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Comment: Re: How is this front page worthy? (Score 1) 35

by dcollins117 (#49333049) Attached to: MuseScore 2.0 Released

My experience with Rosegarden is that it SIGSEGV's a lot. To be fair to the Rosegarden devs, the times that I actually debugged the issue I found bugs in the underlying QT library, so I can't "blame" Rosegarden.

Still, it has to be said that I spent much more time debugging than producing music in Linux. in order to get any actual work done, I have to dual-boot and use Cubase. I say that regrettably as that is the only reason that I keep a Windows partition around and I would love to have a robust set of audio tools on Linux.

Comment: Re:What kind of person did they study? (Score 5, Interesting) 79

by dcollins117 (#49310869) Attached to: MRIs Show Our Brains Shutting Down When We See Security Prompts

Did they test with dumb regular users who don't understand or don't know better, or did they test people who actually know what those security warnings mean and the real consequences of ignoring them?

Hold on, TFA says they note a decrease in visual processing. Perhaps the decrease in visual processing is because the user is using another part of their brain to process the new information, and to appropriately decide what the best response is.

They also note an "overall" decrease after repeated exposures to the same message, but that's what we do; we learn from experience. That's a feature, not a bug.

Comment: Re:Ron Wyden Edward Snowden (Score 1) 107

In the end, it would make no difference. Nothing will until the majority of the people actually care and desire to not be spied on.

I don't know how you came to that conclusion but everyone I've talked to definitely have strong opinions on the matter. Not one of them thought that government spying on it's citizens is a good idea.

Just because you don't see people protesting in the streets it doesn't mean they don't care. I think you'll see how much this issue matters to people in the next presidential election.

Comment: Re:There's a cheaper solution (Score 1) 108

by dcollins117 (#49255713) Attached to: The Internet of Things Just Found Your Lost Wallet

There's a cheaper solution. I believe it's called a "trucker's chain."

But this thing has the advantage of alerting all thieves in your vicinity that you have money to burn on fancy electronics, the precise location of your wallet, and whether it's in your possesion or you've just lost it.

Comment: Re:hmmm (Score 1) 135

by dcollins117 (#49255037) Attached to: Wikipedia Entries On NYPD Violence Get Some Edits From Headquarters

I dont see a problem with changing "choke hold" to "arm bar" is that is what the police call the move that was done.

I see a problem with it, but I just looked at the article and it appears the changes have been reverted to say choke hold once again. Hopefully further edits to the article will come under close scrutiny now.

Comment: Re:NYPD (Score 5, Informative) 135

by dcollins117 (#49254993) Attached to: Wikipedia Entries On NYPD Violence Get Some Edits From Headquarters

But he broke into a Harvard networking closet (that's physical trespass),

You mean he walked in. The door is always open. Hell, there were homeless people living in there at one point. Besides, this is a college campus we are talking about. MIT is an open campus.

and rewired a router (that's computer trespass)

That's an unfounded allegation, and "computer trespass" is not recognized in Massachusetts. Really, look it up.

in order to download the journal articles that he otherwise did not have access to (or at least not at the speed with which he downloaded them

The journal articles are freely available for downloading by anyone for any reason.

The tragedy is that his life ended before he got a fair trial as none of the allegations against him had any real merit

Comment: Needle in a haystack (Score 3, Insightful) 51

by dcollins117 (#49218269) Attached to: Book Review: Data and Goliath

Schneier straight-out says that ubiquitous surveillance and data minding [sic] are not suited for finding dedicated criminals or terrorists. The US is wasting billions on these programs and not getting the security they have been promised.

Combing through mass surveillance data to identify potential terrorists is like looking for a needle in a haystack, where the government has created both the needle and the haystack.

That's market making. Create a problem, then sell the solution.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.