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Amazon's eBook Math

cpm99352 Game Theory (306 comments)

This is a classic game theory problem. I'm astonished no one has pointed this out already.

The setup is Amazon vs, conventional publishers. Surely Amazon has done the payoff calculations???
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about three weeks ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

cpm99352 Re:Socialism is not working (710 comments)

Oh, don't worry, the parent poster is probably complaining about how the top tier got bailed out in 2007-2008. Goldman Sachs et al, because acorrding to Secretary Paulson, tanks would be in the streets if the 1% weren't bailed out. Elizabeth Warren disagrees with this position. but you'll never read about that in the mainstream media. Sad to say, Chomsky was right. 20 years ago, I would never have thought I'd say that....

about 2 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

cpm99352 Re: work life balance is a myth (710 comments)

mod parent up. Given unemployment numbers, why not cancel H1-B altogether?

about 2 months ago
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Programming On a Piano Keyboard

cpm99352 Shoutout for Godel Escher Bach (57 comments)

The ridiculous summary suggesting that garbage produced from a computer program could be considered music immediately reminded me of Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel Escher Bach, where music and its relevance to AI form much of the book. The book (unlike the article) has meaningful thoughts on Chopin, Bach and AI.

Anyone seriously interested in music & computers needs to read this book now.

about 2 months ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

cpm99352 Sexist URL (208 comments)

I found it interesting that for the URL for the article someone found it necessary to use the word "girl"

/www.chicagotribune.com/features/la-sci-sn-lego-girl-scientist-set-20140605,0,873917.story

Girl scientist...

about 3 months ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

cpm99352 Donate to the EFF! NOW!!! (269 comments)

I used to financially support the NRA, under the assumption that they defended the 2nd amendment. A while age I realized that was not actually correct,

The EFF is the best example of an entity that defends *all* amendments. I now financially support them, every month. When NPR comes begging for money I'm happily able to refuse, secure in the knowledge that EFF is far more effective in their use of funds than NPR when it comes to presevring the Constitution.

There are a ton of relatively affluent people here on Slashdot. It certainly wouldn't hurt you to allocate a small amount of money to EFF annually, and we know their results.

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

cpm99352 Re:Heading off the Republic Pedants (818 comments)

Technically I believe the United States is a Constitutional Republic.

Danger: anecdote ahead...I listened to an NPR interview recently where it was stated there was significant fear during the Irish/Italian immigration waves that the immigrants were not capable of appreciating US' liberty, and would effectively dilute it. I now think that was accurate, and came to pass.

One cannot argue that in today's United States we have liberty - cutting down a tree requires a permit, even when there are no safety considerations. Growing various plants is illegal. Operating a hair-cutting business without the proper permits is illegal. The list goes on...

Republic? Long gone... One can debate, but I would nominate Wilson at the latest. FDR is the common scapegoat, but Wilson certainly set the stage. There may be earlier contestants, but this is not my area of expertise.

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

cpm99352 Marbury v Madison (141 comments)

Marbury v Madison was pulled out of the air from the Constitution to define the Judicial branch's power.

So, what is the use of the Supreme Court these days? Certainly Roberts is no Marshall, instead he seems a throwback the original ineffectiveness of the Court.

Just as the Court was extremely courageous in deciding Korematsu only once the war was over, the Supremes appear to wish to sit this one out.

I'd love to hear O'Conners', Thomas', and Scalia's opinions of this milque toast decision.

about 4 months ago
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Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

cpm99352 Unfortunately, Seagate's reliability is garbage (147 comments)

There was a time when Seagate was a gold standard, but nowadays certainly not. I would not trust a Seagate drive if someone gave it to me. A truly sad state of affairs. I just pity the consumers who don't know any better. Even worse that they're now tarnishing the Hitachi brand.

about 4 months ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

cpm99352 Re:What party was that again... (234 comments)

Imagine how NPR would cover the ongoing (Executive branch) changes to the ACA if Bush were President.

about 5 months ago
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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

cpm99352 JD Salinger (276 comments)

Hmm, very similar to JD Salinger (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._D._Salinger)

For all of you arguing that college requirements for non-technical courses are BS, this is a great counter-example. If you have no idea of what _Catcher in the Rye_ is, nor who Salinger is, then you are at a disadvantage vs. the Harvard (etc) graduates.

about 6 months ago
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California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

cpm99352 Have the golf courses been shut down? (362 comments)

I will take this seriously when they cease watering golf courses. Until then, it is just theater.

"...each course each day in Palm Springs consumes as much water as an American family of four uses in four years. "
http://www.npr.org/templates/s...

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

cpm99352 Old School (669 comments)

I play Nethack, FreeCiv and Morrowind (and very rarely, Oblivion). I rotate them out as I get bored with each game. For the Oblivion series, the player add-ons are what kept me hooked - there are some truly awesome player expansions out there, where the player is able to make a contribution in the first place.

about 6 months ago
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Surveillance Watchdog Concludes Metadata Program Is Illegal, "Should End"

cpm99352 May I be pedantic? (138 comments)

I browsed at 4+ comments, and didn't see any responses like this:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Seems pretty simple?

I wonder when General Alexander will be facing charges?

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

cpm99352 Contract? (731 comments)

From the FA: "Viewing ads is part of the deal if users want content to be free, says Freitas. The use of ad blocking software breaks that implicit contract."

I love this argument. I recall a high-profile libertarian making the same argument (after which I stopped going to his site). Contract? Tell you what - put your site behind a password-protected page and I'd agree about the contract. But if your site is publicly accessible there is no contract and you know it.

about 7 months ago
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Pirate Bay Founder's Custody Extended to February 5th

cpm99352 Nazi war criminals were treated better (127 comments)

I posted this the last time this topic arose. Whereas Warg has not yet faced trial (thus guilt in doubt), convicted war criminal Albert Speer had access to books (and was allowed to write) after being convicted. Fascinating difference in treatment.

about 7 months ago
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Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully

cpm99352 Re: They have the money to do this (250 comments)

" Everyone expected even greater things from my generation. We totally let them down...."
Yes, you did. The baby boomer generation is the most selfish generation in American history. You have left the country in worse shape than you found it.

The most recent two presidents are from your generation, and they are arguably the worst in American history.

But we see no apologies. Instead, we finally see attempt at marijuana legalization, to lessen the pain as you head to your graves.

about 8 months ago

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Does it make sense for the average user to revoke Certificate Authorities?

cpm99352 cpm99352 writes  |  about 4 months ago

cpm99352 (939350) writes "Given the fallout from Heartbleed, does it make sense for the average user to significantly pare down their list of trusted Certificate Authorities? As someone recently posted, do I really trust Turkish CAs?

If so, what would such a pared-down list look like?

What do the readers think?"
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Any competent hosting companies for e-mail?

cpm99352 cpm99352 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cpm99352 (939350) writes "I've had my domain for 10 years, and the hosting company was doing a pretty good job — all we needed was POP3 e-mail for five accounts. However, as of the past six months, they've gone rapidly downhill. I tried looking at older slashdot submissions, but I see a ton of articles from 2003 and before, which doesn't do me a lot of good.

What I'm looking for is POP3 e-mail, ideally with a secure method of transmitting the userID/password.

Does such a thing exist in the United States? Googling hasn't proved useful, either, since it appears a ton of dubious outfits have gamed the Google search results.

I'm not looking for any discount fly-by-night outfit. I want secure reliable e-mail for a small business. Are there any out there?

For that matter, is there a website to get reasonably unbiased reviews of domain hosting companies?"
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cracker gets 10 years for breaking into school

cpm99352 cpm99352 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cpm99352 (939350) writes "Astonishing 10 year jail sentence for hacking:
A 21-year-old former Evergreen Public Schools student has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in connection with a computerized payroll security breach last November that put more than 5,000 past and current Vancouver district school employees at risk of identity theft. Christopher Berge, last known to reside in Oregon City, Ore., was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday by Clark County Superior Court Judge Roger Bennett.

In these parts, murder, DUI, robbery, and child molestation all routinely get significantly smaller sentences."

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