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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

decep Genius move? (211 comments)

The fastest way to change someones opinion is to put them in charge of something that has the problem.

about 2 months ago
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NSA Posts Opening For "Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer"

decep More like Civil Liberties & Patsy Officer (177 comments)

The NSA violated your Civil LIberties, you say? The CLPO was not doing his job.

The terrorist blew up another buiding, you say? The CLPO will not let us do our job.

This post is like being in charge of IT Security.

about a year ago
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Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI Dongle Secretly Packed With ARM, Airplay

decep I would have had first post... (392 comments)

...except my Apple ethernet cable needed a firmware update.

about a year and a half ago
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Study Finds Unvaccinated Students Putting Other Students At Risk

decep Re:They're stupid (1025 comments)

Too much rote learning, and not enough learning how to learn and learning how to think.

Actually, I have found it is exactly the opposite. Those that are against vacinations are the "free thinkers." People really need to be told "you are an idiot" and that is what is missing from education.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Low Cost Free Software For Protecting Kids Online?

decep Some people just do not get it (646 comments)

Some of the twits on /. think this is about restricting freedom or having some software do the job the parent is supposed to do...

At 8 years old, most kids do not want to see porn. On the internet, at any moment, you are one click away from the full spectrum of content. Believe it or not, some links even lie about their intended purpose. Hey kids, free candy. Kids will believe almost anything and have a level of trust that is unrealistic for the Internet.

It's more about filtering the noise than preventing kids from seeing the "bad stuff."

more than 2 years ago
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Thick Dust Alters NASA Mars Rover Plans

decep Re:Windshield wipers (97 comments)

One wonders why they did not just use the nuclear power for the rest of the rover.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Sues Apollo Astronaut To Return Moon Camera

decep Re:How's that again? (395 comments)

We took his soul to heaven and were supposed to leave it in the module, but we brought it back.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Kernel Moves To Github

decep Re:Not our experience (142 comments)

I assume you used the VMWare Converter P2V tool to move your servers, which works very well for Windows and not as well for Linux. VMWare Converter fiddles with the underlying Windows configuration so the image will work well on VMWare.

If you had used a Linux cloning tool, such as Clonezilla, you probably would have had a different experience. Of course, some older distros such as RHEL4/CentOS4 also did stupid things like the initrd would only contain the SCSI driver it needs to boot on specific hardware. Sometimes you would have to go back to the original hardware and tell it to store/load the SCSI driver for VMWare.

Sometimes it pays to have better sys-admins.

more than 2 years ago
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Cancer Cured By HIV

decep The next step (521 comments)

The next step is to cure the HIV with Ebola.

about 3 years ago
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Firefox 8 20% Faster Than Firefox 5

decep Re:For those confused (441 comments)

this is TARDIS programming

So wait. Does that mean I get a sonic screwdriver with a new download of Firefox?

No, it means you get a shower of sparks and your ass dumped in an awkward situation because you hit the wrong button. ;)

Ah, then it truly is a Quantum Leap.

more than 3 years ago
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Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released, P==NP

decep Re:I'll be first to say WTF (700 comments)

I think it may be a little more complicated than this. I have been out of school for a while so I am not up to speed on proofs, theorems, etc.

I think the hole in your logic may be that 0.333... == 1/3. I think 0.333... may only be a very close numerical approximation of 1/3, but 1/3 cannot be expressed absolutely as a number (even assuming infinite 3s).

I have read about the issue of 0.999... = 1 several times, but the explanation is much more complex than this.

more than 3 years ago
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SSL Certificates For Intranet Sites?

decep Save the certificate (286 comments)

SSL certificates have two goals, identity/trust and encryption. Self-signed certs establish encryption by default. If you save the self-signed certificate in your browser, then trust/identity is established manually, which is the only selling point of of a cert signed by a CA. Once you have the cert saved an error message is no longer displayed unless the certificate changes.

Firefox has this option selected by default upon bypassing the initial error message. In IE, view the certificate and "Install certificate..." Done.

more than 3 years ago
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No, Net Neutrality Doesn't Violate the 5th Amendment

decep Is it just me... (322 comments)

This most certainly deserves a good old NCIS Gibbs back-of-the-head slap.

about 4 years ago
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Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School?

decep Bias much? (706 comments)

What a balanced article title. It makes "positive reinforcement" sound downright evil. I suppose dogs should just train themselves because the trainers just say so and its the "right thing to do."

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon CEO Says "We Will Hunt Heavy Users Down"

decep Re:Come to Verizon! (738 comments)

This thread has peaked my interest.

more than 4 years ago
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Is the Line-in Jack On the Verge of Extinction?

decep Re:Why do you need one? (411 comments)

Wow, Clippy sounds even more evil now.

more than 4 years ago
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If ET Calls, Who Speaks For Humanity?

decep Re:Just in case... (371 comments)

To quote the animated President Truman:

"If you come in peace, surrender or be destroyed. If you're here to make war, we surrender."

more than 4 years ago

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