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Comment What I would expect a psychopath to do . . . (Score 1) 422

under such circumstances is to point out that a) most successful CEOs of large companies exhibit behavior often associated with psychotic conditions, so it rather obviously isn't interfering with the job, and b) it's a recognized medical condition, and the company itself has acted on the assumption that the diagnosis is correct.

He would point all this out to his attorney, who would then file a massive Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit, and he'd be given the CEO's job to make it go away.

Comment Re:All the 'anti bullying' efforts are bullshit (Score 4, Funny) 684

"Someone bullies you, break their arm. If they and their thug friends come back at you break their heads. If their mommies and daddies complain tell them everyone can live in a new house after their burns to the ground."

You left out the quote attribution. Is that from Eric Harris or Dylan Klebold?

Comment The problem with survey data is . . . (Score 1) 684

It's hard to tell the difference between those who deliberately underachieve to avoid being bullied, and those who need an excuse for bad grades so they won't lose their television privileges.

So, to put back in the implied words, we have:

"Almost half of children and young people (49.5%) have claimed to have played down a talent for fear of being bullied,"

Comment Who gets to define what is an ad? (Score 1) 295

Or is this going to be like the parental control software that blocks porn, with the definition of "porn" including "any web site that expresses a political opinion we disagree with"?

It's always a matter of trust. And has has been pointed out, in this case, you're trusting a company that has built it's business model on denying other companies income they rely on to say in business.

Comment Re:Yet another misleading headline. (Score 3, Informative) 339

Indeed. And I notice the /. summary, while it mentiones the 10,500 pirated disks they caught him with, doesn't mention the copying equipment. He was clearly in the business of piracy.

Yeah, it's a long sentence for a white collar crime, but so was Bernie Madoff's 150 years, and many of the same people complaining this is too long complained that Madoff got off too easy.

It's only a long sentence if you approve of the crime of commercial copyright infringement.

Comment Missed the point again (Score 1) 543

This case has nothing to do with where something was made,, it is over where it was originally bought, and hinges more on import of copyright goods than on first sale doctrine. It's a much more complicated case than the hysterical morons in the secondary press (like whoeve wrote the summary here) make it out to be, and isn't likely to be a precedent for anything at all.

Comment Re:How do they know exactlywhere to send the lette (Score 4, Informative) 248

You've never been to Nebraska, have you? Google says the population of Lincoln is about 260,000 total. There are apartment complexes in Los Angeles with nearly that many people. Houses have yards, there aren't many multi-story buildings (especially residential). The only "sophisticated RF locating equipment" is the number of bars on the signal idicator in the system tray in Windows, which will vary visible from one house to the next.

Comment Seriously? (Score 3, Insightful) 386

In all seriousness, dude, if an event of that scale occurs, what are you going to recover it to? If the backups in other countries are dead, there's no computers left. At that point, the only useful backsup are printed on paper, and that only because you can use the paper to light a fire to cook dinner over, after you kill it with a sharp stick.

Get over yourself.

Comment Re:This is basically how US elections work (Score 1) 214

From reading Slashdot, one would think that its users have no internet connection and cannot perform a Google search.

If you can' be bothered to back up your claim, I can't be bothered to take it (or you) seriously. If you don't care if you're taken seriously, you're pointless, posting just to hear the keyboard click.

Comment Re:This is basically how US elections work (Score 1) 214

Right now in the USA there are close to 3 million dead people who are registered to vote and voting.

Dead, deceased, buried and/or cremated people. Voting. Close to 3 million .. that we know about.

If we know about them, then existing laws are quite adequate to purge them from the rolls and prosecute the criminals respsonsible. Since that doesn't happen (especially the prosecution part), there are only a couple of logical possibilies: 1) If existing laws aren't enforced, there is no reason to believe that voter ID laws will be, or 2) what we know and what's happening in the real world are not the same thing.

Either way, insulting someone because you can't refute their point (IDs aren't free, aren't readily available to people without a permanent fixed address, aren't available at all to people with transportation issues, all people who have the right to vote) just makes you look stupid and dishonest.

Comment 300,000 miles under what conditions? (Score 0) 465

When they have 300,000 miles in southern California during rush hour with no accidents, then I'll be impressed. How many of those miles were on controlled tracks?

(The New York Times did note in a 2010 article that a self-driving car was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light, so Google must not be counting the incidents that were the fault of flawed humans.)'"

I think they mean "must not be counting any accidents their cars were involved in."

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 408

Why do people always assume that they answer to the security question has to be correct? Or even remotely connected to the question, for that matter? Do all the internet searches you want, you'll never figure out that my high school was "Never give guns to ducks."

Comment Re:Give them Windows 8 first (Score 1) 448

There are reasons why a business has to upgrade. XP is 10 years old now, and in another two years (April 2014, IIRC), Microsoft will stop issuing security updates (and they seem to really mean it this time). Anybody who accepts credit cards is required to be PCI Compliant, and that means you stop using an operating system when it no longer gets patches. And if you have a lot of machines, two years isn't a long time to plan and deploy new boxes (and in all likelyhood, the XP machines are old enough they really should be replaced, not just upgraded).

If you don't maintain PCI compliance, you are 100% resonsible for all costs assciated with a breach, every last penny of the $100-1000 per card number stolen. This can easily put even a healthy company out of business.

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