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Comment: Feature Request (Score 1) 261

by Dragon Bait (#49505645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

I numbered my "features", but they really are in random order.

1. Don't assume that I entered a partial word or that you "know" better than I do what I want to search for. Specifically, if I use the search term "ord" I do not mean "order".

2. Give sufficient context into the results that I know how the page uses the terms. Having the context be part of the links going off the page is of very little value. Specifically, back to the "ord" search above, returning ";pos=%pos%;ord=123456789?" is useless.

3. Only index relevant stuff. See above example that should never be counted as a hit when searching for "ord".

4. Use https

5. We're addicted to speed. Results need to be returned in a reasonable time frame.

6. If I type in my search results and hit "Enter", take that as hitting the submit button.

7. Renaming the "reset" button "clean" seems like a needless change in terminology.

8. Advertisement that is relevant to the search THAT DOES NOT TRACK ME is tolerable as long as it is clear that it is advertisement. If I type in "tents for sale" I'm kind of asking for advertisements.

9. Don't track me. Don't remember me.

Comment: Re:Forensic evidence should not be subjective (Score 3, Insightful) 165

You might be able to solve the problem(at the expense of a great deal of additional workload) by larding the caseload with samples specifically constructed to be non-matches; but then blinded and packaged the same as any other sample, to identify people who just lean positive; but that would probably require a lot of additional work to do in enough quantity to counteract the obvious pressure.

Add in that on a random basis you don't have any legitimate suspects in the collection being analyzed. The goal isn't to find best match. The correct answer has to be none of the above on a regular basis as well.

Comment: Re:Forensic evidence should not be subjective (Score 2) 165

The only acceptable solution (if you care about justice) is to stop putting so much weight on fingerprint evidence. It's basically worthless. The weight applied to DNA evidence needs to be scaled right back too.

I'm not questioning that you're correct, but since eye witness testimony is even worse evidence than either fingerprint or DNA, what sort of evidence do you think should be accepted?

Comment: Re:shit (Score 1) 165

If the client is dead, and you're only appealing the criminal portion, exactly what do you intend to do?

Doesn't it usually happen that after an innocent person is released from custody the state gives them a big fat check and a "We're sorry. Don't sue us." agreement? The person's heirs could still get the check if its proved that good old Dad really didn't commit that crime.

Comment: Re:Varies, I suppose (Score 4, Insightful) 494

by Dragon Bait (#49505315) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

NG has the contract for fixing the lines in the region and is the main energy broker, unfortunately.

This is the ultimate problem: having the power lines and the energy broker/provider be the same entity. The power lines are an obvious natural monopoly. The supply of energy across those power lines is not a natural monopoly. The lines should be owned by one company and the power selling/brokerage should be by a different company.

Comment: Re:Typical Misdirection From White House (Score 1) 270

by Dragon Bait (#49500577) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Yeah, I'm in the Secret Service, and I'll just let good ol' Pres handle his own affairs while I'm on the shitter.

Because every secret service agent is checking his voice mail every 10 minutes ... just in case. Even while they're sleeping.

Sorry, leaving a voice mail and expecting any sort of action within an hour is pretty stupid.

+ - Who is Discouraging Women From STEM Careers?->

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "Having worked in a STEM field (computer programming) for over a quarter of a century, I have found the idea that girls are discouraged from entering STEM fields to be curious. It certainly didn't line up with my experience in the industry. Schools have been pushing girls into math and science, not discouraging them. In my experience technology companies have been bending over backwards and jumping through hoops to get more women into IT (information technology). From programs aimed at getting high school students involved in technology to hiring decisions, there has always been a blunt, out-in-the-open emphasis on getting more women into IT.

So, if it's not “the patriarchy” pushing women down and denying them a chance to enter technology fields, what does account for women being underrepresented in technology fields? After a little research into personality types and career fields, I think I found the answer.

The Myers-Briggs personality test places people into 16 personality type categories. One researcher surveyed computer programmers to determine what personality types were represented. I compared how common the personality types were among programmers compared to how common they were in the general population, and although there is always room for error, a clear pattern emerged from my analysis placing programmers, men, and women, into a clearer picture for me to understand their under-representation."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 270

by Dragon Bait (#49497445) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Otherwise you are not innocent until proven otherwise.

Do you honestly take someone you presume is innocent and put them on trial? Do you make someone you presume is innocent and make them post bond or be locked up in prison?

Of course the answer is no! You only do these things to people you presume are guilty. The innocent until proven guilty is only for the jurors. The presiding judge is schizophrenic, doing some things you'd only do if you presume the person was guilty and doing other things as if the defendant was innocent.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 2) 310

To hope is to long for circumstances to change. That is to say, one rejects what is real and wishes instead for a fantasy.

Fundamentally, hope is a rejection of truth, and hence the antithesis of enlightenment.

I completely disagree. When I proposed to my wife, I hoped she would say yes. Hope was the desire for a specific outcome without knowing that outcome in advance. Since she is now my wife, my hope was not a rejection of what is real.

Now, hope without action is pretty stupid. Hoping that she would be my wife without actually taking the steps to court her and eventually pop the question would be rather foolish.

Comment: Re:Mandatory xkcd (Score 1) 220

by Dragon Bait (#49490603) Attached to: GNU Hurd 0.6 Released

Okay, help me understand. Why is the above post marked troll? Someone asked why the hate for systemd and the parent post gives a rational response why he hates systemd, complete with example. If you feel that he was wrong (or just being an idiot about not knowing what to do), why not state you should have fill in the blank here and make him look like an idiot versus marking him as a troll? That way everyone gets the advantage of why you think he's trolling.

I guess I got a partial answer in that the next person who gave a reasonable explanation was also marked as troll. Seems like someone advocating systemd is marking anyone they disagree with troll.

Comment: Re:Encryption + (cloud or offsite) (Score 5, Insightful) 443

Tar up your files. Encrypt with GPG and a 20 character random passphrase.

Upload to a cloud service, and put on a USB drive at work and the house of a friend and relative.

Why bother trying to find storage media made of unobtainium that can withstand fire or flood or theft, when you can simply and easily make a copy and store it multiple times in multiple places immune to most loss events?


Multiple backups. Multiple media types. Multiple locations.

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