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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Dr. Evil Re:RIM still off in their own little la-la land. (123 comments)

It's a perfect metaphor when you're working for a company which produces crappy products and forces you to use them in front of customers.

Sales demos become the customer watching you eat dogfood.

I never regret quitting that place.

yesterday
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Dr. Evil Re:About Fucking Time (424 comments)

First, the government already seized that land. Any claims to that land by returned exiles will probably be met with the same attitude as claims by Canadians to lands that their Loyalist ancestors lost after the US Revolution.

Second, the land is probably now reserved for use by higher level Party members; they won't be moving.

Ah, but this is all up for negotiation as the U.S. holds the embargo, and many of the former landowners are powerful American political families. The land wasn't ceded to war, it was Cuban land before and Cuban land after.

It's just the cynic in me. The good news I guess is that Obama doesn't have to worry about re-election, so he can make political decisions which aren't in his self-interest.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Dr. Evil Re:About Fucking Time (424 comments)

Trick is what to do with all the big U.S. families with claims to beachfront resorts and casinos?

Kick the Cubans off the land and re-employ them as card dealers and prostitutes?

Yay freedom!

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Dr. Evil No, they're cowards (874 comments)

It's harder to live for a cause than die for one.

It's especially easy to die for a cause if you've never amounted to anything.. You can take some comfort in believing that you'll be remembered as a hero, and you don't have to take any responsibility for your actions.

4 days ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Dr. Evil Horrible Analogies (388 comments)

It's hard to think of analogies which reflect the danger, the reputational damage and the material gain of this kind of betrayal. Murder doesn't have the element of reputational damage and material gain.

I mean, you signed a contract with the U.S., you were vetted, they did background checks, you had history together and built a battleship together, then you sold the schematics of that battleship.

If we're using human analogies, this is like selling the diary, identity information and naked photos of your overaccomplished olympian niece... and providing some genetic material to clone her.

There's no way to entrap somebody with that kind of betrayal. Regardless of money, they should actively protect and defend her from this kind of abuse. Out of a sense of decency and loyalty, protecting it even with their own life.

But really, analogies suck.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Dr. Evil Re:Yeesh (584 comments)

Somebody modded me down on it too...

I guess some people consider it okay to have a stepdad who has a problem with their stepson being a princess.

Poor kid.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Dr. Evil Re:Yeesh (584 comments)

Respect the kid, it's hard to be different.

Drama, music, public speaking. If the kid's gay, check out local programs for gay youth. Not even to enroll, just to know such things exist and he has a future.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Dr. Evil Re:Journalism Mantra: "If it bleeds, it leads" (409 comments)

Mostly agreed, but for some exceptions.... sports and finance are reported with obsessive detail, completeness and accuracy, sometimes when the story is good, sometimes when the story is bad. It's not quite limited to simple facts either, but packed with speculation and editorialization, predictions and rebuttals. Compare the coverage of sports and finance with the weather and traffic. You don't have a circle of pundits discussing the forecast, but they will discuss the sports score or the movement of AAPL.

Outside of those topics, it seems to be that people want to hear about failure and disaster. Even when reading about celebrities.

about two weeks ago
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Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

Dr. Evil Re:FUCK SAKE! It was NEVER anonymous (115 comments)

Not sure what the point is. The article is about money laundering, and describes how it's easier to launder digital currencies and how they're controversial because of this.

Bitcoin is at best pseudonymous, each wallet is a pseudonym with a very carefully documented and very public ledger. When the bitcoins are converted to or from hard currency, a trail of that transaction is likely recorded.

about three weeks ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

Dr. Evil Re:SSL? (92 comments)

That's an excellent article, thanks.

The fix would require specific changes to the implementation and "...there's a high risk that this would also cause compatibility problems." IMHO, it would be highly misleading to call it an implementation problem that an unforseen encryption weakness could be mitigated with changes to the implementation.

I offer the above to be XKCD1318 compliant.

about three weeks ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

Dr. Evil Re:SSL? (92 comments)

POODLE is not an implementation problem. It's a protocol problem.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-290A

"There is currently no fix for the vulnerability SSL 3.0 itself, as the issue is fundamental to the protocol"

It's an implementation problem if you're speaking abstractly about the application of crypto. But we're talking about "SSL", a protocol.

about three weeks ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

Dr. Evil SSL? (92 comments)

"Chapter 4 is particularly interesting in that the author notes that while the cryptography behind SSL and PKI is fundamentally secure,"

Post-POODLE, SSL has been shown fundamentally insecure.

TLS is fine as far as we know.

about three weeks ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Dr. Evil Re:Bullshit Stats. (496 comments)

Went to a Python developers meetup. There were 2 women in a room of 100 people.

Went to an infosec meetup. There were 5% women in a room of 200 people.

Went to a Wordpress developers conference, there were 50% women in attendance of hundreds of people.

They're all tech jobs. Why are women choosing paths that earn less?

about a month ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Dr. Evil Re:Here we go again (496 comments)

"I wonder what the conclusion of such an article would be?"

That this isn't a site for sociologists or experts in race or gender studies.

If we talked to sociolgists, race or gender study experts, they'd probably have a non-sensationalist, well researched and well reasoned approach to discussing sensitive issues. And they probably wouldn't be happy if people jumped on their communtiy forums and started talking about SATA drivers.

about a month ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Dr. Evil Re:Here we go again (496 comments)

Previous story was about Barbie and sexism, this one is about pay equity. I think the next story should be about minorities in tech.

Maybe we'll find out Bill Cosby did a stint for Apple. That would wrap it all up nicely.

about a month ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Dr. Evil Cooked ethics (335 comments)

I'm as sure you're wrong as I'm sure the last digit of pi is 6.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Dr. Evil Re:Wow, I'd be pretty angry (167 comments)

A good devops team means that amazon vs. local is a flip of a command line parameter.

about a month ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

Dr. Evil Re:ShirtStorm (337 comments)

Those who think that images of women in lingerie are degrading need to visit a therapist. Female sexuality is not degrading.

The shirt is unprofessional. Sexuality is an awkward subject, and bringing it up in the workplace is delicate. Not a subject for t-shirts.

But holy crap I love the response shirt: https://twitter.com/SMLXist/status/532928903778934784/photo/1

about a month ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

Dr. Evil Re:Huh (223 comments)

"How hard would it have been to install a bright LED on the top that Rosetta could see from a few km away?"

If you were to drop the LED frequency into the radio spectrum you could reduce the power requirement further.

about a month ago

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Kickstarting a Free Textbook

Dr. Evil Dr. Evil writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dr. Evil (3501) writes "Back in the day, I had a prof who wrote a text on Optics and sold photocopy editions for $5. We got cheap books and he got feedback to improve them. A friend of a friend is now doing the same for his philosophy students, except he's using Kickstarter to fund the book and offer digital editions free. Is this common? Are other professors doing this? He writes:

If you took a course in philosophy or critical thinking at college or university, you paid an average of $70 for your textbook. I think that's too much, especially for students who have to choose between food and the rent, two or three times a year, like a lot of my students. Yet the cost of these books never goes down, because students are a captive market.

So, I've been writing my own textbook, so that my students don't have to buy one. I'd like to expand and improve it and then make it available to the whole world, for free.

This Kickstarter campaign will allow me to bring in more contributors, get more research resources, and hire designers and artists and translators, so that we can put together a very high quality teaching tool, and make it available to every student in the world.

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