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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

DrJimbo Re:Prison time (272 comments)

No, it's called "asset forfeiture" and it does happen far too often. Hell, happening once is far too often.

In the US there are two kinds of asset forfeiture, criminal and civil:

There are two types of forfeiture cases, criminal and civil. Approximately half of all forfeiture cases practiced today are civil, although many of those are filed in parallel to a related criminal case. In civil forfeiture cases, the US Government sues the item of property, not the person; the owner is effectively a third-party claimant. [...]

In civil cases, the owner need not be judged guilty of any crime; [...] In contrast, criminal forfeiture is usually carried out in a sentence following a conviction and is a punitive act against the offender.

I don't want to put words in your mouth but I think the type of forfeiture you so strenuously (and correctly) object to is called civil asset forfeiture or civil forfeiture for short.

5 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

DrJimbo Re:Some Sense Restored? (522 comments)

The problem with supporting multiple init systems is that each package that provides a daemon needs to support all of them.

I agree with you in theory. In this case SysV init has been around for ages so SysV init scripts already exist for almost all packages. Just don't remove those and there is very little additional work required to maintain the SysV init scripts.

Yes, new packages will need to support both for a while, but this is a tiny fraction of the work to create and maintain a new service. It is a very small price to pay in order to get some breathing room and a graceful transition period.

It will give people a chance to put down the torches and pitchforks for a while. One of the biggest objections to systemd was that it was being rammed down our throats whether we wanted it or not, whether it was ready or not, etc. Look at Pulse Audio. After a few painful years, it was finally ready for non-beta use. Systemd should be given a similar incubation period during which people can easily choose to use it or not.

On a more poetic note::

Before the creation of Arda (The World), Melkor was the most powerful of the Ainur. Because of his unique station, he sought to create wills in the manner of his own Creator, so he alone would venture sometimes into the Void in search of the Flame Imperishable, the Secret Fire, which would grant him this ability. But he never found it, as it is with Eru only. He had sought to fill the Void with sentient beings and was dissatisfied with Eru's abandonment of it. Instead, in what he hoped would be an expression of his own originality and creativity, he contended with Eru (God) in the Music of the Ainur, introducing what he perceived to be themes of his own.

Unlike his fellow Ainu Aule, Melkor was too proud to admit that his creations were simply discoveries wholly made possible by, and therefore "belonging" to, Eru. Instead, Melkor aspired to the level of Eru, the true Creator of all possibilities.

During the Great Music of the Ainur, Melkor attempted to alter the Music and introduced what he believed to be elements purely of his own design. As part of these efforts, he drew many weaker-willed Ainur to him, creating a counter to Eru's main theme. Ironically, these attempts did not truly subvert the Music, but only elaborated Eru's original intentions: the Music of Eru took on depth and beauty precisely because of the strife and sadness Melkor's disharmonies (and their rectification) introduced.

Since the Great Music of the Ainur stood as template for all of history and all of material creation in the Middle-earth cycle (it was first sung before Time, and then the universe was made in its image), there was an aspect of everything in Middle-earth that came of Melkor's malign influence; everything had been "corrupted". Tolkien elaborates on this in Morgoth's Ring, drawing an analogy between the One Ring, into which Sauron committed much of his power, and all of Arda -- "Morgoth's Ring" -- which contains and is corrupted by the residue of Melkor's power until the Remaking of the World.

about two weeks ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

DrJimbo Different tools for different jobs (365 comments)

Alan Perlis said:

Everything should be built top-down, except the first time.

The work on the Linux kernel by Linus is essentially the "first time" which is why he prefers C. It can be used as a bottom-up language. OOP and C++ are top-down. The BOSS-MOOL group are rewriting something that already exists so they are using a top-down approach. Both Linus and the BOSS-MOOL group are using the right tool for the job. The jobs are different so the right tool is different.

about a month ago
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Physicists Observe the Majorana Fermion, Which Is Its Own Antiparticle

DrJimbo Re:Fermion that is its own antiparticle (99 comments)

what does it mean for a particle to be its own antiparticle?

In theoretical calculations if you reverse the charge (C), the parity (P), and time (T) of a particle, you get its antiparticle. A simpler (and less accurate) way of saying this is that antiparticles are normal particles traveling backward in time. This is not just a novelty, it is important for doing quantum field theory calculations (see Feynman-Stueckelberg interpretation).

So a particle is its own antiparticle if you reverse all three (CPT) and get the same thing. As the OP said, this is not unusual. It is only unusual for fermions. If two of them collide with each other then they can be annihilated and turn into another particle-antiparticle pair, just like photons can. Since they are neutral (I *think*, due to C symmetry) they don't attract each other like positrons and electrons do so you have to make special arrangements to get them to collide.

Does that mean that they're neutral to matter and anti-matter, or do they still somehow fall into one of those categories?

If there were an anti-matter universe then the photons there would be the same as the photons here. Same thing with Majorana fermions. I guess you could say they are both matter and anti-matter. You could also say they are neither matter nor anti-matter.

about a month ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

DrJimbo Re:PROOF (275 comments)

I'd mod you up if I had points.

Yes, it is a publicity stunt, and yes, it won't convince people who are invested in the conspiracy theory, and yes, it does not prove the original photo was authentic. But as you said, it does give a plausible explanation for the lighting in the original photo.

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

DrJimbo Feynman also said: (795 comments)

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.

Unfortunately, many people (on both sides) seem to think science means "trust the experts". This is the gist of the fine article.

about a month ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

DrJimbo Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (286 comments)

The dissenting judge disagrees with the majority opinion. It is ridiculous to use the dissenting opinion to explain the majority opinion. Agent Logan was legally able to perform what would normally be an Unconstitutional search when the search was restricted to military personnel only. I said your common sense should have told you that military personal don't have the same Constitutional rights as normal citizens. I also provided a link to a page that described this in detail. Therefore your insinuation that I was relying solely on common sense is another fabrication. If you disagree and think that military personnel have the same Constitutional rights as normal citizens, fine, let's discuss it. But don't insinuate I was relying on common sense when I provided a link (and you could just as easily use Google to get the same results).

Regardless of which laws were used by the defense to throw out the results of a search that was clearly Unconstitutional [see below], the following facts remain:

  1. Military personnel have almost no rights regarding search and seizure.
  2. Agent Logan used these same standards to search "all computers in the state of Washington" without probable cause or a warrant.
  3. The majority opinion said there was a need to deter future violations because there was evidence of widespread and repeated violations. (For goodness sake, the government was arguing it had a right to perform such massive searches. If they eventually prevail is it conceivable that they would stop conducting such searches?).
  4. Your statement "the evidence was thrown out because a military investigator found the material" implies that if someone who was not in the military had performed the search then it would have been legal.

The fundamental question is whether the US Government has the right to search all of the computers in the United States without a warrant and without probable cause. The majority ruled they do not. The choice to use the Posse Comitatus Act was made by the defense attorneys, not the judges. It is usually much cheaper to avoid arguing things on Constitutional grounds. But the use of the PCA by the defense does not at all imply that no Constitutional rights were violated.

It boggles my mind that anyone would honestly think such a search was Constitutional as long as it was performed by non-military personnel. What possible use is the 4th Amendment if such searches were legal? If you really want to argue that such a broad search of normal people would be Constitutional then let's do it. Don't hide behind implications and insinuations.

about a month and a half ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

DrJimbo Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (286 comments)

The evidence was thrown out because a military investigator found the material, not because it was an unconstitutional search.

Nice try but that is not what the fine article says. It says:

The 2-1 majority rejected the government's argument that the military is allowed to monitor and search all computers in a state without prior knowledge that a computer's owner is even in the military.

Even a modicum of common sense should tell you that people in military service do not have the same Constitutional rights as the general public even without the huge hint in the fine article. From Does the Constitution apply to rights of military members?:

But in other respects, even basic rights against unreasonable searches and seizures are virtually non-existent [for military personnel].

The problem was not that a person in the military was conducting a search that would have been Constitutional had a non-military person conducted it. The problem was that the search was performed using the lax (and generally Unconstitutional) standards the military uses for searching its own but it was conducted on an entire state. If the government wins this case then they will have a right to search all of your computers without any warrant or any probable cause just by asking a member of the military to conduct the search and then hand off anything interesting to the police of FBI.

Please stop just making shit up in order to twist a story into fitting your political agenda.

about a month and a half ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

DrJimbo Re:You have all been trained to accept this as nor (286 comments)

AC:

How is it a violation of rights or privacy to search a search engine for files that you deliberately make public for the purpose of sharing.

FTFA:

Using software called RoundUp from his office in Georgia, Logan searched for "any computers located in Washington state sharing known child pornography on the Gnutella file-sharing network," the ruling states.

Dear AC, I am not familiar with a search engine called "RoundUp". Will you please provide a link? It looks useful.

More FTFA:

The 2-1 majority rejected the government's argument that the military is allowed to monitor and search all computers in a state without prior knowledge that a computer's owner is even in the military.

Clearly the military has much fewer Constitutional restrictions when they investigate military personnel. This case is about whether the military can investigate the general public with that same lack of Constitutional restraint.

If the court sided with NCIS agent Logan (Logan Cale?) then unless the ruling was overturned by a higher court, the US Government could use military personnel to scan all computers in the US and simply turn over anything suspicious to the local authorities. I don't know why you think it would be a good idea to give the US government the right to constantly scan all of your computers, smart phones, and tablets. I prefer that such searches stay illegal without a proper search warrant.

about a month and a half ago
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The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

DrJimbo TFS is utter bullshit (196 comments)

Lem wrote about all kinds of possible futures. A small percentage do match the description in the summary but the vast majority conflict with it. Most of his work is about reaching out and exploring in various ways. His work is so varied it is difficult to come up with one theme that describes it all. If I were to try to come up with major themes then I would give at least these:

  1. Alien life is so different from our own that despite our best efforts we are unable to communicate with it or understand it.
  2. Mechanical life begets (creates) biological life which begets mechanical life, and so on. The origins are lost in the shrouds of pre-history.
  3. People are mostly idiots and don't realize it. Present company not excepted.

about a month and a half ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

DrJimbo Re:You cannot patent an idea (118 comments)

Therefore Microsoft is right in claiming that software is in fact like a physical machine (since the 1s and 0s of software are real whereas your abstract ideas can't be clearly represented like that) that controls another physical machine (the CPU).

Fine. Then the patent only covers one configuration of ones and zeros that implement the algorithm (corresponding to one physical machine), not every possible configuration of ones and zeros that implement the algorithm (which correspond to an infinite number of different machines). This means the patent is only good for their source code with their compiler with their set of compiler optimizations on one specific CPU architecture. They would be far better off using copyright instead.

The leap you make from protecting one configuration of ones and zeros that implement an algorithm to protecting every possible configuration of ones and zeros that implement the same algorithm is exactly the part of the argument that I characterize as "stupid and ill-informed".

Seriously, how is protecting every possible way to implement an algorithm (on a computer) any different from protecting the algorithm itself (on a computer)? The judges in that case can hide behind the excuse of being completely ignorant of how computers work. What's your excuse?

about a month and a half ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

DrJimbo Re: Are you fucking serious? Tell me you aren't! (198 comments)

Thanks for the link. That paper discusses a system that has C and A but not P. They are looking at fast transactions on a distributed system that is never partitioned (no hardware or network failures). When parts of the system go down they will still have to choose between availability and strong consistency. They tell us they chose C over A:

In its current implementation, Calvin handles hardware failures by recovering the crashed machine from its most recent complete snapshot and then replaying all more recent transactions. Since other nodes within the same replica may depend on remote reads from the afflicted machine, however, throughput in the rest of the replica is apt to slow or halt until recovery is complete.

If they were able to provide C and A and P then it would be huge news. Most of our current databases both RDBMS and NoSQL would instantly be obsolete. Most database design over the past decade or more has involved using different tradeoffs between C, A, and P. If someone really found a way to provide all three at once then all of that work would have been for naught.

about a month and a half ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

DrJimbo You cannot patent an idea (118 comments)

Legal Match explains:

You can patent pretty much anything under the sun that is made by man except laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas. These categories are excluded subject matter from the scope of patents.

...

What Are Abstract Ideas?
Abstract ideas are concepts like pure mathematics and algorithms. You cannot patent a formula. However, you can patent an application of that formula. Thus, while you cannot patent a mathematical formula that produces nonrepeating patterns, you can patent paper products that use that formula to prevent rolls of paper from sticking together.

In the legal world it is widely accepted that ideas and algorithms cannot be patented. The reason we have/had software patents at all is that despite Bill Gates once saying that it would have been impossible to create Microsoft if software were patentable, Microsoft (and others I imagine) gave the courts a bull shit argument that since running software affects the physical state of the machine it is running on, software is more like a physical object and less like an idea or algorithm. Since the judges knew next to nothing about computers they accepted this bullshit argument hook, line, and sinker.

The problem with Microsoft's argument is that different implementations of the same algorithm create different physical configurations (electrons and so on) of the hardware. Likewise different CPU architectures create different physical configurations and so on. Microsoft's argument ends up with a patent that protects all possible implementations of a algorithm on a computer which is indistinguishable from patenting the algorithm itself.

That incredibly ill-informed and stupid decision opened the floodgates for "... on a computer" patents. The Supreme Court is now trying to rectify that mistake. Abstract ideas cannot be patented. Mathematics cannot be patented. Algorithms cannot be patented. However you can protect the expression of an algorithm by using copyright to protect your particular implementation. You cannot protect all possible implementations of an abstract idea.

about a month and a half ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

DrJimbo Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (462 comments)

Unless you are incredibility stupid, or actually doing something illegal, you have nothing to fear from 99.999% of law enforcement, and for that 0.001% of the time there is a risk, there isn't much you can do anyway. But you have the same things at home I'll bet.

Are you deliberately lying or is the problem that you have not yet learned to Google before posting extraordinary claims?

Your claim is directly contradicted by an article in the New Yorker that was probably pivotal in raising the alarm. Here is a small sample:

Yet only a small portion of state and local forfeiture cases target powerful entities. "There's this myth that they're cracking down on drug cartels and kingpins," Lee McGrath, of the Institute for Justice, who recently co-wrote a paper on Georgia's aggressive use of forfeiture, says. "In reality, it's small amounts, where people aren't entitled to a public defender, and can't afford a lawyer, and the only rational response is to walk away from your property, because of the infeasibility of getting your money back." In 2011, he reports, fifty-eight local, county, and statewide police forces in Georgia brought in $2.76 million in forfeitures; more than half the items taken were worth less than six hundred and fifty dollars. With minimal oversight, police can then spend nearly all those proceeds, often without reporting where the money has gone.

It takes only a pinch of common sense to realize that if you allow a group of people the right to stop law abiding citizens and take their money and possessions with no legal repercussions then this right will be abused.

In some places it costs well over $1,000 for a citizen to start fighting a seizure. If the cops took $500 or less then fighting and winning will cost at least $500 and likely thousands of dollars more.

In a backhanded way, you seem to be saying that the police in America are a bunch of nincompoops who haven't yet figured out that it is much easier to steal smaller amounts of money from people who can't or won't fight back than it is to steal larger amounts of money from people who can and will fight back.

The way the system is set up, it may be impossible to provide accurate statistics on what percentage of these civil forfeitures had anything at all to do with criminal activity because no criminal charges need to be filed and there are big disincentives that prevent even completely innocent people from fighting back.

Many of the anecdotal stories in the New Yorker article show how easy it is for civil forfeiture laws to be systematically abused by the police. Even if the original system was created with the best of intentions it has devolved into us basically paying the police handsomely to violate people's Constitutional rights.

about a month and a half ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

DrJimbo Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

She admits to having corresponded to a known terrorist. That may not be the letter of the law in regards to having been an member, but don't you think that she should have mentioned that particular fact, knowing that she was applying for government position that actually required more than a cursory background check?

Hell no. Not unless they asked her about it. She certainly should not have morphed the simple question they asked her about her own group membership into a much larger question about the group memberships of all the people she had ever had any contact with.

The fine article says:

... Balagoon died in 1986 of an AIDS-related illness. (Barr says she wrote to Balagoon occasionally while he was in prison---"it would have been reprehensible for me to drop my correspondence with a dying person," she explains---and visited him once.)

This has nothing to do with her own affiliations. It was also almost 30 years ago. If her association with this man was innocent (which no one is disputing) then it is very unrealistic to expect her to dredge up this old memory during the interview process when she is being bombarded with other questions. Expecting her to answer a complicated question when she is asked a simple question is also highly unrealistic.

I ran into a similar problem with the DIS (now the DSS). They got upset because I had associated with people they thought were communists when I was in graduate school. They were also upset because after grad school a couple of Russians, along with other foreigners stayed at my house for about a week after we all got to know each other working on a volunteer trail crew for a week or two. They were here as part of an exchange program. This was right around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall when our relationship with Russia was still frosty.

I had answered all of their questions honestly. I was not aware of the political affiliations of all of the people I had worked with. It never occurred to me that doing my patriotic duty by showing a couple of Russians the benefits of the American system was of any interest to the DIS until they accused me of withholding this information.

If they had asked me directly about associating with communists in graduate school, I would not have been able to answer to their satisfaction because I just didn't know. If they had asked me directly if I ever had contact with anyone from a communist country then I might have remembered that short visit. But I might not have remembered even if they had asked because for me it was small, harmless, and inconsequential. When they asked me directly about that particular visit then of course I remembered.

I found the entire process rather intimidating. I was focused intently and racking my brain to answer all of their questions as honestly as possible. It never occurred to me to wonder about other questions they didn't ask that they might want answers to especially since the stuff they got so upset about was totally innocent and harmless. It was like dealing with a big angry girlfriend who expects you to intuit every possible thing she might get upset about even though she does not give you any clues about what those things might be.

about 1 month ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

DrJimbo Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

I think she may be telling the truth but omitting the fact that she was continuing to contact those two is enough for them to take action.

How is it her fault they asked her the wrong question? Do you now have to be psychic to work for the NSF? They asked if she belonged to any groups "dedicated to the use of violence". She answered the question honestly. Do you really think she should have interpreted that question to mean "ever visit a dying person in jail who was convicted of murder"?

I think the OPM falsely claimed they rejected her for lying because the real reason tramples on her constitutional right to free association. The original question was about whether she herself ever had a personal dedication to the use of violence. I believe this is relevant to her suitability to work for the government. The unconstitutional question they did not ask, about her free associations, is not relevant by order of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Answering the question that was actually asked should be very easy for the vast majority of people. They need only search their own hearts. Answering the unasked question is much more difficult because you have to recall all of the people you have ever had an association with and search their hearts. It makes no sense for her to spend an hour (or ten minutes or whatever) to answer the very simple question they asked her.

To me it seems like the particular special agent who questioned her was effectively judging her on one question:

[ ] Are you now or have you ever been a liberal?

This is disturbing.

about 1 month ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

DrJimbo Re: Are you fucking serious? Tell me you aren't! (198 comments)

Yes, of course. Likewise when the entire system is down or the ATM you want to use is unplugged, the ATM cannot perform any operation. But that's not what we are talking about here. We are talking about what happens when the database itself is spread out across many nodes (servers) and one or more of those servers goes down. Do you shutdown all the ATMs or do you let them keep handing out money even if you may not be able to show the users a balance that is 100% correct in all cases? Banks choose to provide limited functionality as long as it is safe because customers get really pissed off when the ATMs seem to be broken a lot of the time.

about 1 month ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

DrJimbo Re:Are you fucking serious? Tell me you aren't! (198 comments)

You're misunderstanding what's been written in that article. This is exactly the scenario that banks *have* to prevent before and as it happens.

These excerpts from one of Brewer's talks seem to substantiate my "misunderstanding": Eric Brewer on Why Banks are BASE Not ACID - Availability Is Revenue

segedunum:

Chasing around for compensation later cannot be an option in many cases because it is going to be abused.

When the system is functioning normally, the difference between strong consistency and eventual consistency is on the order of a few milliseconds. I don't think that leaves much of a window for abuse. The fundamental question is what do you do when there is partitioning? Or as you call it, system degradation. If you take an ACID approach then you shut down everything until the partitioning has been repaired. If you take a BASE approach then you still provide at least some functionality by sacrificing strong consistency. The CAP theorem says you cannot have both strong consistency and availability when there is partitioning.

Whatever system you use locally will be checked live, usually with a mainframe based system that is ACID compliant. If that isn't possible then you have a gradual system degradation where only certain types of transactions are processed.

The fact that you have any functionality at all when there is non-trivial degradation is due to using an overall BASE strategy instead of an ACID strategy. I have no doubt that one or more ACID databases are used as parts of the system but an overall BASE strategy is used by banks when there is partitioning (system degradation).

Remember, this thread started with an AC claiming that you would have to be an idiot to use anything other than ACID for storing data. People responded by saying there is also a place for BASE systems and that the banking industry uses an overall BASE strategy. Perhaps I misunderstand what you are saying but it seems like you are saying that as long as an ACID database is part of the system (or a central part of the system) then the overall system must be ACID which makes little sense to me.

I don't think anyone here is suggesting:

the article is [...] a carte blanche to justify NoSQL systems or to do away with any core systems that compromise ACID at their heart.

The point I've been trying to make is that just like there is a place for ACID systems there is also a place for BASE systems. In addition, as the data sets become larger and more complex and more spread out, the ACID approach becomes more and more untenable due to the CAP theorem. For most (but not all) cases, high-availability and eventual consistency will trump strong consistency.

about 1 month ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

DrJimbo Re: Are you fucking serious? Tell me you aren't! (198 comments)

There clearly seems to be a failure of communication here. Since you did not like my dumbed down explanation, perhaps you would prefer to hear what Eric Brewer has to say. He seems to have gotten a whole lot of awards for someone who is a "NoSQL nutter".

Eric Brewer on Why Banks are BASE Not ACID - Availability Is Revenue:

Myth: Money is important, so banks must use transactions to keep money safe and consistent, right?

Reality: Banking transactions are inconsistent, particularly for ATMs. ATMs are designed to have a normal case behaviour and a partition mode behaviour. In partition mode Availability is chosen over Consistency.

There are more details here and in many other places.

Acquainting a traditional RDBMS with a phrase like 'lower availability' just highlights to kind of twilight zone you start getting into when talking to any of the NoSQL crowd.

Are you saying you think the CAP theorem is false? I'm assuming large distributed data sets so partitioning is inevitable. According to CAP this means there is a trade off between consistency and availability. RDBMS provide strong consistency so they cannot also provide high availability when there is partitioning.

You didn't work on Mt Gox's systems at any point did you?

Sarcastic ad hominem attacks are an extremely poor substitute for reasoned debate.

about 1 month ago
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Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

DrJimbo Re:Shipping Claims (80 comments)

... shipping lanes invariably opening up as the arctic ice cap disappears.

I think you missed the underlying reason. This is just another facet of the elaborate internationally coordinated "global warming" hoax. Once they convince you the ice caps are melting then it is a slippery slope down to allowing Fluoride in our drinking water or believing men landed on the moon or even believing the Earth is round.

about 1 month ago

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Level Rises after TEPCO Pumps Out Radioacti

DrJimbo DrJimbo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DrJimbo (594231) writes "Kyodo News is reporting that the water level in the tunnel near the turbine building for reactor No. 2 rose 4.5 cm and is now only 1.5 cm lower than it was before they pumped out 600 tons of highly radioactive water. A NISA spokesman said 'As there is believed to be around 20,000 tons of water (in the No. 2 reactor turbine building and the trench connected to it), we're feeling the difficulty of lowering the level of the water in a stable manner.' They want to pump out the tunnels before the turbine buildings to prevent more water from leaking into the ocean. The water in the No. 2 turbine building and tunnel is ten times more radioactive than the water in turbine building No. 3 that burned three workers."
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Severity of Fukushima accident to be raised?

DrJimbo DrJimbo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DrJimbo (594231) writes " The Japan Times Online is reporting that "the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had been releasing up to 10,000 terabecquerels [1 x 10^16 Bq] of radioactive materials per hour at some point [for several hours]". According to my calculations, this is six orders of magnitude higher than the numbers released regarding the radioactivity flowing into the ocean from the pit near reactor #2. Perhaps there was a mistake somewhere.

To put this into perspective, the Chernobyl accident released 1.4 x 10^19 Bq. So if the numbers from the article are to be believed then Fukushima was releasing almost 0.1% of Chernobyl's release per hour."

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IP Laws are blocking innovation

DrJimbo DrJimbo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DrJimbo (594231) writes "The White House is asking us to give them ideas on what is blocking innovation in America. I thought I'd give them an honest answer. Here it is:

Current intellectual property laws are blocking innovation.

President Obama just set a goal of wireless access for everyone in the US, saying it will spark innovation. But that's only true if people are allowed to actually do innovative things once they are online.

You have to choose. You can prop up old business models with overbearing intellectual property laws that hit innovators on the head whenever they stick their heads up from the ground; OR you can have innovation. You can't have both. And right now, the balance is away from innovation"

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Netflix down since Tuesday

DrJimbo DrJimbo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DrJimbo (594231) writes "Reuters reports "Netflix shipped no DVDs on Tuesday. It shipped some on Wednesday but has shipped none so far on Thursday". Netflix sent me an email saying:

Our shipping system is unexpectedly down. We received a DVD back from you and should have shipped you a DVD, but we likely have not. Our goal is to ship DVDs as soon as possible, and we will keep you posted on the status of your DVD shipments.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. If your DVD shipment is delayed, we will be issuing a credit to your account in the next few days. You don't need to do anything. The credit will be automatically applied to your next billing statement.

I received a DVD that was shipped Monday but that's the last one I've gotten. The said they expect to ship the next DVD to me on Friday."

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HuffPo Headline Accuses Obama of Cybercrime

DrJimbo DrJimbo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DrJimbo (594231) writes "The Huffington Post is running a story with the misleading headline How Did Obama Hijack Clinton's Web Site?. When you read the story you find out that the author is referring to Google ads the Obama campaign bought. They had already covered the ads with two previous stories. I informed the author of his mistake, explaining that "web site hijacking" refers to illegally breaking into a computer to alter a Web site. His response was "Lighten up. This is what bugs me about the kool aid set. You see everything in black and white." I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that his original mistake was due to cluelessness instead of malice but I think it is illegal to knowingly and falsely accuse even a public figure of a serious crime. Is this legal? If it is legal, is it appropriate for a site that delivers political news?"
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New Hope for Jackson Hobbit Film?

DrJimbo DrJimbo writes  |  about 7 years ago

DrJimbo (594231) writes "Almost just in time for the 70th Anniversary of the Hobbit (published September 21, 1937) Entertainment Weekly has a 5-page article on a possible reconciliation between Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema that may pave the way for the director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy to return and helm the filming of The Hobbit (New Line controls the film rights). It was previously reported here that Jackson would not be making the Hobbit film. The EW article says that Jackson wants to make two films: first the Hobbit in its entirety and then another film that bridges the roughly 60 years between the end of the Hobbit and the start of the Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately Jackson already has a lot on his plate with filming of The Lovely Bones scheduled to start this month and a live action Tintin film in the works."
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SFLC issues analysis of BSD + GPL licensing

DrJimbo DrJimbo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DrJimbo (594231) writes "From the news-for-nerds-stuff-that-matters dept.

As reported by Groklaw, the SFLC has released their analysis of the recent BSD + GPL licensing kurfuffle. They have also issued guidelines for using BSD licensed code in GPL projects. Contrary to the views of many Slashdotters, they think it is important to keep the more permissive licenses intact when BSD code is used in GPL projects. They also suggest we avoid dual licensing and BSD + GPL code when possible. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to use BSD code in a GPL project."
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DrJimbo DrJimbo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DrJimbo (594231) writes "Starting last night, I couldn't access my Earthlink pop server. This morning, not only was the pop server down (unknown host), all of Earthlink's servers were unknown. I was only able to get to their customer support phone number via Google cache. I called them and got right through (probably because most other customers were also having trouble getting the phone number with all their servers down). They verified that they were having major problems with their email servers and asked me to wait patiently for 24 hours while they try to get it fixed."
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DrJimbo DrJimbo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DrJimbo (594231) writes "For example if I click on "Deceived by who?" I get taken to the comment above it called "Like a dog chasing its own tail".

I also noticed that the hilighting is borked in the same way. I'm using Konqueror 3.5.5.

I did spend a little time looking for a "contact us" page or "report problems" page but this was the the only thing I could find that let me submit information to you."

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