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Comment: Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 1) 270

by poetmatt (#49519313) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment

To anyone who has a shred of fear of flying, the game of "screwing with the pilots for laughs" is not fucking funny.

Except that this has ZERO to do with what's going on. The fact that they broke the law to basically steal his laptop, this has nothing to do with screwing with the pilots.

Comment: Re:Sign off. (Score 1) 325

by poetmatt (#49488041) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

Pearson does a lot of things; I'd find them fairly neutral in the process - what they do will work with basically anything.

That's not to say what they do is good? I find Pearson to be shit when it comes to education tools - they are filled with bloatware, drm, and things that don't provide any benefit to thing using them, but I wouldn't really blame them for anything here.

I would blame the superintendent and apple for sticking their nose into more sales under the guise of supporting education.

Comment: Re:NIST would like to hear from you. (Score 1) 7

by poetmatt (#49463327) Attached to: NIST Solicits Comments On Electronic Authentication Guideline

While they didn't willingly/intentionally give their information to the NSA, the fact that they were compromised by the NSA means that they should still be considered compromised going forward, so you are correct.

TLDR: don't do business with the NSA. This also means we really, really, really need to get rid of FIPS as well.

Comment: Re:Cut Calories and Increase Exercise. My god! (Score 1) 496

by Tom Arneberg (#49333069) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds
I lost my last 30 lbs using "Hacker's Diet" (tracking my weight every day with a 20-day exponentially-smoothed rolling average chart) and tracking my food intake with My Fitness Pal. I exercise a lot, but that didn't do it. In 2012, I averaged 64 minutes a day of vigorous physical exercise, but lost only about 3 pounds. But in 2013, I used Hacker's Diet and MFP and went from 180 to 155 in six months, then slowly tapered down to 150, where I've now been for over a year (fluctuating +/- 3-4 pounds). (And this at 54 years of age!) I wrote a few newspaper columns about it, including this one:

Comment: Re:So? It's a good corporate move. (Score 2) 107

No, it doesn't sound like a good strategy.

It sounds like "Spray and pray". In fact, people who don't use google do not exactly jump to searching on Bing, mostly because bing is terrible at being a search engine. Are there alternatives? Yes. Is this a way to bring light to them? Not even remotely.

Yahoo is bing, so using yahoo is using bing and is just as much garbage as bing.

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