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Comment Re:Jay Lee handled this all wrong (Score 1) 667

All he wanted was to get an agreement with people using his images. Permission, licencing fee, or takedown.

I don't think he particularly cares to end up in court with some lady that is, lets just say it, psycho. I mean did you read her blog? She's one step below screaming as passing cars crazy. Jay Lee has nothing to gain by "standing up for his principles" now. She took down the image, time to move on.

Comment Re:"checkpoint smurf?" (Score 1) 699

The letter from the TSA agent's lawyer says she followed proper procedure. I doubt that includes inserting a gloved hand into the passenger's vagina 4 times. I think her claims are very much in dispute.

Not only that, but the actual blog post makes clear that she was upset about the "often crumpled Constitution and Bill of Rights", that people "shouldn't give the TSA an easy time of violating your rights", and that she (PRIOR TO THE SEARCH) "felt it was important to make a spectacle." She then encourages everyone else to do the same, post names of TSA agents, and says that TSA agents are like guards at Nuremberg (she probably means Auchwitz or similar).

Honestly, between some random TSA agent doing a routine search and someone who freely writes that they came to cause a spectacle and shame the agents for a policy they don't like? I find the TSA agent to be the more credible one here. Amy Alkon set out to try to drum up attention for herself. She didn't react to the search...she planned the reaction before the search. She sounds like a nut to me.

Comment Re:I tried to edit Wikipedia once (Score 1) 533

I've read all the highly rated comments on several /. stories like this, and no one ever provides a real example of these egregious situations. I'm certain there are some douchey admins out there, but I've made about 30 small edits to 17 different articles in a wide range of topics in the last 6 years and I've yet to have anything reverted. I don't take that to mean others don't have this problem, but it seems like no one is willing to take even 30 seconds to log into their wikipedia account and copy a link from the "My Contributions" section.

It makes me doubt a bit that this is such a big problem. If it were, wouldn't the evidence be easier to come by? Personally, with 17 edits in 6 years I'm not very passionate either way on the subject. I look things up in Wikipedia several times a day, and it always seems to give me what I want. In the end that's all that matters to most people.

Comment Re:Wait a minute (Score 1) 164

You can price it any way you want, subject to competition from other companies. At my last job the government was a large customer of ours, and they got a price less than a third of what we were charing almost anyone else. The reason being most private companies were buying a tenth the quantity and there are a couple other companies that will manufacture a similar product so we had to cut our margin to the bone.

I'm sure the government wastes a lot of money, but I assure you that in many cases their purchasing methods get them AMAZING deals.

Comment Re:I ran a comparison (Score 1) 222

Not only that, but checking internet details is actually only 4 steps (not 7). Open the network connections panel, right click the connection, choose Status, then click Details. And, as you mentioned the option to set security settings is not a step. It is optional - you can ignore the dialog and the connection just works. You can also select for it to always treat networks as one of the options without asking.

Beyond that the scoring system makes no sense. He is testing 5 OSes, and chose a 4 point scale with a truly bizarre method of scoring ties. The number of points an OS receives isn't related to its own performance, it's totally based on how the other 4 are distributed. The scoring seems to consist of giving everyone 4 points for tieing for first and then miscounting the steps to give Windows a 0. Get some independent critera for christ's sake. Or just sum the total number of clicks.

Comment Re:Abolish the IRS! (Score 2, Interesting) 517

I suppose it doesn't. However, that is not the nature of any flat tax proposal I've ever heard. For example, according to for 2009 they propose that a single adult with no children receive an exemption of $10830 (and double that for a couple). With children you get more, but a couple with 7 children would receive only $47840 rather than the $100k you suggest.

Furthermore, the fair tax people say the rate would be 23%. However they're not using this rate the same way sales taxes currently apply. The rate means that 23% of the total cost of the item would be tax. Lets give an example of how this is different. If you buy a tube of toothpaste for a dollar, if any state had their sales tax rate at 23% you'd pay $1.23 for the toothpaste. However the way the people define the rate 23% of the final price goes to tax. This means that you would have to pay $1.30, 23% of which is $0.30 (leaving $1 for the merchant).

In other words, the rate is actually 30% the way everyone in the country currently understands consumption taxes to be applied. And it is far from certain that even 30% would be sufficient, they're making very rosy assumptions to make their plan appear as feasible as possible.

Now maybe you have some other flat tax scheme involved, but I'm skeptical that 2/3rds of the fairtax proposal with a much larger exemption could be revenue neutral, especially when the fairtax proposal itself probably isn't setting the rate high enough.

Comment Re:Much easier to catch (Score 1) 694

Well there are various approaches to looking for identical code. For example, it's entirely likely that a compiler will generate the same code for a program with source that just adds minor variations like moving a printf from one block to another, etc. If you run your cheat detection on a compiler's intermediate code, or output assembly it's another way of detecting plagiarism. And you could also set a threshold, so that code that is 90% the same gets a review instead of needing to be identical. I'm not sure exactly how different universities go about it, but I'm sure through trial and error they've found pretty good methods. I'd be interested to see studies to see if there are cases that appear to be clear cheating that in fact aren't. But I bet the vast majority of people who are found to be cheating after the combo of automated and manual review did in fact cheat (it's so easy to do after all, and those deadlines just keep coming in engineering school...)

Comment Re:Hypocritical (Score 2, Informative) 686

There are lots of programs to encourage men to go into nursing. In fact, if you recall that U of Michigan affirmative action supreme court case a few years back, the same bonuses that applied to minority students also applied to male nursing applicants (and poor people, etc). I think these programs get less press, but they're not uncommon.

Comment Re:are you sure you're asking the right question? (Score 2, Informative) 312

In the past I've never brought a computer. And I don't plan to be attached to my laptop. It's a matter of being able to research destinations, book hostels, send email to family so they know I'm not dead, offload my photos from my digital camera to a larger storage device, etc. Plus, consider that if accessing my bank account on my own netbook over wireless is risky, accessing the same account in some guy's internet cafe is much more dangerous - who knows what keyloggers and spyware could be running on that.

I've been to South America several times on short trips, so I know how to let go of home and just enjoy myself. In fact that's why I'm going for a year this time...I'm quitting my job, selling everything I own, and I'll have nothing on my mind but the present. For the first time since...middle school maybe? I'm 29 now so I'm not sure what it's even going to be like to have no plans for the future!

Comment Re:Long trips... It's more difficult (Score 4, Interesting) 312

That sums it up pretty home, parents that can only operate a power button, and troubleshooting via phone from Guyana could be tricky even if I were to leave a machine with a tech-savvy friend. VPNing to a hosted machine didn't occur to me for whatever reason, I'll probably look into that. This is probably an area where compromises will have to be made, but my first step is to avoid any potential complications because they'll be a real pain to deal with.


Submission + - Network security while traveling? 2

truesaer writes: I'll be spending all of next year backpacking through South America. In the past I've used internet cafes while away, but this time I plan to bring a netbook and rely primarily on wifi hotspots. I'll be facing the same issues and risks that business travelers in hotels and airports face, as well as those that millions of other backpackers, gap-year travelers, and students encounter. Since my trip is so long I'll have no choice but to access my banking, credit card, and investment accounts on public networks. Other than an effective firewall, a patched system, and the use of SSL what else should I do to protect my information? Keep in mind that many places have very poor bandwidth and latency, and that I will not have a system at home to connect through.

Comment Re:Lenovo (Score 1) 583

I tried FoxIt for a is definitely more memory efficient, but it failed to render a lot of PDFs properly. I eventually gave up and went back to Adobe's shitty software (which hogs memory and crashes a lot). It's a tough choice to be honest.

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