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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

JeffOwl Forget about it (285 comments)

They can't figure out how to allocate bandwidth to prevent starving out the critical users of their network and they want to run their own ISP?

4 days ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

JeffOwl Re:Pointless (214 comments)

Not at all. You asked the question "How many movies do you have to download to make the economics work?" (Note that you are the one that said "economics" not morals) and I was pointing out that it is completely dependent upon the individual situation. Not only that, but there may be other than economic factors that drive people to do this. I didn't say anywhere that it was morally or legally justified.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

JeffOwl Re:Pointless (214 comments)

You don't know why each person does it.

Is it financial? How many people are going to watch it? How many times? Do they have time to actually go when the prices are cheaper? Do they already have the computer and high speed internet for some other reason so the delta cost is just time? Or is there some other reason that makes it difficult to go to the theater? Do they have kids that are of an age where they can't behave for two hours and you have difficulty finding babysitters, for example? Do they just hate being around people?

about two weeks ago
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Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

JeffOwl Research yes, insurance and govt NO! (186 comments)

If data were only provided to doctors and legitimate research institutions I would be fine. Google would never do that as there would not be enough money in it. If the data is going to be sold to the insurance industry, then no, I'm not fine. If the data is going to be sent to the government (CDC, HHS) without being aggregated and having personally identifying information removed, then no, I'm not fine.

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

JeffOwl Re:Digital vs Physical (560 comments)

The difference is that a locked file cabinet is trivial to circumvent without the cooperation of the key or combination holder. Once they had the warrant the police wouldn't bother with the courts, they would hire a locksmith or some other such expert to break open the cabinet or safe. Apparently the encryption on the hard drive in this case is much more difficult if not impossible for anyone at the state level to break it within a reasonable time period. So to avoid waiting 5 years and spending lots of $ on super computer time, they went to a judge to see if the threat of jail would shortcut the process.

Oblig: http://xkcd.com/538/

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

JeffOwl 94%, really? (710 comments)

Does anyone else find that 94% figure for professionals working more than 50 hours a week rather high? I know it isn't anywhere near that where I work and we are relatively well paid.

about a month ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

JeffOwl Re:All wars ... (192 comments)

Wow. You might want to slow down on the Kool-Aid. China is making a sea grab. Do they have a moral or legal right to control of that part of the ocean? It doesn't matter, they don't care and aren't interested in the debate because nobody is going to stop them. China is using the fact that the US has spent most of it's political capital over the last decade and even if it hadn't it would be in no position for any kind of trade war and neither is the rest of the world. They are going to gradually ramp up their presence until there is nothing that can be done short of embargo or actual military conflict, which aren't going to happen. I do give them credit for creating an artificial island. That is a bit of genius. They are able to stake a claim and nobody else can claim prior possession of the land.

about a month ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

JeffOwl Re:I used to be an engineer. I worked for Motorola (370 comments)

I actually know someone who did just exactly this and I know someone else who became a pharmacist. So while this may not be common, it does happen.

about a month ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

JeffOwl Re:Want to code? (548 comments)

How about "why is ~50% of the country not pursuing early primary education?" Seeing as a good early education is key to successful education later which is key to a strong economy and a health society, and half the population isn't interested in taking part in it, it seems like something that should be investigated. Particularly since boys are falling way behind in primary and secondary education in the last few decades.

about a month ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

JeffOwl Re:Want to code? (548 comments)

The problem is that young women are being systematically discouraged from even trying to be part of the 1%. This is, of course, not restricted to just CS/IT topics.

How is that exactly? Everywhere I turn it's girls and STEM, women and STEM. There are school programs everywhere to get girls interested in STEM, universities are actively recruiting females to STEM majors, corporations are actively engaged in programs to encourage females to pursue STEM education and then actively recruiting them as employees.

about a month ago
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Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

JeffOwl Same story (142 comments)

Last time it was leakage would prevent us from breaking 65nm. Before that it was lithography wouldn't get us below 120nm. Something will happen like it always does.

about a month ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

JeffOwl Re:Sensationalist summary (435 comments)

True, at least where I work, although I wouldn't say it is "retardedly-high." In the Software Engineering ranks, females account for 17% of the total staff, however they account for 38% of 1st and 2nd line managers.

about a month ago
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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

JeffOwl Re:Well, no. (249 comments)

1st, you need to root the phone. 2nd, the easy way is to install a 3rd party permissions manager, there are a number of them in the Play Store. Once you root there are other things you can do like edit your hosts file so you can block some communication without blocking an app from the internet entirely.

about a month and a half ago
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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

JeffOwl Re:Well, no. (249 comments)

The world I live in includes fine grained permission controls and even spoofing information so that apps don't crash. Yes, it requires extra work to set up, but I don't mind and even enjoy the tinkering. Yes, that isn't everyone, but I need most of you to stick with the stock business model to keep the ecosystem healthy anyway.

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

JeffOwl Re:I want to see where this goes (364 comments)

I think what Verizon is saying is that instead of Netflix paying Verizon for a direct link between the Verizon (tier 1) network and the Netflix servers, Netflix is using a different Tier 1 provider which probably has a peering agreement with Verizon and therefore Verizon isn't making any money off the supply side, only the consumer side, which just isn't good enough for them.

about a month and a half ago
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Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

JeffOwl Re:Make it a utility. (347 comments)

Oddly enough electricity providers in parts of Texas and not completely monopolies. There is still a company that maintains the lines and infrastructure but you buy your electricity from one of several providers who compete with each other on price and plans like "nights or weekends free." So that's great.

However, the phase of the development in which I live only has DSL. Two streets down or over and they also get the option of cable. Not on my street though. Not sure how that happened.

The city has a municipal monopoly on garbage collection

about 2 months ago
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Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

JeffOwl Re:Good luck on that... he won't appear (304 comments)

Regardless of my actual ethnicity or religion, if my last name ended in ...berg I wouldn't go anywhere near Iran.

about 2 months ago
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Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

JeffOwl Re:Wait... (255 comments)

Clinton rattled off a series of discouraging numbers that relate to tech education. The share of female computer-science grads has declined during the last decade, from 21 percent in 2001 to as low as 16 percent, a trend she finds “deeply challenging."

But she isn't concerned about the gender disparity in primary education, which is arguable more important to the health of society, or the vast number of other career fields that are dominated by women. I also note that she did not choose to go into CS herself. Why? Probably because, like many women I know, it didn't interest her as much as the fields she did choose to study: History, International Relations, and Public Health. Clearly she would rather be a politician than a computer scientist. Should we have spent a bunch of resources trying to change her mind? There are many programs out there to get girls interested in STEM. Universities and industry are actively recruiting women. Clearly the real issue isn't being addressed, the questions are: what is the real reason and should it be addressed?

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

JeffOwl Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (250 comments)

The interesting statistics are not merely how many total employees come from each ethnic background. It is the makeup of the various levels of management from 1st line managers all the way up to Senior VPs.

about 2 months ago
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Watch the FCC Vote On Net Neutrality Live At 10:30am Eastern

JeffOwl Re:Interesting? (90 comments)

There is no such thing as a free market when there are government granted monopolies.

about 2 months ago

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USB flash drives used in robbery of ATMs

JeffOwl JeffOwl writes  |  about 7 months ago

JeffOwl (2858633) writes "BBC is reporting that thieves are infecting ATMs with malware using USB sticks. The malware creates a backdoor that can be accessed at the front panel. The thieves are damaging the ATM to access a USB port then patching it back up to avoid notice. This indicates that the crew is highly familiar with the ATMs in question. Once the ATM is infected, the thieves use a 12 digit code to bring up the alternate interface. The thieves, not wanting their crew to go rogue, have built a challenge-response access control into their software and must call another member who can generate the response for them. Maybe they believe in the saying "no honor among thieves.""
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