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12% of federal judges are 80+ years old

schon Way to fail statistics. (1 comments)

When the Constitution was ratified in 1789, the average American lived to be 40.

You might want to look up "infant mortality" and "bathtub curve" before citing completely meaningless "facts" such as this.

Hint: you have 100 people. 50 of them die before they turn 1 year old, 50 die at age 80. What age did the "average" one live to?

more than 3 years ago

Bruce Schneier vs. the TSA

schon Re:Thanks Congressman Ron Paul (R)! (741 comments)

bet they didn't even think to talk to Teller about this.

I'm pretty sure he wouldn't say anything.

more than 3 years ago

US Marshals Saved 35,000 Full Body Scans

schon Re:Good. Hope this keeps up (712 comments)

Oppressive behavior just creates terrorists, it doesn't find or defeat them.

Perfect! That's just what the government needs to justify all this bullshit!

more than 3 years ago

2010 Geek IQ Test

schon Re:Definitely not for nerds (245 comments)

Can someone clear this up for me? I keep hearing the two differ. Some tell me they're a geek but not a nerd. Some the opposite. So what is what? Where can I find _the_ definition to point all others to?

Nobody writes it down. If you have to ask, you don't need to know.

Watch the movie "Wargames" (The original 1983 one.) Wait for the scene when David goes to the university to talk to Jim and Malvin, and observe the characters. Jim is a geek, and Malvin is a nerd.

more than 3 years ago

Windows Phone Permanently Modifies MicroSD Cards, Warns Samsung

schon No. (426 comments)

Try reading the Article.

Now Engadget have discovered that the Windows Phone OS makes permanent changes to a card that can prevent it from being read, written to or formatted on any other device.

So, no.

more than 3 years ago

Google Says 3rd Parties Would Be Liable For Java Infringement

schon No, it's not. (236 comments)

Microsoft promises to take legal responsibiliy in the case of patent lawsuits resulting from use of their platform

What does that have to do with copyright claims?

Answer: absolutely nothing.

more than 3 years ago

How Hulu, NBC, and Other Sites Block Google TV

schon Re:Google does the same (338 comments)

Through contract law, just like every other contract ever written.

more than 3 years ago

TSA To Make Pat-Downs More Embarrassing To Encourage Scanner Use

schon Re:Article is Troll **AND** Flamebait all in one! (642 comments)

Come on, what real proof is there the rule change is to be more "embarrassing"?

Occam's razor.

It's utterly stupid on the face of it if you think AT ALL

Exactly - the utter absurdity that this could be in any way about security is the "real proof".

more than 3 years ago

South Korean Cartoonists Cry Foul Over Edgy Simpsons Intro

schon Re:Modern South Korea (299 comments)

That's the thing about the corporate system that many people fail to realize. It's very easy to get a corporation to change what they're doing if there's a coordinated effort by consumers to choose not to buy from a certain manufacturer until practices are changed.

That's the thing about the corporate system that corporate apologists people fail to realize. It's almost impossible to get a coordinated effort by consumers because the corporations have so more damn money than individuals, and can drown out any opposition to their pracices.

more than 3 years ago

US Objects To the Kilogram

schon Re:BASE16 (538 comments)


more than 3 years ago

How often do you Google yourself?

schon Re:Bing? (225 comments)

I like to think the past tense of Bing is Bung.

Wouldn't it be "bang"? You know, like "shat" is the past tense of.. umm. never mind.

more than 3 years ago

LSE Breaks World Record In Trade Speed With Linux

schon You need to read more before commenting (452 comments)

It's a great server OS, sure, but lets look at this realistically:

- the Windows / .NET trading system was based on Windows 2003 and SQL 2000, and was deployed in 2005.
- the Linux-based system is under development now, to be deployed next year.

You missed

- the Windows / .NET trading hardware has been upgraded continuously because it was unable to cope with the load.

Just based on that, you'd expect substantial performance differences from just using newer hardware.

Sure, except for the part that the both are running on new hardware.

Chances are that the original kit was certified as a part of the solution, and hasn't been replaced since.

"Chances are" - except that is 100% wrong. They had problems since day 1, which were blamed on the hardware, so they've been constantly upgrading it trying to fix the problem.

Even ignoring the hardware and the OS, one would expect 90% of the performance to be determined by the application, not the OS. Decisions like writing the software in .NET versus C or Java, or using a special-purpose Java runtime would make a huge difference, irrespective of the OS.

The old system was written with the help of MS. They were the ones that said that .NET was the best way to implement it, and they even touted this in their press releases.

On top of this, the software stack is completely different, and developed by a different team. Just about every design decision, small and large, will be different.

Of course it's completely different - that's the entire fscking point.

more than 3 years ago

US Elections Dominated By Closed Source. Again.

schon Re:Because... (403 comments)

Citation needed, from a reliable, non-biased source.

Every True Scotsman knows that any source that is reliable is alwayes biased, and vice-versa.

about 4 years ago

'Officer Bubbles' Sues YouTube Commenters Over Mockery

schon Re:You Know What They Say? (594 comments)

They are trained to take control of situations and something silly like not respecting their authority and blowing bubbles can sometimes escalate quickly into something worse.

So, a cop sees you doing something he doesn't like (say maybe dancing, or listening to music) and decides you're not "respecting his authority" - it gives him the right to come over to you and harrass you?

fuck that.

This cop had a choice - he could have just ignored it. The female cop that was talking to the protester has no problem, why did Officer Bubbles have to stick his nose in it?

about 4 years ago

Ontario School Bans Wi-Fi

schon Re:Breaking News: (287 comments)

Eat well, exercise and get regular chiropractic adjustments [...] You'll never get heart disease or cancer.

And how much of that will be due to the last, rather than the first two items?

Jesus, you sound like the adverts for sugar-laden cardboard which claim their product is "part of this healthy breakfast"..

about 4 years ago

President Obama To Appear On Mythbusters

schon Re:Incidentally (795 comments)

Why is math education important in public schools?

The vast majority of students will not be mathematicians or accountants, and will not have any opportunity to reinforce the information they learn, and hence will forget it all by the time they are 20.


Why is english education important in public schools?

The vast majority of students will not be writers, and will not have any opportunity to reinforce the information they learn, and hence will forget it all by the time they are 20.


Why is history education important in public schools?

The vast majority of students will not be historians, and will not have any opportunity to reinforce the information they learn, and hence will forget it all by the time they are 20.


Why is physical education important in public schools?

The vast majority of students will not be althletes, and will not have any opportunity to reinforce the information they learn, and hence will forget it all by the time they are 20.

You can apply this argument to pretty much every school subject - so your question is really "why do we send children to school"?

about 4 years ago

Home WiFi Network Security Failings Exposed

schon Umm, no. (161 comments)

My Wi-Fi has no password, and that's a purposeful choice.

Which doesn't mean it's not unsecured. It just means that it's unsecured on purpose.

Supposed you have a bicycle. You chain it to a lamppost. It is now secured.
Supposed you take the same bicycle and decide purposely to not chain it to anything. Just because you decided not to chain it doesn't make it magically secured. It's still unsecured, you just made the decision not to secure it.

about 4 years ago

The World's Fastest Lawnmower

schon Re:BUT IT'S NOT MOWING ANYTHING! (20 comments)

(Assuming a pinto can go 96 mph)

Of course it can - make sure you have 1/2 tank of gas, and have someone whack the rear bumper with a sledgehammer. I'm sure parts of the pinto will reach 96mph. :)

about 4 years ago



Canadian Court Rules Net Neutrality Tied to Levy

schon schon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

schon (31600) writes "The Canadian Federal Court of Appeals made an important ruling today, ruling that ISPs can not be the subject of a federal levy, as long as they remained neutral parties.

Canadian cultural groups asked the CRTC (Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission) to impose a levy on ISPs, in order to fund "Canadian Content". ISP groups objected, and the question went to Federal Appeals court.

The court ruled that ISPs can't be subject to a proposed levy because they weren't broadcasters under the Broadcasting Act; however the court also said that this definition only holds so long as the ISPs remain neutral channels with regards to content distribution.

So a big win for Canadian internet users — if ISPs don't want to be forced to pay the levy, they have to remain committed to net neutrality!"

74% of Canucks not aware of Twitter

schon schon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

schon (31600) writes "Ipsos-Reid has a poll showing only 26% of internet-using Canadians are aware of Twitter, and only 6% say they use it. An article in a local dead-tree newspaper has Mark Laver (the study's author) quoted as saying "My gut was telling me Twitter was big and everybody was using it, but clearly that's not the case." As a Canuck who's tried Twitter and wondered what the big deal is, I'm wondering if this extrapolates to other countries? Is Twitter really as popular as the media is making it out to be, or is the reality much different?"
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