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Maintaining Internet Freedom Isn't Easy (Video)

generic_screenname Re:I am confused. (55 comments)

How and why? There are no specifics, only scary words.

about 5 months ago

Maintaining Internet Freedom Isn't Easy (Video)

generic_screenname I am confused. (55 comments)

I can't understand what this is actually about from reading TFA, or TFA links. What am I supposed to be angry about?

about 5 months ago

Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

generic_screenname Men cheat on assignments too. (673 comments)

I happened to also go to college, and I assure you, men also cheated on their assignments. I witnessed men trading assignments and even stealing other people's homework, and the bastards didn't even put out first!

about 5 months ago

Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

generic_screenname Re:The real lesson (673 comments)

Teach girls coding, girls trick guys into doing coding for them.

This kind of crap is why women don't want to work in IT.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

generic_screenname Develop for a design, not a technology. (272 comments)

What is your architecture? Answer that question first, then decide what kind of data store to use. What are you storing, and why are you storing it? How will you use that later?

about 5 months ago

Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

generic_screenname +1 for the opt-out crowd! (357 comments)

Thanks for the link. It's not exactly obvious where and how to opt out of such things.

about 6 months ago

Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

generic_screenname Re:Unemployment rate 17,7% (398 comments)

The unemployment rate varies by sector. Unemployment in manufacturing is very high for obvious reasons. Unemployment in sectors like IT is much lower, partly because it's so hard to convince talent to relocate to Detroit and/or stay in the area.

about 8 months ago

How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

generic_screenname war on guns is poorly armed (894 comments)

The problem with a war on guns is that the opposition has guns.

about 9 months ago

Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

generic_screenname Ask them if they want a bag. (234 comments)

Next time you see this, ask your 'visitors' if they would like a bag so that they can clean up after their pet. I'm assuming that if you have a yard, that you live in a neighborhood, so you probably have a small number of repeat offenders. If you put the culprits on the spot a couple times, they will probably stop letting their pets use your yard.

about 10 months ago

Google Glass Making Its Way Into Operating Rooms

generic_screenname What about HIPPA compliance? (120 comments)

This is a really interesting application, but I can't even begin to imagine the challenges with patient privacy on a platform like this.

about 10 months ago

US Wary of Allowing Russian Electronic Monitoring Stations Inside US

generic_screenname Re:If we're not doing anything wrong... (232 comments)

Well, then, maybe the US equipment is a front for spying ops, and that's why the US government is nervous about being subjected to the same thing.

about 10 months ago

Porn-Surfing Execs Infecting Corporate Networks With Malware

generic_screenname So, in other words, they violate basic IT policy (151 comments)

The top threats listed in TFA are all common-sense things to avoid with work machines. (Visiting porn sites, letting family members use equipment, installing malicious mobile apps, and falling for phishing emails.) There is a reason us IT folks tell people not to do these things at work.

about 10 months ago

US FDA Moves To Ban Trans Fat

generic_screenname A new, worse fat will be invented. (520 comments)

Trans fats are stable and solid at room temperature. This is desirable in a food product. Trans fats are horrid, but they may or may not be more horrid than whatever comes along to replace them. The real solution is for the US government to stop subsidizing processed food by making corn and soy artificially cheap. As long as McDonald's is cheaper than quality vegetables, people will continue to eat garbage.

about 10 months ago

New York Subpoenaed AirBnb For All NYC User Data

generic_screenname Re:What happened to the free market? (181 comments)

But nothing actually guarantees that the tenants will be the only ones in the unit. Tenants can invite friends over, hire housesitters, and allow family members/friends/etc to stay for long periods of time. And even if it's a violation of the lease, tenants can and do bring in roommates who aren't on the lease. Landlords can rent out to pretty much anyone they damn well like, and if the landlord decides to rent to someone shady then you're stuck with unsavory neighbors anyway. So your point isn't really valid.

about a year ago

NSA's New Utah Data Center Suffering Meltdowns

generic_screenname Your tax dollars at work. (241 comments)

The only thing that will save us from the massive dragnet of the NSA is apparently the incompetence of the NSA.

about a year ago

New York Subpoenaed AirBnb For All NYC User Data

generic_screenname What happened to the free market? (181 comments)

Is there a compelling reason why this should be illegal? If someone has extra capacity in their home (couch, spare bedroom, vacancy from being on vacation) then why should the city care? And if landlords are finding that they can make extra money by not being landlords anymore, isn't that a different problem?

about a year ago


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