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Adobe Flash Remote Code Execution Flaw Exploited In the Wild

rakslice Re:Devil's avocado (187 comments)

The iPhone 2g has hardware h.264 acceleration. So why is its general purpose CPU speed relevant?

about 7 months ago
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King James Programming

rakslice *cough* (184 comments)

From the dedication of SICP:

"[...] I hope the field of computer science never loses its sense of fun. Above all, I hope we don't become missionaries. Don't feel as if you're Bible salesmen. The world has too many of those already. [...]"

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

rakslice Re:Demand for Microsoft Skills Declining? (506 comments)

What are you getting at? OP is a software developer, and so is presumably looking for a job developing software, not setting up servers.

about 9 months ago
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Intelligence Officials Fear Snowden's 'Doomsday' Cache

rakslice Re:That room on the 6th floor of the Book Deposito (381 comments)

"When you shoot steeply up or down, the shots will land high relative to the flat level zero." Does high mean an error in the same direction whether it's steeply up or steeply down? What causes that?

about 9 months ago
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Nasdaq 4000 — This Time It's Different?

rakslice Re:BFD (241 comments)

"state of the art in 2000" Wasn't it 4 years old in 2000, and discontinued in 2001?

about 9 months ago
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62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

rakslice Re:price (331 comments)

What about the old chestnut: "You can't grep dead trees?"

about 9 months ago
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FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

rakslice Re:Troll Food (371 comments)

Okay, let me try again:
I see the original post is about medical regulation and your comment is kinda sorta about medical regulation; do you want to connect the dots or do you just want to talk about Obama?

about 9 months ago
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NSA Planned To Discredit Radicals Based On Web-Browsing Habits

rakslice Re:Porn browsing? (415 comments)

In illustrating the educational aspects of web content, AC underscores the problem with trying to blackmail religious zealots with their browser logs: They can say they were merely educating themselves about the infidels.

about 9 months ago
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FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

rakslice Troll Food (371 comments)

The original article, which is talking about the FDA pulling the plug on a medical service due to its operator not addressing some red tape with respect to safety standards, is a good illustration of the interventionist form of "statism". Subsidized health care doesn't necessarily dictate what the medical industry can do in the same way, but taxing people and spending the money on certain kinds of health programs is definitely an economic intervention that pushes the medical industry in a certain direction. What do you think, Mr. Anon.? Did you have this similarity in mind when you wrote your post?

about 9 months ago
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California Outlaws 'Revenge Porn'

rakslice Re:How about (528 comments)

I like to listen to people's views about "the nanny state" right up until the part where they tell me I should deal with it by.. voting in somebody to fix the problem for us...

about a year ago
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Could a Dirty Rag Take Out a $2 Billion Satellite?

rakslice Re:Check the logs? (297 comments)

Whoops; Sorry, I didn't realize my earlier post went through. ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handing Over Personal Work Without Compensation?

rakslice Re:Have you talked to anyone? (848 comments)

If you said Quebec, then tell him to remember that that won't be true anymore if he becomes a senior manager.
If you said New Brunswick, then tell him to consider being a manager somewhere where they pay more than $14.25 an hour. =)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handing Over Personal Work Without Compensation?

rakslice Re:Have you talked to anyone? (848 comments)

"I tell my boss that, he is a manager, he figures he doesn't get overtime, but that isn't true, he is entitled the same as everyone else."

Are you in Quebec, New Brunswick, or Newfoundland and Labrador, or Prince Edward Island? =)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handing Over Personal Work Without Compensation?

rakslice Er... (848 comments)

"cannot be paid overtime" - No, they can be paid overtime, it's just not required by law (or rather by that law).

Also, about that high tech exemption: "a person employed to provide basic operational technical support" is excluded from the exemption.

I'm curious, Slashdot: Is a server admin "a person employed to provide basic operational technical support"? Ok, now is there a way to explain why or why not to a judge?

http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/11_396_95#section37.8 (the exemption)
http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/00_96113_01#part4 (the part 4 that the exemption is referring to)

more than 2 years ago
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HP TouchPad To Be Liquidated At Fire Sale Prices

rakslice What's going on at HP? (368 comments)

I'm amazed at how crazy HP's PR handling has been about their transition in general (~ "we're going to jump ship a few miles from the destination to swim into uncharted waters") and this part in particular (~ "we couldn't sell it with a tiny discount off our insane pricing, so we'll just give them away instead"). It's nice to have a demonstration of the Osborne effect every once in a while.

Either HP's competence at marketing and pricing is similar to their competence at creating printer drivers, or there are some seriously perverse accounting needs and internal corporate politics at play here.

Aside, while I'm being cranky: Hey /., what was the hold-up on this story? (It's not just the next day, but in the afternoon the next day). I never would have thought back when I started reading /. in the 90's I'd ever have to say this, but you guys need to improve its story queue process so you can keep up with the turnaround time of... mainstream newspaper web sites.

about 3 years ago

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What's the real conspiracy?

rakslice rakslice writes  |  more than 4 years ago

"I am starting to wonder, are weirdo lawsuits involving companies with nothing much to lose and claims and defenses that seem doomed from the start going to happen to *all* of Microsoftâ(TM)s competitors?"

Am I crazy to suggest that having Mac OS X on generic PCs would surely hurt MS far more than it could possibly hurt Apple?

If I was to try my hand at the art of anti-MS conspiracy theory, I wouldn't suggest Psystar as the MS rube. Rather, I'd have to put my stock in the idea that Apple and MS have some kind of hush-hush agreement to divide up the market. MS certainly doesn't want Apple competing with MS in generic PC land, and Apple is happy with leaving the Mac in its high markup niche that gives it good earnings for its money, ignoring computer games and the oft-touted notion of an Apple game console competing in the traditional game console market where MS now lives, and instead spending most of its development dollars in other consumer products markets that it knows it can win easily via awesome UI and that MS has been toying with for years and couldn't be more mediocre at if it was trying to lose.

Still, I guess MS could be behind Psystar... If it did nothing, antitrust regulators might eventually get a crack at the "Apple-labeled" tied selling business, leaving Apple to reluctantly eat MS' Windows cash cow for breakfast. An airtight knee-jerk lawsuit from Apple to cut down an MS patsy would dispel the generic PC MacOS threat long before this could happen.

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Sympathy for the masses

rakslice rakslice writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I'm starting to develop an "issue"...

They keep coming at me from different directions; from the Internet, from the TV: People claiming to be direct victims, or civillian activists, or ad-hoc experts, telling us about the alarming things they've been seeing... and then waving their ignorance about the subject around like it's some kind of badge of their humanity that I'm supposed to sympathize with.

Or worse, the investigative journalists who put 'em on the screen, but think that if they go beyond cloying emotional appeals and show them talking about the details that we will be confused or uninterested.

I want to sympathize with those people; they have some very very important things to say that no one else is going to say. But all I can think of is "I googled about this for 5 minutes and learned more about this than you appear to have ever learned despite your claim of being involved". I guess I've been reading Slashdot for too long.

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