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Comment: Re:This does not bother me (Score 1) 237

by giltwist (#47817073) Attached to: Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

Perhaps the most supportive case you have is Mapp v. Ohio: ... and that says that the government can't invade your SECURED residence to collect evidence. If you leave the information or the evidence in the open (as you're doing when you broadcast your cell phone conversations), you aren't protected by that decision.

I'm not sure how the encryption used by cell phones doesn't count as "secured." So, what, the Government's definition of "secured" means mathematically/physically impossible to bypass? A lock pick can bypass a deadbolt in under a minute, but that's not allowed without a warrant. How is breaking (or subpoenaing from companies) an encryption key any different than picking a lock? The problem here is that no part of the cloud is considered my residence, even though I view my dropbox space as the digital equivalent of a drawer in my bedroom. I'd input a password into my phone to make or receive every single call if I had to.

Comment: No Ads = No Tracking? (Score 1) 611

by giltwist (#47720315) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
While properly crafted ads are not bothersome at all (Text only, no motion pictures, video ads that don't autoplay or are at least muted, etc). I would play that $230 per month to guarantee that I wasn't being tracked. Now THAT would be a way to make the Do Not Track token work better, because then you can say there was some harm to you as a consumer if you were tracked.

Comment: Re:My Arrogant Suggestion (Score 1) 519

by giltwist (#47212489) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California
The biggest problem is that we teachers allow the government to set the bar for becoming a teacher, and the government sets it too low. When you mess up as a lawyer, you get disbarred by a committee of lawyers. That is what we need to do. Tenure is a good thing, because it protects, for example, science teachers who want to teach evolution in a conservative district. However, tenure is tarnished by the fact that unions won't police their own. If, for example, the NEA looked at the bottom 1% of its national membership each year for potential ejection, nobody would have any problems.

Comment: Re:Propaganda (Score 1) 688

by giltwist (#47068163) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

I really don’t get what that crap above is about, but doing it in my head I just took off 300 and added 2.

So you might think you know how I would do that problem, but you’re wrong.

You're still guilty of using Common Core style math! You understood that 426-298 is the same thing as 426-(300-2) which then simplifies to 426-300+2. You've just used both the associative and distributive properties of arithmetic! That's what the Common Core teaches. The "traditional" algorithm requires the following steps: 1) You "can't" subtract 8 from 6 (yes you can! negative numbers! Already one strike against traditional methods) 2) You need to borrow 1 from 2 and make 6 into 16 (why do we do that? Place value, something the Common Core methods emphasize) 3) 16-8 is 8 (three steps and only one column is done? How is this faster?) 4) You need to remember that the 2 is now a 1 and you "can't" subtract 9 from 1 (Again?!) 5) Borrow 1 from the 4 to make the 2...err 1 into an 11 6) 11-9=2 7) Remember that the 4 is now a 3, 3-2 is 1 8) The answer is 128 That was WAY harder than the either of the Common Core style strategies that have been discussed and actually teaches kids some VERY WRONG concepts about place value and negative numbers.

Comment: Hit the nail on the head (Score 3, Informative) 379

by giltwist (#47067985) Attached to: With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market
I had used a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 all through graduate school. It was great for me then because I did all my typing at my home desktop or in one of the university's many computer labs. I did not need a full computer to be mobile, especially when I've lost several laptops to damaged power jacks over the years. Now that I'm in the corporate world and need to be able to work on a report in a hotel or at a client's place of business, I needed something portable. However, I still wanted a tablet for personal use. The Surface Pro 2 filled exactly that niche. It's got honest-to-goodness Microsoft Office for when I need it and a pretty decent keyboard (if you disable the glitchy trackpad) to boot. At home, I disconnect the keyboard and watch Netflix in bed. The pen is even better for drawing than my Wacom tablet, because I can draw right on the screen. I'm a young, technologically-savvy professional. I'm the target audience for the Surface Pro line.

+ - Ad Exchange-Publisher leaks cookies, evades blocking.-> 1

Submitted by fierman
fierman (2876687) writes "Ad Exchange-Publisher creative settings results in 3rd-party cookie blocking evasion and leaks.

The OpenX Ad Exchange which provides Real-Time Bidding services is cooperating closely with its publishers, as a recent observation shows. The way the domain name system is being used, browser blocking of 3rd-party cookies seems to be bypassed as a side effect. Unrelated cookies such as Google Analytics, are being sent to 3rd-party sites, like OpenX, due to broad cookie scoping and the setting of DNS aliasing, as the full report states."

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Comment: Re:It passed. (Score 1) 90

by giltwist (#47009517) Attached to: Watch the FCC Vote On Net Neutrality Live At 10:30am Eastern
Of course it's already happening. As Commissioner Clyburn stated, there are currently no rules prevent it from happening. Wheeler conveyed that his rush on this matter was to get some protection in place sooner rather than later. He cannot prevent it from happening until rules are in place that the courts won't throw out.

+ - Watch the FCC vote on Net Neutrality Live at 10:30am Eastern->

Submitted by giltwist
giltwist (1313107) writes "Very shortly, the FCC will begin its vote on proceeding 14-28 regarding Chairman Wheeler's highly contentious Net Neutrality proceeding. Senator Al Franken called Net Neutrality the free speech issue of our time. The vote begins at 10:30am Eastern time today. Make sure to watch it live at the FCC's live stream"
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Comment: So crazy it just might work (Score 1) 210

You know how the US Postal Service is basically going bankrupt? The White House basically blames this on the shift to email. So, in an effort to continue its basic mission of enabling citizens to communicate quickly and reliably with each other, how about we make the USPS a nationalized internet common carrier at the Federal minimum definition of broadband? This will allow existing ISPs to continue to remain unregulated by the common carrier rules, but will provide a meaningful alternative to the (literally) entrenched monopolies? Comcast will be unable to reasonably argue that a 4/1 connection is unfair competition when their top tier services are more than 10 times that speed.

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.