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Comment Re:Yet another legal solution to a technical probl (Score 1) 171

Making laws against other aspects of their criminal activities is quite important. If they have trouble getting people on their actual criminal activities, quite often they can be nabbed through their violation of other laws. Al Capone was brought down on tax evasion after all. And if they can get them on their main crime AND associated crimes too, then all the better! And their committing of the CLID spoofing goes a long way to prove intent which serves to better nail criminals by making the prosecution's case all the more strong.

Comment Re:Looks like the discrediting is well begun (Score 2, Interesting) 116

You gotta hand it to the CIA. When they attack something like Wikileaks, they really take the long view.

Well, I don't see anything in the article as being particularly discrediting to Julian Assange. It appears that he has a secret past involving nomadic life and computer hacking. I don't know about the rest of you, but considering his current career pretty much consists of being constantly on the move and publish classified documents online I find that amazingly non-shocking.

Not that the CIA might not be involved in this, they might, what do I know? But if they are, they are either taking the long, long, infinity-can-be-seen-on-a-good-day-long view or are just really inept.

Comment Re:Why Not? (Score 1) 706

The saying "you don't get something for nothing" will definitely be true for these bribed kids! Not true for the taxpayers paying for their bribes though.

Are you sure about this? Would the 'something for nothing' issue outweigh the benefits of having better educated kids in the first place? Does the extra-mercenary nature you're assuming even show up? Does it last?

All sorts of questions. Like I pointed out earlier, this may be a beneficial aid to motivate kids before they've developed good long term goal systems.

I know as a kid I put a severe discount on future rewards as 'close' as the end of the semester - my parents offered to pay me for good grades, I determined that the work now wasn't worth the reward later. If it'd been broken up a bit more, would it have worked better? Probably.

Comment Re:Advantage? (Score 1) 155

In which case, I hope all the Wikipedia-haters here will also be criticising this new site, for lacking citations, and containing stuff that they think isn't important enough.

(I love how Wikipedia draws criticism from complete opposite directions - "I added something without a reference and it got deleted, boo hoo!" / "Wikipedia doesn't have references"; or "Wikipedia has too much information about something I don't care about" / "I made an article about my pet hampster and it got deleted, boo hoo!". Which is it? Everyone can't be pleased.

Comment Batman: The Dark Knight? (Score 1) 136

This seems oddly familiar to Batman: Dark Knight. Using cell phones to collect data points throughout a city to find the culprit (the Joker / toxic chemicals). Ultimately, in the movie, there were great concerns about privacy and use of the technology. The safety net here "Cell-All will operate only on an opt-in basis and will transmit data anonymously" seems nice on paper, but I'm sure those in a position to use it will feel the pressure to exploit the technology for more.

Comment Re:the correct solution (Score 1) 403

Everybody working on local disks, manually transferring copies between different computers, THAT is the wrong thing to do. But that is not the kid's fault; it's the fault of whoever is responsible for their computer systems (I don't want to speak of "architecture" in this case, because they clearly don't have one).

The kid is working on a share because it is more convenient than copying stuff around and worrying about a gazillion different copies on different computers. I think he has a point. Provide a centralized file server, and he can continue to work as he has, without inflicting undue loads on other peoples workstations.

Comment Re:Maybe Apple should pay their royalties first? (Score 1) 434

Apple went after Nokia when they couldn't get a free ride for Nokia's patents. This is a different matter. They're going after a hardware manufacturer because they make a directly competing product. This is particularly worrying for free software because without the support of major phone manufacturers free platforms are going to lose.

Normally a major non-troll company wouldn't have the guts to sue everyone over shitty GUI patents. I thought Apple was past that, but apparently not. Make no mistake, this is an attempt to spread FUD in the market.

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