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Brazil Approves Internet Bill of Rights

CmdrEdem As a Brazilian (63 comments)

Keeping net neutrality is a huge win. Other articles in the bill are very positive too.

The shitty part is the record keeping. As far as my legalspeak goes, and that is almost nothing, what I understood is that if I have a website I have to maintain a 6 month record of all my visitors. I'm guessing that they refer to general access logs, just like Apache access log files or some equivalent. What I did understand is that ISPs cannot keep those records. But I might be very wrong. Either interpretation is bad anyway, so it does not matter much how bad it is.

What bothers me more is that our equivalent to the FCC (Anatel) is building a database and backdoor access to all ISPs client data. If what I heard is right (two sources working in a third party developer for a local ISP) they will have access to every byte sent through every Internet connection in the country. The buffer size I do not know. THAT bothers me a lot.

2 hours ago
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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

CmdrEdem Re:80% of people working in a field (128 comments)

That is not the issue. The issue is if the regulator, instead of stopping abuse, let it slide for the promise of a future high paying job. In my book that is bribery, and I'm sure many people agrees with me.

3 hours ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

CmdrEdem Re:Education is designed to do that (294 comments)

You are joking, right? Do you really think lateral thinking can be achieved doing basic algorithms and complexity theory proofs? Algorithms are just a mechanic way of expressing yourself. Needed, but not the skill that is really important. Because sooner or latter all the software engineers that search for the holy grail in graphical languages will find the answer, and then a monkey will be able to express himself and "teach" the computer how to do what he just thought.

Complexity study. Again, useful. Specially to search for better algorithms or justify such search. But you can only proof complexity and compare algorithms with each other if you can think in many ways to tackle the same problem.

2 days ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

CmdrEdem Education is designed to do that (294 comments)

IMHO education does not teach how to explore new possibilities. It teaches rules and discipline. Some times, if you are lucky, you find someone that can jump start your brain to think critically and try to find new answers to old questions, that people already answered for you. That is the beginning of the process to find new questions and the respective answers.

In Computer Science the education issue is specially bad because we are taught how to think like the machine. How to constraint our thoughts to fit that little box that is good with math and nothing else. And then teach the machine how to do that. Ow... the irony.

2 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

CmdrEdem Re:Anyone else notice (245 comments)

It is a platform by itself, sure. There are games only available on Steam. But there is no marketing effort there. I cannot say for ads on the Internet overall because I use AdBlock, but I don't see Steam trying to grab attention of gaming media. I don't live in the US but I'm could guess that Steam does not use TV ads just as MS and Sony does. Their public is on another place already. Sure they get a lot of attention on the Internet because they matter a LOT, but nowadays they don't need to try to get attention. A simple Gabe's sneeze sends ripples through the entire PC gaming community right away. I think the difference between Steam and hardware platforms is that a console adds an entirely new capability to a television. Steam depends on an already present computer, and for some reason people likes to play in front of a television, that is usually far away from computers. To make Steam more like a console they made the Steam Machines. That is the entire point of the Machine, even if they seem quite lost about it.

about two weeks ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

CmdrEdem Consoles get the spotlight due to... (245 comments)

big, coordinated marketing efforts. PC has no such coordination. Steam could try to do that, and I think that will still be the biggest contribution of the Steam Machines. Quite ironic if you think, as I do, that the Steam Machine effort seems quite uncoordinated nowadays.

about two weeks ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

CmdrEdem Re:There is no time for gaming (245 comments)

Dear Anon, by your logic, since I play RTSs and TBSs, will you be a grunt in my army?

No? Oh sh*t. I knew I should have trained a little diplomacy playing some Neverwinter Nights 2.

about two weeks ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

CmdrEdem I can see many other ways (292 comments)

Instead of saying that science is running out of interesting stuff to find out I could say that scientists are simply too concerned in publishing meaningless articles to stride forward and find the "great" stuff.

Or that we hit a point in our natural science studies that does not offer that many opportunities for major applications.

Other way to look at this is that with so much information available scientists can exchange more information and many people works in smaller fractions of the same problem and help each other in a more predictable way. There is no huge, instantaneous development, or said development takes time to become really meaningful on that area.

But in the end here is my opinion: Here in /. I find, every week, things that are truly amazing scientific developments. Maybe the writer is just numb due to so many incredible discoveries.

about two weeks ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

CmdrEdem In my experience (384 comments)

Women and men are equally bad at math. Specially at teaching math. It's not an easy subject and it's not a natural way to think about anything.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

CmdrEdem That is hard to predict (294 comments)

If smart is the capability of intellectually adapting to accomplish tasks then computers are in trouble for now. If academia overall stops chasing it's own tail worried about publishing papers in great volume of questionable relevance and resumes the publishing of meaningful developments then maybe we can get a good breakthrough in ten years. And that is a big maybe.

I am not particularly thrilled to create an AI good enough to be like us. /. is nice enough but humans overall are dicks. Anything we create will follow this tendency. We are not good enough to avoid that.

about a month and a half ago
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Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

CmdrEdem This is so wrong. (361 comments)

Sure, the Internet was not designed to stream HD videos, but neither it was designed to play games, or make telephone calls. The only thing they designed it for in the beginning was simple http. But all those things work now. The Internet is flexible. The companies want to kill net neutrality because the Internet is a strong competitor in many services they have a stake in too. Examples: Skype can replace telephones. Netflix can replace cable. And the Internet allows for people to create new, better solutions at any time and over the already established infrastructure. Having a tenth of my download rate as my upload is already a spit on my face, and now they want to control what services I can properly use or not? That's not acceptable.

Besides, if they charge more to not limit Netflix bandwidth, most people will likely pay for it and keep using the same amount of bandwidth, only now the ISPs are getting some money for that. This is only about profit, that they have more than enough.

about 2 months ago
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How the Black Hole Firewall Paradox Was Resolved

CmdrEdem There is another possible black hole's firewall (118 comments)

Im not a physicist, but hear this. Imagine for a second that most of the photons that gets trapped on a black hole will certainly head towards the singularity. Now, there is a certain distance where the orbital speed is the same as the light's speed, and that is not at the core, presuming that at the core the gravity must be strong enough to stop light from going out even at the perfect escape vector. Therefore it is possible, but very unlikely, that this orbiting light around the black hole is enough to melt or crisp any objects that care about being burned.

Please correct me if I'm in any way wrong.

about 3 months ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

CmdrEdem I wonder... (618 comments)

... if /. will be the first site to have flesh-eating posts.

about 7 months ago
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Survey: Most IT Staff Don't Communicate Security Risks

CmdrEdem What management says is: (227 comments)

"Don't worry about it, it's not that serious."

Well, you are wrong, your head is up your ass, and this kind of stuff is why guys like you hire guys like me, even if you don't know that. So, let the IT dept. do it's job, dammit!

about 8 months ago
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Will Robots Replace Rent-a-Cops?

CmdrEdem Re:"abnormalities in human behavior"? (157 comments)

Let's just say I'm not including only direct physical harm in my definition of violence. We may not hit ourselves in each other faces all day long, but:

1- Our culture, more and more, represents violence. All kinds of media. Every time. All around.

2- Look at the Internet. Look at comment sections (/. excluded, and that's why I still read comments here). That should be the new definition of verbal violence.

3- Any way we deprive someone from their basic means of survival can be considered violence IMHO. All societies I can think of had, to their core, a way from taking something from most people to concentrate in the hands of fewer. The difference now is that with better transportation, entire countries can be screwed in favor of other countries. That is true for socialism and communism too. That is human nature, and that's my point.

about 8 months ago
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Will Robots Replace Rent-a-Cops?

CmdrEdem "abnormalities in human behavior"? (157 comments)

Since the human nature is a violent one, I don't think violent behavior is abnormal, only not accepted in most circumstances by our social standards. The robot will detect behavior disapproved by the government that bought it.

about 8 months ago
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Why Computers Still Don't Understand People

CmdrEdem Computers understands humans (277 comments)

Through a thing called programming language. The same way we all need to learn how to speak with one another, we need to learn how to properly communicate with a computer.

Not saying we should not teach machines how to understand "natural" language, text interpretation and so on, but that headline is horrible.

about 8 months ago
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Kremlin Security Agency To Buy Typewriters To Avoid Leaks

CmdrEdem It`s not effective (49 comments)

When you write the message on a typewriter then scan it to be transmitted through a well-known IM system.

about 9 months ago
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The Dangers of Beating Your Kickstarter Goal

CmdrEdem Re:That is where publishers are useful (168 comments)

I agree that if you want to make a game you must understand that you don`t have the resources to do everything. Being so, the secret here is what you do first and when to stop making new stuff to make the stuff you already have the best you can.

That said there is reason why publishers are hated. They are business only. They care little for creativity. They care only for profit. And you may say that for capitalism in general, but you can`t let that be the guiding line in a creative industry. A industry that relies on creativity to make a profit. That is the great contradiction that publishers face every day.

And what do they seek to solve this problem? QA, Focus group testing, yearly franchises and so on. This industry is inherently risky, and even the most profitable franchise will cease to be profitable on the long run. I don`t know how long it will take for that to happen with CoD but I hope it happens sooner rather than later. If you want to make sure money, go work in a bank or be a MD. This industry is where guys take huge risks, where you bet on competent people and new ideas.

about 9 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Implicitly trusting Internet opinions.

CmdrEdem CmdrEdem writes  |  about 10 months ago

CmdrEdem (2229572) writes "I struggle to accept current business models. With the Internet at our hands I truly believe the "vote with your wallets" idea can be taken up to eleven. But to do so a game developer must trust that users are willing to use their wallets to vote which game features the player want to have in the game sooner rather than later. What do Slashdotters think? Is the Internet ready for this power and the inherited responsibility?"

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