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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

MiKM Re:Great idea! (226 comments)

Oops, what I meant to say was "The IDs can obviously be stolen"

2 days ago

School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

MiKM Re:Great idea! (226 comments)

Why not just slap a barcode or magstripe on student IDs and use that? The IDs can obviously, but it's a lot easier to prove that the ID Jimmy is trying to use doesn't belong to him.

2 days ago

What's After Big Data?

MiKM By your buzzwords combined... (87 comments)

Cloud Data. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to create a phony website to attract suckers investors.

about three weeks ago

Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

MiKM Re:I hope not. (113 comments)

It does, because teachers are expected to utilize methods that support common core

Could you please provide an example? I teach high school math and I have not felt pressured by the Common Core to use certain methods, so I'm genuinely curious. To me, it sounds like the real problem is with lousy administrators micromanaging teachers, not with the standards themselves.

about 3 months ago

Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

MiKM Re:I hope not. (113 comments)

Common Core isn't a curriculum, it's a set of standards. It does not have anything to do with homework, instruction methodology, grading rules, or anything like that. See for yourself. If your district is using shoddy curriculum like Engage NY, that is their fault.

I'm not saying that the CCSS are beyond criticism, but the criticism should be accurate.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

MiKM Re:That's totally how it works (343 comments)

What's worse is that many of those same CEOs probably aren't constantly focused/productive themselves.

about 4 months ago

3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

MiKM Re:24 hours compared to what? (77 comments)

Injection moulded UAV airframe produced in.... minutes?

Out of curiosity, how long would it take to create the mold?

about 5 months ago

How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

MiKM Lame. (203 comments)

The article is pretty lame. It doesn't describe how to create your own cryptocurrency. It just tells you how to pay some guy to do it for you.

about 8 months ago

UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game

MiKM Re:Perhaps not (598 comments)

Who gets decide what is racist?

about 9 months ago

Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

MiKM Why risk it? (871 comments)

His advice ignores the benefits of leniency if you're guilty and you're almost positive you'll be caught anyway. For most of this discussion I've been focusing on the merits of talking to the police if you're innocent. But Officer Bruch also says that if people in the interrogation room answer questions and cooperate, then even if they're ultimately convicted, the police do testify to the judge that you were cooperative, and the judge can take that into account and reduce your prison sentence. That is at least theoretically another legitimate reason to violate Professor Duane's "Don't Talk To Cops" rule, if you're 99% sure that the police will find enough evidence to convict you anyway, you can hope for leniency by cooperating.

Would it not be more beneficial for your attorney to arrange some plea deal? As somebody who is not an expert on criminal law, I would keep my mouth shut until I talked to my attorney. I'd let the expert on criminal justice decide if it was worth confessing instead of hoping for the best.

about a year ago

New Prenda Law Shell Corp Threatening to Tell Your Neighbors You Pirated Porn

MiKM Re:Haha, let them. (258 comments)

Posted anonymously for obvious reasons.

I thought you said you weren't ashamed to admit that you watched porn.

about a year ago

Facebook "Trusted Contacts" Lets You Pester Friends To Recover Account Access

MiKM Re:This is a social gimmick (114 comments)

According to the summary and article, you only need three of five codes. I suppose of 3 of your friends are out-of-contact, then you're SOL for the time being, but I suppose that is better than having a weaker, easier-to-compromise system. When choosing your five friends, it might be wise to select people from different circles of friends to decrease the likelihood that multiple trusted contacts are out-of-reach at once.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Instead of a Laptop, a Tiny Computer and Projector?

MiKM Re:You'll regret it (339 comments)

Here's a random thought: if you take the money you'd use to buy a MacBook ($1200) and deposit it on a savings account (0.8%), you'll be able to afford a new Pi every 2.6 months on interest alone.

How? At 0.8%, you're only earning 0.008 * $1200 = $9.60 a year in interest.

more than 2 years ago

Gun With Wireless Arming Signal Goes On Sale Soon

MiKM Re:Strange fascination (457 comments)

People who wish to kill/harm other people will still find ways to get guns.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu's New Firefox Is Watching You

MiKM Re:Another end for Ubuntu... (330 comments)

the elimination of an often used shortcut (CTRL+ALT+Backspace, on the default install)

If the X server needs to be killed often, that is the real problem, not disabling c-a-b. The average end-user shouldn't have to be killing the X server. For the technical-minded, there are trivial ways to kill X if need be: switching to a vterm and remedying the situation, using the magic SysRq combos, and setting DontZap to false so c-a-b does work.

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu's New Firefox Is Watching You

MiKM Re:Browsers. (330 comments)

I'm a fan of Midori (also in the repos), which uses WebKit for its rendering engine.

more than 5 years ago

BT Wants Cash For iPlayer, Video Bandwidth

MiKM Re:Needs a translation (229 comments)

Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals! Except the weasels.

more than 5 years ago

Measuring the User For CPU Frequency Scaling

MiKM So does this mean (190 comments)

Does this mean that clicking a button multiple times and yelling at my computer will finally make my it go faster? Sweet!

more than 5 years ago

When watching a movie, I like to add calories via ...

MiKM Re:Popcorn and Only Popcorn (457 comments)

Actually, I prefer unsalted sometimes. Also, there's nothing stopping you from sprinkling a bit of oil on the popped popcorn before adding salt. It works well for me.

more than 5 years ago


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