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Professors Say Massive Open Online Courses Threaten Academic Freedom

HungryHobo Re:...and not academic freedom (284 comments)

How does any coder/musician/copyrighter feel when that happens?

about a year ago
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Labor Dept. Wanted $1M For E-mail Addresses of Political Appointees

HungryHobo Re:Incompetence (154 comments)

I was referring to the 2 parties which actually get into power.

Like most other countries the US has small groups supporting pretty much anything under the sun.

about a year ago
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Labor Dept. Wanted $1M For E-mail Addresses of Political Appointees

HungryHobo Re:Incompetence (154 comments)

By american standards it leans far to the left. My point was that by the standards of people in many other countries both major US parties are pretty far right.

about a year ago
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Labor Dept. Wanted $1M For E-mail Addresses of Political Appointees

HungryHobo Re:Incompetence (154 comments)

Left? the US doesn't have a left. it has a right and far right.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Make a Computer Science Club Interesting?

HungryHobo Something people can do. (265 comments)

Right, simplest way to maximise the number of people who stay.

give them something immediate which they can do and see a result.

Get them thinking about other things they'd like to do.

It could be as simple as getting people to design some 3d objects then dropping them into garrys mod and letting people play with them.

Immediate small success is more important than technical significance

some basic scripting perhaps, the sort people can build on later without any setup like bash for linux/mac and vbscript for windows (even if VBscript is a horrible language)

about a year ago
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Judge Orders Child Porn Suspect To Decrypt His Hard Drives

HungryHobo Re:What kind of encryption did the FBI break? (802 comments)

It depends on how you think about it.

a crypto nerd will talk about a search space, there's nothing physically stopping the police from reading the data other than the vast search space of possible keys.

on the other hand a journalist explaining things for laypeople will often compare crypto to a safe.

In the former case it's like saying

"we suspect this person of murder, we can't demand he show us where the bodies are because of the 5th but we can order him to step into a room alone and put a pin in the map where the bodies are buried, we will then not use his testimony against him but will use any evidence gathered from that location."

in the latter case you can be ordered to provide physical records like account and such, a judge can order you to open a safe or unlock a door.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Files Dispute Against Current Owner of XboxOne.com

HungryHobo Re:Xbox One? Oh my! (381 comments)

XboxOne.com isn't being used for anything, so it's in effect a squat

actually it looks like it was in use until microsoft deployed the legal attack drones.

2003:
http://web.archive.org/web/20031225193949/http://xboxone.com/

XBOX.1 has just finished reviewing a cool new accessory for the Xbox that allows the Xbox to connect to a VGA monitor complete with full HDTV support. All of you who bought the Xbox because you knew it was a powerful system will now have proof that you've made the right choice. All of you who have Xbox Lan parties now have another option other than lugging around a grainy old tv set. Take a look.

2011:
http://web.archive.org/web/20110207201840/http://xboxone.com/

it looks like someone had a perfectly legit site and used it for over a decade. then Microsoft decided that they wanted the domain name but didn't want to pay for it.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

HungryHobo Re: Have u thought about.. (524 comments)

Yep, this is the common workaround. The construction firm get a maintenance contract of some kind for a year or sometimes 5 years. They are of course paid for that or it's factored into the original price.

Still, don't sign off on water pipes being fine if they're not actually there because that still then becomes an alteration after work has been signed off rather than a bug/snag.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

HungryHobo Re: Have u thought about.. (524 comments)

yep, and your comment is relevant how?

if you'd missed the problem for a couple of years it would have been beyond the point when they'd do it for free. you were expected to find any problems in a reasonable time.

If your complaint was that it was good but wasn't quite perfect, not crooked but a stitch here and here which definitely aren't straight. they'd tell you to go to hell or pay out of pocket.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

HungryHobo Re: Have u thought about.. (524 comments)

It's common practice in every real field.

if you hire a construction firm to build an office block you go in, or hire someone else to go in and create a list of snags or problems which they can find and the firm you hired to build the block fix them. once you've signed off it doesn't matter if you didn't notice that one floor was missing all it's water pipes. (real example)

you've inspected the job and signed it off. If you want a change or find a problem after that you have to hire them or someone else to do it.

unless of course you specify it in the contract. but that'll likely cost you extra.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

HungryHobo Re:There's no such thing as non trivia bug free co (524 comments)

I don't think you quite grasp the scale of "expensive" in this case.

Even with modern processes it can still come to hundreds of dollars per line to actually be certain.

http://www.mail-archive.com/sc-l@securecoding.org/msg01278.html

Though that only covers making sure it does what you think it should do, it doesn't cover making sure what you think it should be doing is what the client thought they were telling you it should be doing.

What you actually want is code which *probably*
  has very few bugs which you can create for a sane price and at a sensible speed because most clients want their software this year, not 10 years from now.

There's always a tradeoff.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

HungryHobo There's no such thing as non trivia bug free code (524 comments)

There's no such thing as non trivial bug free code. only code which has not been tested in enough circumstances.

No. really. Even limiting it to just security related bugs with an author who put an insane amount of work into making it bug free who knew exactly what he wanted with no communication with a client bugs still turn up when code is exposed to the real world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qmail

Totally bug free code is insanely expensive to write in even small amounts so you're basically having the developers spin the wheel, if your clients do massive amounts of testing they end up working for months unpaid. if they do little testing and can live with lots of little bugs then the Dev gets a good deal.

Here's a sane solution to your problem: pay for bug fixing.

about a year ago
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Hollywood Studios Use DMCA To Censor Pirate Bay Documentary

HungryHobo Re:Its a Shame (139 comments)

nope, it's worse than that.

Scumsucker and Weasel LLC ("Scumsucker") swears under penalty of perjury that Sleazebag Studios, Inc. ("Sleazebag") has authorized Scumsucker to act as its agent for copyright infringement notification. Scumsucker's search of the protocol listed below has detected infringements of Sleazebag's copyright interests on your IP addresses as detailed in the attached report.

Scumsucker has reasonable good faith belief that use for the material in the manner complained of in the attached report is not authorized by Sleazebag, its agents, or the law. The information provided herein is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Therefore, this letter is an official notification under provisions of section 512(a) of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act to effect removal of the detected infringement listed in the attached report. The attached documentation specifies the exact location of the infringement. The Notice ID identifies the copyrighted works by file identification number.

We hereby request that you immediately remove or block access to the infringing material, as specified in the copyright laws, and insure the user refrains from using or sharing with others Sleazebag's materials in the future.

Please send us a prompt response indicating the actions you have taken to resolve this matter. Please reference the Notice ID number above in your response.

Notice how the only thing that is sworn to is that Scumsucker is the agent of Sleazebag.

They do not have to swear that they own the copyright. They can believe it on the basis that the magic 8 ball told them so and are not committing perjury.

On the other hand a counter notice legally requires you to swear a lot of things under penalty of perjury, far more than the initial notice.

the law is an ass.

about a year ago
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The Hunt For LulzSec's Missing Sixth Member

HungryHobo Re:A "bitcoin wallet" (104 comments)

You can't confiscate them but you can track them if you know the history of some of the bitcoins in their possession. Problem is that there's nothing stopping someone from passing those bitcoins through a thousand anonymous parties connecting over Tor then trading them with others for other bitcoins before cashing them out or exchanging them for something.

about a year ago
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Canada Courts, Patent Office Warns Against Trying To Patent Mathematics

HungryHobo Re:Judgement calls and research by the examiners (215 comments)

he examiners are supposed to be at least familiar with the area. of ordinary skill in the art as it were.

if they cannot understand a patent then how could they build what it describes. so if they cannot understand it then it's not meeting the goal of patents: ie disclosing how something works.

about a year ago
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Hanford Nuclear Waste Vitrification Plant "Too Dangerous"

HungryHobo Re:Why is anyone surprised (292 comments)

not always but when it's a government crash weapons program the odds aren't good.

That some of that crap is left over from the Manhattan project.

about a year ago
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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

HungryHobo Re:Lack of at least partial objectivity in debate (586 comments)

My solution: give them fish and fruits and vegetables.

Please, go ahead. Oh. wait. you're not actually going to *do* that. you'd just like to.

I can just imagine you sitting on a balcony watching starving people: "they don't have bread? Let them eat cake"

Yes that would be a nice solution for everyone in the world to get a mixed and balanced diet.

But your lot have been too incompetent to pull that off for the last century.
You've been failing hard and other people have been suffering for your failure.

If you're even a half way decent human being don't stand in the way of other trying to solve a problem hurting hundreds of thousands of people when you can't solve it yourself.

about a year ago
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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

HungryHobo Re:"Needs"? (586 comments)

no. it isn't.

you've been lied to.

There was a famous case where a farmer in such a position sprayed his crops with roundup to select the ones which had picked up the roundup resistant gene then grew his next crop from those that survived thinking he was being really smart and pulling one over on monsanto. The courts threw the book at him for taking the piss and sided with monsanto.

Farmers who by pure chance end up with a few plants with monsantos crops genes are fine. You tend to hear half the story on sites like naturalnews.

about a year ago
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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

HungryHobo Re:Lack of at least partial objectivity in debate (586 comments)

You only care about people in your own country?
You sound like a *lovely* person.

http://www.goldenrice.org/Content4-Info/info.php

"In developing countries 500,000 people, mainly children, become blind every year, 50% of whom die within a year of becoming blind. Nearly nine million children die of malnutrion every year. Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) severely affects their immune system, hence it is involved in many of these children's deaths in the guise of multiple diseases."

"The major micronutrient deficiencies in the world are iron, zinc, and vitamin A. VAD is prevalent among the poor who depend mainly on rice for their daily energy uptake, because rice grains do not contain any Î-carotene (provitamin A), which our body could in turn convert into vitamin A. Dependence on rice as the predominant food source, therefore, necessarily leads to VAD, which has the most severe effects on children and pregnant women. For the 400 million rice-consuming poor the medical consequences are severe: impaired vision, all the way to irreversible blindness, impaired epithelial integrity, exposing the affected individuals to infections, reduced immune response, impaired haematopoiesis (blood cell formation) and impaired skeletal growth, among other debilitating afflictions. Rice containing provitamin A could substantially alleviate the problem."

about a year ago
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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

HungryHobo Re:"Needs"? (586 comments)

your point?

in most countries there's some way that the government can nerf specific copyrights and patents if it really wants to as well.

compulsory mechanical license is a thing in a lot of countries too for certain types of copyright

about a year ago

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A possible cure for the common cold.

HungryHobo HungryHobo writes  |  about 3 years ago

HungryHobo (1314109) writes "A team of researchers at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory has designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by many types of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection.

The researchers tested their drug against 15 viruses, and found it was effective against all of them including rhinoviruses that cause the common cold, H1N1 influenza, a stomach virus, a polio virus, dengue fever and several other types of hemorrhagic fever.

Most of the tests reported in this study were done in human and animal cells cultured in the lab, but the researchers also tested DRACO in mice infected with the H1N1 influenza virus. When mice were treated with DRACO, they were completely cured of the infection. The tests also showed that DRACO itself is not toxic to mice."

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Man ordered At Gunpoint To Hand Over Phone

HungryHobo HungryHobo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HungryHobo (1314109) writes "

Miami Beach police did their best to destroy a citizen video that shows them shooting a man to death in a hail of bullets Memorial Day. First, police pointed their guns at the man who shot the video, according to a Miami Herald interview with the videographer. Then they ordered the man and his girlfriend out the car and threw them down to the ground, yelling “you want to be fucking paparazzi?” Then they snatched the cell phone from his hand and slammed it to the ground before stomping on it. Then they placed the smashed phone in the videographer's back pocket as he was laying down on the ground.

"

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TSA: Nailclippers are more dangerous than guns.

HungryHobo HungryHobo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HungryHobo (1314109) writes "When faced with hundreds of soldiers on a military charter carrying assault rifles,pistols and machine guns the TSA personnel decided that while all the guns weren't dangerous the nail clippers one soldier was carrying needed to be confiscated in case he used them to take over the plane.

"approximately 233 people re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns–but nothing that could have been used as a weapon.""

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WikiLeaks Reveals Secret Files on All Guantán

HungryHobo HungryHobo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HungryHobo (1314109) writes "On Sunday April 24, 2011 WikiLeaks began publishing 779 secret files from the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The details for every detainee will be released daily over the coming month.

In its latest release of classified US documents, WikiLeaks is shining the light of truth on a notorious icon of the Bush administration's "War on Terror" — the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, which opened on January 11, 2002, and remains open under President Obama, despite his promise to close the much-criticized facility within a year of taking office.

In thousands of pages of documents dating from 2002 to 2008 and never seen before by members of the public or the media, the cases of the majority of the prisoners held at Guantánamo — 758 out of 779 in total — are described in detail in memoranda from JTF-GTMO, the Joint Task Force at Guantánamo Bay, to US Southern Command in Miami, Florida.

These memoranda, which contain JTF-GTMO's recommendations about whether the prisoners in question should continue to be held, or should be released (transferred to their home governments, or to other governments) contain a wealth of important and previously undisclosed information, including health assessments, for example, and, in the cases of the majority of the 171 prisoners who are still held, photos (mostly for the first time ever)."

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