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All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

dptalia I am not surprised (427 comments)

I've been discriminated against because of both my gender and my religion, but I have NEVER been paid less than my male colleagues. I may not have had the opportunities to grow given to me, but I've always made good money. In my current job I'm one of the highest paid people on my contract. My personal experience is that there's no pay gap - do your job and get paid accordingly,.

about 6 months ago
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Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

dptalia Re:Bad Links? (104 comments)

Thanks!

about 6 months ago
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Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

dptalia Bad Links? (104 comments)

The links to the Telegraph and the NHS are both bad.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

dptalia Re:SEC block? (303 comments)

There's more to antitrust law then where they compete. Market share is a big deal too. Justice usually jumps in around 30%.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

dptalia Re:SEC block? (303 comments)

Justice may find an excuse not to prosecute (although antitrust prosecutions tend to go up under Democratic presidents). I don't see the FTC not getting involved.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

dptalia Re:Antitrust lawsuit? (303 comments)

It's more than just area coverage. Antitrust law also looks at market share. If a merger will give you more than 30% of the nationwide market or so then Justice usually gets involved. If you get more than about 25% of a regional market states may get involved too.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

dptalia Re:SEC block? (303 comments)

I agree. This has antitrust issues written all over it. I predict the Justice department and the FTC will oppose the merger.

about 6 months ago
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West Virginia Buys $22K Routers With Stimulus, Puts Them In Small Schools

dptalia Not surprised at all (295 comments)

A decade ago I worked a contract for a small school district in Texas, installing server. The servers were several years out of date - purchased with a federal grant for millions of dollars. They then say in a warehouse until the district got YET ANOTHER grant to install it. Maintenance? Not unless they get another grant because no one there had a clue.....

more than 2 years ago
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Doctor Warns of the Hidden Danger of Touchscreens

dptalia Tendinitis (242 comments)

Three days after I got my Kindle Fire I had the worst Tendinitis flare up since I was a teenager.... I had to start holding/using the fire completely differently to prevent more injuries. Biggest downside of the damn thing!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Jennifer Granick About Computer Crime Defense

dptalia Can you hire me? (114 comments)

I'm a third year evening student at Georgetown Law School. Do you need a summer intern for 2012?

more than 2 years ago
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Prosecuting DDoS Attacks?

dptalia Re:Ask slashdot (164 comments)

:) Actually I'm writing a paper on it for a National Security Law class....

more than 4 years ago
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Prosecuting DDoS Attacks?

dptalia Re:Dear China... (164 comments)

I'd love to get more info on your successful prosecution if I could! Would you be willing to talk to me about it for some research I'm doing?

more than 4 years ago
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Prosecuting DDoS Attacks?

dptalia Re:Illegal; but.... (164 comments)

Now THAT'S interesting, and potentially useful to some research I'm doing. Would your friend be willing to talk to me?

more than 4 years ago
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FTC Staff Discuss a Tax on Electronics To Support the News Business

dptalia Re:Start laughing now... (381 comments)

One of the suggestions in the FTC writeup is to ALLOW COPYRIGHTING OF FACTS.

more than 4 years ago
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Can We Legislate Past the H.264 Debate?

dptalia Re:Wow, that makes so much sense! (310 comments)

it isn't. It's actually a sort of group intelligence. It tends to come up with equilibrium solutions to problems when the problems get big enough. of course, we rarely see that happen because people/government muddle with the market screwing up it's reactions.

more than 4 years ago
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Can We Legislate Past the H.264 Debate?

dptalia Re:Wow, that makes so much sense! (310 comments)

The honest truth is NOTHING is efficient. And NOTHING is really interested in anything other than collecting as much power as possible/maintaining the status quo.

I'm merely saying that expecting a solution from the government is silly. So is expecting one from industry.

However, if over time this truly becomes enough of a problem, the market will end up coming up with a solution. Right now - we're so below critical mass that expecting anything to crystallize out of the chaos is unreasonable.

more than 4 years ago
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Can We Legislate Past the H.264 Debate?

dptalia Wow, that makes so much sense! (310 comments)

Oh sure, lets get the government involved in this! Because they're:
Efficient
Looking out for the people
Focused
Not interested in pork
Uninfluenced by patent holders

more than 4 years ago

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How to Reimmage a Library

dptalia dptalia writes  |  about 7 months ago

dptalia (804960) writes "I'm part of a team tasked with re-imagining my local elementary school's library. Libraries, especially school libraries, are struggling to remain relevant in today's world when so much reading a research can be done from home. But this school has mostly low income student who don't have the sort of high tech resources at home that we all take for granted. What ideas do you have to turn an elementary school library into an environment that fosters innovation and technology?"
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Increasing Solar Efficiency to 66%

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dptalia (804960) writes "Scientists at the University of Texas have discovered a way to up solar cell's efficiency to about 66%. Using quantum dot technology the scientists can capture the sun's energy that is transmitted as heat, which could dramatically change solar technology."
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Prosecuting DDOS attacls

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dptalia (804960) writes "We all have heard of major DDOS attacks taking down countries, companies, and organizations. But how many of them are ever prosecuted? And how many prosecutions are even successful?

I've done some research and it appears the answer is very few (Well duh!). And those that are successfully prosecuted tend to have teenagers as the instigators. Does this mean DDOS is a fairly safe crime to conduct? Are the repercussions nonexistent?

Does anyone have some knowledge an insight into this that I don't have? How would you go about prosecuting a DDOS attacker? As this becomes tool in the political toolbox of countries and organizations this becomes more important. So I need your help. What's your experience with getting the responsible parties to justice?"
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FTC wants to tax electronics support the news

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dptalia (804960) writes "The FTC is concerned about the death of the "news." Specifically newspapers. Rather than look to how old media models can be adapted to the internet, they instead suggest taxing consumer electronics to support a huge newspaper bailout. Additionally, they suggest making facts "proprietary" and allowing news organizations to copyright them."
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Time for computer aided telepathy

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dptalia (804960) writes "What's the biggest problem with military communication? Well the whole talking part, of course! Which is why DARPA is looking into computer aided telepathy. The idea is that speech sets off certain neurons and if a computer can read the neurons it could send the message without actual speech being involved...."
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Kindle 2 Review

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dptalia writes "I will openly confess that I am a geek and an avid bookworm. So when the first slew of ebook readers came out, I ignored them for precisely these reasons. I know how hard it is for a technology to become accepted, and I didn't want to blow a pile of money on something that publishers didn't support. And — I like books. I like the feel, the smell, the way I relax when entering Barnes and Noble.... I didn't want to give that up.

So when my husband suggested giving me a Kindle for Christmas I turned him down. Mostly for the reasons above, but also because I knew the next generation was coming. The fact that there WAS a second generation Kindle was encouraging — the technology should be more mature, and there's obviously a decent support base.

But I started wondering — maybe it WAS time for a Kindle. I was in the process of a move and couldn't get to my books (numbering in the tons). The Kindle offered quick, on the run access to all my favorite reads. So when the hubby suggested a Kindle for valentines Day, I agreed.

My Kindle 2 arrived yesterday. Now for a couple of girly things — nice packaging, black on black, sleek. Classy and well engineered. When I opened the box? There sat my Kindle.

It's thin — WAY thin. Children's picture book thin. It's height/width is more than a paperback but less than a hardback. It's light too — lighter than even a magazine.The screen is actually a bit small — there's a lot of empty chassis that could have been used to either expand the screen or shrink the device. But the text is clean, and allows you to select the size. I stuck with the default — about 12dpi.

Ordering an ebook is easy — the Kindle supports wireless transfer, so I connected up to Amazon (You need to have your 1-click settings configured), entered an author, browsed through 3 pages of her books until I found what I was looking for and bought it. The selection (actually a collection of three books) was on my Kindle in about a minute. And the ebook selection is great — all my favorite authors, even those who died decades ago, are represented in the Kindle store.

Amazon swears you can read the Kindle in bright sunshine. It's overcast today so I can confirm this. I will say under my bathroom halogens, and looking at the right angle, I can't read the text. But all it took was a small shift of the books' angle and the problem was eliminated.

Changing pages causes the screen to flash black. At first I found this annoying. I have gotten used to it though. It takes a little longer to change pages on the Kindle versus a real book , but not enough to significantly break the reading flow. Of course, there's less text per page, so you had better get used to this QUICKLY. And it automatically bookmarks your page — so no more scrambling for that sales guy's business card. (Only use I ever have for business cards are bookmarks!)

I'm worried a bit about how the Kindle will hold up to my uses — my books get spaghetti sauce, ice tea, and everything else under the sun spilled on them over time. And I drop books when I'm juggling too many things in my arms. So will it hold up? I don't know. It already went flying across my truck when I took a corner hard today. No scratches or visible damage so far. But my fingers are crossed.

All in all I like the Kindle — but if your a die hard book person or less of a techno geek I'd say give it another generation."
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Jihadists Invading Facebook

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dptalia (804960) writes "Apparently Muslim Jihadists are feeling left out so they want to invade Facebook According to the article, there has already been significant penetration into youTube, and they believe they can use Facebook to counter the media's propaganda."
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How to Survive a Job You hate

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dptalia (804960) writes "I was sitting in a team meeting this morning doodling on my notebook. The doodles resolved themselves into me writing over and over again "I hate my job". NOT a good thing. While I don't feel like taking a gun and blowing my coworkers away I am growing increasingly tempted to either start screaming or (worse!) quit BEFORE I find a new job. How do y'all handle staying in jobs you hate? I've tried the online game route, but even that's wearing thin...."
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Terrorism in India Causes Potential IT Problems?

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dptalia (804960) writes "The Indians have captured or killed all of the terrorists involved in the latest attacks in Mumbai. However, as more information about the terrorists and their possible links to Pakistan start coming out Indian fury is growing, with the possibility of a war becoming more likely. One think no one seems to have considered is the enormous amount of IT jobs outsources to India. If a war — even a possibly nuclear war — breaks out between India and Pakistan what will this do to IT in general? And you company in specific?"
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Drafting Software for Kids?

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dptalia (804960) writes "I have a niece who's a natural born mechanical engineer. She loves building things, tinkering with designs and coming up with improvements. And she's good at it. I'd like to pick her up some design/drafting software for Christmas, but there's one small problem — she's 12. What's good software package for a talented kid with an interest in design?"
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Windows Vistal Stealth Update

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dptalia (804960) writes "When I woke up this morning I found my Windows Vista system had rebooted. "How weird," I thought, and checked the system logs to see if I had a fatal error that I needed to look into. Instead I got this:
The LiveUpdate service entered the running state.
DCOM started the service TrustedInstaller with arguments "" in order to run the server: {752073A1-23F2-4396-85F0-8FDB879ED0ED}
The Windows Modules Installer service entered the running state.
And then the reboot. Now, I have my computer setup to NOT automatically download and install updates so this qualifies as yet another stealth update by Microsoft. Did this happen to anyone else? Does anyone know WHAT was installed? Or how to prevent this from happening again?"
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Army medics to train in "holo-deck"

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dptalia (804960) writes "The U.S> Army has commissioned scientists and video game designers to help create a real time Army medic training center. The virtual environment consists of two pods with floor to ceiling movie screens to project a realistic environment. Smoke, sounds of bullets whizzing by and other special effects are part of the experience too. The idea is to better prepare combat medics for trying to practice medicine while in a war. (On a personal note, my husband trains there twice a month, but he's a psychology student, not a combat medic)"
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Microsoft to stream ads to Grocery Carts

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dptalia (804960) writes "Microsoft will be rolling out later this year at ShopRite supermarkets computerized shopping carts. Thesse carts will allow people with a ShopRite card to enter their lists on the ShopRite site at home and then get the list pulled up on their grocery cart when they swipe their card. The new carts will also use RFID technology to send you advertisements depending on where in the supermarket you are."
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dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dptalia writes "I'm writing a paper on open source licensing, and have stumbled on an interesting question: what percentage of FOSS uses which license (GPL, BSD, Apache, LGPL, etc.). Does anyone have any statistics regarding this? I found a paper that states in 2004 70.3% used GPL, 10.8% used LGPL, and 7.1% used BSD. Are these stats still in the ballpark?"
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dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dptalia writes "A Canadian company has come up with a balloon based wind turbine. This would allow a balloon to float 1000 feet above the earth, harvesting the more consistent winds present at higher altitudes. This would allow remote villages in Asia and Africa to get electricity."

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Pissed at iRobot

dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 8 years ago I got a Roomba last year for Christmas. I used to go around saying that it was greater than sliced bread. I still feel that way - when it works.

My third Roomba just died on me Monday. That's right, in 10 months I've gone through 3 roombas, two chargers and two batteries. And iRobot's support is less than stelar.

I complained. I wrote letters to iRobot's president. No response. Then I posted a negative review to the irobot website. The review was removed, but I was emailed by Mario Salinas from the corporate office. He wanted to talk to me about my problems. I emailed him back suggesting a time to talk and never heard from him again. In fact, my follow up emails were ignored too.

How can a company expect to remain reputable with this kind of behavior?

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dptalia dptalia writes  |  more than 8 years ago I've never seen much point in journals, but I figured I'd make a post just so I don't keep getting a blank.

Darkness hovers on
daylight's edge, slowly beating
trailing wings of night

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