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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Imrik Re:No, you don't need AV, even on Windows (318 comments)

While I agree with the general sentiment, it would be more accurate to say that you've never noticed a virus or malware on the machines, rather than you've never gotten them.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Imrik Re:End state and private capitalism. (318 comments)

Excessive reproduction isn't really a problem in countries with relatively high standards of living, lack of reproduction is closer to being a problem.

Illegal immigration wouldn't be a problem if the basic income were only provided to citizens. Especially if it meant that jobs paid considerably less.

The bigger problem is paying for it. Since workers wouldn't need to be paid as much, employers would be the likely targets. However, taxing by headcount would result in under-the-table employment. Taxing by income would be bad for companies with few employees as they wouldn't be able to take advantage of the savings.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Imrik Re: End state and private capitalism. (318 comments)

The experiments in large scale communism have been the opposite of what the GP requested. They typically have reinforced selfishness and greed even more than capitalism as they are needed to survive rather than just to thrive.

2 days ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Imrik Re:Or don't be... (557 comments)

How about, what's the percentage of qualified job applicants?

about a week ago
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Online Tool Flagged Ebola Outbreak Before Formal WHO Announcement

Imrik Re:Subjective (35 comments)

Don't know where you got that figure. The current death rate looks to be around 50%, which is going to go way up as the disease runs its course since it includes newly infected people as survivors. It would be much the same as saying humans only have an 88% mortality rate.

about two weeks ago
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Online Tool Flagged Ebola Outbreak Before Formal WHO Announcement

Imrik Re:Half story (35 comments)

It may be a useful tool, but it's unsurprising if a tool that gets a lot of false positives identifies an outbreak before an official announcement. If it doesn't have all those false positives, then it becomes useful to the general public rather than just to people who can actually figure out if it's an outbreak.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

Imrik Re:Sell BandWIDTH not data (316 comments)

How do you know which tower a cell user is going to be using their data from? Keep in mind that people will tend to use more data when they aren't at home since they can't use their wi-fi.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

Imrik Re:Vote Selling? (190 comments)

Twelve states have wiretapping laws (which apply even for face to face conversations) that require all parties consent to a recording when they have a reasonable expectation of privacy. More have requirements that all parties be informed of the recording, but I'm having trouble finding out exactly how many.

about two weeks ago
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Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

Imrik Re:Funny (135 comments)

This doesn't create a barrier, if anything it destroys one, not that it matters given how high the barrier for entry in the cell carrier business is.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

Imrik Re:NO (190 comments)

You have that backwards, it's a slight increase in voter participation for a significant increase in the possibilities for fraud.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

Imrik Re:Vote Selling? (190 comments)

As one person said, it isn't exactly the buying of votes that's the problem, it's coerced voting that's the problem. If you let people prove their vote in a way that would let people buy votes, they can also be forced to prove it to keep their job or avoid having their kneecaps broken.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

Imrik Re:Vote Selling? (190 comments)

Except if you take the tape recorder you go to jail for making the recording (depending on state law) and there's no evidence to charge them with.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

Imrik Re:Municipal elections are *more* important (190 comments)

They may not be more important, but they are more relevant to your life, and more likely to be affected by your vote.

about two weeks ago
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Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now

Imrik Re:How many drivers? (84 comments)

You also need to account for the 20% of the population that live in rural areas that aren't usually serviced by busses.

about two weeks ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Imrik Re:Anybody know? (234 comments)

I don't know about all versions of windows, but in at least some of them you can see all the processes, you just can't directly affect ones from other users.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Imrik Re:1 or 1 million (274 comments)

To me it depends somewhat on how many towers are considered high-demand. If there's only a few it's fine, but if it's virtually every tower in an urban area, that's a problem.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Imrik Re:1 or 1 million (274 comments)

So why are they only doing this to people who have already paid off their phone?

about three weeks ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Imrik Re:Is there an SWA Twitter police? (928 comments)

For all we know she may have personal issues like a violent ex or stalker that would make that just as threatening.

about three weeks ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Imrik Re:RUDEST PASSENGER EVER (928 comments)

You're right, I suppose the agent would probably have been willing to let them preboard as unaccompanied minors if he had been willing to pay the extra $50 apiece, slightly more than upgrading their tickets for early boarding would cost.

about three weeks ago

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