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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

bistromath007 Re: Dismantle DHS (187 comments)

It's mine, thanks.

yesterday
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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

bistromath007 Re: Dismantle DHS (187 comments)

Principle is hypergolic with politics.

2 days ago
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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

bistromath007 Re:Or, and just hear me out... (187 comments)

...Yes? Also, it's not like there's really oversight effective enough to ensure they even comply with a judge's ruling.

2 days ago
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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

bistromath007 Refresh my memory... (157 comments)

Why again are we still supposed to use the ballot box instead of the bullet box?

about two weeks ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

bistromath007 ASTEROIDS (181 comments)

That acronym is so massive we'll need Roland Emmerich to make a movie about it hitting the Senate floor.

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

bistromath007 Re:No. (502 comments)

What I'm trying to get across here is that it's pretty much exactly the same thing that made people not buy high def screens when they first came out. Old ones were "good enough." You're not still running 1024x768, are you?

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

bistromath007 Re:No. (502 comments)

It really isn't. Onboard sound is indeed "good enough," but that's not mutually exclusive with sound cards being worth it if you can afford them. Onboard sound no longer sucks so bad that you can notice the flaws without any basis of comparison, but when you DO have one, the benefits of the more expensive stuff are immediately apparent. Much richer bass, and cranking the volume doesn't flatten the sound or cause crackling. I'm using onboard sound now, because I can't afford an upgrade, but I definitely notice what I'm missing from when I did have a real soundcard. It's not nearly as important with gaming, but if you're listening to music, you can only miss the difference if you're completely tin-eared.

about two weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

bistromath007 Maybe soon the people will do the math... (364 comments)

It is sometimes said by people who support gun rights that we need them in the event it ever becomes necessary to overthrow the government. That's what the right was established for, after all.

"That's ridiculous," opponents say. "You can't fight the federal government! They can just fly right over you and destroy your whole army with half a thought."

Leaving aside that guerrilla warfare works just fine against them everywhere else in the world, we can now say "no, they can't." They are too busy having our money stolen from them by the companies that are supposed to make the jets.

about two weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

bistromath007 The VW analogy seems faulty. (255 comments)

Isn't this more like if almost all the employees at McDonald's were also dealing drugs out the back door? Pretty sure all the franchise owners would at least be investigated/harassed out of business in that case. Not saying it's right, but it makes way more sense than the car thing.

about three weeks ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

bistromath007 Fine with me. (534 comments)

If the armed invaders breaking down your door aren't from the government, you aren't a cop killer for shooting them.

about a month ago
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FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

bistromath007 Re:Rationale for the ban is??? (199 comments)

a) actually sounds pretty reasonable. The number of people who want to drop $300 on a drone just to fuck around with it is much smaller than the number of people who would be willing to invest $300 into a piece of business infrastructure that will wind up smashing through somebody's window.

about 1 month ago
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Why United States Patent Reform Has Stalled

bistromath007 Re:Uh, what? (139 comments)

Every single one of those, except for the "lack of popular support" which is just a bald-faced lie, can be boiled down to "the influence of money on politics." You haven't contradicted the person you're replying to, just made a list of largely unnecessary specifics about how they're right.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

bistromath007 AB and CD? (240 comments)

This might be the most dangerous parallelogram in history!

about a month and a half ago
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Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

bistromath007 Re: I've heard slashdot is behind the times... (166 comments)

Oh, god dammit I hate the mobile site. That is not what my post looked like when I pushed the button.

The first part should read as follows. "The solution here isn't less lecturing, it's teaching people what notes are actually for and how to properly take them. I would generally be considered a 'visual learner...'"

Why the hell can't somebody make a droid app with posting functionality that isn't even more broken than m.slashdot.org?

about 2 months ago
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Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

bistromath007 Re: I've heard slashdot is behind the times... (166 comments)

TheI understand words much better when they go in my eyes rather than my ears.

Despite this, I've had much better results in classes that are tough for me by taking good notes in lectures. Your mind wanders much less because you're already multitasking; your retention is better because both tasks are over the same information. Paraphrasing somebody else's words requires understanding; when you can't keep up, it's a sign you should ask for a clarification.
I often didn't even really study the notes; there was no need, since the act of taking them was how I learned. When I did need more in-depth info, I could just look in the textbook, as whenever I jotted something down from the lecture, I'd correlate it with the page in the book we were on.
For tough subjects, this method really isn't optional. There's no good reason we aren't teaching everyone to do it.

about 2 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

bistromath007 Re:Sure you can. (482 comments)

That's exactly when you DO need a cell. Frankly, only a twit focuses on the day-to-day convenience of these devices before the massive gains in travel safety. If your phone doesn't work in the middle of nowhere, it's broken.

about 3 months ago
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Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

bistromath007 oblig xkcd (105 comments)

http://xkcd.com/793/

The really interesting thing will be when Randall does a comic about how you can get easy upvotes for "oblig xkcd" posts.

about 4 months ago
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Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

bistromath007 Re:Question (129 comments)

No, there isn't. I wish there was, but the problem is that all the stories that this community really cares about are here and not on technocrat. The only way technocrat could ever hope to succeed is if somebody were absolutely shameless about copypasting stories they saw here so we could talk about them there instead. Since much of slashdot's content is links to other websites anyway, there's not really much reason that can't happen, but nobody's doing it, and I can't get hold of Peren* to ask about his policy on the matter, so technocrat is useless.

*That's another big problem, incidentally. Because this is like the five millionth time he's built it and they didn't come, the site is barebones as hell, and email addresses at it seem to bounce. Either that or it automatically bounces everything sent from a gmail account. I hear some people do that because gmail is being used for spam. But I'm not going to hunt down a less convenient email service just so I can ask him a question about his website that's dying, even if I'd really rather go there than slashdot. :/

about 4 months ago

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