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Comment: Re:I don't think Obama is really paying attention (Score 3, Insightful) 434

That's like saying the KKK, Westboro Baptist Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, (insert dangerous cult here) aren't "real" Christians. They still believe they are, it doesn't matter what the rest of the world thinks about them, as long as they believe they are doing the right thing.

The problem with Islam is that unlike Christianity they are loosely unified in their belief systems. They in large lines won't call each other out for the hypocrisy or violence. Most Islamists, even the 'moderates' will, if nothing else, quietly avert their eyes when it comes to their interpretation of the Prophet and the Koran. There are some pockets of progressive Islamists that will call out against the violence but they won't go as far as to say that the Koran is incorrect.

Christians have progressed far enough where the progressive Christians will say that the Bible is on occasion incorrect, moderates will say it's allegorical while all but the staunchest of conservatives will say that it's up to God or government to do the punishing. Doesn't mean that the Christian faith is any 'better', it's just slightly better adjusted so as not to upset the majority of people although they still want to take over the world as much as ISIS does (look at how much they have been pushing creationism and anti-science in the last decade)

Comment: Re:Doable (Score 1) 303

by guruevi (#49158631) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

And how would you do that? You can fill it with junk, but then an attacker can just hide among the junk. Or you could put very bad, lengthy versions of your program in there but then that would make your program slow and cumbersome to use, debug and troubleshoot. You'd actually possibly create more attack vectors trying to fill in blank space.

Comment: Irrelevant statistics much? (Score 4, Interesting) 304

by guruevi (#49111641) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

The amount they pay out to the artist per stream is irrelevant if you don't know how much streams, how much revenue and how much other costs they incur.

If they pay $0.1/stream to the 'rights holders' and $0.001 to the artist, then that is a contractual issue between the artist and the rights holders. If Pandora pays $1M upfront to a label company to stream their library and then additionally pays $0.001 to the artist/stream and Spotify pays nothing to a label company but pays $0.006 to the label company who then gives 1% to the artist, then which approach gets the artist more money?

Comment: Re:Why not in the US? (Score 1) 82

by guruevi (#49111575) Attached to: Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland and Denmark

Why would the price go up? They can simply wind down some coal or gas powered plants and pass the savings on to the customers. I smell shenanigans on the side of your power company, your prices would've gone up regardless. In one version it would be 'because Apple is using more power than they told us' in the other, it would be 'because Apple isn't using all the power they told us'.

Comment: Re:visibility doesnt matter. (Score 1) 241

by guruevi (#49106443) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

No, the best way of frustrating an enemy like that is simply ignoring them. The technique works on pretty much any type of fundamentalism. You can see the effectiveness by ignoring a fundy Christian (eg. a family member) whenever they start talking about the end-of-days or whatever.

Comment: Re: iPad too fucking expensive (Score 4, Informative) 139

by guruevi (#49102517) Attached to: L.A. School Superintendent Folds on Laptops-For-Kids Program

The problem wasn't the iPads - with edu discounts those things are cheap. The problem was the fact they went with Pearson - the mother of all rip-off scams. I think in this instance the 'software' came at a $1000+/student/school year price tag or something like that. They are the same people that cause a standardized test to come in at $1200.

Comment: Re:STEM shortage solved! (Score 1) 131

by guruevi (#49088047) Attached to: Carnegie-Mellon Sends Hundreds of Acceptance Letters By Mistake

They're only selecting girls? *ducks*

The problem is that there are too much applications for most "prestigious" schools to fulfill. Everyone with a scholarship or enough money is going to apply to Harvard, Yale, MIT, Carnegie... Even less-prestigious schools have to turn down thousands of applicants yearly. There are simply too many kids and not enough space to educate these kids.

There is no shortage of employees in these fields, I know plenty of people in those fields that are unemployed, both freshly educated as well as seasoned scientists and techies (I work at a somewhat prestigious University). There is a shortage of 'free' or 'cheap' slave labor however and that's what H1B's are there for - H1B's with PhD's at $26k/year and minimum benefits - why not.

Comment: Re:As KDE developer, he's missing the obvious solu (Score 1) 393

by guruevi (#49073219) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

And what's the difference there to running Ubuntu or Fedora? I can give Ubuntu to someone and say "run this" and if they are not technically adept, they are none the wiser. Gnome or KDE is the default for most desktop Linux distro. Same would go for your KDE distro, except you'd have one more distro to contend with the others.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.