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Harvard Ditching Final Exams?

l3prador Re:Bring back the oral exam (371 comments)

Best of all, it doesn't take 3 hours per student.

But even in a small class of 20, if it takes a half hour per student, that's 10 hours for the professor.

more than 3 years ago
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Comcast Customers Urged To Opt-Out of Settlement

l3prador Re:Being Urged To Opt-Out? (128 comments)

Robb Topolski is urging people to opt-out in the InfoWorld summary.

"If people reject the settlement, they are freed from the restrictions of this settlement and can sue independently or join any other action," Topolski said in an email. "If enough people reject the settlement, it sends a strong message that the class of people that this settlement was intended to represent are dissatisfied."

more than 4 years ago
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Feds Push For Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking

l3prador Re:Hope and Change, eh? (400 comments)

Bush 2.0

I've always preferred "2 Bush 2 Furious" myself.

more than 4 years ago
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China Begins Monitoring Billions of Text Messages

l3prador Re:idk (178 comments)

The use of encryption is already forbidden in China, and could potentially be suspicious enough to warrant further investigation. You'd have to use an encryption scheme that appears to send normal SMS messages.

more than 4 years ago
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Mexico Wants Payment For Aztec Images

l3prador Re:I know this one, I know this one! Pick me! (325 comments)

Confederate cash is rare and a century and a half old. It's worth a fortune.

In some cases, yes, but its current market value is not in any way proportional to its face value:

$500

$5

more than 4 years ago
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Why Do So Many Terrorists Have Engineering Degrees

l3prador Re:Lets see (736 comments)

Inability to understand or accept belief systems other than one's own - check

more than 4 years ago
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What Do You Do When Printers Cost Less Than Ink?

l3prador Re:not a bargain (970 comments)

I always thought the high price wasn't from the inks themselves, but because there are somewhat sophisticated microfluidic devices in each ink cartridge. Do they actually claim it's the ink that's expensive?

Which are mostly in place to make it more difficult for people to offer 3rd party generic cartridges.

more than 4 years ago
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Xbox Live Class Action Being Investigated

l3prador Re:lol @ 'finally standing up' (453 comments)

To be honest, as an Xbox Live user, I have no problem with Microsoft's decision on this one. For me, people that are modding and hacking the games totally ruin the online experience and take the fun out of it for the rest of us, and I don't think it's at all unreasonable for Microsoft to assume that modded consoles are being used to cheat in this way. Furthermore, I'm actually glad to have a service that's pay to play because it provides that much more incentive for users not to cheat/harass or do other things that ruin the service for others.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Data Liberation Group Seeks To Unlock Data

l3prador Re:So... (167 comments)

Thanks, I actually really needed to hear that.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Data Liberation Group Seeks To Unlock Data

l3prador Re:So... (167 comments)

This is a good strategy if and only you are confident that you are the best option available. In Google's case, this is probably true, but I can't speak for the GP's case. (Although the fact that confidence is attractive to most women might help in this case.)

more than 4 years ago
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Antitrust Pressure Mounts For Wireless Providers

l3prador Re:Contracts aren't what they used to be... (300 comments)

Actually, all of them have been granted monopolies over the use of certain frequencies by the FCC. If we are going to grant them these special exclusive licenses, we should also consider what these companies do with that privilege.

more than 4 years ago
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A Vision For a World Free of CAPTCHAs

l3prador Re:Just a Thought... (168 comments)

Yep. If you can characterize the behavior pattern enough to automatically determine that it's "human-like," then you can automatically generate "human-like" behavior. The only way around it that I can see is if there is some sort of asymmetrical information involved, such as the invisible form honeypot mentioned in TFA--the website's creator (and thus the bot-detection script) knows that there is an invisible form present, but it's difficult for a script to see without rendering the site in standards compliant CSS.

more than 5 years ago
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Facebook's New Terms of Service

l3prador Re:Current users? (426 comments)

Right, but in this case they are changing the Terms of Service after the fact.

more than 5 years ago
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Facebook's New Terms of Service

l3prador Re:Current users? (426 comments)

I've uploaded a lot of my photos to facebook for friends to be able to see. Am I foolish to think that they shouldn't have rights to use my photos any way they want after I leave? Flickr is free. Does Flickr have rights to use people's photos even after they close their account?

more than 5 years ago
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Cambridge, Mass. Moves To Nix Security Cameras

l3prador Re:When will you get it right? (366 comments)

Sometimes we do expect privacy, even in public. We're used to looking around to see if there are people watching us, but security cameras are often more difficult to detect. Furthermore we know that even if there are people watching us, there's no way for anyone who's not watching us at that particular second to see the things we do. I.E. for an action to be observed, an observer would have to be present in a rather narrow window of time and space. But when cameras are involved, a recording is made, which means anyone at any time and in any location in the future can view the recording. Security cameras allow for a potentially massive magnification of an event's persistence in time and space.

more than 5 years ago
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Software Piracy At the Beijing Branch Office?

l3prador Re:He's Right (614 comments)

So it's more like riding a ski lift with a fake lift pass, or sneaking onto a subway without paying the fare, or telling your friends you aren't hungry when they split the cost of a pizza and waiting until they get full and eating the leftovers?

more than 5 years ago
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Will People Really Boycott Apple Over DRM?

l3prador Re:No (664 comments)

Exactly. Not spending money is sometimes effective in getting companies to change their actions, but spending money on things they do correctly is orders of magnitude more effective. iTunes Plus is great. Not only is there no DRM, but it's encoded at a much higher bitrate as well.

more than 5 years ago
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How Gamers View Their MMOs

l3prador Re:How MMOs should be viewed (132 comments)

You get "paid" in an MMO as well, just in Gold or Gil or some other virtual currency? What makes getting paid in dollars more legitimate than getting paid in video game currency? Beyond paying for basic needs, all it can cover is shiny accessories also. The only real currency is time, and you have to pay that to both systems.

more than 5 years ago

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