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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

sabbede Oh crap. (376 comments)

Rightscorp was harassing me for a time because my phone number once belonged to an Army Sgt. who, apparently, violated a copyright. I shudder to think what could happen to other innocents.

about a week ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

sabbede But without (516 comments)

HELIOS One, the NCR would have to rely entirely on the contested dam for power!

about a week ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

sabbede I'm so glad (194 comments)

I don't work for a company that made the mistake of getting involved in that nightmare.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

sabbede Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

"Summer Vacation" only exists so that kids could work on the family farm. So, not only is the reason for it extinct, it was never about "letting kids be kids".

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

sabbede Short answer: (421 comments)

Yes.

about two weeks ago
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Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

sabbede I thought algae (184 comments)

produced oxygen. Doesn't it photosynthesize?

about three weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

sabbede Atlanta traffic (406 comments)

is why I feel secure in saying that we absolutely need self-driving cars. Stupid Humans make traffic a nightmare. Self driving cars won't stop three lanes of traffic trying to cut ahead of everyone at an exit, block the passing lane, weave all over because they're too busy on the phone, or make congestion worse by constantly trying to change lanes.

about three weeks ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Breaking news (619 comments)

There are no lobbyists or campaigns in North Korea.

about a month ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

sabbede Re:Audiophiles never agree on anything, except... (162 comments)

Blose?

I had an audiophile friend (yeah, weirdos) whose primary complaint with Bose was that they are overpriced for what you get. Bit like Apple if you ask me.

about a month ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

sabbede The Doctor knows what's up (162 comments)

Dre sold it off just in time for a patent suit to come down the line. Luck or sneakiness?

about a month ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

sabbede Apple doesn't need to slow old hardware (281 comments)

They just stop supporting it unconscionably early. The last OS update available for a first gen iPad is 5.1.1. An iPhone 4, released at the same time with the same hardware still gets updates.

Screw you Apple. You've made my iPad an insecure piece of junk.

about a month ago
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Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

sabbede Re:CrAssphage? (100 comments)

Bit too "on the nose" right?

about a month ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

sabbede Re:Advertisers and marketee aren't allowed to lie. (128 comments)

Oh, I'm not saying that marketers aren't bad people whose job it is to deceive and mislead consumers, but there are rules and agencies that enforce those rules. Spammers and scammers don't have to worry about their company being punished so there is nothing holding them back.

about a month ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Breaking news (619 comments)

Okay then, I'll find someone who is actually interested in intelligent discourse.

about a month ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

sabbede I know! (128 comments)

Advertisers and marketeers are trying to sell something real (that might not be interesting enough to click), and aren't allowed to lie. Phishers are already breaking the law, so no worries about false advertising or dull products.

about a month ago
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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

sabbede Well, that sounds fair (75 comments)

Though perhaps it would be more fair if, in exchange for being allowed to sell data about you, Verizon provided your cell service for free. Or at least reduced so that FinalBill = BaseFee - ValueOfYourData

about a month ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Breaking news (619 comments)

Irrelevant. ExxonMobil is worth over ten North Koreas, and has zero influence. A state cannot both be strong and beholden to outside influence.

about a month ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Money (619 comments)

The numbers don't actually change all that much. Those that succumb to the temptation when the numbers go up cancel out those who think it's 'too much'. I've only seen it tested up to about a hundred bucks (scarce funding for the research), but the composition of the sample group has more of an effect on the percentage of cheaters than the amount of money on the table.

What I've found to be the most interesting result is that the vast majority behave altruistically/honestly/fairly.

about a month ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Breaking news (619 comments)

As autocracy increases, private interests are crowded out by the increasing dominance of state interests. As private space shrinks, private interests can only survive by being captured by the state. The inverse is not really possible as the state is just too damn big to be captured. There isn't enough room for any private interest to become powerful enough to attempt it.

Practically, what tends to happen is that corruption increases, allowing private interests to prevail on an increasingly large scale. But as this continues the state weakens and eventually collapses.

about a month ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Correlation is not causation (619 comments)

Individual wealth is not a good predictor of ethical behavior. There's no real correlation there, but what little there is suggests that poverty and altruism are positively correlated. What this study shows is that growing up in a corrupt system correlates with corrupt behavior.

about a month ago

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