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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

MarkvW Re:Gladwell (108 comments)

Except this time the snark was perfectly delivered at the perfect target.

8 hours ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

MarkvW That is outrageous. (353 comments)

That "beyond the law" comment is outrageous. For that man, "too much privacy" is "beyond the law."

4 days ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

MarkvW Is Australia different? (73 comments)

In Australia aren't the people allowed to know what their police force's "operational capability" is?

about two weeks ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

MarkvW Vietnam Thought of the Day (248 comments)

We have to fuck with the villagers in order to save them.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

MarkvW X-Com & The Operational Art of War (382 comments)

No doubt about it. X-Com is the greatest game ever created in the entire history of mankind. Even once I figured out how to win in the first turn it was still fun to play.

Next would be TOAW. It's the best war boardgame ever made. If it's been improved upon, please let me know.

I also loved Delta Force Land Warrior--until the cheaters destroyed it.

about a month ago
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Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

MarkvW Re:Chokehold (102 comments)

I'm "against" the tobacco industry, but I'm not a tobacco prohibitionist. Same as to marijuana.

On the other hand, I am against the methamphetamine industry and I am a methamphetamine prohibitionist.

Other drugs require more thought and /. isn't worth that.

about a month ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

MarkvW Garden Bot (133 comments)

Make a GardenBot that works, and you'll become a trillionaire.

about a month ago
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Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

MarkvW HIPAA Compliance (111 comments)

I sure hope the hackers comply with HIPAA. They sure will be in a lot of trouble if they don't.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

MarkvW Re:As the man says... (126 comments)

Rear view in your helmet visor would be awesome. Fucking radar off the back of the bike with software that could warn of a wobbly driver approaching from behind--priceless.

about a month and a half ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

MarkvW Re:Automate it (228 comments)

Yes, you have a moral duty to your corporate overlord to serve it to the best of your ability. You must strive to do more than the job that you are paid to do because that is your moral duty. In return, you can fully expect your corporate overlord to honor its moral duty to you (because it has no duty to you).

about 2 months ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

MarkvW Elegant Code is an Endangered Species (372 comments)

All those frameworks and APIs not only introduce all sorts of programming complexity, but they also turn programs into memory gluttons.

It often appears that real craftsmanship (making the most efficient code for the job) is no longer valued.

about 2 months ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

MarkvW Livin' in the USA (424 comments)

I am so fucking glad that I am an American! There is a fuckload to bitch about in my country, but damn it's good to be a U.S. Citizen.

about 2 months ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

MarkvW Re:Best game programmer (285 comments)

Rollercoaster Tycoon was the only game I've ever played that implemented object orientation so beautifully that even the user of the game could appreciate it. I remain impressed to this day.

about 3 months ago
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15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

MarkvW Who needs speed? (203 comments)

Smooth and strong is what I want.

about 3 months ago
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German Intelligence Employee Arrested On Suspicion of Spying For US On Bundestag

MarkvW NSA: Stop Spying on Americans (74 comments)

You idiots! This is all happening because you insist on spying on your fellow citizens. I will support any politician who votes to gut your damn budget.

Now you're going to spy on me, I'm sure. Because you're not good Americans.

Get the message, dammit!

about 3 months ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

MarkvW Re:It'll come down to an opinion (255 comments)

I think you're making good points. If I own a toll bridge, I know that my bridge is going to be used to transport all kinds of stolen property. Still, I shouldn't be liable for such transport.

about 3 months ago
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What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

MarkvW Re:Huh? (286 comments)

You look just like the description of a bank robber that just robbed a bank one hundred meters away.

about 3 months ago
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What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

MarkvW THE most important thing to know (286 comments)

You don't know what the police know.

In other words, the police might have perfectly justifiable reasons to take your phone--and you don't know those reasons.

ALWAYS take that into account when making your decisions.

about 3 months ago

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Apple Silencing Rejected Appstore Developers

MarkvW MarkvW writes  |  about 6 years ago

MarkvW (1037596) writes "This should add fuel to the fire. Apple is apparently slapping nondisclosure agreements on developers who get rejected from the Appstore. I got this from Anandtech which got it from DailyTech."
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Qualcomm Gets Hammered With Discovery Sanctions

MarkvW MarkvW writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MarkvW (1037596) writes "Qualcomm (and its lawyers) got utterly HAMMERED by a federal court by playing discovery games (wrongfully keeping potent stuff from the other side).

Sporting with the federal court is a risky proposition."

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Patent Law

MarkvW MarkvW writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MarkvW (1037596) writes "The Supremes held that method patents are subject to the patent exhaustion doctrine like other patents. This is the last paragraph from Quanta v. LG Electronics, a Supreme Court patent opinion that came down today: The authorized sale of an article that substantially embodies a patent exhausts the patent holder's rights and prevents the patent holder from invoking patent law to control postsale use of the article. Here, LGE licensed Intel to practice any of its patents and to sell products practicing those patents. Intel's microprocessors and chipsets substantially embodied the LGE Patents because they had no reasonable noninfringing use and included all the inventive aspects of the patented methods. Nothing in the License Agreement limited Intel's ability to sell its products practicing the LGE Patents. Intel's authorized sale to Quanta thus took its products outside the scope of the patent monopoly, and as a result, LGE can no longer assert its patent rights against Quanta. Accordingly, the judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed."

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