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Comment: Re: Free? (Score 1) 703

by Stickybombs (#48775603) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College
Don't forget, though, each student has 5 or 6 professors to pay per semester. 5 * $625 = $3125 times two semesters is $6250. Add in your 25% overhead/utilities, which seems low, and its already up to $7812. Then you have to have at least some administrative staff, unless you are going to do degree planning, financial collection, pay all the bills, and do everything for youself, plus IT, librarians, computers, etc. etc. That $10k seems like a pretty reasonable value, actually.

Comment: Re:IOS has the same problem (Score 0) 289

by Stickybombs (#44249719) Attached to: Android Co-Founder: Fragmentation "an Overblown Issue"

Yes, but will a system from 2003 be as useful, even though the OS is still supported? Remember, you're talking about systems from the Pentium III era, 750MHz or less, with 512MB or less of RAM.

That's more like the mid-range system I had in 2000. Not a huge difference, but it would be 13 years old at this point. My computer from 2004 that I still use regularly is a P4 2.4 GHz, with 4 gigs of ram. It runs everything I need quite well, with the exception of some of the fanciest new games. Even those would run with reduced graphics if I had to play them on that tower.

Comment: You FAIL (Score 1) 768

by Stickybombs (#43938091) Attached to: Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders
Criteria 3 is a FAIL. Just because something may benefit a criminal is no reason to take it away from an innocent person. Cell phones, vehicles, even guns, take your pick. These things all benefit criminals more than innocent people*, and yet no one is calling for them to be taken away en masse. Even the gun lobby just wants to regulate guns, not take them away from every person.

* Take cars for example. Innocent person uses: drive places, haul things, etc. Criminal uses: drive places, haul things, etc, PLUS get away from crime scenes/police, run over enemies, hide drugs, etc. For every 'thing' that can be used by a normal person, a criminal has those same benefits, plus some additional crime-related uses.

I'm going to extrapolate that to relate to laws as well. Even if a right may aid a criminal in some cases, how do you justify taking that right away from innocent people?

Comment: Just cancel (Score 1) 2

by Stickybombs (#43813781) Attached to: Mandatory spam from Google and Yahoo!
Generally if you use a service and they send you email updates, that would not be considered spam. Maybe you don't like the emails, but by maintaining your account, you are agreeing to receive them. The way to 'unsubscribe' would be to cancel the accounts. Since you state that you don't use either account, that shouldn't be a big deal for you. The other option would be to look in the preferences for the accounts. Some services allow you to turn off email notifications of various types.

+ - HTML5 storage bug exploitable in Chromium, Safari, Opera, and MSIE.->

Submitted by Dystopian Rebel
Dystopian Rebel writes: A Stanford U comp-sci student has found a serious bug in Chromium, Safari, Opera, and MSIE. Feross Aboukhadijeh has demonstrated (safe link: that these browsers allow unbounded local storage. Aboukhadijeh has logged the bug with Chromium ( and Apple but couldn't do so for MSIE because "the page is broken" (see Oops.

Firefox's implementation of HTML5 local storage is not vulnerable to this exploit.

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+ - New Bill Would Require Patent Trolls to Pay Defendants' Attorneys->

Submitted by
Zordak writes: "According to Law 360, H.R. 845, the "Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes" (SHIELD) Act of 2013 would require non-practicing entities that lose in patent litigation to pay the full legal costs of accused infringers. The new bill would define a "non-practicing entity" as a plaintiff that is neither the original inventor or assignee of a patent, and that has not made its own "substantial investment in exploiting the patent." The bill is designed to particularly have a chilling effect on "shotgun" litigation tactics by NPEs, in which they sue numerous defendants on a patent with only a vague case for infringement. Notably, once a party is deemed to be an NPE early in the litigation, they will be required to post a bond to cover the defendants' litigation costs before going forward."
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Comment: Re:So very WRONG (Score 1) 623

by Stickybombs (#42057033) Attached to: Report Says Climate Change Already Evident, Emissions Gap Growing
That is in one location. The NOAA report is based on average land and ocean surfaces across the whole globe. There will certainly be high and low outliers in any specific place that you wish to look. The point was that overall, the planet has been above the previous average for quite a while.

Comment: Re:Cap and Trade solves everything! (Score 3, Insightful) 623

by Stickybombs (#42056691) Attached to: Report Says Climate Change Already Evident, Emissions Gap Growing
It will have a massive effect. You don't seriously expect auto manufacturers to design and engineer new cars, set up plants to produce all the component parts, and totally retool their assembly lines to build these new models overnight, do you?

Unless someone comes along and repeals the CAFE requirements, which is unlikely, given the political bad-will it would cause, Obama and Congress have made a significant step towards reducing total US emissions.

Comment: Re:Why Nate? (Score 1) 576

by Stickybombs (#41923743) Attached to: All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True
That is precisely why it is claimed that he is so accurate. Election results will change right up until the day of the election. No one can make a prediction months out that isn't just a wild ass guess.

The fact that he changed Florida to leaning left (based on minor poll movements), and it appears that Florida is indeed leaning left, validates his model quite well. If that changes, and he is wrong on Florida, then maybe his model isn't any better than any of the other sites.

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky