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Comment: Re:Evolve or die (Score 2) 124

by jcaldwel (#39596895) Attached to: Pirate Bay Promotion Attracts Over 5000 Artists

You comment about "water marking" has shown that you KNOW people will pay nothing if the can, and you want to have a method to force them to pay.

Some people may pay nothing if they can. I recall Radiohead's album In Rainbows was released under a "pay what you want" program. In this case, "what you want" includes free. According to the band, most people paid normal retail price for it.

Comment: Re:How stupid can you get? (Score 4, Insightful) 227

by jcaldwel (#39528711) Attached to: Bringing Auto-Graders To Student Essays

This is one area where automatic grading will cause massive skill decrease, as no auto-grader can actually assess contents.

My thoughts exactly.
Auto graders could check spelling and grammar, and to some extent plagiarism, but without a human reviewing the content, students will learn be gaming the algorithms from day 1.

Comment: ViaCord (Score 5, Informative) 321

by jcaldwel (#39512763) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where?
My son was born a little over a year ago, and I selected ViaCord as a cord blood bank. We evaluated a few, and they seemed to be more competent than other options. It's important to get the "collection kit" up front, and have it with you in the hospital... at least in my case, the hospital does not provide any of the supplies. Also, your wife will need to make sure that the OB/GYN is aware ahead of time about your decision to store the blood.

Comment: Best Practice (Score 4, Insightful) 164

by jcaldwel (#39444329) Attached to: DoD Networks Completely Compromised, Experts Say
From TFA:

“We’ve got the wrong model here. I think we’ve got this model for cyber that says, ‘We’re going to develop a system where we’re not attacked.’ I think we have to go to a model where we assume that the adversary is in our networks. It’s on our machines, and we’ve got to operate anyway. We have to protect the data anyway."

Its nice to see the DoD finally catching up with basic best software practices.

Comment: Re:Stop listening to observational studies (Score 2) 132

by jcaldwel (#39443129) Attached to: Aspirin Helps Prevent Cancer, New Studies Show
I thought the exact same thing. I'm usually pretty skeptical of any "wonder drug" claims, so I tried "following the money" to see if it was funded by Bayer or something similar, and I noticed the abstract said:

This surely means that this study probably consisted of data mining, and that's about it. That's enough to establish correlation, but correlation != causation.

Comment: Re:Hactivists == cybercriminals (Score 3, Insightful) 150

by jcaldwel (#39442033) Attached to: Verizon Says Hactivists Now Biggest Corporate Net Threat

But the motivation determines if it is a crime in the first place.

Kill someone with malice, got to prison, kill someone in self defense, no prob.

I don't think this article was talking about homicide.
What motivation would make it legal to hack a government or corporate system and stealing personal data?

It's hard to think of you as the end result of millions of years of evolution.