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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

aardvarkjoe Inconceivable! (119 comments)

So they've found that encouraging students to take CS courses based on their skin color or genitals is less effective than encouraging students who have an interest or aptitude for the subject? Gee, I never would have guessed that result.

2 days ago

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

aardvarkjoe Re:I wonder who is doing the actual posting. (164 comments)

I hope this is coming from some over zealot unpaid interns, working for the congress. Not from the actual congressmen themselves.

I hope this is coming from the congressmen themselves. They're much less likely to cause damage trolling Wikipedia rather than if they're attempting to pass legislation.

4 days ago

UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

aardvarkjoe Idiot Slashdot editors again... (115 comments)

The article linked in the summary requires you to answer survey questions or post it to your google+ / facebook before you can read it.

Don't put up with that crap. It's even worse than forcing you to watch advertisements before reading something. Filter out with your hosts file or whatever other method instead.

about a week ago

FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

aardvarkjoe Re:Really? (125 comments)

Same here. I always press "1", which transfers to a live operator, and then I play along for a few minutes. Then I ask her what color underwear she is wearing. Most hang up at that point. but a few continue the conversation. If we all waste a little of their time, then these business will no longer be viable.

Or if you don't want to be stuck talking to them, just play along until they ask you for your credit card number, tell them, "oh, I have to find my wallet" -- and then set the phone down and do something else.

I once got one of them to waste fifteen minutes on me by picking up the phone every few minutes and making some new excuse.

about two weeks ago

US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

aardvarkjoe Re:November? (148 comments)

do you think you should have to pay a nickle everytime you log in to the government???

Gee, I wish I had a login for the government...

about two weeks ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

aardvarkjoe Re:Once the user cancels, you have lost (401 comments)

The alternative is to not have broadband at all -- which isn't an option for me.

In other words, you value having broadband very highly.

I don't blame you for wishing prices were lower, but there's nothing unethical about a company charging what you're willing to pay.

about two weeks ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

aardvarkjoe Re:Once the user cancels, you have lost (401 comments)

(though if you did that with me, my reaction would be to cancel on principle because you ripped me off all the time, if you can lower your rate now, why couldn't you before? And I certainly have zero reason to continue business with a company that very obviously has no problem with ripping me off)

Presumably, if you're paying a particular rate in exchange for service, that's because you believe that the service has at least that much value to you. As long as that's the case, then the company providing the service isn't "ripping you off."

As a customer, there's going to be some upper limit to how much you're willing to pay for a service. For the company, there's some lower limit to the price that they can afford to offer. Obviously every customer would like the price to be set at that lower limit -- so skewed as much in the customer's favor as possible -- but it's not unethical for the company to set their pricing elsewhere.

about two weeks ago

Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

aardvarkjoe Re:Hard to get excited. (129 comments)

Most videos (at least those linked to from meme-based image sites) are stored in GIF format...

While I don't disagree that the storing videos in GIF format is incredibly inefficient (and annoying), I somehow don't think that "meme-based image sites" are actually a significant fraction of internet bandwidth use compared to websites that use more standard video formats.

about two weeks ago

'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

aardvarkjoe Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

You mean other than the fact they're a complete joke?

Even if you believe that the be the case, how does another complete joke of a law fix anything?

about two weeks ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

aardvarkjoe Re:Why the assumption.... (309 comments)

I don't think you understand what "voting with your wallet" means, because it's exactly what you are doing when you choose to order online rather than buy locally for any reason. It doesn't matter if that reason is price, convenience, merchandise selection, political views, or anything else. You are choosing which business receives your financial support, and will therefore be more successful. That is fundamentally what voting with your wallet is.

And if you don't think that people choosing to spend their money online rather than at a local retailer is a problem, then why are you complaining about it?

about two weeks ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

aardvarkjoe Re:Why the assumption.... (309 comments)

You missed my point. Ordering online is voting with your wallet. Your real problem is that people are voting with their wallets -- but they're voting the wrong way.

about two weeks ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

aardvarkjoe Re:Why the assumption.... (309 comments)

Yeah! Voting with your wallet will never happen, because it's far to easy to vote with your wallet.

about two weeks ago

New Technology Uses Cellular Towers For Super-Accurate Weather Measurements

aardvarkjoe Re:The forecast for Gaza today is.... (42 comments)

Would you guys mind taking this argument to somewhere where it's relevant?

about two weeks ago

New Technology Uses Cellular Towers For Super-Accurate Weather Measurements

aardvarkjoe Weather Rules (42 comments)

Turns out that it's easy to measure the weather with a cell phone tower.

  • If cell phone tower casts a shadow, the sun is shining.
  • If tower is wet, it is raining.
  • If tower is white, it is snowing
  • If tower is swaying back and forth, there is a high wind.


about two weeks ago

BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

aardvarkjoe Re:Que the outrage (139 comments)

Complaints of "no one is innovating anymore" followed closely by "look at BB, stupids, phones HAVE to be one handed and pocketable! No innovation allowed!"

To be fair, "let's make our smartphone bigger!" isn't exactly groundbreaking innovation. It's exactly what everybody else has been doing for a few years now.

about three weeks ago

Algorithm-Generated Articles Won't Kill the Journalism Star

aardvarkjoe Re:Earnings reports are in XML now. (29 comments)

Here's the raw XML behind that data. Turning that into verbiage isn't that hard.

Not hard, but does it actually make sense to do so? Serious question, since I don't read the reports in question, but if they're so standardized it would seem like it would be easier for everyone involved to just stick with a tabular format of some sort, rather than trying to translate it into a "written" report.

about three weeks ago

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

aardvarkjoe Re:I'm ok with this (1330 comments)

I've got a better idea: how about not requiring me to pay for somebody else's elective health care, regardless of whether it's for contraception or not, and regardless of what my religious beliefs (if any) are?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

aardvarkjoe Re:Tourist != terrorist (146 comments)

OP is a tourist, and there's a big difference between a tourist and a terrorist.

After going through customs a couple times, I'm pretty sure the US government considers them to be the same thing.

about 1 month ago

If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

aardvarkjoe Re:No, they're replacing. (341 comments)

Do you really believe that an unemployed white guy is going to pick lettuce?

If the price is right, of course they will. Just because you're a lazy bastard doesn't mean everyone is.

about a month ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

aardvarkjoe Re:wtf does baseball have to do with anything? (265 comments)

But... they do!

A Brazillian refers to himself as American if using the english language.

It's kind of amusing that your link starts with the assertion: "America is the name of a whole continent."

Which is, of course, incorrect. There is no continent called America.

about a month ago



aardvarkjoe aardvarkjoe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aardvarkjoe (156801) writes "I'm doing a short project on the RIAA and its impact on society. A considerable part of this project has been looking into people's perceptions of the music industry and the heavily negative bias of that perception. Since Slashdot is one of the world's forefront leaders on RIAA hatred, I wanted to know: just why do you hate the RIAA? Please be as descriptive and as thorough as you like. Counter arguments and positive comments are also appreciated.

I've got a hundred of these questions, keep posting them!"


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