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Comment: Re:Discrimination (Score 1) 549

by Pharmboy (#47785875) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Wikipedia's WikiProject Editor Retention has looked at the same problem, but from a retention point rather than the perspective of attracting new women. There were no real answers, just lots of speculation. Lots of people blame the culture, or say the place is too "rough and tumble" but I found that conclusion rather sexist, as it says that women can't compete for ideas in the same environment as men. There doesn't seems to be a difference in retention of men and women, they just aren't coming to Wikipedia to begin with.

Comment: Re:idgi (Score 1) 231

by cayenne8 (#47712339) Attached to: $125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

Don't you have private prosecutions in the US? Sure, they cost money, but in cases like this there are usually plenty of interested parties willing to chip in.

No...never heard of such a thing??

Charges here are brought by the government against criminals.

In civil suits, it is private I guess, people suing each other, but not in criminal matters.

Comment: Re:What trolls (Score 2) 382

by Pharmboy (#47697915) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Exactly and literally. Smokey and the Bandit was still in or just coming out of theaters when I was 14. And yes, we were trolls (not on CB though). We did real world trolling. Smoke bombs, bottle rockets, bb guns, sling shots, chunking wax balls from those stupid wax sippy candy at cars (no damage, in case you got busted) etc. We used to do all kinds of crap that would have gotten our asses kicked if we didn't know the alleys and yards you could jump fences in without a dog biting you. Trolling on the internet is for pussies. We were bored, but we got a good work out, without inflicting TOO much damage. I don't recommend what I did, but kids that think that they are breaking the rules, trolling, from behind a laptop that mummy and daddy bought them aren't exactly rebels. They are just cowards.

Comment: Re:Never mind the quantity, feel the quality (Score 2) 331

by Runaway1956 (#47689475) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Well, I'll complain that heuristics just don't seem to work. Or, at the least, I've not been exposed to a heuristics program that really works.

The rest of your post makes sense to me. Most AV's do indeed hog resources, sometimes to the point that a rational person wonders why he even bothers.

Common sense protections such as you mention are the first line of defense. The wife has gone back to Windows 7, after several years of Linux. She recently complained of some stupid thing or another, and during our conversation, I asked where she downloaded her software from. She DID NOT go to the developer's site to download directly in several instances. She mentioned CNET among other download sources. Geez, Louise! Where else did you download from? "I can't remember, I just did a Google search and downloaded stuff!"

I'm still on Linux. I almost never install anything that doesn't come directly from a Debian or a Sabayon repository. Can't trust anyone these days! Best practices are well worth observing - even though I'm the only user on this machine, I haven't given myself any administrative rights. When I want to do anything, I have to sudo the privileges - then I revoke those privileges immediately after I finish.

Compare that to Windows users who log on as "Owner" or "Administrator" routinely, LMAO. They are just begging to be owned!

Comment: Re:Ticket ToS (Score 1) 226

Not exactly. There is no freedom of panorama in the US, so sorry, but you are mistaken. Some photos of the inside might be ok, but anything that has arguably has artistic content (ie: more than text) would be fully copyrighted by the designer. You could argue "Fair Use", but the copyright still doesn't change hands, it isn't yours. Years of arguing with lawyers and such on Commons will teach you that.

Comment: Re:What is this be 'magic shop'? (Score 2) 232

by Runaway1956 (#47667167) Attached to: Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

No spells, I don't think. What we refer to as "magic" here in the US is simply sleight-of-hand. I've never visited a "magic shop", but I would expect to find top hats with secret compartments, costumes, literal smoke and mirrors, special decks of cards, loaded dice, the boxes and saws used to "saw people in half". There would probably be books detailing how to make these tricks work. Such books would emphasize the importance of distracting the audience' attention away from the trickery, toward something else, such as a beautiful, scantily clad young lady.

For spells, you would probably visit a book shop that specializes in occult writings.

Comment: Desert (Score 1) 246

by Pharmboy (#47643301) Attached to: I'd most like to (personally) explore:

No question, particularly in Arizona. The lack of rain makes it "older" on the surface, less erosion. I would love to build a giant metal detector and go searching for meteoroids and the like. I lived in Phoenix and miss roaming around the govt. land, which is plentiful, so there isn't anyone to ask permission. Just do the roaming in the winter, which is very mild, bring lots of water and curiosity. The mountains are climbable and everything is fairly accessible. You can bet most every day will be sunny and clear.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder