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Comment: Re:No reasonable expectation of privacy (Score 1) 211

by Mattwolf7 (#40351153) Attached to: At Canadian Airports, Your Conversation May Be Remotely Recorded
IANAL, but you do have a reasonable expectation of privacy in public. You give up certain expectations, but audio recordings in the U.S. are very different than video recordings. Oral communications falls into a different category ( My understanding is that reasonable expectation of privacy regarding oral communications is basically that if it is unaided (no technology or device to enhance) then it is fair game, but when you need to use something to increase your ability to hear the communication it crosses that line. Basically I can whisper to someone or have a conversation that is expected to be private, just because I am in public I don't lose that expectation of privacy.

Comment: Siri on the iPad?!? (Score 1) 110

by Mattwolf7 (#40264529) Attached to: Apple To Unveil iOS 6 At WWDC 2012
"The iPad already helps users write and share documents, track of financial data and create ready-to-go slide presentations, but Siri can also remind employees of meetings, help them perform research, or even set timers if they're working on a deadline. Because of the tablet's flexibility, the iPad can be perfect for all business settings, from small start-ups to large enterprises and beyond."

Wow Siri really offers some killer business features - reminders!!! This article seems like it was stretching to pat Apple on the back... Is this just a marketing handout disguised as a news article?

Comment: Public Domain - RTFA (Score 4, Informative) 142

by Mattwolf7 (#40056745) Attached to: Protecting State Secrets Through Copyright
If you would download the article, there is an entire section addressing how the US Copyright Act actually addresses this issue:

"The prohibition on copyright protection for United States Government works is not intended to have any effect on protection of these works abroad. Works of the governments of most other countries are copyrighted. There are no valid policy reasons for denying such protection to United States Government works in foreign countries, or for precluding the Government from making licenses for the use of its works abroad."

Do you guys actually think this article would have been published in a legal journal missing such an obvious question?

Comment: YSOD? (Score 3, Insightful) 360

by Mattwolf7 (#38365798) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Get Non-Developers To Send Meaningful Bug Reports?
YSOD? Maybe you need to be more clear to your users. I don't know what YSOD is and I work in the industry... Make sure your users understand what a bug report is, and how it helps to give as much information as possible. Avoid using terms they won't understand, and assume they don't know what you want. Some users will try to help if you tell them what you need, but give up if they feel like they have to figure it out on their own.

Comment: Re:Funny that a guy who can't do math... (Score 0) 551

by Mattwolf7 (#37491782) Attached to: Your State University Doesn't Want You
I'm confused as well.
a.) Why does this Slashdot post have a quote that I can't seem to find in the articles, much less see any mention of OSU in the articles at all?
b.) Gee's pension isn't a "full state-funded pension", he pays contributions just like every other state employee.
c.) Isn't a $1 million dollar salary to the President of a $4.82 billion enterprise fair? "If The Ohio State University were a company, it would be listed on the Fortune 500." (

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.