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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

AnontheDestroyer Agreed (789 comments)

Geeks are thinkers, by nature. We'll all think off in a nutty direction sometimes, but it's always good to see what's on a few peoples minds.

Slashdot is somewhat international, and we get to moderate posts. It's like reading through the comments portions of an article without all nonsense drowning out the relevant viewpoints.

about a month ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

AnontheDestroyer Re:I don't know what's scarier about this article (111 comments)

She doesn't have more progressive views than most in the country. This is yet another issue that proves the country is an plutocracy rather than a democracy. In this instance, a few corporations (who Republicans will have you believe are, "people") are buying up politicians and subverting the will of the masses.

It just happens to be one of the more glaring flaws with our campaign finance and electoral systems. And it still can't be fixed.

about a month ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

AnontheDestroyer Re:Why is this Google's problem? (155 comments)

That's no where near the same. In your example, I'd have to be 1 in 10 billion people in a hidden room (the cloud), and for anyone to see the sign they'd have to explicitly search me out. Then upon emerging as a possibility for person search, your sign is only one of 10 other signs, several of which will be, "Big Penis," and "Huge Penis," because that's the honest to goodness truth, I tells ya. Then maybe they click on a link where I have a graphical depiction of the member in question.

So it's completely different.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

AnontheDestroyer #satire #ironicuseofsatire #notgonnawork (131 comments)

#proofthatoldpeoplebarelyrealizetherearejokesontheinternet #whybother

about a month and a half ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

AnontheDestroyer Re:And what they did not publish (227 comments)

Behavior = Ability * Motivation

The problem is not that certain individuals above a specific threshold can't learn at all, it's that they'll need a little more motivation to perform at the same level as their more able peers.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

AnontheDestroyer Re:Beards and suspenders. (637 comments)

More than likely they understand casting just fine, they just had to flail around with the available API's to get *something* working, and then were never given enough time before having to move onto the next thing. We've all laughed at our own technical debt .

about 2 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

AnontheDestroyer Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

+1. Politicians at the state level have been paid off by cable companies and ISPs to squash competition from local municipalities. The cities who got in before the legislation are loving their services. It is absolutely insane what money can do in the political process.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

AnontheDestroyer Victory for Verizon! Now they'll charge more (390 comments)

Dear Verizon Customers,

We were recently told we needed ~$100,000 worth of equipment. In order to pay for this we're going to need to add an interconnect service fee of $5/month to your bill. Sorry. Try a competitor? Hah, suck it.

Thanks,
Verizon CEO

PS We have also sued the company who told us this for saying it publicly, and we will most likely charge them more money, too.

about 2 months ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

AnontheDestroyer Good. Hit them in the pocketbook they'll push back (143 comments)

To be honest, I don't know much about the tracking feature, but it sounds like something where if one big corporation takes a hit, we'll see more push back from others. Make an example of them. (Please note, I own a lot of Apple products, I'm not anti-Apple by default, just on this issue.)

Some temporary or permanent haircut to their profits is the only way to reach them.

The Russian CPU is guaranteed to have more holes, if any of them are in fact flawed, though. Their citizens are nuts if they don't think so.

about 3 months ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

AnontheDestroyer Re:Great, an entire generation that won't... (415 comments)

I'm calling BS on you firing anyone for this. What programmer these days only knows Python, and thus hasn't uses a language that requires braces?

You're overstating the problem anyway. Blocks are among the easiest concepts to grasp. How do you think some many people were able to pick up Python quickly after using their braced languages? Anyone who can't understand braces will have some other easily noticeable problem instead.

about 3 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

AnontheDestroyer Re:Too many scientists use science... (725 comments)

That's why there are peer reviews in science, and the need for reproducibility. When there is a 97% consensus, it's well-past the point where we should be arguing with them.

Consider there is an ample amount of agenda-driven motivation to deny that AGW is happening, but very, very few scientists are apt to do so. Your sword swings both ways.

about 3 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

AnontheDestroyer Re:Generalization Fail (725 comments)

What is GWT? Google Web Toolkit?

97% of scientists agree that humans are causing global warming. You're apparently asking for both sides of the debate to be given equal time, 50/50, when the consensus is nowhere near 50/50.

about 3 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

AnontheDestroyer Re:quelle surprise (725 comments)

That humans are contributing to global warming is an established scientific fact. You're wailing away on what appears to be a non-sequitur here, not even a straw man.

about 3 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

AnontheDestroyer Re:quelle surprise (725 comments)

So the debate should be over what we do about AGW, not whether it is happening. That's the point. Right now, in the US, we can do basically nothing about it because one whole party has chosen to bury their head in the sand from the word, "go."

about 3 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

AnontheDestroyer Re:You see your enemies through your own reality (725 comments)

Except that you just said you think you and people like you will be killed. That's real psychopathy. The rest of what you said is ginned up nonsense. Not, "hate speech," just insanely stupid.

about 3 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

AnontheDestroyer YOU are the problem (725 comments)

And herein we find one massive problem with the idea that we shouldn't make things political - some people will find something political about anything.

97% is scientific, not political. That's why AGW should get 97% "pro-" coverage, and at most 3% "anti-" coverage, but people like this Spazmania will cry when their anti-AGW coverage doesn't get 50%.

about 3 months ago
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Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

AnontheDestroyer Re:Scrutinized by federal officials (80 comments)

Well said. RE corporations: the standard Republican (conservative?) rejoinder is that unions could always contribute money, but I'm in favor of denying them all. Screw them. All only individual contributions up to $45, adjusted for inflation going forward. Make a law that prohibits politicians and staffers from joining lobbying outfits after their term is up to eliminate the opportunity for deferred under the table contributions. Then we'll finally have a government that responds to the true will of the people.

about 3 months ago

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