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The White House Responds To We the People Petition

matzahboy Re:Alcohol (920 comments)

As we saw with prohibition, it's really hard to take a popular drug that is legal and make it illegal. Cigarettes are way worse than weed, but it would be extremely difficult and probably ineffective to ban them. Weed on the other hand is already illegal, so the government can keep it illegal if they want to.

about 3 years ago
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8 Ways To Circumvent the PROTECT-IP Act

matzahboy It will put a dent in it (284 comments)

People have to be somewhat computer savy to use the work-arounds mentioned here. While people who read slashdot could easily circumvent these DNS restrictions, the typical Internet user would struggle to do so. This kind of law would put a dent in the piracy, but it would not stop it. Any computer-savy pirate could circumvent the laws, but not everyone could.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Blocks Google+ App, Google Removes Twitter From Real Time Search

matzahboy Re:How Microsoft of Them (250 comments)

It's not like Google came around with a potential competitor and Facebook banned exporting friends out of fear. Facebook has always banned any application that allowed you to export friends. Maybe they do it out of fear, but they wrote it into their TOS. Banning the Google application is the rule, not the exception.

more than 3 years ago
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If WikiLeaks Suspect Manning Is Legally Guilty, What Punishment?

matzahboy Re:Shindlers List (359 comments)

I find the comparison offensive. There is a strong difference between saving lives from a genocide and releasing classified intelligence.

more than 3 years ago
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Wildfire Threatens Los Alamos Labs

matzahboy House burned down (134 comments)

My friend's house burned down a few days ago because of this fire.

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox Password Goof Let Any Password Work For 4 Hours

matzahboy Re:Dropbox's followup is no good (185 comments)

Not true. I got an email at 5:30am this morning informing me of the security breach.

more than 3 years ago
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Cheap GPUs Rendering Strong Passwords Useless

matzahboy Re:Slow hashing algorithm (615 comments)

It doesn't make it any stronger, but it means that it takes longer to brute-force (since if it takes you longer to hash the password, it will take the person brute-forcing it that much longer to hash each potential password).

more than 3 years ago
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Cheap GPUs Rendering Strong Passwords Useless

matzahboy Slow hashing algorithm (615 comments)

Just make the hashing algorithm slower. For example, let's say you use md5 to hash the passwords. Hash the password 1000 times with md5 instead of just once. This will increase the time it takes to crack the passwords by a factor of around 1000.

more than 3 years ago
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CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain'

matzahboy Train the and then get rid of them? (791 comments)

We have one of the best university systems in the world. We train many Americans and foreign students in numerous fields. So why, when those same foreign students want to stay in America to help our economy, we kick them out. By restricting highly-skilled foreign workers from working in America, we are giving up the opportunity for them to help our own economy and start new businesses that will create many jobs.

more than 3 years ago
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Bradley Manning Charged With Aiding the Enemy

matzahboy He clearly violated the law (844 comments)

I don't understand why this isn't more clear cut. He broke the law by releasing classified documents. If someone who worked for your billion dollar company suddenly decided that he was pissed off and would open-source all of your proprietary code, people shouldn't suddenly say that he is innocent. Now he's also in the military and the laws in the military are way more strict about doing anything harmful to your country. He broke the law and now he will be punished for it. Prosecuting Assange is a much less clear-cut case because it is unclear whether or not he broke a US law.

more than 3 years ago
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The Rise and Rise of the Cognitive Elite

matzahboy Median vs. mean (671 comments)

When comparing salary, the median salary is often more representative than the mean. This is because the mean will get skewed by the people who make a ton of money (such as wall street bankers), whereas the median will describe a typical salary.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple's $1 Billion Data Center Mystery

matzahboy Lala Acqusition? (244 comments)

Anyone else think this has anything to do with Apple's Lala acquisition? Lala was about storing your music in the cloud. When Apple acquired it, Apple promptly shut down Lala. Maybe this data center will help users store their music in the cloud.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Pay $8.5 Million In Buzz Privacy Settlement

matzahboy Re:Makes one wonder (58 comments)

The difference between Facebook's privacy problems and Google's is that you knew Facebook's problems when you made the account. Google Buzz pretty much disclosed your frequently emailed contacts without the user doing anything. If Facebook automatically friended you to certain people, it would get sued for the same reason.

more than 4 years ago
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A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

matzahboy Re:I just wrote this guy an email: (973 comments)

Do you believe that every single Christian has the same goals in life and shares the same beliefs? Do you believe that every single Christian is working together for an agreed-upon agenda?

more than 4 years ago
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A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

matzahboy Re:Legal true, but what about moral? (973 comments)

Creative works used to be funded by either patronage or live performances

If you think about it, they still are. The recording industry are those patrons. However, the patrons these days are businesses. They fund a lot of people who end up failing, but they try to make up for their losses by making fortunes off of the few who succeed.

more than 4 years ago
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A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

matzahboy Re:I just wrote this guy an email: (973 comments)

You just "composed" the above comment. FOR FREE. Why?

People volunteer all of the time. But they have a side job that they need to make money. Much less music would get composed if composers could not earn a living.

The music industry would be tiny. Etc.

Here's the part where you're supposed to explain why that's a bad thing.

Do you enjoy listening to music? Do you enjoy having a huge selection of songs to choose from?

more than 4 years ago
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A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

matzahboy Re:Computer Generated Sheet Music (973 comments)

I wonder how hard it would be to computer generate every possible combination of music in music sheet form.

Let's assume that the smallest increment used was a 16th note and the range is that of a piano (88 notes). In one measure of only 16th notes, there are 88^16 possibilities (about 10^31). If each note took up 2 bytes (note and length taken into account), then that one simple measure would take up about 2*10^22 gigabytes. Where are you ever going to find that space? Now let's vary that measure with quarter notes, half notes, triplets, etc. And also add multiple notes at a time (harmonies). The possibilities are endless. Combine that with mixing/matching measures, having many measures in a song, and adding every possible combination of lyrics, and there is not enough space on the surface of the earth to store the harddrives required for this task.

more than 4 years ago
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A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

matzahboy Re:It's not "trade" (973 comments)

DRM usually works on a license. You can copy the file as many times as you want, but you can only authorize a finite number of copies. If that number was 1, you can give a copy to your friend and then deauthorize your own. Then it is legal.

more than 4 years ago

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