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Comment: Re:I am planning to move to NC (Score 1) 1167

by sglider (#38290012) Attached to: US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers
The "Tragedy of the Commons" occurs because of a lack of private property rights. Quite the opposite: If there were no public land, and every parcel was owned by someone (roads included) you would find that the owners would keep up after their property. I encourage you to at least read a few pages from this abstract on the Privatization of Roads and Highways, by Walter Block.

Comment: Re:I am planning to move to NC (Score 1) 1167

by sglider (#38290000) Attached to: US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers
"The driving force behind a private service's price is what they believe the maximum amount you will be willing to pay for their service."

Well, no. Not exactly. The driving force is supply and demand. That's why you see gas prices skyrocket during natural disasters -- it's the market's way of compensating for the fact that there's less of it available. If you want gas, you can get it, but only if you're willing to pay higher prices. In that way, you keep people from hoarding precious goods when they don't need to.

That's also why when you see government enact price controls to 'protect' the consumers, the words 'shortage' inevitably appears shortly thereafter. The price controls keep the prices artificially low, so more people buy. So much more that the 'supply' of that good or service isn't enough to handle the increased demand, and there's a shortage. That shortage otherwise wouldn't be there (or would be very, very minimal) if the market were allowed to set prices according to the situation. That's also the inherent problem with government: They're a monopoly, and they can't respond to changing situations like the private sector can. That's why you have problems of rationing during droughts. The government says to ration because that's the only way to handle the fact that there's a decreased supply of water but the same demand. If the price were to go up, people would naturally curb their desire to water their lawns as often as they otherwise would, all without the threat of imprisonment or force. The other problem with your statement is, "How do they know how much it costs?" There's no inherent 'right price' for a gallon of water. It all depends on a collection of factors -- factors that no one person can possibly know (see also: Why central economic planning fails); and that collection of factors is what you take into account when you have multiple producers competing to provide a product or service.

Comment: Re:Encrypted? Hashed? (Score 1, Insightful) 207

by sglider (#34530918) Attached to: Gawker Source Code and Databases Compromised
This has all happened before, and it will all happen again.

Hashed passwords provide a degree of protection, so long as you salt the hash, and store a different salt for each password (for maximum protection).

Any programmer that doesn't understand salts, hashing, and encrypting should not bother making software that handles logins, period.
The Courts

+ - Has RIAA expert Jacobson contradicted himself?-> 1

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "A year and five months after examining the defendant's hard drive in UMG v. Lindor, the RIAA's "expert" witness, Dr. Doug Jacobson, has issued a "supplemental report" which appears to contradict his earlier "reports" alluding to the hard drive inspection. In view of the superb job the Slashdot community and the Groklaw community did in helping first to prepare for, and then to vet, Jacobson's deposition, I humbly submit for your learned review the now three (3) versions of the "expert's" opinions based on the hard drive, for your analysis. As with almost all federal litigation documents nowadays, they are, unfortunately, in *pdf format: (a) December 19, 2006, declaration; (b) unsigned October 25, 2006, report, awaiting approval from RIAA lawyers; and (c) December 15, 2007, version. The initial observations of commentators on my blog are located here."
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Christmas Cheer

+ - Duke Nukem Forever Teaser Trailer Released->

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delorean79
delorean79 writes "According to a post by some bloke at 3D Realms on their forums, Duke Nukem Forver IS HAPPENING. The story goes that some blokes presented a teaser trailer to staff at the office Xmas party this year. The teaser trailer will be released tomorrow (19th December) at 12pm CST. More info is found here and a screenshot from the teaser can be found here. The original forum post is here. I bet it still never makes it to the store shelves. Ever."
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Christmas Cheer

+ - DNF Trailer to released 12/19/07 at 12 PM CST->

Submitted by Masterwinks
Masterwinks (1205100) writes "The long awaited sequel to Duke Nukem 3D (1996) is finally being revealed for the first time in almost 7 years. Duke Nukem Forever will be formally revealed in a teaser trailer Wednesday December 19, 2007 at approximately 12 Noon US Central Time.
From 3D Realms Home Site:
Tomorrow, Wednesday the 19th, around noon CST, we will release the first teaser trailer from Duke Nukem Forever. To tide you over until then, there has been a screen shot taken from the teaser and posted in our forums. Check it out here."

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Graphics

+ - NVIDIA 3-Way SLI Multi-GPU Performance Preview->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "NVIDIA has been the forerunner in multi-GPU rendering for a long time now. With years of maturity and performance tuning, their SLI technology has shown very strong scaling when chaining a pair of GPUs together to tackle the 3D graphics processing workload. We've seen quad-SLI on mid-range GPUs previously with NVIDIA's GeForce 7950 GX2 but what about three GeForce 8800 Ultra cards strapped in under the hood? Green-friendly, eco-minded, tree-huggers or those of you with weak constitutions for that matter; look away. This might not be for you. NVIDIA's 3-Way SLI has been announced today and this performance showcase at HotHardware shows you exactly what it can and can't do for you."
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Businesses

+ - Technical Considerations For A Gaming Center

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "A year or so ago, Slashdot covered a question of some of the considerations an entrepreneur should take before starting a Cyber gaming cafe. My question is, What technical considerations should I take into... consideration?

What sort of server hardware, switches, and software should a potential cyber cafe take on? This would be a 20 workstation environment with an outgoing T1 line, and the potential for internal BYOC Wi-Fi access, as well as console gaming. Any other ideas are especially welcome."
Media

+ - RIAA Prepares to Sue 400 College Students

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An anonymous reader writes "The RIAA sent out "pre-litigation settlement notices" to 400 network users at 13 U.S. universities today, continuing a PR blitz that began last week with a much-publicized list of the 25 most notified universities for copyright infringement. Once again, Ohio University tops the list, with one out of every eight notifications. From the press release: "The RIAA will request that universities forward those letters to the appropriate network user. Under this new approach, a student (or other network user) can settle the record company claims against him or her at a discounted rate before a lawsuit is ever filed.""
Movies

+ - Jesus: Tales from the Crypt

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gollum123
gollum123 writes "Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity ( http://time-blog.com/middle_east/2007/02/jesus_tal es_from_the_crypt.html ). In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected — the cornerstone of Christian faith — and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene. Let's go back 27 years, when Israeli construction workers were gouging out the foundations for a new building in the industrial park in the Talpiyot, a Jerusalem suburb. of Jerusalem. The earth gave way, revealing a 2,000 year old cave with 10 stone caskets. Archologists were summoned, and the stone caskets carted away for examination. It took 20 years for experts to decipher the names on the ten tombs. They were: Jesua, son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Mathew, Jofa and Judah, son of Jesua. But film-makers Cameron and Jacobovici claim to have amassed evidence through DNA tests, archeological evidence and Biblical studies, that the 10 coffins belong to Jesus and his family. Cameron is holding a New York press conference on Monday at which he will reveal three coffins, supposedly those of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft complains about limiting choices

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inode_buddha
inode_buddha writes "Microsoft is accusing IBM of a large-scale campaign to limit users choices in Office formats. The article goes on to explain that IBM is pushing ODF via several standards bodies, while Microsoft tries to fast-track OOXML through the ECMA.

Microsoft seems to feel that the competition is unfair, according to TFA at El Reg, including quotes from a letter at MS InterOp. Pot, meet Kettle?"

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