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Comment: Re:Google play (Score 1) 114

by Rhyas (#48643567) Attached to: Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General For Conspiring With Movie Industry

            What is needed, is a search site that allows you to exclude terms, domains, regular expression based, as part of your profile that you never ever want to see mentioned. i.e. a user managed/specific blacklist. Something that happens at the search level, instead of my browser having to block it via Ghostery or AdBlock or some other utility.

-= Rhyas =-

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 1) 107

by Rhyas (#48419189) Attached to: Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

I call Bullshit. There is a preponderance of data on class size and how it effects learning. Nearly all of that data supports the theory that smaller classes increase learning. Some of the data supports that it doesn't make a difference, and there is no data at all that supports a theory that larger classes increase learning. The only thing even being contested in this arena is that the results can be interpreted in different ways, and not all studies were able to factor in all variables. Most of the arguments are being pushed by people or entities that don't like the costs associated with CSR (Class Size Reduction) mandates.

In essence, you're pretty bass ackwards on your understanding of this topic. I won't disagree that there might be things that could provide larger gains in education than CSR, but that doesn't mean that the concept is invalid, or that there isn't any data supporting it.

Your last sentence is complete conjecture with no supporting evidence and should be taken as such.

Comment: Re:Past performance? (Score 0) 127

by Rhyas (#48012367) Attached to: Sierra Nevada Corp. Files Legal Challenge Against NASA Commercial Contracts


          Your argument is the definition of weak, and your analogy is terrible. You should do more research before spouting off about stuff you clearly know nothing about. You'll get modded down, so most people won't see this, but I'll just leave this here for your benefit anyway.
          Sierra Nevada is a *group* of companies, not a single entity. And the people and companies involved absolutely have track records for "technological ability in space", some of them much more extensive than that of SpaceX and Boeing.

Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 1) 155

by Rhyas (#47913755) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

          Clearly, you went to the wrong dealer. This highlights one of the benefits of the dealer model, there are almost always a *lot* of dealers to choose from and try to get a better deal/experience/vehicle from. You've got a single place to go to get a Tesla. If you don't like them, or they don't like you, you're outta luck unless you find one on the used market.

Comment: Re:Obama's police state? (Score 1) 272

by Rhyas (#47186685) Attached to: US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

> What exactly goes through their minds?
"I'm just doing my job." Just like you they have families too that need to be fed.

Whether it's being a jack booted thug violating laws in order to spy on everyone or escorting prisoners to the gas^H^H^Hshower chamber and then disposing of the bodies in an oven, these people are merely doing their job and getting paid for it.

Why ask beyond that?

Slashdot talks the big talk but when it comes down to it, whistleblowing is HARD. Standing up for what's right it HARD. Fucking AC's talking the shit. People DO actually think of their families, their lives, their own personal well being. It's human nature. I'm not saying that people shouldn't stand up for what's right, I'm saying that it's a fucking hard thing to do. Snowden and the like gave up *everything* to do what's right.

I'm for one am glad I don't have to choose between my loving family and a cold solitary cell just to give everyone else some information about some menial spy program that lets the government snoop on me the same way corporations are. It would be a FUCKING HARD THING TO DO, and you all should take time to think about that seriously. Heap praise on those who have the courage to do the right thing, but don't pile on to those who don't. You're very likely in the camp that wouldn't stand up in that situation.

Reminds me of This comic.

Comment: Re:Obama's police state? (Score 1) 272

by Rhyas (#47186635) Attached to: US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

Why does crap like this get modded up? Insightful? Seriously?! This is one of the most ugly prejudices that keeps popping up. Not all cops are ego maniacs, not all cops "do it for the control", etc. Open your goddamn eyes and look at the world through something other than your shit colored glasses.

+ - Why cyclists should be able to roll through stop signs & ride through red li->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Joseph Stromberg at Vox makes a good case for changing traffic rules for bicyclists so that the 'Idaho stop' is legal. The Idaho stop allows cyclists to treat stop signs as yields and red lights as stop signs, and has created a safer ride for both cyclists and pedestrians. Oregon was considering a similar law in 2009, and they made a nice video illustrating the Idaho Stop that is embedded in this article."
Link to Original Source

Comment: It's the Sports (Score 3, Informative) 340

by Rhyas (#46946029) Attached to: Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

It would be interesting to see if those 17 average out to specific channels, or categories of channels. i.e. Sports Broadcasts.

Honestly, I'd be a cord cutter and I know a lot of other people who would as well, if there were *reliable* alternate way to get the sporting events I want to watch. Baseball, Hockey, Soccer, Auto Racing, just to name a few that you can't really get outside of a cable subscription. Football *could* be piled in there as well, mostly because there are relatively few games on the broadcast channels on any given weekend for a given region. However, NFL is probably the *most* available of any sport.

I never watch anything else that can't be reliably streamed from Netflix, Prime, Hulu, etc. But I have to pay for all of it to get the sports. ):

Comment: Re:She's nuts (Score 1) 510

by Rhyas (#46014885) Attached to: Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

At some point, people are going to have to get pissed off enough to take the risk on a new candidate. "Look, I know I might suck sometimes, but look at the alternative! You have no idea what that person will do, at least you know me!" FUD at it's finest is what keeps our congress ineffective.

Comment: Re:inside job? (Score 4, Interesting) 213

by Rhyas (#45801801) Attached to: Encrypted PIN Data Taken In Target Breach

They didn't get anything onto the card readers from all that's been published publicly so far. Most card readers these days will encrypt the pin *before* sending the data to the terminal. Thus, only getting encrypted pins.

Given that the terminals run windows, it's not that difficult to get some malware to spread to them from a central source. Could still be an inside job for sure, but none of the details published yet can confirm that for fact.

Comment: Re:Accidental? RIIIIIGHT... (Score 1) 418

If you own a Kindle you should be backing your stuff up anyway. Calibre is a good companion for not only backing up purchased content, but adding new content not purchased through Amazon.

Common sense says this isn't something that *any* PR department wants, it would be a huge blow to whatever company did it, and the whole model in general.

Comment: Re:This is pointless (Score 3, Interesting) 129

by Rhyas (#45627661) Attached to: Facebook Patents Inferring Income of Users

I can think of a couple of reasons to not go direct in this case:

1) It's possibly more expensive to advertise on CNN or NYT.
2) There's no inherent ability to "share" or "like" an ad. (yes, people do it)

Facebook adds value not only for the targeting, but for the "social" nature of it's platform.

"It's when they say 2 + 2 = 5 that I begin to argue." -- Eric Pepke