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Comment: To the people who think this is not serious... (Score 2) 197

by tlambert (#49799675) Attached to: Chinese Nationals Accused of Taking SATs For Others

To the people who think this is not serious... these tests are also used to determine who does or does not get scholarships.

A full ride scholarship means you do not pay for tuition, books, or even living expenses, if you live in a dorm. Lesser scholarships may only cover tuition + books, or tuition.

Still, given all the bitching about student loan debt: consider that these people, *minimally* get out with one year less of loan debt.

If they can additionally either keep their grades up themselves, or have someone do it for them, they can keep renewing the scholarship, and graduate with zero loan debt, compared to the rest of the schlubs who are coming out with a quarter million or more in student loan debt.

Further, fraudulently obtaining a scholarship this way means one less scholarship for a truly academically gifted person, who ends up paying the freight themselves, and if they do not come from a silver spoon background, it means they graduate with debt they would otherwise not have had. Even if they are a silver spoon case, they've lost the time value of money spent out of pocket, which translated to a smaller inheritance/trust fund/whatever.

This is, in fact a big deal. We are talking really large amounts of money here.

As a final consideration, this: the people taking these tests over and over for different people each time: they've had a *hell of a lot* of practice at this point. They are likely very, very good at it.

Comment: Re: Availability (Score 1) 555

by tlambert (#49799427) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

Those angry mobs won't be a match for microwave beams and high-velocity projectiles. We're not in 1800 anymore. Revolutions today in the Western world are impossible.

No, we'd be in 1400 again, if they started using those tactics (think Lorenzo de Medici).

It'd be time to hire food tasters, and hop it wasn't something slow-acting.

Comment: Sorry. No, I won't. (Score 1) 329

Yeah I never heard it called "Obamaphone" before this article.

Watch a little Fox "News" ...

Sorry. No, I won't. I don't watch "infotainment", and that includes both "news" programs from Fox and MSNBC, which both just try to confirm the existing biases of the people who are already in their target demographic. Well, that, and they manufacture "sound bites".

Unless you want to bring back real news programs, I'm entirely uninterested in current television "news".

Guess that explains how I missed that little "gem".

Comment: Re:Availability (Score 4, Insightful) 555

by tlambert (#49796641) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

What makes you think this magical treatment (which doesn't exist, and may never exist) will be available to everyone?

Because it's cheaper to have an immortal serf class than it is to have to train up larval serfs for 20 years at a net negative value before they're useful?

Young people are generally a resource sink with no return on investment for a couple decades.

Comment: Re:Not enough room? Not enough food? (Score 4, Insightful) 555

by tlambert (#49796619) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

SO yes this is true. The biggest waste of resources is animal production for food. A single cow uses approx 2000 gallons of water for every pound of meat produced. The same pound of beans takes approx 100 gallons.

Who cares?

Build more nuclear plants, and use the power to operate the desalination plants you also build.

BONUS! By removing sea water from the oceans for the purpose of desalination, you mitigate the ocean level rise due to global warming!

DOUBLE BONUS! By building nuclear plants, you mitigate the production of greenhouse gasses, reducing global warming!

TRIPLE BONUS! By having an excess of water, you can grow more cattle and crops and increase the planets carrying capacity!

QUADRUPLE BONUS! Excess fresh water allows you to address ongoing desertification!

Ching ching ching ching ching ... -- human net prosperity slot machine paying out

Comment: Re:Not enough room? Not enough food? (Score 0) 555

by tlambert (#49796601) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

It's not a matter of space. The planet can only dissipate so much heat.

Which is why you build space structures to control the amount of sunlight actually reaching the surface of the Earth. And coat those space structures with solar cells so that they generate power at the same time.

Comment: Re:Not enough room? Not enough food? (Score 4, Insightful) 555

by tlambert (#49796595) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

In other words, lots of people don't have enough food.

No, in other words, lots of people have more government corruption than they need.

Lots of food aid gets delivered to famine nations in Africa, and it either rots on the docks (what the corrupt government doesn't use itself or give to its soldiers), or the surplus that would otherwise go to people who are not corrupt government or soldiers gets sold off to other nations in order to raise money to buy weapons for the soldiers.

In other words, exactly as the GP said: a distribution problem, but one unrelated to the mechanics of distribution, rather the politics of distribution.

Comment: Re:MOD PARENT UP! (Score 1) 213

Maybe - but I find it more likely that the government is simply just promoting a pro-IP stance because our economy is so heavily dependent on protecting those sorts of provisions.

Meddia is not the same thing as software, so your examples really don't apply in this case. Better examples are:


Lotus Development Corp. v. Paperback Software International. U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. June 28, 1990. 740 F.Supp. 37, 15 USPQ2d 1577

The interpretation that the federal government is holding forth here is that both of these cases were adjudicated incorrectly.

If the Supreme Court fails to hear the current case, both of those previous cases are defacto overturned.

You can effectively say "goodbye" to the software industry, if companies are allowed to enforce interface copyrights. At least in the U.S.. Obviously, other countries will just ignore the U.S.'s idiocy, and continue on their merry way, and quickly surpass the U.S. in software development, just as they have in other economic areas.

Comment: Re: Article is trole. (Score 1) 342

by bmo (#49794083) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

You can thank Steve Jobs.

He was adamant that Flash should die in a fire, and IIRC, he disallowed Flash support for iOS. He did what everyone else wanted to do but were afraid of pissing off the customers who just "had to have their youtube." This triggered the exodus from proprietary video on the Web.

I'm not an Apple fanboy. The only Apple thingy I owned was an iPod 5 Video. The following iterations are impervious to Rockbox, so I've never bought them. But I give credit where credit is due.

Side note: Silverlight was so much better. It performed better in a Windows virtual machine on Linux than Flash did natively on any platform. Unfortunately, it too was closed and [soupnazi] "no silverlight for you" [/soupnazi] if you use Linux, like me.

HTML5 is good enough. At least it's a standard.


Comment: MOD PARENT UP! (Score 3, Interesting) 213

Or Google has been resisting the NSA a little too much.


It's pretty obvious that this is a punishment for adding encryption to Android devices, and for going to SSL for all web transactions, making it much more difficult to spy, despite administrative objections.

The recommendation is clearly punitive because Google has pissed the executive off, and consistently opted on the side of data protection, and has disclosed many of the recently discovered OpenSSL and SSSL protocol flaws which made eavesdropping easier.

Nothing happens.