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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

internerdj Re:When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone (171 comments)

From what I can gather, the features of most peoples' phones are good enough that they don't want to talk to the people around them much less people who aren't around them.

yesterday
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Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

internerdj Re:Customers for Wi-Fi enabled thermostats (103 comments)

And that is solved by airgapping my thermostat either by removing its wifi settings or setting up a local wifi network. I've got a spare router sitting in a box and I don't even have any connected devices to need a dedicated network. I'm just not seeing any reason that any effort at malice here wouldn't be exponentially more time consuming that what it would take to thwart it.

about a week ago
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

internerdj Re:3d copiers!! (144 comments)

I got an ad from Walmart/Sam's Club yesterday saying they could scan my kids' faces in store and make a custom action figure with their faces on it at select stores as part of a pilot program.

about a week ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

internerdj Re:What? (185 comments)

So if I just sever all legal means of communication then I should be free to skirt the law? I'll have to remember that.

about a week ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

internerdj Re:Just in time for another record cold winter (200 comments)

The climate change folks set the public expectation with the original wording of this discussion. There is a significant amount of the population who don't understand the issue any deeper than the two words "global warming." You can rant and rave about the idiodicy of people, but until you actually tackle the grammer nazi issue then you won't make it anywhere with policy changes.

about a week ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

internerdj Re:Ah, how heartwarming... (157 comments)

Well then there is a difference between the colloquial and the academic uses. That in itself is probably a big reason for the divide between positions on the issue.

about a month ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

internerdj Re:Ah, how heartwarming... (157 comments)

Yep. It is an availability bias. We only hear about states rights when in completely screws something up. You can't seriously say that a uniform code of law works best across the country, can you? What is best for California is best for New York? Or what is best for Arkansaw is best for New Jersey? Or what is best for Hawaii is best for Montana? Different attitudes, different resources, different population densitities. We are strong because we are different but united, granted when we screw it up the we screw it up monumentally.

about a month ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

internerdj Re:Grades vs IQ (391 comments)

There is a good chance the test is flawed, but IQ is not the only indicator of high intelligence that points to a subset of people as intelligent but who don't perform well in school. It is pretty terrible when intelligent people can't do well in intelligence training.

about a month and a half ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

internerdj Re:Anecdotal (227 comments)

My oldest is 6 and naturally curious about how it works. You could go through all the mechanics and he would be captivated with the description but never touch it. My youngest is 4 and you've got to be careful merely doing things in his presence.

about a month and a half ago
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New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

internerdj Re:Any bets on how long before the plug is pulled? (142 comments)

I've done some work with human factors evaluation of HUDs for aircraft. Some information just needs to be text. It takes a bit longer to process but it is better to have critical text available near the field of view and refocus than to have to hunt for it at my knees and lose my reaction time. BTW, a well designed HUD isn't in focus at the optic. It looks like this one is focused a bit in front of the vehicle. A really nice one will be focused at pseudoinfinity and is mostly in focus anywhere you look.

about 2 months ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

internerdj Good news (177 comments)

Despite all the (partially true) snark. Isn't this a good thing? Shouldn't the highest court of the land be producing rulings that are predictably consistent with previous rulings? Unless a case is truly novel, past performance should be a good predictor of future performance here, since case law is cumulative.

about 2 months ago
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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

internerdj Re:A cautionary tale? (189 comments)

"The real problem is the tendency of mankind to accept things as given without checking up on it." That isn't a problem that is one of the fundamental pieces to how our minds process a complex world.

about 2 months ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

internerdj Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

Well I buy their argument that figuring out which teachers are truly bad teachers is exceptionally hard. Stakes are high, evaluation is tough, results play out over a long time, and there are really important corner cases for any evaluating. Parents should have a say but not too much. Peers should have a say but not too much. I guess it falls on administrators but that is our current scheme.

about 2 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

internerdj Re:Limited perspective (962 comments)

Not to undermine your point, but where is this: "job where people didn't habitually harass them"? I've supported several industries and I don't know that I could chart a course for my daughter to have a career "safe" from this.

about 2 months ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

internerdj Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

Fair enough. I did notice you were avoiding that. Paying them like rockstars probably wouldn't but paying them enough to compete with other careers in their field might give us a few more good ones and a little more flexibility in tossing out the bad.

about 2 months ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

internerdj Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

If a teacher is one or maybe two standard deviations then skill doesn't matter that much. However, a bad teacher can traumatize a kid against learning and a good teacher can inspire a kid to pursue education beyond what they would have. My wife and I are trying to undo the harm that my child's kindergarten teacher did to his perception of education. He does math above his grade level for fun but he isn't interested in stepping foot in school again. I probably wouldn't be starting my dissertation now without the influence of my high school Chemistry teacher way back then.

about 2 months ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

internerdj Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

I know a lot of folks who are genuinely irritated with the day to day affairs of the federal government. They aren't out to limit anyone's rights and are quite convinced that your rights will be expanded, but the potential for abuse is pretty high given history. Even worse, a more local focused rule doesn't seem to historically offer as strong a protection against powerful corporate abuse. We will live with corporate abuse but we won't stand for abuse by the state.

about 2 months ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

internerdj Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

That government ended in 1865 because allowing the more local governments broad authority resulted in many states creating a class of people who were subhuman.

about 2 months ago

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RIAA claims it is owed $72 trillion dollars by LimeWire

internerdj internerdj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

internerdj (1319281) writes ""The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) estimates that filesharing website LimeWire owes it over $72 trillion dollars (£46 trillion) in damages." NME reports this is 120% of the combined estimated wealth of the entire planet.
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NJ Girl arrested for posting pictures of herself

internerdj internerdj writes  |  more than 5 years ago

internerdj (1319281) writes "A New Jersey girl, age 14, has been arrested for posting over 30 nude photos of herself on Myspace. She is charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. If convicted she can face up to 17 years in prison and of course life on the sex offenders list. Interestingly, the mother whose daughter is the reason for Megan's law, Maureen Kanka, had the following to say about this application of the law: "This shouldn't fall under Megan's Law in any way, shape or form. She should have an intervention and counseling, because the only person she exploited was herself." NJ girl, 14, arrested after posting nude pics"
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Zombie warning road signs

internerdj internerdj writes  |  more than 5 years ago

internerdj (1319281) writes "Pranksters in at least three states are messing with electronic road signs meant to warn motorists of possible traffic problems by putting drivers on notice about Nazi zombies and raptors. And highway safety officials aren't amused."

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