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Comment: Re:Seems ridiculously easy (Score 1) 41

It *is* relatively simple. Just look in other publicly-available data sets for other events occurring in the same timeframes/patterns as the bike for hire events. Eventually you'll get to a small set of individuals and links to things that contain personally identifiable information.

Comment: Re:Fuck Obamacare (Score 1) 721

by abe ferlman (#46721547) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Yeah but then again emergency car repair places don't have to fix your car at everyone else's expense if you show up at their door, so the distinction actually makes the case for the ACA. We're already paying for everyone to get health care, we're just doing it in about the dumbest way possible by waiting until they crawl into the ER willing to put themselves in debt forever.

Comment: Re:Bullshit. (Score 2) 127

by J. T. MacLeod (#46630623) Attached to: State Colleges May Offer Best ROI On Comp Sci Degrees

> The MIT or Harvard, for a degree in Computer Science doesn't offer you superior education, it just looks nice on your resume.

Computer Science is severely improving in many universities, but the top-tier univeristies for Computer Science really do provide a CS education that's a step above what's available in most places.

This isn't liberal arts where it's money and alumni politics. Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, Carnagie Mellon, and Harvard have *fantastic* undergraduate education for computing and engineering. There are a good number of state schools that have become comparable, but they've earned their reputation for a good reason.

This comes from someone without a degree.

Comment: immature (Score 1) 79

by abe ferlman (#46311169) Attached to: Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0

I tried installing it in Ubuntu 13.10. Segfaulted on the first file I tried to import and complained about not being able to find video/x-surface decoder on the second. I have all the gstreamer good/bad/ugly plugins installed. I know free video editors routinely have problems but this certainly can't be the most mature.

Comment: Re:A little misleading (Score 1) 430

IANAL, but I don't think granting easements and the like would be included in those activities prohibited by (b). But it's (a) that I dislike the most. Why prohibit a municipality from offering services? I live in Kansas, and as far as I can tell, many state legislators have wet-dream fantasies about local governments having control over their own business. This seems inconsistent.

Comment: Re:Quantum Computing (Score 2) 332

by Procyon101 (#46038489) Attached to: Marc Andreessen On Why Bitcoin Matters (And A Critique)

It would distribute the concentration of computational power and increase the security of bitcoin transactions. The security of the protocol is dependent upon individuals not being able to outcompute the rest of the network. A widespread distribution of computational power reduces the opportunity of individuals and bolsters the protocol security.

Comment: Re: It doesn't cost any more to serve more data (Score 1) 479

by J. T. MacLeod (#46014635) Attached to: An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

I'm not sure if you can get a 100 Mbps link for $45/mth, but you definitely can get a 1000Mbps link for $450.

Transit is so cheap these days that it's almost free; it's very cheap, keeps getting cheaper, while many other costs are not getting any cheaper (electricity prices don't ever seem to go down, for example). As a result, transit seems to be making up a smaller and smaller percentage of costs.

I agree with you on the general principle involved here (and the pricing scheme being discussed here is nonsensical), but transit is only that cheap at major junctions. When you get farther away, it gets much more expensive. Additionally, in rural areas, fewer customers have to support cost of the backhaul infrastructure to make it out that far (and trying to economize .

It gets expensive for rural customers on both levels.

Comment: It worked out well for me. (Score 1) 285

As a kid, my mother's record collection introduced me to music from her past, and Nick at Night introduced me to television from her era. Shared culture is an ongoing story, and being able to see the earlier parts of that story really helped me to be able to appreciate the later parts. As well, understanding a medium from its simplest implementation to its most complex helps to create a more informed taste.

I don't have children yet, but my little brother is about 25 years younger than me. I've introduced him to old video games that are accessible to him. He loves them, and he's building experiences that will allow him greater appreciation of things he's going to run into later.

If my future children take an interest in technology, I won't force them to use an old PC... but I will certainly drag one out and set it up for them to fiddle with!

Comment: Re:Outright lies (Score 1) 378

by fscking_coward_2001 (#45789125) Attached to: Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

You don't say where the package was going, but it's possible the delay was related to conditions at or on the way to another hub in the system. Look at the airline system. You often see weather-related delays and cancellations in areas where weather is fine. It's like a domino effect, rippling over the whole interconnected system.

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