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Target Ignored Signs of Data Breach

raodin Re:Well... (95 comments)

The customers who were liable for exactly $0 of fraudulent charges under US law?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

raodin Re:gmail plus sign postfix (388 comments)

There are plenty of websites and services out there that are too braindead to send a confirmation email before associating an address with an account.

1 year,19 days

Sun Not a Significant Driver of Climate Change

raodin Re:How can the primary input not be relevant? (552 comments)

Obviously the sun is relevant, but the sun does not "radically dwarf" everything else.

Don't believe it? Look up the surface temperatures of Mercury and Venus.

Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system, yet it is roughly twice as far from the sun as Mercury.

Atmospheric composition has an enormous impact on surface temperatures.

about a year ago

I've done my current job in X time zones ...

raodin Re:I voted 3-6 but... (167 comments)

Try reading that again.

I was still working for HP

had to deal with one of HP's call centre operations

There were no "customers" involved, just different groups in the same company.

about a year ago

Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

raodin Re:In other news (663 comments)

The case is probably connected to the ground pin. This is pretty common practice.

Same thing would happen with a PC connected with a power cable that has live and ground swapped.

about a year ago

Lenovo CEO Shares $3 Million Bonus With Workers

raodin Re:Big difference from when IBM built the Thinkpad (169 comments)

Huh? They're all Lenovo branded. The divide between business/consumer is ThinkPad vs IdeaPad (and the super cheap "Essentials" line).

about a year ago

Meet the Gamers Keeping Retro Consoles Alive

raodin Re:Not surprising (79 comments)

Really? When was the last time you even TRIED waking a computer with a USB keyboard up?

My Asus P5Q SE Plus, a 5 year old board, wakes from usb (keyboard or mouse) just fine.

about 2 years ago

Dr. Richard Dawkins On Education, 'Innocence of Muslims,' and Rep. Paul Broun

raodin Re:Dawkin's is a piss poor social scientist (862 comments)

As for "beheading", can you name something within Darwinian Naturalism that argues against it, if it increases the propagation of the behead-ers DNA?

Congratulations on mistaking a scientific theory - an attempt to explain observed evidence - for a codified belief system.

more than 2 years ago

EC Sends Statement of Objections To Microsoft For Violating Anti-Trust Agreement

raodin Re:Slashdotters torn by conscience? (173 comments)

I'm not a huge fan of many of Microsoft's business practices, but the whole browser bundling issue was always pure bullshit.

Windows includes a lot of other bits of software that step on the toes of third-party software companies, too. MS correctly realized that a web browser was becoming an essential, ubiquitous piece of software. It is absurd to suggest they should have distributed a competitor's software in place of their own, and absurd to suggest that they should simply stay out of the market because there was competition. What business do governments have deciding what should or shouldn't be a core feature of an OS?

more than 2 years ago

What tech would you un-invent?

raodin Re:Social Media? or a fanciful discussion of war (572 comments)

Iraq and Afghanistan aren't exactly at a 1700s level of technology or military training, either.

I'd expect the technological gap between a terrestrial civilization and an interstellar civilization to be far greater than 300 years. The reality is we have NO capability of retaliating against any space based weapon system outside of LEO - and even in low orbit a species that has mastered interstellar travel would likely have effectively impenetrable countermeasures for anything we could throw at them. If their goal is simply to wipe out life and harvest resources from our planet's carcass, there is absolutely nothing we could do to stop them. Even if the goal is to eliminate just the human population and leave a habitable planet, what would you propose we could do to stop precisely targeted kinetic strikes from an opponent in orbit?

Things get more interesting if the goal is to conquer or enslave the human population - that's a much closer analogy to Iraq and Afghanistan.

more than 2 years ago

Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

raodin Re:Unfortunately... (1774 comments)

So what point is he making? "we need engineers, but only for a little while, until they built good enough robots" -- ?

Ridiculous. Robots don't replace engineers, they replace laborers.

Teaching science to children helps create objective, rational adults. Important traits for "voters that don't fall for deception." It's only part of the picture, but that doesn't make it unimportant.

more than 2 years ago

Security Expert: Huawei Routers Riddled With Vulnerabilities

raodin Re:summary is racist (126 comments)

Be fair, there really is a difference between distrusting all ethnically Chinese people and distrusting the Chinese government.

more than 2 years ago

Political Science Prof Asks: Is Algebra Necessary?

raodin Re:Let's look at the larger picture (1010 comments)

You make a good point, in that schools tend not to teach a lot off important life skills. That doesn't mean we should skimp on foundation skills like math. What point is there teaching someone about real estate, if they can't even handle algebra? Understanding concepts like interest rates requires more than basic arithmetic.

more than 2 years ago

Cell Phones: Tracking Devices That Happen To Make Calls

raodin Re:Caught on finally (196 comments)

Not sure why this should be a shocker. Ankle monitors need to report somehow or they aren't much use. Makes sense to use existing infrastructure rather than build a new network.

more than 2 years ago

Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second

raodin Re:Same as 120/240Hz HDTVs, I can't stand it (607 comments)

That link is just flat out wrong. LCD "refresh rate" does not work as the author of that article describes. LCDs have no need to redraw their image 60/120/240 times per second, the backlight is always on and the pixels keep their state until changed.

He is describing the way CRT refresh rate worked, and calling it a "new" issue with LCDs.

more than 2 years ago

Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

raodin Re:You leave out the context in the transcript (988 comments)

Android was just an inferior copy of the iPhone.

Characterizing Android as "just a copy" is blatant revisionist history. Work on Android started well before the iPhone was announced, let alone released.

more than 3 years ago

US Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion

raodin Re:non-profit? (917 comments)

with just about every one of them having a Starbucks (heck, that's in the library now, too)

Do you really think on campus Starbucks locations are operating at a loss? This just doesn't fit at all with the point you are trying to make.

more than 3 years ago

Smartphones Becoming Computer of Choice in Developing Countries

raodin Re:Not Just Developing Countries (187 comments)

Some android phones (Droid X2 for example) already have HDMI ports and support mirroring.

more than 3 years ago


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