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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

reanjr Re:This explains a lot (207 comments)

You can believe all the misinformation if you'd like, but every single one of those people dies from heroin. Cocaine is a very safe drug (though highly addictive).

1 hour ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

reanjr Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (139 comments)

Android has also done the same for quite some time. This is going above and beyond those feeble measures.

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

reanjr Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (278 comments)

Yeah, because single point of failure is exactly how you want to perform security.

about two weeks ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

reanjr iLife, much? (171 comments)

Since I never tied myself to being an iDeveloper, no, I have to concern or fear over the purported implosion of a pointless indie game market on a second-rate platform.

about two weeks ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

reanjr Re:What is the use of school to Facebook? (253 comments)

What?

Not in the US. IQ tests are not uncommon here. There's a social stigma against using them, but there's nothing even close to a ban.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

reanjr Probably pointless (178 comments)

Unless they let you compile your own binaries and distribute them, this is utterly useless.

about three weeks ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

reanjr Re:Uber should be stopped (273 comments)

But you're driving your own vehicle, no? Shouldn't you already be insured (as is the law in many states)?

about a month ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

reanjr Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Yes, because centrally planning technology development worked so well for Russia.

about a month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

reanjr Re:How does this not violate the 5th and/or 14th.. (371 comments)

Which means GOP never tried to legitimize their illegal actions, making it more difficult to follow suit in the future. Obama meanwhile wants to throw open the oppression floodgates.

about a month ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

reanjr Re:He doesn't understand net nutrality. (270 comments)

You have an idealized model of commerce. The reality is internet is like a utility. Ever experience a electricity brownout? Those happen specifically because utility companies are permitted to manage their networks how they see fit. They can reduce capacity as needed to improve the experience for everyone.

about a month ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

reanjr Re:22 (370 comments)

If you're out of work at 30 after working for 8 years in the tech industry, you suck at your job.

about a month ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

reanjr Re:time to die... (204 comments)

I really think Wayland is a step backwards with the loss of network transparency. The story from that article (of thin clients improving the way MIT IT infrastructure operated) is basically due to the network transparency of X11.

about a month ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

reanjr Re:Not true (394 comments)

Depends on where you live somewhat. My air conditioning in SoCal is only on for about 10 hours per year. My laptop and TV probably use more power.

about a month ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

reanjr Re:Why can't you plug into you TV anymore. (394 comments)

The vast majority of modern televisions do handle this. But they don't handle the channel guide. That's pretty much the killer app the cable companies rely on to get you to put their box in your living room and charge you for the privilege.

about a month ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

reanjr Re:What happens if (281 comments)

You really think the federal government has the programming skill to pull off something like that? An organization run on software from the 80s?

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

reanjr Re:What happens if (281 comments)

That said, it would be relatively easier for the NSA to just take control of Gigahash or some other 51% group to disrupt the network.

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

reanjr Re:What happens if (281 comments)

The BTC network power went past the point where the only entity with the resources to take control like that is the US government. Maybe not even them anymore. But it would be such a vast investment in hardware, the bill for such an endeavor to the American taxpayer would be difficult to get past congress.

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

reanjr Re:It's just human nature... (281 comments)

I don't understand your claim that no one would find out. If they double-spend, one recipient of that double spend is going to find out very quickly.

about a month and a half ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

reanjr Re:Chip & Pin (142 comments)

Signatures are typically only for larger purchases. When you buy a pack of gum with a credit card, you almost never have to supply a signature. Also, in the US we buy packs of gum with credit cards, which is not really easy to do a lot of places outside of the US, with minimum purchases requirements.

about a month and a half ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

reanjr Re:What about flat cards? (142 comments)

The imprint is for convenience only. There's nothing stopping the merchant from just writing in the info in ink pen. This is perfectly valid and will be honored by the card processor. I suppose it MIGHT take a bit more time to get processed if they're using OCR or some such thing, but most likely they hire teams of data entry drones with mad 10-key skills.

about a month and a half ago

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