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New OpenWRT Drops Support For Linux 2.4, Low-Mem Devices

TheoMurpse Re:Brilliant (194 comments)

WRT54G is, as you might assume from the "G" at the end, a G router. In the United States, G is faster than the connection to the house. An order of magnitude faster, actually.

about a year ago
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Politician Wants Sci-fi To Be Mandatory In School

TheoMurpse Re:Wrinkle (295 comments)

Picture a cube if you lived in 2-dimensional space. You might see it as a square, or as an oblique slice through a cube.

Actually you'd see it as something like a line. To see a square, you'd have to be "above" the sheet of paper that is your two dimensional world, which necessitates a third dimension.

about a year ago
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Elon Musk Hates 405 Freeway Traffic, Pays Money To Speed Construction

TheoMurpse Re:It's called road tax (431 comments)

We do that in the US, too. It's a tax levied on gasoline/petrol.

about a year ago
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Federal Magistrate Rules That Fifth Amendment Applies To Encryption Keys

TheoMurpse Re:Last Sentence (322 comments)

It's not really that. It's that you have a right not to be forced to incriminate yourself, and if you are forced to turn over encryption keys to something, you are admitting that the media is yours. If there's something illegal on the drive, this would be self-incrimination (admitting "this illegal stuff is mine").

I remember this being a hot issue when I took Evidence in law school years ago. Of course, it being law school, we really didn't talk about anything useful. ;)

about a year ago
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Getting a Literature Ph.D. Will Make You Into a Horrible Person

TheoMurpse Re:also (489 comments)

I think he was talking about the high demand for SJDs (the law equivalent of a PhD, requiring a dissertation and everything). There are very few of them (almost no law school offers it), but every law school would rather hire an SJD than a JD.

1 year,17 days
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Getting a Literature Ph.D. Will Make You Into a Horrible Person

TheoMurpse Re:No, it's not the Boomers failing to retire. (489 comments)

The problem is, as many of us have seen with our own two eyes, professors doing important but controversial work would get fired without tenure. The entire stem cell research field would probably never have happened in the US.

1 year,17 days
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An Instructo-Geek Reviews The 4-Hour Chef

TheoMurpse Re:"Dry wine"? (204 comments)

Agreed. If you're going to demand that a cookbook, even one for beginners, define "dry wine" before instructing you to use it, then you should demand the book define what "boil" and "carrot" mean. Jeez. "Dry wine" should be common knowledge among any adult.

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

TheoMurpse Re:Region locked movies (648 comments)

What does this mean (if anything) for region-locked movies - can I legally break the region lock (or buy a player that does it) so I can watch a movie I bought overseas?

Not comparable issues at all. This opinion is only about re-selling items.

In your implied analogy, the book is the DVD, the re-seller is a re-seller. This case essentially says you can buy a Region X DVD in country X and re-sell it in the States provided that the Region X DVD was legally made. So this means if you buy a legal Chinese DVD in China, you can sell it in the US. It does not mean you can buy a pirated DVD in China and sell it in the US. It does not say anything about region unlocking.

You should always read SCOTUS cases narrowly. Anything that the decision of the Court does not rest on is called "dicta" and has no controlling authority, but merely persuasive authority. This means if the decision of the Court does not rely on a statement in the opinion, then that statement can persuade other courts, but it doesn't instruct them to do anything.

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

TheoMurpse Re:Very strange breakdown of votes (648 comments)

The breakdown of votes is very different to what I'm used to seeing on Supreme Court cases – you've got Breyer, Roberts, Thomas, Alito, Sotomayor, and Kagan in the majority, and Scalia, Kennedy, and Ginsburg in dissent.

Actually, if you look at actual voting records, it's not unusual at all. 2012 2011. In 2012, of note is that the lowest affinity with the majority was Sotomayor at 82.5% (she was around 79% for 2011). This suggests all justices, regardless of political affiliation, agree more often than they disagree. If the breakdown was along conservative vs. liberal lines like the media would have you believe (hot Supreme Court catfights! more on TMZ!), you'd see a lot more clustering somewhere closer to 50% than 90%.

Also note that the links above are just for the opinions. Those are the ones that are supposed to be most controversial of all the SCOTUS hears!

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

TheoMurpse Re:Very strange breakdown of votes (648 comments)

I wouldn't say Roberts "crossed the line" with PPACA when his decision really came down to:

1. The commerce clause is overbroad and doesn't uphold PPACA. Fortunately,
2. Obama lied. It's a tax.

about a year ago
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Walgreens To Build First Self-Powered Retail Store

TheoMurpse Re:sweet, self powered store (186 comments)

Both CVS and Walgreens have their business model in "spend 30 minutes getting anything at the grocery store; spend 5 minutes getting it here [but pay more]."

I can run into HEB (the local grocery store chain in the better parts of Texas (suck it, Dallas)) and grab some Gatorade in about twenty minutes after parking way in the back of the huge parking lot, running across the huge store to the sports drink aisle, coming back to the register, waiting behind a bunch of people buying at minimum 15 items, and then cross the parking lot again to get to my car (while dodging tons of foot traffic and waiting in the driving lanes for minutes while some lazy bastard waits for some person who hasn't even started his car yet to back out so he can get the parking space about 20 feet closer to the entrance to the store.

Or I can go to Walgreens, pay $1 more for the drink, park right by the entrance, wait behind at most one or two people buying a mere couple items each, and walk out the door and there's my car. No one else is driving in the parking lot, so I'm in and out in five minutes.

Sometimes it's worth the extra $1 spent.

That is how Walgreens stays in business compared to the big grocery store. CVS is the same way down here.

K-Mart isn't in business anywhere around here, though. Maybe for the very reason you mentioned. The last K-Mart I saw closed about ten years ago in my hometown. I have not seen a K-Mart since then.

about a year ago
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$100 Million Student Database Worries Parents

TheoMurpse Re:Local officials will sell everybody out (250 comments)

Regarding sports fields, that stuff is funded through ticket sales and boosters. You have a problem with that, complain to the parents of nerds who don't donate money to the school for new computers for the science club.

about a year ago
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$100 Million Student Database Worries Parents

TheoMurpse Re:Strongly Disagree (250 comments)

keeping them out of the public indoctrination academies by sending their children to private schools or homeschooling them

Funny considering basically 100% of all private schooling and home schooling is done by Christians wishing to indoctrinate children into the faith.

about a year ago
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Nate Silver, Microsoft Research Predict the Oscars

TheoMurpse Re:Why do people watch these things? (67 comments)

Because some of us don't mind being advertised to provided the advertisement is entertaining and useful. The nine Best Picture nominees are all excellent for different reasons, and the show itself was entertaining. I imagine Slashdot wants to hate Seth Macfarlane for Family Guy and other reasons, but he was a pretty funny host.

about a year ago
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Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?

TheoMurpse Re:What about paper bags? (533 comments)

That might be a relevant point if he weren't directly responding to the assertion that plastic bags "aren't actually a threat to our ecosystem."

about a year ago
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Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

TheoMurpse Re:just use virtual machines (464 comments)

Who solves social problems? Hint: It's not the techies. We techies generally have no power to solve social problems. The evidence is all around us. It is how the world works. That power goes to the socialisers with their ass-kissing, smooth talk, pointless speeches, and the riches and charisma to reach positions of influence.

I really resent your implication that I am not a socializer with ass-kissing smooth talk and pointless speeches.

about a year ago
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Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

TheoMurpse Re:just use virtual machines (464 comments)

You are correct about not upgrading. I am general counsel for a tech company. We will not be upgrading Office on our employee-issued laptops, and I'll be using this as fodder to push that we move from Office altogether.

about a year ago
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McAfee May Have Been Captured

TheoMurpse Re:Why is McAfee's affair on Slashdot? (148 comments)

Further: If you're a rich American and left (and renounced US citizenship) to avoid paying taxes, you'd leave for Switzerland or somewhere like that, not corrupt and poor Belize. Any money he makes now is almost assuredly capital gains, which is taxed at one tenth or one twentieth of the US rate in Switzerland (depending on long-term vs short-term, tax bracket, etc.).

about a year ago

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