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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

orgelspieler Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (183 comments)

Premiums went up because the insurance companies felt like they could get away with it by blaming Obamacare. People like you helped make that a reality.

2 days ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

orgelspieler Re:Have Both (566 comments)

Here I was thinking I was the only guy with that setup. Documents on one screen spreadsheets on the other. Pretty useful. I was surprised to find out that ClearType subpixel rendering still tries to subpixel in the horizontal on the portrait screen. But it won't matter pretty soon, Microsoft seems to be going back to gray-scale anti-aliasing anyway (boo-hiss).

about a week ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

orgelspieler Re:"Expected" to release methane (329 comments)

the only unknown is when, but prediction doesnt carry a "when", only a statement that it will occur.

Herein lies the crux of the problem. If the when is "during my lifetime," then I might give a shit. Otherwise, I'll crank the A/C all the way down to 60, then drive my H2 to watch a NASCAR race. Hell, I might even burn a few science textbooks while I'm there; I hear it's a fun way to release some extra carbon.

about a week ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

orgelspieler Re:"Ultimately, our users will decide" (239 comments)

Apart from at work, who uses email nowadays anyway?

PTO presidents and Cub Scout den leaders

about two weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

orgelspieler Re:The "Protesters" (1128 comments)

First of all, there are several protesters who have been trying to police their own and talk people down. But if the bad protester is already committing acts of violence, trying to reign him in will get you hurt/killed by either him or the cops that come for him.

Second, police have a history of using agents provocateur as recently as the 2008 Republican Convention. And historically police have targeted left-wing protests for these sorts of incitements. I'm not saying that the Ferguson police are guilty of such a thing, but it's one of the reasons why policing your own people doesn't always work. That, and the folks are really, really, REALLY pissed off.

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

orgelspieler Re:Meet Streisand (307 comments)

Just say no to the clauses you disagree with. I had an apartment owner let me lease there despite disagreeing to the big fine for keeping a Weber on the balcony. If you're signing a contract with a real person instead of a corporate "person" you'd be surprised at how reasonable they can be.

about a month ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

orgelspieler Re:Meet Streisand (307 comments)

At work they made me sign a contract that included some language I knew would make the contract unenforceable in my state. So I helpfully revised it. They threatened to fire me if I didn't sign it as is. So now not only is it unenforceable, but I signed under duress! Yay! Big international corporate takeovers are fun!!

about a month ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

orgelspieler Re:I think (335 comments)

True, but which is more likely: "A carefully programmed and thoroughly tested robot" or "A shoddily kludged together POS that failed most rounds of safety tests, but passed the one (in demo mode) when the people signing the checks showed up to witness."

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

orgelspieler Re:Bill Rejected with Bi-Partisan agreeemnt (445 comments)

Even NPR calls the Affordable Care Act by the moniker "Obamacare." If that's not tying it with one party (hence "partisan"), I don't know what is.

about a month ago
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State Department Joins NOAA, USPS In Club of Hacked Federal Agencies

orgelspieler Re:FISMA Security huh (54 comments)

It's not really right to compare CIO and CTO in this regard. The CTO at my company is a PE and damn smart. But he doesn't know squat about IT security. That's not his job. The T in CTO stands for technology, but it refers to the technology that the company makes, not information technology.

about a month ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

orgelspieler Re:Fuck showing my work (438 comments)

I had a tutoring student with a teacher who gave zero credit on three correctly-answered test problems, because the student did not show her work. The problem? "Give the point slope form of the linear equation shown in the following graph." I told the girl's mom there was nothing I could do. The math wasn't the problem, the teacher was.

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

orgelspieler Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

There is much debate over I Cor 7:21. Some scholars disagree with your interpretation. If memory serves, there are two different translations of the actual text that are in direct opposition to one another. If I gave half a shit, I would look it up. But the point is that here is a religion which really didn't have much negative to say about slavery, or wartime slaughter of civilians. WTF?

While I agree that I am not bound by the OT, I think that Paul's reasoning was questionable. The law is fulfilled so we don't have to follow it anymore? What does that even mean?

BTW Paul was batshit crazy. He really thought the second coming was going to be like tomorrow. So most of his writing should be taken in that context. He advocated not getting married. He told slaves just to enjoy their lot in life. These things make a modicum of sense if the BMIC is coming back next week to destroy the non-believers and summon all us righteous folk to his fairy land.

Of course Jesus wasn't completely sane, either. He suggested self-mutilation if you were prone to check out women. Yeah, that's smart. Stick a fork in your eye instead of look at boobies. So much for being the temple of God.

about a month and a half ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

orgelspieler Re:Toilet etiquette (167 comments)

You would be surprised at how popular a topic this is amongst economists

about a month and a half ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

orgelspieler Re:View (167 comments)

Now that's a smart algorithm!

about a month and a half ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

orgelspieler sibling fairness (167 comments)

The best example of a fairness algorithm is an old one used with siblings. Tell one kid to divvy up the candy/cake/toys whatever, and let the other kid choose which half they want.

Greece used something similar when trying to get people to honestly report the value of their antiquities. If they listed it for a price the government thought was too low, the agency could buy it for that price. I wish local governments would do something like that with home values. If they want to tax me for a house worth more than what I can get for it on the open market, then I should have the right to sell it to them at that price.

about a month and a half ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

orgelspieler Re:Lucky for Stripe (353 comments)

There's a difference between firing somebody for being gay, and not wanting to process payments for somebody doing something you think is illegal. Now if Stripe fired one of their employees for owning a firearm, then you might have a point.

about a month and a half ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

orgelspieler Re: This is silly (720 comments)

Yeah, because it's so easy and cheap to get a moving van, or rent a car, put down money on a new apartment, and pay for gas to get where your going! It makes perfect sense. I wonder why more poor people haven't ever thought of moving before. This will really change the world! Thank you for your insight, AC.

about a month and a half ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

orgelspieler Re: This is silly (720 comments)

There's a reason 5% unemployment or so is considered full employment. At some point you're only left with people who are unemployable. In certain parts of the country you can go thorough a 25-man crew in one shift, firing one person after another. At some point you run out of warm bodies and you have to hire two idiots to fill what should be one person's job. You just pray that they don't end up costing you more than just their wages (bad product, injuries, etc.). I'm not even talking about skilled workers. I have had people who literally couldn't figure out how to sweep the floor.

So I guess this becomes an ethics question. Is there any job that working full time is not worth the amount of money it costs to rent an apartment and feed yourself? I would think so. Then the question becomes, what do we do about it? Tell the guy he's got to share a room? Yeah maybe; that's how the working class got by in tsarist Russia.

Or maybe we can realize there's enough $$ floating at the top that a little redistribution wouldn't kill anybody. I don't know if I want to live in a completely communist society, but I don't think your kids should have to choose between new school clothes and food if you are working full time at minimum wage. Yeah, I know: cable TV and cell phones, yadda yadda. But believe it or not, some American kids with working parents do go hungry.

I really don't have the answers.

about a month and a half ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

orgelspieler I still have a flip phone (258 comments)

unfortunately I couldn't find one without a camera. Now get off my lawn.

about 2 months ago

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University makes 80,000 Einstein documents publicly available

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

orgelspieler writes "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has scanned in some 80,000 of Albert Einstein's documents. According to the university's press release, the documents cover more than just scientific matters. The broad range of subjects include his solution to the Jewish-Arab conflict, a postcard to his mother, and a letter from one of his mistresses asking for assistance getting to America. Some documents have been translated and annotated and are completely searchable."
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Another fake paper slated for IEEE publication

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

orgelspieler writes "Just last month we read about Herbert Schlangemann's acceptance to chair a session at an IEEE conference in China. He's at it again, and this time the paper was even reviewed by a human who said:

Accepted. Topic of this paper is related to this conference. This paper mainly studies on a methodology for the improvement of local-area networks. The author introduces a scalable tool for evaluating Internet QoS(PlusPug), which the author uses to prove that digital-to-analog converters and XML are regularly incompatible.

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What Makes a Good CIO?

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 6 years ago

orgelspieler writes "A friend of mine is being considered for a promotion to CIO of his Fortune 500 company. He does not technically have any IT experience, but his current position requires that he makes many of the hardware and software decisions at his branch office. What would the Slashdot community look for in their ideal CIO? What technical skills and knowledge are absolutely required for somebody in that position? What sorts of policies would a perfect CIO try to implement?"
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IRENE Makes Old Sound Recordings Audible Again

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

orgelspieler writes "NPR is running a story on a safe way to reproduce sound from ancient phonographs that would otherwise be unplayable. The system, called IRENE, was installed in the Library of Congress last year. It can be used to replay records that are scratched, worn, broken, or just too fragile to play with a needle. It scans the groves optically and processes them into a sound file at speeds approaching real time. IRENE is great at removing pops and skips, but can add some hiss. Researchers are also working on a 3D model that is better at removing hiss."
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orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

orgelspieler writes "According to The Consumerist, a budding UK photographer, Lara Jade Coton, took a self-portrait (SFW) at the tender age of fourteen. To her dismay, the photograph ended up on the cover of a porno flick. It seems that several of the sites selling the video have removed her photo, but there are still a few out there selling the infringing cover."
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orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

orgelspieler writes "NPR's Morning Edition ran a story this morning about how USB turntables are giving vinyl records a new lease on life. According to the summary, "audiophiles are drawn to records because there aren't any anti-piracy restrictions." The story goes on to talk about USB turntables being used to transfer older music collections into the digital era, leading to an increase in used vinyl sales. Most interestingly, sales of new vinyl albums are up about 10%. While the volume is still low (about 1 million units), it seems to punch a hole in the recording industry's theory that digitization leads to reduced sales due to piracy."
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orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 7 years ago

orgelspieler writes "As mentioned in several articles, the Texas Democratic Party filed a suit alleging flaws in the eSlate electronic voting machine. The Democrats claim that the chief election official was aware of the problems, but chose to ignore them. From the press release:

On the eSlate machines, when a voter chooses a straight-ticket vote and then continues to select candidates of the same political party to "emphasize" their vote, the machine actually records the vote for that race as a no vote. ... Additionally, the Secretary of State's office is required to test all voting machines used in Texas elections and knew of the irregularities related to the eSlate machines, which are manufactured by Hart Intercivic. Yet Secretary Williams allowed the machines to be used anyway.
Another straight-ticket problem was mentioned by the Travis County Clerk back in 2004. There have been other glitches as well."
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orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  about 8 years ago

orgelspieler writes "The Register is reporting on a recent study of 420,095 Danish cell phone users and 14,249 cancer cases. It concludes that cell phones do not increase the risk of brain tumors, or any other cancer. This is opposed to a Swedish study of smaller scope, discussed earlier.

From the study:
Conclusions: We found no evidence for an association between tumor risk and cellular telephone use among either short-term or long-term users. Moreover, the narrow confidence intervals provide evidence that any large association of risk of cancer and cellular telephone use can be excluded.
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orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  about 8 years ago

orgelspieler writes "According to the NYT, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine has opened a review of his department's role in the domestic spying program. Democrats (and some Republicans) have been requesting an all out investigation into the legality of the so-called "Terrorist Surveillance Program" since it was made public. But this new inquiry stops short of evaluating the constitutional legitimacy of the program. From the article:
The review, Mr. Fine said in his letter, will examine the controls in place at the Justice Department for the eavesdropping, the way information developed from it was used, and the department's "compliance with legal requirements governing the program."
Needless to say, Democrats have their doubts about the timing of this announcement."

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Patron-polling jukebox

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So I had this idea while eating at a burger joint yesterday, but it seems like something that should exist already. If it does, I expect that the discussion will devolve into a Zune flamewar. If not, I hope to harness the sheer nerdpower of /. to make it happen.

When you go into a restaurant or other place of business, wouldn't it be nice if they were playing music that most of the people there enjoyed? It would make sense to have a music probe. I imagine it should check all the portable music players, cell phones, laptops in use, etc. and a) tally up what types of music were the most common, b) what genres and songs are liked the most, and c) see if there are any songs that are absolutely hated by any current patron in the facility. Perhaps it could be run in conjunction with one of those web music services that is good at predicting what people will like based on what they already like and dislike. This might also be useful for DJs at small events.

Obviously some people will cry foul, saying that it's an invasion of privacy. So there would need to be a way for those people to turn off the sharing option. There is also a problem with part c) above. Most people will delete a song from their portable player if they hate it. The biggest technical problem would be getting all the device manufacturers to agree to support a polling protocol.

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hotlinking and copyright infringement

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 8 years ago Has anybody noticed this, but most of the people bitching about hotlinking are copyright infringing. I saw a minimally amusing switcheroo, but then I started thinking about it. I see everybody getting uptight about drawing a line between copyright infringement and theft, but nobody bats an eye at calling hotlinking "bandwith theft." What gives? Especially with this Doc guy. Half the images on his site are blatant copyright infringements. Yet he has the nerve to bitch about people "stealing" his bandwidth. Grow up and use .htaccess if you're really that worried about it. Fuck that guy.

My favorite is in the feedback section there's this omnedon guy who says he "lifted" a photo from a website (hello copyright violation), and then he turns around and sent a C&D to somebody for hotlinking one of his images (not copyright violation).

I'm tired of people trying to use copyright to bitch about hotlinking. who's copying anything? the person viewing the website, and the original server that has the linked image. guess what? both people have the right to copy.

idiots.

wrong? maybe. stupid? oh yeah. copyvio? doubt it. theft? not even close. if you don't want people viewing your shit with your bandwidth, don't let them. end of story. now quit your panzy-ass whining so i can get off this soapbox already.

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MySpace

orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So my little brother introduced me to MySpace. It is a little scary. The only thing I had heard about it was that it was designed to be difficult to parse by adults. I guess that makes me an adult. The strangest things are there. My 16 year old cousin talks about dating some 21 year old. Random people that I haven't seen in a decade ask me how I'm doing. It's a bit like crack. But it's not as anonymous as /. so I don't feel as open and freewheeling as I do here. hmmm... odd. It's more connected, but I feel less open. What does that say about me? about our culture?

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orgelspieler orgelspieler writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Not that anybody really cares, but I'll be taking a break from /. for a while. I'm going to be doing a bit of work for the musipedia project. I encourage all you music lovers to do the same. (contribute to mp, that is)

Cheers!

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