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Comment: Re:Mistaken Western-centric thinking about China (Score 1) 110

I was in China last month, our hotel had CNN. As soon as it reached the segment about Hong Kong, the channel just blacked out. About 10 minutes later it came back on as if nothing happened.

Why be scared of external opinions? You do not see that as censorship? Suppressing history is censorship.

You are basically calling the Chinese populace a bunch of idiots who would not know how to make decisions for themselves.

This is why

the rioters in other cities also got the idea from news media.

News media and social networking blackout on the riots when they started would likely have stopped the riots happening in the other cities. Because the democratic UK had little taste for such media control the situation got very out of hand. Thats part and parcel of being a democracy eh.

Comment: Mod parent up. (Score 2) 151

by khasim (#48441521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Isn't the most common scenario for these enterprises where the programmer's customers grow beyond his ability to support just by himself?

So he starts adding people to handle the portions that he cannot, efficiently, handle himself.

If you're going into this wondering what the "ratio of senior programmers to intermediate and junior programmers" should be then I think you've skipped too many steps.

The same with "different tools and/or languages". The 2nd programmer uses exactly what the 1st programmer uses. The idea is to provide support for the founder so he can focus on what he is good at.


Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing 50

Posted by Soulskill
from the dragging-it-out dept.
An anonymous reader writes: On Friday a U.S. federal judge approved a settlement in the Apple ebook price-fixing case that could see the technology giant paying $450 million. $400 million of that would go to the roughly 23 million consumers thought to be affected by the price fixing, and the rest would go to lawyers. Though the case is now settled, the dollar amount is not necessarily final — an appeals court still has to rule on a previous verdict. If the appeals court finds in Apple's favor, then the total settlement drops to only $70 million. If they find against Apple, then it's the full amount. "The settlement appeared to reflect fatigue by Apple, the Justice Department, state attorneys general and class-action lawyers eager to conclude a case that has dragged on, largely because of delays by Apple."

Comment: Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 1) 179

I'm thinking that there should be some mechanism for funding X scholarships in STEM for X visas of the H1B1 type.

Corporations receive 100 H1B1 visas this year, then 100 STEM scholarships are also provided this year. Funding via taxes on those corporations.

At least it would make it easier to graduate in a STEM field without the massive debt.

Comment: Mod parent up. (Score 3, Informative) 284

by khasim (#48434531) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

My first question is what needs to be allowed in order for this to work? Do I have to whitelist sites in adblock? NoScript? Do I have to abandon those addons?

What about any of the anti-tracking stuff I use?

And, lastly, the main reason I use all of that is because I got very tired of clicking on a site and WAITING FOR ALL THE SHIT TO LOAD AND RELOAD AND RERELOAD.

I might use this. I might not. But there isn't enough information available right now to tell whether it will be better or worse for me than what I'm doing today.

Comment: Alumni politics. (Score 3, Interesting) 200

by khasim (#48431563) Attached to: Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

There are, probably, several alumni who are employed by those companies who would not want to see the publicity of their high prestige alma mater taking a public stand against their business.

Sorry, kids. Part of the attraction of Harvard is the business/political connections it gives you.

Comment: Re:Wait what? (Score 1) 164

Couple thoughts... first that people need to quit blaming police for asset forfeiture, and start blaming the people who elect politicians that passed the stupid laws - and the only ones that can revoke them.

Not really. Its not as if a cop who looks in your car and sees a wad of cash is faced with an obvious crime which he, as a cop, is obliged to act on. The cops are totally able to say "oh look, obvious drug money! *yoink*" or to ignore it.

They, the cops, choose to steal from you. In the USA.

Comment: Re:Wait what? (Score 1) 164

So, because he is exercising his rights as a foreign citizen living in another country and going through the legally established international process for determining extradition, he is a 'fugitive' and thus his assets are fair game?

This is theft, plain and simple, just like "civil" asset forfeiture.

The USA has no problem stealing from their own citizens in their own country, its hardly a surprise that they have no problem stealing from citizens of other countrys who are also overseas.

Comment: Re:Why... (Score 4, Interesting) 125

by khasim (#48422499) Attached to: Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

My guess is that someone important was scammed OR the money got to the level of "important" for the banks. This has got to be one of the easiest things that the FBI could track and bust.

A related question, though. As anyone who's ever done support knows, the average computer is awash with problems. How different would the situation have been if the scan had been real instead of a scam?

Comment: Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (Score 4, Insightful) 226

by khasim (#48405291) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

One can fix an engine or even put it together the other designs it.

I think that, in this case, it is more like someone trained to change your oil at one of those 5 minute places.

Someone working there CAN move on to bigger things, but it won't be because that training taught them how.

Comment: You are wrong, again. (Score 4, Insightful) 243

by khasim (#48404747) Attached to: Big Talk About Small Samples

However, I still say it's correct that even on the basis of a small sample, you can rule out claims about the background population.

You can say that but you are wrong.

With a small, non-random sample you cannot say ANYTHING about anything.

You reach in, grab a ball at random and pull it out, and see that it's red.

Random is not the same as non-random.

A small sample size that is random is NOT THE SAME as a small sample size that is non-random.

It's trivially true that "any small sample is going to have some non-random attributes", but that doesn't mean the sample itself isn't random, ...

Again, your sample was not random.

No matter how many times you try to imply/claim that it was random, it was not random.

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