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Comment: Any vote from the house (Score 1) 142 142

by MasseKid (#49686989) Attached to: House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data
Any vote from the house, from it's very definition, should have no affect on the 4th amendment, save for a vote on a constitutional amendment. The very idea that a vote on a law by the house would give power or remove power from the 4th is an insult and an attack not on the 4th, but on the constitution its self.

Comment: Re:Of course they can (Score 3, Insightful) 71 71

by MasseKid (#49422587) Attached to: Has the Bitcoin Foundation Run Out of Cash?
"two years of 'ridiculous spending" I'm not so sure they failed, depending on what they spent the money on. If they spent it on over paying their board or for boondoggle trips for their board, the people at the top could have come out very well, despite it being unsustainable. If someone wants to pay me 10 million dollars for example, and 2 yeas later I lose my job, I'd hardly call my employment in those two years a failure in regards to my personal fiances.

Comment: Re:Holy crap ... (Score 1) 163 163

by MasseKid (#49393505) Attached to: Tesla's April Fool's Joke Spoofs Market Algorithms
"High frequency trading is essentially skimming off the top for yourself without having done ANYTHING other than having a faster connection." It provides market liquidity, that is the service is provides. In an increasingly liquid market the amount of money available to be "skimmed off the top" actually goes down, not up so they're actually making the market more efficient (i.e. making the market take less money from you, not more). This is a well studied problem and isn't as horrible as most people think. The real problem with these HFTs is spike crashes that inadvertently trigger stop loss orders (automatic sell orders) from people who aren't engaging in HFT. Without deliberately initiating such a crash, you can not profit from the crash, and it's quite illegal to manufacture such a crash deliberately.

Comment: Re:If he's sufficiently important... (Score 1) 279 279

by MasseKid (#49381107) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?
"what's the chance he's going to be productive those two weeks anyway?" While there are a lot of people who slack to hell when they quit, there are a lot of people who actually care about their co-workers, even if they don't care about their employer, and will work overtime (unpaid) their last two weeks trying to minimize the impact of them leaving to their co-workers. If you're a program manager you're going to have a much different amount of spin down to pass off your work than if you're an entry level help desk worker.

Comment: Re: Pfft. (Score 0) 273 273

by MasseKid (#48315297) Attached to: Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart
Really? Cause I'm making well over 100K with my STEM degree. Maybe it has more to do with you than your degree.... Or you're just an AC that got a liberal arts degree and is bitter, I've got no idea really and don't really care. I'm not sure if I've met a single person with a STEM degree that felt they made a mistake and should have not gotten a degree.

Comment: I don't get it... (Score 1) 284 284

by MasseKid (#48164517) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption
I don't get how encryption can hurt public safety. The courts have been quite clear the government can get a warrant and force you to unencrypt your files. So the only thing the FBI has to fear here is if they were operating outside the bounds of the constitution and trying to avoid judicial scrutiny.

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