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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

jader3rd Re:Millionare panhandlers (190 comments)

A lot of the shelters are downright evil, though, especially the religious ones. A lot of them really push religion hard, and some of them won't help you if you don't spend an hour in church or whatever. Get 'em while they're vulnerable, then do just enough to make sure they receive your message.

From a cost-benefit point of view, is having your food and housing needs taken care of, in exchange for attending a one hour weekly meeting, really that bad? Many of us here try to go to 40 hours worth of meetings a week to cover our food and housing needs.

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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

jader3rd Re:Why? (753 comments)

not for society to make.

I'm pretty sure that the medium for transactions is a decision made by society. If society decided not to allow physical objects to represent legal tender, I don't think that you'd be able to make many financial transactions with the physical object of your choice.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

jader3rd Re:Why? (753 comments)

Why would you ever want a cashless society? Cash is one option you have. Taking it out removes an option and therefore freedom.

So you can audit and authorize where it goes. I can't audit a guy stealing cash from my wallet.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

jader3rd No single points of failure (265 comments)

Are you talking about servers/services? If so, every service should have some sort of failover strategy to other hardware. That way anything you need to work on can be failed over during business hours and brought back.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

jader3rd Re:IETF next (311 comments)

They set the standards for the TCP/IP protocol, the one used by the packets which conspired with the Tor network to move data around untraceably!

Except that she's going after the part that made tracking a source difficult/impossible. With normal TCP/IP you can track where packets are coming from.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

jader3rd Re:Not a big surprise (361 comments)

You mean the guy screamed about the government spying on us and that we can't trust closed source anything for decades. Guess what he turned out to be right.

But the government is intercepting data primarily from open protocols to do the spying. I don't think that closed source had anything to do with that.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

jader3rd Re:Bad media coverage (1330 comments)

They were against 'after the fact' options.

How is an IUD after the fact?

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

jader3rd Re:Gee Catholic judges (1330 comments)

By the time the dust of WW2 had settled, the current system of employer-provided health insurance was firmly established.

I suspect that if Congress didn't provide tax breaks to companies who did employer based health care that the 'firmly established system' would have dried up quite quickly. In fact, I bet if Congress removed the tax break, and instead issued a 1% tax on employer based health insurance, the 'firmly established system' would vanish from everyone's existence in less than one pay cycle.

about a month ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

jader3rd Re:I don't know about this one... (376 comments)

I get what they're trying to do, but this seems like the wrong approach. You don't fix discrimination with more discrimination, even if it's in the opposite direction.

Until the 'problem' is correct that's exactly what you do; unless hiring assassins to thin out the existing 'problem' is an option.

about 1 month ago
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An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

jader3rd This is why we should be teaching programming (192 comments)

This right here is why we should be teaching basic programming or scripting in middle school. Show young students how to automate simple tasks and they'll apply it to nearly every field that exists. I remember talking to an IT consultant about the recently released Exchange 2007 (when Exchange went all gung-ho about PowerShell) and he said how he hated the de-emphasis on the GUI and the huge emphasis on PowerShell. "On my first deployment I didn't use PowerShell at all. But by my third one, it was all done by PowerShell scripts."

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service OneDrive Now Offers 15GB For Free

jader3rd Re:Semi-related (99 comments)

Storage like this is handy for family photos, I'm not sure I would use it for anything else.

That's the reason I went with flickr. OneDrive will talk about the photo sharing experience, but it kind of sucks. It's great for the scenario of creating a folder of pictures to be shared with one person one time, but on a continuous basis of posting photos for people to see, it sucks. Flickr on the other hand is designed just for photo sharing, and it does it fabulously.

about a month ago
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US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

jader3rd But money is fungible (164 comments)

I suspect that should this actually happen the NSA will just pull money from something else to fund their protection of honest, hard working Americans. Money is fungible, it moves easily.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

jader3rd Re:Yes, let's tax the poor (619 comments)

This is a particularly evil kind of economic event where costs rise and and employment drops.

But what if habits change due to the cost increase? The volume of gas consumed is not an unchangeable constant.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

jader3rd Re:Good! (619 comments)

There is no such thing as "too cheap."

Yes there is. When the government takes out loans to reduce the price of an item, that item is too cheap. Or if the price of the item doesn't cover negative externalities of creating that item, the price is too cheap. In Pre Arab Spring Egypt the price of bread was too cheap. The government was getting into debt subsidizing the price of wheat to keep the masses happy. Once the government was overthrown and the price of bread made it to market values, a lot of Egyptians realized that they now had a bunch of debt on their hands and more expensive food. They look back at that time and say that the price of bread was "too cheap".

about a month ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

jader3rd Re:Not a Great Response (387 comments)

Contact Amazon (or whomever is hosting the data) and get all access shut down instantly and immediately, thereby ending the attacker's ability to do anything further.

But what if the attacker is the one contacting Amazon to shutdown everything? Do you want your business shut down by random teenagers calling Amazon, telling them to shut everything down?

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

jader3rd Re:Flaimbate (364 comments)

If they're going to apply this uniformly, the video of your child dancing is now something they can use for their own profit.

Wasn't that always the motivation behind YouTube? Why else would somebody start a company that allows users to upload their own content, than for the purpose of using that content for your own profit?

about a month ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

jader3rd Re:I'm just loving this part (347 comments)

We've seen that lie before with the Bush administration and, if I recall, fewer people had as much to say other than "if their systems suck that bad, something should be done about it."

In the Bush email case wasn't the excuse that the mail server had crashed, and after it crashed they found out that the tape backups hadn't been writing, and they never found out until they tried to do a restore? That at least was saying that the emails were on a server, which is where we all know they live. This is saying that the only copies of the emails was on one workstation, which is really hard to believe.

about a month and a half ago
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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

jader3rd Re:Dumb idea. (249 comments)

And, cynically, I believe that Google is doing this to ensure they can still collect data on you, and the people using their advertising services can continue to do to.

Given that's how Android is profitable for Google why shouldn't they be doing this?

about a month and a half ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

jader3rd It's memory that's the problem? (257 comments)

When a person wants to do something such as run Microsoft Word, the computer’s central processor will issue a command to copy the program and a document from the slow disk it had been sitting on and bring it temporarily into the high-speed memory known as DRAM that sits near the computer’s core, helping ensure that Word and the file you’re working on will run fast. A problem with this architecture, according to computing experts, is that DRAM and the Flash memory used in computers seem unable to keep pace with the increase in data use.

The author gives the problem that to access data the computer goes to the slow disk, and pulls the data in the fast memory so it can be operated against. Then the article goes on to say that memory can't keep up with the demand. That seems backwards to me. Isn't the problem they're trying to solve deals with how spinning disks have not had their data access speed increase at the pace of the rest of computer components, not memory?

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales

jader3rd Re: Not just that (127 comments)

I think it's more that we accepted that the motion control gimmick was first Gen, and expected the Wii 2, to have better motion control support. When it didn't, that blew away any reason to get a more expensive Wii.

about a month and a half ago

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Microsoft and Ubisoft team up for Assassin's Creed demo that runs in the browser

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 2 months ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "Neowin reports:

Now, if you are a gaming fan, the collaboration Microsoft has worked on with Ubisoft might be the best yet. The two companies are bringing Assassin's Creed's Pirates demo to the browser. Besides the technical ability of showcasing a demo like this in your browser without having to download the game, Microsoft and Ubisoft are showing how you can begin to rethink the browser as an entirely new platform, and not simply a content navigation tool.

Compared to the previous iterations of these Microsoft demonstrations of IE’s capabilities, this one seems to bridge new boundaries with the gaming community. While Cut the Rope certainly dabbles towards the gaming genre, Assassin’s Creed type games are squarely aimed at the hardcore gaming community. While it may be a bit of a stretch, it’s typically this same crowd that loves to say that “IE is only good for downloading other browsers”, so this could be an olive branch offering to help convince the crowd that IE no longer is the crappy browser because of the IE6 legacy.

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Iwata isn't Nintendo's problem. It's Miyamoto

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 6 months ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes ""Satoru Iwata's job is on the line. You can tell that it is, because he's been forced to say that he's hanging on to it."
"But perhaps — to think the unthinkable — there is another famous figurehead at Nintendo who is holding the company back; a man regarded for decades as its most valuable asset. I'm talking about the legendary game designer, the creator of Mario, and general manager of the famed EAD development teams: Shigeru Miyamoto. Lately, he hasn't been doing his job so well."

"...consider this: every one of the brilliant games Nintendo released in 2013, it had made before in some form. 3D World might be a dazzling procession of little gameplay ideas, but big ideas have been noticeably absent from the company's output for years now — completely so on both 3DS and Wii U. Its slate is a catalogue of sequels and rehashes. Nintendo's last major new IP launch was Wii Sports, back in 2006.""
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Intrade shutdown hurts academics

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about a year ago

jader3rd writes "Intrade, a popular Irish website that lets people bet on anything, has shutdown. In addition to be used by gamblers Intrade has been used by academics and pundits to track public sentiment. "... broad crowds have a lot of information and that markets are an effective way of aggregating that information,” says Justin Wolfers, “and they often turn out to be much better than experts.”"
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Your PC Just Crashed? Dont Blame Microsoft

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 2 years ago

jader3rd writes "Wired writes Your PC Just Crashed? Don’t Blame Microsoft
"Chipmakers work hard to make sure their products are tested and working properly before they ship, but they don’t like to talk about the fact that it can be a struggle to keep the chips working accurately over time. Since the late 1970s, the industry has known that obscure hardware problems could cause bits to flip inside microprocessor transistors. As transistors have shrunk in size, it’s become even easier for stray particles to bash into them and flip their state. Industry insiders call this the “soft error” problem, and it’s something that’s going to become more pronounced as we move to smaller and smaller transistors where even a single particle can do much more damage.""

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Lipitor makes way for generics

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "Lipitor was supposed to go off patent in March of 2010. That was extended to July of this year. Now it's Thursday, Dec. 1 — for real, this time. But what took so long?

In 2008 — three years before Lipitor was scheduled to go off patent — Pfizer made a deal with its generic challenger, the Indian company Ranbaxy. Deal was this: Pfizer would keep selling brand Lipitor for an extra five months, until December instead of July. Pfizer would essentially pay Ranbaxy to hold off. Telling them — 'don't be king just yet. We'll make it worth your while.'"

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EPA Partners with Federal Agencies to Track Japan

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd writes "In March 2011 the Japanese tsunami released debris estimated to be in the millions of tons into the Pacific Ocean. University of Hawaii scientists have developed computer models that predict debris from the tsunami could potentially reach Hawaii by March 2012 and the U.S. West Coast by March 2013."
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How Carriers Hamstring Your Smart Phone

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "By recruiting almost 400 volunteers to run an app on their phones that probes a carrier's networks, the team discovered, for example, that one of the four major U.S. carriers is slowing its network performance by up to 50 percent. They also found carrier policies that drained users' phone batteries at an accelerated rate, and security vulnerabilities that could leave devices open to complete takeover by hackers."
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