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Comment: Re:Good for them (Score 4, Insightful) 147

very cost effective when they don't pay up, so it's a double win - no need to pay money to hire security experts when a community of bug hunters will do the work for a token bounty, and no reason to actually pay the bounty when you can find a technicality

Except this only works a couple times. Who is going to spend their time on Groupon now that they know they'll weasel out of paying?

Comment: Re:Why can't old equipment have a second life... (Score 1) 78

by un1nsp1red (#49539685) Attached to: Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War
Not to mention that many businesses cycle through their computers based on accounting practices. e.g., Several companies I've worked at had five-year depreciation schedules. Each year, they can write off 20% of the cost of a computer. After five years, the depreciation runs out and it makes sense to replace those machines.

Comment: Re:Better than any fictional crime drama (Score 1) 144

by un1nsp1red (#49374949) Attached to: Silk Road Investigators Charged With Stealing Bitcoin
It has nothing to do with bitcoin. Are you telling me DEA agents (and the rest) never get caught stealing cash? Or drugs? It's more about opportunity and something of value that some tool thinks he can steal without getting caught. If they had confiscated a bunch of gold bars, some LEO would try to put one in his pocket in the evidence room.

Comment: Re:It has an acronym , so it will fail. (Score 1) 149

by un1nsp1red (#49322519) Attached to: Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM Education

Pedagogy (teaching methods) also make little difference. By far the most significant factors are cultural. Regions that do well in educating their children place a high value on education, and set high expectations.

Give this article a read (re: teaching methods):

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 550

If last mile Internet Service was actually a free market commodity were anyone could be a service provider, and lay their own cables, I would not see this as such a big issue since people would be able to vote with their wallets if they did not like the fact that X company was restricting their access to Y service..

This is the only thing I wanted out of this whole ordeal, and it doesn't appear it was even considered.

Comment: Re: Government Intervention (Score 1) 495

Man, I've only really lived in urban areas (Chicago, Los Angeles) and I've never been in a building that had access to FiOS or even Uverse. I'm guessing it's because I don't like to live in mega apartment buildings and always opt for three-flats or townhouses. (Just speculating that it's not worth it for them to pull fibre unless a building has many units.)

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"