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Comment: Re:theres no money in procedural rigour. (Score 2) 120

by sjames (#47571249) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing

Not really. They need only prove to be slightly better than placebo in a flawed study.

For example, in the SSRI studies, the side effects of the drugs effectively unblinded all of them.

That's why we see expensive new drugs get to the market when less expensive drugs with equal or better effectiveness and a better history of safety already exist.

+ - DEVELOPERS WANTED: Android IMSI-Catcher Detector->

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An anonymous reader writes "Hello, everyone! Do you have a smartphone? Probably. Did you notice that Spying and Wiretapping on phones keeps increasing? For all of you that are sick of getting spied on through IMSI-Catchers, Silent SMS and alike and want to do something about it, here's a great project you should check out: "The Android-IMSI-Catcher-Detector" (AIMSICD). It is an Android open-source based project to detect and (hopefully one day) avoid fake base stations (IMSI-Catchers) or other base-stations (mobile antennas) with poor/no encryption. Wondering what "AIMSICD" is about?

This project aims to warn users if the ciphering is turned off and also enables several other protection-mechanisms. Since it is under constant development, they are constantly searching for testers and security-enthusiastic developers with balls. Don't be shy, feel free to contribute, in any way you can on GitHub:"

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Comment: Caps cause use of physical media (Score 2) 144

by tepples (#47568395) Attached to: Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

nobody uses physical media anymore

"Nobody" is a strong word. People who pay $10 per GB for home Internet (sat, cell, or Iowa DSL) still use physical media.

there's zero reason not to stick the PC somewhere else and run an extra CAT-6 drop

Unless you're renting and the landlord won't let you modify the walls.

Comment: Re:Nothing New (Score 1) 223

by tepples (#47568131) Attached to: Comcast Confessions

I don't like seeking after misery, so I avoided opening a Comcast account to begin with. They may own almost all the market, but there are still less obnoxious alternatives.

For you, did such avoidance involve finding a different city in which to work? Or did it involve dealing with sat or cell ISPs that charge $10 per GB?

Comment: Percent of the cost of device and medium (Score 1) 283

by tepples (#47567433) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive
Unless the plaintiffs are suing under a theory based on section 1003 of that chapter, which obligates manufacturers of a "digital audio recording device" or "digital audio recording medium" to pay a royalty despite not infringing copyright. That's 2 percent of the price of the device (minimum $1, maximum $8) plus 3 percent of the cost of the medium.

Comment: "...not an infringement of copyright" --17 USC 107 (Score 1) 283

by tepples (#47567267) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

"Fair use" does not actually make copying legal. Rather, it's a defense to the accusation of copyright infringement.

How so? I was under the impression that a defense to infringement makes certain forms of copying legal because it's a defense.

You still infringed the copyright

Then I must have misread the phrase " not an infringement of copyright" in 17 USC 107. What was it intended to mean?

Comment: Not all recording artists are on Amazon MP3 (Score 1) 283

by tepples (#47565287) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Who the hell buys/uses CD's anymore?

People who are fans of recording artists who choose not to sell their music on Amazon MP3. For example, AC/DC and Garth Brooks are noted for their opposition to sales of downloadable singles. Other artists like the Beatles are exclusive to iTunes, which is fine if you use OS X or iOS but leaves, say, Android users behind.

Comment: Server n communicates with clients n and n - 1 (Score 1) 168

by tepples (#47565085) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

[Online games and offline apps] are mutually exclusive.

True. Should I have instead split the two scenarios into separate comments?

An offline application can't know that validation has changed or there is an app update because it's offline. At that point, what do you do, toss out any data the user entered while they were offline?

In the case of an application with a substantial offline component, the server would handle the current version of the client and at least one previous version.

Even if I follow your approach, when the client and server versions mismatch because the user was offline they'll get the same pages of errors.

Granted, the user may see a few errors when server version n communicates with client n - 1, mostly related to the (hopefully small) schema changes between n - 1 and n. But ideally, this should introduce far fewer errors than if there had been no client-side pre-validation at all.

Boy, I hope your QA team has a large alcohol budget and the world's largest whiteboard for their validation testing matrix.

It's a bit easier when the testing matrix is a band matrix. If X is the client version and Y the server, the server only needs to gracefully handle a small number of client versions.

+ - Comcast Confessions->

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An anonymous reader writes "We heard a couple weeks ago about an incredibly pushy Comcast customer service representative who turned a quick cancellation into an ordeal you wouldn't wish on your enemies. To try and find out what could cause such behavior, The Verge reached out to Comcast employees, hoping a few of them would explain training practices and management directives. They got more than they bargained for — over 100 employees responded, and they paint a picture of a corporation overrun by the neverending quest for greater profit. From the article: 'These employees told us the same stories over and over again: customer service has been replaced by an obsession with sales, technicians are understaffed and tech support is poorly trained, and the massive company is hobbled by internal fragmentation. ... Brian Van Horn, a billing specialist who worked at Comcast for 10 years, says the sales pitch gradually got more aggressive. "They were starting off with, ‘just ask," he says. "Then instead of ‘just ask,’ it was ‘just ask again,’ then ‘engage the customer in a conversation,’ then ‘overcome their objections.’" He was even pressured to pitch new services to a customer who was 55 days late on her bill, he says.'"
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Comment: Re: Smokers (Score 1) 153

by sjames (#47563699) Attached to: Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

The tax on cigarettes already makes up the majority of the retail price. Meanwhile, since smokers tend to die before needing long term medical care, they are actually less expensive than non-smokers. Especially when you consider that they also spend less time eligible for social security.

Of course, those taxes are spent on just about anything but medical care for smokers but you can't blame the smokers for that.

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