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Apple's Messages Offers Free Texting With a Side of iPhone Lock-In

paxprobellum Re:WTF (179 comments)

It's not "by default" - it's just because they already have a iMessage window open with you. This whole "article" sounds kinda "contrived".

about a month and a half ago
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New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

paxprobellum Re:The numbers don't add up (1010 comments)

Yes, but they don't poll everyone. Margin of error, my friend.

about 4 months ago
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For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

paxprobellum Re:Used to design HDD's (270 comments)

So you tested 5 drives to determine how WD is doing with hard drives? Strong work.

about 4 months ago
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Is a Postdoc Worth it?

paxprobellum Re:Horse already left the barn (233 comments)

5 years is an average PhD in my field. I finished in 4+, so it took me 8+. I think you are off by 50% or so.

about 5 months ago
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Is a Postdoc Worth it?

paxprobellum Re:Horse already left the barn (233 comments)

I'm not sure where you got your information, but this is NOT the case. Those numbers are basically a recommendation.

about 5 months ago
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Is a Postdoc Worth it?

paxprobellum Re:Post docs (233 comments)

You've inadvertently made my point. Every postdoc thinks that the academic track (straight to tenure and maybe dean!) is for them, since they 'made it' to the postdoc stage. It is possible that the postdoc struggle [e.g., a second or third(!!) post doc] is a sign that the person isn't cut out for the academic career. Ask a well-respected, well-funded tenured professor what their postdoc was like. Then ask a struggling assistant professor. I think you might get different answers, and I believe these answers are predictive rather than random.

about 5 months ago
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Is a Postdoc Worth it?

paxprobellum Post docs (233 comments)

Postdocs aren't all bad. I'm convinced that the issue with academia is that everyone thinks they are outstanding. As a result, postdocs that have a rough time of it blame the postdoc, not themselves. In other words, I made a decent wage and had normal hours. YMMV.

about 5 months ago
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US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

paxprobellum Dangerous inference (745 comments)

This post seems to suggest that American adults are just grown up American kids...

about 6 months ago
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Apple Offers Refund To Stiffed Breaking Bad Season Pass Customers

paxprobellum Breaking Bad (215 comments)

This is basically Breaking Bad's fault for sucking at numbering their series.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

paxprobellum Re:BullSHIT (663 comments)

> This is a way to crowd out a gaggle of perfectly-good $2 cables in favor of their $20 cables. Apple thinks those $2 cables suck, since they make $20 less on them than their cables.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

paxprobellum To be fair (663 comments)

Their phones DO come with a cable. It's not like you have to pay extra to get one. They are just trying to protect their customers from dying because they buy cheap knockoffs.

about 7 months ago
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NSA Bought Exploit Service From VUPEN

paxprobellum Of course (81 comments)

Of course they buy exploits. Why wouldn't they? I would be somewhat surprised if they didn't leverage every available tool..

about 7 months ago
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How a Grandmother Pioneered a Home Shopping Revolution

paxprobellum The twist is ... (94 comments)

Everything is a 'computer'...

about 7 months ago
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13-Inch Haswell-Powered MacBook Air With PCIe SSD Tested

paxprobellum I have one (224 comments)

I have one and it rules.

about 9 months ago
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Got Malware? Get a Hammer!

paxprobellum Fishy (254 comments)

I'm sure nothing fishy was going on in this government center. I imagine they didn't want 3rd parties looking at their computers too closely. #tinfoilhaton

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Store Data In Hard Copy?

paxprobellum Re:Use print AND electronic backup (329 comments)

Came here to say this. Just print it out and also put a flash drive in there.

about 9 months ago
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Harlan: a Language That Simplifies GPU Programming

paxprobellum Re:Indian University? (195 comments)

Came here to say this.

about 9 months ago

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