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Comment: No privacy issues here (Score 1) 74

by drew30319 (#48274445) Attached to: Charity Promotes Covert Surveillance App For Suicide Prevention
Nothing about this app has privacy implications:
  • the data that the app reads is otherwise available to the app user
  • the app applies some level of expert-system analysis to identify potentially life-threatening issues
  • the app then alerts the app user about the potential problem
  • the app user is directed to the potentially troubling tweets for review

The charity behind the app has now added the ability to opt-out of the above. Of course there's nothing to prevent another app / service to do all of the above because these are tweets that are still available.

Comment: re: naivety (Score 1) 247

by drew30319 (#47203017) Attached to: Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

The MAYDAY PAC is like David trying to beat Goliath in a fist fight. Don't fight on his terms, use the sling, idiot!

I believe the idea is that the money raised by "real people" will be used differently than that raised by corporations. The PAC is the funding mechanism which will be used to consolidate and coordinate "real people" who want to positively affect change. In other words: this is a campaign to raise the money for a sling.

Comment: Great Idea! (Score 2) 185

by drew30319 (#47141323) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?
This is fantastic!

(1) implement the Board of Director's idea as-is;

(2) encourage the Board (and anybody else who supports the idea) that they need to really market the hell out of it;

(3) at the same time create a series of spurious emails to the project backers telling them what a terrible idea the project is;

(4) stay home and watch the news the day that the system goes live;

(5) watch as the villagers storm the company castle and the board of directors (and associated greedy imbeciles) are summarily tossed out on their pointy heads;

(6) return to a company which is now free of these fools;

(7) profit!

Comment: Re:Not my horse, not my wagon (Score 1) 1198

by drew30319 (#47120603) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

"Last I checked, male university students don't get free escorts home at night, yet female university students around here do."

Not sure what university that would be but you might want to check again, anybody who wants a free escort home at night at the several universities I've been to will get one regardless of their gender.

And it actually is your problem not as a male / female / whatever but as a PERSON. Get it? If you wait until something affects YOU directly and until then just sit around with your head in the sand then you are a part of the problem.

Comment: Affordable option for charities (Score 5, Informative) 281

Rather than discuss alternatives I wanted to let you know that many charities are eligible for deep discounts on MS products. is a clearinghouse (of sorts) for charities and tech companies, allowing for very deep discounts on hardware and software. For example Office Professional Plus 2013 is $32 and Windows 8.1 is $12. In the past I've paid around $125 for Adobe Creative Suite 6.

In addition to discounts techsoup also has a wealth of articles on tech-related issues for nonprofit management.

+ - Patent troll in Texas stymied by Minnesota Attorney General->

Submitted by drew30319
drew30319 writes: Minnesota has turned the tables on a patent troll.

MPHJ Technology Investments has agreed to stop contacting Minnesota businesses about the use of document-scanning in their offices. It appears that MPHJ was contacting businesses and requesting / demanding license fees for patent(s) owned by MPHJ.

Under this new agreement MPHJ will no longer contact Minnesota businesses about these purported licensing fees without first receiving permission from Minnesota's Attorney General.

Here's the article at Corporate Counsel:'Troll'&et=editorial&bu=Corporate%20Counsel

Link to Original Source

Comment: my experience running a 501(c)(3) (Score 2) 100

by drew30319 (#44075689) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should a Non-Profit Look For In a Web Host?
This might not be the type of answer that you're looking for but the issue that has most affected me (running a one-person nonprofit from home) is that I've occasionally had problems because my IP address is shared by "adult" web services because I do not have a dedicated server or address.

And so . . . with my nonprofit's focus on the prevention of teen dating violence I have people in school districts regularly contacting me via email and/or visiting my website from schools. From time to time my IP address used to wind up on block lists and I would spend a fair amount of time contacting school web admins to allow my emails through and/or access to my site.

The host I use (HostGator) has worked well for me but unfortunately does not offer a shared-but-not-with-any-adult-sites hosting plan. What I've done to ameliorate the impact is: (1) use Google's fantastic (and FREE) support for nonprofits by using the free Google Apps service to route all of my email accounts through Google and (2) use a free service to monitor my inclusion on any blacklists (MxWatch Monitor via As a result I've been able to avoid almost all email issues and have been able to address any other blacklisting issues as soon as they crop up.

I don't have the web traffic that you do (approx 5,000 unique visitors daily and less than 50GB monthly bandwidth) but HostGator has been almost completely hassle-free. This is the third hosting company that I've used in the past 7 years and I doubt I'll ever have to switch again. I pay around $20 / month and that includes reseller hosting (I help out a few other sites for small nonprofits that don't have a tech background by hosting their sites for them).

If you need further info feel free to contact me - and if you decide on HostGator I'd be happy to give you a referral code (my org could use any and all financial support possible!!!).


+ - Play Wii -- Become a Better Surgeon -- Profit!!!->

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drew30319 writes: "NPR reports that a team of researchers at the University of Rome required a group of surgical residents to play video games on a Nintendo Wii for an hour a day, five days a week, for four weeks resulting in "statistically better" performance than a control group for laparoscopic skills. The study is available online ( ) and includes some interesting stats (e.g. while the control group showed a 10% improvement in accuracy, the Wii-playing group's accuracy improved by 83%).

The study's authors add that ''[t]he Nintendo® Wii may be adopted in lower-budget Institutions or at home by younger surgeons to optimize their training on simulators before performing real procedures.'"

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Comment: Re:what recourse? (Score 2) 298

by drew30319 (#37809396) Attached to: Universal Uses DMCA To Get Bad Lip Reading Parody Taken Down
Although hiring an attorney is not a bad idea, the rest of this is not accurate. DMCA is a large unwieldy tool but YouTube's approach is pretty fair. If you assert your willingness to be identified and sued by the rights holder (through a counter-notification) they will put your content back online. Only if the rights holder then takes legal action do they remove the content.

Although "the media giants" may abuse DMCA, we have nobody to blame but ourselves for not taking the time to learn what our own rights are and how we can assert them; and asserting them doesn't have to cost us anything other than investing a little time in the process.

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