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Comment: Big Picture (Score 0) 664

by Drasham (#31425812) Attached to: Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall
I think that many people are losing sight of the bigger picture.

That being that the sudents are the paying customers, and barring negatively impacting other students (paying customers) why/how can the school dictate how a student (paying customer) utilizes the offered service?

While I do understand that there are always those that can/will be a distraction to others, those cases should be a case by case basis.

If it's someone's choice to goof off during class, that will be reflected in their work while those who are paying attention will do well.

+ - Intel's Latest Legal Woes->

Submitted by Drasham
Drasham (1626825) writes "from an article about Intel and FTC:

On Wednesday, the FTC sued Intel alleging the chipmaker engaged in a decade-long campaign to stifle competition and strengthen its dominant position in the microchip market.

The allegations relate to whether Intel coerced computer manufacturers through pricing schemes and mirror earlier allegations by other antitrust bodies, except for the addition of complaints related to the graphics chips now found in more and more computers.


Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Not not? (Score 0) 161

by Drasham (#30448756) Attached to: Cell Phone Searches Require Warrant
From the article:

The trial court admitted the call records and phone numbers, citing a 2007 federal court decision that found that a cell phone is similar to a closed container found on a suspect and therefore subject to search without a warrant. Smith was convicted of all charges and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

A state appeals court upheld the trial ruling in a 2-1 decision. The dissenting judge based his opposition on a different federal court case, which found that a cell phone is not a ''container'' as the term had been used previously.

It sounds to me as if the article itself is worded ackwardly.
later in the article Supreme Court Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger is quoted saying:

''We do not agree with this comparison, which ignores the unique nature of cell phones,'' Lanzinger wrote. ''Objects falling under the banner of 'closed container' have traditionally been physical objects capable of holding other physical objects. Indeed, the United States Supreme Court has stated that in this situation, 'container' means 'any object capable of holding another object.'

''Even the more basic models of modern cell phones are capable of storing a wealth of digitized information wholly unlike any physical object found within a closed container,''

A simple solution to the everyday person should be to use the pin feature available in most, if not all, modern cell phones to prevent _casual_ inspection by anyone who picked up your device.

Comment: Really? (Score 0) 297

by Drasham (#30370284) Attached to: Martian Methane May Be Created By Lifeforms
From the article:

Either there are microorganisms living in the Martian soil that are producing methane gas as a by-product of their metabolic processes, or methane is being produced as a by-product of reactions between volcanic rock and water.

I think that it would be really exciting to find the first possibility true, and there's ample precedent for it here on earth.


Saying No To Promotions Away From Tech? 410

Posted by timothy
from the and-none-of-my-ties-fit dept.
lunchlady55 writes "I have been happily working for my current employer for five years. After moving up the ranks within my department from Intern to Technical Lead, a new manager essentially told me that I have to move into a different role, oriented toward 'administrative duties and management.' We are a 24x7 shop, and will now be required to work five 8-hour days rather than four 10-hour days and be on call during the other two days of the week. Every week. Including holidays. My question is: have any Slashdotters been forced into a non-technical role, and how did it work out? Has anyone said 'No thanks' to this kind of promotion and managed to keep their jobs?"

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 0) 497

by Drasham (#30352312) Attached to: Hunting the Mythical "Bandwidth Hog"
Just curious as to the reason why my previous comment "I'd love to see the result of such a data analysis." would get modded down.

I am truly interested in seeing the results of the proposed data analysis, if it were ever possible.

Not really sure how this would offend a modder or how it would seem inappropriate enough to rate losing karma over. Anyone care to enlighten me?
The Internet

Hunting the Mythical "Bandwidth Hog" 497

Posted by kdawson
from the careful-they-got-tusks dept.
eldavojohn writes "Benoit Felten, an analyst in Paris, has heard enough of the elusive creature known as the bandwidth hog. Like its cousin the Boogie Man, the 'bandwidth hog' is a tale that ISPs tell their frightened users to keep them in check or to cut off whoever they want to cut off from service. And Felten's calling them out because he's certain that bandwidth hogs don't exist. What's actually happening is the ISPs are selecting the top 5% of users, by volume of bits that move on their wire, and revoking their service, even if they aren't negatively impacting other users. Which means that they are targeting 'heavy users' simply for being 'heavy users.' Felten has thrown down the gauntlet asking for a standardized data set from any telco that he can do statistical analysis on that will allow him to find any evidence of a single outlier ruining the experience for everyone else. Unlikely any telco will take him up on that offer but his point still stands." Felten's challenge is paired with a more technical look at how networks operate, which claims that TCP/IP by its design eliminates the possibility of hogging bandwidth. But Wes Felter corrects that mis-impression in a post to a network neutrality mailing list.

Comment: wow (Score 1) 520

by Drasham (#30085754) Attached to: Verizon Doubles Early Termination Fee and More
Wow, this is pretty bad.

I do like the slowly lowering of the termination fee month over month, not sure if that warrants doubling the initial amount though.

The charging for "even one kilobyte--is billed as 1MB" sounds really shady to me and would make me question my carrier, no matter who it was at the time.
I do feel that the article is somewhat disjointed though, as it goes from discussing termination fees for smart phones (which often have data plans) to data charges on all the other phones to the point of mentioning how most of the non-smart phones have dedicated keys for some form of web access.

Two interesting points, poorly constructed transition from one to the next..

Comment: the future... (Score 1) 505

by Drasham (#30073020) Attached to: Microsoft Responds To "Like OS X" Comment
I often wonder at what point the fans of both sides will stop and realize that both OSas are convergently evolving? We can all see how both OSs have slowly been drawing closer and closer together. Additionally, where do you draw the line between a company's "property" and a "good idea"? Both OSs use a window driven interface, both have close and minimize buttons, both use a mouse, et cetera... Heck, even Linux OSs have a window's-ish GUI. "Can't we all just get along?"

Comment: Marketing/advertising of a shady nature (Score 1) 249

by Drasham (#29978820) Attached to: AT&T Sues Verizon Over "Map For That" Ads
While the ads with the change may be considered factually accurate, that doesn't change the fact that there are a great number of people who don't read the fine print on TV ads, much less anything else and will form opinions based on the convient "quick glance" interretation of the maps. This is an interesting example of marketing/advertising of a shady nature.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.