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Space Shuttle Items For Sale Soon VIa GSA Auction

Mattwolf7 Re:Slashdotted the Gov? (59 comments)


System Maintenance GSA Auctions is currently under System Maintenance.

GSA Auction scheduled maintenance times are every Saturday 5AM CT to 8AM CT & every Sunday from 6AM CT to 10AM CT.

more than 2 years ago

QR Codes As Anti-Forgery On Currency Could Infect Banks

Mattwolf7 Easy Fix... (289 comments)

Who wrote this summary? A QR code is just a data.

Just make your system NOT go to the public internet. The QR code could just be the serial number of the note. Hell you don't even need to use a QR code.

Example: http://intranet.federalreserve.gov/verify?n=12345

Problem solved. No virus.

more than 2 years ago

Mitt Romney To Announce VP Decision Via Smartphone App

Mattwolf7 Re:Why do we need a VP? (461 comments)

The Vice President is supposed to be the presiding officer of the senate, they just don't do it.

more than 2 years ago

At Canadian Airports, Your Conversation May Be Remotely Recorded

Mattwolf7 Re:Audio recordings of third parties are illegal C (211 comments)

Which is why in the article, they clearly say that the audio isn't turned on. The OP obviously didn't read the article. They want to turn it on but are working with their privacy experts to figure out how to do it, since it isn't actually legal.

more than 2 years ago

At Canadian Airports, Your Conversation May Be Remotely Recorded

Mattwolf7 Re:No reasonable expectation of privacy (211 comments)

IANAL, but you do have a reasonable expectation of privacy in public. You give up certain expectations, but audio recordings in the U.S. are very different than video recordings. Oral communications falls into a different category (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2511). My understanding is that reasonable expectation of privacy regarding oral communications is basically that if it is unaided (no technology or device to enhance) then it is fair game, but when you need to use something to increase your ability to hear the communication it crosses that line. Basically I can whisper to someone or have a conversation that is expected to be private, just because I am in public I don't lose that expectation of privacy.

more than 2 years ago

Apple To Unveil iOS 6 At WWDC 2012

Mattwolf7 Siri on the iPad?!? (110 comments)

"The iPad already helps users write and share documents, track of financial data and create ready-to-go slide presentations, but Siri can also remind employees of meetings, help them perform research, or even set timers if they're working on a deadline. Because of the tablet's flexibility, the iPad can be perfect for all business settings, from small start-ups to large enterprises and beyond."

Wow Siri really offers some killer business features - reminders!!! This article seems like it was stretching to pat Apple on the back... Is this just a marketing handout disguised as a news article?

more than 2 years ago

Protecting State Secrets Through Copyright

Mattwolf7 Public Domain - RTFA (142 comments)

If you would download the article, there is an entire section addressing how the US Copyright Act actually addresses this issue:

"The prohibition on copyright protection for United States Government works is not intended to have any effect on protection of these works abroad. Works of the governments of most other countries are copyrighted. There are no valid policy reasons for denying such protection to United States Government works in foreign countries, or for precluding the Government from making licenses for the use of its works abroad."

Do you guys actually think this article would have been published in a legal journal missing such an obvious question?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Get Non-Developers To Send Meaningful Bug Reports?

Mattwolf7 YSOD? (360 comments)

YSOD? Maybe you need to be more clear to your users. I don't know what YSOD is and I work in the industry... Make sure your users understand what a bug report is, and how it helps to give as much information as possible. Avoid using terms they won't understand, and assume they don't know what you want. Some users will try to help if you tell them what you need, but give up if they feel like they have to figure it out on their own.

about 3 years ago

Your State University Doesn't Want You

Mattwolf7 Re:Funny that a guy who can't do math... (551 comments)

I'm confused as well.
a.) Why does this Slashdot post have a quote that I can't seem to find in the articles, much less see any mention of OSU in the articles at all?
b.) Gee's pension isn't a "full state-funded pension", he pays contributions just like every other state employee.
c.) Isn't a $1 million dollar salary to the President of a $4.82 billion enterprise fair? "If The Ohio State University were a company, it would be listed on the Fortune 500." (http://www.osu.edu/facts.php)

more than 3 years ago

Find DARPA's Balloons, Win $40K

Mattwolf7 Re:I sense. I sense... (252 comments)

It's kind of the point: "In the 40 years since this breakthrough, the Internet has become an integral part of society and the global economy. The DARPA Network Challenge explores the unprecedented ability of the Internet to bring people together to solve tough problems."

more than 5 years ago

Enthusiasts Convene To Say No To SQL, Hash Out New DB Breed

Mattwolf7 Re:Hogwash! (423 comments)

Oracle and PostgreSQL are SQL...

more than 5 years ago

The Battle Between Google and Facebook

Mattwolf7 Aardvark (202 comments)

Sounds like Facebook wants to do something similar to Aardvark - http://vark.com/ Basically you ask a question and it finds people in your "network" and poses the question to them. You get pretty good answers from people around the world.

more than 5 years ago


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