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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

lsllll Re:(In that Counter Strike voice) Terrorists Win (184 comments)

Well, you've just described the definition of terrorism. It is there so it can terrorize people and make life more difficult. Al Qaeda won. Not because they killed 3000 people, but because they successfully rearranged the lives of Americans and most of the rest of the World, all for the worst. Many people (Muslim and not) suffered because of their act, many people will continue to suffer. We lost and we continue to lose, every day, via these bullshit tactics by TSA, the CIA, the FBI, and the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court. All of our rights are being stripped away one bit at a time. I am an immigrant and this is not what I signed up for.

about a week ago
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Fedora 21 Released

lsllll But will it be stable? (106 comments)

I have been using Fedora since FC3. Used to use Mandrake before that. I'll have to check 21 out tonight, but my gut feeling is that it's not going to go so well. I believe the last version of Fedora that was rock-solid stable and had support for pretty much anything I threw at it was FC18. For the sake of diversity, I run Ubuntu (XFCE) on my desktop at home, FC20 (XFCE) at work, and CentOS5 and CentOS6 on all the servers I'm involved in.

One of the botches I believe FC team did was when they changed the interface for the hard drives during the installation. Yeah, I know, I switch to console and fdisk and parted everything the way I want it, but the GUI used to be really simple before they changed it.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

lsllll Re:Consumers are cheap (415 comments)

I seriously doubt it'll be $10/month. Assuming a new O/S off-the-shelf costs about $80, and that a user is going to use it for 4 years, the cost is just under $2/month. MS practically gives those licenses away to OEMs, so the gross sales for MS would be about $1/month/PC. If they charge you $10/quarter they'll have tripled their revenue.

The question is, what will subscription get you. Does it get you the opportunity to upgrade to the latest OS from MS? Or does it merely get you hotfixes? If it's just hotfixes, then they're really shooting themselves in the foot, since many PCs will go unpatched and even more stolen identities, etc. will be attributed to Windows machines. I suspect they'll go to something like $x/year will get you free upgrades.

about two weeks ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

lsllll Re:Meet Streisand (307 comments)

I agree. The other thing, though, is that IT'S A CONTRACT. Read, read read! I don't know why people who don't read the contract try to get out of it later. I know it's not kosher to put things like this in the contact, but contracts are like that. They're usually one sided in favor of one party or another. The question is, whether this was illegal (extorting money for negative reviews). If it wasn't, then I don't see how one should be able to get out of it.

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

lsllll Missed by most (350 comments)

My wife just looked at these pictures and mentioned how the white woman is looking at her infant, while the black woman is looking like she's having a good time. I don't think anyone else mentioned this, and I certainly didn't notice it, but that could very well have a subliminal influence on my decision on which one is right and which one's wrong.

about a month ago
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Rosetta's Philae Probe To Land On Comet Tomorrow

lsllll All together (74 comments)

Leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again ...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There an Ethical Way Facebook Can Experiment With Their Users?

lsllll Anonymized From The Start (141 comments)

Sure, a set of anonymized, randomized set of users at the beginning and ensure they remain anonymous throughout the study, then do the study. The question is whether FB can truly anonymize the data they are studying. I would place a wager that they cannot. There is so much information creep in FB that anonymizing the data may not be possible.

Second solution, give the research projects to people who truly have no interest in the data or the results.

about 2 months ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

lsllll Face Palm (131 comments)

Looking at their example conversation, I had no choice but to face palm. Having never looked at Ruby code before, I was able to deduce perfectly well what the first iteration was doing. Do we really need to expand a function that can accomplish its task in one line into a function that may be a little more readable?

I wonder how today's programmers would make do with resources that were available in the early days of computing, or even when the IBM PC came out. Having to deal with small amounts of RAM caused programmers to be extremely creative in their programming. Granted that we do not have to go to such extremes today to write programs, reading about such practices is still very inspiring.

about 3 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

lsllll Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (1134 comments)

Boo hoo for you. This is what is happening throughout the world. There are bad apples everywhere and some happened to be in your school. I'm not saying what they did was okay. They should have been dealt with accordingly. But to say that the whole school system promotes bullying, or that misogyny of this magnitude is prevalent in the gamer culture is wrong. Those are bullshit blank statements.

about 4 months ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

lsllll Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (316 comments)

I don't think it's necessarily geared towards the old geezer crowd, although I would be one of those. There are instances when tape is still the way to go. For long retention periods (less than the life of the tape), nothing beats tape. Once it's done and shipped to offsite storage, it doesn't generate heat, doesn't burn electricity, doesn't take any room in the data center, and is offsite.

about 4 months ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

lsllll Re:Performance improvements have helped it survive (511 comments)

Woosh! That was the sound of his comment over your >30y assembler skills. What he said was correct. Instructions in Java are encoded into bytecodes, which must still be interpreted and by the JVM and executed as machine code on a processor. All this translation takes time. You cannot tell me that adding two integers in Java is "directly" translated (without overhead) into the same machine code the a C compiler would generate.

about 4 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

lsllll One word (299 comments)

EBay. What if the seller I bought the phone from didn't like the negative feedback I left him for the phone not being described correctly and decided to be a dick and brick my phone? Giving owners that capability effectively kills much of the second and third hand market.

about 4 months ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

lsllll Re:Real Problem (264 comments)

It's hard to come by any hard stats for this, but here's an article that may shed some light on the issue.

According to the article, out of 800 positions created under DOJ's COPS program, 629 MUST go to veterans who have served at least 180 days of active duty since 9/11. Although this does not provide statistics for the existing law enforcement population, it does provide some insight. There are also numerous articles on the web that talk about transitioning veterans to local police forces.

about 4 months ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

lsllll Re:Real Problem (264 comments)

Actually many (not all) of the policemen and policewomen in the U.S. are ex military. They've been trained on the equipment that was donated to the police departments. What we should be asking is why have we come to a time/place that we think we need a swat team knocking on a door for an eviction, or even a low profile drug related arrest.

about 4 months ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

lsllll Wyvern? (306 comments)

I looked up images of Wyvern on Google images. Don't think it's a good choice. Reminds me of the NSA's overreach over our lives. I think they should have named it Pussy Cat.

about 4 months ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

lsllll Re:What? (200 comments)

I'm not sure if I would blame my ISP (Comcast) for that. If I'm paying for Netflix, I would expect that they release their packets to my network. This works the other way as well. If I'm paying Comcast for my Internet service, I would expect them to not filter any packets coming to my network. Once I pay for service, my vendor would be obligated to do everything it can do to make sure I can use the services I'm paying for. So, in this case, I would be calling Netflix and complaining.

Having said that, I wouldn't switch my ISP over something like this. I use my Internet connection for WAY too many different things to cancel it just over lack of Netflix. I would cancel my Netflix service instead.

Now, if I had a different, equivalent in speed, option as my ISP (which I don't), I MAY consider switching, but that would be giving in to Netflix's wishes and that's a bad thing in this case.

Going back to TFA, I think the ISPs are full of shit. This could be a prelude to them hiking their rates, even if Netflix doesn't turn to charge them. As it is, in the U.S., we are paying the highest premium for Internet service in the modern world. I don't understand all this corporate bullshit and crying with "we're losing money." Corporations (all the big ones) are raking in money hand over fist. Just look at the dividends they're paying their stock holders.

about 5 months ago
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The Truth About Solar Storms

lsllll Re:Another ignorant fearmongering article (91 comments)

And I suppose you have calculated the magnitude of the solar storms and the voltage that will travel over lines and the distance in the breaker? How can you be sure that it won't arc across the metal underneath the breaker after you've pulled the breaker? I'm not saying it will. I'm not even saying that it'll arc across the breaker, but just saying ...

about 5 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

lsllll Maybe Apples and Oranges? (529 comments)

I haven't read the detail of the 18,000 M$ is laying off, and I doubt they have the detail anyways. But it could completely be that they're laying off all janitors and hiring an outside firm, or they're laying off a whole bunch of non-skilled or low-skilled workers. They may still need high-skilled workers with H-1B visas.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

lsllll Re:Perl says your garbage is just that (536 comments)

syntax error at -e line 1, near "^ &&"

Hell, at least it made it 2/3 of the way through.

about 6 months ago
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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

lsllll Why (203 comments)

I have no idea why ANYBODY would even consent to logging in to his Facebook account on a computer or unlocking his phone while in custody, let alone post a coerced message like that. I'm sure lawyers will hash all this out in court, but my according to the article

Jamerson was charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of obstruction against the officer, all misdemeanors, Lyon said.

I am for civil liberties, but I'm not sure I disagree with the charges.

Having said that, his case is about being coerced. Who's to say he didn't offer to write a nice post himself and the officers laughed and said "sure!"?

about 6 months ago

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What should I talk to high school computer science

lsllll lsllll writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lsllll (830002) writes "I got drawn (without my intention) into three 20 minute sessions, talking to high school students about computer science and programming, and am wondering what are some of the things I should talk to them about. I have previously done the same thing for a forty minute period, and all the students wanted to talk about game programming. My only game programming experience dates back to the late 80's and programming a few games (some which ran on top of Novell's network) in Turbo Pascal. Since then I have done lots of database design, web interface programming, and systems configuration and integration. I am pretty fluent with Windoze and Linux, but my contemporary programming skills are somewhat limited to Coldfusion, PHP, Javascript, SQL and bash scripts. Should I talk to them about different aspects of computer science, what it's like to work full-time in the computer industry, or do I make the sessions just question and answer, since 20 minutes might not allow me to talk and do question and answer?"
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eBay Search Engine Completely Down

lsllll lsllll writes  |  about 5 years ago

lsllll (830002) writes "eBay search system appears to be completely down, or only partially functioning for many users according to The Inquisitr. Users have reported problems with search results returning completely empty sets. Having tested this with the search term "rfid", I can verify that on most refreshes there were no results, and on some there were only about 500 or so results. The specific auction pages are fine, since Google searches jump to the auctions with no problem.

On their announcement page eBay says "Please note that we are working as quickly as possible to get this resolved. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work to resolve this." But sellers are already wondering about their lost sales on eBay forums, given that this is probably the biggest Saturday shopping day of the year. The first post on the forums is marked at 1:05 PST, so the search appears to have been down for at least the past 3.5 hours. Interestingly, eBay's announcement gives some workarounds, but I doubt anybody would be checking the announcements for tips and tricks to get around the problem."

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