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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

the eric conspiracy Yeah I went through that. (84 comments)

It's part of the Tao of graduate school.

I cheated by marrying while I was a grad student. While my wife didn't have that great of a job we had food. After I finished my PhD I supported her graduate studies, an MLIS.

1 hour ago

Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

the eric conspiracy Re:Call me a rock wielding barbarian (58 comments)

The human eye has it's own depth of field characteristics plus a much greater dynamic range and resolution than any large flat screen.

So your large screen is going to fall short of that illusion.

2 hours ago

Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions

the eric conspiracy Re:NSA is so annoyed right now (46 comments)

I don't thing NSA knew about it. Somebody would have caught the unusual requests.

5 hours ago

VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

the eric conspiracy Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (310 comments)

Not so. For example here is the privacy statement from a well-known university:

Privacy of Information
Information stored on a computer system or sent electronically over a network is the property of the individual who created it. Examination, collection, or dissemination of that information without authorization from the owner is a violation of the ownerâ(TM)s rights to control his or her own property. Systems administrators, however, may gain access to usersâ(TM) data or programs when it is necessary to maintain or prevent damage to systems or to ensure compliance with other University rules.


VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

the eric conspiracy Re:All publicly funded research needs public relea (310 comments)

Universities usually operate under some concept of academic freedom. Total access by the public to every part of your existence is clearly incompatible with this.


VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

the eric conspiracy Re:All publicly funded research needs public relea (310 comments)

OK with which part? Trying to repress work of scientists for political ends or trying to preserve their work for future study?

One is the despicable work of slimeballs trying to supress scientific inquiry or just simply punish people who have ideas they don't like, and the other is the work of archivists and libraries.

Clearly we have the former going right now. Fortunately the courts came to the right conclusion.


Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

the eric conspiracy Re:Airbus A320 (628 comments)

Lots of DC-3's still in use.

Next year the Gooney Bird will turn 80.


Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

the eric conspiracy Re:Long live the HP48SX and HP48GX ! (628 comments)

Not even close. I have a still working HP-35.

Bought in 1973.

41 year old gizmo.

They still pop up on Ebay from time to time.


Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

the eric conspiracy Re:send them my own contract? (212 comments)

Nah. By downloading their web page to my computer they are accepting my EULA agreement.

2 days ago

SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

the eric conspiracy Re:We live like kings and queens already (251 comments)

Yes but for my laptop I don't need a 1TB SSD. 0.5 TB os available for about $250, and that's low enough a price for me to be able to afford it.

Desktops are another story. That's where I want multi TB of capacity.

2 days ago

Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

the eric conspiracy Re:Congratulations are in order. (78 comments)

What have you done to make it more painful? Do you even vote? How about writing some letters? Or giving money to a candidate?

In the end it's simple. Apathy is the ultimate enemy of freedom.

4 days ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

the eric conspiracy Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

1. Ex post facto limitations apply to criminal cases, not civil cases.

2. Bills of attainder applies to a specific person or group of persons. I.e. a law saying Joe at 123 Maple Street has to pay 50% of his money to Small Town DPW. In England they were used to execute people, i.e. the govt would pass a law saying Bill will be executed such and such a day.

3. The problem here is due process IF they can't show you the records to justify the seizure. That's really really bad news.

4 days ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

the eric conspiracy Re:Ex Post Facto Law (630 comments)

Ex post facto has always been held to apply in criminal cases only.

This isn't anything like what ex post facto limitations apply to.

4 days ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

the eric conspiracy Re:It kind of makes sense...but it doesn't (630 comments)

It could be argued that this money never belonged to you in the first place since it was an over payment.

Due process not needed.

4 days ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

the eric conspiracy Re:No time limit != liability for debt (630 comments)

These debts are mostly from SSI aid to dependent children. The money is sent to the parents, but strictly speaking the children are the beneficiaries.

4 days ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

the eric conspiracy Re:Good (630 comments)

Pretty much. Even forbids it in it's definition of treason.

This isn't a crime though. It's mistakes that were made in calculation of benefits for dependent children, The IRS is trying to collect it from the people whom the benefits were intended.

The problem is lack of due process. Their procedures are very shoddy.

4 days ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

the eric conspiracy Re:And they've already stopped (630 comments)

This has been going on for a while. And while it's stopped right now, it's only under review.

This sort of collection should be limited to the actual recipients, and have some sort of statute of limitations.

Commercial debt dies with the probate process. It's not passed on.

4 days ago

UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

the eric conspiracy Re:Fuck this shit! (430 comments)

1970's? Global cooling? Are you serious? The prevailing opinion at the time was 'we don't know', that is the science available at the time was not capable of modelling the effect of man's activities on climate.

In this essay written by Carl Sagan in 1980 he expresses exactly this and makes a plea for support for such work.

The idea that there was a 'global cooling' consensus in the 1970's is the sheerest poppycock. Complete wishful thinking by people with a political agenda back by no rigorous assessment of the situation.

If you really are interested in just facts, you have failed to accumulate many.

5 days ago

Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

the eric conspiracy Re:phonics vs whole word (431 comments)

> Finland teaches whole word and is considered the best public education in the world.


More likely best non-Asian public education.

If you compare it to a similar sized US State like Massachusetts, not even that.


Many larger countries than Finland have much more diverse populations. Take similar sized samples and you will rapidly find that Finland is not that outstanding.

about a week ago

NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

the eric conspiracy Re:It's not a bug (149 comments)

Since the dawn of man the size of political units has always been increasing.

World Government(?) (If we don't have nuclear war first)

about a week ago



ACLU accuses La. school of religious harassment

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  about 3 months ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a school board and staff in Louisiana, alleging in a complaint officials at one of its schools harassed a sixth-grader because of his Buddhist faith and that the district routinely pushes Christian beliefs.

The lawsuit was filed against the Sabine Parish School Board Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Shreveport on behalf of Scott and Sharon Lane and their three children. According to the complaint from the ACLU and its Louisiana chapter, the Lanes enrolled their son — a lifelong Buddhist of Thai descent — in Negreet High School and he quickly became the target of harassment by the school's staff.

In addition to the school board, the lawsuit names as defendant Superintendent Sara Ebarb, Negreet High Principal Gene Wright and science teacher Rita Roark.

The lawsuit said Roark has "repeatedly taught students that the earth was created by God 6,000 years ago, that evolution is impossible and that the Bible is 100 percent true.

She also regularly features religious questions on her tests such as Isn't it amazing what the ______ has made!!!!

When the Lanes' son did not write in Roark's expected answer (LORD), she belittled him in front of the rest of the class.

While studying other religions, she also has told students that Buddhism is stupid, the lawsuit said.

Beyond that, according to the complaint, the school regularly incorporates official Christian prayer into class and school events and scrolls Bible verses on an electronic marquee in front of the school that greets students as they enter the building.

When the Lanes objected, Ebarb told them that this is the Bible belt and suggested they change their son's faith.

Louisiana is one of several US states that have laws permitting use of alternative approaches, in particular the Louisiana Science Education Act[sic] Act"

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US Income Distribution Worst Ever

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  about 7 months ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "In 2012 the highest earning 1% of the US population garnered 19.3% of the US total. This breaks the previous record set in 1928 at 18.7%. In the last three years, 95% of all income gains have gone to the richest 1%. Real income growth between for the top 1% was 86% between 1993 and 2000. For the remainder of the population earnings rose 6.6%. The study also noted that the top 10% of US families had 50% of the total US income.

Income distribution usually worsens as a country first develops due to a shift from agriculture to urban living, then improves as the economy matures. This is known as the Kuznets curve. The current regression of income equity in the US suggests serious social policy failings."

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Measles outbreak tied to Texas megachurch

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  about 8 months ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "An outbreak of measles tied to a Texas megachurch where ministers have questioned vaccination has sickened at least 21 people, including a 4-month-old infant — and it’s expected to spread further, state and federal health officials said.

There’s likely a lot more susceptible people,” said Dr. Jane Seward, the deputy director for the viral diseases division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seward stated that in this community, these cases so far are all in people who refused some or all vaccination for themselves and their children.

All of the cases are linked to the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, where a visitor who’d traveled to Indonesia became infected with measles – and then returned to the U.S., spreading it to the largely unvaccinated church community, said Russell Jones, the Texas state epidemiologist.

The disease that once killed 500 people a year in the U.S. and hospitalized 48,000 had been considered virtually eradicated after a vaccine introduced in 1963. Cases now show up typically when an unvaccinated person contracts the disease abroad and spreads it upon return to the U.S.

Terri Pearsons, a senior pastor of Eagle Mountain International said she has had concerns about possible ties between early childhood vaccines and autism. In the wake of the measles outbreak, however, Pearsons has urged followers to get vaccinated and the church has held several vaccination clinics."

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Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Human Genes Unpatentable

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  about 10 months ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "In a landmark decision the Supreme Court ruled that that mere act of extracting genetic material from the human body does not result in patentable material. However they did rule that synthetic derivatives of DNA can be patented. Known as complementary DNA or cDNA these derivative are essentially stripped down forms of the original DNA.

The result for Myriad is that they still have protection for their test, however the decision also allows researchers to work with the DNA sequences that are predecessors to the cDNA used in the test."

Cell Phone Tracking Data Called 'Junk Science'

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  about a year ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "In the ABA Journal critics of the use of cell phone tracking data argue that such data should not be admissible in court. Because of a lack of knowledge of the issues with such data many defense teams do not challenge its introduction in trials. However U.S. District Judge Joan H. Lefkow of Chicago is saying not so fast and wrote: “multiple factors can affect the signal strength of a tower” and an FBI special agent’s “chosen methodology has received no scrutiny outside the law enforcement community.”

Michael Cherry, the CEO of Cherry Biometrics, a Falls Church, Va.-based consulting firm that has led the legal assault on cell tower tracking, calls it “junk science” that should never be admitted in any court for any reason. In fact, he can’t believe that such an easily disproved technique, which has been around for a decade or more, is still routinely being used in court.

Hopefully we will see increased scrutiny of this type of evidence in the future."

Europe's energy policy leads to increased coal consumption

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  about a year ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "Europe's energy policies have lead to a large increase in coal consumption, as much as 50% in some countries, this article in the Economist points out. In the US shale gas prices have reduced the demand for coal to the point where coal prices have decreased world-wide. Decreased Chinese demand for imported coal has also put pressure on coal prices. However in Europe decisions in Germany to shutter nuclear reactors combined with lack of development of shale gas resources have made coal by far the most economically attractive energy source. This has led to increased coal mining in Europe where most deposits are low quality, dirty lignite as well as increased imports.

Anne-Sophie Corbeau of the International Energy Agency refers to it as a "golden age of coal in Europe". The Economist states that it is making a mockery of European environmental aspirations.

German energy policies also give priority to solar and wind on their electrical grid, meaning peak rates are available to these sources. This plus the cost of gas in Europe forces utilities to burn coal to remain economically viable. Some large utilities would be likely to default on their bonds if they could not burn coal.

While Germany is aggressively seeking to switch to wind and solar, the current situation is feeding construction of new coal burning plants as renewables are unlikely to be able to replace the nuclear capacity for decades, and thus coal will be a large part of Europe's energy generation going forward.

Nuclear must continue to be part of the overall energy picture; public policies that de-emphasize nuclear are mistaken. Research into safer nuclear generation needs to be a high priority part of a smart energy policy."

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TV Networks Suit Against Aero Appears In Trouble

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  1 year,18 days

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "U.S. Court of Appears for the Second Circuit today ruled that a copyright infringement suit against Aero was unlikely to win on its merits and denied a preliminary injunction. Most major networks, including NBC, ABC, and CBS sued claiming Aero's antenna which allows receiving off the air programming and enables users to watch and record to any internet connected equipment violates copyright law. Aero charges a $12/month fee for the service.

Aero is currently limited to use in the NYC area, however is working on expansion to other major population centers in the US. This verdict is likely to help Aero's expansion plans considerably.

Text of the decision can be found here."

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Deep Carbon

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  about a year ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "Where is the missing carbon? The Earth is believed to be formed from space junk with an overall carbon content of 3%. Yet the surface composition is only about 0.1% carbon. Deep Carbon Observatory scientists say estimates of carbon bound in the metallic core alone range from 0.25 to 1 percent by weight. If 1 percent proves correct, the core by itself sequesters four times more carbon than all known carbon reservoirs in the rest of the planet—and 50,000,000 times as much as that held in the flora and fauna on Earth's relatively wafer-thin skin far above.

The discovery of vast reserves of buried carbon may suggest solutions to the climate change crisis on the surface. And the Earth's deepest recesses also suggest how life might behave on other planets. It is literally transforming our understanding of the planet and, through that, our understanding of other planets," said Barbara Sherwood Lollar, a University of Toronto scientist who's one of the directors of the Deep Carbon Observatory. Today a large collection of studies is being released in a volume "Carbon In Earth" by Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry which is available for free download to the public."

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Judge Rules Against Tewksbury Hotel Forfeiture

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  about a year ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "In one of the most contentious civil forfeiture fights in the nation, Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts concluded, based on a week-long bench trial in November 2012, that the motel was not subject to forfeiture under federal law and that its owners were wholly innocent of any wrongdoing."
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US Has the Worst Healthcare

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  about a year ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "The United States has long been known to have the most expensive heath care system in the world, costing 19% of GDP, with one of the highest GDPs per capita. Even worse is the fact that this expenditure doesn't provide many Americans with comprehensive coverage. In addition existing Medicare and Medicaid programs are in deep financial trouble, increasing the chance that things will get worse before they get better.

Now a study conducted by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine shows that Americans of all ages are less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than the citizens of 17 other developed countries. In particular the U.S. fares worse than the average in at least nine health areas: adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; chronic lung disease; disability; drug-related deaths; HIV and AIDS; heart disease; infant mortality and low birth weight; injuries and homicides; and obesity and diabetes. Us women finish 16th and US men 17th in this ranking. The study shows the US disadvantage cuts across many demographics.

Recent reforms (i.e. Obamacare) seem unlikely to address the root of the problem, gross inefficiencies and allocation of funds to areas that are not cost effective.

Clearly there is a great misallocation of resources. The time is clearly come for a comprehensive reform instead of the bandaid approach of Obamacare."

Trans Pacific Pact Threatens Fair Use

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "In a leak of agreement text published by Knowledge Ecology International fair use seems to be considered fair game for TPP negotiators. Since the US Constitution gives treaties priority over local law, and these treaties are being negotiated in secret the participants in these negotiations have extraordinary influence.

Furthermore it has been stated by US Trade Representative that "domestic stakeholders", that is corporations will have approval over the form of the treaty.

This is tantamount to placing corporations at the same level or higher than the US Congress, and in a process that is secret from the REAL domestic stakeholders, the citizens of the United States."

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CIA and NYPD Alliance

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "The AP reports that post 9-11, the NYPD has been conducting intelligence operations covertly and independently from city government at the behest and with funding from the CIA.

The NYPD is able to conduct operations that would be illegal under civil liberties restrictions for the Federal Government to conduct, in particular targeting various ethnic communities.

The CIA, under US law is forbidden from spying on Americans."

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GAO, DOJ Call for H1-B reform

the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "The GAO has released a major report outlining the characteristics of current participants in the US H1-B program. In particular it seems that H1-B employees are most often from India, are paid less than US workers doing similar work and the most frequent field of employment is the computer industry. Of particular concern some 30% of these employees are used by about 1% of the employers. Both the DOJ and GAO are recommending further steps be taken to require employers to demonstrate that they are unable to hire US workers before they hire H1-B candidates."
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the eric conspiracy the eric conspiracy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "For several years I've been buying custom barebones systems from Monarch Computer based on a recommendation I found on slashdot, and have been happy with the result. However in 2006 they really went downhill, and now appear to be out of business. So I am looking for suppliers whom I can go to for a computer where I can specify the motherboard, case, power supply, memory on a piece by piece basis, get feedback from the supplier as to whether these items would be a reliable combination, and have the supplier assemble the custom system and test it. The system may just be a motherboard and CPU, or it might be all the way to a complete package. Any suggestions?"


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