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Comment: Re:I would not jump to conclusions.... (Score 1) 630

by overlook77 (#42370283) Attached to: Drawings of Weapons Led To New Jersey Student's Arrest
I am not agreeing with expelling/detaining/arresting a teenager solely based off of drawing a weapon. However, the police found something which made them feel an arrest was warranted so I wonder if there is more to the story. Maybe it was just bleach and tin foil, maybe it was something worse. We don't know, the article doesn't tell us. A lot of people are assuming some kid doodled a grenade on a notebook and got expelled and arrested over nothing; maybe the kid had severe behavioral/psychological issues, he drew some f-ed up pictures that spooked the teacher, the cops investigated and found some very bad things at his house. Or maybe not, we don't know. I'm not taking a side, I am saying there may be more to the story we aren't hearing.

Comment: I would not jump to conclusions.... (Score 5, Informative) 630

by overlook77 (#42368553) Attached to: Drawings of Weapons Led To New Jersey Student's Arrest
Although the story seems disturbing, it never goes into any detail about the student's behavior which prompted the search nor does it say what exactly was found in the student's home. Without more details the story, left this vague, is borderline sensationalism. The student could have been exhibiting some extreme behavior which the school could have been subsequently been lambasted for not following through with.

Comment: "Bathroom" can easily be renamed.... (Score 5, Interesting) 630

by overlook77 (#41351887) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Does Time Tracking at Work Go Too Far?
Your company should track all "Personal Breaks" together and not specify whether it's a bathroom break or not. A personal break would be a smoke break, getting water/food, bathroom, etc. There is no reason to break it down further in my opinion. I'm a call center manager, and at our company we lump all that stuff together. At the end of the month if someone is not meeting their percent time work goals we can see how much of the problem is attributed to personal breaks vs. other things, such as off the phone research. But I personally don't want to know that someone was taking a dump for 20 min.

Student Orchestra Performs Music With iPhones 65

Posted by samzenpus
from the there's-a-symphonic-app-for-that dept.
A course at the University of Michigan ends with a live concert featuring students using iPhones as instruments. “Building a Mobile Phone Ensemble“ teaches students to code musical instruments for the iPhone, using the Apple-provided software-development kit. Georg Essl, assistant professor of computer science and music, says, "What’s interesting is we blend the whole process. We start from nothing. We teach the programming of iPhones for multimedia stuff, and then we teach students to build their own instruments.”

Copyright and the Games Industry 94

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-super-mario-toilet-paper-is-probably-illegal dept.
A recent post at the Press Start To Drink blog examined the relationship the games industry has with copyright laws. More so than in some other creative industries, the reactions of game companies to derivative works are widely varied and often unpredictable, ranging anywhere from active support to situations like the Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes debacle. Quoting: "... even within the gaming industry, there is a tension between IP holders and fan producers/poachers. Some companies, such as Epic and Square Enix, remain incredibly protective of their Intellectual Property, threatening those that use their creations, even for non-profit, cultural reasons, with legal suits. Other companies, like Valve, seem to, if not embrace, at least tolerate, and perhaps even tacitly encourage this kind of fan engagement with their work. Lessig suggests, 'The opportunity to create and transform becomes weakened in a world in which creation requires permission and creativity must check with a lawyer.' Indeed, the more developers and publishers that take up Valve's position, the more creativity and innovation will emerge out of video game fan communities, already known for their intense fandom and desire to add to, alter, and re-imagine their favorite gaming universes."

Comment: One security flaw with the IronKey discovered (Score 0) 146

by overlook77 (#22630192) Attached to: 7 Secure USB Drives Reviewed
We ship our clients 4GB IronKey flash drives along with postmarked return envelopes so they can securely send my company sensitive financial data. We did discover one security flaw with our IronKey process however. The drive ships to the client blank with a piece of paper with basic instructions, including the password for the drive. The first drive I received from UPS arrived on my desk with the IronKey drive with the client's private data, encrypted and safe from prying eyes. Along with the drive was the damn sheet of paper with the password on it. That prompted me to add a comment to the instructions at the bottom in boldface: "DO NOT RETURN THIS PAPER WITH THE IRONKEY". I have since received two more IronKey drives, with the instructions (and password) included in the package. Lesson: Never underestimate the stupidity of a client. The IronKey works great however.

Vista vs. XP Game Stability and Performance 114

Posted by Zonk
from the going-for-both-not-quite-getting-there dept. writes "HardOCP does a side-by side comparison with a battery of games to check stability and framerates in Windows XP and Windows Vista. In addition to the lowered framerates in Vista, they had stability issues in Need for Speed: Carbon and Prey. From the article: 'For some titles, especially Company of Heroes and Need for Speed, we saw dramatic framerate discrepancies. What's more, both of these titles have recently released patches! Other titles showed a slight, but essentially negligible difference, such as BF2142, World of Warcraft, and Prey. Really, there was only one instance where Vista was able to pick up a few more frames than XP — World of Warcraft at greater than 90fps, where the human eye can't even see the difference. To see this overall trend against Vista is very interesting and makes us wonder as to the cause.'"

Two US States Restrict Used CD Sales 500

Posted by kdawson
from the papers-please dept.
DrBenway sends us to Ars Technica for a report that Florida and Utah have placed draconian restrictions on the sale of used music CDs; Wisconsin and Rhode Island may soon follow suit. In Florida, stores have to hold on to CDs for 30 days before they can sell them — for store credit only, not cash. Quoting: "No, you won't spend any time in jail, but you'll certainly feel like a criminal once the local record shop makes copies of all of your identifying information and even collects your fingerprints. Such is the state of affairs in Florida, which now has the dubious distinction of being so anal about the sale of used music CDs that record shops there are starting to get out of the business of dealing with used content because they don't want to pay a $10,000 bond for the 'right' to treat their customers like criminals."
Operating Systems

Are End Users to Blame for OS Flaws? 278

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the end-users-are-always-to-blame dept.
tomsHH writes to mention OSWeekly author Brandon Watts claims that really it is end users who should be blamed for many OS flaws. "Believe it or not, as users, we also have a large role to play in the evolution of an operating system. We use what's been created, and this means that we're the best people to turn to for judging what works and what doesn't. Passionate communities that are supportive aid development, and when users join their efforts to make their voices heard, this benefits everyone. Have you ever thought that if you wanted something to be improved, then maybe you should just speak up and offer a solution instead of quietly or publicly venting without offering any input? Nothing changes by staying the same. Companies are listening, and as taboo as it may seem, most of them want to make their users happy, so if you shout loud enough, you're bound to be heard. If you need proof of this, then just look at how Linux has progressed in its development."

+ - KISS singer: "Illegal downloading is robbing&#

Submitted by psymastr
psymastr writes: KISS founder, guitarist and singer Paul Stanley gave an interview to Australia's Herald Sun in which he calls illegal music downloading a "tragedy."

"Downloading is one of the tragedies of the 21st century [...] Under the guise of technology and fancy jargon, people have legalised stealing. [...] you can't share what you don't own. [...] Sharing something with one person is one thing, sharing with tens of thousands of people is a crime. It's robbery."

"I don't owe anyone any justification for wanting to get paid. For anybody else to decide when I have enough money is bollocks."

BYTE editors are people who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then carefully print the chaff.