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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Krishnoid Re:Need automatic "loser pays" in jurisprudence (208 comments)

They wouldn't be doing it, if they — the prosecuting agency(ies) — faced non-trivial monetary loss for every charge, that did not hold up in court...

How would that make a difference? They're the government. They *are* all the money, right?

And if they don't have the money now, can't they can just raise taxes during the next budget cycle to cover those costs?

2 days ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Krishnoid Re:FTA (449 comments)

What *is* 100,000 in cubits, anyway?

2 days ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

Krishnoid Re:Holy Crap DO NOT WANT (125 comments)

I wonder if this is similar to how normal word problems are for people who find them difficult -- tricky to weed out the irrelevant information and convert to formulas.

4 days ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

Krishnoid Elsa, Elsa! (125 comments)

<knock, knock>

Would you like to work at Disney?
Oh so many pro-per-ties
Their imagineering can't be beat
And Marvel's neat
Don't forget their great ben-nies

Spielberg sure can tell a story, no arg-u-ment,
But you could work on Pix-ar's team.

Do you want a job at Disney?
Or maybe a sub-si-diary

Dreamworks HR: Go away, Anna.
Ok, bye ...

4 days ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

Krishnoid Elsa, Elsa! (125 comments)

students will learn to write code to help Anna and Elsa draw snowflakes and snowmen, and perform magical 'ice craft.'

Do you want to draw a snowman?
No-not with paper and pen,
Take this keyboard and type in these words,
like all these nerds,
and you will see that then ...

SYNTAX ERROR

Or how about some 'ice craft'.
We can make things appear on this screen...

Hmm, I guess that's cool.

Elsa: I have colored pencils, paper, and some stencils.
Anna: That sounds like a much better way to draw a snowman, let's do that instead. And, I have some cloth, sticks, and lights to make us actual, physical wands to play with!
Elsa: That's awesome!

Anna: I'm so glad I have you as a sister.
Elsa: You're the best.

The End.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Krishnoid Re:So yu want to be a software shop... (176 comments)

but he still does it because he loves what he does.

A very, very relevant piece of wisdom contained in your advice.

5 days ago
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Startup Assembly Banks On Paid, Open-Source Style Development

Krishnoid Re:Hard Headline to Parse (33 comments)

Definitely, for great justice.

5 days ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

Krishnoid Why not both? (157 comments)

Is it true that representative government is a lost cause and that lawmakers would never knowingly yield authority? There are people who think that advising citizens to devolve into consumers is a dubious proposition.

Maybe working through both venues would improve the chances of effecting change?

about a week ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

Krishnoid Re:House reps are always campaigning, have small d (157 comments)

Just saying "abolish the NSA" leaves one wide open to the rebuttal "who then will keep on eye on China, Russia, and actual terrorists like ISIS? "

When ex-NSA employees are suggesting that the NSA is too entrenched to be reformed and has to be rebuilt from the ground up (sorry, I can't find a reference at the moment), maybe it's not such a bad idea.

But if we don't go that far, an NSA watchdog group might be the next best thing. It could be comprised of EFF, the ACLU, and oh I don't know, Slashdot, Reddit, and 4chan. Sadly, that's probably not the stupidest suggestion so far. But seriously, how were foreign threats monitored prior to the NSA's existence?

about a week ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

Krishnoid Well, it's a tool. (197 comments)

If you have a moral compass, it can help you determine the right thing to do and the right path to follow. And (cynically) based on your company's risk tolerance for the type and amount of bad PR, it can help you determine how far to deviate from that path.

about a week ago
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Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

Krishnoid Re:Pinky swear? (98 comments)

Sure, most of this may be PR driven, but the fact is that ALL of the major automakers signed off on this document

If they can all agree on this, why can't/don't they lobby for it as a formal law or regulation?

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Krishnoid Re:time to forum a union (212 comments)

Or have robots form a union, then have management outsource the work to humans as a cheaper labor solution.

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Krishnoid Re:Better tools isn't the problem... (212 comments)

There's a big debate in Medicine about following best practices and if just following algorithms would work better. Some note it would reduce unneeded tests and procedures. Others have noted that actually, doctors are much better at noting when something is going really wrong and that following a script could lead to unnecessary deaths that would be avoided by relying on clinical judgment.

At least one US doctor tried implementing something like a precursor to this and got some pretty interesting results.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Krishnoid Re:They ARE a utility. (706 comments)

I'm pretty sure if government gains more regulatory control over the internet, speed will continue to lag our peers, quality will go down and price will go up.

Does that also mean that government also can legally or statutorily monitor metadata/communications in the name of 'regulation' or 'oversight'? I don't completely understand what 'regulation' means in this context.

about three weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Krishnoid Re:What does God need with a starship? (461 comments)

Clearly no one would bother the Almighty just to say "I approve of how you plan to have all things develop, keep up the good work",

I'd think the Almighty would appreciate that kind of positive feedback at least once in a while. You know, so it's not just a *constant* stream of requests and complaints.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Makes Office Mobile Editing Free As in Freemium

Krishnoid Sounds like a good freemium model (98 comments)

Starting today, whether you're using an Office app on Android or iOS, you can create and edit content without an Office 365 subscription.

"I see you're trying to save the document you've created and edited. Would you like help in subscribing to Office 365?"

about three weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Krishnoid Re:Gay? (764 comments)

I don't care, I voted for him because I hated Sarah Palin not be cause I wanted a 'black' president.

Half black president.

about a month ago
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A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

Krishnoid Re:Price of commercials (85 comments)

I'd never heard of it before the news came out.

I'm embarrassed to admit that you're ahead of me on this count -- I hadn't heard that Amazon was running a profit in the first place.

about a month ago

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Krishnoid Krishnoid writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Slifox, I have a question about one of your postings -- would you email me at 'krishnoid+slifox+pig' at gmail so I can ask you a question?

Much appreciated.

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