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Nukes Are "The Only Peacekeeping Weapons the World Has Ever Known," Says Waltz

loteck The Main Problem (707 comments)

The main problem is that the first time there is an exception to this trend of peace, it could conceivably be the last exception for everyone, period.

about 2 years ago
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Book Review: Fitness For Geeks

loteck FTC Disclosure (201 comments)

This review is posted on Amazon as the foremost review of the book, with one difference:

"(FTC disclosure (16 CFR Part 255)): The reviewer has accepted a reviewer's copy of this book which is his to keep. He intends to provide an honest, independent, and fair evaluation of the book in all circumstances.)"

Can we get the courtesy of the same disclosure here on Slashdot?

more than 2 years ago
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UCLA Professor Says Conventional Wisdom on Study Habits Is All Washed Up

loteck The learning assumption (329 comments)

The problem with this approach is that it assumes students are in class to learn.

But that's not the system we live in.

Increasingly, students are in class to memorize material so that they can quickly recall it on one of many tests.

Tests. Memory. That's what we're teaching to these days. Not learning. Key difference.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handing Over Personal Work Without Compensation?

loteck "You have a lot of downtime" (848 comments)

Happens to the best of us, in fact we tend to work ourselves right out of these in-house positions.

You should probably find something else for yourself to do (say, like, implementing your side project), or start looking for other jobs. If they have no budget to implement core systems, they certainly have no budget to hang on to Sys Admins with "a lot of downtime".

more than 2 years ago
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Domestic Surveillance Drones Could Spur Tougher Privacy Laws

loteck Moxie Says Dogfight (209 comments)

In his interview, Moxie suggested building your own flying device to "engage" theirs. As far as aerial engagement goes, I can only interpret that to mean he suggests we take the fight to the air.

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Head First HTML5 Programming

loteck Sloppy editing indeed (90 comments)

"The example code is generally of good quality, but not always consistent; for instance, is employed in some places, but elsewhere — leaving the reader to wonder why."

What?

more than 2 years ago
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White House Responds To Software Patents Petition

loteck Expect more of this (276 comments)

This whole move to respond to people's questions from the Executive Branch is very clearly a tactic to redirect voter ire to the Legislative Branch, where laws are made and passed. I would expect most of the replies to include some portion urging voters to contact their legislators. Recent administrations have left the American public under the impression that the executive branch can act unilaterally as long as you have Darth Vader as a vice president.

That's not the way this country is supposed to run. Things like this with the Executive communicating with voters directly are great, don't stop that, but call your goddamned lawmaker, too.

more than 2 years ago
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Help Shape the Future of Slashdot

loteck Re:Finally, a meta-thread! (763 comments)

I really enjoy the community and the moderation system on Slashdot. The combination of the 2 are working well together, in my opinion, and I told them that.

I also lambasted the editors for not editing, for headlines that are downright false, and various other editorial issues. One thing that stops me from suggesting slashdot to my friends is that I never know when some story is going to get posted with completely false information in the headline or summary, with a 100+ comment conversation that ensues about information that isn't even accurate.

When that happens, and it happens often, it makes the site look foolish and by extension it makes me look foolish for having suggested it. Slashdot needs to tighten up the editorial department, for me that is the single biggest area for improvement on the site. I told them as much.

more than 2 years ago
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Libraries Release Most-Censored Books List

loteck Re:Brave New World (229 comments)

Children being encouraged to experiment with sex, I'd bet.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Folds In California Sales Tax Deal

loteck just to be clear (639 comments)

Amazon also agreed to join with brick & mortar stores to begin lobbying Washington for a national internet sales tax. Think about that.

more than 2 years ago
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When Schools Are the Police

loteck Here's Your Texan Education Strategy (725 comments)

Graduation rates abysmal? Focus on increasing your dropout and expulsion rate (sticking these kinds of police systems in the schools is part of this). Suddenly your graduation rates are soaring, and everyone is happy! Well, everyone other than those who are looking at the racial and socioeconomic statistics of your graduates, that is. And everyone who is looking at the fact that your state has the most minimum wage workers of any state... but, hey, at least unemployment is lower!

about 2 years ago
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Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

loteck Re:No rage, just a lost customer. (722 comments)

Same here. No rage or emotion involved, just don't think its worth it, so I immediately cancelled. I wonder how many there are like us?

about 3 years ago
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First Ever Pulitzer For Non-Print Series

loteck Re:The Rise of Non-Profit News (16 comments)

You're right to an extent (the news cannot be free as in beer), but the nation-wide non-profit online only experiment that I was referring to is really more aimed at the kind of reporting you are talking about. See: The Voice of San Diego, The MinnPost, and The St. Louis Beacon for examples. Non-profit, local newspapers going 100% online and depending on their communities for support (with maybe some ad sales on the side). All of them are doing hard news coverage and in some cases are doing it better than their city's major daily paper.

Also, your local NPR station has long operated on the model that you just described, providing the kind of coverage that you've described.

The model may not yet be proven for "print" but it is certainly being tested, and seems to be holding up pretty well.

more than 3 years ago
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First Ever Pulitzer For Non-Print Series

loteck The Rise of Non-Profit News (16 comments)

The non-profit, online-only journalism model is being tested out across the country to some notable success. Granted, the orgs tend to partner with print and TV media to get their stories a wider audience (like ProPublica has done with the NYT, NPR and FrontLine), but the non-profit membership model of news gathering (like your local NPR affiliate or like ProPublica) is gaining steam.

Freedom of the press doesn't guarantee quality, which is what I think we all want. Put your money where your eyeballs are and throw a few bucks at ProPublica if you admire their work.

I don't work for them, btw... just a fan.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

loteck Re:Ethical? (826 comments)

As chance would have it, Randy Cohen has been removed from the NYT magazine as of yesterday. A new writer will take over The Ethicist in March. Your wish, granted, to some degree or another.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Now Attacking Corporate Fax Machines

loteck Re:Junk faxes are against the law (410 comments)

You seem pretty certain about that, considering it's really not an issue with a lot of legal certainty at this point. If it was as simple as saying "DDoS is against the law", slashdot would quickly find itself in a world of painful litigation.

more than 3 years ago
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Why 'Cyber Crime' Should Just Be Called 'Crime'

loteck Re:Also Naive (368 comments)

Because cyber-crime doesn't refer to a mere specialized type of crime, but an entirely different paradigm. This new paradigm of crime not only requires completely new types of training and skill-building, it will require well-written and clear laws that don't yet exist if we're ever going to get out of the "wild west" in which we currently reside.

Giving it a label helps to identify it and differentiate it, which is probably beneficial.

more than 3 years ago

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Jail Mail May Fail

loteck loteck writes  |  more than 3 years ago

loteck (533317) writes "A county jail department is quietly planning to dismantle an inmate email system, reports San Diego CityBeat:

Launched in 2007, the e-mail system allows users on the outside to send short messages to inmates via the Internet for free. Jail staff prints these messages and distributes them to the detainees, though the inmates cannot use the same system to respond.

The advisory group responsible for the system isn't required to notify the public of its meetings and no public comments are sought, according to the article."
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Exploit Site milw0rm Suddenly Closes

loteck loteck writes  |  about 5 years ago

loteck (533317) writes "Popular exploit website milw0rm was taken down by its owner on Wednesday. Citing a lack of time to properly keep up with the site, 'str0ke', as he was known in the security community, has apparently removed all access to the milw0rm repository of exploits and security information. Google has a cache of the 'goodbye header' posted, where str0ke writes: 'I wish I had the time I did in the past to post exploits, I just don't :('."
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Oldest Known Bible Published Online

loteck loteck writes  |  about 5 years ago

loteck (533317) writes "Codex Sinaiticus, a project that aims to digitize and disseminate the oldest known version of the Bible, went online today. The 1600 year-old text is substantially different from the modern Bible, including the addition of at least 9 books, and the omission of "some familiar — very important — passages", "including verses dealing with the resurrection of Jesus." The process of digitizing these fragile documents is also covered in some detail."
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Former Governor Hosts UFO Talks

loteck loteck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

loteck (533317) writes "From CNN: "Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington will be moderating a November 12 event at the National Press Club where he will discuss the Phoenix Lights incident. He says he will be joined by 14 former high-ranking military and government officials from seven countries who will share evidence from what they call their own UFO experiences and investigations."

Symington claims to have "witnessed a massive delta-shaped, craft silently navigate over Squaw Peak, a mountain range in Phoenix, Arizona" that was, according to him, witnessed by "hundreds if not thousands" of people in Arizona. There is no shortage of speculation on the Phoenix Lights incident online."

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Ask.com To Offer Real Privacy Controls

loteck loteck writes  |  about 7 years ago

loteck (533317) writes "From Wired:


Ask.com has announced it will release a new privacy tool, AskEraser, which will allow users to stop Ask from storing any information at all about user searches. With Google under fire for its meaningless cookie policy change, Ask has stepped forward to give searchers a reason to move away from the Googlopoly.


The article goes on to say that the service should be available by the end of the year in the US and UK, with global roll-outs by next year."

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