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Comment: Re:As usual, TFA essentialy opposite of the summar (Score 1) 124

by Tom_Yardley (#43259323) Attached to: Florida House Passes Bill To Ban "Internet Cafes"
It is about shutting down small business. In one stroke of a pen the Republican-controlled legislature eliminated 10,000 jobs. The state runs a lottery which is so crooked it should be described as a tax on the stupid. There are dog tracks and horse track and casinos. But a small business is "evil gambling." If gambling is wrong, shut down the Florida Lottery. But don't run a gambling operation and tell me internet gambling is somehow worse than the crooked lottery you run.

Comment: Re:How is this a problem? (Score 2) 285

by Tom_Yardley (#37074808) Attached to: Airline Pilots Allowed To Dodge Security Screening
Note the angry tone, echoed by the Headline. Pilots allowed to "Dodge" security. And how did they slip through? By having biometricial data and special identification. Oh! The unfairness! Don't let a pilot hit a retinal viewer connected to the national database and move on to his seat in the plane he is assigned to fly. Make him stand in line in front of me and make him boot his laptop!

Comment: More Paperless Propaganda (Score 1) 67

by Tom_Yardley (#36815828) Attached to: Napkins and the History of Ethernet, Compaq, Facebook
"Napkins don't really stack up well against hard drives or even floppy disks for preserving data over time." Really! We know that Gudea of Lagash reigned from 2144 - 2124 B.C., four thousand one hundred and fifty-five years ago, because clay cuneiform tablets from that time are in the Library of Congress. In China, we have paper records two thousand, two hundred years old. Land records in England can be traced from the Doomsday Book of 1086 until today, and the 925 year-old book can be read today. Some puffed up salesman tells me “Napkins don't really stack up well against hard drives or even floppy disks for preserving data over time.” How much time have floppies saved data for. How old is the oldest harddrive? (If we still have the first one, fifty-two years.) Napkins can last for centuries, please spare me the “paperless” propaganda.

Comment: We buy useless insurance because . . (Score 2) 477

by Tom_Yardley (#36576208) Attached to: The Intentional Flooding of America's Heartland
The corporate overlords demand it!. When you buy an house, you borrow money from a big corporation. That big corporation makes you buy "insurance" from another big corporation. The individual has no say, you can buy a policy from Tweedledum of Tweedledee, but both have the business model of denying claims. 1. Collect premium. 2. Loss hits homeowner. 3. Deny claim. 4. PROFIT!

+ - Do Developers Really Need A Second Monitor?->

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jammag writes "It was an agonizing moment: a developer arrived at work to realize his second monitor had been taken (given to the accounting dept., to add insult to injury). Soon, the wailing and the gnashing of teeth began. As this project manager recounts, developers feel strongly — very strongly — about needing a second monitor (maybe a third?) to work effectively. But is this just the posturing of pampered coders, or is this much screen real estate really a requirement for today's developers?"
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Comment: he right to free speech? (Score 1) 390

by Tom_Yardley (#35381288) Attached to: Posting AC - a Thing of the Past?
That is why during Revolutionary times nobody wrote anonymously. When the Federalists wrote articles expressing why they thought a constitution was a good idea, they published their papers under there own name. Nobody thought you could write items critical of George III under an assumed name. Sorry for the sarcasm, but, if you don't have anonymous speech, you don't have free speech. However, you have to go to an effort to speak anonymously. Don't put "Tom Payne's Printing" on the bottom of your pamphlets and get all offended when Tom gets served with a subpoena.
The Internet

+ - Rocker Courtney Love to pay for Twitter rant->

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coondoggie writes "Rocker Courtney Love has never been known for her shy, refined ways and today it seems one of her bad days when she went on a Twitter rant will cost her $430,000.

The case stemmed from a rant Love posted in 2009 against Dawn Simorangkir the designer of a fancy clothing line. Love allegedly owed her money and much online nastiness ensued."

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Comment: Re:Its Winter. (Score 1) 549

by Tom_Yardley (#35056220) Attached to: Sensor Measures In Fingertips If Driver Is Drunk
This is an engineering problem. Drivers like to drink. A ton of steel, hurtling down the road at a mile a minute, should not be controlled by a drunk. Letting politicians, lawyers and judges solve an engineering problem is stupid. Building a machine that does not hurt people is not an invasion of privacy. Drunk driving is an engineering problem; if we turned it over to the engineers, perhaps it could get solved.
Crime

Thief Returns Stolen Laptop Contents On USB Stick 352

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-been-a-pleasure-being-your-victim dept.
While it's true that Sweden is responsible for unleashing IKEA and ABBA on humanity, not everything they produce is terrible. Their thieves are some of the most considerate in the world. An unnamed professor at Umeå University received a USB stick with all his data after his laptop was stolen. From the article: "The professor, who teaches at Umeå University in northern Sweden, was devastated when ten years of work stored on his laptop was stolen. But to his surprise, a week after the theft, the entire contents of his laptop were posted to him on a USB stick. 'I am very happy,' the unnamed professor told the local Västerbottens-Kuriren newspaper. 'This story makes me feel hope for humanity.'"

Comment: Re:Password authentication is dumb (Score 2) 427

by Tom_Yardley (#33874040) Attached to: Survey Shows How Stupid People Are With Passwords
"We should be using public key encryption with our private keys stored on a USB key." Yeah, that, or get an American Express card and do business with a firm that does not make you pay for goods or services you don't get. When I lose my AmexCard they overnight me a new one and I'm good to go; what happens when you drop your USB key down the storm drain?
Idle

Paleontologists Discover World's Horniest Dinosaur 109

Posted by samzenpus
from the overcompensatesaurus dept.
Ponca City, We love you writes "The Guardian reports that paleontologists have uncovered the remains of an ancient beast called Kosmoceratops richardsoni that stood 16 feet tall with a 6-foot skull equipped with 15 horns and lived 76 million years ago in the warm, wet swamps of what is now southern Utah. 'These animals are basically over-sized rhinos with a whole lot more horns on their heads. They had huge heads relative to their body size,' says Scott Sampson, a researcher at the Utah Museum of Natural History."

Comment: Re:Begging the question (Score 1) 390

by Tom_Yardley (#33554558) Attached to: Defending Self In a Case of On-Line Identity Theft?
In the United States, employment is terminable at will. This means either party can end the employment for any reason, or no reason at all. In the words of the poet, “you can take this job and shove it, I ain’t working here no more.” This poster comments on the “rights of yours they have trampled (job, pay, respect).” There is no right to a job, no right to pay not earned and certainly no right to respect. Find a corporation which respects those it employs! There is no good lawyer who would take a case like this on a contingency; contingency fees are for dead-bang winners. If you lost a leg, you’d get a lawyer to work on a contingency; not when you loose a job. Oh, “innocent until proven guilty,” that’s when the government tries to send you to prison; in the world of employment, this guy is guilty.

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