Amazon's eBook Math
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???
Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy
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....
Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy
mod parent up. Given unemployment numbers, why not cancel H1-B altogether?
Programming On a Piano Keyboard
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.
Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists
I found it interesting that for the URL for the article someone found it necessary to use the word "girl"
EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence
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.
Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?
Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
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.
U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance
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.
Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium
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.
Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges
Imagine how NPR would cover the ongoing (Executive branch) changes to the ACA if Bush were President.
Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?
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.
California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction
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. "
Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
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.
Obama Nominates Vice Admiral Michael Rogers New NSA Chief
Surveillance Watchdog Concludes Metadata Program Is Illegal, "Should End"
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?
Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?
I searched on 4+ comments, and didn't see anything, so here is Google's study> (they go through a lot of drives)
Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
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.
Pirate Bay Founder's Custody Extended to February 5th
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.
Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully
" 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.
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