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Finding More Than One Worm In the Apple

Laxori666 Re:Tests can never catch these bugs (116 comments)

Did you actually read the article? The particular apple bug would have been easily caught by testing. In fact, the handshake code was copy-pasted six times in the code, and only one of the copies had the bug... if the developer had thought about about testing at all, that code would have been factored into one function, and even just by doing so the bug would have been less likely.

about 6 months ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

Laxori666 I will be totally outraged for a few days ... (218 comments)

... and completely despise all the changes. Then in another week or so I'll get used to it and not mind it. A week after that I'll think the old interface looks atrocious.

about 6 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

Laxori666 Re: Death sentence (255 comments)

How does an apostrophe turn into "â(TM)"?

about 7 months ago
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How the FCC Plans To Save the Internet By Destroying It

Laxori666 Re:The general public is incredibly stupid (217 comments)

The core idea of capitalism died long ago when corporations could lobby the government to put the laws they want into place. The rest is predictable. The biggest dishonesty is that we consider so many markets to be free markets when in fact they aren't.

about 7 months ago
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Apple, Google Agree To Settle Lawsuit Alleging Hiring Conspiracy

Laxori666 Re:Misleading headline (108 comments)

It actually is totally fine in a free market for a group of companies to conspire to set prices. Such arrangements are inherently unstable as each side has the incentive to cheat, plus competition from other companies will ultimately end the arrangement. So far, so good - still a free market. The issue only comes in cases like sibling's post, when they actually purchase laws that prevent competition or to sanction their agreements. Plus, yes, if Apple filed an antitrust suit against manufacturing companies in order to drive their prices down, that would also be anti-free-market, because anti-trust-suits are anti-free-market, since they involve the law and the use of force regulating what businesses can or can't do.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

Laxori666 Re:relations (247 comments)

father's brother = uncle
uncle's nephew = either you, or a sibling, or a cousin, or a sibling
So, three choices:

a) I am your cousin's former roommate
b) I am your sibling's cousin's former roommate
c) I am your cousin's cousin's former roommate

Your siblings cousin is also your cousin so that leaves us with two choices:

a) I am your cousin's former roommate
b) I am your cousin's cousin's former roommate

Your cousin's cousin can again be either: you, your sibling, your cousin, or someone not blood-related. So that leaves us:

a) I am your cousin's former roommate
b) I am your former roommate
c) I am your sibling's former roommate
d) I am your cousin's cousin's former roommate

There's absolutely no point to this point so I'm just going to stop myself right here.

about 7 months ago
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

Laxori666 Bennett Haselton (235 comments)

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about 7 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Laxori666 Re:Lobbying aside (423 comments)

10% is a phenomenal rate of return right now.

i.e. 0% after accounting for inflation. Oh God everything's going straight to hell.

about 7 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Laxori666 Re:Fuck Obamacare (723 comments)

It's not capitalist greed, it's anti-free-market greed. Note that non-essential medical services such as plastic surgery and laser eye surgery continuously get better and cheaper over time. That is, I could get the same laser eye surgery today for cheaper, or pay a similar amount for higher-quality laser eye surgery. It's much the same as with computing hardware or any other relatively unregulated market, and quite the opposite of what's happening with healthcare, namely that it gets worse and way more expensive over time. I don't know why forcing everybody in the United States to buy managed healthcare plans would improve the situation at all.

about 7 months ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

Laxori666 SkyNet is here (208 comments)

The Teslas will be the front-line soldiers when skynet finally awakes and claims its birth-right.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

Laxori666 Re:Not Funny! (274 comments)

I think it's pretty funny

about 8 months ago
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Square Market Now Accepts Bitcoin

Laxori666 Re:Buy Now (94 comments)

If you're going to get 50-80% profit in the short term why on earth would you not invest in this? Unless you don't believe your own advice?

about 8 months ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

Laxori666 Re:Economics of scale... (400 comments)

I guess neither you nor the mod read the next 5 words: "These things go in cycles."

about 8 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

So it's not exploitation for your employer to pay you the wage you are worth to him. Why is it exploitation for a different employer to pay a different person the wage he is worth?

about 8 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

So when companies switched over from doing finances by hand with a legion of accountants to a computer-based system with a far smaller legion of accountants, they should have kept paying the same amount of tax as if they had kept the full complement of people? Who decides what that tax is? And why does the government get the money instead of the company?

about 7 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

Do you make more than minimum wage? If so, why is your employer paying you more than minimum wage? Why don't they just exploit you by paying you the minimum wage?

about 7 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

I really dislike using the term "inflation" to mean "higher prices". I know people use it that way but it confuses the issue. I prefer using inflation to mean strictly "increased money supply" and deflation to mean "decreased money supply". Thus your post reads "the minimum wage certainly affects prices in an upward direction", which is pretty straightforward. If the same amount of labor now costs more then either prices go up or less stuff is produced.

about 8 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

Nice post. I agree in that I don't know what they would end up doing. Ideally they'd find a job doing something, but what if no one wants to hire them and they have no familial or friend-based support network? You could pay them not to work but then that also encourages other people not to work. OTOH letting them starve and die if they can't help themselves seems less than ideal given the wealth of the entire society. Damned either way. Ideally we'd get to the point where food and shelter are so ridiculously cheap that it's essentially free, but we're not quite there yet.

about 8 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

What about the people whose labor is worth less than the minimum wage? At least some of those people will lose their jobs. Zero income is worse than some income. True, though, the ones that still keep their jobs at the higher wage are better off.

about 8 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Laxori666 Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

Do you make more than the minimum wage? If yes: why don't you have to work 3 jobs to make ends meet? Why on earth does your employer pay you more than the minimum wage when he could legally get away with that?

about 8 months ago

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Quantum teleportation achieved over 16 km

Laxori666 Laxori666 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Laxori666 (748529) writes "Scientists in China have succeeded in teleporting information between photons further than ever before. They transported quantum information over a free space distance of 16 km (10 miles), much further than the few hundred meters previously achieved, which brings us closer to transmitting information over long distances without the need for a traditional signal."
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Google announces Chrome OS

Laxori666 Laxori666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Laxori666 (748529) writes "Google's plan to take over the world continues. They have just announced Chrome OS. From the article:

Chrome OS is intended to be a very lightweight, quick-starting operating system whose central focus is supporting Google's Chrome browser. Applications will run mostly inside the browser, making the web — not the desktop — into the computer's default operating system.

It seems to be an extension of Google Chrome itself — an OS designed entirely to support the web browser. Didn't Microsoft have some kind of problem when they deeply integrated Internet Explorer into Windows? How is this any different?"

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Police Breathalyzer Software found Terrible

Laxori666 Laxori666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Laxori666 (748529) writes "The defense counsel in State v. Chun have finally succeeded in analyzing the source code for the Alcotest 7110 MKIII-C breathalyzer device. The software has been found extremely faulty, citing a potential 19400 errors in the code, along with 12 major bugs where the software fails terribly. This doesn't come as much of a surprise to me. Is this another example where open source software would help?"
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Laxori666 Laxori666 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Laxori666 (748529) writes "The Optimus Maximus keyboard, which Slashdot covered a few months ago, will finally debut in November. The keyboard comes with a 36x36 LED display on each key and promises the capability to easily and instantly switch the keyboard layout to anything that you want. It'll be a bit pricey at $1536, however."

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