top Banking Malware, Under the Hood
It's not terribly uncommon to find a lottery where all or a portion of the jackpot is carried over to the next jackpot if nobody picks the winning numbers. In some cases this can increase the payout sufficiently that the YZ > X. The part about people being bad at math is that very small numbers round off to 0.
A one-in-a-million chance to win a billion dollars is a great deal if the tickets cost less than $1000--but you're still just throwing money away if you buy a ticket.
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top Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?
do I trust 12 strangers to consider the facts and make an informed decision in regard to my life; or do I trust the one stranger trying to beat me (to death?)...
top Google Defends Privacy Policies
True enough, but as another poster pointed out
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1647548&cid=32165644/ there are instances where companies can be compelled to reveal all their information about you.
top 3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession
And those people are idiots. Zero tolerance is a terrible idea, even in cases where it's effective, because it flies in the face of "letting the punishment fit the crime."
Anyone who advocates such extreme overreactions is not of sound mind, or at the least just doesn't realize that they do things that are "wrong" all the time. There are so many rules in our society, and they're so convoluted, that nobody can realistically be innocent of everything all the time. The cynic in me thinks this is intentional, so that any arbitrary citizen can be reprimanded/arrested/fined/given detention on a whim.
top Next Ubuntu Linux To Be a Maverick
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top Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers
If we had many illegal immigrants from England, Spain, Mexico, and Canada, yet the immigration laws were only enforced against the illegal immigrants who are Mexican, that would be an instance of racism or ethnic discrimination. That isn't the case. Right now the problem is coming from Mexico and illegal immigrants from elsewhere are more like statistical error by comparison. Again, some percentage of Mexican citizens are responsible for that, not anyone who wrote or plans to enforce Arizona's new law. You'll practically never see such a common-sense recognition in the media.
What do you call it, then, if someone is suspected of being a criminal because they share the same skin color as other criminals ("illegals")? If (for the sake of argument), when chosen at random, a black man was twice as likely to be a criminal than a white man, would you argue it is not racist to subject black men to more thorough scrutiny (that effectively strips those men of rights) than their white peers?
The problem of immigrants causing more crime looks like a straw man to me. Crime is, by definition, already illegal. Is there really justification to make things associated with illegal things illegal themselves? To me, it appears laws that criminalize things by association are just there to make it easier to detain someone when the evidence is lacking. That is practically the antithesis of a just trial.
top Ubuntu on a Dime
If that's the case then you're needs are far more advanced than the typical user. For them it's something like so:
1. These exist but are generally not common. Chances are the user has never heard of them or has need of them.
2. They IT guy takes care of that. 3. They are actually stuck; but, as it's commercial proprietary software, there's no source code available so they can't compile it anyway. They can try their luck with Wine but it's hit-or-miss, and frequently has a few caveats.
It seems to me you've made the same mistakes of exaggeration that the summary did. Exaggerating to the point of FUD isn't helping anyone.
top The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work
Anyone else feel like singing the false dichotomy song?
F-f-f-False Dichotomy-he-he-HE-he! Dun-dun-d-d-dun-dun.
top Why Flash Is Fundamentally Flawed On Touchscreen Devices
Granted, I didn't RTFA (who has time for that?) so I don't know whether it mentions this concept but: Why not just drag the stylus? It doesn't seem fundamentally flawed to make it work just like the touchpad on my laptop--dragging your pointer around moves the cursor like a mouse; to click simply tap the surface. Sure it's not as nice an interface but neither is Flash in the first place. What's the next problem?
top KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign
That right there is the actual problem with KDE4 IMO. It's perfectly acceptable to release alpha quality software for free. Nobody can really complain there. What was not acceptable, as far as I'm concerned, is taking away the one that works (KDE 3.5) and substituting the known faulty version. This is more accurately blamed on (K)Ubuntu and Fedora (and OpenSUSE IIRC) (you know, the most popular ones!) rather than the KDE team.
I, for one, have enough experience to install and maintain a popular Linux distro, but not enough to be my own package maintainer. I recall using a third party repo on Ubuntu to install Amarok 1.4.9 But it broke other things; all in all a sub-par experience.
Bottom line: If I were the KDE team I'd either be pissed that the distros removed the best version of KDE, or I'd be kicking myself for misrepresenting the state of the desktop environment.
top Technology Changes To Kill Netbooks?
For Slashdot users who want something like this but at an even lower price point, you might like to know about the Zipit, which can be modded to run Linux.
http://hunterdavis.com/archives/227 I have one and I love it. It's not for everybody (very low specs for a general purpose device) so you won't want to run X probably (though it can). Have fun!
top Berkeley Engineers Have Some Bad News About Air Cars
Deforestation? Who burns green firewood? Where I'm from lots of people have wood heating, but they only burn naturally dead wood because:
a. Green firewood is much more difficult to light. b. Green wood makes a very acrid unpleasant smell. c. Green wood increases creosote, which increases chances for chimney fires and clogs. d. In addition, it is illegal to cut down green trees for firewood. In summation, cutting long-since dead trees shouldn't cause deforestation. Saying so makes you sound like one of those people who are ignorant of how things work here, but somehow think they deserve a say in what we do.
top openSUSE 11.2 Released
5.1.2600 is the kernel version for XP Pro. OpenSUSE 11.1 is the release name, and if I'm not mistaken its kernel was 2.6.27.
top Mandriva Linux 2010 Is Finally Out
"Manned river" (but with the er in river pronounced differently) is easier to say than Ooboontoo or Soozu, IMO...
top Mandriva Linux 2010 Is Finally Out
Mandriva deserves some love. It was the first distro that enabled the correct graphics driver on my laptop (on most distros I'd have to manually change xorg.conf to use vesa--even though this was around summer last year) and configure my wifi card correctly straight from the liveCD. No distro I've tried to date properly configures my audio chipset, but the workaround works as well on Mandriva as it does on any other.
In other words, Mandriva has the best hardware detection of any distro I've tried. My congratulations to the developers on their new release!
top Mandriva Linux 2010 Is Finally Out
No I also like Mandriva. Here's to hoping Mandriva 2010 undoes some of the damage caused to the Linux image by the Ubuntu Karmic release SNAFU.
I wouldn't mind seeing Mandriva gain some ground, and some new packages in the process.
top Lawmakers Caught Again By File-Sharing Software
Not to mention, there have been more accidental overdoses in that manner since the safety bottles were mandated. And, anecdotally, I recall that when my sister was three she had no problem breaking the lid off a bottle of Tylenol PM, and eating all the "candy".
top After 1 Year, Conficker Infects 7M Computers
Doesn't Adept use Apt just like Synaptic? So it should be the same as using aptitude instead of apt-get. Now if you used rpm (which is available in the apt repositories) to install the package, then that could have the effect you are talking about.
top Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads
how many societies have plumbers as heroes?
The ones with dangerous turtle/dinosaur kidnappers that hire turtles as sentry guards. The plumbers know how to make proper use of the mushrooms and piping that, naturally, are so common in such a society.
top On the Efficacy of Flu Vaccine
It might also be a problem if you intentionally exposed the patients to the flu virus but that is not necessary considering how widespread the virus is. I, for one, would be willing the be a guinea pig in such a (double blind) study.
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