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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

Whatsisname Re:Let's do some math (200 comments)

Why would that be absurd? When individuals are facing legal judgments, they often face huge figures that destroy their financial situation. Why should corporations be safeguarded against that risk?

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

Whatsisname Re:Effectiveness (134 comments)

You think the media publishers type up each individual request?

about three weeks ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

Whatsisname Re:Automated test in is a minimum (152 comments)

That's not going to work, because you'll never be able to economically write a requirements document so complete that the behavior is so well defined that you can get meaningful test coverage from it.

To get that kind of completeness you'd have to code the entire software in MSWord, which is a terrible programming language, and without ever testing it along the way.

Testing needs to be a continuous process as part of software development, not something that happens parallel or afterwards.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Whatsisname Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

if the US wanted the contents of a safe deposit box in Europe they cannot legally seize it, doing so would be a violation of europan law

They can't take the box by force, but the US can instead throw you, the owner of it, in the slammer until you cough up the requested evidence. Where the evidence is, is irrelevant.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Whatsisname Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

Can any internet company be publicly ordered to break laws in other countries, regardless of where it is based?

Why shouldn't they? MS is a United States company. Why should MS, or any other corporation, be able to only abide by US law when it is convenient for them, and break it other times? If the laws of two jurisdictions are incompatible with each other, the corporation should have to make a hard choice and only operate in a single jurisdiction, and use other avenues to expand business to the other.

This is not a case of the US trying to compel a European Company into doing something, it is compelling Microsoft, subject to US law, to turn over data it holds, albeit in a different company. If an American individual is subpoenaed for information relating to a crime, resisting turning it over because it's held in a safe deposit box abroad, is no more an acceptable excuse than "it's in my other pants".

An individual in the United States must abide by US law even when abroad, in addition to abiding by the rules of the foreign country. It's still illegal for an American to smoke weed or solicit 14 year old prostitutes abroad, despite those being legal in some places of the world. If American persons have to play by United States rules 24x7, why should a corporation get to pick and choose?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Whatsisname Re:Hence, "Software Engineer" == MYTH (430 comments)

Your scenario only seems ridiculous because car companies don't share all their mechanical drawings. It would not be unreasonable to be expected to look up the torque in the mechanical schematics if that information was readily available to you.

You don't expect the manual for a computer motherboard to list the resistor values of every resistor on the motherboard, do you?

about a month and a half ago
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EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games

Whatsisname Re:Lol... (329 comments)

I'm thinking they should be on the hook for supporting them for 95 years: the length of their copyright terms.

about 4 months ago
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Is Carbon Fiber Going Mainstream?

Whatsisname Re:Recycling (152 comments)

While it is true Aluminum doesn't have a fatigue limit, the breaking point depends on what the stresses are in the material. "will eventually crack" can translate to 20 minutes of riding, or 20 million years of riding. An aluminum frame can be made where its fatigue life well exceeds the practical life of the bicycle.

If it takes 4.54 billion years of knocking the frame with your fingernail for the frame to fail, there really isn't a problem with it.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Whatsisname Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

Because many people prefer the risk of it being stolen or being disarmed in the middle of a scuffle, than to have those risks, plus the additional risk of the weapon refusing to fire due to some hard to resolve technical issue.

about 5 months ago
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Toyota Describes Combustion Engine That Generates Electricity Directly

Whatsisname Re:The vibration must suck (234 comments)

Right, because I'm sure the engineers at Toyota haven't thought about this kind of stuff.

about 5 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

Whatsisname Re:Did it? (427 comments)

There is a non-zero probability of someone dying due to the presence of pretty much anything. That doesn't automatically make it "pretty serious"

about 5 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

Whatsisname Re:Oh well (499 comments)

While that is true for many, it is not true for all, otherwise there would be no fruits with thorns or toxins, There are many fruits that are dangerous to eat, which don't "want" to be eaten.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Whatsisname Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (702 comments)

It's also known as Survivorship Bias. Old stuff seems like it was better built because all the crappy stuff already made it into the dumpster and subsequently forgotten long ago.

about 5 months ago
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A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

Whatsisname clunky software? (143 comments)

One of the main obstacles between 3D printers and consumers has been clunky, unintuitive software

More like the fact that CAD software packages cost many thousands of dollars, and no good free alternatives exist.

Or that the printers themselves for commercial grade machines also cost many thousands of dollars.

Or that mechanical design is inherently challenging and is an expensive skill to develop.

But nope, just have some big buttons on a touch screen and everything will be groovy.

about 5 months ago
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US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment

Whatsisname Re:Now the next step... (143 comments)

The idea of the patent system was that anyone could patent their grand idea and then have legal backing to protect it in court from someone that uses the idea without consent. The filing fees were also designed to be low to keep the barrier of entry low enough that "the little guy" could get the same protection as the big corporations.

This is completely false. Patents were never about the "little guy". Their purpose is to benefit society by providing an advantage to disclosing the secrets of invention so society can learn. Prior to patents, technology was often a closely guarded secret, belonging to individuals or trade guilds, secrets that were often lost with the deaths of the people involved. By making disclosure a more attractive option than secrecy, society could benefit by learning from the details of the inventions.

That is the idea of the patent system. "Little guy" doesn't mean shit, all that matters is having useful knowledge disclosed to society, whether its individuals or mega-corps.

about 7 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

Whatsisname Re:Better helmet design? Excellent. (317 comments)

In the US, more than 1/10th of traffic fatalities are pedestrians. Clearly, helmets should be mandatory for walking then, too.

about 8 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Whatsisname Re:Depends (937 comments)

*their

Also, not all failures are caused by "not doing there job right", especially when venturing into new territory. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, a classic example of a disastrous engineering project, pushed the envelope and collapsed, but not because the engineers didn't do their job right. There hadn't been a bridge of that size with that design before, and aerodynamic concerns weren't taken into account. If that bridge hadn't collapsed and taught the lesson, some other bridge would have.

You can never remove all risk. You may call that 'passing the buck', but blaming all failures, regardless of cause, as "not doing there job right", forces a stone-age technological capability.

about 8 months ago
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Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

Whatsisname Re:US jobs depend on cartels (323 comments)

They correctly identify the number of people who would remain productive members of society while consuming drugs as very small.

Right, there are very few productive people that drink alcohol in the US. Very small group indeed.

about 8 months ago
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Google Bots Doing SQL Injection Attacks

Whatsisname Heard this before (156 comments)

I vaguely recall an article years ago on something like TheDailyWtf where some idiot webmaster wrote a web application with links instead of buttons to perform tasks, and was confused why his site and data was getting trashed repeatedly, until he figured out it was the crawling bots.

This is nothing new: unskilled developers using the wrong methods and getting burned.

about a year ago

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Purdue-Stanford team finds radioactive decay rates

Whatsisname Whatsisname writes  |  about 4 years ago

Whatsisname (891214) writes "A team of scientists from Purdue and Stanford universities has found that the decay of radioactive isotopes fluctuates in synch with the rotation of the sun's core. Purdue researchers Ephraim Fischbach, a professor of physics, and Jere Jenkins, a nuclear engineer, reported observing a drop in the rate of decay that began a day and half before and peaked during the December 2006 solar flare and an annual fluctuation that appeared to be based on the Earth's orbit of, and changing distance from, the sun. In general, the fluctuations that Jenkins and Fischbach have found are around a tenth of a percent from what is expected. Jenkins and Fischbach suggest that the changes in the decay rates are due to interactions with solar neutrinos, nearly weightless particles created by nuclear reactions within the sun's core that travel almost at the speed of light."
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