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Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

fish waffle buy nothing (108 comments)

Seriously, spend your war budget on something useful instead of international e-peni.

about a month ago
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Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery

fish waffle Re:This kills on-line businesses (226 comments)

..and then you copy the key and have free random parcels forever?

about 9 months ago
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Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery

fish waffle Re:Business! (226 comments)

That is the essence of a traditional business death-spiral.

about 9 months ago
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Angry Customer Buys Promoted Tweets To Bash British Airways

fish waffle Re:Incoming (286 comments)

In my experience, United Airlines is shit, don't care if they're shit, will tell you point blank you shouldn't expect anything but shit, and would you like some more shit?

and they break guitars.

1 year,18 days
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San Jose State Suspends Collaboration With Udacity

fish waffle Re:Graduation rates (116 comments)

Remedial math, elementary statistics, and basic algebra are not typically filter courses. In a university context most students who choose to take those courses should be passing.

about a year ago
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Siri's Creator Challenges Texting-While-Driving Study

fish waffle Re:too bad studies have proven otherwise (262 comments)

Under nominal and expected driving conditions...

And that's where everything goes wrong. You know, under "normal and expected conditions" there isn't any dogshit on the sidewalk, but guess what?

I'm aware that not every situation is deal... but a driver who's actually otherwise competent should be able to recognize those situations the instant that they arise..

Unless of course they're busy with whatever else they do under "normal and expected conditions." Switching attention takes time---there's a reason why sprinters are not chatting on the phone right up until they hear the starting gun.

about a year ago
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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

fish waffle Re:Really? (1145 comments)

There's no doubt the tech-industry could use a lot less pimply-teenage-boy-ism. But in this case, no: firing Richards is about on par. If you TFA you'll find she made jokes herself, on twitter (not even an overheard private conversation), about stuffing socks down pants in TSA pat-downs. That's pretty much exactly in the same stratum as the jokes she was complaining about---both childish and sex-related, neither sexist. If one is worth firing, then so is the other (although both firings are over-reactions, to put it mildly).

about a year and a half ago
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DRM Lawsuit Filed By Independent Bookstores Against Amazon, "Big Six" Publishers

fish waffle Re:Raise the price of books and see a mass exodus (155 comments)

The publishers need to do a better job of lowering prices as time passes and on older books. But this "digital should be basically free" meme is bullshit.

No, it's not. People accepted physical book prices because they had no way to print them as nicely (yes, that does include the hard/soft-cover, dust-jacket, as well as actual binding, however shitty the glue-binding of current books), and they were willing to attribute some costs to transportation, shelf-stocking/presence, staff in the stores, and so forth. That was made books of value to your average consumer. E-books take that *all* away. The only thing left is a piddly bandwidth cost, and hard to quantify-or-appreciate, mysterious marketing/administration/editing costs. Whether that was actually the bulk of the cost or not doesn't matter---the price of actually printing a book is not the important part here, it's the perception of the price of a printed book. A physical object still seems inherently more valuable than a license to read a book on a device you have to buy separately.

Publishers can whine all they want about how little the physical book costs and how much of the publication cost is really all the other things, but all that does is inform consumers that publishers have been ripping them off for years.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Chrome 25 Will Serve Searches Over SSL From the Omnibox For All Users

fish waffle Re:Great (101 comments)

Yes, it's a double-edged sword. On one hand, snooping on what you search for by intermediaries is a bit harder, but on the other hand attributing a specific search to you is now just a bit easier.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Facebook, Twitter For Business, Is It Worth the Privacy Trade-Off?

fish waffle of course not (158 comments)

anything connected somehow is trackable somehow and eventually will be.

...unless you're clever, like Ronald McDonald or Colonel Sanders, the real identities of which are still mysteries.

about 2 years ago
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Book Review: Presentation Patterns

fish waffle Re:Anecdotal Joke Start Pattern (27 comments)

Most presenters are not great comedians and should avoid that pattern.

about 2 years ago
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Gut Bacteria Cocktail May End Need for Fecal Transplants

fish waffle Re:Why is it controversial? (183 comments)

No, the controversy is in how to maximize patient disgust for the technique. It's ok though, I think they found the ideal solution:

*Correction, 5:20 p.m.: Some physicians have been successfully treating patients for C. difficile with ground-up, filtered fecal material inserted into the stomach with a tube, not via an enema.

about 2 years ago
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Australian Smart Meter Data Shared Far and Wide

fish waffle surprise!? (172 comments)

...Customers can provide information about the size of their home, whether they rent or own, the number of adults and children in their family, if anyone stays in during the day and what appliances they own....

If you don't want information to get out, don't give it out.

about 2 years ago
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Feds Add 9 Felony Charges Against Swartz For JSTOR Hack

fish waffle So what? (252 comments)

"The indictment accuses Swartz of repeatedly spoofing the MAC address — an identifier that is usually static — of his computer after MIT blocked his computer based on that number.

Right, and...? Is a MAC address some sort of protected id? Everyone knows that MAC filtering is ineffective, and MAC altering is enabled by hardware.

Swartz didn't provide a real e-mail address when registering on the network.

Uh oh, I'm in trouble.

Swartz allegedly hid his face from surveillance cameras by holding his bike helmet up to his face and looking through the ventilation holes when going in to swap out an external drive used to store the documents.

Again, so what? Is it some requirement that we display ourselves clearly to all security cameras?

Swartz also allegedly named his guest account 'Gary Host,' with the nickname 'Ghost.'"

Well, that is scary. Prosecute away then.

about 2 years ago
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Poll-Based System Predicts U.S. Election Results For President, Senate

fish waffle Re:counter? (519 comments)

A counter is pretty benign. Most of the linked articles are a dense nest of tracking sites.

The marketing people have figured out that slashdot is a good source of eyeballs long ago. I suggest you block as you feel appropriate.

about 2 years ago
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Meat the Food of the Future

fish waffle Re:I, Caveman (705 comments)

The real moral of that story is that reality tv is entertainment, not science.

more than 2 years ago
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A Million-Year Hard Disk

fish waffle Esperanto! (394 comments)

The lingua-franca of tomorrow.

more than 2 years ago

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Mike Rogers: "You Can't Have Your Privacy Violated If You Don't Know About It"

fish waffle fish waffle writes  |  about a year ago

fish waffle (179067) writes "Techdirt and Popehat are reporting that during the House Intelligence Committee hearing on NSA surveillance, and in defense of accusations that he had installed a digital camera in the women's bathroom in his office, Intel Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers makes the astounding declaration that "You Can't Have Your Privacy Violated If You Don't Know About It.""
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USPS discriminates against "Athiest" merchandise

fish waffle fish waffle writes  |  about a year and a half ago

fish waffle (179067) writes "Suspecting that their strongly branded "Athiest" products may be treated differently by more religiously-oriented postal regions, Kickstarter success Athiest Shoes conducted an experiment. They sent 178 envelopes to 89 people in different parts of the US, each person receiving one envelope prominently branded as "Athiest" merchandise, and one not. The results: packages with the athiest label were nearly 10 times more likely to never be received, and took on average 3 days longer to show up when they did. Control experiments were also done in Europe and Germany---it's definitely a USPS problem."
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Universities agree to email monitoring for copyright agency

fish waffle fish waffle writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fish waffle (179067) writes "The universities of Western Ontario and Toronto have signed a deal with Access Copyright that allows for surveillance of faculty correspondence, defines e-mailing hyperlinks as equivalent to photocopying a document, and imposes an annual $27.50 fee for every full-time equivalent student to pay for it all.

Access Copyright is a licensing agency historically used by most universities in Canada to give them blanket permission to reproduce copyrighted works, largely to address photocopying concerns that may extend beyond basic fair-use. Since the expiration of this agreement, and with recognition that many academic uses do not require copyright permissions or payments or are already covered under vendor-specific agreements, Canadian academic institutions have been united in opposing continuation of the agreement with the agency. Access Copyright has countered with a proposal for increased fees, and expansion of the definition of copyright to include linking and the need for online surveillance. In a strange breaking of ranks, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto have capitulated and signed agreements that basically accede to the licensing agency's demands.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers bulletin provides detailed background on the issue."

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