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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

medv4380 Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (110 comments)

Because it creates competition and drives down the profit margin?

2 days ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

medv4380 Probably has to do with pages. (105 comments)

With a physical book that I've read I have a fairly good idea where I need to open it up to find something I'm looking for. With an eBook there are no pages to really catalog because they're all on the same page. Just a thought.

about a week ago
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

medv4380 Re:"Philosophically, this opens up an interesting (239 comments)

Isn't minimize overall damage, and minimize liability usually equal. I can't think of one where they wouldn't be off hand. Anything greater than minimized damage would be increased liability.

about two weeks ago
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The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

medv4380 Re:String theory is not science! (259 comments)

Test-ability and the Title of Theory. String Theory is a Mathematical Theory, and an interesting Scientific Hypothesis. You can have a Math Theory as long as your math is sound given your assumptions. You can only have a Scientific Theory if your experiments, and data can be tested. Everything String Theory predicts and is testable for is in Relativity and Quantum mechanics. It doesn't provide anything new that we can test for yet. So giving it the mantel of Scientific Theory when it hasn't yet done the work needed gives it more credit then it should have. And doing so gives legitimacy to creationist claims that evolution is "Just A Theory".

about three weeks ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

medv4380 Re:Wow ... (419 comments)

Oh, blame the lobbyist? Is your "Free Market" soul hurt? This is a process by the Credit Card companies and the Banks. Lobbyists have next to nothing to do with it. Apple screwed up by not contacting the bank themselves. Apple screwed up by allowing a bully customer to steamroller them. Most companies don't even allow their employees to do this process because doing so says you're absolutely sure you've followed the process, and will accept the charges. It's typically only done on big ticket purchases were the bank won't authorize anything above a set limit unless all the verification steps are done.

about 1 month ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

medv4380 Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (739 comments)

How else do you make the trains run on time if not by spreading a rumor that they are actually on time?

about a month ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

medv4380 Re:wat (227 comments)

All Godel proved was that the Continuum Hypothesis could not be proven or disproven in Set Theory. Zeno presented a logical consequence if reality was a continuum, and the Effect proves the consequence actually exists. He just thought he was being clever because basic observation contradicts the logic, and to many proved continuum was not how space and time worked. However, there is evidence that no only he was right, but that it could very well be a continuum.

about a month ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

medv4380 Re:wat (227 comments)

What proof do you actually have of that? Usually people use Zeno as their crutch to justify that argument, but the Zeno Effect shows that the Zeno Paradox isn't an illogical result of infinite, but rather how reality might actually work. So what's your crutch?

about a month ago
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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

medv4380 Re:Intel has worked with the NSA (91 comments)

If you're really that paranoid then you should be using a one time pad already. If it's not mathematically impossible to break then it's not worthy of that paranoia level. If I ever became worried on that level I'd switch to One Time Pads over night. The fear mongering that the NSA might have instant access to your nude selfies is meaningless fear mongering. Someone who does that should actually be afraid that anyone could get those photos off the phone and post them everywhere. That's not a lesson for why you should have encryption. It's a lesson on why you shouldn't store something you don't want on the internet on an electronic device connected to the internet.

about a month ago
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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

medv4380 Re:Intel has worked with the NSA (91 comments)

If I actually cared about the Government breaking into my encrypted files I'd be using a One Time Pad. It might be cumbersome, and it might flag it as actually important info, but if I really didn't want someone to have the possibility of breaking it then only a encryption method that cannot be broken with any amount of processing power will do. However, I don't have any need to worry about some trivial thing like are they looking at me today. I don't have that kind of secret to hide.

about a month ago
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Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

medv4380 Re:String theory is not science (147 comments)

This hinges on if you believe in one of several mathematical universe hypotheses, or not. As for Cairns-Smith's "bomb" the "feelings" argument presented for it by Cairns-Smith becomes meaningless if feeling, and emotions are simple mathematical constructs of the brain.

about a month ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

medv4380 Re:Good since OpenID failed to take over (280 comments)

I don't actually have to remember hundreds of different throwaway usernames and passwords. It's One username/password combo for hundreds of websites. Makes it easy when 5 years later you forget you made an account for the site and it says sorry that username already exists. Which since it's a stupid nonsense username that only I would use I just go login and put it with the password that it should be. Any spammer that hacks that one account has access to hundreds of sites to post as me, and you know what. I don't care. There is very little harm to me in someone hacking that account and posting spam, or trollish nonsense as me. A bit irritating, but a waist of my time to even fight it, and I'm pretty sure it's a waist of their time too.

about a month and a half ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

medv4380 Good since OpenID failed to take over (280 comments)

The advocacy for Password Managers and Password Keepers is just utter BS. If some nothing website insists that I have to make an account just to post one little comment, and I might come back 5 years later to post again then they're getting generic username plus generic password. I'm not waisting my time making some uber powerful password, and utilizing something just to remember it. Even then the OpenID solution would have been great but every once in a while I'm presented with the option of logging in with my Google ID and giving some organization full access to my contact list, or full access to my google drive. Screw them, and I'll just create generic account just for their site though their old interface just so they can't read my contacts or documents. If they're so worried that people are using BS passwords on their site that spammers keep hacking to post then maybe they should accept better business practices.

about a month and a half ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

medv4380 Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

No, he's using the comic industries status quo to explain that everything always goes back to how it was. Peter dies with Doc Oc taking over his body, and then the Superior Spiderman arc is done and Peter is Peter once again. Another example being Wonder Woman loosing her title, and powers so they could put a blonde in the title for a bit so they could Kill Wonder Woman Artemis without Killing Wonder Woman Diana. Anyone who thought that was permanent doesn't read comics. So what we have now is Thor has lost his title and some woman is worthy to wield the hammer. She'll be Thor up until the end when the Arc Kills Her, which would be why they wanted Thor out of it. If she's lucky she'll have increased the audience and they'll save her and give her a unique title, maybe. Don't mistake Comic Book Cynicism for Misogyny. They're not the same.

about a month and a half ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

medv4380 Looks Like the Right Direction (346 comments)

Can't be sure, but if this is real then I'm fine with the compromise of a tile metro app running in a window since rewriting all of them would take some time. Putting the tiles in the start menu where were there were only two buttons I ever touched is acceptable. I'll probably only ever use the PC Settings tile as long as the start menu works. This isn't exactly what I want, but what I want is XP updated to modern code, and they're intent on not doing that.

about a month and a half ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

medv4380 Doesn't fix the problem (415 comments)

The Local College CS department keeps having an issue because all the lower level classes are in languages like Java. It ends up that by the time they get to Operating Systems they've never had to go though the hell of dealing with memory pointers, and the basics of C. Python is just as bad, and maybe worse because of how it does logical blocks. It's hell trying to get beginners to understand braces and semicolons, but it's like taking candy from a baby when they've been coding for a few years without ever using them. The whining from VB programmers when they encounter C#, Java, C, or C++ is just unending, and the nonsense from Python heavy programmers is much the same. If you learn the basics in C they are just accepted when you have to learn the lower level coding like Operating Systems. Stop teaching the basics on API heavy system just because it's "Easier" to build a server that way. They've beginners, and have no need for them until they've mastered the basics.

about 2 months ago
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Wireless Contraception

medv4380 New Meaning to Holes in Condems (302 comments)

As far back as I can remember there has always been fear or concern about a guy who wants to knock up a girl poking holes in the condom, or a girl who wants to get pregnant poking holes in the condom. Now with this chip you have a form of birth control that poking holes is as simple as finding the frequency it's on to turn it off. Now instead of worry that your partner screwing with you now you have to worry about a third party. Neighbor that doesn't believe in birth control builds a device to turn yours off. Parents tired of waiting for grandchildren buy said device. The list goes on and on. At least with condoms and the pill I just have to trust my partner, and maybe if I don't do a visual inspection. This is as bad of an idea as people who listen to others about what makes good lubes for condoms when they get told an oil based lube is good when in reality it's something that would really weaken, and increase the likelihood of it breaking, but in this case they don't have to be telling you lies to get you pregnant. They just have to be malicious enough.

about 2 months ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

medv4380 Bear is believable (198 comments)

The general description of Bigfoot matches a large bear standing upright. Which they can do. Horses and Dogs are far less believable to be mistaken for Bigfoot, but possible depending on where they were found. A large wolf in the Himalayas might be when visibility is low. But I can't see how someone could mistake a Horse as Bigfoot. Even in extreme conditions.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

medv4380 Re:I think it's fine (219 comments)

Facebook conducts human experiment without informed consent, and no way to opt-out on a study who's goal was to screw with your emotions - screw Facebook.

Soda companies conduce human experiments with informed consent of their focus groups who had the option to opt-out to figure out how to better sell their product to you - no problem found.

It's a subtle, but important difference.

about 2 months ago

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38 Studios Financially Collapsing

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "38 Studios, run by Curt Shilling, is having a hard time paying its bills and employees. The gaming community hasn't been happy with 38 Studios since issue with an Online Pass for Single Player Content discussed previously here. For Curt to rant against Obama and welfare addiction makes it seem like the pot has been calling the kettle black since he received a $75 million dollar loan from Republican Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. When 38 Studios defaults RI will have to cover the loan and interest of nearly $100 Million."
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Crenezumab Antibody to Begin Human Testing to Combat Alzheimers

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "The US Government is committing 16 Million to 100 Million dollar prevention trial of Crenezumab that is intended to help combat early onset Alzheimers. The Government has also committed an additional 7.9 million for a second trial."
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Judge Dismisses Patent Lawsuit Against Nintendo

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "The patent lawsuit filed by IA Labs regarding Wii Fit and other Nintendo accessories has been dismissed before it could go to the Jury. The case was previously discussed on slashdot here. It appears that Maryland courts maybe a much better venue then East Texas."
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News Reports WoW used as Mass Murder Simulator

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "It should be no surprise that the Mass Murderer, Anders Behring Breivik, found a game like Modern Warfare entertaining. However, in his manifesto he writes

example, tell them that you have started to play World of Warcraft or any other online MMO game and that you wish to focus on this for the next months/year. This "new project" can justify isolation and people will understand somewhat why you are not answering your phone over long periods. Tell them that you are completely hooked on the game (raiding dungeons etc). Emphasize to them that this is a dream you have had since you were a kid

The news has taken this clear use of Warcraft as cover for cutting off contact with friends and family as Norway Terrorist Used World Of Warcraft As A Training Simulator

I guess we can expect this to spur anther round of game bashing very shortly."

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Blizzard Authenticator Change

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Some of you maybe aware of the change blizzard made to the authenticator system at the end of last week. The basics of the system is if Blizzard sees that you are using a system that you've used in the past the authenticator will be requested less often to log in. Since it seems that only a tech audience would understand what was done I have a question for slashdot. Is this more or less secure then what it was prior to the change?

If you use an authenticator – and we hope you do – you may soon notice that an authenticator prompt may not appear with every login. We’ve recently updated our authentication system to intelligently track your login locations, and if you’re logging in consistently from the same place, you may not be asked for an authenticator code. This change is being made to make the authenticator process less intrusive when we’re sure the person logging in to your account is you. We hope to continue improving the authenticator system to ensure the same or greater security, while improving and adding features to make having one a more user friendly experience. If you don’t already have a Battle.net Authenticator attached to your account, don’t wait until it’s too late -

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Java SE 7 Finally Approved by JCP 13 to 1

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Java Platform, SE (Standard Edition) 7 has been passed this week by the JCP Executive Committee for SE/EE (Enterprise Edition), by a vote of 13 in favor and 1 — Google — against. Oracle, IBM, VMware, Red Hat, and Fujitsu are among the affirmative votes, and two committee members — Credit Suisse and Java architect Werner Keil — did not vote. Specifically, committee members voted on Java Specification Request 336, which pertains to the Java upgrade. Voting on the public review ballot for Java SE 7 finished up earlier this week after beginning on May 31. Java SE 7 still faces another vote on a final approval ballot."
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Worlds.com gets 4th Virtual Worlds Patent

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Worlds.com has received another Virtual Worlds patent.

The present invention provides a highly scalable architecture for a three-dimensional graphical, multi-user, interactive virtual world system. In a preferred embodiment a plurality of users interact in the three-dimensional, computer-generated graphical space where each user executes a client process to view a virtual world from the perspective of that user. The virtual world shows avatars representing the other users who are neighbors of the user viewing the virtual word. In order that the view can be updated to reflect the motion of the remote user's avatars, motion information is transmitted to a central server process which provides positions updates to client processes for neighbors of the user at that client process. The client process also uses an environment database to determine which background objects to render as well as to limit the movement of the user's avatar.

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FCC Moves to Convert Phone Fund to Broadband Fund

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "The Federal Communications Commission is expected to change the Universal Service Fund and instead of having the funds go towards Rural Phone Infrastructure it would not go towards Broadband Infrastructure. You can see a transcript of what was presented to the FCC here."
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Scientist claims Jupiter is messing with WMAP

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Tom Shanks at the University of Durham reprocessed the published WMAP data using radio galaxies instead of Jupiter, and claims that the data no longer excludes theory's like one-dimensional cosmic strings."
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Worlds.com Settles Lawsuit Against NCSoft

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Worlds.com is implied as about to go under financially but with the number of times zombie SCO has appeared World.com maybe no different in the long run. If true NCSoft probably could have fought off the case by waiting for World.com to die but then the patents would be sold off and we'd be back at the same place."
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Is IE8 really better at malware?

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  about 5 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "I recently read an article that stated that IE8 Tops Blocking Malware.

Internet Explorer 8 wiped the floor with the other products in the malware tests, blocking 81% of live threats. Firefox 3.0.11 was closest at 27%, with Safari 4 at 21%, Chrome 2 at 7% and Opera 10 beta at 1%. NSS Labs says that they confirmed that this protection is identical in Firefox 3 and 3.5, as well as Opera 9 and 10.

I was curious how accurate this could actually be. It has been my experience that I run into more actual malware threats (mostly unwanted activex controlers) using IE then I have in any other browser. After reading bits of the report the "malware" they were referring to was the Social Engineering kind of malware. I'm not sure if this is an honest way of reporting malware security, but then I'm of the mindset that malware distributed though the "Click Here for Viagra" as malware for dummies.

Am I crazy or are they right about IE?"

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Microsoft Ordered to stop selling MS Word

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  about 5 years ago

Michael (1604309) writes "

Microsoft Corp. has been ordered to stop selling several versions of its popular word-processing software, Word, in the U.S. after losing a court battle with a Toronto-based company.

A Texas judge issued the injunction Tuesday and awarded small Toronto technology firm, i4i, more than $290 million US in damages, ruling Microsoft wilfully infringed on the company's 1998 patent for software that opens up documents using the XML computer programming language.

As much as I dislike Microsoft I hate this kind of patent abuse even more."

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