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Comment: Am I dense? (Score 1, Informative) 191

by aitikin (#48087235) Attached to: DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

I thought that law enforcement had always been allowed to do this in sting operations and the like. The police are under no obligation to tell the truth when confronting a potential suspect. Yes, their wording to her may have been deceptive, but, frankly, I don't have much faith in someone saying, "Yes I gave them consent to use my photos, but not like this!" It sounds a good deal like buyer's remorse.

If the officer in question were reasonable, he would have used images that are in public record of her, so I can see the outrage to that portion as reasonable, but, frankly, I don't see how this is terribly surprising and front page news.

PS...since when is BuzzFeed considered to be even remotely a reputable news source?

Comment: Re:Then eBay can become a bank. (Score 2) 76

by aitikin (#48028981) Attached to: eBay To Spin Off PayPal

"Then eBay can become a bank. "

Since July 2007, PayPal has operated across the European Union as a Luxembourg-based bank.

But within the US they are not considered a bank, allowing PayPal to freeze funds of US citizens with no legal reason or ramifications. Additionally, point to make towards the OP, PayPal has owned Bill Me Later for a long time, and have been lending for years.

Comment: Re:Dupe? (Score -1, Redundant) 330

by aitikin (#47908201) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Haven't we seen this story before?

That was speculation where as this is fact.

Okay, I see now, maybe because the full amount has been publicized. I'm just a little curious why so many Minecraft stories have been bubbling to the front page recently.

This is /. I see them as so many M$ stories and suddenly it makes sense.

Comment: Re:ELI5 please (Score 1) 354

by aitikin (#47840891) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins
Actually, that's not quite right. From my understanding, Bukkit, a separate plugin that is dependent upon the Server, was created using GPL. As such, Bukkit itself should be GPL. But saying that the Server should be as well, that's like saying because I wrote a GPL piece of software for Windows, Windows must be GPL'd.

Comment: Re:*Dons asbestos suit* (Score 1) 1262

As far as I can tell, both of you are making mountains out of molehills.

That being said (yes, I'm going to help with that mountain, let me pull a car analogy), if I said I have no interest in driving, you would fault me as a liar when I mean I have no interest in driving a semi and would love to drive a Shelby Cobra, so I kinda gotta side with i kan read on this one. I don't think you would go ahead and defend my example as imprecise so much as lying (I clearly have interest in driving, just not one specific style of it). She clearly wants to play games, just not shooters. I'm not a huge fan of shooters, so it's perfectly reasonable to me to think of being a gamer without playing shooters.

This isn't a "knee jerk" reaction, it's a logical statement.

Comment: Re:Will the cameras work? (Score 1) 643

by aitikin (#47768817) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

It may be missed in this debate, but cameras should change the behavior of citizens also. If a moron is arrested, claims the usual 'brutality' defense, and is confronted with video that prejudices the judge or jury against them to the tune of some time in jail, perhaps they will stop short the next time and try not to pile on additional charges.

Well this point was made in the summary by the senator who wants this to be requiredso I doubt it's lost, just lost on /.

The Internet

Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores 175

Posted by Soulskill
from the in-before-correlation-!=-causation dept.
An anonymous reader sends word of correlation found between higher internet speeds and higher test scores. Quoting: The numbers—first crunched by the Internet provider comparison site HSI — show a distinct trend between faster Internet and higher ACT test scores. On the high end, Massachusetts scores big with an average Internet speed of 13.1Mbps, and an average ACT test score of 24.1. Mississippi, on the other hand, has an average speed of just 7.6Mbps and an average score of 18.9.

In between those two states, the other 48 fall in a positive correlation that, while not perfect, is quite undeniable. According to HSI's Edwin Ivanauskas, the correlation is stronger than that between household income and test scores, which have long been considered to be firmly connected to each other. The ACT scores were gathered from, which has the official rankings and averages for the 2013 test, and the speed ratings were taken from Internet analytics firm Akamai's latest report.

Comment: Re:Where do I sign up? (Score 1) 327

Actually, I work in a sales position where, so long as what you're doing makes the company money, you're pretty well set. Not 100%, there's still general things you have to do or you'll get the axe, but you almost have to try to get fired Of course, if you don't sell, you make a pitiful base check...

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