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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

MAXOMENOS Does anyone else think... (90 comments)

...that Australia is increasingly assuming a Chinese, rather than Anglo-American, system and style of government?

4 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

MAXOMENOS Question (438 comments)

Have you investigated the performance/cost of hybrid versus pure-SSD? I use pure SSD on my laptop and desktop and it's brilliant, but I don't have to cram 2TB+ of SQL Server data stores on my desktop.

about a month ago
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Fabiola Gianotti To Take Over As CERN Director-General

MAXOMENOS Uh oh (23 comments)

Now all their presentations will be in comic sans. :(

about a month and a half ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

MAXOMENOS Re:Wonderful (588 comments)

Actually, it's three different state measures, and each state has different rules about what the election results mean. In Oregon, the measure is now law, and the state government is now tasked with figuring out how to carry out the law. They have to come up with regulatory bureaus, figure out who will collect the taxes (likely the Oregon Liquor Control Commission), come up with licensing rules for new shops, make time for new shops to be licensed, instruct police on the changes to criminal code (e.g. you can smoke in private but not in public, you can only have so much weed, you can only have so many plants), and so on.

Alaska has different rules. So does DC.

Also, there's a complicating factor in that marijuana is still illegal. State law might say it's okay, but Federal law says it's still an illegal narcotic. A US Attorney with their head up their asses can prosecute every weed shop and weed grower in each of these states; even worse, they can seize all these shops' assets and the assets of all the people owning or employed by those shops, and sell those assets prior to trial. If you ask me, the Democrats have a winning issue in 2016 (or 2018, which would be a harder cycle for them) if they run on allowing states to make their own decisions about marijuana.

Hope this helps.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

MAXOMENOS Re:From a physics professor (234 comments)

Also, never be afraid to learn your math in a physics course. It's the best way.

That kinda depends...I found it was easier just taking more math courses than trying to figure out what the hell my EM professor was doing. Eventually I just switched majors to Math.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

MAXOMENOS I like to tell college-bound people... (392 comments)

...double major in something useful and something useless.

I majored in math and computer science. I have a friend who went back to school in her 30s. Her majors are German and Philosophy. She's already getting translation work a year before graduation.

about 3 months ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

MAXOMENOS Meanwhile.... (323 comments)

I downloaded the album (Free U2? Okay!) and have listened to it a couple of times in the car. It's not bad. Not exactly world-shattering --- they haven't done world-shattering in 20 years --- but enjoyable.

about 3 months ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

MAXOMENOS Re:Antibiotics and Viruses (106 comments)

Yeah, I was about to say.....that sentence alone tells me the author doesn't have a clue what they're writing.

about 3 months ago
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White House Names Google's Megan Smith As CTO

MAXOMENOS She's worthy of the title (75 comments)

Even if she doesn't have the academic background (I agree with others that ME is close enough to CE/EE to pass muster), she certainly has the experience.

about 4 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

MAXOMENOS Or.. (1134 comments)

...the obnoxious, stupid, piggish behavior will just take on a more inclusive veneer, as it does with other forms of commercial art (music, movies, tv, etc.)

about 4 months ago
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SpaceX Challenges Blue Origin Patents Over Sea-Landing Rocket Tech

MAXOMENOS Re:Bezos? Patent troll? (75 comments)

I don't doubt that Blue Origin, like Bezos's most famous project (Amazon), is constantly engaged in R&D. But like Amazon, it appears that Blue Origin is trying to patent stuff that shouldn't be patented (in this case because of prior art). That's patent troll behavior.

about 4 months ago
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SpaceX Challenges Blue Origin Patents Over Sea-Landing Rocket Tech

MAXOMENOS Bezos? Patent troll? (75 comments)

Whodathunk?

about 4 months ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

MAXOMENOS I can't believe we're afraid of these assholes (542 comments)

Iran's government is fighting over whether or not to implement rusting-edge technology, with calls for impeachment if they go ahead. It's like they WANT to remain in the 8th Century. Why is it exactly that we're afraid of them?

about 4 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

MAXOMENOS Re: Her work (1262 comments)

"IF" is a powerful word, and can trick one into presuming that the predicate is true. Have you actually watched any of her videos?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

MAXOMENOS Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

I work in a unionized software shop. It's awesome during bad times. In good times one is tempted to think it's better in fast-and-furious start-ups, but then one compares one's salaries and benefits and realizes, "no, actually, union shop is still better."

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

MAXOMENOS Where to begin (548 comments)

  • Project management, specifically the importance of not being a bottleneck.

  • How to design a solution on my own time before I code a solution on company time.
  • Differential diagnosis of bugs (see #2 of the link above --- although I learned this skill later in graduate school and have applied it multiple times since.)
  • Code for readability and correctness first, efficiency later. Code that is "too clever" will never be maintained (except by you).
  • I really enjoy programming as a way of automating tasks and not for other reasons --- which makes me better as a systems administrator than as a software developer.

about 4 months ago
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Maryam Mirzakhani Is the First Woman Fields Medalist

MAXOMENOS Congratulations! (75 comments)

Let's celebrate like topologists --- with donuts and mugs of coffee!

about 4 months ago
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Maryam Mirzakhani Is the First Woman Fields Medalist

MAXOMENOS Re:A woman won the Fields.... (75 comments)

It's not a very good pun.

A good pun would present, on the surface, a deeper knowledge of the (admittedly complex) material.

about 4 months ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

MAXOMENOS Mandatory Sacred Reich reference (322 comments)

"I know a place
Where you're all going to go
They'll pay you to kill
If You're eighteen years old
First You'll need a haircut
And then some new clothes
They'll stick you in a jungle
To play G.I. Joe

CHORUS:

You fight for democracy
And the "American Way"
But you're not in your country
"What am I doing here?" you say
But now it's too late
You're entering Managua
If you had brought your surfboard
You could surf Nicaragua

Video here

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

MAXOMENOS O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) (131 comments)

OSCON is held every July in Portland, Oregon, and focuses on open source solutions to all sorts of IT needs. They have specific tracks for public sector and education. Plus, there's good beer.

about 5 months ago

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Yahoo! Mail Compromised - Users Urged to Change Passwords Immediately

MAXOMENOS MAXOMENOS writes  |  about a year ago

MAXOMENOS (9802) writes "Today Yahoo! announced via their Tumblr page that Yahoo! Mail was hacked, and advised their users to change their passwords immediately. Quoting:

Based on our current findings, the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise. We have no evidence that they were obtained directly from Yahoo’s systems. Our ongoing investigation shows that malicious computer software used the list of usernames and passwords to access Yahoo Mail accounts. The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts’ most recent sent emails.

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