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Comment Re:An anecdote (Score 1) 86

You misunderstand the problem with printing.

Yes, the dot pitch will be very accurate. But the paper can shift, which is why any professional printing requires what is called a "bleed" area of 1/8 of an inch. It can also bend or stretch from heat or moisture. I just ordered prints from a professional photographer, and I saw more than 1/8" shift. The left-most wallet-size picture was missing the left part of the picture, and the right-most wallet-size picture showed more of the right side of the picture than any of the others.

This applies to machining parts as well Ex: Suppose one can machine a part to 1/1000th of an inch. But how accurately did I load the block of metal into the machine? Was the machine head mounted at a 0.01 degree angle, causing the part to be skewed? That slight angle could make a large part an inch off.

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 5, Insightful) 1450

The few Finns I've talked to seem rattled by Russia's annexation of Ukraine. Like Crimea, Finland was once a territory of Russia. So I expected that Finns would not be happy about having a US president that doesn't support NATO and has almost forgiven Russia for their acts in the Ukraine. Finland has been moving to join NATO for over 10 years.

Comment Why go public instead of notifying the FBI? (Score 1) 98

Surely the FBI is trying to find out the identity of the criminal who created this botnet. Why would Krebs go public with it, instead of going to the authorities? At the bottom of the article, it says "The FBI officials could not be immediately reached for comment." What does that mean? "could not be immediately reached?" Why was he doing this investigation alone? And why did the author of the botnet release the source code?

Comment Re:For all those calling for Snowden's pardon (Score 1) 794

Yes, Snowden did release documents on non-domestic surveillance. That was not appropriate and he should not be pardoned for that. He could be pardoned for charges related to the domestic surveillance documents he released. But I don't agree that Snowden released "a bunch of random documents" like Manning did. Manning literally grabbed every document he/she had access to, without filtering them at all, and gave them to a foreign organization. Snowden was deliberate in taking things that he thought were necessary to expose the domestic surveillance problem. Then he released them to an agency that he thought could filter them.

Comment Re:For all those calling for Snowden's pardon (Score 2) 794

I think Obama has it wrong.

Manning released a bunch of random documents, with no real political benefit to America. Snowden released targeted documents, which caused changes to the Patriot Act renewal, changes to public perception about the NSA, and changed the way the FISA courts operated. Snowden was a whistle blower, because what he did caused political and social change. Manning released private communications between ambassadors, which did nothing but embarass multiple nations. What good came from Manning's leaks?

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 794

Have charges even been filed yet against Snowden? I don't think the president can pardon him if they haven't been filed.d

Snowden is a far better candidate for pardon than Manning. Manning randomly released everything he/she could access, just for lolz. Snowden had a purpose, and laws and court cases were actually impacted by what he released. Public opinion changed. That's what makes someone a whistle blower.

Comment Re:Indiscriminate antibiotic use in farm animals.. (Score 1) 296

Prove it.

There is a misunderstanding here. They aren't talking about antibiotics used to treat animals for infection. Your knowledge is out-of-date here. Let me explain:

Commercial farms buy feed with antibiotics *in the feed itself*. They aren't doing it to treat disease, they are doing it because the antibiotics make the animals grow fatter, faster. I don't think it is entirely understood why. These people aren't "farmers" in the way that you describe farmers. These are heavily mechanised factories.

There's tons of articles on this topic. Try Scientific American for a start, since they cover the whole history of it. Searches for "antibiotics chicken feed" should yield some good results.

Comment Re:Doesn't line up with our testing. (Score 2) 164

If you load the machine down in any significant way- be it causing the GPU to kick in, or all the CPU cores to fire up- battery life drops to a measly 4-5 hours, sometimes as low as 3.

This is not a valid objection because, under full load like that, 3 hours is better than most laptops on the market right now. Most laptops with a GPU like the one on these machines, firing all cores, get an 1hr of battery life under that scenario. You just don't play games on the battery.

Comment Re:Does it really violate net nuetrality? (Score 1) 74

That's fine, so consider this: ATT & Verizon have bandwidth caps. If some sites are not subject to the cap, but others are subject to the cap, aren't they changing how traffic is treated/shaped? Once I hit my cap, the ISP is blocking some traffic, but not blocking other traffic. If there was no bandwidth cap, then there would be no need for zero-rating.

So even if this sounds like I'm splitting a hair, in practice, it has the same effect as traffic shaping. Maybe I can't stream Netflix over my 4G connection because I would hit my cap in a day or two. But if I could stream Amazon prime, then that would make me subscribe to Amazon instead of Netflix. That's exactly the kind of thing we are trying to prevent: the ISP deciding to shift the market by changing what people access.

Comment Give them visible recognition (Score 5, Informative) 128

The best way to reward users is to give them an award that is publicly visible, to encourage others to do the same.

Anecdote: I worked at an organization that, like many others, had a public "share drive." Sometimes I would browse the folders with pictures of coworkers at after-hours events. One time, I decided to see what was on the drive, and I found an Excel spreadsheet with a list of names, last 4 digits of social security numbers, and credit cards. Excel keeps the author's name in the file, so I contacted the author. They replied with "Oh, that file is a temporary file and it gets deleted every 30 days, so don't worry about it." I forwarded the email to the company's head of security, expecting no reply. A month later I was invited to a conference room for something random, and much too my surprise, I was presented with an award in front of 20 or so people in my department. My boss told me it was handed down to him by the head of corporate security, along with an explanation of what I had done. I was in genuinely proud. Because of that event, I was more engaged with the company, and I have taken that security mindset with me. I can only hope that other employees took it to heart as well.

I know the summary is about users reporting internal security concerns. However on a broader note, we need an industry standard fo reporting security issues. Every other day there's some story about an organization that ignored a report, or sued the researcher, or something. We need a standards body to:
1. Create a standard form for submitting vulnerabilities (especially to 3rd-parties.)
2. A standard way to deliver that form.
3. A standard amount of time to wait for a response before disclosing it.
4. A standard form to disclose it publicly, and a list of appropriate organizations to receive it.
5. An industry-accepted expectation that, if you follow these industry standard steps, then you should be safe from lawsuits.

Comment Irony (Score 5, Insightful) 95

Slashdot's front page has:
1. Lawyer Rewrites Instagram's Privacy Policy So Kids and Parents Can Have a Meaningful Talk About Privacy
2. IMDb Ignores New Law Banning It From Publishing Actors' Ages Online, Cites Free Speech Violations

So it is legal for to sell a child's personal information, but not okay for IMDB to publish the ages of grown adults. Does anyone else see this as crazy?

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