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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

jythie Re:We live like kings and queens already (230 comments)

I think one of the big bonuses of the SSDs hitting the mainstream is people (and manufacturers) are re-examining how much capacity people actually need. For a while there was a trend of just throwing the biggest drives possible at every machine made since a bigger number looks better then a smaller number on marketing material, but it meant a lot of people bought computers with drives that far exceeded their actual use cases.

For most people 256GB is more then enough, depending on how they are using it. Though it is no where near enough for other uses.

Personally for my use case, I have both. a 128GB drive for OS and applications, and 1TB HDD for data. If I kept my data on the SSD it would fill up rapidly, so it is not enough for this 'anybody' at least, and I know people who burn through space a lot faster then I do.

10 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

jythie Re:Militia, then vs now (1430 comments)

The problem with 'belong to the people' is that when it actually does, we end up with situations like this were some people want to profit off something public and get up in arms if the people decide differently.

11 hours ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

jythie Paid Advertising? (446 comments)

Seriously, did they pay slashdot to run this garbage? "IT consulting company produces colourful but unattributed info-graphic saying developers are important but IT is to slow." would be a better summary.

yesterday
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

jythie Re:Holy shit (446 comments)

I think most people think of 'millionaire' as having over a million in potentially liquid assets at any given time. So neither 'cumulative pay' nor '401k' would count.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

jythie Re:Militia, then vs now (1430 comments)

It is only revisionism if one claims unilateral victory and wants to shut down the other side. Even at the time there was debate and disagreement about the scope and specifics of the various Bill of Rights amendments. One of the big reasons they were not included in the constitution is there was so much debate over the topics among the delegates that they feared it would derail the drafting.

"The Founders" meant a lot of things, and their intent varied from person to person, and they disagreed with each other a lot.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

jythie Re:Militia, then vs now (1430 comments)

Which is a scary thought since the lesson of the Nevada event is that if you have good PR and enough armed people, officials who do not want bloodshed will back down and allow you to continue. Since this is only a tool that can be utilized by the wealthy and well connected, even if it was just, it does not actually help average citizens but does mean that it is less likely the state will actually protect them from other citizens.

I guess Waco and such did accomplish their goals. They wanted blood to make a point, other groups used it for anti-government propeganda, and now officals are wary about standing up to these groups. I suspect we will see a rise in sovereign citizens and others who hope that if they are more willing to kill then officals then they will not have to follow laws they do not like.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

jythie Re:Militia, then vs now (1430 comments)

The line between butchering and fixing is pretty blurry. While people like to say that it 'clearly' states the scope of protection, given that people have been arguing about it for over a century indicates that it is not all that clear. Changing the wording to make it explicit would help, but that would mean deciding which interoperation is correct once and for all, meaning whichever direction it went the other camp would consider it butchering.

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

jythie Re:Rewarding the bullies... (773 comments)

While that would indeed have a psychological impact, the actual body count would likely be zero. It is not to say such things can not be dangerous, but for them to be deadly you generally need a LOT of the material and a poorly ventilated/enclosed space. In a school, opening up the window would be enough to nullify any attack a student could manage.

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

jythie Re:WTF?? (773 comments)

It was recorded in the classroom. Which actually does not help since schools are such strange constitutional ground and thus public expectations may or may not apply based on the whim of the judge.

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

jythie Re:So while all of this was happening (773 comments)

Let us not forget the 3rd common thing authorities bring up, "well, you are acting XYZ so it is your own fault".

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

jythie Re:Quite logical reaction (773 comments)

When a school is involved, minor's rights are generally suspended.

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

jythie Re:Rewarding the bullies... (773 comments)

We can only hope. While explosives can sometimes be effective, things like chlorine gas and tainted water supplies are very hard to pull off in any significant way. They tend to have a significant psychological place in our fears, but as actual implements of harm they have a very poor cost/benefit ratio in the general case.

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

jythie Re:Rewarding the bullies... (773 comments)

Yeah, that is the thing that drives me crazy about all the talk about bullying in schools. Schools (and police) pretty much never acknowledge the role they play in strengthening the bullies' hands or even actively participating.

The worst bullying cases I have known involved teachers joining in, reenforcing the idea that the victim deserves it or is simply being shown their proper social place. And sadly the whole myth that bullies are some broken losers really makes things more difficult since most of them simply have a higher social standing in the school and are acting as their peers feel is appropriate.

yesterday
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

jythie Re:Subtle attack against C/C++ (186 comments)

I do not think C++ would have helped here, all it would have done was made things a bit more obscured. It should also be noted that you can build custom allocators in C++ too (I worked on a couple projects that used them) so that part of the problem would be there too.

C++ makes a lot of things easier, but under the hood it is still essentially C with an expanded library and fancy pre-processor (I know modern compliers do not actually preprocess C++ into C and then compile), thu all the same problems are still there and mostly are mitigated by using libraries that wrap things up in a safer way.

2 days ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

jythie Re:Subtle attack against C/C++ (186 comments)

Neither is on the list, so I am not sure this is much of an attack.

2 days ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

jythie Re:Wonder how Ada 2012 would fare... (186 comments)

I would wager that even if some sites do have it as a back end, they are too rare for this type of experiment or the back ends are not sufficiently exposed for it to matter. That being said, yeah, if I had to start from scratch in all regards and write a secure service as the primary priority, Ada would probably make make it to my short list of languages.

2 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

jythie Re:Get rid of income Tax (414 comments)

'productive' is highly subjective. A minority of our economy is actually tied to necessities and infrastructure, most of it is tied up in things that have value but are otherwise frivolous. Which gets into the high level concepts of what objectives and metrics we want to optimize for.

Ok, so then let us move that tax onto sales instead. Oh wait, the person still ends up paying 22% higher costs on items then they would be tax free except now the tax burden is skewed towards the transfer of material goods rather then services. Since the middle and upper class spend a significant amount of their income on intangibles this puts an even higher burden on the lower class yet again, only this time the tax code can not build in exceptions for people at the lower rungs thus it falls on them even more.

Pure sales based systems have been done before, they were extremely regressive and abandoned.

2 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

jythie Re:Get rid of income Tax (414 comments)

Quite true, there is no guarantee that the money will flow in useful ways.

2 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

jythie Re:Get rid of income Tax (414 comments)

If you want to talk overall economic health, taxation does not really impact it since all those tax dollars just go strait back into the economy anyway.

As for 'every corner', this is actually rather important. When you focus all your tax burden on some particular metric it tends to skew who pays and who does not further and further. By spreading it around it starts to better represent actual movement of money in the economy rather then specific types of transactions.

2 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

jythie Re:Not even much money (414 comments)

It is less about the amount and more about the bidding war. You can buy legislation cheap if there is not much spending in opposition.

2 days ago

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