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How the Inventors of Dragon Speech Recognition Technology Lost Everything

LilGuy Re:Ironic (606 comments)

That's because they are basically part of the US Gov't. How many "former" GS members have been in presidential cabinet members? Lots and for years. How many members of Congress have come from or moved to GS? Lots. They don't call it the revolving door for nothing. They're inextricably connected.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Ignores Usability With All-Caps Menu in Visual Studio

LilGuy Re:All part of their retro-COBOL strategy (415 comments)

DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS .... I never realized there was a filter for all caps.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Courses and the $100 Graduate Degree

LilGuy Re:You get what you pay for (339 comments)

Which one is going to stick to the job because he sold his first born child to cover the debts?

more than 2 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Suffering Global Outage From Massive DDoS Attack

LilGuy Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (203 comments)

How do you hijack a group that everyone is a part of whether or not they know it?

Amorphous groups have exactly this problem. Anyone can say they're a part of it to benefit their own agenda and therefore the group itself is nothing more than all of us who bite into certain ideas at certain times. Calling yourself a part of anonymous is like calling yourself a part of humanity. Except the connotation with Anonymous is that you have some sort of specific agenda at a specific time and/or place.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source Multi-User Password Management?

LilGuy Non electrical means (198 comments)

I use a card from http://www.passwordcard.org/

Printed it out, laminated it with tape, and keep it in my wallet which is with me at all times. It's extremely handy and needs no internet access to use.

more than 2 years ago
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Florida Thinks Their Students Are Too Stupid To Know the Right Answers

LilGuy Re:Excuse me, but what is this? (663 comments)

People have been noticing that lately since the first time I read Slashdot.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Lifebrowser Is a Prosthetic For Memory

LilGuy Re:Oh.. (64 comments)

I concur. Which is why I post anonymously... er...

more than 2 years ago
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Iran's Smart Concrete Can Cope With Earthquakes and Bombs

LilGuy Re:Back in 2003 ... (609 comments)

Often time military plans try to include as many objectives as possible and some of those are used to distract from the others. These are but two that have gone unnoticed because of the major threat to world stability of Israel's continued sabre rattling against Iran. It has worked out very neatly so far, but that isn't to say the threat to Iran isn't real.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran's Smart Concrete Can Cope With Earthquakes and Bombs

LilGuy Re:Today's dose of fearmongering... (609 comments)

And you've bought the media sale-fire hook, line, and sinker. Congratulations you get to decimate another hapless population but this time you get to lose some of your own family members in the charade! Johnny what else does he win? Show him the BONUS - "The world breaks out into catastrophic war as the 9 nations with nuclear weapons all vie for their place on the totem pole of the next tiny refreshing but teetering equilibrium, squashing every other voice in the world and tamping down on any hope of this civilization leaving this, now too small, planet."

more than 2 years ago
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Iran's Smart Concrete Can Cope With Earthquakes and Bombs

LilGuy Re:Back in 2003 ... (609 comments)

Which nonetheless comply with all IAEA inspections, and have been shown to not be used, or even capable of building a "bomb" or warhead.

more than 2 years ago
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Startup Wants To Peek Through Your Home's Wired Cameras

LilGuy Re:Jennicam 2.0? (186 comments)

... and sent it into their camp.

more than 2 years ago
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US Seismologist Testifies Against Scientists In Quake-Prediction Case

LilGuy Re:Sounds Like Infighting (189 comments)

I don't know for sure, but from my listening to NPR and alternative radio seismology and hurricane prediction models are a crapshoot. They're actually worse than chance would give in the same circumstances.

more than 2 years ago
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US Seismologist Testifies Against Scientists In Quake-Prediction Case

LilGuy Re:Ob. Moe (189 comments)

Or don't make broad statements that you can't guarantee are correct and when being wrong can cost lives?

Exactly. I made my own case up above to this effect but I'm not sure it was as clear as what you just said. http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2676011&cid=39066671

more than 2 years ago
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US Seismologist Testifies Against Scientists In Quake-Prediction Case

LilGuy Re:Scientists Charged For Not Being Psychic (189 comments)

The case should be decided upon whether a professional opinion, or even one that is concurrent with a majority of professional opinions, can be held to be liable in the case of non-precaution. In that case it would be prudent to always err on the side of safety and give the population the choice to adhere or ignore the advice, but hold no liability for the warning. But to err on the side of catastrophe because you have to due to liability is not going to help anyone. It will only cause mass panics frequently.

more than 2 years ago
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EFF Co-founder Faces Copyright Heavyweights At EG8

LilGuy Re:Conroy vs. Sarkozy (151 comments)

This is the laziest response to the age-old problem of representation in government. "Well the people voted for X."

Who exactly votes for the people who get to run for office? Nobody? I wouldn't say that. Money votes for the initial candidates. That money comes from industry. The people who run are those who can best afford to run, and what that means is they are connected enough throughout industry and politics to be a viable option. This SEVERELY limits who the people will ultimately be ABLE to vote for, with the caveat that every single candidate has an agenda of their own that does not reflect the will of the people. Of course once the choices are sufficiently narrowed down for the people, and a single candidate is "elected", that candidate then owes much to their initial benefactors.

The word "democracy" as the world is wont to use it is a farce and nefarious doublespeak at best.

more than 3 years ago
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TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, the Next Round

LilGuy Re:Why? (301 comments)

I also did the same in high school. It was a horrible idea in hind-sight because I didn't actually learn my math, but I passed my math classes in a breeze. I'd simple make programs for whatever formulas we were using and have simple inputs for whatever numbers given and it would spit out the answer. I was always the first one done and nearly always received at least a B (rarely showed any work). If they're going to require you to use calculators they'd just as well hand them out on the day of the test and collect them back at the end to ensure kids aren't just skirting around doing the math themselves.

more than 3 years ago
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Verifying Passwords By the Way They're Typed

LilGuy This is nothing new (140 comments)

I remember reading a story about this back around the time I first created my slashdot account some 13+ years ago. I remember people saying it was a nice idea but in practice it was unworkable for various obvious reasons including hand injuries, differing keyboards, and environmental distractions.

more than 3 years ago
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NSA CS Man: My Tracking Algorithm Was 'Twisted' By the Government

LilGuy Re:In other news (267 comments)

It's not just here in the United States however. I have watched several documentaries about Latin America and what we have done to their true democratic governments. We wipe them out, install a puppet, and ensure that no matter what the people vote for, the choice is ultimately the same. I believe it is no longer taboo to call the United States an empire for that is truly what it has been for the past 30 or 40 years. A good general overview on it all is on the movie "The End of Democracy" which is streamable on netflix.

more than 3 years ago
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An IP Address For Every Light Bulb

LilGuy Re:The world is running out of IPv6 addresses (457 comments)

340 undecillion, 282 decillion, 366 nonillion, 920 octillion, 938 septillion, 463 sextillion, 463 quintillion, 374 quadrillion, 607 trillion, 431 billion, 768 million, 211 thousand and 456.
Courtesy of WolframAlpha.com

more than 3 years ago
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An IP Address For Every Light Bulb

LilGuy Re:more 'efficiency' absurdities (457 comments)

I read the executive order which your linked article talks about and it really doesn't confer any ability on INTERPOL to overrule the US Government. I'm not even sure how the author came up with that nonsense.

more than 3 years ago

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