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Comment: Check your Facebook autoplay settings (Score 2) 274

by abe ferlman (#47540165) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

I was sent a warning message about this, I'm still grandfathered in on the unlimited plan. I looked at my usage and over 4G of traffic was from facebook... apparently because I was auto-playing videos. Turning this off on an iphone requires you to go to the settings menu on the phone (not, confusingly, the settings menu in the facebook app, but the facebook app settings in the phone settings menu). You can set it to auto-play only on wifi or never.

Comment: Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (Score 1) 646

by abe ferlman (#47268729) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

Communication goes two ways, and offense is in the ear of the behearer if you will. If you didn't mean to offend, then you made a mistake or you don't care. If you didn't mean to offend once but now know that you're offending, then either you don't care or you intend to offend.

Wise people will make a good-faith effort to avoid giving offense by learning and practicing diplomacy.

If your view that intention is all that matters were true, then all the racists in the world could just intend really hard that no one should be offended and we'd be peachy.

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) 723

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.

You know you've been spending too much time on the computer when your friend misdates a check, and you suggest adding a "++" to fix it.

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