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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

krlynch Re: maybe (355 comments)

It needs to be paid for one way or the other ... it's irreducible overhead to move the data you are asking them to move. You either pay for it with a lower effective cap or you pay a higher price per overhead-free byte. Six of one, half dozen o' the other. ...

about 2 months ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

krlynch Re: Just let me do brain surgery! (372 comments)

Of course brain surgeons don't "just do" brain surgery .... in any surgery, there's a ton of pre-operative work, investigation, preparation, paperwork, practice, etc. No one just dives in and cuts open your head.... and just as no one administrator hovers over the scalpel's every move, no manager hovers over every keystroke, either.

about 3 months ago
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Stanford Getting Rid of $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock

krlynch Re:$18.7 billion?! (208 comments)

Endowments return significant operating funds in up years, and sales from the endowment assets smooth out what would otherwise be significant operating losses in the down years; they decouple university operating finances from the business cycle and local politics. They _stabilize_ finances. They can also used as collateral allow for much larger debt funded initiatives to be floated. I dearly wish my university employer had a large endowment....

Put another way: you don't eat your seed corn. The endowment is the seed corn. Selling off an endowment for short term, short sighted "it seems wrong to have so much money!" would be criminal

about 6 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

krlynch Re:However.. (247 comments)

The station and shuttle were in incompatible orbits for docking: it would have been physically impossible to get the Columbia to the station.

about 8 months ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

krlynch Re:Sure (500 comments)

Arresting an occupant for refusing a search would violate the fourth amendment, and poison the search. That's well settled case law, and not even remotely what this case was about.

about 8 months ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

krlynch Re:Sure (500 comments)

Warrants aren't required when consent exists. Warrants exist for those cases where no one gives consent. That's kind of the point.

about 8 months ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

krlynch Re:What is an "occupant?" (500 comments)

"Occupant" has a long standing, well understood legal definition. It isn't "random schmoe who happens to be near the house"....

about 8 months ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

krlynch Re:Hypothetical (500 comments)

Utility workers don't have the right to consent, because they are not legal occupants. They can, however, report anything they suspect is illegal to the police, who then need to obtain consent or a warrant. I'm not sure why you would think otherwise.

about 8 months ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

krlynch Re:Does the occupant need to be over 18? (500 comments)

Minors generally can't legally consent to anything ... that's why they need parent/guardian signatures on permission slips to do even the most trivial things at school. They certainly can't consent to a warrantless search.

about 8 months ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

krlynch Re:Define Occupant vs. Owner or Tenant (500 comments)

The legal definition of "occupant" is well settled law. This case makes not changes to that definition. If you think this case is going to cause you problems, you probably already have them ....

about 8 months ago
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Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

krlynch Re:Complete Bullshit (500 comments)

A four year old can't legally consent to anything.

about 8 months ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

krlynch Re:ahhh (377 comments)

There has been no extradition request from Italy.

about 9 months ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

krlynch Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

It does, because he isn't ... as is pointed out every time this pointless story comes back to /.

"Contrary to popular belief, diplomatic missions do not enjoy full extraterritorial status and are not sovereign territory of the represented state."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

about 9 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

krlynch Re:Skim software (731 comments)

No ... no, it doesn't. It could well be that there isn't a disproportionate amount of fraud here, when you use the appropriate metric. It could well be that there is. But there is zero logical connection between those two statements.

about 9 months ago
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Neglect Causes Massive Loss of 'Irreplaceable' Research Data

krlynch Re:Drinking from the firehose. (108 comments)

It ain't the hardware ... it's the people. Who maintains the hardware? Programs it all? Who maintains the networks? Who is charged with tracking what's working and what isn't? Who backs it up, and updates formats, and catalogs it, and indexes it, and tracks the changing methodologies used in the collection? Who translates the old code, and operating systems, and storage formats, and hardware, and whatever else?

Hardware's cheap ... people (especially those of the knowledgeable and reliable variety) aren't. Digital data archiving and warehousing for the long haul are well understood to be huge problems for which we haven't found a very good set of solutions.

about 10 months ago
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Magellan II's Adaptive Optics Top Hubble's Resolution

krlynch Re:Still can't handle proper units? (136 comments)

Why? We switch units all the time, even when doing this "science" thing that so many seem to think only uses SI: eV, barn, torr, atm, etc. Suck it up, and learn to do conversions....

about a year ago
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MS Researchers Develop Acoustic Data Transfer System For Phones

krlynch Re:And they call it (180 comments)

I've always found it interesting that "modem" and "modern" are so easy to confuse in most fonts....

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

krlynch Re:3 hours on differential equations? (656 comments)

In undergrad, I typically did 3 hours of DiffyQ homework *per night*

That's what I noticed first ... I tell my students that they should be doing about 3 hours of homework per credit hour per week. For a full time load, that works out to about 60 hours of classes plus homework a week. If you're doing WAY less than that, AND you're complaining about the work load .... you need to rethink you're approach to your education.

about a year and a half ago
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EPA Makes a Rad Decision

krlynch Re:Where did the chips come from? (167 comments)

Check your math ... your numbers are implausibly low. Hint: if there were that few C14 atoms in a body, carbon dating wouldn't work.

about a year and a half ago

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