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Comment Re:I don't get the weight thing (Score 1) 79 79

But continue thinking your MBAs are better. You keep believing delusions.

The question wasn't whether an MBA is "better," it was "who are these people looking for ultrabooks that can't lift and carry 5.47 pounds?" And the answer is, those for whom 2-1/2 pounds makes a difference in business travel, around a campus or on public transportation, particularly when the weight of the laptop is added to the weight of other items in one's bag.

Comment Just closer your eyes and click your heels (Score 1) 305 305

Jeh Johnson, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said if H-1B workers are being used to replace U.S. workers, then "it's a very serious failing of the H-1B program."

If Mr. Johnson closes his eyes all the way, he won't see U.S. workers being replaced by H-1B workers.

Comment Re:I don't get the weight thing (Score 1) 79 79

Even still, who are these people looking for ultrabooks that can't lift and carry 5.47 pounds??

People who travel extensively and have enough other crap in their backpack or bag that an additional 2.5 pounds makes a difference as they trudge through airports, between meetings or around a large campus. Dropping from a 5+ pound ThinkPad to a 3-pound MBA made a noticeable difference, both in combination with other things in my bag, and on its own.

Comment Re:FOIA isn't meant to support a business model. (Score 1) 139 139

Why "ride the coattails" rather than "stand on the shoulders of giants"?

Because there are economic costs and returns to many FOIA requests. Removing all exclusivity of access to the response will expose a reporter's work (that is, the request), and lower the value of the response, which will in turn remove some or all of the incentive for digging, which in turn is a net negative to society. On the other hand, giving a FOIA requester a period of exclusive access to the response retains the value while still allowing you to stand on a giant's shoulders in a timely manner.

Comment Re:FOIA isn't meant to support a business model. (Score 1) 139 139

If access is restricted, the information is being kept private.

No additional privacy restrictions are being requested on the public information, only on the specific response to a request. The publicly accessible information that is returned in the response is available to you upon FOIA request.

Comment Re:FOIA isn't meant to support a business model. (Score 1) 139 139

If the process is a "maze", that suggests a process improvement to be made, not an excuse to privatize public information.

The information isn't being made private; you are free to request a copy, rather than ride the coattails of someone else's research. Removing the tollgate is a laudable goal, but as long as it remains in place, there is demonstrable public value in providing journalists incentive for digging. And that incentive is currently exclusive access to the response to their FOIA.

Comment Re:Too complex... (Score 2) 139 139

I'm not overly sympathetic toward people wanted to hoard FOIA data for themselves

No one is hoarding - you are free to get the same information by running the FOIA maze yourself. They are asking that their work and expense in prying information out of the government be rewarded with exclusive access to the answer to their request. Others are free to request the same information separately. Given the toll gate in front of the information, there is demonstrable public value in giving journalists incentive for digging.

Comment Re:FOIA isn't meant to support a business model. (Score 1) 139 139

We all "own" it, we have a right to see it, and if we ask, we can.

Releasing a FOIA result only to the person who requested it does not abridge another person from asking for it. If you'd like to see the materials, you can spend the time and money to navigate the FOIA maze, rather than riding on the coattails of someone else's outlay.


My United Airlines Website Hack Gets Snubbed 187 187

Bennett Haselton writes: United Airlines announced that they will offer up to 1 million air miles to users who can find security holes in their website. I demonstrated a way to brute-force a user's 4-digit PIN number and submitted it to them for review, emailing their Bugs Bounty contact address on three occasions, but I never heard back from them. Read on for the rest. If you've had a different experience with the program, please chime in below.

Comment Re:Only "rented" books--headline/summary misleadin (Score 2) 172 172

Indeed, the article explains that the per-page metric will be used to divide the pool of cash that Amazon sets aside to pay authors of self-published books that are part of Amazon's lending library. This doesn't affect books that customers buy.

Comment Re:Try GoodGopher (Score 4, Informative) 424 424

You are attacking a person's search engine based on something that has nothing to do with their search engine.

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