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Comment Re:Vote (Score 2) 707

Which side supports repealing the NDAA?

Obama. He was forced to sign it by a veto-proof majority.

He didn't have to sign it. Sure, they may have overridden his veto, but why not force the issue? Maybe by taking a stand against an immoral and unconstitutional bill he would have swayed a few from voting to override. He appears to like/support the powers it gave him. You're fooling yourself if you think he is actually against those powers or wants to repeal a bill he signed.

Comment There is life after HP (Score 1) 221

I work for a company that was spun off by HP then spun off by that resulting company. Twice removed we are now doing quite well. You lose the benefits and negatives that come with being part of a large company...but the net result can be positive. HP has become a REALLY large company, even since I left there 3.5 years ago (for their twice-emancipated child). I think it is very possible that HP is too large (both in scope of products/services and number of people) to be effectively managed by a single CEO + management team...and that is one of the underlying causes of the turmoil seen for the past decade. In that respect it does make sense to spin off the PC business.

HP's size and structure is also inhibiting to some types of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. HP had this online backup solution (I think called "HP Upstart") that was the result of buying/integrating a start-up in that space. They wanted to grow it and make it into a large offering for consumers, enterprise customers, etc. Problem is it is simply not possible to create a profitable online backup service when forced to do things the standard way in HP DataCenters which makes your cost significantly higher than the price folks like BackBlaze charge (while being profitable).


Political Affiliation Can Be Differentiated By Appearance 262

quaith writes "It's not the way they dress, but the appearance of their face. A study published in PLoS One by Nicholas O. Rule and Nalini Ambady of Tufts University used closely cropped greyscale photos of people's faces, standardized for size. Undergrads were asked to categorize each person as either a Democrat or Republican. In the first study, students were able to differentiate Republican from Democrat senate candidates. In the second, students were able to differentiate the political affiliation of other college students. Accuracy in both studies was about 60% — not perfect, but way better than chance."

Comment Picture witt ice is abnormal, not picture without (Score 5, Informative) 791

This is a great example of sensationalized cherry-picked anecdotal evidence...which in reality means nothing. The picture showing ice was taken during an abnormal year. The ice melts away every year, usually in July. It took longer to melt in 2006 thanks in part to their being more than normal amounts of "multi-year" ice shoved down from the arctic that year.

Article (from AP):
Video (from NASA):,-Alaska

Comment Re:Soup cans and string (Score 1) 541

On some levels agree...but I think it is important to point out that you've got the demographics of Ahmadinejad's base a bit backward. From the news reports I've read... If you use the 2005 election results as a guide (seen as more accurate than results from the current election, for obvious reasons) his support is disproportionally urban. Part of what makes this election look rigged is that he did so well in these rural areas - it is unreasonable to think so many people changed their minds so completely. So I'm not sure enabling the city folks is a means to the result you're looking for.

Personally I don't think our government (the US Government) should be for me it is kind of a mute point...but if you're going to argue for isolationism via interventionism, don't make bad assumptions.

On a side note, about 68% of the population of Iran lives in cities...much like here.

Comment Re:Have You Noticed Any Personal Income Loss? (Score 1) 987

Second, I don't think that people are out to screw me personally. At least most people that is. But I do believe that humans take the path of least resistance.

Bingo. I am not part of the crowd that downloads music/books I haven't paid for (unless offered by their creator for free), yet I understand that business models in this realm must take human nature into account when setting pricing. You have displayed an understanding of applicable human nature.

Simply put, you need to find a balance where people who value your book enough to pay for it can find it at a price they find reasonable. If you price the book too high, you will lose sales/income to piracy. On the other end if you price it at the cost of publication very few people will pirate, but you'll make nothing. The aim, therefore, is to set pricing where the product of volume times gross margin is highest.

Also, don't be fooled into thinking that intellectual value or degree/amount of effort translates directly into economic value of the work (as individual copies or when multiplying price times volume). Because your book is great doesn't mean it is worth 5x the price of a novel. That your market is smaller doesn't make it worth more per copy either. Economic value is literally that - what people are willing to pay. I find it absurd that autobiographies by former presidents have higher economic value than books like yours, but that is, well, the ugly truth.

Lastly, on suing people. Even on Slashdot I think you'll find most people would be supportive of suing businesses or individuals who are making money by selling illegitimate copies. Such a commercial benefit puts them squarely in the wrong legally and morally. To sue them or not depends on to what degree you're willing to sue them out of principle (to deter this practice) and how much return you might get from such.

On the other hand, suing your "customers" is a very bad idea. Even if you can extort some $$ from them, I would avoid suing people who are interested in your work but have obtained it via other means because, to them, they found it more reasonable to do something which is likely immoral and may have taken more effort, than pay the price you set.

Comment Re:could someone explain what the issue is here? (Score 1) 264

I agree this is a DNS setting issue. Once the tunnel is nailed up the host's DNS settings should be changed to use internal DNS servers (only, or at least first). With most of the VPN products I've seen there are config options to control this behavior (client DNS) in this type of a scenario (when host is allowed to send network traffic via local network while connected).

(I used to be the technical lead for remote access for a Fortune 100 company. Our VPNs were used by over 100k employees/contractors.)

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