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Comment: Corporations vs People (Score 1) 1314

I know the "corporations are not people" thing gets people riled up, but let's just think this through logically.

So, if I am an independent contractor making widgets, and then I decide to incorporate to limit liability but am the sole owner and employee, and then I decide to outsource my accounting to an external one-person company, and then I hire the accountant directly as 1099 rather than being a customer, and then I hire her as W-2 employee... At what point do I stop being a person and give up my religious rights?

Comment: So the gist of the article is..... (Score 4, Informative) 106

by f-bomb (#42971169) Attached to: Why My Team Went With DynamoDB Over MongoDB

MongoDB would have been perfect based on the structure of the data, but the client didn't want to pay for setup and hosting costs, DynamoDB was the cheaper alternative, but more of a pain in the ass to implement. Makes we wonder if the hosting cost savings offset the additional development time.

Comment: Ars Technica Lnk (Score 5, Informative) 385

by DarkHelmet (#39359355) Attached to: FBI Tries To Force Google To Unlock User's Android Phone

The one thing I found amusing about the whole thing is that PhD supposedly stood for "Pimpin' Hoes Daily". Then I read this:

Her $500 a night went straight to Dears, though, who "took care of her" in his own special way. As San Diego's Union Tribune reported, Dears found out the woman had spoken to a man who wanted to help her get off the streets. So Dears "beat her up in the back seat of his Cadillac and then forced her to get into the car's trunk, she testified. While in the trunk, she was driven from East Main Street in El Cajon to Hotel Circle in Mission Valley, she testified."

Major league asshole. I hope he gets the book thrown at him.

Comment: Faster Mersenne Prime Calculations? (Score 3, Interesting) 271

by DarkHelmet (#38759472) Attached to: Faster-Than-Fast Fourier Transform

From what I know, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) uses a Fast Fourier Transform to quickly find the square of a number. This is a required part of the Lucas-Lehmer test (the test that determines if the number is prime).

If this form of FFT can do fast squaring, it will reduce the amount of time taken to find new, large primes.

This is a potentially exciting development in this field.


Notes On Reducing Firefox's Memory Consumption 297

Posted by timothy
from the we-gave-it-post-it-notes dept.
Skuto writes "At yesterdays Browser miniconference in Ballarat, Australia, Mozilla engineer Nicholas Nethercote gave a detailed presentation about the history of Firefox's memory consumption. The 37 slides-with-notes explain in gritty detail what caused Firefox 4's memory usage to be higher than expected, how many leaks and accidental memory use bugs were tracked down with Valgrind plugins, as well as the pitfalls of common memory allocation strategies. Current work is now focused on reducing the memory usage of popular add-ons such as AdBlock, GreaseMonkey and Firebug. Required reading for people working on large software projects, or those who missed that Firefox is now one of the most memory-efficient browsers in heavy usage."

Comment: Re:For example, this is dangerous for women (Score 1) 286

by DarkHelmet (#37570508) Attached to: Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying

I do work in the adult industry, although it's on the IT end, not the performer / production end. Nice to see you here.

For those of you who don't know, 2257 regulations force any pay-site owner to have documentation for all the actors on every single scene on their site. This documentation is supposed to certify that the talent is above 18 years of age. Some of the time, it's a release form.

Other times, it's a copy of the person's drivers license! So, what often happens is that anyone who wants to use 2257 solutions that integrate with the site's CMS are actually storing drivers licenses online.

So, often enough, in order to get an actress's real information (drivers license, phone number, address), it's simply a matter of licensing content online for the purpose of selling it.

I've often wondered how many adult performers have had stalkers from other people in the adult industry with easy access to this sort of information. I'm sure quite a few.

I feel for you.

Here's hoping that the 2257 laws get struck down, or at least amended with more reasonable provisions. These kind of laws don't only benefit stalkers, but also identity thieves. What worries me with the facial recognition patterns like what's mentioned in this story is that eventually someone will be able to upload a porn picture, and get the actor/actresses private information. I imagine something like this will be made illegal, but then again, identity theft isn't exactly legal either.

Comment: Re:Google Apps? (Score 2) 161

by DarkHelmet (#37072668) Attached to: Google Adds Games To Google+

What's worse is what are they going to do for people who are using a secondary gmail account just to be on Google+ for the moment? Are they going to provide a way of migrating your Google+ settings between a regular Google Profile and an Apps for Domains user?

Probably not. So I'm going to be stuck deciding if I want to keep switching logins whenever I go on Google+, or actually try and re-add everyone that I have on my other account (and ask them nicely to share back with me).

Overall, the way they handled this has been piss-poor. They shouldn't be neglecting their Apps for Domains users since those are the people who are going to be the most loyal to what you're trying to do.


+ - Bad data led to BP Oil Spill & Financial Meltd->

Submitted by mattwarden
mattwarden (699984) writes "Flying blind when making decisions without supporting data is bad enough, but even worse is believing your data is giving you insight into a process or situation when it isn't. "I'd rather be blind than misled."

Greater risk may result when an entity improperly interprets its data, or believes its data can answer questions that it can't answer. In fact, bad or misunderstood data contributed to both the current BP oil spill crisis and the bank meltdowns of 2008-09."

Link to Original Source

Prince Says Internet Is Over 450

Posted by samzenpus
from the it-was-fun-while-it-lasted dept.
the_arrow writes "According to the artist currently known as Prince, 'The internet's completely over.' At least that what he says in an interview with the British newspaper Mirror. Quoting Prince: 'The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you.'"

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.