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UC's For-Pay Online Course Draws 4 Non-UC Students

tixxit Re:College course ? (177 comments)

I'm assuming the US is like Canada (where I went to school). If so, then chances are that if you went into any remotely math related field you took a course like this in HS (as it was required for admission). However, my University still offered a similar course, for those students who switched majors or whose major didn't do any math in the first semester and decided to not take it in HS.

about a year and a half ago
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Hurt Locker Studio Begins Requesting Canadian ISP's Subscriber Info

tixxit Re:$5000 Canadian (172 comments)

Sure. Canadians don't really pay much more than those in the US do (I would know, I just moved to the US and am now paying US income tax). However, for that little bit extra, Canadians get good health care, great public schools and substantially better social programs. For example, my wife can actually take 10 months off after having a baby and not have to worry about money.

about a year and a half ago
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Hurt Locker Studio Begins Requesting Canadian ISP's Subscriber Info

tixxit Re:What's the point? (172 comments)

Basically, the Tories, whether they intended to or not, have made pursuit of non-commercial infringers a no-win scenario.

I don't have any love for the Tories, but let's give credit where it is due. They knew full well what they were doing and stated on several occasions that they wanted to discourage IP holders from pursuing non-commercial infringers.

about a year and a half ago
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Hurt Locker Studio Begins Requesting Canadian ISP's Subscriber Info

tixxit Re:This just in , shitty movie blames piracy . (172 comments)

On the other hand, this law was just the gov't putting its money where its mouth is after years of saying they have no interest in non-commercial copyright infringement. Even if the old laws are used, I don't think Voltage will find much sympathy in Cdn courts. At least, that's what I hope!

about a year and a half ago
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After Hacker Exposes Hotel Lock Insecurity, Lock Firm Asks Hotels To Pay For Fix

tixxit Re:Say what? (244 comments)

Are you sure? The $50 socket set I bought years ago has a screw-driver attachment with several sizes of torx bits. I also have a few others lying around, not sure where they came from. Probably from replacement screens for my phone and things like that.

about 2 years ago
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After Hacker Exposes Hotel Lock Insecurity, Lock Firm Asks Hotels To Pay For Fix

tixxit Re:They should act like Kryptonite. (244 comments)

Intel recalled all processors with the FDIV bug back in the 90s and are still king of the hill today. However, very few companies have the resources to take a hit like that and come out intact. If they aren't offering the fix for free, it is probably because they just cannot afford it. I'm sure they are not completely brain dead and realize this looks bad to them. Most likely, they did more research leading up to this decision than we did.

about 2 years ago
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After Hacker Exposes Hotel Lock Insecurity, Lock Firm Asks Hotels To Pay For Fix

tixxit Re:The cheap one is worthless (244 comments)

Yeah. To me, torx wasn't meant for security, it was meant to say "hey, we'd rather you not remove this screw and doing so will probably void your warranty."

about 2 years ago
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My thoughts on getting my own DNA tested:

tixxit Re:Basic testing is cheap, $200 (244 comments)

The problem is that you are incredibly unique. You won't get a list of a handful of genes. You'd get a list of thousands and thousands of variants (if you actually get sequenced). Many of these variants are common. Many will be errors (cheap sequencing uses shorter reads which have higher error rates). Many won't actually affect gene function. What do you expect to do with this? To make this useful, you have to make a lot of choices, many of which will be somewhat suspect.

more than 2 years ago
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NewEgg: Installing Linux Breaks Laptop

tixxit Re:Where are my discs? (518 comments)

I've never understood this decision. What's the most obvious reason that I'd need to reinstall Windows? Because the HD got borked and I had to get a new one. Oops.

more than 2 years ago
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NewEgg: Installing Linux Breaks Laptop

tixxit Re:Unfortunate Reality of Being a Linux User (518 comments)

I was under the impression that the product key you get with your computer only works with special OEM-specific versions of Windows. Things may have changed since I last used Windows though (XP).

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Copyright Board To Charge For Music At Weddings, Parades

tixxit Re:Dancing? (349 comments)

What? Is there some stereotype about Canadians and dancing that I'm missing?

more than 2 years ago
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350-Year-Old Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old

tixxit Re:That Moment (414 comments)

The article states the father taught him calculus when he was 6. However, his father also says the kid passed his understanding a while ago and he doesn't understand the math used to solve this problem. Seems like the father was responsible for instilling a curiosity and some foundations, but after that it's all just this kid. You gotta give him credit.

more than 2 years ago
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Foxconn Invests $210 Million To Build New Production Line For Apple

tixxit Re:Like what? Buying Apple more ethnically sound. (178 comments)

I remember several years ago (5 maybe?), a report came out about how "green" various laptop manufacturers were. Lenovo won, flat out. Apple was the worst. A couple years later, Apple was on top and boasting about it. However, they changed because the spotlight was put on them. They work to a different standard now because people are holding them to a higher standard. So, it's not all altruistic. But this doesn't really matter, as your point still holds (now, anyways).

more than 2 years ago
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General Motors: "Facebook Ads Aren't Worth It"

tixxit Re:Whaaaa???? (400 comments)

Either he is not interested, or he already has 2 and not interested anymore.

Yep, no other options. How he got those 2 luxury cars, I'll never know, because buying one is clearly not an option.

more than 2 years ago
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General Motors: "Facebook Ads Aren't Worth It"

tixxit Re:Whaaaa???? (400 comments)

That's not the problem, the problem is that it's global. The majority of users are outside the US. So, selling 40,000 dollar car to someone in turkey isn't exactly going to work. Here is a breakdown.

We used FB for some ads at the last place I worked. They are actually incredibly targeted. On a location scale, you can target people in a single city, no need to even talk about countries. Moreover, you can target by age, education, etc. So, you have a $80k luxury car want to advertise? You can target people over 40 with post secondary education. What about a "hip" econobox? You can target young, recently graduated 20-somethings. You can even choose to just include just people with majors that will most likely have jobs. Check out FBs page on targeted advertising.

more than 2 years ago
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Moving From CouchDB To MySQL

tixxit Re:The decision the simple (283 comments)

At the end of the article, they say they don't do any joins in their MySQL DB (not joking). So, I'm guessing they still match the "should probably be using a NoSQL DB" but aren't camp. I'm not sure what to make of this.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Internet Surveillance Dies a Quiet, Lonely Death

tixxit Re:But (110 comments)

Harper came in on a strong surplus created by a Liberal govt. He quickly chose to cut $6b in revenue by lowering GST. This was shortly before the worst recession in 75 years. Yes, truly a genius.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Internet Surveillance Dies a Quiet, Lonely Death

tixxit Re:Quiet? Lonely? (110 comments)

Recently discussed this with a cop. It isn't so easy. He said most warrants for wiretaps are 600-odd pages and take a god awful long time to get through. Part of the bill would let them tell the phone company to start collecting data on someone while they went through the process of getting warrant signed. Once the warrant was approved, then they'd get access to all the data and could make their case. One of the problems, even with pedos, is that they know the guy is a Bad Dude, they know he's committing crimes, but they can't get the evidence because they can't get the wiretap in time. I definitely don't agree with the bill, but it isn't so cut a dry as some people make it out to be.

more than 2 years ago
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Goldbach Conjecture: Closer To Solved?

tixxit Re:and here is the proof for every even number (170 comments)

Unfortunately (for Ramare), this was already proven before Terrence Tao's result:

We prove that every odd number N greater than 1 can be expressed as the sum of at most ve primes, improving the result of Ramare that every even natural number can be expressed as the sum of at most six primes.

more than 2 years ago

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