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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

twistedcubic Editor Troll (286 comments)

This is an obvious troll, but not from the OP. This is a troll by the editor, Timothy, to encourage discussion of the PulseAudio author, Lennart Poettering, and systemd.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

twistedcubic How? (124 comments)

How can a databse of 1.5 million people be created by such a small organization in such a short time based on credible evidence? I've figured it out!

grep -e Abad -e Abdallah -e Abdul ... -e Mohammed ... NSA_list_of_Muslim_names.txt

about two weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

twistedcubic Re:Oh good (907 comments)

That price probably included late fees/fines, "paying over the phone" fees, and probably other crap you'd never think of if you aren't poor. Also, women with children, in my personal experience, are much less likely to buy older, used cars.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

twistedcubic Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Mod parent up!

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

twistedcubic Re:Competition (907 comments)

Demand for computers was not historically inelastic. Demand for cell phone plans was inelastic, hence the absurdly high prices in the U.S. and the ridiculous term lengths (2 years). Not everything works the same, unless you have propaganda to sell.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

twistedcubic Re:Competition (907 comments)


In the absence of a government-protected monopoly, if all sellers' costs decrease, competition will drive the price down over time.

How true! Gasoline here in southern California costs just $1/gallon now, when just last year I paid $4.50/gallon. Amazing how those cost savings are passed on to the consumer!

about a month ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

twistedcubic Re:Dangerous (399 comments)

This is good to know. Can you give an example of a shell which, in your opinion, feels less dangerous?

about a month ago
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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?

about a month and a half ago
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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.

about a month and a half ago
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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 1 month ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

twistedcubic Re:Fizz Buzz (427 comments)

How do you replace numbers divisible by both?

about 2 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago

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Russia uses piracy raids to suppress dissent

twistedcubic twistedcubic writes  |  more than 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  |  about 7 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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