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Comment: Re:Too poor (Score 1) 341

by ph34rtheSAiNT (#46785547) Attached to: I expect to retire ...
Your calculations have one serious flaw: you assume that a person's income is fixed over their lifetime. You assume the median man earns the median income for 45 years before retiring. In reality, young workers tend to hold the lower income jobs and over time, they migrate up the distribution. New entrants to the job market take their place. The average lifetime income of the median worker is not actually the median income at any given time.

Comment: Re:LAN Parties (Score 1) 563

by ph34rtheSAiNT (#32377542) Attached to: Blizzard Boss Says Restrictive DRM Is a Waste of Time
I made a post about this on the battlenet forums. Please see: http://forums.battle.net/thread.html?topicId=24702391055&sid=5010 In a LAN party, the weakest link is almost always the broadband connection. My link describes a recent international tournament held in China which was ruined because of remote Battlenet hosting. It had nothing to do with Battlenet itself being unstable at the time. It was the ISP and that is beyond the control of the organiser or Blizzard for that matter. Note that the Warcraft 3 tournament went off without a hitch. It's a much older Blizzard game which DOES have LAN support. Removing LAN support is a HUGE problem for tournaments.

Comment: It wasn't very closed before anyway... (Score 1) 161

by ph34rtheSAiNT (#27023079) Attached to: Industry Open-Sources Model For Infamous CDS
The industry standard was the JPM model on bloomberg page cdsw. If you didnt have bloomberg, that was a pain but almost everybody in the industry has access to bloomberg. It's also pretty easy to code up yourself. It is based on the standard Hull White model found in any text book.
Google

+ - Google and Dell team up to feed you spyware

Submitted by ph34rtheSAiNT
ph34rtheSAiNT (871928) writes "David Ulevitch reports on his Open DNS blog:

In short, Google and Dell have teamed up to install some software on Dell computers that borders on being spyware. I say spyware because it's hard to figure out what it is and is even harder to remove. It also breaks all kinds of OpenDNS functionality. At the end, I'll tell you what we're doing about it.
Elaborating further:

Typo correction? Broken. Shortcuts? Broken. Google's application breaks just about every user-benefiting feature we provide with client software that no user ever asked for.
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Spam

+ - Domain Keys gets Nod from Internet Standards Body

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* * Beatles-Beatles
* * Beatles-Beatles writes "http://news.com.com/Promising+antispam+technique+g ets+nod/2100-1029_3-6185904.html

A key Internet standards body gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a powerful technology designed to detect and block fake e-email messages called Domain keys. Yahoo, Cisco Systems, Sendmail and PGP Corporation are behind the push for DomainKeys, which the companies said in a joint statement will provide "businesses with heightened brand protection by providing message authentication, verification and traceability to help determine whether a message is legitimate."
Communications

+ - Sharks don't need sex to reproduce

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j.leidner
j.leidner writes "According to researcher from Ireland and the U.S., sharks don't need sex for reproduction. A lady shark in a zoo that provably had no sex produced a baby shark with "no paternal DNA" using a process known as "Parthenogenesis", the process that "occurs when an egg cell is triggered to develop as an embryo without the addition of any genetic material from a male sperm cell." The experiment publicized only today, was reportedly carried out in 2001, which raises the question of the academic reviewers didn't believe the findings for quite some time, or have secretly carried out their own experiments... Since Slashdot curiously doesn't have (need?) a "sex" category, I tag this message "Communications"..."
Software

+ - MIT Media Lab Releases New Programming Language

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Efforts to make computer programming accessible to young people began in the late 1970s with the advent of the personal PC, when another programming language with roots at MIT — Logo — allowed young people to draw shapes by steering a turtle around a screen by typing out commands. But the path to mastering most programming languages has been strewn with obstacles, since students needed to figure out not only the underlying logic but also master a brand new syntax, observe strict rules about semicolons and bracket use, and figure out what was causing error messages even as they learned the program. By contrast, Scratch — a free download at scratch.mit.edu — is easy enough for kindergarten-age children to use."
AMD

+ - AMD will deliver open graphics driver

Submitted by
FrankNFurter
FrankNFurter writes "According to this blog entry, Henri Richard, AMD's executive vice president of sales and marketing announced during his keynote at the Red Hat Summit that AMD will soon deliver open graphics drivers. What is lacking are details about which products will be supported, when the drivers will be available and how open the license will be."
The Courts

+ - Student on Myspace Jailed with $1 Million bail

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An anonymous reader writes "Slashdot previously covered the story of Allen Lee, the student jailed for writing a violent essay.
In similar events, A University of Southern Mississippi student remains jailed on a one-million dollar bail since April 18th for posting threating remarks to his myspace blog and bulletins. Athorities have been very quiet, and in an update from last week claim to still be collecting evidence."
Sci-Fi

+ - Building will repair itself during an earthquake

Submitted by Kate Seamer
Kate Seamer (666) writes "A US$18.6 million "self-healing" house will be able to resist earthquakes by sealing cracks in its walls and monitoring seismic vibrations. The walls of the house contain nano-polymer particles designed to convert into liquid when under pressure, flow into cracks, and solidify. This would theoretically stabilize the structure after severe seismic trauma. Funded by the European Union, and using technology from Leed University's NanoManufacturing Institute, the house is to be constructed in Greece by 2010."

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