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Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?

quanticle Re:Worried (845 comments)

Did you ever stop to ask yourself why 21st century American working conditions are better than those from the 19th? A lot of it comes down to health and safety regulation, including child-labor laws. The existence of sweatshops and ill-run factories all over the third world shows that companies are willing (and always will be willing) to sacrifice the lives of their workers as long as it is profitable for them to do so. Repealing that legislation would be a sure way to go right back to the sort of working conditions we had in American in the 1800s and the sort of working conditions we find in China today.

more than 2 years ago
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Secure Syslog Replacement Proposed

quanticle Re:I don't know... (248 comments)

The problem isn't searching in the ordinary case. The problem is searching in the failure case. I can grep a truncated, mangled text file. If I truncate and mangle your BerkeleyDB can you still search it?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Data Remanence Solutions?

quanticle Re:Why not digital destruction? (209 comments)

Well, DBAN is open source. If you have suspicions, you're welcome to review the source compile your own version with a trusted compiler. If that isn't to your liking, there are commercial tools that do the same thing.

As for, "What if a drive is mishandled and doesn't get wiped," well, isn't that a concern with physical destruction too?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Data Remanence Solutions?

quanticle Why not digital destruction? (209 comments)

There is software out there (like D-BAN) which will repeatedly overwrite the data on a hard drive, rendering it unrecoverable. Why not use that, rather than relying on encryption?

more than 2 years ago
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Antitrust Case Over, Microsoft Ties IE 10 To Win 8

quanticle Re:And Linux does too (519 comments)

Last I checked no window manager on Linux requires Firefox to be installed. However, in Windows 8, Internet Explorer will be required for the "Metro" window manager.

more than 2 years ago
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Kernel Bug Means Linux Power Usage Remains High

quanticle Re:You mean Moronix, right? (179 comments)

OSX is designed for a single hardware specification, Linux runs on countless of hardware, and we have to reverse engineer some drivers and try to make most hardware work. Your comments are clearly disrespectful, and you should go bitch the hardware manufacturers instead.

In that vein, a registry of some kind that told you what hardware was compatible with your Linux distro would be a godsend. I mean, I've seen various half-hearted attempts to start something like this, but they've always petered out. Then when you find them on Google, you get your hopes up, only to have them dashed by lists upon lists of laptops, video cards, sound cards, etc. that were EOL'd years ago.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Losing Contributors, Says Wales

quanticle Re:Easy reason (533 comments)

That's why you check those handy little citation tags that they have. If you don't believe the article, check its sources.

about 3 years ago
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Wikipedia Losing Contributors, Says Wales

quanticle Re:Easy reason (533 comments)

That's a bad idea. Administrators may be in a position of power on Wikipedia, but that doesn't mean that they have a commensurate level of power in the real world. Forcing real name use just opens up administrators to possible personal harassment and physical attack.

about 3 years ago
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EVE Online Players Rage, Protest Over Microtransactions

quanticle Re:You mean companies want to make profits? (315 comments)

CCP is already getting paid with its players' monthly subscriptions. This is rent-seeking, plain and simple.

more than 3 years ago
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Osage Oppose Wind Power At Tallgrass Prairie

quanticle Re:Bah (147 comments)

No, this is NIMBY-ism, plain and simple. The argument of the Osage people is exactly the same, and just as invalid, as that of the Massachusetts landowners who complained that an offshore windfarm would ruin the view from their beachfront homes.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?

quanticle Re:Shouldn't that be platform neutral? (432 comments)

At the university I went to they run a scan to see if you're running the 'approved' anti-virus software, and won't let you onto the network if you're not running it. That said, the IT folks I spoke with were fairly clued-in and put in exceptions for your MAC address if you were running Linux, OSX or some other OS.

more than 3 years ago
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What's Your College Major Worth?

quanticle Re:Finally some sanity (433 comments)

As another commenter pointed out, some degree programs (Computer Engineering, being a prime example) really only work if they're stretched out over a 5-year period. I just wish universities would be honest with their students and say, "Yeah, this degree can be finished in 4 years, but realistically, it'll take 5." I think that would go a long way towards helping those of us who take a little longer to understand a given concept.

In any case, I ended up getting my degree in 5 years. I tried to do the grind for three years (like you), then I burned out, spent two semesters off working, and then returned to school to finish my degree.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Labs: the URL Bar Has To Go

quanticle Re:Following Google to Stupidity (591 comments)

This is why you purchase a display that's capable of rotation. There's nothing like seeing a massive document fit on one 19" screen rotated to be portrait instead of landscape.

more than 3 years ago
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Proposal For Gnome To Become Linux-Only

quanticle Re:WTF? (292 comments)

Think for example user interfaces for managing hardware, system settings (user accounts, security, firewall, wired and wireless network), etc.

There's no reason that any of those things require low level hooks. Every single one of those functions is managed by a command-line program that can be called from anywhere (GUI control panel, CLI, shell script, etc.). All GNOME has to do is call the same command line utilities that shell scripts do.

GNOME depends on various background daemons that must be started at boot.

Indeed it does, and this very discussion is about one of those daemons. The Linux-only crowd is saying that GNOME should require systemd as a dependency. Unfortunately, systemd only runs on Linux. I think that GNOME should not depend on systemd until it has been ported to other operating systems (e.g. BSD, Solaris). Once systemd is available on all the platforms that GNOME supports, GNOME can rely on it being available.

more than 3 years ago
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Proposal For Gnome To Become Linux-Only

quanticle Re:Lets look at it (292 comments)

On windows the gnome support helps port over many familiar Linux based apps to a windows world which is great for Linux people who are forced to work in a windows world, but the apps have little to zero adoption from 'Windows users' themselves.

I disagree with this. Two GTK apps, at least (GIMP and Pidgin), have very strong adoption in the Windows world. Pidgin is a damn good multi-platform/multi-protocol chat client, and lots of Windows users use despite having never been exposed to Linux. GIMP doesn't have as much adoption (thanks to Photoshop), but its used by Windows users who can't afford Photoshop, and don't want to go through the risks of pirating it.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

quanticle Re:The future (605 comments)

I don't use GNU/Linux because its free. I use it because its the best tool for my job. If Windows supported the tools I need for my development activities, I'd use Windows. As it is, web development is far simpler in a Unix/Linux environment than a Windows environment (and the production server is running Linux), so I use Linux for development.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

quanticle Re:Alternatives? (605 comments)

Can Google Voice do video? For me the main attraction to Skype is that its video-calling seems to be more stable than any of the alternatives.

more than 3 years ago
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Tech Experts Look To Help Save the Postal Service

quanticle Re:So what if it's losing money? (398 comments)

USPS is more expensive than UPS or FedEx for shipping stuff which must be shipped, you know, "stuff". (Defined as having mass and taking up space.)

Really? That hasn't been my experience. For shipping in the contiguous US USPS media mail has hard to beat rates.

more than 3 years ago
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Kepler Recovers After 144 Hour "Glitch"

quanticle Re:Was it really down? (73 comments)

That's the impression I got too. There was a glitch in the update; the satellite went into safe mode; NASA analyzed and fixed the issue, and now all's well again. Certainly, not the ideal scenario, but things could have gone much more badly.

more than 3 years ago
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8.8 Earthquake Near Japanese Coast

quanticle Re:Japan Tsunami (431 comments)

It only looks like its moving slowly and gradually because you're looking at it from a helicopter. If you compare the water's speed with the size of the objects being carried (e.g. houses and boats), you'll see that the wave is actually moving quite quickly. In the video (if you look carefully), you can see a car speeding down the road in an attempt to get away. The wave is moving almost as fast as the car.

The people on the bridge were likely there because it was the highest/sturdiest structure in the area, not necessarily because they wanted to gawk at the tsunami.

more than 3 years ago

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Obama's Gift to Gordon Brown fails due to DRM

quanticle quanticle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

quanticle (843097) writes "According to the Daily Telegraph, when Gordon Brown sat down to watch the DVDs that Obama had given him, he found out that they were from the wrong region. Will this be the impetus that finally convinces our government that region coding is detrimental?"
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France Seeks to Push 3-Strikes Law Across Europe

quanticle quanticle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

quanticle (843097) writes "As you may recall, France previously threatened to cut off broadband access for file sharers. However, after lobbying by the public, the legislation failed in the National Assembly. Now, the government of Nicolas Sarkozy is trying to revive the the measure by pushing it as an amendment to the pan-European Telecoms Package. This amendment has the potential to impose 3-strikes across Europe, not just in France."
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Electronic Arts offers $2bn for Take Two

quanticle quanticle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

quanticle (843097) writes "The New York Times is reporting that Electronic Arts has offered $2bn for Take Two Entertainment. The effort appears to be a move to consolidate the two companies before Take Two releases the next iteration of its blockbuster franchise, Grand Theft Auto 4."
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Microsoft Authorizes Proxy Fight For Yahoo

quanticle quanticle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

quanticle (843097) writes "In an effort to force Yahoo to accept its $44.6 billion buyout offer, Microsoft has authorized a proxy fight to remove Yahoo's board of directors. Microsoft is prepared to spend $20 to $30 million on the battle, which it still considers more economical than raising its bid for Yahoo."
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California Testers Find Flaws in Voting Machines

quanticle quanticle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

quanticle (843097) writes "According to Ars Technica, California testers have discovered severe flaws in the ES&S voting machines. The paper seals were easily bypassed, and the lock could be picked with a "common office implement". After cracking the physical security the device, the testers found it simple to reconfigure the BIOS to boot off external media. After booting a version of Linux, they found that critical system files were stored in plain text. They also found that the election management system that initializes the voting machines used unencrypted protocols to transmit the initialization data to the voting machines, allowing for a man-in-the-middle attack.

Altogether, it is a troubling report for a company already in hot water for selling uncertified equipment to counties."

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FCC Planning Rules to Open Cable Market

quanticle quanticle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

quanticle (843097) writes "According to the New York Times, the FCC is planning to unveil new regulations for the cable market that will lower barriers to entry for independent programmers.

The rules would be aimed at stopping the growth of existing cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner, while seeking to encourage more small companies to get into the field. Also, earlier this month, the FCC struck down the practice of having exclusive contracts between cable providers and apartment owners.

All in all, this looks like a welcome infusion of competition into an otherwise stagnant market. The impact that this will have on the network neutrality debate is unclear."

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SoundExchange Drops DRM Requirements

quanticle quanticle writes  |  about 7 years ago

quanticle (843097) writes "According to this article, SoundExchange has dropped its requirement that webcasters implement anti-streamripping measures for a compromise on licensing fees. However, the new conditions set a cap of $1.25 million in annual revenue beyond which webcasters will be charged the full fee. There is also a 5,000,000 hr. cap on the amount of aggregate tuning hours (hours listened x # of listeners). Webcasters say that these two limits essentially constitute a restraint of trade, as any station that exceeds them will be instantly crushed by enormous fees.

As Rusty Hodge of Sona.fm says:

In fact, if we extrapolate our current revenue to royalty ratio, our rates would go from $150,000 to $5 million at the point we hit the $1.25 million revenue cap. So if we can increase the size of our business to over 1.25 million dollars, we'll be forced out of business.
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quanticle quanticle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

quanticle (843097) writes "A 15 year old Australian boy has tricked Youtube into removing videos by claiming that they infringed on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's copyright.

This raises some interesting questions about the level of due diligence necessary in verifying that takedown orders are legitimate and in the ability of people to take down videos that offend them by simply stating that they are infringing on someone's (not necessarily their own) copyright."
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quanticle quanticle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

quanticle (843097) writes "According to CNN, NASA wants to establish a permanent human presence on the moon by 2024. While NASA has stated intentions to establish such a base beforehand, this is the first proposed timetable I've heard so far.


NASA Associate Administrator Scott Horowitz said the goal is to conduct the first manned missions to the moon by 2020, starting with short stays by four-person crews that would establish the outpost.

He estimated that perhaps by 2024 there might be a continual presence on the surface, with crews rotating in and out, as is done with the international space station.
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quanticle quanticle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

quanticle (843097) writes "Mozilla Firefox 2.0 rc 1 is available for download. The release candidate features an updated theme compared to Firefox 1.5.0.7, and Firefox 2.0b2.

Firefox 2.0 also promises better support of client-side data storage, better support for SVG text, improved add-on and search box management. Tabbed browsing is now default, with close buttons built into the tabs themselves, and new tab management features like the ability to undo previously closed tabs."

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