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Ask Slashdot: How To Catch Photoshop Plagiarism?

alex_guy_CA Don't bother/honor system (284 comments)

I think you should tell them at the outset "It's really easy for you to cheat on your assignments. That's also a horrible way to learn. I've got an honor system, don't cheat. If you do cheat you will learn less, and therefore be wasting your own time." If you need something to base grades on, you need something else that you can watch then do or they can't cheat on somehow.

about 2 years ago
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I most recently switched ISPs ...

alex_guy_CA Caps (250 comments)

I had pretty fast internet with AT&T Uverse. Then they announced caps. I'm now paying more money for slower service (crappy DSL with LMI.net) but they don't have caps. On the subjet, I think caps are bad for the economy and the country as they will stillfe innovation in internet companies.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Music Storage Firm MP3tunes Files For Bankruptcy

alex_guy_CA iPhone and apple desktop apps were garbage (41 comments)

I tried this service. I wanted it to work, but their uploading software crashed all the time, and their iPhone app was useless.

On a related note, I wish the Amazon cloud drive had an iPhone app.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Hasn't Forgiven GoDaddy

alex_guy_CA I finally quit godaddy this week (190 comments)

I called up hover.com. Spoke with someone on the phone, gave her my godaddy login info. She did all of the work for me. I'm done with godaddy, and I can't think that there is any possible way it could have been easier.

more than 2 years ago
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Patent Expires On Best Selling Drug of All Time

alex_guy_CA Re:What? (491 comments)

I agree, lowering prices is not a crime. Aren't they also using their market clout to write deals that don't allow their competitors? I didn't read TFA, but that is what I took this sentence to mean: " Some deals require pharmacies to reject prescriptions for low-cost generics and substitute a discounted name-brand Lipitor while other deals block generic makers from mail-order services that account for an estimated 40 percent of all Lipitor prescriptions." Lowering prices, good, fair, fine. Anti-competitive deals, not so much. Why the quote from David A. Balto is so lame, who knows. Again I didn't read THA.

more than 2 years ago
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CERN To Tap Unused Desktop Power To Help Find Higgs Boson

alex_guy_CA default (118 comments)

Am I the only one who thinks programs like this and/or folding@home and/or seti@home should be installed by the manufacture and enabled by default?

more than 3 years ago
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Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?

alex_guy_CA That's the day I switch to Ubuntu. (577 comments)

I've been using mac's since the very beginning. The day all of my software has to go through an Apple app store is the day I switch to Linux.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Releases Cloud-Based Music Service

alex_guy_CA Only 20 GB free (222 comments)

My digital music (and podcast and audio book) collection is currently at 328 GB. Heck, I have more than 20 GB of just free SXSW downloads. No thanks.

more than 3 years ago
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Artificial Leaf Could Provide Cheap Energy

alex_guy_CA This is how it goes (326 comments)

See cool science article.

Get excited.

Read comments.

Excitement crushed.

more than 3 years ago
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Cutting Prices Is the Only Way To Stop Piracy

alex_guy_CA First person example from last night. (620 comments)

I've been watching "Louise" (see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1492966/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louie_(TV_series) ) on Netflix recently. Last night I went to Netflix, and tried to cue up the next episode. Instead of getting to watch episode 10 like I had episode 1 through episode 9, it was only available on DVD, and the DVD wasn't released yet. Some time in the last week or two, they changed. So, I could either put the DVD for a season I had almost finished watching on my "Save" list, or I could go look for the same content from other distribution channels. Hum, tough choice.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Reportedly Ends Zune Hardware Development

alex_guy_CA So much for "iPod killer." (276 comments)

I've always thought that people who think som other media player/phone/service/tablet will be the [LEADING BRAND] killer are dumb as toast, but when one of the products they touted as [LEADING BRAND] killer just dies, I have to chuckle uncharitably at their expense.

more than 3 years ago
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How often do you Google yourself?

alex_guy_CA Google Alert (225 comments)

I've got a Google Alert set up for my name running automatically. I get an update whenever there is a new hit, which is usually me on my own blog.

more than 3 years ago
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Home WiFi Network Security Failings Exposed

alex_guy_CA Re:No password WiFi != unsecured (161 comments)

If I wanted to leave my wi-fi open and unsecured, what steps should I take to protect my computer? I have a mac, OS 10.6.

Thanks

about 4 years ago
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Researchers Test WiFi Access From Moving Vehicles

alex_guy_CA not gonna work (155 comments)

I had my phone setup to auto connect to wifi, but there is a lot of wifi out there that looks open and free to my phone, only it takes you to a page where you have to log in. Peets coffe, most hotels.

When I hit one of these, it sort of grinds everything to a halt, as the phone thinks it has a wi-fi connection but does not.

about 4 years ago

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Researchers Create Artificial Spider Silk Spinner

alex_guy_CA alex_guy_CA writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alex_guy_CA writes "Scientists have been investigating how to mimic spider silk for years. The seemingly delicate threads actually have a tensile strength five times greater than steel, and the possibilities for using a similar material in everything from buildings to bridges to cars and even clothing, are practically infinite. The only problem is, the stuff seems to be impossible to replicate. However, researchers have uncovered a key aspect in how spiders make silk, and they may be one step closer to man-made spider silk.

According to Science Daily, scientists from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen and the University of Bayreuth have solved the question of how spiders form long, stable, elastic fibers from the proteins stored in their silk glands in seconds. The spider silk is comprised of protein chains linked with stable physical connections, and between these are unlinked areas that contribute to the elasticity — making the silk both strong and flexible. But the mystery behind the molecules are what allows them to be stored in close confinement inside the silk gland without linking up and clumping. The scientists were able to figure out the structure of a control element used in the formation of the spider silk, and now they may be able to soon replicate the way spiders form silk. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100512131511.htm"

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The USOMB is seeking public comments on copyright.

alex_guy_CA alex_guy_CA writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Photographer writes "The USOMB is seeking public comments on copyright enforcement.

The Federal Government is currently undertaking a landmark effort to develop an intellectual property enforcement strategy building on the immense knowledge and expertise of the agencies charged with enforcing intellectual property rights. By committing to common goals, the Government will more effectively and efficiently combat intellectual property infringement. In this request for comments, the Government, through the office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (``IPEC''), invites public input and participation in shaping an effective intellectual property enforcement strategy.

You can go here for the summary or just send an email here: intellectualproperty@omb.eop.gov"
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Submit your comments about ACTA

alex_guy_CA alex_guy_CA writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alex_guy_CA writes "The US Trade Representative — who has been negotiating the secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement without input from the American people or Congress — is seeking public submissions on how to conduct US foreign copyright policy. This means that Americans can file comments with the USTR asking for ACTA to be made public.

Under the Special 301 process the U.S.T.R. seeks input from U.S. copyright, trademark, and patent owners about whether policies and practices in foreign countries deny them adequate IP protection. The process has generally been used by IP holders to complain not only about lax enforcement in other countries, but also about limitations and exceptions in their laws that are beneficial to libraries, to education, to innovation, and to the public interest generally. The ability to comment in the Special 301 process is not limited to IP owners only. Any member of the public is free to file comments. If you believe in the importance of balanced copyright policies, file comments with the USTR and make your voice heard. Comments can be filed electronically via http://www.regulations.gov/ docket number USTR-2010-0003. You have to include the term "2010 Special 301 Review" in the "Type Comment and Upload File" field. More information about the Special 301 process is available here. Deadline for filing is February 16 by 5 p.m."

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