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What's After Big Data?

bobbied Re:Bigger data (67 comments)

After big data comes bigger data. Why, did you think otherwise?

No, but what comes next?

Bragging.. My data is bigger than your data...

Followed by Big Data enhancement pills and tools sold though SPAM E-mails that promise noticeable results in 1 week or your money back.

15 minutes ago
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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

bobbied Re:Several countries ban homeschooling (121 comments)

For the best results, homeschool.

There are plenty of countries where you can be thrown in prison for doing that to your kids. Germany is among them.

Which is a *good* reason not to live in Germany. Actually, most of Europe is not very willing to let parents homeschool. The Germans just take it really seriously.

about half an hour ago
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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

bobbied Re:Correlation is not causation (121 comments)

Tis the "silly season" for 2014 starting for sure. I think it will back off some come fall though.

about half an hour ago
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What's After Big Data?

bobbied What's afer Big Data? Obviously its.... (67 comments)

/dev/null At least on Linux machines where we solved this problem decades ago.

If you have windows, that recycle bin is going to be REALLY full and I'm not sure how you are going to empty it with just a mouse.

1 hour ago
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What's After Big Data?

bobbied Re:It's quite obvious (67 comments)

Didn't we solve that problem on Linux already? I've never heard of /dev/null getting full have you?

2 hours ago
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What's After Big Data?

bobbied Re:What's after? (67 comments)

Big Garbage(can). Most of the data is worthless

Yes, but the trick is finding the bits of it that are not worthless, and doing it in such a way you can make a profit.

It's like mining when from a guy with a shovel, to large industrial sized drag lines that can scoop up a pile of dirt the size of a house.

The REAL money isn't in "big data" but about collecting and refining it into little bits of data.

2 hours ago
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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

bobbied Re:Test scores (121 comments)

Does anyone take these rote memorization tests seriously to begin? I'm honestly baffled by the sheer amount of stupidity it takes to mention test scores as if they truly mean anything.

Oh they mean something all right... Just not what people think. It says how well you can take their test, which is only an indicator of how well you do in college.

My daughter scored mid-range in the SAT so you'd expect she's a "C" student right?

I wish I had her GPA. She's pulling straight A's so far. The test are OK, in as far as they go, but they are far from a perfect tool to measure something as complex as human intelligence.

However, according to this article, it was my fast FIOS connection's fault...

2 hours ago
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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

bobbied Re:Idiotic corrolation (121 comments)

That's paramount to the "corn-flake effect". Many people who are involved in car accidents actually ate corn flakes for breakfast. How scary is that?!??

I'll bet almost all of them drank something with H2O in it within the last 24 hours too! It's time we ban this stuff.... For the children!!!

2 hours ago
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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

bobbied Re:Correlation is not causation (121 comments)

Maybe - smarter people have faster internet ?

Naw, My connection is 25Mbps/25Mbps (Up from 5Mbps/2Mbps) and I didn't get any smarter.... In fact, I sometimes think it was a dumb move as my wallet sure seems lighter these days.

2 hours ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

bobbied Re:FCC should laugh at him (313 comments)

Actually, if you look at the demographics of the last presidential election, it's not all roses for the democrats. I'd not be so sure about your party being "kind of the hill" for all that long. You see, if you look at voters over 30 years old, they voted for the republican more often than not. What got Obama in office was the under 30 demographic, which where only starting to become aware of politics. Now they went for Obama in a big way, but in the end, the margins where usually pretty close.

Now Obama isn't running for office ever again, so you need to start thinking about what got the under 30's to vote for him in such unusually large numbers? Neither you nor I know that answer, but we do know that true to history, Obama's approval ratings have dropped well below those of any president in recent history (even the last Bush). The question is, will the under 30's show up for the next democratic nominee like they did for Obama? You better be careful on that front with who you nominate because I don't think your obvious choice is going to appeal to this demographic and I'm betting that as these people get older, they are going to realize they've been played. ObamaCare and other social programs are not selling well with this group, and as they get older it will only play worse.

But the real problem for your side is that Hillary and Obama only "play" conservative. They are not really. They still are classic "tax and spend" (or more to the truth "just spend") liberals. Spending is a short term strategy, and unless you don't grow the GDP or raise taxes really bad things are going to happen and the 30 somethings are *really* going to be in a pickle financially. I"m sure the puppy love for the democrats will start to look like a bad idea to at least some of them. The fact that democrats are beholden to large corporate interests and use power as a money grab for their friends is going to start becoming known, that they are just politicians is apparent and that they just tell you what you want to hear to advance their own ends will drive down both turnout and percentages voting democrat in this demographic.

This is not to say the republicans don't have issues. They do the "just spend" thing way too much themselves. Plus they have a woeful lack of PR skills at times. But I actually see that improving. There are times when you just sit back and shut up because there's nothing you can say that's going to help you. Republicans have been in such a position with Obama since he took office, yet they kept babbling in front of the press. They are learning to just shut-up and let the issue die when there isn't anything they can do. If they take the senate, that will give them a lot more control of what issues come up, they will be able to drive the national debate a whole lot more. I expect them to use that to their advantage because they can wrap this "do nothing" mantel on democrats who seem to know how to keep their traps shut when they are in no-win situations (best case for you) or if they choose to talk the republicans can wrap them in knots by picking the issues everybody gets to talk about.

So, I'd be careful making confident claims about democrats being in power forever. Being overconfident is not a good policy. You may be winning right now, but the competition is snapping at your heels. Don't forget that.

2 hours ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

bobbied Re:SOLD them (315 comments)

He got 33 months for being STUPID.... But crime usually is.

4 hours ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

bobbied Re:There are 6 of them now? (315 comments)

That number is just what the film distributor's marketing department *claims* they lost.

Personally I think the real number is a magnitude or two lower. Did the first movie even do that many copies?

4 hours ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

bobbied Re:Seems like they found something (315 comments)

The MPAA can sue you, but they cannot squeeze blood out of a turnip. That's just civil court though.

Problem with this guy's story is that what he did was illegal too. It was the illegal part that got him the jail time.

4 hours ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

bobbied Re:By that logic... (313 comments)

Which is why we have elections and why we discuss what they do.

I'm personally tired of all the acrimony over political appointees doing what they do by the opposition. My party isn't in power right now, but my attitude is "The other side won the election so they get to do what they want."

That doesn't mean I don't turn a critical eye on their choices, but I'm am not going to just hit the default "They're democrats so it's a bad choice" setting. I'm an equal opportunity criticizer, so if you are a republican and you advance something I think is daft and stupid, I'm going to say so.

Problem is, it seems that the default setting for a lot of this has become more about party affiliation and less about right and wrong so we get this kind of "you better not make this choice because the other party will change it when we get into power" tripe. It's not helpful to anybody and only leads to the making of even worse decisions for the people.

One wonders where this mentality comes from though.... I have my theories (ok I think I know) but I'll keep it to myself because most would consider what I had to say about that hyper partisan.

4 hours ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

bobbied Re: Correction: (313 comments)

Oh please. This is exactly how it happens today. The only reason you cannot see it is that much stock is held by institutions (mutual funds, retirement funds, other companies) and not individuals so it's not easy to see who's pulling the strings, but if you start looking at who or what company owns what stock, and start tracing who is getting elected to which companies board of directors it's pretty easy to connect the dots and find out who's pulling the strings.

Come on, all this is public record for the most part. Dig a bit.

5 hours ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

bobbied Re: Correction: (313 comments)

Well, I admit that practically that's how it seems to work, but in reality that's not exactly true.

Generally, you have a number of major stock holders who are individuals, or holding companies like mutual funds or retirement plans. This group usually holds enough stock to form alliances and pack the board of directors with their people. These people then pack the executive management with their people who hire their people and so on. However, it is totally possible for companies to be controlled by a single share holder or group of individuals choosing to vote together. Just buy or control the votes of enough shares and you too can run with the big boys of wall street.

It never happens (or rarely happens) because it can cost you millions of dollars to buy and hold a large portion of a company. But in reality, you can do it with enough cash.

5 hours ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

bobbied Re: The Real question then is... (222 comments)

How did post war Detroit compare to other other industrial cities in Europe on the key "not bombed to near oblivion" metric?

Might that have helped with profits and allowed relatively good pay?

You have a point, but as it stands now, Detroit might be better off had it been bombed into oblivion. At least the buildings would have already been knocked down and you'd only have to haul them off.

5 hours ago

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Edward Snowden is not alone!

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about two weeks ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "Apparently Edward Snowden is not alone. CNN is reporting http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/05/... that recent leaked documents published by "the Intercept" (a website that has been publishing Snowden's leaked documents) could not have been leaked by Snowden because they didn't exist prior to his fleeing the USA and he couldn't possibly have accessed them. Authorities are said to be looking for a new leaker."
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Earthquake warning issued for central Oklahoma

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 4 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "A rare warning has been issued by the US Geological survey today, warning of an increased risk of a damaging earthquake (magnitude 5.0 or greater) in central Oklahoma. There have been more earthquakes in Oklahoma (per mile) than California this year, prompting the USGS to issue their warning today (May 5, 2014).

This warning is the FIRST such warning to be issued for a state east of the Rockies."

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DHS destroyed computers, keyboards, mice over malware

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about a year ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "Irrational fear and lack of understanding leads to the destruction of HHS computing equipment which had been possibly infected with malware. "The agency spent $1.06 million on “building a temporary infrastructure, pending long-term IT solution;” $823,000 on hiring the cybersecurity contractor; $688,000 on “contractor assistance for a long-term recovery solution;" and $4,300 to destroy $170,000 worth of tech equipment." They destroyed computers, TVs, keyboards, mice, printers and cameras to rid themselves of dreaded malware. Seems it worked.

In true government fashion, seems they just spent a boat load of taxpayer money on nothing. Next time just reload the operating system if push comes to shove (or you simply have to be 100% sure it is gone).

Which one of you slashdot readers cashed that $823,000 check? Well done sir or madam.. Well done!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/10/us-agency-destroys-computers/"

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