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Comment: Re:The Truth (if you can handle it) (Score 1) 233

by Bookworm09 (#46222697) Attached to: 25% of Charter Schools Owe Their Soul To the Walmart Store

They tried vouchers in DC and it has been an unmitigated success which is now trying to be shut down because the unions are scared spit-less that it will spread to other states.

Really? You don't think it might have something to do with the massive cheating scandal? I don't think "unmitigated" means what you think it means.

Comment: Re:It's definitely a problem here (Score 1) 174

by Bookworm09 (#45749181) Attached to: DHS Turns To Unpaid Interns For Nation's Cyber Security
Why is this modded 'insightful'? I know it's uncool to actually read TFA, but if you had, you would have seen where it said,"Through the program, more than 100 unpaid student volunteer assignments will be available to support DHS’ cyber mission at local DHS field offices in over 60 locations across the country".

Comment: Re:College Expenses != Tuitition (Score 1) 827

by Bookworm09 (#44589975) Attached to: The College-Loan Scandal
I wish I have mod points for you. This is absolutely true, and mostly overlooked when this topic comes up.

For example, back in 1981, the state of Washington paid 90% of the cost of a college eduction. Today? 30%. And now we have people who graduated from college with tax-payer subsidized educations telling today's youth, "I worked my way through college, so why can't you?" It's ridiculous.

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2021250505_westneat23xml.html

Comment: Re:Turning of the tables (Score 1) 172

by Bookworm09 (#44054351) Attached to: NSA's Role In Terror Cases Concealed From Defense Lawyers
Reading through some of the comments in this thread, I'm coming to the conclusion that a lot of people forgot to take their Thorazine today; I'm not talking about this post in particular, there are others way worse. But there sentiment, based on the same misunderstanding is the same. I'm sure I'm going to get flamed to death for this, but on the off chance that somebody actually finds this informative and helps them think about and discuss the topic in a more informed manner, here goes: There is no "secret evidence", not the way you're using it. Using this case as an example, what happens is that information is developed (in this case, by the NSA) using sources and methods that the government does not want exposed to the public. So the NSA passes along a lead to the FBI, saying in essence, "You may find it instructive to look at this person's phone records during this time-frame". The FBI then makes requests to do just that, using standard procedures that can safely be talked about in open court, like using court orders and/or subpoenas. In other words, **they reconstruct the information in such a way as to protect the method used initially to identify the suspect/defendant.** The suspect/defendant still sees all of the evidence that is being used against him. So claiming that there is "secret evidence" is uninformed. The only thing secret is initial method used. For the record, I am in no way trying to justify or defend anything that has come out in the wake of Snowden's disclosure about NSA's domestic surveillance programs. I'm not addressing it one way or the other. I'm strictly referring to the issue of "secret evidence" which seems to have gotten everybody's knickers in a twist. Disclaimer: I work for a federal law enforcement agency.

Comment: Re:No way to save it?? (Score 1) 863

by Bookworm09 (#43466721) Attached to: ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

All it would take is a service pack. Let users decide if they want Metro or not. Let users decide if they want the start menu taking over their entire screen. I can't see how this would be complicated. The biggest hurdle is getting a marketing department to admit they made a mistake. The only time I can remember that ever happening was with New Coke. Coca-Cola sucked it up, gave the consumers what they wanted, and saved their brand. The ball is in Microsoft's court.

New Coke wasn't a mistake. It was all part of a very deliberate, and successful, strategy to change the formula for "Classic" Coke, by switching sugar for high fructose corn syrup. The "Classic" coke people drink today is not the Coke of 30 years ago.

Comment: Re:Advantages of Merceneraries (Score 5, Interesting) 135

by Bookworm09 (#36975560) Attached to: Get Cyber-Mercenaries Suggests Ex NSA, CIA Director

2. Cheaper. Real soldiers tend to cost more - because we pay for their training, long term support, etc.

Not true. We do pay for their training: almost without exception, the guys who work for companies like Blackwater/Xe and Triple Canopy are veterans of elite military units. So their business model is essentially this: 1. Let the US government spend the time and money training special operations personnel and (just as important) getting them experience in real-world operations. 2. Entice them to leave the military (if they already hadn't on their own) with the promise of lots of money and less "bullshit" (rules), 3. Sell their services back to the military at ridiculously high rates. 4. Profit. If companies like Blackwater/Xe had to train their own personnel from scratch, their business models would fall apart. They're another example of "the free market" relying on the government to provide them the resources that they exploit to enrich themselves. And the vast majority of them seethe about "government waste, fraud, and abuse" the whole time they do it. I have first-hand experience with PMC's; I used to work for a competitor of Blackwater's. In fact, if the Obama (or any other) administrtion were to try to do this, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if they saw a bunch of "cyber operators" quit the NSA, Air Force, etc., and sign up.

+ - US House takes up major overhaul of patent system->

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Bookworm09 (1321243) writes "WASHINGTON The House on Wednesday took up the most far-reaching overhaul of the patent system in 60 years, a bill that leaders in both parties said would make it easier for inventors to get their innovations to market and help put people back to work.

The legislation, supported by the Obama administration and a broad range of business groups and high tech companies, aims to ease the lengthy backlog in patent applications, clean up some of the procedures that can lead to costly litigation and put the United States under the same filing system as the rest of the industrialized world."

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