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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

twistedcubic Re:I'm a little sick of stupid questions like this (238 comments)

Given a choice between "do a Google search" and "ask an expert (Slashdot?)", any reasonable person would choose...both. Is that really so bad?

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

twistedcubic Re:Why VPN? (238 comments)

Do you regularly remote in to your home network? Do you connect out to a server somewhere?

Have you ever met anyone considering a VPN who does neither? But anyway, there are many other good reasons for using a VPN.

4 days ago

Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

twistedcubic Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

It sounds like you've been trolled by Slashdot editors.

Problem: how to increase traffic to the website.

Solution: Post self-contradictory submissions so people are more likely to reply.

about a week ago

Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

twistedcubic Re:SAT SCORES (161 comments)

The SAT has three 800 point sections now, not two, old-timer.

about two weeks ago

It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

twistedcubic It's hard to be rich (243 comments)

I think Khan is being a little too cautious. However, being a millionaire, he probably is more careful to instill certain values in his children, since they'll never do without for lack of money. I often read on the internet about how parents too often praise their kids for being smart, but I've never seen this in real life (except for my children, who are brilliant ;) I wouldn't take the research literally. I think people should take all the good lessons learned from their parents, along with some common sense, and pass them on to their children.

about three weeks ago

Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

twistedcubic Fatally flawed study (175 comments)

The students who take the ACT are not necessarily representative of the state's population. For example, I took the SAT, and not the ACT, because all the colleges I applied to accepted SAT results, but not all accepted ACT results. Students who were going to the local state school just took the ACT alone. I bet the reverse is true in different states. It doesn't take much thought to see these results are totally meaningless.

about three weeks ago

The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

twistedcubic Wow. (160 comments)

In Hoffman's three years at NASA, she worked on only one or two projects that would ever see space, which she considers a very poor rate.

A student who, in three years, has worked on a couple of projects which will possibly see space? To me, that sounds like the stuff that makes parents proud.

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

twistedcubic Re:Fizz Buzz (427 comments)

How do you replace numbers divisible by both?

about a month ago

Maryam Mirzakhani Is the First Woman Fields Medalist

twistedcubic Re:here we go again... (75 comments)

Why can't you be happy for the woman, AND be happy that a woman has won the medal? Does this cause you headaches or something?

about a month ago

Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

twistedcubic Re:Section 0 of the GPL (191 comments)

On second thought, my reasoning is incorrect. You could just as easily link to an already compiled GPL library and distribute it. So the click-through agreement might be necessary, if you imagine all the possibilities.

about a month ago

Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

twistedcubic Re:Section 0 of the GPL (191 comments)

I think you are absolutely correct. The only time you should "accept" the GPL as a contract is when you download or receive the source code. If those Windows installers include the source code, then the click-through agreement is OK, in my opinion.

about a month ago

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

twistedcubic Re:A Different Approach (421 comments)

This is the first interesting idea on year-round schooling I've seen. However, lots of colleges and universities offer summer academic programs for high school students, so I wouldn't want my kids to miss out.

about a month ago

Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

twistedcubic Re: Republicans Hate College Education - and Obama (175 comments)

...(He also makes up to $100,000 per speech.)...Reich, a millionaire, is very concerned about rich people who, unlike him, don't really deserve their fortunes. "What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society," he wrote in a recent blog post, without any apparent irony.
There is no irony. He knows well that $100,000 per speech is ridiculously overpaid. But as we all know, anyone would be a fool not to accept cash for such little work.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

twistedcubic /usr/share/doc (430 comments)

On Debian, this is the directory which contains documentation outside of the man/info directories. Sometimes to get documentation for a package named foo, you have to install separately the package foo-doc. Debian does this to separate free software from documentation which does not satisfy its own guidelines for free software.

about a month and a half ago

Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

twistedcubic Re:Hash Collision (790 comments)

If we are talking about SHA512, than simply finding two images with the same hash would probably a result worthy of an academic publication.
This isn't true. Finding an incidental collision is not newsworthy. But giving an algorithm which constructs an image for a given hash would be worthy of publication.

about a month and a half ago

Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

twistedcubic Bad phrasing (138 comments)

This is evolution. The dinosaurs did not "shrink". The smaller dinosaurs within a species had a higher survival rate.

about a month and a half ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

twistedcubic Re:You needn't charge anything (570 comments)

Don't pay attention to any of it. Just pay your bills, and your credit score will be 800+. Mine has been 800+ for as long as I've bothered to check (15 years), with debts ranging from $0 to $100,000, including maxed out credit cards. Too many people identify credit scores with self worth. I don't think people should try to do anything special to appease these crooks. If you are financially responsible, and the credit agencies give you a low score, then to hell with them: save money and buy things outright.

about a month and a half ago

Off the Florida Coast, Astronauts Train For Asteroid Mission

twistedcubic 10 light minutes? (84 comments)

I didn't know the moon was millions of kilometers away? By lunar orbit, do they mean some other planet's moon?

about 1 month ago



Russia uses piracy raids to suppress dissent

twistedcubic twistedcubic writes  |  about 4 years ago

twistedcubic (577194) writes "The New York Times reports that Russian police use software piracy raids as an excuse to suppress dissenting groups, such as Baikal Environmental Wave, who oppose the reopening of a paper mill which dumps waste chemicals in Lake Baikal. The environmental group says it purchased Microsoft software to avoid a raid, to no avail. Many such groups have the charges dismissed in court, but this apparently does not stop the government."
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Red Hat and Novell sued for patent infringement

twistedcubic twistedcubic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

twistedcubic (577194) writes "Red Hat and Novell have been sued for patent infringement in Texas by IP Innovation, LLC. and Technology Licensing Corporation. On October 9, IP Innovation filed suit claiming Red Hat and Novell violated U.S. patents 5072412, 5533183, and 5394521. The patents were originally assigned to Xerox Corporation. A cursory look suggests the patents involve virtual workspaces and sticky windows with different properties in each virtual workspace. Groklaw has the scoop."


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