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Comment: Picasso and Braque influenced Klimt (Score 1) 74

From the article:
"They've developed an algorithm that has used these classifications to find many well known influences between artists, such as the well known influence of Pablo Picasso and George Braque on the Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, ..."

I never heard that before. In what way did Picasso and Braque influence Klimt's art?

Comment: delete fntcache.dat fixed some people (Score 1) 300

It appears that booting into recovery, or using a standalone Linux distro, and deleting C:\windows\system32\fntcache.dat solved the problem for some people, if not all of the ones who tried it.
There are other problems with the patches regarding fonts, but at least you'll be able to boot.

Comment: Re:Translated into English (Score 3, Insightful) 306

and furthermore this from the article:

Under the typical business model for the solar industry, homeowners sign lease agreements with installation companies. The homeowners pay the cost of the panels over time and sell any excess power the systems generate. ...
States where solar thrives typically pay homeowners attractive rates for the excess power they generate and require utilities to get a considerable share of their power from renewable sources. That gives companies an incentive to promote use of solar.

What this is about is that the local utilities are FORCED to purchase the solar panel's excess generation whether they need it or not. At retail rates the utilities are forced to pay are in excess of what it costs the utility to generate and distribute power.

Usual Wiki link, usual caveat,
scroll down to see a list of states and see which states have retail pricing net metering.

How long would Kroger stay in business if it bought apples orchards sold apples to Kroger for 50 cents and Kroger then sold them in stores for 75 cents, but the state passed a law requiring Kroger to pay 75 cents to any individual who brought apples into the store? It sounds like it would be a wash, except that Kroger's cost
for the apples isn't actually 50 cents. Kroger has to buy land, pay taxes and utilities, transport the apples and so on.
The solar power buy-back prices vary wildly across the US, In some states net-metering is the retail price like in the kroger analogy, and in others it is the wholesale price

I can't think of any other industry besides solar whose business model requires laws to require a business (utilities) to purchase their own product from the customers at retail prices whenever the customer feels like having a surplus.

Comment: Re:First problem is calling it Aaron's Law (Score 1) 134

by clovis (#47615197) Attached to: Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

Yes. Its a shame that a small child didn't go on line, steal some copyrighted material and then was driven to suicide by the shame brought down upon the family for harboring such a terrorist.

Then we could have named it the "Just think of the children law" and it would have passed easily.

Sadly, I have to agree with you, but am adding the stipulation that the child be from an upper middle class white family. Optimally, it would be a blonde girl who also fell into a well, but that may be asking too much.

Comment: First problem is calling it Aaron's Law (Score 2) 134

by clovis (#47614907) Attached to: Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

Associating the act with Aaron Swartz such as calling it Aaron's Law is a huge mistake because any congressman that votes for it will have to consider how his opponents would use that against him in the next election. Keep in mind that the people who fund election campaigns are the kind that would look upon Aaron as a simple thief and menace.

The CFAA certainly needs to be fixed, but a better way would be to not mention Aaron Swartz and rather call it something like "CFAA Modernization Act"

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 190

In a rigged election, it will be that small difference. Close elections are the ones that get rigged.

True - it varies from state to state. In general it's either recanvass (re-run the machine count) or recount (count by hand)

O.C.G.A. 21-2-493
O.C.G.A. 21-2-495

Here's what it looks like to me if there's a problem or close (1%) election
If it's paper ballots, then recounts are done with representatives of affected candidates present. The ballots are read aloud in front of the candidates (and other poll officials) representatives and counted.

In Georgia, if machines are used, you get a re-canvass. Georgia's machines do not have a paper audit of each vote, only paper total generated by the machine, so the law basically says if something went wrong, assume it was the machine and try to figure out what happened. If you can't figure it out, then that's too bad and we'll just go with what you got. If you do find the problem, then that's too bad and change the numbers to match the paper total.

See the difference? See the problem with machine-based voting?

Comment: No (Score 1) 190

As with many other forms of voting where there's no physical ballot, the biggest problem is that there is no actual recount if there's been any problem.
You'll just get the same exact result with each recount.

Many years ago we had huge mechanical voting machines. It wasn't commonly known, but poll workers knew that those machines could lock up and lose all their totals with no way of recovering the lost votes. Rumor had it that this was more likely to occur in black neighborhoods.

BTW, the only elections that matter are local.

Comment: Re:Brilliant... (Score 1) 419

by clovis (#47559795) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

I tend to ignore the text in any Huff post articles and go to any source if mentioned. The same applies to /. as well.
For this one, here you go:

It's not an experiment, it's several. and the loose ethics of the wealthy have been noted throughout history.
We don't have to accuse people of lying about their social status because hardly anyone knows what they are except at the extremes.
So, generally the participants weren't directly asked their social status, it was inferred from a tool used in other social studies designed to discover social status without directly asking for it.

Also, two of the studies didn't involve game mechanics - they involved actual theft.

One study was observing behavior in traffic and status (real or imagined) was inferred from the class of automobile.

On the other hand, continuing your theme of poor methodology some studies were done on amazon's mechanical turk using people answering adds on craigslist, an environment not known to me for attracting the wealthy. It's not only a self- selected group, but a particular subset of a self selected group.

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.