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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

XxtraLarGe Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (185 comments)

I don't disagree with what Obama did in principle, but I disagree with the way he did it. We're still a nation of lex, not rex. Obama's changing of the rules via executive order are just as bad as Bush's changing of the rules via executive order.

4 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

XxtraLarGe I've got a bad feeling about this... (361 comments)

It's bringing back suppressed memories of Highlander 2!

4 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

XxtraLarGe Re:So ... (148 comments)

He has a point. Every story about women in STEM is plagued with posts trying to disrupt any effort to improve things. Typical arguments include:
- There is no problem
- Girls just don't like computers
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Is it possible that either of these are true, even in a general sense? There are gender disparities in several fields. The median salary for nurses is $65,470, whereas the median salary for IT Technicians is $42,992, but you don't hear a whole bunch of FUD over the fact that 90% of nurses are females. And when it comes right down to it, nurses are far more valuable to society than IT techs. Meanwhile, oil rig workers, about 95% male, make on average $99,175. Why no big push for women in that field?

5 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

XxtraLarGe Re:And Woman? (148 comments)

I know! I know! Ask her about her implication on the future best seller "Barbie: I, against all odds, can be a computer engineer for Amazon in Seattle"!

You've won Slashdot for the day. Congratulations!

5 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

XxtraLarGe Well, to be fair... (554 comments)

This Barbie actually does sound like some computer "engineers" I've known.

5 days ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

XxtraLarGe Re:Wait what? (171 comments)

So, because he is exercising his rights as a foreign citizen living in another country and going through the legally established international process for determining extradition, he is a 'fugitive' and thus his assets are fair game?

This is theft, plain and simple, just like "civil" asset forfeiture.

about a week ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

XxtraLarGe Re:List is incomplete (161 comments)

Bill Foster, Congressman from Illinois, can program in assembly language, among others.

FTA:

What this actually means to tech policy remains unclear. Computer programming skills do not automatically lead to sound logic or wise positions on important issues. A quick read through Slashdot user comments easily demonstrates this.

Ouch!

about a week ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

XxtraLarGe No Thomas Massie? (161 comments)

Thomas Massie is a tech guy with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering & a master's in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and founded SensAble. I'm sure he had to do quite a bit of coding in his time in school, and probably a bit while he was building his company as well.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

XxtraLarGe Re:So basically (437 comments)

He used the chicken shit excuse that "It didn't go far enough", as if a fantasy bill that went even farther was a realistic alternative.

According to your link:

Paul said he voted against the bill because it would have extended the Patriot Act provision that allows the NSA to search Americans' phone records. He has consistently opposed the Patriot Act, passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

It curtailed some domestic spying, but extended it in other areas, and also extended the PATRIOT Act. My guess is you would have criticized him if he voted in favor of it as well.

about a week ago
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How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

XxtraLarGe Re:Elections are Popularity Contests (71 comments)

Faces change, policy doesn't.

Faces change, but the policies continue to get worse. They'll get worse than they are now when the next Democrat or Republican takes over the White House. It might be worse in slightly different ways, but it will still be worse.

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

XxtraLarGe Re:Horribly sexist ! (641 comments)

Make a game with only female lead roles who are portrayed in a very positive manner and have all the men in the game be bumbling idiots who are constantly causing problems.

So basically, like most American sitcoms.

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

XxtraLarGe Re:feminism (641 comments)

it's time we tell them to man up and stop complaining about perceived sexism.

Irony? :-D

about a week ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

XxtraLarGe Re:This already exists (316 comments)

Here we are on a site where strangers can rate what we say, potentially burying it where others won't get the chance to read it, and we're complaining that governments are vaguely coming around to the same idea?

Usually, buried comments are garbage, but you're always able to change your comment threshold. Not so if a site you want to see is on your ISP's blocked list.

about two weeks ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

XxtraLarGe Re:Not enough links in summary! (134 comments)

Almost half the summary text is not linking to anything, why does nobody check these things?

Too Many Links!

about two weeks ago
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Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

XxtraLarGe Yeah, right! (98 comments)

Industry officials say they want to assure their customers that the information that their cars stream back to automakers or that is downloaded from the vehicle's computers won't be handed over to authorities without a court order, sold to insurance companies or used to bombard them with ads for pizza parlors, gas stations or other businesses they drive past, without their permission.

I'm sure they'll assume your permission or have a clause in the sales contract which will turn this into "opt-out" instead of "opt-in".

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

XxtraLarGe Re:Good luck! (223 comments)

That is exactly because our government keeps deciding to let the market solve it even though our so-called markets don't have enough independent sellers for competition to have any effect. Each 'competitor' can easily match the very few others sleaze for sleaze so nobody goes out of business.

Fraud isn't a part of a free market, and is a legitimate time for using courts to settle the dispute.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

XxtraLarGe Re:Good for him! (223 comments)

That, and they want people in the stores to get sold protection plans and overpriced accessories.

Could be the case. The guy asked me if I wanted to get accessories with it, and I told him to just put it on my account. AT&T is the last place I'd buy accessories from, I noticed they still had cases for the iPhone 4 for $50 on the rack!

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

XxtraLarGe Re:Piracy Precident (223 comments)

If you can get fined millions of dollars for stealing a 5 cent mp3, then certainly overcharging someone in the range of ~$100 is bound to bring in Billions of dollars in damages.

When big corporations do it, it's "different".

about two weeks ago

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Senate Republicans are getting ready to declare war on patent trolls

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  5 days ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Regardless of party affiliation, I think this is probably one thing most of us on Slashdot can applaud:

Republicans are about to take control of the US Senate. And when they do, one of the big items on their agenda will be the fight against patent trolls.

In a Wednesday speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) outlined a proposal to stop abusive patent lawsuits. "Patent trolls – which are often shell companies that do not make or sell anything – are crippling innovation and growth across all sectors of our economy," Hatch said.

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John McAfee Wanted for Murder

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  about 2 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say. According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye."
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Codecademy Now Offering Python

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "I received this e-mail from Codecademy yesterday:

Today, we're pleased to announce the arrival of a new programming language: Python!

Python is a great language with applications in many different fields. Its clean, readable syntax makes it a favorite for beginning programmers – say goodbye to all of those braces and semicolons.

Python is currently in use at places like Google, NASA, and Disney Animation. Also, it has an active community of developers and offers great module support — this means you can easily use code that others have written to accomplish all kinds of tasks!

Codecademy originally started out by offering JavaScript. I wonder if this is a move to try and become a serious competitor to Udacity?"

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Playing Video Games Makes Kids More Creative

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  about 3 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "A study by Michigan State University finds that kids who play video games are more creative. FTA: "Not only are (video games) not all bad, there's some 'intellectual' good to be found in playing them," says the project's lead investigator Linda Jackson, a professor of psychology at Michigan State. "We are the first to look at creativity and technology use, finding that no other technologies except video games was positively related to creativity.""
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Al Gore confirms new iPhones in October

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Apparently there will be an iPhone 5 and a cheaper iPhone 4s, which will be Apple's budget offering to compete with cheaper Android phones. Al Gore was quick to note that this was a plug. FTA:

"Adding heavy weight to the rumors that Apple plans to release more than one new iPhone model this year, former Vice President Al Gore, a member of Apple’s board of directors, said today that Apple has “new iPhones” due for an October release, reports The Next Web. Gore’s statement, which confirms long-standing rumors of multiple iPhone models set to come out this year, was made today during the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit (DILS) in South Africa."

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New MacDefender Defeats Apple Security Update

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Apple released a security update yesterday (May 31) designed to rid Macs of the menacing MacDefender malware that has plagued users for nearly a month. But mere hours after the update, cybercriminals released a new variant of the malware that easily defeated Apple's belated security efforts.

That didn't take long..."

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Configuring a MacBook for a High School Grad?

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "My stepson just graduated high school last week, and for his graduation gift we're buying him a MacBook. We plan to buy him the 2.13 GHz model. He will be studying computer animation & graphic design next Fall, and they use Macs in many of his classes. I need some advice on RAM, HD & setting up Boot Camp, and setting up user accounts.
  • RAM: This model comes with 2 1GB SO-DIMMs. Will this be sufficient, or do I need to upgrade? I know Apple's RAM is pretty expensive ($90 for 2 2GB SO-DIMMs), but I haven't found any deals on RAM that were a lot cheaper. I'm thinking it will just be more convenient to have it shipped with 4 GB unless I can save some money.
  • HD & Boot Camp: This model comes with a 160 GB HD. I plan to install Vista, I'd like him to have the Windows option if he has any classes that require windows specific hardware. Will this HD be sufficient for 2 OS's, or should I drop another $45 to get a 250 GB HD? How big of a partition should I give it for Vista & MS Office?
  • User Accounts: Should I create 2 user accounts (one admin & one standard user), or should I just set his normal account as the Admin. The only experience he has is on computers where he's a standard user and doesn't have any admin rights. I don't want him accidentally installing any Trojans, etc.
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Apple's iPhone emerges as gaming platform

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "Could the iPhone and iPod Touch pose a real threat to the DS & PSP? From the article: "Some say the iPhone's unique features — GPS capability, connectivity, a touch screen — and sheer variety of content gives it an edge over its more established handheld console competition, Nintendo's DS and Sony's PSP." I found a few games I already own for the DS for the iPhone & iPod Touch on the iTunes store for about $5 versus the minimum $20 that you'd pay for the DS. After seeing this, I've decided to sell my DS and use my iPod Touch as my mobile gaming device of choice."
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Will Web 2.0 efforts help candidates in Iowa?

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "How much impact will the internet have in tonight's Iowa caucuses? According to ComputerWorld:

"Some candidates — most notably Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) — are using the Internet effectively to translate grass-roots support into successful fundraising. But Paul and most of the other candidates (with the possible exception of Obama) have failed to translate online interest in social networks like MySpace and Facebook into offline efforts to gain votes."
The question is, how can they say this before any actual results have been reported?"

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Apple, AT&T unveil monthly iPhone plans

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "Apple and AT & T have unveiled pricing for the iPhone, and it seems very reasonable. $59.99 gets you 450 minutes, 5000 night & weekend minutes, plus includes Unlimited data, Visual Voice Mail, 200 SMS text messages, Rollover minutes and unlimited Mobile to Mobile. Other plans are $79.99 for 900 minutes and $99.99 for 1350 minutes. A nice chart can be seen here."
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XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "As both a technician for my college's Distance Learning program and as an avid gamer, I have been tasked with investigating Second Life as a possible way for us to extend and enhance our online classes. I've done a lot of research, reading about what other schools have done. While I personally think it is a really cool idea, I am somewhat skeptical of the actual practicality and value of what seems to be a glorified chat room. I'd like to hear from other Slashdotters about their education experience in Second Life particularly if you've been involved in setting up any online classes or taken any online classes. What sort of training would be required for faculty, etc., and is it really worth it?"
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XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "As if coffee wasn't enough, now it seems that we can look forward to caffeinated doughnuts and bagles. According to the AP "Doctor Robert Bohannon, a Durham, North Carolina, molecular scientist, has developed a way to add caffeine to baked goods, without the bitter taste of caffeine. Each piece of pastry is the equivalent of about two cups of coffee." Dr. Bohannon claims it took a while to come up with flavors that would mask the bitter taste from caffeine. Now he has a placeholder web site trying to hock it off to chains like Dunkin' Donuts, Krispy Kreme & Starbucks. Would you really want a "buzzed" doughnut to go with your double espresso in the morning?"
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XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 8 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "According to Reuters: Yale University said on Wednesday it will offer digital videos of some courses on the Internet for free, along with transcripts in several languages, in an effort to make the elite private school more accessible. The 18-month pilot project will provide videos, syllabi and transcripts for seven courses beginning in the 2007 academic year. They include "Introduction to the Old Testament," "Fundamentals of Physics" and "Introduction to Political Philosophy." The courses won't be for credit, but still it's a pretty good show of support for distance learning as the wave of the future."

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Ron Paul conspicuous by his absence on Slashdot

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 6 years ago The guy raises $6.1 million in a single day on the Internet. His campaign is based largely on social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, and Meetup. I realize Slashdot doesn't want to turn into Digg or Reddit, but when somebody does something this monumental, why isn't it reported? If a presidential candidate running a campaign largely on the internet breaks a single day fundraising record isn't "News For Nerds" then I don't know what is.

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