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UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

stephanruby Re:Question: (110 comments)

If was the CEO of TalkTalk, I would be upset. Now that every ISP is required to have parental controls, their perceived competitive advantage has pretty much disappeared.

It would be like the US mandating the same thing for cell phones, then there would be no reason for parents to pay for Disney phones as a result and no reason for that division of Disney to exist anymore.

yesterday
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AirMagnet Wi-Fi Security Tool Takes Aim At Drones

stephanruby Re:Battery lasts for only 12 minutes (52 comments)

How much damage can one do with that? Seems easier to sneak up close and hide in a bush while cracking in to someones network using a laptop.

Yes, but your laptop, or your Android device as proxy, wouldn't have the convenient AR_DRONE_ID#### SSID attached to it, so the security idiots at FUD Networks wouldn't have any idea how to detect those.

yesterday
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

stephanruby Re:I still can't for the life of me (277 comments)

I saw an online request for help (money) to put iPads into a school (It was via Stephen Colbert's twitter).
Tweeted back the question as to why it had to be iPads, if there are notably cheaper Android tablets out there ... got a reply that they come back with a reply, and then nothing.

So far I'm mostly curious as to why it has to be this specific brand, as opposed to 100 EUR off-brand Androids, and I've yet to see anyone answer that, beyond, "but...iPad!"

I'm not Stephen Colbert, therefore I'm not an authority on the matter, but here are a few reasons:

iPad is perceived to have higher quality educational apps because all the big players in educational software initially targeted the iPad (although, that part won't be true for much longer since the iPad marketshare is shrinking vs. all the other Android tablets).

Stephen Colbert has received free iPhones and free iPads. In fact, he has made a couple of satirical jokes on his show about not wanting to be blacklisted by Apple for all the goodies it gave him. These jokes probably didn't make him any friends at Apple, but I doubt they cut off his supply of free stuff because unlike the other journalists Apple blacklisted for badmouthing it, Stephen Colbert could retaliate so easily. That's what his entire persona is about.

The term iPad currently gets more eyeballs in the press (not to mention Apple has a bigger and more focused PR/branding budget, versus the fragmented PR/branding budgets that the manufacturers of Android tablets have). Also, many people still equate Android tablets with iPads.

The schools with the most newsworthy orders of iPads probably got them at a discount over and above the normal academic discount (or they got paid in other ways, perhaps the school administrators/teachers received free MacBooks, or Apple agreed to fund the school in other ways). The key for Apple is just to get the initial ball rolling. It doesn't matter if its first customers do not pay anything, or even if they have to pay them. The Return On Investments for generating news stories is generally worth it.

2 days ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

stephanruby Re:Good point (389 comments)

Unfortunately, adblock doesn't seem to work for Slashdot's corporate overlord.

Make the mistake of posting your email address or phone number on dice.com, and even if you delete that information right away, you'll still be deluged six months down the road with recruitment spam and phone calls of third party recruiters who don't even bother to read your resume in the first place (yes, had I known this in advance, I would have just given a spamgourmet email address and a throwaway google voice phone number).

dice.com should just meter the number of potential job-hunters each recruiter can contact, and charge more accordingly. This would limit the incentives and rewards of spamming everyone in their database by the most incompetent recruiters, and actually make dice.com useful once again to job-seekers.

4 days ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

stephanruby Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (497 comments)

"We'll invent something to fix this when the time comes" is not a sound policy, or a policy at all. It's wishful thinking. What if we don't?

Who said we had to invent something new? The rich will build dikes and levees and the poor will move.

4 days ago
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Meet LibreOffice Volunteer Robinson Tryon (Video)

stephanruby Re:If you can't figure out your web site's font is (26 comments)

If you can't figure out your web site's font issue, how do you expect us to believe you can code a full-blown word processor?

If you ask me, this problem is a political problem, not just a technical one. At some point, you just have to be willing to let go of some of your Firefox users with weird fonts installed. It's not like LibreOffice can afford to rewrite Firefox from scratch.

about a week ago
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Biofeedback Games and The Placebo Effect

stephanruby Re:Lie detector (57 comments)

Lie detectors are fine if you understand their limits, and what the results mean.

I feel the same way about fortune tellers. Most fortunes told are fine if you understand their limits, and what their results mean.

Thankfully, I'm smart enough to know all of that, because I've actually studied fortune telling just like you must have studied lie detectors and you could say I've become quite the authority on the subject of fortune telling and writing fortune cookies.

about a week ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

stephanruby Re:And? (195 comments)

Here, in 'Murica, you must drive your car, citizen! Taking a train anywhere is blasphemy. You will be punished by courteous service, relaxed (but not the most expedient) travel, and sensible security precautions.

To be fair, taking a train to New York, or to San Francisco, is fine. It's only blasphemy when you take a train to a city like LA, where public transportation is a joke, and you end up waiting for a scheduled city bus that never comes.

You might as well just fly and rent a car when you get there, it's actually faster, more flexible (despite the TSA), and much cheaper than the train (assuming you don't mind planning your trips in advance and losing your checked-in luggage as a normal cost of flying in the USA).

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

stephanruby Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

You don't seem to be getting my point either.

If the headline had read xx% of field manuals/field web sites do not include a phone number for reporting sexual harassment/sexual assaults to an independent party. Or if it had said yy% of the phone numbers to report such incidents only seem to lead to an anonymous internal university voice mail black hole.

Then, that would be a more constructive news story altogether.

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

stephanruby Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

A new survey finds that sexual harassment and assaults occur frequently in the field, with little consequence for the perpetrators or explicit prohibitions against such conduct.

Do we really need explicit prohibitions against sexual harassment and sexual assaults for field work? What about murder or violent assaults? Do we need to explicitly prohibit those as well? Or are those implicitly permitted because they're not mentioned somewhere in a field manual?

about a week ago
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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

stephanruby Re:Questionable? (83 comments)

But Noriega isn't a US citizen or even a resident. This means that his legal claim becomes questionable, because it's unclear on what legal basis he can actually bring a case against Activision.

Emphasis mine. I think we're done here.

That's great news! The Beatles never got their US citizenship since they were convicted of drug possessions. Their IP and images are obviously up for grabs, since they were just a bunch of foreigners. What about the Queen of England, she isn't a US citizen. Am I right? Plus, she's so old, her copyright must have expired by now.

Emphasis mine. I think we're done here.

about a week ago
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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

stephanruby Re:Questionable? (83 comments)

But Noriega isn't a US citizen or even a resident. This means that his legal claim becomes questionable, because it's unclear on what legal basis he can actually bring a case against Activision.

Emphasis mine. I think we're done here.

That's great news! The Beatles never got their US citizenship since they were convicted of drug possessions. Their IP and images are obviously up for grabs, since they were just a bunch of foreigners. What about the Queen of England, she doesn't have a US Passport. Plus, she's so old, her copyright must have expired by now.

about a week ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

stephanruby Re:Livin' in the USA (424 comments)

You can bet the woman will change lawyers, appeal, and win.

I don't think so, since she has already paid the fine and taken down her review (although, now that the restaurant does have hundreds of one star reviews all over the place because of that verdict's backlash, one could say that she has won the French popular vote if nothing else).

about a week ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

stephanruby Re:Next up: (69 comments)

FCC private bribery period against net neutrality to begin July 16th.

When the head of the FCC is already the top former lobbyist of the industry, then you've got to think the bribery period already ended.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

stephanruby Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

Wouldn't it be much better to deploy a helicopter, drone or other means of tracking the car from a distance, and not risk killing several bystanders in a crash? This time only the bad guy died, but even him did not deserve capital punishment for a car jack ...

The police did stop the chase.

In any case, who needs an helicopter, or a drone, when the Tesla car itself is equipped with remote gps tracking.

I'm just surprised the Tesla doesn't have an owner-initiated remote kill-switch.

about two weeks ago
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All Web Developers Should Have Access to a Device Lab (Video)

stephanruby Re:Hangouts only works on Chrome (60 comments)

This is coming from the company that recently decided that Hangouts only works in their Chrome browser.

According to this help section on Google Hangout, this is not currently true.

You say this is a "recent" decision, so I may have missed it. Please give us a citation.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

stephanruby Re: And in other news (139 comments)

What happens when an Uber driver hits me 30 seconds after completing a trip?

Sorry, it's in the same quote, but I forgot to bold that part:

[...] An additional insurance policy covers drivers when they are logged into the Uber app but are not currently on a trip.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

stephanruby Re:And in other news (139 comments)

Not according to Uber's web site.

If you’re taking a ride requested through UberBLACK, UberSUV, or uberTAXI, your livery or taxi transportation provider carries a commercial insurance policy in at least the minimum amount required by local regulations. If you didn’t get his or her insurance information at the time of the accident, please reach out to us so we can connect you.

If you’re taking a ride requested through uberX, some transportation providers are rideshare drivers providing transportation with their personal vehicles. Rideshare providers carry personal insurance policies. In addition, there’s a commercial insurance policy with $1 million of coverage per incident. This policy covers drivers’ liability from the time a driver accepts your trip request through the app until the completion of your trip. This policy is in addition to the driver’s own policy, but it acts as primary insurance if the driver’s policy is not available for any reason. An additional insurance policy covers drivers when they are logged into the Uber app but are not currently on a trip.

There is also uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UI/UIM) of $1 million per incident for bodily injury, in case another motorist causes an accident and doesn’t carry adequate insurance. So, for example, injuries caused by a hit-and-run accident would be covered by the UI/UIM.

For additional information, visit our blog: blog.uber.com/ridesharinginsurance

about two weeks ago

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