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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Garridan Re: For those who said "No need to panic" (419 comments)

Yes because time and time again it has been proven that lampooning conspiracy theorists is the same as buying into their theories. Thank you, lieutenant obvious. Hope you get that promotion you've been working towards.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Garridan Re:For those who said "No need to panic" (419 comments)

I predict this turning into a "global conspiracy to push more vaccines (hence autism) on our kids". I, for one, welcome our viral overlords.

about two weeks ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Garridan Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

The shovel is to give to Liebnitz in exchange for the shovel that he borrowed from Newton. That'd settle the grudge that culminated in the calculus debacle, and advance scientific progress to the point that we'd have a time machine in our lifetime.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Garridan Re:Pigs are dependent on humanity? (481 comments)

Let's accept, for the moment, the claim that pigs are dependent on humanity. I think that this is an oblique nod to the intelligence of pigs, which (accoring to a friend of mine who grew up with pigs) is similar to that of cats. The claim here is that "since this life form is dependent upon us, we can eat it despite being as smart as a cat". Pretty sure that the same argument can be applied to justify eating human babies.

about two weeks ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Garridan Re:The WHO (478 comments)

Or, in the case of Hawking, several "right women". 'Cause when you're a rock star and you know it, you don't just stop at one.

about a month ago
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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design

Garridan Re:Look this gifthorse in the mouth (59 comments)

The flippant answer is all that your paranoia deserves.

A healthy amount of paranoia is a must in the security industry. Every piece of security hardware or sofware demands third-party evaluation, even that made by people you trust completely. Not all flaws are deliberate. Thank you for your time, and (at last) thoughtful response.

about 3 months ago
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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design

Garridan Re:Look this gifthorse in the mouth (59 comments)

I didn't say that DARPA was evil. I just said that this merits an independent audit. I take your flippant answer for a "no".

about 3 months ago
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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design

Garridan Re:Laser cutting directions! (59 comments)

3d printing air into solid aluminum? I'm sold! Can you do transparent aluminum too?

about 3 months ago
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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design

Garridan Look this gifthorse in the mouth (59 comments)

When old enemies arrive at your door bearing a gift horse large enough to fit a fireteam, don't stop at it's mouth, do a full cavity search.

Are there independent third-party audits underway? If DARPA likes it, I'm suspicious.

about 3 months ago
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Test: Quantum Or Not, Controversial Computer No Faster Than Normal

Garridan Re:The real question in my mind (119 comments)

Quantum mechanics is not strange. Humans are simply stupid.

about 4 months ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Garridan Re:Smart Cars = HiTech ??? (371 comments)

Stop buying boutique shit, dumbass. Get it from the garden store like the rest of us. It only costs a few bucks a yard.

about 6 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Garridan Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Real actual skeptic here (I think). Is the internet reducing religious affiliation because people are being exposed to different opinions? Or is the internet addictive, and does it subsume all of its occupants' time? Atheists are so eager to claim success that they don't even remember to check for confirmation bias and apply occam's razor.

Religious affiliation is correlated with increased mental health and a strong local community. The outspoken minority of religious fucks make the rest look bad to the undiscriminating outsider (oblig).

From where I stand, it looks like people are getting more extreme than their churches. They want to subjugate and punish and judge, and go against all the good parts of their religions. So they are leaving the churches in droves, and taking their hatred and ignorance to the internet. This may be a result of sampling bias (see oblig link above), and begs for good science to be done.

about 6 months ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

Garridan Their website isn't in Esperanto? (224 comments)

What the hell guys, if you're going to try and design something to replaced an entrenched convention, you might as well go whole hog. Oh wait, no, I know... their website isn't in Esperanto because such projects always fail.

about 7 months ago
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NSA General Counsel Insists US Companies Assisted In Data Collection

Garridan Re:Of course they did! (103 comments)

And look at you, buying into the government's blame-shifting. This is the opposite of Nuremberg -- don't blame us, we were only giving orders! Blame the eeeevil companies that did the deed, not the innocent government who merely demanded compliance with threat of imprisonment or worse, fines!

about 7 months ago
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Algorithm Reveals Objects Hidden Behind Other Things In Camera Phone Images

Garridan Re:Crap (85 comments)

No, you see all of the images from the paper right up at the top. The kicker is that it can only do monochrome. So your x-ray voyeur shots will only work for girls and boys wearing full-body paint under their clothes. Or maybe you can illuminate them with lasers. I'm sure nobody will notice.

about 7 months ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

Garridan Re:This is what Thatcher was good at (712 comments)

Maybe that's because Stalin was a totalitarian, which totally jives with the conservative mindset. Want to know who else conservatives didn't celebrate the demise of? Hitler. Is that because conservatives are evil? No. It's because they're too blind with greed to recognize any evil other than "taxes" (which they desperately depend upon to keep their businesses solvent).

about 7 months ago
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Court Denies NSA Request To Hold Phone Records Beyond 5 Years

Garridan Re:god damnit (46 comments)

I wonder... could we force them to keep metametadata? Y'know, summaries of what fields were copied out of what databases of what companies on what days? That way, we could still have a snowball's chance at proving that individual customers had their privacy impinged. Of course, this is all rhetoric: no, we can't force them to keep anything, and no, we wouldn't have a snowball's chance at proving shit against the fed. Fun idea, though, having a government that behaves responsibly.

about 7 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

Garridan Re:Why? (794 comments)

That's a pretty nosy question if I've ever heard one. But since you ask, it smells pretty nosy.

about 8 months ago

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DJB Releases All Source to Public Domain

Garridan Garridan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

A Sage Developer writes "During a recent conference, Sage Days 6, Dan Bernstein (who has recently come under attack for his licensing policy) was among the invited speakers. During a panel discussion on the future of open source mathematics software, Bernstein declared that all of his past and future code would be released to the public domain (video here). This includes qmail, primegen, and a number of other projects. Given the headache that incompatibility between GPLv3 and GPLv2 is causing developers, will we see more of this?"
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