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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

Dr. Manhattan No, this is absolutely normal SOP these days. (299 comments)

For example:

If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded.

about a week ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

Dr. Manhattan No, this is absolutely normal SOP these days. (299 comments)

For example:

If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded.

about a week ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

Dr. Manhattan You read in some assumptions, I'm afraid. (216 comments)

I didn't propose that males would necessarily be irrational in the same way as you think females are. It could easily manifest in different ways or even diferent domains. But even in the same domain... what of the many men who damage their family relationships and careers because they manifest a lack of Johnson control?

about a month and a half ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

Dr. Manhattan Re:Your conclusions are invalid. (216 comments)

I noticed based on the evidence and simple observation that it is much easier for it to happen in females.

Lemme propose a hypothetical. What if you and other males are just as 'irrational' as you think females are... but you don't notice it because you take your own irrationalities as given? It's hard to judge a culture from within; how much harder might it be to judge one's own biology?

about a month and a half ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Dr. Manhattan Re:OK, then, *8* ways... (724 comments)

Makes some good points in this case, so far as I can see, though.

about 2 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Dr. Manhattan Where did those goalposts get to? (795 comments)

If you are creating a design and then testing it empirically under relatively controlled conditions to determine if it works, then you are doing science.

Using science to evaluate a design? Sure. But the design itself is... wait for it... engineering. Of course engineers can do science, and scientist can engineer. Heck, musicians can be scientists, and vice versa. But that doesn't mean that engineering is science.

about 2 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Dr. Manhattan Nope. (795 comments)

Science gives us engineering

Nope. In the words of someone Slashdot readers should respect, Alan Cox: "Engineering does not require science. Science helps a lot but people built perfectly good brick walls long before they knew why cement works."

about 2 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Dr. Manhattan The article isn't any better. (795 comments)

From TFA:

So let me explain what science actually is. Science is the process through which we derive reliable predictive rules through controlled experimentation. That's the science that gives us airplanes and flu vaccines and the Internet.

No - engineering "gives us airplanes and flu vaccines and the Internet". Science gives us the theoretical (in the scientific sense) frameworks and tools that engineering can apply to do that. The author shows at least as much confusion as those he decries, and he does it from the start.

about 2 months ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Dr. Manhattan Risks vs benefits and tradeoffs (170 comments)

However I think there is a real danger of honest mistakes being abused, and like I said most of the abuses I know about used those.

If the cameras are only under the control of the people they are supposed to be monitoring, they will wind up being used only to clear, never to convict. I don't want the police getting any access to the videos that the accused doesn't have.

Honest mistakes are already 'abused' in our legal system. Cameras add nothing to that. But they can - if the system is set up properly - reduce a whole host of other abuses.

about 3 months ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Dr. Manhattan Nope. (170 comments)

Let's be clear, does the policeman misremembering and event change what actually happened in anyway?

Doesn't change the event itself, no - but a pattern of errors can speak volumes about intent and state of mind. And many crimes (and torts) depend on intent and belief. So, note, do many defenses.

What is being unsaid is that you are accusing either side of lying to cover up and thus the lying person must be a bad person worthy of punishment for that reason

No. I am, in fact, relying on the deterrent effect of the video. I am trying to prevent lying, not catch someone in a lie. If you know your actions are being monitored, you will behave differently and note what happens more carefully. I'm not trying to 'trip people up'. I am trying to help make it so that testimony is actually accurate. If people are given the opportunity to slant their narrative, they will - this a human thing, hardly limited to police. By reducing the opportunity for this, by requiring people to more carefully examine their memories and words, I'm hoping to make "our justice system" better.

about 3 months ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Dr. Manhattan Re:Who gets access to the video? (170 comments)

Why, have you never remembered an event wrong?

Sure I have. So what? If police misremember the event, is that somehow not relevant?

The behavior of everyone will be plain to see on the video

That was actually caught on video, that is. As I explicitly pointed out. I spoke - direct quote here - about the ability "to craft a story that fits what was recorded, and leave out or invent things that weren't picked up". What happened before, or just offscreen? Police are known to claim that someone was "reaching for a gun" - even when it didn't happen. But if the camera angle is bad, they will know they can claim that regardless of what they actually remember.

every lawyer knows the trick of picking out one detail someone got wrong and spinning that into proof that everything they say is a lie

But... but... if "The behavior of everyone will be plain to see on the video", how could a lawyer get away with that?

Frankly, I consider that a feature, not a bug, anyway. Eyewitness testimony really is ureliable. 'Bout time juries learned that applies to police too.

about 3 months ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Dr. Manhattan Who gets access to the video? (170 comments)

Is it the police only? Defense lawyers with a subpoena? The public? There's this:

Officers would be permitted to view video they recorded before making statements in cases where their conduct was questioned

I would vastly prefer they make statements without access to the video. Seeing the video allows them to craft a story that fits what was recorded, and leave out or invent things that weren't picked up. If they don't know exactly what the cameras saw, they have to stick much closer to the truth.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

Dr. Manhattan Also, Palm OS Companion (170 comments)

Documentation put out by Palm that covered most of the API and such. Still available here: http://www.cs.uml.edu/~fredm/c...

The main difference in OS5 was the addition of "PNOlets", chunks of native ARM code. Chapter 14.

It's still tricky. When I ported Palm's OS4 emulator to Android, I had to do some library coding and tracking down sample source code was... nontrivial. Definitely look for open-source Palm programs, like pssh, and learn from them.

about 4 months ago
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

Dr. Manhattan Re:Bigger phone batteries would be nice. (119 comments)

What the FUDGE are you doing in the woods where you want a Cell phone on all the time?

Staying available in case my wife or any of my kids who aren't on the trip have a medical emergency? I apologize for having purposes that don't meet up with your approval, or enjoying myself in ways that you frown upon. I will re-evaluate all my life choices in light of your preferences immediately.

Feature phones work better in areas of sketchy cell service. Their battery life is very long. The battery requires less power.

I agree. But that means I have to have multiple cell phones for different purposes. Which brings us back to... Modern phones do a lot more, and a lot faster, than older tech... but I admit I miss the battery life of the old Palms. One month on a couple of triple-As. Not having to charge my phone every single night would be pleasant. Wise words indeed.

about 4 months ago
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

Dr. Manhattan Re:Bigger phone batteries would be nice. (119 comments)

Solar battery takes care of the problem.

Not in Michigan woods. Not even in the middle of summer, with several days of clear skies, using this. And yes, I speak from experience. Especially when you're in areas with poor signal that drain the battery faster.

Leaving aside issues of unexpectedly not being near your chargers for too long even in day-to-day life, etc.

Clearly you're happy with your battery life. Congratulations, felicitations, mazel tov, and so forth. That doesn't mean that people who are not satisfied are wrong, however.

about 4 months ago
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

Dr. Manhattan Re:Bigger phone batteries would be nice. (119 comments)

Because setting a phone down on a charging mat next to the bed is oh so hard.

In a tent - yeah, it is.

about 4 months ago
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

Dr. Manhattan Bigger phone batteries would be nice. (119 comments)

Modern phones do a lot more, and a lot faster, than older tech... but I admit I miss the battery life of the old Palms. One month on a couple of triple-As. Not having to charge my phone every single night would be pleasant.

about 4 months ago

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Disney Channel Sitcom Denigrates Open-Source Software

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

Dr. Manhattan writes "In a recent episode of the Disney channel sitcom Shake It Up, a stereotypical 'nerd' character manages to bring down a school network due to a "virus... hidden in" "open source code". Naturally, this is a "rookie mistake". Hopefully this is just a case of writers reaching for random buzzwords, though some speculate it's "anti-open-source propaganda."
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