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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

ATMAvatar Re:A Taste of Armageddon (112 comments)

Or you know, we could just try being peaceful with each other.

You don't have to sell peace to the common man. However, nothing concentrates money and power like a good war, so those up top calling the shots are always good for another conflict.

yesterday
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

ATMAvatar Re:Can government solve government problems? (135 comments)

To answer your title: yes. When the problem is a bad law, the government is the only entity capable of fixing the problem. Whether there can be a reasonable expectation that it will fix the problem is a question of where the lobbying money goes.

about two weeks ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

ATMAvatar Re:Embrace has started (192 comments)

.NET is all going open source

Several of the ancillary libraries and other projects (Entity Framework, F#, etc.) have been open source for some time, and now .NET core is on GitHub. So far, it's only a handful of the core libraries, but the plan is to flesh out the entire framework.

about two weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

ATMAvatar Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

Why do people seem to take political propaganda at face value, as if this article actually carries weight as a piece of economic advice, ha ha ha.

Because outright propaganda is what they get from the major news networks (Fox, MSNBC, et. al.), so they can't tell the difference.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

ATMAvatar Re:Microsoft losing to the school what? (219 comments)

Scantron was rather notorious for missing bubbles that weren't filled-in just right or with the right type of pencil when I was still in school. Has it gotten any better?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

ATMAvatar Against it (613 comments)

Daylight Saving Time is an awful idea, compounded by the fact that the rules change from location to location and can change from year to year. In computer systems, it gets even worse when you consider that different systems have different rules still, and talking to two of them at the same time can lead to irreconcilable differences which cause all kinds of headaches.

about three weeks ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

ATMAvatar Re:Really? (275 comments)

What the hell is wrong with these cops?

Some people become cops because of the power trip it gives. This is perfectly in-line with that personality type. The real tragedy is that it's likely very little (if anything) will be done to the officers perpetrating the acts, which will only feed into the power trip.

about 1 month ago
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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

ATMAvatar Re:Puffery (95 comments)

For the courts to reward the customers who believe the claims and not those who didn't would be to reward the people who are gullible--or at least those who claim to be gullible.

While I hate rewarding people for being gullible (perhaps deliberately so), it would be a good way to end all the exaggeration and misrepresentation done to sell goods. The world would be a better place if corporations had to be objective and stick to the facts when advertising their goods.

about a month ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

ATMAvatar Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

If you are panicked about Ebola then you should be running down the street screaming about the flu. (Hopefully running down the street to get your flu shot.)

I see you are new to this planet. Let me help you. Humans do not panic over the things most likely to kill them (heart disease, cancer, etc.). They panic over the things least likely to kill them (ebola, terrorism, sharks in tornadoes, etc.).

about a month ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

ATMAvatar Re:incremental backups (150 comments)

Except when it isn't.

But that's a problem for the *next* CTO.

about a month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

ATMAvatar Re:Sounds like a planned PR stunt to me. (622 comments)

The same reason it is important to call copyright infringement as it is instead of theft. Re-labeling hacking a server and unauthorized distribution of images as a sex crime is unnecessary, and the purpose of doing so is merely to illicit a greater emotional response. Many (most?) people conflate "sex crime" with pedophilia and rape.

None of this pedantry makes the affected individuals any less of a victim, mind you.

about a month and a half ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

ATMAvatar Re:1 Billion Barrels (201 comments)

The well found about 1 billion barrels of oil and similar geology nearby means the surrounding area may hold more than the U.S. part of the Gulf or Mexico, he said.

That's 1 billion barrels from one well. The grand total could be much larger.

about 2 months ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

ATMAvatar Re:humans walk like rats? (85 comments)

Why take a step backwards and test lawyers? Aren't the rats closer to being human?

about 2 months ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

ATMAvatar Re:SO, (119 comments)

Yeah, but coal seam fires gave us Silent Hill, while nuclear disasters (and weapon tests) gave us Godzilla. Now tell me - which is *really* the bigger evil?

about 2 months ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

ATMAvatar Re:But your honor... (185 comments)

The judge may have said it can be used in this one case, but unless struck down by another court, it sets up a precedent for other judges to do the same.

about 2 months ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

ATMAvatar Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

This was more the case of "Don't want your car stolen? Don't leave the windows down and doors unlocked". The thief still has to hot wire the car, and he/she still takes the lion's share of the blame, but it doesn't detract from the fact that it is really stupid to leave your car out like that.

about 3 months ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

ATMAvatar Re:well... not exactly (246 comments)

ONLY Businesses can get away with this. The average citizen couldn't.

It doesn't work for average businesses any more than it works for average citizens (and for the same reasons). It might work if you were a billionaire, though.

about 3 months ago
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"Net Neutrality" Coiner Tim Wu Is Running For Lt. Governor of New York

ATMAvatar Re:What else does he do? (40 comments)

A better analogy is one where you purchase a vehicle capable of going 60MPH, but unbeknownst to you ahead of time, it gets throttled remotely to lower speeds if you drive to Chicago or LA because those cities did not pay the manufacturer enough extortion money. Oh, and it can go 90MPH to Destroit because the manufacturer is based there.

about 3 months ago

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The Business of Spam

ATMAvatar ATMAvatar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ATMAvatar (648864) writes "The IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy hosted in Oakland nearly three weeks ago featured a study on the economics of spam. It attempts to identify and analyze the chain of businesses behind spam and the products that are featured. The goal was to take a more comprehensive look at the mechanics behind the industry in an attempt to identify better, alternative means to combat spam.

Special credit to Bruce Schneier's blog for the original link."

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Moderation

ATMAvatar ATMAvatar writes  |  more than 11 years ago I've noticed that I've had to metamoderate quite a few things "unfair" as of late.

It seems some mods would automatically moderate a response to a troll or flamebait similarly to its parent. In some cases, this is warranted, but in the ones I've seen, it isn't. IMO, replying to a troll or flamebait message with an emotionally-charged, but still informative/insightful post is hardly a troll or flamebait in itself. A lack of tact perhaps warrants a lack of positive moderation, but if someone responds with real information or insight, it shouldn't be modded down.

I've also noticed quite a few "funny" moderations lately for post that simply aren't funny. I'm sorry, but cliche posts about 1. Do something 2. Do something else 3. ??? 4. Profit! are not funny. They are old and tiresome. This is true for the "I welcome our new ______ overlords" or "In Soviet Russia, ________ _______ you!" posts as well. Posts like me remind me of some kid in school that tells a joke, and after hearing some laughter, tells it every time you meet him. With this in mind, I'm probably going to start modding any of these cliche jokes "Redundant."

Last, but not least - there's a difference between insightful, informative, and interesting posts. Learn the difference, mods. I've seen quite a few posts while metamoderating that were marked as one when it should have been another, and I've felt obligated to mod it "fair" because the post truly deserved to be modded up, even if it should have been modded up as something else. It's almost painful to see something moderated "Insightful" if it doesn't provide any insight, and similarly so with "Informative" posts with no real information or "Interesting" posts that are more than just interesting.

I know "Insightful" is the default +1 mod for posts, but it shouldn't be. "Insightful" mods should be reserved for truly insightful posts. To me, "Interesting" should really be the default. It's the consolation prize mod. Something which is insightful is generally also interesting. Funny posts are interesting. Informative posts are usually interesting. To me, any post that stays on-topic will catch my interest, and any post that deserves one of the other +1 mods would be equally deserving of "Interesting." We simply use "Insightful," "Informative," "Funny," etc. because they're more accurate and descriptive. If you can't decide which one of those a post may be, then "Interesting" either fits the bill, or the post probably shouldn't be modded up.

Oh well... enough of my rant for now.

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