Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Report: Nuclear Plants Should Focus On Risks Posed By External Events

Boronx Re:already done (125 comments)

I get the attitude, but the nuclear engineers I work with were sure the thing was going to explode.

13 hours ago
top

Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

Boronx Re:Back then... (129 comments)

Stanislaw Lem thought that P. K. Dick was the only S. F. writer whose work had any literary merit.

yesterday
top

Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

Boronx Re:Back then... (129 comments)

Maybe by successful they mean "relatable" or "comprehensible" or something.

yesterday
top

Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

Boronx Re:is it me or is it 30 years too late? (129 comments)

Most people don't know the real quote: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it for the next few decades. After that it's all new shit."

yesterday
top

Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

Boronx Re:Actually read the book! (129 comments)

It's not revisionist. The Axis actually won.

yesterday
top

Report: Nuclear Plants Should Focus On Risks Posed By External Events

Boronx Re:already done (125 comments)

The earth quake was a millennial quake, so they figured they only had a five percent chance of seeing one in the life span of the plants. In other words, they cut corners. They also cut corners on personnel. Competent management could have prevented the meltdown even post tsunami. For instance, they could have vented the Hydrogen gas, and they should have moved mountains to get the generators running (or get new generators flown in) and keep them fueled.

2 days ago
top

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Boronx Re: Pft (962 comments)

Yes, men are killers, that's the point. Look at the way men interact which other. It's all about signaling that they aren't trying to kill each other while staying on guard and looking aggressive. You shake hands or bow, you smile, and praise each other, but you stand up straight, face them directly, look them in the eye, don't show weakness.

5 days ago
top

Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Boronx Re:OMG (322 comments)

There's going to be a lot of posts from people who don't believe in processes that take longer than their lifetimes. Congratulations on being one of them.

5 days ago
top

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Boronx Re:Pft (962 comments)

And your point is...?

about a week ago
top

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Boronx Re:How do you (962 comments)

You're being extremely sensitive. If you weren't you wouldn't care.

about a week ago
top

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Boronx Re:Pft (962 comments)

Yep. However, women killing men isn't as big of a problem. If you hadn't noticed, men are cautious around men, as well.

about a week ago
top

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Boronx Re:How do you (962 comments)

If it's not true for you, then you aren't part of the problem.

about a week ago
top

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Boronx Re:Pft (962 comments)

Uh yeah. In case you didn't notice, men killing women is kind of a problem.

about a week ago
top

Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Boronx Re:Wait, wait... (132 comments)

Response to parent post, you brain-dead moron.

about a week ago
top

Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Boronx Re:Wait, wait... (132 comments)

Libertarianism run amok. Apparently the need to stay in business trumps any moral concerns.

about a week ago
top

The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

Boronx Re:Management is becoming obsolete (162 comments)

Grandparent post still stands. These reviewers will gradually be replaced by others who never had any experience scheduling the work.

about three weeks ago
top

The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

Boronx Re:Expert System (162 comments)

That's backwards. Philosophy only solves its nagging questions by *resorting* to math or logic or science.

about three weeks ago
top

The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

Boronx Re:Expert System (162 comments)

The trend suggests that in the limiting case, humans are not intelligent.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

top

Boronx Boronx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Boronx writes "Compared with a law-and-order response to 9/11, President Bush's prosecution of the war on terrorism by executive fiat is the weaker of the two.

A legal response would have been nurtured by the law. In turn, it would have built into the system of law a bulwark against terrorism that would endure beyond any presidency and that would have inherant legitemacy here and abroad. Such a bulwark would have benefited from the slow but relentless accumulation of wisdom that is a halmark of our legal system.

Bush's war by fiat, or dictatorial war, is not nurtured by the law, but constantly threatened by it. It has already been slapped down by the courts in more than one place. Those components which have not been abandoned because of too much legal scrutiny, are in danger of being wholly dismantled by it at any time. If we have a new president in 2008 who is not attached to the policy, we are likely to see its total collapse. If the new president remains attached to the policy we will still see it erode towards utter uselessness.

Because Bush's policy is illegal in many parts, because it scorns legal responses to terrorism, it has not nurtured in growth in the law towards fighting terrorism. The opposite is true. Suspects that emerge from Bush's system are all but impossible to prosecute because of illegal detentions, lack of a chain of evidence, insufficient evidence, evidence tainted by torture, withholding of evidence for security reasons, partly to protect sources but also partly to protect the system from legal danger, and years wasted while the cases go cold.

Bush's reflexive secrecy, along with the dictatorial nature of the policy, stunt the accumulation of wisdom. Very few people have enough knowledge of the policies to offer constructive criticism, and since Bush has full control over it, his system will only benefit from what little wisdom comes its way if Bush manages to absorb it."
top

Boronx Boronx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Boronx writes "It seems that Bush's main selling point on Iraq today is that we can't afford to let his policy fail. What he really means is that he can't afford to admit that his policy is already failed. He also seems unable to allow that the American people, and more importantly the Iraqi people have had their say, or that their opinions matter.

BTW, why have I heard so much about how the Bush Administration is reacting to the ISG report, but nothing from Muqtada al Sadr, for example, or any other Iraqi? If the ISG is offensive to Iraqis, isn't the effort stillborn as a serious policy proposal?"

Journals

top

War on Terrorism

Boronx Boronx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Compared with a law-and-order response to 9/11, President Bush's prosecution of the war on terrorism by executive fiat is the weaker of the two.

A legal response would have been nurtured by the law. In turn, it would have built into the system of law a bulwark against terrorism that would endure beyond any presidency and that would have inherent legitimacy here and abroad. Such a bulwark would have benefited from the slow but relentless accumulation of wisdom that is a hallmark of our legal system.

Bush's war by fiat, or dictatorial war, is not nurtured by the law, but constantly threatened by it. It has already been slapped down by the courts in more than one place. Those components which have not been abandoned because of too much legal scrutiny, are in danger of being wholly dismantled by it at any time. If we have a new president in 2008 who is not attached to the policy, we are likely to see its total collapse. If the new president remains attached to the policy we will still see it erode towards utter uselessness.

Because Bush's policy is illegal in many parts, because it scorns legal responses to terrorism, it has not nurtured growth in the law towards fighting terrorism. The opposite is true. Suspects that emerge from Bush's system are all but impossible to prosecute because of illegal detentions, lack of a chain of evidence, insufficient evidence, evidence tainted by torture, withholding of evidence for security reasons, partly to protect sources but also partly to protect the system from legal danger, and years wasted while the cases go cold.

Bush's reflexive secrecy, along with the dictatorial nature of the policy, stunt the accumulation of wisdom. Very few people have enough knowledge of the policies to offer constructive criticism. Since Bush has full control over it, his system will only benefit from what little wisdom comes its way if Bush manages to absorb it.

top

Iraq War

Boronx Boronx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

It seems that Bush's main selling point on Iraq today is that we can't afford to let his policy fail. What he really means is that he can't afford to admit that his policy is already failed. He also seems unable to allow that the American people, and more importantly the Iraqi people have had their say, or that their opinions matter.

BTW, why have I heard so much about how the Bush Administration is reacting to the ISG report, but nothing from Muqtada al Sadr, for example, or any other Iraqi? If the ISG is offensive to Iraqis, isn't the effort stillborn as a serious policy proposal?

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...