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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

praxis Re:Please put down your weapon (138 comments)

10 seconds to comply...
8 seconds to comply...
9 seconds to comply...
8 seconds to comply...
4 seconds to comply...
4 seconds to comply...
6 seconds to comply...
1 second to comply...

(Their estimated time to completion was coded by Microsoft).

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

praxis Re:I bet Amazon would love to hire more women. (480 comments)

My wife and I are both programmers, and she makes pretty much the same money I do (more right now - I was out of the workforce for a while dealing with cancer).

The fact that you feel the need to justify why your wife makes more money than you do illustrates some of the problems we have with gender issues. It should be perfectly normal for a woman to make more than a man.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

praxis Re:So close, so far (541 comments)

While you are entitled to your own self-loathing, but please count me out of your bogus statistics.

He did. He said half. He never said which half belong to. You can claim his 50% is wrong, but it's clearly a SWAG and he stated so. I don't understand how you can be offended here. If someone told me 50% of men are jerks to women, I'm not going to be offended unless they said 50% of men are jerks to women and I am a man so I must be a jerk to women, but no such claim was made here.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

praxis Re:So close, so far (541 comments)

I think gstoddart meant "There's so much good toys out there for kinds that unless the child is asking for Barbie, you can skip it altogether", which is what he or she wrote. The implication there is that if the child asks for Barbie, you can't skip it. You seemed to imply that he or she would do all sorts of horrible things to the child and that seems unfair based on what we know of him or her.

2 days ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

praxis Re:Private Links != Paid Priority (258 comments)

Yes, because if each user paid for each connection from his computer to another computer, it would be far more expensive than pooling resources and wiring everyone up and routing traffic. It's the same reason I don't have a road only I own and use to go to work, another to go to the store, etc. Roads are pooled and funded differently than a private ISP but the concept is similar.

5 days ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

praxis Re:Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

Which is a very different thing than government-issued IDs being illegal. Without free, government-issued IDs, voter-ID laws are unfair and the reason I posted my original statement: "The one big problem is that we are not given free government-issued IDs that I am aware of." I did not say why we don't have free, government-issued IDs (I was aware of the reason). I only meant to say that because we don't, voter ID laws are all terribly unfair.

about a week ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

praxis Re:Big deal... (132 comments)

Good God, do these people attended school ? It's depressing to hear such stupid statements.

No kidding!

Yeah no shit man. I was typing too fast and an error is always excusable.

It would be far more excusable if Slashdot did not give you a preview of your comment before you commit it. Type as fast as you want, but read what you wrote slower. You'll find your error rate reduced.

about two weeks ago
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US Weather System and Satellite Network Hacked

praxis Re:Propaganda (76 comments)

There is no country that engages in so much propaganda and spying on monumental levels as the U.S; if it comes out of the mouth of the U.S government, be skeptical.

You should travel the world more.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

praxis Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (524 comments)

Depends on what you mean by large. Amazon does offer a wide variety of EC2 machines running Windows but I am unsure how large of a pie Windows EC2 instances take away from the non-Windows EC2 instances.

about two weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

praxis Re:Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

... The one big problem is that we are not given free government-issued IDs that I am aware of.

Government issued IDs are illegal, in the USA. For good reason...

So, my US passport is illegal?!

about two weeks ago
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Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

praxis Re:Wiki hype (140 comments)

Fair enough, but you are but one user of the service and we should probably look at why they have their policy from their perspective rather than one user's.

about two weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

praxis Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

Yeah, I understand the paper system...I read about that. What I had no information about was electronic voting machines you used in places. Sounds like the system fails transparency then.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

praxis Re:Wiki hype (140 comments)

There's more than just text and you forgot to include transmission, replication, off-site backups and updates. I'm not saying it's undoable, but it does take resources and those resources are donated to the public good so limitations are present.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

praxis Re:They delete your contributions (140 comments)

Yeah, I tried Wikipedia. Uploaded things like rare book covers. 100% public domain stuff. Had them deleted. Computer storage is infinite and free, but the powers that be at Wikipedia delete anything and everything that anyone contributes.

Computer storage is not free and infinite. If they delete anything and everything that anyone contributed, it would be an empty site, and it's not.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

praxis Re:Wiki hype (140 comments)

>"...your foundational value is that 'every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge'"...

Hah. If I could only count the number of factually correct pages that have disappeared over the years for failure to be "relevant" or "sufficiently important" or whatever metric they use, I'd be counting pretty damn high. Care about a regionally famous indie band from the mid 90's to the point that you'll carefully assemble what little information is out there about them? Too bad, gone in a blink, as if archive.org were complete and searchable for that stuff.

I've just never understood why something true should be excluded there.

While it would be nice to have information about everything, those that are paying the bills for storage, replication and transmission have decided that there has to be a line somewhere or the data set gets too large. While I wish there were no line I do understand why one might exist.

about two weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

praxis Re:Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

Ah, so your boss could demand your receipt, and fire you if you don't provide it. Then he'll know how you voted. Or will it only tell you whether it was counted, not how? So the government can track your vote, but nobody else. And you can't tell whether your vote was counted the way you intended.

The receipt will tell you if your vote was accepted. If there was a problem they contact you. All it proves is that you tore it off the ballot. One could use it to verify if you voted or not if they had it. It does not tell you how you voted.

It's difficult to track if one individual vote was counted correctly, but the counting room is open to the public and anyone can observe the counters taking ballots and adding to the tallies.

about two weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

praxis Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

How is their electronic voting system transparent? I don't know much about it.

about two weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

praxis Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

Which election system does not fail at least one of those?

about two weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

praxis Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

And how do you know that your vote was received and accurately counted?

To verify your vote was received: That would depend on where you live. In my county you go to https://info.kingcounty.gov/el... and check if they received your ballot and whether your signature passed verification.

To verify your vote was accurately counted: You stand in the room where they are looking at each ballot and adding to the tally for each race. If you do not wish to spend two weeks standing in said room while they count the ballots you may send a representative on your behalf. In fact, in my county, there are always many interested citizens watching the process as the elections here are observable by the public.

about two weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

praxis Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

Much better solution. No lines. No scheduling around work. Several weeks to study out everything.

It's also much easier and lower-risk to vote fraudulently by mail. Even if someone comparing the signatures detects a forged vote, it will be pretty much impossible to find the person who forged it.

First, you'd have to find someone you know will not vote. Then, you have to rob them of their ballot from their mailbox. Then, you have to forge their signature enough to fool several observers. Then you have to mail the ballot in. Then, if the signature matches you get away with it, congratulations you've stolen a vote. If the signature does not match the voter will get a letter saying their voting signature was challenged and for them to call the elections officials. You hope they don't or they have a place to start (they can get a pretty good date around when you stole their ballot from the mail) and investigate. Either way, the fraudulent vote was prevented.

So, the system is as secure as their signature verification. Since my signature is pretty consistent and they've flagged me twice in the last ten years, I do know that they do check it fairly well.

about two weeks ago

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