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35% Consumers Want iPhone 5... Sight Unseen

Xanthas Re:This also means... (566 comments)

In what parallel universe do you live that an iPad is more capable and cheaper than competing devices!? That thing is the biggest rip-off I've ever seen.

As near as I can tell, the iPad does not have competitors. It is the only device (that I know of) that does what it does. And it does it very, very well.

more than 3 years ago
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New IMF Head Says US Must Raise Debt Limit, or Face 'Nasty Consequences'

Xanthas Re:Hitting the Debt Limit doesn't mean Default (932 comments)

You forgot the one that most likely will happen:

- The president will order the Treasury to make good on debt payments without changing any federal spending citing the Constitutional requirement to make good on public debt payments. This will be in blatant violation of the Debt Limit Law, but in this situation, it's a law vs. the Constitution. Remember the president IS a Constitutional scholar...

An interesting side effect of this is that it would likely enormously shift the balance of budgeting power away from Congress to the Executive. I'm not sure any Congressmen or Senators would like that, so they will probably update the limit before this becomes a necessity.

more than 3 years ago
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Arizona Governor Proposes Flab Tax

Xanthas Re:Revenge of the smokers (978 comments)

First we came for the smokers,

then we decided to go after the people who use pointless memes to equate things that they do not like to a Hitlerian regime.

You are a magnificent bastard.

more than 3 years ago
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US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

Xanthas Re:Why federal, again? (1306 comments)

The federal government has the power to levy taxes.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Employees Buy Their Own Computers?

Xanthas Re:They're call consultants (498 comments)

Yes, because the IRS rules state if you don't use your own equipment and office space you probably aren't a consultant, even if you're a high-paid itinerant temporary worker.

Who is then eligible for unemployment...

more than 3 years ago
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PS3 Root Key Found

Xanthas Re:More Likely... (380 comments)

I wonder how long until the lawyers start raining down from the sky.

Now that would be a plague of biblical proportions. I think Yahweh may have missed something when he just went with turning the Nile to blood, raining bullfrogs, locusts, boils, killing every firstborn child, etc....

more than 3 years ago
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Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?

Xanthas No... (705 comments)

The Internet has never been free of regulation. In fact, it was originally envisioned as a switching network much like typical telephone systems. I recall reading somewhere (can't find the article, please link to it in response if you have it), that it was a political end-run around the telcos, who apparently did not see it coming, that led to its current packet-routing form instead of a switched version (at least for the commercial Internet we know today). The telcos and others obviously (due to pushes to "shape" traffic a la Comcast) still want the degree of control and revenue extraction that a switched system would provide them. It is only now that the back-end providers have the hardware sophistication necessary to analyze every packet to the degree necessary to do this. Hence, now is when the need for regulation comes up--it wasn't needed before because the problem was not possible.

And I for one find the current FCC rules to be a major step in the right direction. Now we have precedent that the Internet does in fact fall under their regulatory umbrella, and that they are working to protect citizens using the Internet from over-reach by those with a monopoly on the physical network in their areas. What is allowed and is not allowed will certainly change as the technology progresses, but for now, what they have developed is certainly better than nothing.

more than 3 years ago
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China Now Halting Shipments of Rare Earth Minerals To US

Xanthas Re:You aren't FORCED to buy foreign food (738 comments)

Exactly, which is why we subsidize our food supply. So we (and everyone else who does the same thing) is not going to ever be "FORCED to buy foreign food." I am sympathetic to national security interests, and food is very important--we can individually survive approximately a week without it. I don't ever want to be in a situation where my neighbors are dying because some other nation decided to enact a trade embargo.

about 4 years ago
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Should Professors Be Required To Teach With Tech?

Xanthas Re:Tell /.'rs no tech is dangerous (319 comments)

Actually, even in computer science, there are many sub-fields where 100 pages of reading and comprehension a week is entirely warranted. Off the top of my head, security, software engineering, programming languages, operating systems (depending on priorities), robotics, vision, and artificial intelligence. Granted, I'd have trouble coming up with that much reading for introduction to programming (where all that time should be spent actually coding) or algorithms (where it should be spent deriving), but I digress.

And I stand by my earlier observation that if one's course load is too much for them to handle, they should drop back. Some topics (even within a discipline that also covers "easier" topics like you mention) require a lot more work than others to gain proficiency. Other times, people may not have learned the necessary starting material. This is why we have prerequisites, but from experience, if students did not see it as useful when they took it, they might have passed the pre-req without the required degree of understanding. This leaves them scrambling to catch up the whole time they are in a course that depends on earlier material.

I didn't mean to come off as arrogant. Gaining real understanding is very difficult. And all of us occasionally take on too much. Sometimes you just need to recognize this and limit yourself to what you can handle. I got my butt kicked a couple of times before I learned that lesson myself.

more than 4 years ago
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Should Professors Be Required To Teach With Tech?

Xanthas Re:Tell /.'rs no tech is dangerous (319 comments)

But if I have to do 700 pages of reading each week because I have 7 classes? That's two novels a week.

As a university professor, I take exception to this. 700 pages to read in a week is not too much, when that is (part of) your full time job. No one said university is easy, and trying to become proficient in seven different topics is very difficult. Note that I do mean proficiency, not mastery--mastery is certainly not possible in almost anything in a single course.

If you can't read the assigned material in a week, you should really consider dropping your course load to a number that is attuned to your level of ability.

more than 4 years ago
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Senators Want Big Rocket Instead of New Tech, Commercial Transportation

Xanthas Re:Well shit (342 comments)

No True Scotsman says what?

more than 4 years ago
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Tattoos For the Math and Science Geek?

Xanthas Re:Cellular Automata (1186 comments)

Computer Science is in fact science. Just because many people got taught by engineers does not mean this is not so.

more than 4 years ago
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BP Robot Seriously Hampers Oil Spill Containment

Xanthas Re:Kindra Arnesen's speech (264 comments)

Dead cows don't give milk.

But they do give delicious steak.

more than 4 years ago
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Jon Johansen's Answers to Your DeCSS Questions

Xanthas Overseas DVDs (337 comments)

I'm wondering whether or not there is a "mod chip" of sorts availiable for DVD players so that it is posible to purchase DVDs from anywhere in the world and play them on my machine? Product discrimination is bad. And that is exactly what all of "region encoding" is.
Again, if anyone knows about a mod chip, please respond. Thanks.

more than 14 years ago

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