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Comment Re:But... Ummm... (Score 1) 60

TI's advantage is in their software. Anyone who has actually tried to get through a math course using a general-purpose computer knows what I'm talking about. Sure, Maple, Matlab, and Mathematica will all compute faster on my $300 netbook than my $200 TI-89, but it's so much easier to enter the equation into the TI, the total time spent is less.

If anyone has had a different experience, please share with me your resources for learning how to use the software.

(It's not like I'm bad with computers, either; one time I found it easier to write a C++ program than learn the equivalent Maple code.)

Comment Re:It doesn't matter... (Score 1) 355

Usually, the intelligence agencies do warantless wiretapping behind closed doors on people they know to be criminals. They at least try to cover it up and pretend to obey the constitution. Bush blatantly disobeyed the constitution and blatantly spied on his own people. Obama attacked this policy yet continued it. Of course, it's not like the federal government seizing new powers in violation of the constitution is anything new either. Lincoln suspended habeas corpus.

Comment Re:Obama Policies Will Bankrupt USA Tsarkon Report (Score 1) 160

You're making conservatives look like rabid nutsos every time you mention "conspirators" or a left-wing media. You're making conservatives look like rabid nutsos every time you troll on Slashdot.

Also, the USA is already bankrupt and has been for decades. Look how much national debt Obaba inherited.

I know I shouldn't feed the trolls and I'll get modded -1 Offtopic, but I just don't care all that much about my Slashdot karma score.


Social Search Reveals 700 Comcast Customer Logins 158

nandemoari writes "When educational technology specialist Kevin Andreyo recently read a report on people search engines, he decided to conduct a little 'people search' on himself. Andreyo did not expect to find much — so, imagine the surprise when he uncovered the user name and password to his Comcast Internet account, put out there for the entire online world to see. In addition to his personal information, Andreyo also discovered a list that exposed the user names and passwords of (what he believed) to be 8,000 other Comcast customers. Andreyo immediately contacted both Comcast and the FBI, hoping to find the ones responsible for divulging such personal information to the public. While the list is no longer available online, analysts fear that the document still lives on in various cache and online history services."
The Media

Cory Doctorow Calls Death To Music, Movies, Print 336

An anonymous reader writes "Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow depicts an unfortunate near-future for a handful of media industries being transformed or killed by the Internet. Predicting a large-scale transformation of the music, movie, book, and newspaper industry, Doctorow says, 'The Internet chews up media and spits them out again. Sometimes they get more robust. Sometimes they get more profitable. Sometimes they die.' While the Internet has the potential to help the dying book industry, for example, Doctorow predicts the 'imminent collapse' of the American newspaper industry because advertisers are uninterested in spending money on the remaining offline readership, such as senior citizens, who prove less valuable."

The Case For Supporting and Using Mono 570

snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister argues in favor of Mono, asking those among the open source community who have 'variously described Mono as a trap, a kludge, or simply a waste of effort' to look past Miguel de Icaza and Mono's associations with Microsoft and give the open source implementation of .Net a second chance, as he himself has, having predicted Mono's demise at the hands of open source Java in 2006. Far from being just a clone of .Net for Linux, McAllister argues, Mono has been 'expanding its presence into exciting and unexpected new niches.' And for those who argue that 'developing open-source software based on Microsoft technologies is like walking into a lion's den,' McAllister suggests taking a look at the direction Mono is heading. The more Mono evolves, the less likely Microsoft is to use patent claims or some other dirty trick to bring down the platform."

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