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Comment: Re:CFAA violation! (Score 2) 79

by EmagGeek (#48194419) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

The CFAA has an exception for law enforcement operations and criminal investigations.

Paragraph (f):

(f) This section does not prohibit any lawfully authorized investigative, protective, or intelligence activity of a law enforcement agency of the United States, a State, or a political subdivision of a State, or of an intelligence agency of the United States.

Comment: Way to spread the FUD (Score 1) 150

by EmagGeek (#48148535) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Especially with this article on the SAME PAGE.

http://tech.slashdot.org/story...

Whenever a company says it is losing money on something, you have to take that information with a grain of salt. AWS is probably just paying another Amazon division for services at an astronomical rate. Corporations shift money internally all the time, and the result is that it can appear that one part of the business is hemorrhaging money.

Comment: Re:Overstated or misrepresented? (Score 1) 402

by EmagGeek (#48091451) Attached to: Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

It's not that trivial, actually. Fuel expands and contracts with temperature, and measuring fluid flow accurately is actually pretty damn hard, especially for very small flows. It's easy to estimate within about 5% based on injector duty cycle, fuel rail pressure, and temperature, but even then any kind of nonideality in the injector could radically change the accuracy of the "measurement."

Comment: What would be wrong with more requirements? (Score 2) 115

by EmagGeek (#48026811) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

The constitution is there to limit government. There is nothing wrong with limiting government more than the bare minimum limits defined by the constitution. In fact, I would say there is a good case today for rewriting the constitution using far more strict, unambiguous modern language with far more limitations than it currently has.

Comment: It's an easy rule of thumb (Score 1) 182

by EmagGeek (#47966331) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Whomever wants you to go to the conference pays.

If you want to go to the conference, but haven't been asked to by your employer, you pay

If your employer asks you to go to the conference, they have made the determination that your presence there is critical to the company's mission, so they should pay.

Comment: Re:Farmers != Farm Workers (Score 1) 122

by EmagGeek (#47925319) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

What you are suggesting is only possible after a second, much larger federal grant is secured.

"Omg, we've identified this potentially huge problem that we're going to spread FUD about. We need the taxpayer to give us MOAR MONEEZ to study it further, or WES ALLSA GONNA DIESA!"

Comment: Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (Score 2, Insightful) 210

by EmagGeek (#47893525) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

Yes, apparently it is too much to ask that people be correct these days.

The summary clearly states that 512GB of memory is 1000 times more than 512MB of memory, which is patently false. If you're making comparisons, you don't make absolute statements like this. You use qualifying words like "about 1000 times" or "approximately 1000 times" to let the reader know you do not mean to be precise.

 

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