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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

mrnick Crime is not going away! (753 comments)

Criminals are not going away, ever... If there is a system they will find a way around it, through it, or profit from it. If the system is so locked down to keep that from happening a new system will be built to support vice.

People want what they want, regardless of the legal or morality of said things. To think it can been eliminated by getting rid of cash is just naive.

about two weeks ago

No FiOS In Boston? We'll Make an Ad Anyway

mrnick They still sell service, just not run new fiber (202 comments)

I live in the Boston area, Marlborough, and FiOS is still in business and selling FiOS. What they won't do is run new fiber to a building that doesn't already have it. They still advertise trying to get people to connect that do have the fiber already ran.

I have moved twice and have been able to purchase FiOS is both locations.

So, unless the commercial talks about running cable the argument doesn't make much since.

about 10 months ago

GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

mrnick Stop worrying about other peoples lives! (621 comments)

It's WELL within the parent's rights to ignore ratings, be unaware of them, or simply not to care about the ratings.

Who cares? Mind your own business! It's not your job to police the morality of others, we have plenty of laws to take care of that.

How is it that so many people have nothing to worry about in their own house that they have to start telling me how I should live in mine? I'm getting sick of it!

about 10 months ago

How Do We Program Moral Machines?

mrnick if something happens shutdown and wait (604 comments)

It depends, if the bus is empty or full of kids. This is just one example... I doubt there will ever be enough information to program for all circumstances . It will be more like if something happens shutdown and wait for human instruction on how to proceed. Wouldn't there be a network in which the robotic cars could warn others in time to avoid having to make such choice in the first place?

Also, I do not think it will be the gap between how safely an automated vehicle drives as compared to a human counterpart that will stop humans from driving. I think humans will stop driving so it would allow for automated vehicles to drive safely, since there will be less data to take into consideration if all the vehicles are using the same exact operational procedures.

We should automate vehicles to take over the mundane tasks of driving the vehicle and leave the decision making to the human operator. We are the highest order of intelligence for making such decisions (thus far).

about a year and a half ago

The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators

mrnick Ticket price will not go up soda and pop corn will (710 comments)

The theaters make very little, if any, from ticket sales. They make all their money in concessions. So, if a theater has to buy expensive equipment it will be passed onto the consumer through concessions increases.

more than 2 years ago

Concerns Over Google Modifying SSL Behavior

mrnick Follow the Money! (130 comments)

Google is no more Evil than any company out there trying to make a buck. Do they care about their users? Sure, but only up to the point where it hurts the bottom line to do so.

This new tactic moves along the same line as their view on SEO. Do they want to make it more difficult to obtain better ranking in their site? Yes, but only to the point where they make it easier to pay to get better position within listings.

Is this new process for handling SSL information biased towards their paying customers? Obviously, they are looking to differentiate their free and paid service. If this were to move into larger deployment, say all users (logged in or not), they would be able to offer, as a premium, to their paying customers rereferer data exclusively.

Follow the money! Does the fact that Google is out there to make a buck surprise anyone? I understand that's their goal and I don't consider them to be Evil because of it.

With that said it seems clear that they are not using standard SSL and therefore they should not be able to advertise that their site uses SSL or HTTPS, IMHO.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Tell High-Schoolers About Computer Science?

mrnick Computer Science = applied mathematics (315 comments)

At the core of Computer Science is Applied Mathematics but I didn't figure this out until I started graduate studies. Undergraduate was all programming.

Rarely what someone studies at university becomes what they are employed as. I don't work as a computer scientist, programmer, or mathematics. I work in IT, it's all a mater of circumstance.

more than 2 years ago

Returning Power From Electric Cars To the Grid

mrnick Re:As a prius driver (247 comments)

The difference between a gas vehicle and an electric one, in this scenario, is that fuel once pump from the ground and refined can be stored whereas electric plants have very little, if any, way to store excess electricity.

This is still a silly idea and it would be more far efficent for electric plants to find a better way to store excess power to provide electricity during peak usage times.

Maybe something like this

more than 2 years ago

Google To Honor "Don't-Track-Me-Bro" Requests

mrnick Shouldn't they ask us to OPT IN? (129 comments)

It's our service shouldn't we be opting in rather than out? Opting out would somehow imply that it is their right to do this? Didn't they get in trouble once already for scraping people's wifi for their own gain?

more than 2 years ago

Digital Tech and the Re-Birth of Product Placement

mrnick Apple = #1 product placement (228 comments)

When I think of product placement on television I think of Apple. They are the kings of product placement in movies and television

more than 2 years ago

How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?

mrnick Just dial into your favorite BBS (busy signal) (422 comments)

Dial your own phone number and enjoy the busy signal... It will be like you are calling into the most elite BBS ever!

I used to be able to diagnose a modem's connection by listening to it's handshake! I'm so glad those days are gone :)

about 3 years ago

The Wi-Fi Hacking Neighbor From Hell

mrnick Re:why did the kiss trigger this? (584 comments)

He wasn't kissing his kid he was kissing the neighbors kid (on the lips) on the very first day they moved in... come on, nobody can think that is OK!

about 3 years ago


mrnick Fishing for an invite (408 comments)

Please send me an invite at sshscp {at} gmail {.} com thanks!!

about 3 years ago

Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

mrnick Penalized for pay as you go in MA (950 comments)

If you live in Massachusetts you have to pay a penalty on your state income taxes if you cannot provide proof of insurance. So, you can still pay for your medical care yourself but you are penalized for it.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

mrnick Nope you're wrong (758 comments)

Through an Md5 database hosted on the RIAA website or funded by the RIAA. Every legal file could be known. And then every illegal file would be among those not in the official database.

If I encode my audio tracks at 128kbps MP3 for my player and you encode it at 192kbps AAC the MD5 hash is going to be different. The options are endless I knew someone who encoded at at 127kbps or 193kbps because they like prime numbers. I cannot imagine that unless the source of the rip encoded a digital marker that anyone, including the RIAA, could prove the music was illegal. I'm guessing the best defense against a case brought against you for music piracy would be a receipt...

more than 3 years ago

Senate Bill Could Make It Illegal To Upload Lip-Synced Videos

mrnick ASCAP and BMI charge for covers / jukebox music (239 comments)

ASCAP and BMI already charge businesses (nigh clubs/etc) that earn revenue from live bands covering music and even music being played in a jukebox. Since this is already in place I wonder why ASCAP/BMI wouldn't go after rather than try and make the performers responsible.

Here are their respective links:

more than 3 years ago



GoDaddy's DNS Servers Down, Hacked by Anonymous?

mrnick mrnick writes  |  about 2 years ago

mrnick writes "After noticing that my domain could not be resolved, I checked whois and then queried GoDaddy's DNS directly. I received no response so I tried to login to their control panel, but their page did not load either.

Doing a quick Google I found an article that states GoDaddy is aware of the problem and trying to fix it. The article goes on to describe tweets that seem to indicate that this is the result of an Anonymous attack.

If this is true, this is the first time an Anonymous attack has affected me directly. My site is not hosted at GoDaddy, but I have my domain registered there. Ugh!"

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19 year old squatted at AOL for 2 months

mrnick mrnick writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mrnick writes "Eric Simons, 19 years old, was working at incubator, Imagine K2, in Silicon Valley and when his grant money ran out he moved into the office. He slept on a couch, took showers and washed clothes in the office gym, and ate for free in the cafeteria all the while working on his new start-up. He was able to get away with this for two months before being discovered by security guard."
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