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Comment: Re:Seeing is believing (Score 4, Insightful) 86

by Tx (#49630875) Attached to: Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-Blocking

The loophole is right there in the article;

Among other things the Commission plans “to end unjustified geo-blocking,” which it describes as “a discriminatory practice used for commercial reasons.”

We only have to wait to find out what kind of geo-blocking is classed as "justified", but I'd bet on most of the kinds that really cause problems for people.

Comment: Re: nonsense (Score 4, Insightful) 434

by Rei (#49630453) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Really? We in countries with single payer are clamouring for a system more like America's? That's fresh. America's healthcare system is a boogieman concept here, the sort of thing that one scares voters with - "my opponent's policies will make out healthcare system end up like America's!" Even conservative Americaphiles are usually scared of it.

Comment: I have a solution. (Score 1) 434

by Lumpy (#49629055) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Hospital bills are null and void if they are not easily read and understood by someone with a 10th grade education. If they are unable or unwilling to do a full explanation then the bill is invalid and does not have to be paid and can not be reported to credit reporting or sold to collections.

Maybe that will get the morons running hospitals off their asses.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 409

by bill_mcgonigle (#49628559) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

Essentially he has no statistics to back his claims

I don't think you need statistics in a world where Java rules as a primary language for software development.

I've said here for years that Java is a great language for the 80% of average programmers because it tells you what's wrong most of the time, makes you do things right, and generally doesn't fall down unpredictably (J2EE FactoryFactoryFactories might be a different issue).

The top 10% can argue viscously about whether Python or Ruby or Haskell is the One True Language (shut up, LISP fanatics) - but in the meantime millions of developers are cranking out order inventory code in Java.

The top 1% of developers can deftly move back and forth among all of these, to suit the task.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 237

by bill_mcgonigle (#49628455) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas

and a host of other legal requirements that are supposed to ensure the safety of the passengers.

Supposed to but they don't. Apparently you've never experienced an insane taxi driver.

Uber lets customers easily leave feedback on individual drivers, which is communicated out to the client base, unlike any government model.

As well, the drivers can leave feedback on the passengers, improving cabbie safety. Cabbie murder is a real problem an medallions are not bullet-proof shields.

This bill does real harm because it eliminates the real safety gains of Uber over the government regulation model. The trouble with government models is they only need to have intent, not results. A competitive market does not have that fatal flaw.

Of course if an Uber operator were to try to continue, the police would draw their guns as well - really illustrating the risk imbalance.

Comment: Re:Ah, 18 cores (Score 2) 44

Why would anyone use a Xeon with that many cores in a desktop?

I can think of quite a few specialised but realistic applications: CAD/CAM/CAE, rendering/pre-viz, high-end audio or video mixing work, simulation, and running modern web apps as fast as their traditional desktop equivalents used to run on a Pentium II.

Comment: Why so difficult? (Score 2) 272

by Lumpy (#49622381) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device

Just set up a script on the machine looking for a specific USB device, start shutdown if the device is not present. This is pretty common stuff, hell my old Lenovo laptop has a smartcard slot in it that would do the same thing if the card was removed.

In fact if you look you can find the same thing all over the place for the last decade on many hacking sites, even back in the late 90's this kind of stuff was on the "scene" I had back to back modems in telcom rooms inside boxes that if the box was opened it dumped 110V into the modem logic boards so that when discovered they would self destruct.

Most "hackers" today probably dont even own a buttset.

Comment: Re:Hmmm Tasty Whale Tongue (Score 1) 47

Were you trying to say:

"LOL, nei, (th)að var ekki augljóst að "here" ((væri?)) Ísland og að (th)ú værir íslensk. En ((??????)) Google Translate get ég látið eins og hálfviti á tveimur tungumálum. Ef gert er ráð fyrir auðvitað að Slashdot ((sé ekki að flækja Unicodeið?))"

That is:

"LOL, no, it wasn't clear that here is Iceland and that you were were Icelandic. But (????) Google Translate I can come across like an idiot in two languages. If one assumes of course that Slashdot isn't screwing up the Unicode"?

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