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Comment: Re:Hidden Files section? (Score 1) 369

by mpetch (#47788977) Attached to: Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague
If you use a program like attrib on windows you can mark a directory as hidden and system. If you just mark it hidden then the folders are easily unhidden via file explorer. Marking it as system and hidden will prevent it from appearing even from file explorer. Although there are low level ways of finding such directories, it may be enough to fool a few extra people on the planet.

Comment: Re:Wait, wait , WAIT a moment. (Score 1) 277

by mpetch (#45970061) Attached to: OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014

If he has an unregulated rate then the highest I have seen in the past 6 months is $0.12/kWh. However the rates quoted don't include these additional fees on an Enmax bill:

Administrative Charge
Delivery Charges
Transmission Charge
Rate Riders
Local Access Fee.
Then another 5% in federal taxes (GST) on top of it all.

A 5 years fixed rate (just on the electricity charge) can be had for about $0.089/kWh (regulated rate). He could be worse off if he foolishly got a regulated rate through a company like Direct Energy.

My Enmax bill is usually 50% higher than the posted pricer per kW/h when all the fees and charges are added.

Comment: Re:judge will invalidate (Score 5, Informative) 506

by mpetch (#41129891) Attached to: Apple v. Samsung Jurors Speak, Skipped Prior Art For "Bogging Us Down"
If the jurors had read the courts instructions (which the foreman claimed they didn't need to) then it was about "damages". The court instructions made that clear "You should keep in mind that the damages you award are meant to compensate the patent holder and not to punish an infringer." The foreman told a court official that the verdict was arrived at without needing the court's instructions. However, the foreman had this to say after the trial "We wanted to make sure the message we sent was not just a slap on the wrist... We wanted to make sure it was sufficiently high to be painful, but not unreasonable." So I totally agree with you when you say this was about damages and not penalties from the judge's perspective. I would say that wasn't the case from the juries perspective. To me Hogan's statement suggests that the award itself WAS punishment. I don't know how else to read his comment.

Comment: Re:2007 Mac Mini couldn't be upgraded (Score 1) 397

by mpetch (#40821819) Attached to: Mac OS X Mountain Lion Gets Three Million Downloads In 4 Days
PPC was a major architecture change when they shifted to Intel. I could understand that they didn't support the PPC systems through all of their future OS'es. The I64 bit Intel Mac Mini won't work for 2 reasons. 32Bit EFI (Although there is a work around for that). Not supporting a 5 year old video card is harder to swallow. Boot loading and video just seems to be a poor excuse for not being able to us Mountain Lion. At least the Mac Pro's prior to 2008 that Mountain Lion won't run on can be hacked to get around the 32bit EFI issue (although it isn't guaranteed to work), and the video card can be upgraded. If I were an pre-2008 Intel Mac Pro user who invested thousands of dollars only to find out that 4 years later I can't run (out of the box) a new OS - I wouldn't be happy.

Comment: 2007 Mac Mini couldn't be upgraded (Score 4, Insightful) 397

by mpetch (#40821261) Attached to: Mac OS X Mountain Lion Gets Three Million Downloads In 4 Days
Yesterday I went to the App Store, only to learn that my 2007 Mac Mini (Purchased in 2008) didn't have the hardware requirements to run OS/X Mountain Lion. I have a 64bit CPU, 2GB ram, but only have 32bit EFI. Apparently the video in this unit isn't supported. I was a bit surprised that 5 year old equipment just isn't worth it to Apple to support. If someone asks why I needed to upgrade - it was required to build and test some open source projects I work on.

Comment: Change to Mathematics curriculum (Score 2) 479

by mpetch (#39322397) Attached to: X-Prize Founder Wants Ideas For Fixing Education
I'll single out one facet of education, and that is mathematics. The pinnacle of pre-college math study is calculus. Arthur Benjamin(of Mathemagics fame) in my view has a simple solution for math education in school. Rather than making calculus the pinnacle, you make statistics the pinnacle. These days I feel that school doesn't teach what regular people need for life skills. We use statistics and probability every day in one form or another. Arthur Benjamin gave his talk about this at a TED convention, and it can be found here: ere . I think if people start breaking down education into core areas and start finding solutions to more specific problems that plague educational system. Art has a simple, but good idea.

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