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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Registered Coward v2 Money (255 comments)

The entrenched operators will spend whatever it takes to protect their monopolies; especially since bandwidth will be the real valuable commodity, not cable channels, as more services begin to offer content separate from a cable subscription. If real competition was introduced they will lose a lot of money and want to prevent that at all costs. The fear Google and local authorities who threaten their monopoly; and want to avoid any federal rules or laws that overturn local actions because it's easier (read cheaper) to influence local politicians than national ones.

3 days ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

Registered Coward v2 So could you generate millions of (204 comments)

Random referral requests and thus pollute the collected data?

about a week ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

Registered Coward v2 Re:Nothing has been lost! (290 comments)

Currency in general is just common agreement to scale work for goods and services.

Actually, currency is just a way to store value and to use as a medium of exchange. Problems arise when a currency fails to hold its value, causing people to turn to other means of storing value. BitCoin essentially has undergone a very large inflationary period as its value dropped, eroding its usefulness as a currency. Who wants to hold money that is getting less valuable every day? Unless you are speculating you'll want to dump BitCoins for something more stable. However, large stores of BitCoins may be hard to exchange for cash and even if you can likely to erode its value further and reduce people's confidence in it as a form of currency.Companies that accept BitCoins are smart in that they really don't accept them but simply use an exchange that converts BitCoin into cash immediately. They don't carry a stack of BitCoins on their books, unlike cash, since they do not ant to assume the volatility risk.

Bit Coins are actually more real then the US Dollar. Sure we get a paper or coin note stating that this represents so much. But at least bit coin is connected to something in limited supply thus needs to be shared.

People,, will however, accept the dollar bill as a form of payment because they have a good idea what it will be worth tomorrow. BitCoin, not so much; and limited supply has nothing to do with an item's value.

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

Registered Coward v2 Re:Jurors (303 comments)

Yes in fact you should limit it to I.T. professionals. After all they would be a jury of peers.

Depends if they are using TOR or smother network...

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

Registered Coward v2 Re:Jurors (303 comments)

If you ran a construction firm and we being prosecuted for fraud or something after a bridge collapse don't you think the jury should have members that know somethings about materials science and masonry? I think that would be fair.

Not necessarily, it would depend on your defense. You may not want someone who understands civil engineering because they may disagree with the facts you present and be able to convince the other jurors to ignore them or to downplay them. You have weakened your lawyer's ability to tailor the narrative to your advantage and thus increased the risk of you losing. Having a jury your expert can educate and whose testimony supports your lawyer's narrative would be more beneficial. As anecdotal evidence, I was on a jury where the defense's main point was that roadside sobriety tests are wrong 25% of the time and thus there was reasonable doubt whether her client was guilty of DUI. Unfortunately he failed several different tests a total of 8 times and .25**8 is a very small number indeed. Had she kept the jurors who actually knew how to calculate probability off the jury she may have won. As it was, she lost before we even started deliberations, all we had to do was explain to our fellow jurors what she had really proven by questioning the test's accuracy. Lawyers want to educate the jury, not have an educated jury.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

Registered Coward v2 Re:So, he is admitting that the attacks are true (786 comments)

You and I are in agreement - you know that, right? My citation also showed the GP's post to be nonsense.

Just realized that. I followed up to the wrong post. Sorry about that.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

Registered Coward v2 Re:So, he is admitting that the attacks are true (786 comments)

I think it's more likely that you just never bothered to get the facts, rather than that you are outright lying, but by all means, post a single shred of evidence for what you claim. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Fair enough: Defenders of John Kerry's service record, including nearly all of his former crewmates, have stated that SBVT's allegations are false.[4][5][6]

It's pretty clear the attacks had very little to do with the truth but were simply a way to attack someone politically.

about three weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

Registered Coward v2 Re:So, he is admitting that the attacks are true (786 comments)

Well, considering that the word "swiftboating" is derived from accusations against John Kerry that were true. when someone says they are being "swiftboated" they are admitting that the attacks against them are based in truth.

Except they weren't true, as almost all of his cremates have said.

about three weeks ago
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Indiana Court Rules Melted Down Hard Drive Not Destruction of Evidence

Registered Coward v2 Re:How is this supposed to work...? (181 comments)

There are also retention laws that cover certain situations. Setting data retention guidelines prior to the suit protects you from getting into this mess (if you can prove that you ALWAYS destroy your data after X days/ x failed writes/ etc. then you're not culpable if you do what you always do just prior to being served).

Excellant point. I have worked for several companies that had very clear and strict data retention and destruction guidelines; thus ensuring all of our working papers were destroyed and thus not subject to being part of discovery in a lawsuit. The only time we did not destroy the working papers was when we were informed we were about to served as part of a lawsuit against a client; we beat feet and got out Dodge before the server arrived and turned all the working papers over to our lawyer.

about three weeks ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Registered Coward v2 I use VM primary in two ways (237 comments)

1. Triage calls for call back. If they won't leave a VM on my cell it is generally not a serious issue requiring immediate attention

2. To tell people they have reached the wrong number and the person they want to reach is at extension xxx. I use that at a client site because a PM has the same last name as I do since I get calls for him by accident on occasion. This message at least lets callers know they have reached the wrong person so they know to call back and dial the correct extension; which I give in my VM. I do get the occasional idiot who insists they dialed the correct extension, and says so in their VM, and leaves a request for information they need RIGHT NOW. Since I am rarely in my office and all my clients have my cell # anyway those requests generally never get answered. I assume they call back and actually dial the right extension when they do not hear back from the person they thought they left a message.

about a month ago
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'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Registered Coward v2 Re:prior oath to defend the Constitution (163 comments)

Aside from the question of standing, Snowden probably would have taken this oath before taking the NSA secrecy oath:

I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

His prior oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, takes precedence in my mind.

The problem for him is his definition of all enemies, foreign and domestic could be very different than a court's. An interesting defense but if you guessed wrong the consequences will be severe.

about a month ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Registered Coward v2 Re:My best was 45 minutes (246 comments)

I made it close to two hours once, while working at the same time. I speak french and they don`t speak it very well thus it was perhaps easier than you to keep them hooked up. He was quite angry when he understood he had been played all along. I hoped that saved a few people from getting caught by that scheme!

Tip of the hat, monsieur.

Laughing at them as they scream is a nice reward; I also hope it makes them more likely to dump a real mark, thinking they are being played, when the victim takes too long to con or isn't moving fast enough.

about a month ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Registered Coward v2 Re:My best was 45 minutes (246 comments)

Next time they call I plan on acting amazed that my new computer can tell it's infected even before I inbox it. I then intend to see if I can get them to walk me (an idiot, of course) through putting it together so I can let them "help" fix it.

Here's hoping it kills an hour or more of their time :)

Remember - your goal is to get them to think their is money at the end of the conversation. The more the talk, the more they've invested in the con and the more likely they are going to keep trying to get your CC number. Let them think they are in control of the situation.

about a month ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Registered Coward v2 My best was 45 minutes (246 comments)

before I got bored. He, and his "supervisor of tech support" was already spitting mad so when I thanked him for playing the fool and provide me with some laughs it pushed him over the edge. My shtick is to pretend to be an elderly man, who off course has trouble hearing so they have to s p e l l r e a l s l o w l y and i still mess it up, have them explain the internet (isn't it that cable thingy that I plug in the wall? You want me to disconnect it?) all while obviously being vey very worried about them virus things. I've seen them talk about it on TV. Is it like Ebola? I don't want to get that.Of course none of his instructions worked because I don't use Windows.

The trick is to appear complaint while being confused and incompetent. The couple of times he doubted my old age gimmick I thanked him and joked the ladies tell me that as well.

about a month ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

Registered Coward v2 Re:Cost of a tank of gas (133 comments)

at a cost of roughly a tank of gas in a premium sedan.

Roughly, not exactly. Pegging the price of a battery switch to the price of gas really wouldn't make any sense, although it might make sense to make it based on the cost of electricity in the area, assuming that that varies.

If I were to price it I would use the following formula once there were enough stations to make simply swapping a battery without needing to return to the same station to get the original back a viable option:

Price = Cost of electricity for a full charge from current battery state + prorated (operations and maintenance cost to swap + cost to amortize investment in station + cost of station depreciation) + allowance for replacement of bad batteries received in swap + desired profit per swap

about a month ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Registered Coward v2 Re: First amendment? (250 comments)

"Lawrence was paid 7 percent of the movie's profit, while Bale and Cooper received 9 percent, according to emails sent to Pascal. Amy Pascal, the co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment is the only woman earning $1 million or more at the studio."

Profits? more fool them. With Hollywood accounting it sounds like they probably all got nothing regardless :) 7%? 9%? It's all $0 once Hollywood has fiddled the figures to make sure the movie makes zero profit!

That depends. They are probably smart enough to get a percent of the gross, not net profits. They get paid before any of the people getting a share of the net profits. Only a fool or someone with no negotiation clout settles for a share of the gross. That various stars got less than others is a sign of their box office draw and clout, not some nefarious plot to pay women less.

about a month and a half ago
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

Registered Coward v2 Many IT execs do not even know what ball to drop.. (153 comments)

In this essay, Gerjets warns that many IT executives drop the ball when it comes to "defining how a new technology approach will add value" to their organization.

In my experience, many IT execs are not involved in developing or do not understand their company's strategy and thus have no idea what the technology needs to accomplish. they respond to requests, or develop technology solutions without input from the actual users and thus deliver solutions that don't really do what is needed. Even worse, some are promoted techies who are enamored with technology and want what is cool without regard to weather or not it is actually useful.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Registered Coward v2 STEM is a wide field... (280 comments)

If you want be an engineer then you need to go back and get a degree. However, working in STEM and being a STEM are two different things. You have an English degree - what about technical writing? Many of the writers I worked with were not engineers (thank god) and that would be a way to see if STEM really interests you. You can always do night school if it does.

about a month and a half ago

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Get off my lawn

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  about a year ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "Identifying a nerd was easier years ago — calculator on the belt and a box of Hollerith cards. Part computer program, part note card, and part bookmark, they were a readily available source of nerd badges at any campus. As with many tech icons, they have drifted into oblivion.

So what do you do if:

you got a new computer, or maybe a software upgrade, only to find — error message! — that some of your old files are incompatible.

and the files you have are valuable historical data needed for current research? How about finding a USB compatible Hollerith card reader?"

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Supreme Court to hear First Sale Doctrine case

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "SCOTUS is set to hear a case to determine how copyright law and the doctrine of first sale applies to copyrighted works bought overseas, imported to the US and then sold. The case involves a foreign student who imported textbooks from Asia and the resold them in the US to help fund his education. He was sued by the publisher, lost and was ordered to pay $600k in damages. Now SCOTUS gets to weigh in on the issue."
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iPads as overhead projectors

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  about 3 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "A University of Michigan professor has combined iPads with a set of software tools to create an effective replacement for projected Powerpoint, clickers, and the like to allow students to interact and annotate the lecture notes on iPads, iPhones, and computers. As he puts it, he has used these tools to create " show your slides + ask questions of students (multiple-choice, true-false, rearrange lists, image-based and free response — take THAT clickers!) and display the results in real-time + collect and answer student questions + have access to analytical data on student participation + DRAW ON THE SLIDES LIKE WITH AN OVERHEAD!"

Even better — a roller equipped overhead."

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Apple Time Capsules Dying

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "Reports are surfacing of dying power supplies in Apple's Time Capsule drives, leaving users with vey nicely designed 9and expensive) paper weights. The problem appears to be failure of the internal power supply, making it impossible to power up the device. One website logged 260 reports of dead Apple Time capsules since going live last weekend. Apple has not yet responded to reports of this problem."
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It's football, not a funeral

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "From a Notre Dame University press release: In an effort to encourage appropriate behavior, fans will be able to utilize a new text messaging system to report any instances of unruly or disruptive behavior in conjunction with home games, including inside Notre Dame Stadium. The system will be in place beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturdays. Fans can simply text 41513 and type into the message the word "Irish" followed by a space, followed by a brief description of the issue and its location. Ushers, public safety personnel and/or University officials will respond as needed.

Interesting use of technology; but even with ND's performance on the field it's still a football game. I guess they expect people to sit quietly and occasionally utter a "nice play" and clap politely. At least you now have a way to complain about cold hotdogs and dirty toilets."
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Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "Best Buy has been caught using an intranet to limit price matching of their own web site. http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-watchdog0302, 0,5198012.column?coll=hc-utility-local Apparently, according to a company spokesman, their employees find it difficult to distinguish between accessing an internal site and their own external ones. Of course, they have no problem distinguishing between a higher and lower price nor charging the higher one."

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