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Comment: So what you're telling me... (Score 1) 269

by otaku244 (#47885067) Attached to: Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little
So what you're telling me is that a bunch of scientists have scoured our gene pool to find identifiers for the quality of a person that, thus far, the scientific community has yet to decide on a concise qualitative measurement for?
You can read for days on the internet about the problems with IQ, theory of multiple intelligences, et al and still get the gist that we can determine what makes us "smarter" than goats because of obvious physiological traits, but have little to compare us to each other on intelligence.
Personally, I don't know why they expected anything more than these unimpressive results. The biases where ripe for deconstruction.

Comment: Re:Very fishy (Score 1) 372

Unfortunately, not really...
The mail servers they use for military/government that I've seen only support a few hundred MB on the host. They just got into the triple digits within the last year or so. That means everything else goes to a PST on your local HDD (which is encrypted). Suffice it to say that while this may look like a convenient lapse in context to commercial concepts for data retention, this happens enough that I'm willing to believe it if there are records to support these things

Comment: Somehow... (Score 1) 397

by otaku244 (#46528161) Attached to: Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity
I don't think HP is the right place to go for this ploy. HP's done a real bang-up job in relation to their consumers in almost every market to say nothing of their staff relations.
The best Mr. Jackson can expect that is that the shareholders concoct a way to pay minorities less than the current staff to save a few bucks on the bottom line.

Comment: Forget about sites... (Score 2) 668

by otaku244 (#45043713) Attached to: Are Shuttered Gov't Sites Actually Saving Money?
The real loss is in having to work *around* the government shut down. I have logistics work out of the country that has >2x the cost of my stay because I've had to pick up the slack of other, more qualified workers.
Not complaining about where I am (I like the travel), just pointing out that the reimbursement for my work and the logistics I've had to line up as a contractor, in my case, have far exceeded the cost of keeping the people who are responsible and proficient at this work on for another few days. Ultimately, all of this will be coming out of taxpayer dollars. While a drop in the ocean, I like to keep high standards. I can only assume I'm not the only contractor having to take on additional roles.

+ - Microsoft to shut down TechNet subscription service->

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otaku244 (1804244) writes "Since 1998, Microsoft TechNet has been a the mainstay for all system developers attached to the Microsoft Platform given the ease of access to almost every product the company has produced. Unfortunately, the days of a cheap, unlimited Microsoft development stack are coming to an end."
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Comment: Nothing New (Score 1) 404

by otaku244 (#43958489) Attached to: US Mining Data Directly From 9 Silicon Valley Companies
I mean... did everyone forget Trailblazer?
...Thomas Andrews Drake?
... or the friggn' Born Trilogy?
When these guys set their sights on something they want, they'll get it as long as no laws exist to explicitly prevent them from making it happen. PRISM is just the next generation domestic surveillance. The next time we hear about it, I'm sure it will be called... I don't know...Looking Glass. The question is: will this be the time when the people finally stand up and say "enough"?
And what have we had "enough" of? None of this in the past has translated into meaningful legal reformation because this is a horrendously hard area to debate.

Comment: Easy answer... (Score 1) 482

by otaku244 (#43244171) Attached to: Do Nations Have the Right To Kill Enemy Hackers?
The fair answer is to put hackers in military facilities. Think about it: a gun in any other setting is for multiple purposes. When it is on a military base, it is now a military weapon. The machines used for this work and the people who operate them should be no different. I would like to think this line of logic would make it easier to square up this sort of war fight

Comment: Crime, New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina.... (Score 1) 627

by otaku244 (#42518031) Attached to: America's Real Criminal Element: Lead
If this is true, considering all the living structures that have been rebuilt in New Orleans, when will we see a change in our crime statistics?
Right now, our crime rate is incredibly high and we're 7.5 years out from our "lead purging" event. Many of the poor areas were in the flood zone. Many people came back, but kids in these areas are still making the wrong decision in choosing a gun to solve their problems.

So... did you ever wonder, do garbagemen take showers before they go to work?

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