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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

alva_edison Re: I'm going to... (261 comments)

There's a difference between email, where there is NO reasonable expectation of privacy

"Reasonable expectation of privacy" is a legal term. I can't find a case that went all the way to the SCOTUS that covers email. Further, it usually seems to be a side issue in most cases I've found. However, looking at cases it seems like email is thought to have the same expectation of privacy as a first class letter. With details about the email unrelated to its contents (such as email addresses, size, sites it was routed through, ip addresses, total volume email received) are not subject to a reasonable expectation of privacy. Also, once the email has been delivered, it's expectation of privacy diminishes, just like snail mail.


Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

alva_edison Re: Regulation? (330 comments)

The numbers are identical and the two articles also make the same point. The two major differences are that Pew says U.S. is #2 because they don't include Mexico or Turkey in their list of developed economies, and that the chart in Pew is sorted on pre-tax/transfer numbers even though the article makes the point that that is not the best way to look at things.
Basically Europe has better benefits/higher taxation, so the overall impact of inequality is less than it would otherwise be when compared to the U.S.


Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

alva_edison Re:Cool (224 comments)

Instead you'll get atheist or "the wrong religion(tm)" posts being flagged as false. Plus, not all political messages are such that "false will probably do". Which of the following political statements should be marked false?

"The economy was hit hard by the housing crisis"

"Unchecked human industry is negatively impacting the environment"

"Medical expenses are the number 1 cause of bankruptcy in America"

"The US constitution prohibits establishment of religion by congress"

I think all of them are true, but not everyone will agree.

I think as phrased the first statement would not have anyone mark it false. However, people disagree as to the solutions, so once you address those it would be.

The second statement is a widely acknowledged politically decisive issue, so it will be marked false by some.

The third statement is a matter of fact checking, and another response found evidence that it may be false

I don't think people would mark the fourth statement false, but there are always people that want to go into nuances.

about a week ago

Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

alva_edison Re: A weakness is a weakness is a weakness (562 comments)

You're aware of this, right?

The big spike is obvious -- and so is the long decline.

There's a similar trend in the U.S.. I'm not sure it's related to gun legislation.


about two weeks ago

The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

alva_edison Re:Caches, threading, SIMD/GPUs, and floating poin (180 comments)

And of course, ever since the 80486 (1989), all CPUs support floating point instructions.

486 SX chips had the FPU disabled or absent. So not all CPUs (or even all 80486 CPUs). As far as I'm aware Penitum (586) did not have a model without FPU support (although in the MMX models, you couldn't use MMX and the FPU at the same time).

about two weeks ago

How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

alva_edison Re:Rollout in 2030 (216 comments)

Why would you want to watch cats fuck?

Working on certification for professional cat breeding?

about 2 months ago

Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

alva_edison Re:How is that startling? (413 comments)

There's multiple options, here is a series of videos explaining some options. Each one favors a certain set of goals, so decide what your set of goals are and then you can advocate for that voting system. http://www.youtube.com/playlis...

about a month ago

Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

alva_edison Re:How is that startling? (413 comments)

Because it was a Duke study, and that's where Duke is located

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

alva_edison Re:As long as it works (928 comments)

Actually the Mas and Pas is a easy Linux market, just setup a desktop with a functioning copy of firefox or chromium, remote administration via ssh and you're set. Add open office for the random document and that pretty much covers the Mas and Pas requirements.

As long as it has functioning Java and Flash. Unfortunately, Java in Firefox on Linux tends to break a lot and my experience has been Flash only works correctly on 32-bit systems.

about 3 months ago

Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

alva_edison Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

FYI, that is an example of incorrect behavior. They raped him.

I don't have a bible in front of me to double check. As I remember it they tried to rape him, but he was able to pull out at the last second. He was punished by G*d for pulling out. I've never been able to determine the exact lesson that story was trying to teach. But it could be a case of poor reading comprehension over the years.

about 3 months ago

Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

alva_edison Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

Turbines kill an insignificant number of birds by comparison with Windows.

We need to get rid of Windows. Who knew?


How many birds does BSD or OS X kill?

about 3 months ago

2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

alva_edison Re:No wonder (243 comments)

No wonder microwave radiation is harmful, then. It is even higher energy than blue light.

Microwave energy is lower than blue light.
A blue light photon is about 4.4 x 10**-19 J. Microwaves have photons at about 0.6 x 10**-24 -- 1.6 x 10**-24 J. That's 5 orders of magnitude difference.

about 4 months ago

Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

alva_edison Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

7 Billion * 0.02 = 140 Million.
Other people have more eloquently responded to the rest of your argument.

about 4 months ago

They Might Be Giants "Dial-a-Song" Returns, Online

alva_edison Re:They may be giants, (29 comments)

Well, that's just like your opinion, man.

Ana Ng, Birdhouse, and Istanbul (not Constantinople) are pretty much classics of, well, whatever genre they are.

Istanbul (not Constantinople) was originally by The Four Lads. But it's a decent cover.

about 4 months ago

What To Expect With Windows 9

alva_edison Re:I know! (545 comments)

And brantondaveperson's comment was that the ease of the Linux install was due to the newness, and had you installed an equivalently new windows (7 or 8.1) you wouldn't have had as many problems. Conversely had you tried to install Debian 3.0 or 3.1, or a similarly aged Linux distro; I would expect you to have similar problems to the XP install.
As to system requirements, most performance tests I've seen indicate that if you meet the minimum requirements 7 is faster than XP and 8.1 is faster still.
However, you appeared to have the constraint of "low cost", and if you had the XP license it's not a surprise that's what you went with. Just be aware you aren't comparing apples to apples.

about 4 months ago

If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

alva_edison Re:Of course we can (140 comments)

If they found a cure that worked very well, was easy to administer, safe to administer, and cheap to produce - it'd mean they'll be throwing out their billion dollar -treatment- routines that people keep having to come back to otherwise.

That's what patents are supposedly for. No matter how cheap it is to produce, they would have a limited monopoly on it, so they could charge much more than a free market would normally allow.

Not that I normally endorse free markets, I believe from a consumer point of view they break in half once you get two or three large players that shut out other competition.

about 4 months ago

Scientists Craft Seamless 2D Semiconductor Junctions

alva_edison Re:Two dimensional? (49 comments)

Microns / femptofortnight is a speed. Or, if time is interpreted as a dimension, a dimensionless value like a dozen or a mole.
2.76E-6 i

Of course since it's dimensionless, then that means it isn't a dimension, therefore the line is 2D.

about 5 months ago

Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

alva_edison Re:What about water? (81 comments)

Well, it's north of 36 deg 30', so that makes it North in one sense.
On the other hand, it's located at about 39 deg 30' N, so it's closer to the southern border of the U.S. (about 34 deg 30') than to the northern border (49 deg).

about 6 months ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

alva_edison Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (544 comments)

But the data was improperly restricted to people with experience with both slideout keyboards and virtual keyboards. You can't say anything about the general phone population with this restriction in place.

Why is this a big deal?


I would assume that most people have had experience with more than one phone and probably most people
have considered a physical keyboard at some point. The ones who have actually bought them are probably
more likely to be heavy typers/texters so that biases it a little bit but if 30% of the population...

The first half of your second paragraph shows why it's a big deal. In order to make any sense out of the numbers we have to know how many people have owned slide out keyboards (not just physical keyboards in general) vs the total population, and we don't.

Saying 20% of people who have tried both prefer pepsi over coke makes alot
more sense that saying 95% of people who have tried pepsi like it.

Neither of these answers the question of the viability of the market, so they are both equally poor choices if that is what you are looking for.

There might just be too small of market for people who type/text alot and also are willing to pay for an
expensive phone

I can agree with this.

about 6 months ago



Paid App adds Ads

alva_edison alva_edison writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alva_edison writes "Angry Birds fans are not very happy after ads appeared on the loading screens in the AngryBirds HDiPad version of the app. In addition to a new golden egg and 15 new levels, a news screen now appears when the game is loading or paused. 9 to 5 Mac had the story first this morning, saying the news screen pushes Angry Birds merchandise and cannot be skipped. The Android version of the app is already free and ad-supported."
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