Anticipated (139 comments)

Is it possible they were so high in their walled garden that they couldn't perceive or predict possible backlash?

about 2 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

Great Big Bird Re:Corporate outsourcing fraud permeates STEM sect (234 comments)

"My grandfathers fought in a war to maintain our standard of living." What a bunch of bullshit. What war could possibly have had anything to do with standard of living? There was never any credible threat of invasion for almost two centuries. The only thing to improve the standard of living was the exporting of goods to other countries fighting in the war, which doesn't require you actually fighting them.

about 3 months ago
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LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion

Great Big Bird Don't worry (108 comments)

Don't worry, we trust you completely.

about 3 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

Great Big Bird Re:Isn't hard drive access desirable? (361 comments)

If I buy a glorious big boat, and somebody on the high seas steals it, then by any definition that is theft. Further, this sort of theft on the high seas is piracy!

about 3 months ago
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The Feds Accidentally Mailed Part of A $350K Drone To Some College Kid

Great Big Bird Re:Stupid headline (157 comments)

I love that: you have to pay for insurance in case they screw up. It should be them paying for that.

about 3 months ago

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