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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Gavrielkay Sure, but it won't mean the same thing (466 comments)

Being a millionaire in "our lifetime" probably won't mean much. With inflation and medical costs of growing old, you'll need a few million just to retire. Unless they think they'll earn that million in the next 5 years or so, it's not going to get them what they think.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Gavrielkay Re:I May Not Agree (1116 comments)

Equality under the law is the key argument against your point. There are civil benefits to being married. These apply to childless heterosexual couples. They apply to infertile heterosexual couples. They apply to couples where one partner is a post-menopausal woman. So, the argument that it's solely about children doesn't fly. If a marriage is completely legal between a man and a woman when no children are or ever will be produced, then it violates the equality clause in the constitution to deny that same status to homosexual couples.

There are simply too many civil benefits tied up in the legal contract of marriage to claim that depriving homosexuals the ability to enter that contract isn't depriving them of rights.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Gavrielkay Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1116 comments)

Prejudice is judging someone based on a superficial feature. Judging this guy based on the fact that he contributed personal money to a campaign to deprive homosexuals of the right to marry and get the civil benefits of that marriage is not prejudging anything. It's judging him by his actions, which is a pretty good standard.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Gavrielkay Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

Your analogy doesn't work. Being a homophobe can be unlearned, being black can't be.

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

Gavrielkay Re:Common core manufactures them (509 comments)

While I agree the left isn't doing a good job, the right is no more interested in a scientifically literate populace. Our two party system has nicely carved up the population and will continue to trade power back and forth while nothing really changes. And people like you spouting partisan nonsense are part of the reason they get away with it.

about three weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

Gavrielkay Re:Idiocracy (509 comments)

The problem is more fundamental than that. It is us as Americans. The politicians know their market very well, and in fact pay lots of money to mold the market into ever more gullible sheep. Most Americans have a cursory education in science at best. We've got it drilled into us to treat everything we don't want to hear with skepticism and to think elections are pointless because they're all losers so we may as well vote for the one with the most TV ads.

Until Americans stop considering educated people to be elitist and stop voting for the guy they'd want to sit next to at an outdoor bar-b-que, you aren't going to get anything fixed.

about three weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Gavrielkay Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

He's free to say anything he likes. Even free to put his money where his mouth is. However, when someone uses their freedom to campaign against the freedom of others to be treated equally under the law, then I'm free to think they're assholes.

This is not a free speech issue. No one can arrest him based on what he said and who he gave money to. But, freedom to say something isn't the same as free from the social consequences of what you've said.

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Gavrielkay Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

You can't sign a legal contract that changes your tax obligations. You also can't sign a contract that forces other nations to accept that you are "contractually bound" for purposes of immigration where current treaties often recognize marriage. Like it or not, there are a fair few things that are special to a legally recognized marriage and that is why depriving same sex couples of those rights is a violation of the equality under the law mandate in the U.S. constitution.

You could argue that all of those laws should be removed or updated to take out the word marriage, but it's a lot of bother to end up in the same place.

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Gavrielkay Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

Tolerating bigotry isn't the same thing as tolerance. People who want to deprive others of their rights by virtue of their skin color or sexuality* shouldn't be tolerated. You can think whatever you want, but supporting laws against other people's rights is wrong and no one should feel obligated to put up with it out of some misguided attempt to avoid sounding "politically correct." Trying to legislate your morality is not "polite disagreement."

*consenting adult style sexuality here, so don't bother with the stupid "what's next, pedophilia??" garbage

about three weeks ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

Gavrielkay Re:I think more people would be interested... (194 comments)

There's a good YouTube video of Lawrence Krauss talking about getting "something from nothing" in which he explains that the current thinking is that nothing is very unstable (which is observed on the subatomic scale) and thus, in the time before time existed particles and energy popped in and out of existence so fast that they didn't violate any laws of physics. Until, the so rare as to possibly be unique event happened that what popped into existence exploded (big bang fashion) before it had a chance to disappear again. His talk gives background on why this sort of thing could be possible and current science that supports it. I'm a scientist by education but not in physics so I'm not qualified to point out any holes in his discussion.

His talk attempts to explain in semi-layman's terms where certain people are looking for answers and evidence to support their theory on that universe-starting event. So, there are people looking into this area, you just have to look.

about a month ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Gavrielkay Re:So what sexual deviation gets a pass next? (917 comments)

Only blithering idiots don't understand the difference between relations between consenting adults and those inflicted upon children.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Gavrielkay Re:Pro freedom, not anti-gay (917 comments)

There are quite a few sins referred to in the bible. Are we really willing as a nation to allow businesses to stop serving unwed mothers? Or obese people? People who work on Sundays? Seriously, with all the choices of sins in the bible, how can it be anything other than bigotry to single out homosexuals for discrimination? When the "values" are applied unevenly that's discrimination.

Until these same people want laws to forbid working on Sundays or laws to forbid divorce etc then they are just cherry picking what little bigotry is still (for now) somewhat culturally acceptable.

A baker doesn't have to believe in gay marriage to bake a stupid cake. He just has to put aside his bigotry long enough to perform a service for someone who's willing to pay for it.

about 2 months ago
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Red Team, Blue Team: the Only Woman On the Team

Gavrielkay Re:TFA= so much bullshit (247 comments)

When "generally speaking" everyone you speak to guides you towards other fields and scoffs at the notion that you might enjoy and prosper in STEM fields it isn't all that surprising that fewer women have traditionally done it. Things are changing a little bit, but only because of stories like these making people aware of how their attitudes towards women (and men sometimes) can have lasting effects. It happens to men too, when they try to break traditional gender roles and be nurses or elementary school teachers etc.

With the US falling behind in science and technology, it's time to encourage anyone who shows any interest at all in these fields to at least take a course or two and see if they like it.

about 3 months ago
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Red Team, Blue Team: the Only Woman On the Team

Gavrielkay Re:The Social Hurdles Women face in CS: men are ne (247 comments)

No wonder you posted AC.

Women are often attracted to problem solving positions and intellectual pursuits. And hopefully more and more women will quit caring about stereotypes and historically approved gender roles and just get out and do the work and prove themselves. Your ridiculous analysis about what women want or look for in a career makes it a turn off to think about working with people like you who will assume the woman who wants the job must be somehow aberrant.

I've seen the reverse stereotype more often: the nerdy introverted sexually repressed male who can't string a sentence together when face to face with a customer, but still thinks he's superior because if you lock him in a dark room for 4 days he'll turn out a bit of software that is perfect in its execution except it wasn't what anyone wanted.

CS is like any other field, there are a lot of different personality types who can carve themselves out a role in which to be a solid contributor. Precious few real world problems get solved solely by the nerd in the basement.

about 3 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Gavrielkay Texas (1038 comments)

It would end them in some states, but others might see a dramatic rise. There are a few states still in the Union where a governor might score political points for being willing to shoot murders in the head.

about 3 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Gavrielkay probably generic (1038 comments)

Generic drugs are often manufactured in countries where labor is much cheaper. Because they sell for much less than still patented drugs. With the (thankfully) low volume use for executions, it wouldn't be worth it to make here.

about 3 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Gavrielkay Bargaining Chip (1038 comments)

If I had to guess I'd say the death penalty is used more often as a bargaining chip to get confessions out of folks. Now whether that counts as getting a confession under duress or not is a good question, but generally speaking, the US use of the death penalty doesn't seem to prevent the crime itself. It might satisfy our lust for revenge, but it is clearly wrong to let the state be in the business of killing its citizens.

about 3 months ago
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Irish Politician Calls For Crackdown On Open Source Internet Browsers

Gavrielkay Internet Users call for Crack Down on Stupidity (335 comments)

I mean, if we can complain about things that are going to bring the world down around our ears, surely stupidity outranks firefox.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

Gavrielkay Redefine "novel" (204 comments)

So the patent office was forced to be self supporting. Their income is from patent applications. They get more applications if people have more reason to believe a patent will be granted. Therefore, they have every reason to define "novel" as "gee, I didn't think of that! gosh!" and grant a patent. This encourages the next hundred applications to come pouring in. We could fix most of the problems by making sure an invention had to be actually novel, before granting the patent. Shopping cart? Not so much. Quantum cryptography? Maybe so. Real work should be rewarded. Ancient ideas shouldn't become novel just because you find a way to do it on a computer.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

Gavrielkay Re: (611 comments)

Well, you could say the same thing about whether this is an actual universe or a simulation. Either you accept that experimental results are real or you give up. There's no point in ANY science if your premise is that anything you see, feel or hear could be faked by a deity wishing to fuck with you.

about 4 months ago

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Home network security: DoS attack help?

Gavrielkay Gavrielkay writes  |  about 6 months ago

Gavrielkay (1819320) writes "We seem to have attracted the attention of some less than savory types in online gaming and now find our home network relentlessly DoSed. We bought a new router that doesn't fall over quite so easily, but it still overwhelms our poor little DSL connection and prevents us web browsing and watching Netflix occasionally. What's worse is that it seems to find us even if we change the MAC address and IP address of the router. Often the router logs IPs from Russia or Korea in these attacks (no packet logging, just a blanket "DoS attack from..." in the log. But more often lately I've noticed the IPs trace back to Microsoft or Amazon domains. Are they spoofing those IPs? Did they sign us up for something weird there? And how do they find us with a new MAC address and IP within minutes? We're looking for a way to hide from these idiots that doesn't involve going to the Feds, although that is what our ISP suggested. Piles of money for a commercial grade router is out of the question. We are running antivirus and anti-malware programs and haven't seen any evidence of hacked computers so far."

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