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Comment: What philosophy of Education are you using? (Score 3, Interesting) 264

by ralatalo (#46212525) Attached to: Adjusting GPAs: A Statistician's Effort To Tackle Grade Inflation

There is a basic point missing in that expected grade distribution is very much dependent upon if you are trying to teach a subject to mastery or teach a subject the students limits of understanding. Ie. what is your philosophy of education?

If you are teaching a class covering a subject which can be mastered, then there is no reason everyone should not master the material and get an 100% baring lazyness.

An example would be written test for a drivers license, is there really any reason everyone who takes it should not get 100%?

If you are teaching to a scale, then you don't really care how much absolute material is transferred and your tests are designed to not to measure the material taught in the class as much as then general subject matter which the class covers, and they are designed to test the level of understanding of the subject as a whole with an emphasis on trying to prevent anyone from mastering the test.

Most of your Engineering classes.

Comment: If they have a key, they publish it, otherwise.... (Score 1) 399

by ralatalo (#44529787) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

Since encryption can use either private keys or public keys, the only reason to ask for a public key is because you aren't in direct communications with someone in order to securely exchange a private key. Public keys are used for more than just encrypting data, so if you have a public key you want it as public as possible. Since there is also a secret key behind the public key, it's either set up as a fully automatic process that would decrypt your data as soon as it was received or it is saved in encrypted form and only a small group can decrypt it.

So, where a company feels like they need secure encryption they may often have multiple public keys, sometimes tied to a department or even an individual, but in all cases if they have a public key they publish it. If you don't see one listed then they don't have a public key in place for at least that group. Check for the group that handles security concerns and they may have a public key, but unless that is where you want your data to do,,, I wouldn't use it,.



Comment: There is not 'One (1)' American English (Score 1) 200

by ralatalo (#44037571) Attached to: Trying To Learn a Foreign Language? Avoid Reminders of Home

Please See:

You do all recall that all the Romance languages are based on Roman, but they were once all dialects of Roman. Welcome to America, we we have all kinds of regional and local dialects.

Comment: Re:https does not mean they are stored encrypted (Score 1) 252

by ralatalo (#43767319) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Do Firms Leak Personal Details In Plain Text?

But he doesn't seem to realize (at least not stating) what of the original data provided was intended to be encrypted and what of the original data was just along for the ride.

Ie. Is his credit card number being sent in e-mail or only his name and address ( which will be posted on the outside of any package he receives from them via any postal system, and read by everyone from the order fillers to the person that drops it off at his residence )

Maybe he has a 'secure' phone number, what information is being sent in plain text via e-mail that he thinks should be secured better? On the Other hand, he only needs to provide 'valid' data for which they need to fulfill their business transaction. So, if they don't need to physically send him anything, get a PO Box and use some alias at the PO. Box. Get a 'burner phone', between P.O. Box and non-attached phone number, they shouldn't have any real information to leak, unless they go thought a court somewhere.

Comment: Re:Seperation of classes (Score 0) 292

by ralatalo (#43023205) Attached to: Plans Unveiled For Full Scale Replica of the Titanic

Ignoring everything except "As long as the wealth is created in a free market, that wealth is a reflection of merit"

I have to ask 2 questions:
1) What merit is reflected into ones birth that causes the reflection of wealth there?

2) What is the reflection of merit when the increase in wealth before expenses would be the same percentage but due to the starting point of rich over poor. The Rich's expenses are well under that percentage and his wealth grows, but the Poor's expenses vary around that percentage and while occasionally the wealth grows, it also often shrinks. Bonus points if you don't fall back on living within one's means and extol the virtues of living as a pauper or working 24x7 so as to avoid needing to have a place to sleep.

Comment: Re:I can think of 3 reasons (Score 1) 524

by ralatalo (#42991239) Attached to: Mayer Terminates Yahoo's Remote Employee Policy

I seriously doubt any people will actually quit... the memo actually states that your managers are already aware of the next steps, so it going to be dependent on managers...

If I was affected I would just continue the status quo while looking for a new job on the side....
once they cut my access and closed done my office and layed me off... I would file unemployment...

Comment: The 'commercial' part is going to come back to hau (Score 1) 313

by ralatalo (#42326815) Attached to: Instagram Wants To Sell Users' Photos Without Notice

The 'commercial' part is going to come back to haunt them. The rules for commercial use are so different than for non-commercial use. They will shut down the commercial aspect the first time one of the following happens:

1) A user takes a picture of a person who did not consent to commercial use of their likeness. (something that is not needed for the original individual to post for non-commercial use)

2) A photographer gives an individual a photograph without license for commercial use and that someone posts the photograph with consent for non-commercial purposes and it's used a third-party for commercial purposes.

In each of the above cases the up-loader was within their rights and the commercial publisher can't get an appropriate license because the up-loader didn't have the appropriate permissions.

The commercial publisher is going to be the target of the law suits and they won't be able to use the defense of any license because the up-loader didn't have the appropriate license to transfer. They can try and sue Instagram to recover damages and Instagram may try to sue the original up-loader, but I can't see that getting very far. (not for lack of trying as much as for lack of money and original usage not violating the usage.

Examples of case one.. I was in Story Land a few years back, and this young woman had a frown on her face, I can only image she wanted to be somewhere else.. anyway, I took a picture of her on one of the rides with this huge frown and arms folded across her chest. (not that anyone would want to use her photo as a advertisement for the story land, but I think it falls under editorial if not artistic use... but I have no right to use her image for commercial purposes, so can't give that right to anyone else)

Example for case two, both of my kids school pictures included a small sized digital image which was explicitly licensed for non-commercial usage. So I was within my rights to use it non-commercial. posting it so relatives could see them. ( as I didn't get a commercial right I can't transfer one)

Even if I used Instagram (which I don't), even if I am agreeing that by uploading an image I transfer all rights, I can't transfer what I don't own. Commercial publisher sues, Instagram, Instagram sues me .... I doubt it, and the Commercial Publisher has no relationship with me, so they can't sue me. Even if I was sued, I can't believe any judge would find against me as I didn't attempt any commercial usage and even if they did.... They would likely spend more on the legals fees than they would ever see from me.

I would normally say, no 'legit' commercial publisher is going to purchase and use a photograph for commercial use without a firm release signed, etc.... but there this case not that long ago.. and many similar ones since then....

Comment: Re:Warrant for looking at your house with IR? (Score 1) 451

by ralatalo (#41831689) Attached to: Supreme Court Hearing Case On Drug-Sniffing Dog "Fishing Expeditions" ... ...
Opinion of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the thermal imaging of Kyllo's home constituted a search. Since the police did not have a warrant when they used the device, which was not commonly available to the public, the search was presumptively unreasonable and therefore unconstitutional. The majority opinion argued that a person has an expected privacy in his or her home and therefore, the government cannot conduct unreasonable searches, even with technology that does not enter the home. Justice Scalia also discussed how future technology can invade on one's right of privacy and therefore authored the opinion so that it protected against more sophisticated surveillance equipment. As a result, Justice Scalia asserted that the difference between “off the wall” surveillance and “through the wall” surveillance was non-existent because both methods physically intruded upon the privacy of the home. Scalia created a “firm but also bright” line drawn by the Fourth Amendment at the “‘entrance to the house’”.[1] This line is meant to protect the home from all types of warrantless surveillance and is an interpretation of what he called “the long view” of the Fourth Amendment. The dissent thought this line was “unnecessary, unwise, and inconsistent with the Fourth Amendment”[2] because according to Scalia’s previous logic, this firm but bright line would be defunct as soon as the surveillance technology used went into general public use, which was still undefined. ... ... ...
YLLO V. UNITED STATES (99-8508) 533 U.S. 27 (2001) 190 F.3d 1041, reversed and remanded. ... ...
      (b) While it may be difficult to refine the Katz test in some instances, in the case of the search of a home’s interior–the prototypical and hence most commonly litigated area of protected privacy–there is a ready criterion, with roots deep in the common law, of the minimal expectation of privacy that exists, and that is acknowledged to be reasonable. To withdraw protection of this minimum expectation would be to permit police technology to erode the privacy guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment. Thus, obtaining by sense-enhancing technology any information regarding the home’s interior that could not otherwise have been obtained without physical “intrusion into a constitutionally protected area,” Silverman v. United States, 365 U.S. 505, 512, constitutes a search–at least where (as here) the technology in question is not in general public use. This assures preservation of that degree of privacy against government that existed when the Fourth Amendment was adopted. Pp. 6—7. ... ...

## Not disagreeing, but surely you can see my confusion as both of the above refer to " in question is not in general public use..."

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