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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

BobMcD Re:Great... (567 comments)

The most likely thing to lead us to 'global war' is comparing Putin to Hitler without any sane reason to do so.

2 days ago
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FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

BobMcD Re:Interesting... (47 comments)

I can see every app requiring a password and approval for all purchases.

That alone will hurt the model.

about three weeks ago
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FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

BobMcD Interesting... (47 comments)

This seems to have implications in that whole free-to-play space. I wonder if anyone is worried about that angle?

about three weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

BobMcD Re:To what end? (219 comments)

So they're leaving the EU?

Seems unlikely.

about three weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

BobMcD To what end? (219 comments)

So, what's the end game here, for Germany?

And why chastise the US publicly when you could manipulate them through false information instead?

What are the implications here?

about three weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

BobMcD Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (311 comments)

So... why is it the people who upload and host this stuff do not have consequences?

I think that's a legitimate TOR angle, actually. In order to leverage the law you need to know where they physically are. TOR hides that, per design.

There's a case here, folks.

TOR is inhibiting legal remedies.

about three weeks ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

BobMcD Re:better than what we have now (249 comments)

Otherwise when he talks about making gay people illegal, forcing women to be barefoot and pregnant, abolishing access to birth control and abortion people might question why this Canadian is pretending to be a Texan with values completely the opposite of the nation he held a passport in.

It's always nice when someone self-identifies as someone who doesn't know what the fuck they're talking about.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

BobMcD Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

had something like the NSA mass surveillance been used against the founders

Had this been the case, there Revolution would have been depressingly short and unsuccessful.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

BobMcD Re:Most disappointing for me is manipulating the f (160 comments)

Well, three problems:

1) Their users provide the feed. Facebook just displays it.
2) It isn't 'for free' as Facebook uses the data to advertise to you, and thus earns money on the content you generate.
3) The example I gave was explicitly not bullshit - if it were, why would anyone interfere with it?

about a month ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

BobMcD Most disappointing for me is manipulating the feed (160 comments)

Facebook's efforts to manipulate the feed are really disappointing. If they'll do it for jollies, then they'll damn sure do it if someone pays them to or if the government orders them to.

Imagine an 'American Spring'. Imagine the government not only spying on Facebook users communicating about it, but requiring that Facebook actively suppress any positive comments about it.

That shit ain't right.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

BobMcD Re:The egg comes first, the chicken later. (1330 comments)

It happens because there was something wrong with the zygote sufficient that the body aborted it on its own.

I covered that part already.

"Just leave it alone and give it a chance" isn't so difficult a standard for reasonable people to apply. Note, too, that this doesn't inhibit contraception in any way.

If your pill only targets those zygotes that would have been lost anyway, then I can see no problem with it.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

BobMcD Re:The egg comes first, the chicken later. (1330 comments)

I'm willing to limit the conversation to 'in the womb', but the point still applies. Also, we don't allow the killing of unwanted infants, so your logic stumbles a bit.

about a month ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

BobMcD Re:Political/Moral (305 comments)

The defaults alone weren't the problem. The groupthink and perverse psychology of the private sector was the problem. Government just wanted to help people get homes. The greed of the private sector created such a mess that everything crashed because of their shenanigans.

This assumes that either:

A) Government is immune from private sector influence.
or
B) The private sector's behavior was in any way surprising.

Both are pretty naive. At least we all know better now, right?

Right?

Anybody?

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

BobMcD Re:The egg comes first, the chicken later. (1330 comments)

You're focusing on the wrong aspect. It isn't about potential, but human potential. The same as eating meat is allowed, but eating human meat is not. This is largely because nobody wants to be eaten.

However rudimentary it is, if left alone it will most likely develop into a human. Same as you did when you were in that rudimentary stage because nobody interfered with your genetic material.

Note, too, this is why many of us don't object to funding primary education even though we don't all have kids. We received such an education, and wouldn't have wanted it taken away due to lack of funding.

So while the nervous system makes a fine line for certain arguments, in general it's the 'what if this happened to me' angle that makes human-material issues most unique.

about a month ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

BobMcD Re:One solution (219 comments)

How will the Repubmocrats keep 100% power against independents, tea party and other radical despots competing against the chosen ones?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

It's called 'First Past the Post', and Facebook has nothing to do with it.

about 1 month ago
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Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

BobMcD Re:Huge pile of assumptions (151 comments)

I thought the assumption was that had apes learned to fish as humans did, they would have evolved brains like ours.

about a month ago
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Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

BobMcD Re:Huge pile of assumptions (151 comments)

Well, now, I'm an ameteur, but isn't the assumption that brain development required to be a higher mammal requires gigantic amounts of protein intake?

about a month ago
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Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

BobMcD Re:Huge pile of assumptions (151 comments)

I think he was differentiating because you can not create an experiment that would be neanderthals living in a population so that you could observe and see the results. He was saying with this idea, all you can do is look for things left behind and observe.

Bingo

about a month ago
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Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

BobMcD Huge pile of assumptions (151 comments)

Observational sciences are always weaker than experimental sciences for exactly this reason. Today we debunk the previous assumption that cave men only ate meat. How did we come to that conclusion in the first place? Wild ass guess, most likely.

Put it this way - we know 'they ate plant matter'. We might (according to the study's conclusions) be able to determine 'how much' with further study. But I imagine we're quite a ways away from 'what plants'. We're also still making WAGs about how they got those plants, vis-a-vis hunter gatherers.

They could have farmed them.

They COULD have used biodegradable tools, sustainable farming, etc, and we'd never know they did 50,000 years later because those things don't leave behind fossils.

TLDR - Pics or it didn't happen

about a month ago

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What would you teach end-users about SPAM?

BobMcD BobMcD writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BobMcD (601576) writes "Implementing our new SPAM filter has presented a unique opportunity: I get to train all the end users on how to handle Spam.

My head is full of ideas, some good and some bad, but I need input. The question I put to you, good Slashdotters, is...

If you had one chance to train the world on Spam, what would YOU teach them?"
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Will Political FUD Motivate America?

BobMcD BobMcD writes  |  about 7 years ago

BobMcD (601576) writes "While we in the tech industry are used to recognizing FUD, will it work with the general public? For example, Michael Chertoff cites a 'gut feeling' that Al Qaeda could strike.

Chertoff said there were not enough indications of an imminent plot to raise the threat levels nationwide. He indicated that his remarks were based on "a gut feeling" formed by previous patterns of terrorist attacks, recent Al Qaeda statements and intelligence he did not disclose.
The motivation?

Chertoff predicts dire consequences if border crossings are not tightened with stricter document regulations because of opposition from business interests. ... He said there would be security repercussions from Congress' failure to pass immigration reform. Chertoff had hoped that granting a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants would cut away "the tall grass" hiding criminal elements among the undocumented workers.
Will it work? Are we to expect more of it in the future?"

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BobMcD BobMcD writes  |  more than 7 years ago

A Concerned Citizen (601576) writes "After felony charges were pressed for a Florida teen's email to a friend claiming he could top the body count, a Colorado University student's arrest for making sympathetic comments after the attack, and a Community College professor facing terrorism charges for an admittedly bad joke, can we really claim to have free speech in this country? Being prudent is important, but were any of these incidents worthy of police action? Are any of them even close to credible 'threats'? Have you heard of other such actions in your own neck of the woods?"

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