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Comment Re:One of those sounds potentially useful.... (Score 1) 33

Back in my college days, we had a saying about student-run experimental design: "Psychology is the study of females ages 18 to 22 with above-average intellect and an interest in psychology".

Although that does mean you need to eventually check your results on a larger, more random pool of participants, it doesn't flat-out make those first-round results invalid. It just means you can get (at least) two papers out of the same results, verifying (or refuting) the external validity of the initial results. ;)

Comment Re: Makes more sense (Score 1) 220

The more data that people use in aggregate, the more capacity that Verizon has to build or everyone's data slows down.

Bandwidth does not equal monthly usage.

If Verizon said "we want to implement a time-of-day based surcharge to help reduce network congestion", we could reasonably discuss the merits of using financial rather than technical means of throttling heavy users.

Charging me per GB of 2am Windows updates, however, counts as nothing short of rent seeking via regulatory capture. Every single unused bit of capacity of my nearest cell tower gets wasted forever. It neither costs Verizon more, not saves them a penny, to ever have a tower sitting idle; and thanks to a complete (intentional) failure of the FCC to properly allocate spectrum as a public good, you and I can't simply say "screw you, Verizon, I'll put up my own cell network!"

Comment Re: Good Heavens (Score 2) 272

Clap Clap Clap.

Now tell us what fraction of the total length of that line actually fell within city limits rather than "middle of the ocean/desert"?

And that woefully low number comes from a line you cherry-picked. Try again by throwing two darts at a map and draw your line through them - Repeat. Repeat. Now tell us what fraction of those lines ever even intersect a city.

Slashdot really needs to ban ACs. You worthless wastes of electrons get less useful and more hostile every year.

Comment Re:My favorite from TFA... (Score 2) 194

I am sorry but shouldn't the people who make those sorts of threats be placed in a mental facility to have their head examined?

Not talking about credible death threats here, or even something you could call a direct threat at all.

For example, one oft-quoted reviewer wrote "I want to murder every single person responsible for this". No reasonable person would take that seriously, that random gamer would literally hunt down and kill all of DH's employees.

Comment Re:Wait...what? (Score 1) 35

every resume that gets sent in, that lists the other company on the employment history, gets round-filed.

And who, exactly does that "filing"? Does a company the size of Samsung have all 50,000 resumes they get per day sent directly to their VP of Secret Anti-Trust Agreement Compliance?

Comment Re:Wait...what? (Score 3, Insightful) 35

And then the hiring managers were free to blab this to the outside headhunters, informing them of this non-poaching agreement?

Pretty tough to honor an agreement like that if you don't let the people doing the hiring know about it.

And once such information makes it to HR - Well, when did your company last send a copy of your tax information to a Nigerian prince who asked nicely?

Comment Re:A Couple of suggestions (Score 0) 212

Bitcoin is not anonymous.

1) "Auditable" doesn't mean the same thing as "personally identifiable". You can absolutely say that account FOO sent 4.57BTC to account BAR at 11:05PM last Thursday. That has no bearing on the real-world identity of the transaction participants - From that information, tell me, who owns FOO and BAR? Did Grandma send me a birthday gift, or did Kim Jong Un just buy the plans for an Illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator?

2) In common usage, most people only care about the "weak" version of anonymous when they use that word (ie, you can't prove I made a particular transaction, vs even I can't prove I made a particular transaction). "Strong" anonymity has its uses, no argument there (for example, in voting systems), but 99.9% of the time, people only care that no one else can find out that they bought sex toys or weed or plutonium.

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