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North Korea: Male University Students Required To Get Kim Jong-un Haircuts

raftpeople Wait, they have students? (110 comments)

I can believe they have universities, the buildings at least, but I'm a little suspicious about the whole "student" thing.

about three weeks ago
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Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

raftpeople Re:Oh, how cute (289 comments)

I always wondered why that mission failed so badly and then I read up on our special forces. They had only been formed fairly recently before that mission (a few years?) and that mission was one of the first. I was surprised, I had assumed we had those types of special forces groups in the military for a long time.

about three weeks ago
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WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

raftpeople We Better Get This Deal Done ASAP... (144 comments)

or my 16oz latte is going to get cold and I will need to buy another one.

about 2 months ago
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The Neuroscience of Computer Programming

raftpeople And reading code isn't "coding" (161 comments)

For me, coding/design/problem solving seems to be mostly 3d abstract visual with objects being represented by some abstract entity and interactions that I can "see" (in quotes because I'm not sure that's what's really going on) and manipulate.

Reading or writing code is a translation to/from the imagery which is the real "code". The imagery is the abstract representation of the solution and where the problem solving happens.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

raftpeople Facebook's Next Defensive Purchase... (199 comments)

The new and exciting "Smoke Signal" app. 1 puff signals "danger", 2 puffs for the "all clear" and of course 3 puffs for "party at my place".

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

raftpeople Facts Folks (731 comments)

US has traditionally had a much lower fraud rate than the UK so there was no motivation.

The UK fraud rate was much higher but chip and pin has helped bring it down to match US levels (in 2010 US cc fraud rate=.085, UK=.070, first time UK was lower)

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

raftpeople SlashDot Beta (2219 comments)

The only thing missing are Live Tiles

about 2 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

raftpeople My experiences (399 comments)

My experiences: each of my 3 kids encountered two completely ineffective/incompetent teachers in junior high and zero in elementary and high school (although we were aware of 1 in elementary that we fortunately did not have to deal with).

It wasn't that many but the level of incompetence was astounding and nothing could be done.

about 3 months ago
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Michaels Stores Investigating Possible Data Breach

raftpeople Would Chip and Pin Have Prevented This? (106 comments)

The data was stolen from the POS device's ram during the brief amount of time it was there. Would Chip and Pin prevent using any of that data later on? Seems like the pin would have to be in mem at some point also, but I don't really know.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

raftpeople Re:The problem is in the subtext (606 comments)

Ya, it's pretty weird. In our DC we have people running around doing this work and some of the orders are mail order/ecom and some are wholesale and some are for our retail stores...but they have no freaking idea which is which, they are performing the exact same tasks, filling a tote full of goods from the pick bin and placing the tote onto the conveyor.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

raftpeople Re:Robots (606 comments)

They've already done the calcs (so has everyone managing a dc), human labor is expensive and so there is a lot of money available to pay for automation.

For an average sized DC of about 250,000 sq ft and using 1,000 robots to replace 100 to 200 pickers/putaway people (still need packers and others), it would pay for itself after a few years.

about 4 months ago
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Nokia Still Experimenting With Android Smartphone

raftpeople Nokia retained rights - could make phones (63 comments)

Nokia retained rights to their brand and logo, only restricted from using logo for 2 years (until 2015). Nokia could introduce an android phone in the near future if they want to.

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin Thefts Surge, DDoS Hackers Take Millions

raftpeople Mine are safe (305 comments)

in the couch

about 5 months ago
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Oracle Kills Commercial Support For GlassFish: Was It Inevitable?

raftpeople So? (125 comments)

I'm confused by your comment. Why wouldn't Oracle or any company do whatever they want with a company they just purchased?

about 5 months ago
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Jeffrey Zients Appointed To Fix Healthcare.gov

raftpeople It's not 500m LOC (250 comments)

Why anyone would believe that number from the NY Times is beyond me.

If you have any experience with even medium sized software projects, you will realize it's a typo. They started coding this spring, of 2013, I doubt they even have 5 million lines. Maybe 500,000.

about 6 months ago
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How To FIx Healthcare.gov: Go Open-Source!

raftpeople Re:Rearrange the deck chairs. (307 comments)

That site isn't that complicated and there's nothing new and innovative on it. If they brought in the right people and busted ass for a few weeks they could have an open source alternative built and tested.

Oh, ok, a few weeks? My largest project was orders of magnitude smaller than this project and you couldn't even complete testing in a "few weeks". I don't think you have any clue the complexity of this project or time required for large/complex projects.

about 6 months ago
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New Standard For Website Authentication Proposed: SQRL (Secure QR Login)

raftpeople It was SEQUEL first (234 comments)

Yes, people sometimes mispronounced it, but that is due to ignorance

Actually, the ignorance is people that aren't aware that it was originally called SEQUEL and then renamed to SQL. There have been various products over the years on various platforms with the SEQUEL name (80's and early 90's). The pronunciation has been both ways, although as time goes on there are many people like yourself that just aren't aware of the history and other pronunciation and so it continues to fade.

about 6 months ago
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IsoHunt Settles With MPAA, Will Shut Down And Pay Up to $110 Million

raftpeople "regular property" (245 comments)

Ownership of "regular property" is just as pretend as anything else. It's based on laws we created with the protection of our legal/justice system. Without that anyone could take your home that wants to and has the physical power to do it.

about 6 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

raftpeople Re:Back out the last upgrade (1191 comments)

I like the new design more...than AOL...but just barely

about 7 months ago
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Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

raftpeople Beeks? (740 comments)

What if there was a guy named Beeks that had the report in his briefcase and traveled to the exchange in advance of the public announcement, and there were 2 men and a woman that intercepted the report and used it to their advantage while swapping it with a fake report which was given to the original people?

about 7 months ago

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