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Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

FhnuZoag Re:Misleading Title (213 comments)

Yes. Exactly!

On the grand scale of things, I would suggest that evolution *vastly* favours cooperation. No, really. Think about all the cells in your body working together to form a multi-cellular organism. Think about the organelles in symbiosis within those same cells. Think about bacteria sharing plasmids amongst each other, and forming aggregates. Think about ecosystems where different organisms form finely balanced cycles, where no single element ever predominates. Think about the majority of encounters you have with other people in human society, and the large numbers of colony/herd/flock arrangements in wildlife.

about three weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

FhnuZoag There is no power. (350 comments)

I am actually a statistician. And this 'study' looks pretty worthless.

The problem is the issue of a 'huge gap'. What gap is huge? Well, we can try and do a power calculation. How big does the gap between the black and white targets *need* to be, to have a good chance of showing up in this test?

This is simple enough to calculate. Plug in some numbers:
1. Sample size in each group - 50
2. Level of Significance - 0.05
3. Power - i.e. the desired probability of finding there to be a significant difference, *if a difference exists*. I've chosen a standard number of 0.8 - i.e. allow for a 20% chance of missing a true effect by accident.

Fixing the proportion of inappropriates for the white woman at 70%, we find.... 91.8%.

In other words, with this sample size, we actually only rule out a difference of 70% vs 91.8%, or in other words, an over 2/3rds drop in the proportion of people finding the picture appropriate.

To rephrase: if the truth was that 2/3rds of the people who think a white woman is breastfeeding would *not* think a black person breastfeeding is appropriate - a situation that I think you'd agree is very racist - then we'd miss such an effect in an experiment like this over 1/5th the time. Even assuming the experiment was conducted ideally, and no one was just randomly clicking to earn money.

This article is meaningless.

about a month ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

FhnuZoag Re:There can be no defense of this. (184 comments)

Who said anything about practicing lawyers? The text of the rules regarding lawyers refer to all lawyers.

The reason why there is no abundance of dangerous terrorists who are simultaneously lawyers, is because there is no expectation of special legal protection for lawyers, outside of one specific thing, attorney-client communications. Thus there is no value for a terrorist or serial killer to declare themselves a lawyer. If the GCHQ rules have said something different, that *in principle, lawyers are automatically exempt from security services investigations*, without any regard to necessity or proportionality, you can bet a lot more people would declare themselves a 'lawyer' for the convenience of it.

There are no required qualifications to practice law in the UK. A blanket ban on investigating lawyers is essentially unworkable.

about a month and a half ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

FhnuZoag Re:Full passage (184 comments)

In other words, despite the summary saying "British spies have been granted the authority to secretly eavesdrop on legally privileged attorney-client communications", the actually released documents say almost exactly the opposite.

British spies explictly do not have, by default, the authority to target the communications of lawyers, and even if they were granted authority, legally privileged attorney-client communications are explicitly barred from their access, being excised from transcripts by audio analysts before being passed to investigators.

about a month and a half ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

FhnuZoag Full passage (184 comments)

You may in principle target the communications of lawyers. However, you must give careful consideration to necessity and proportionality, because lawyer-client communications are subject to special protection in UK law on grounds of confidentiality known as Legal Professional Privilege. If you intend to or have inadvertently targeted lawyers' communications, and it seems likely that advice to a client will or has been intercepted, you must consult Legal at GCHQ who will seek LA advice. Further information is in Communications Containing Confidential Information.

I honestly don't see anything wrong with this. The point here is multi-fold:
1. There is a distinction between targetting individuals who are lawyers, and targetting lawyer-client communications. Lawyers are human beings, and not everything they do is a client communication. Lawyers do not become uniquely immune from appropriate investigation, just because they are lawyers. Otherwise that's a pretty gigantic loophole.
2. It's clear that the approval 'in principle' is bound by rules and caveats. Spies don't actually have the authority to spy on their own in this case, they "must" escalate to someone else to grant them that authority. The rule of thumb is given on page 90, point number 5: "there must be evidence of criminal activity by the lawyer". Even then the information is to be kept from anyone involved in the trial.

https://www.documentcloud.org/...

about a month and a half ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

FhnuZoag WHY (347 comments)

This is a terrible idea. The point is that the 'Modern UI' is designed around full screen apps. But system configuration is one thing that enormously benefits from opening up windows alongside the control panel (for example, to follow a set of instructions), opening up multiple control panels to refer to each other, and so on. Microsoft is basically directly removing usability.

about 2 months ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

FhnuZoag Re:The mention of Valentina Tereshkova is ridiculo (200 comments)

Right, exactly. What the USSR and the US chose to do in the space race was to symbolize those aspects of their national character that they wished to promote. That the Soviets sent the first woman, made a pretty clear message - that at that time at least, the USSR was ahead of the US in terms of gender relations.

about 2 months ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

FhnuZoag Re: All about perception (200 comments)

Those factors ceased to be relevant when military operations stopped being about people walking a hundred miles on foot and then clubbing each other in the head with heavy bits of metal.

Smaller? Well that means they are a smaller target, you can fit more of them into a transport, they have more room to move around the interior of a fighting vehicle. Strength matters somewhat but smaller people also eat less, and so are a reduced logistical burden.

In terms of speed and endurance, it is far from clear that women are inferior men:
http://faculty.washington.edu/...

Besides, armies are not composed of average men - and they would not be replaced with average women. Differences between men and women *on average* are meaningless. The average soldier can be easily replaced with exceptional women.

about 2 months ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

FhnuZoag Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

What about explanation 3: Recruitment processes are hugely inefficient at choosing the correct candidate based on the benefit they will bring to the company?

It is trivially easy for companies to be *both* greedy and incompetent, as recent incidents will again and again suggest.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

FhnuZoag Re:What are you afraid of? (191 comments)

I think you are totally right here. The phrasing of this question as being about 'security' is actually totally off base. From the student's perspective, there is no advantage to security. Only the textbook publishers actually benefit from security - they don't want people who haven't paid for the textbooks to read them.

For the student, what he or she actually cares about is being able to easily access he or her school stuff. The worst case scenario is not someone stealing his or her password, it's not being able to recall his or her password and thus being unable to participate in class. Lastpass etc is overthinking it. Just set the password to something simple and easy to remember, and write it down just in case they forget.

about 3 months ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

FhnuZoag Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (494 comments)

Don't forget too that if Salmond alienates the UK taxpayer, even a modest boycott on Scottish exports would ruin the Scottish economy. Any deal he strikes has to look palatable.

about 3 months ago
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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

FhnuZoag A cautionary tale? (189 comments)

This is not a cautionary tale about the fundamental unreliability of wikipedia. This is a cautionary tale about the fundamental unreliability of human knowledge. That Taiwanese English professor, those "innumerable blog posts and book reports", that book on Jews and Jesus - all of them accepted the account as given. That makes them *also* unreliable, together with the plethora of tertiary sources that might cite them. The fact that the untruth was initially added to wikipedia and not some other location is irrelevant. The real problem is the tendency of mankind to accept things as given without checking up on it.

about 5 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

FhnuZoag Re:Money (619 comments)

That's right, the study failed to correct for income.

Even today, per capita wages are 30% higher in the West vs in the East of Germany. It shouldn't be a mystery that people offered a prize with greater value cheated more.

about 4 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

FhnuZoag Re:East is East, West is West... (667 comments)

What does the US have to do with Russia's alleged crimes against the Netherlands?

about 5 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

FhnuZoag Re:Protip: (667 comments)

What does the US and England have to do with anything?

It's the Netherlands and Malaysia that are most directly harmed, and the US is merely voicing opinions on the matter. It's people from the Netherlands who are being kept from the bodies of their relatives. I don't recall the dutch shooting down any airliners.

All this focus on Iran Air is just blatant deflection.

about 5 months ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

FhnuZoag Re:Silicon Valley is officially old (533 comments)

Neat trick, to focus on 'federal income tax'.

Rich people don't earn the majority of their money as income, or salary. Poor people pay taxes in ways other than federal income tax.

about 5 months ago

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How videogames help fund the arms industry

FhnuZoag FhnuZoag writes  |  about 2 years ago

FhnuZoag (875558) writes "Eurogamer has an expose of the shady world of games developers licensing guns. From the article: "We must be paid a royalty fee — either a one-time payment or a percentage of sales, all negotiable. Typically, a licensee pays between 5 per cent to 10 per cent retail price for the agreement. [...] We want to know explicitly how the rifle is to be used, ensuring that we are shown in a positive light... Such as the 'good guys' using the rifle," says [Barett Rifles'] Vaughn."
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GOP fires staffer who recommended copyright liberalisation

FhnuZoag FhnuZoag writes  |  about 2 years ago

FhnuZoag (875558) writes "Derek Khanna, who earlier this year, wrote a memo as part of the Republican Study Committee advocating copyright reform (http://politics.slashdot.org/story/12/11/16/2354259/gop-brief-attacks-current-copyright-law) that was later retracted (http://politics.slashdot.org/story/12/11/18/0612236/gop-study-committee-director-disowns-brief-attacking-current-ip-law), has been fired, due to complaints from Republican congressmen with ties to the entertainment industry."
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Backdoor in RuggedOS systems: Infrastructure, military systems vulnerable

FhnuZoag FhnuZoag writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FhnuZoag (875558) writes "Via Ars Technica ( http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2012/04/backdoor-in-mission-critical-hardware-threatens-power-traffic-control-systems.ars ): A backdoor has been found in Canadian based RuggedCom's 'Rugged Operating System', providing easy access to anyone with the devices's MAC address — something often publically displayed. Rugged OS is being used in a wide range of applications, including traffic control, power generation, and even US Navy bases. The backdoor was first found over a year ago, and RuggedCom have so far refused to patch out the exploit. (Original disclosure: http://lists.grok.org.uk/pipermail/full-disclosure/2012-April/086652.html )"
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