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Comment Re:Here's a better idea. (Score 1) 252

So your saying that when police use undercover agents to bust kiddie porn rings, dangerous drug production labs, terrorist type groups and other similar things that are bad for society that you would rather they didn't bust them using a method that allows them to potentially find a larger number of members than those they would have caught by doing a single raid on a facility?

And to the point about police safety, I think anything that keeps anyone safe is a good thing. There is no need to point out there are more dangerous jobs. Its like saying that the taxi driver doesn't need a seat belt because the construction worker has a more dangerous job.

You know, if the government burned the constitution, the bill of rights, and all the amendments, our police officers would have much more latitude to identify and arrest both the root cause of these crimes and it's whole support network. The logic you put forth supports this action. Yeah, yeah. I can see your response now: "I didn't mean what you're implying". Maybe, "Now you're just being stupid. No one wants that."

If you honestly think that's a justification for what you said, you're not worth the air you consume. Here's a suggestion: pull your head out of your ass and say what you mean instead of making vague references. If it's too hard to do, stay off the internet, idiot. I hope it's not an issue of motivation. How worthlessly lazy you would be if you couldn't be bothered to think a complete thought before vomiting it onto slashdot.

Comment Wow. The VAST majority of you are not CS majors (Score 1) 730

In addition, you clearly have no idea what a K-map is -- because this article just sounds like the application of a k-map (its underlying principle) to the current tax code. If the tax code says, "Everyone who is over 5' tall must pay $10" and "Everyone who is 5'6" tall must pay at least $7", you can eliminate the second rule because everyone who is 5'6" is also over 5' and therefore must pay $10 which is trivially greater than $7. Is that not what this article says?

Comment Re:The Future Niche Market of the iPhone (Score 1) 381

I bought into Android and instead of lording my decision over everybody I'm just going to remind everyone that the long run has been predicted by many industries. Apple and Blackberry will remain as niche players but it's going to be an Android future.

Given that predicting what path technology will take is like predicting the weather, I'm more inclined to believe that most everyone will follow their near-term optimum which, by your own claims, involves three times more iOS than Android. The moment polls start indicating that devs feel Android has the best near-term payoff is the moment I'll start to believe that it's an Android future.

Comment Re:DO WANT! (Score 1) 1026

If the US government admits that "The Ter'rists" are a statistically insignificant threat, they instantly nullify the need for the TSA empire. We can't convince the people of this country that a need to override their rights exists if we can't cite the existence of a conveniently omnipresent boogey man.

Comment Re:Acronym courtesy missing... (Score 4, Insightful) 128

Let's ignore the fact that spelling out acronyms upon first use is one of the most basic elements of good article writing. If I Google for DotA, I don't know that the first hit resolves to the intended acronym unless I already know what DotA stands for in which case I wouldn't have needed to Google it in the first place.

Comment Previous Research (Score 2, Informative) 155

Here's a paper written by a fellow who's now a professor at U of I, Chicago which relates to the topic. The gist is that taxi's in a city were equipped with wifi and opportunistically connected to open access points as they traveled. The article won't revolutionize anything but it's certainly an interesting read and something worthy of building upon. One of the interesting parts is that the taxi-side wifi used a custom written utility to accelerate establishing a connection which didn't bother negotiating transmission speed but rather used a fixed 11Mbps as this was determined to be optimal for the setting.

Comment are you serious? (Score 1) 651

If China can produce high quality print cartridges for, in some cases 1/10th the cost of American made, it points to the fact that most of the price is markup to "whatever we can get away with". And by "high quality", I mean "good enough for my graphic designer wife who's been in the industry for 15 years and can be a real nazi about print quality." HP can't afford to confirm how great the markup is. The backlash from their "competitors" (read "those in collusion") would be staggering.

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