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Comment: Data Mining. (Score 5, Funny) 169

This is data mining. If you compare enough things you'll find strange correlations. There is little plausible reason to believe there is an actual causal relationship here.

These are also "irrefutable correlations":

US spending on science, space, and technology correlates with Suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation:

Number people who drowned by falling into a swimming-pool correlates with Number of films Nicolas Cage appeared in

Per capita consumption of cheese (US) correlates with Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets:

Comment: Buy Microsoft (Score 2) 532

by msobkow (#47723953) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

My sole advice to myself when I started out would have been to buy Microsoft stock.

More than buying a house, a car, or anything else, I started out when Microsoft was a penny stock and could have cleaned up big time just by investing a few grand in their stock instead of a car. :P

Comment: Re:Why not work with Mozilla (Score 2) 80

by mcrbids (#47717349) Attached to: Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny

My questions are thus... why not move to a model where the entire OS is forced through the tor proxy, This could be done with the use of a dummy network adapter and disabling the current adapter while tor is in use. Yes it would likely break certain OS features during that time, but there it is.

This is a bit like plugging a power strip into itself. It might seem self evident why that should work, but alas, it does not. /s

How do you think TOR communicates with the Internet at large, if not using the OS network stack? And if you coopt that stack, how, pray tell, do you expect TOR to be able to communicate with the TOR nodes?

Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 5, Informative) 181

by mcrbids (#47711565) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Their own CDN site talks about putting Netflix gear out for free. So they are basically saying they want the free ride. No one gets rack space, power, and connections for free.

I know a guy who is a network engineer at a regional ISP. They are ecstatic about hosting Netflix gear "for free" because of all the money they save! Despite the consensus here, bandwidth isn't free, it's a huge expense. And their largest use case is Netflix. By hosting the Netflix servers at the data center, they cut their network traffic by something like half.

It's a pretty big deal for them.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 717

by Atzanteol (#47711073) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Very nice example of confirmation bias. You went looking for everything that supported your belief.

Now go look at the down-modded ones as well. As I said - anything not toeing the line is at 1 or 2.

"2 hidden comments"
> How about hiring qualified applicants?
>> "2 hidden comments"

Notice how you only see one side of the conversation?

Comment: Re:Microsoft is a spent force (Score 2) 141

by mcrbids (#47708229) Attached to: Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Revenue for a company on the way out frequently looks really rosy right up to the last bit. Take a look at Nokia which was making massive profits by not investing in smart phones. They had massive market share in "feature phones" that overwhelmingly outsold smart phones. That is, until they became so passe that even the kids didn't want one. Now the pieces are being sold off to... wait!

You know, I didn't even mean to pick Nokia because of its relationship with Microsoft, but it just occurred to me... Whelp!

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 717

by Atzanteol (#47703743) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Pick any random story about equality and it will be full of people accusing the women involved of attacking them personally and of being whiney bitches.

Clarify this for me: Are you saying:
1. Such posts exist, and some get upmodded.
- or -
2. The majority of such comments get upmodded and misogyny is the dominant sentiment in this community.

If you're saying 2, we should take action. But first, citation needed, because I think you are mistaken.

I await your action and apology. Very clear pattern of up-mods for misogynistic crap and down-mods for anything not toeing the line.

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