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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

GodInHell Re:Patent Attorney chiming in (92 comments)

Not everyone speaks legalese, after all. ...and that is why the lawyers get to run things.

Yep. Basically. That and the fact that we're comfortable going into Court and performing in front of a judge and client, putting our knowledge of the law out there and giving advice to people in the most stressful moments of their lives. Ever had a bad day specifically because you knew you had to go confront someone for being a jerk / doing something stupid? That's about 50% of my job. The other 50% is mostly research and writing.

4 days ago

Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

GodInHell Re: Ion strengthened? (207 comments)

That whooshing sound you hear is dozens of people reading your post and saying "this idiot knows nothing about genetics. "

about a week ago

Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

GodInHell Re: didn't have to be worse.. (207 comments)

Removing features that degrade a tool should be praised. I say this as a dyed in the wool android fan boy.

about a week ago

Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

GodInHell First - Find a real test for "intelligence." (269 comments)

Sounds like maybe they put the cart before the horse. "Intelligence," of the kind that can be scored on academic tests, is a combination of raw potential, opportunity and effort. You can have amazing potential for intellect, but never get off the family farm - get "home schooled" and told that the earth is flat and math is a tool of the devil - you will then fail any external metric of "intelligence" that requires you to know and apply facts. Likewise, someone who has barely average potential can, given adequate opportunity and effort, develop the skills and abilities to do well on academic tests or external measures of "intelligence."

"Intelligence" as measured by academic performance would thus not correlate well with raw genetic markers (i.e. raw potential). First they'd need to define what capacity of the person they want to deem "intelligence" e.g. - are we talking logical deductive capacity, ability with mathematical computation, the ability to communicate effectively, problem solving skills - what is "intelligence?" Second, they would need to find some way to test that capacity that isn't commonly understood and used outside the study, so, for example, not asking participants to take a math test because then the opportunity and effort elements interfere with the measure of raw capacity - you'd need a test that challenged the ability to learn and comprehend without falling back on existent structures; this would be very difficult to formulate well, and any test taker could only use that test once. Third, they'd need to look for common physical markers in the developed body / brain for those that demonstrate whatever capacity they've defined as intelligence - e.g. nerve density, size of the brain cavity, etc. Only then can you look for a genetic source for that physical marker.

"Intelligence" isn't height or weight or eye color - it is too subjective a quality to seek out before defining your term very narrowly.

about two weeks ago

Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

GodInHell Re:Ah, how heartwarming... (157 comments)

That's not states rights. State's rights is the argument that the State's have the right to nullify federal law. You're talking about limit principles on federal power - different part of the constitution.

about three weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

GodInHell Re:THESE PEOPLE? (1262 comments)

This just isn't true - Thunderf00t makes a lot of hay out of doing to the Tropes videos what he accuses her of. For example, she talks about Hitman encouraging gamers to use women as objects, TF goes off about how she used video of two girls you're not supposed to kill - but the video refers not to those two strippers, but to the dead girl you're supposed to throw over a balcony to distract cops in a different part of the game. The part with the strippers was used to highlight where the game enables players to engage in voyeuristic fantasy - hiding in the box and watching the girls. She also shows the character beating the girls down and moving them around - but that isn't required to support either of her other theses.

I still haven't heard anyone that can explain the purpose of the Dastardly achievement in Red Dead Redemption - I played that game for well over a hundred hours - it never would have occurred to me to hog tie a girl and toss her on the tracks - but the developer actually encourages the act through the achievement system. Did she misrepresent that? What percentage of her examples have to be correct before she's allowed to have an opinion?

about three weeks ago

Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

GodInHell Re:They are stagnant (157 comments)

One of the other articles on the L.A. times is reporting that "U.S. auto sales surge in August to month's highest level in years" so - it's lies, damn lies and statistics time. Electric car sales fell 0.1% as a proportion of total car sales during a period that included the car sales at the "highest level in years."

Consider also that Tesla is still on back-order status and they are gearing up to release two new models of cars. Other than the Tesla, only Nissan has a pure electric generally available on the market - the Leaf - which sold over 120,000 cars last year. See, Wikipedia. Ford's focus is also out there, but only in select markets.

Shorter: there's only one mass-market electric car on the market. The Tesla Model S, while definitely a beautiful car, doesn't have the production volume to compete in a market share battle - that's not Tesla's bag - yet. The "stagnation" story is more of the knee-jerk car guy rejection of electrics that has been bouncing around in the media for 30 years now.

about three weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

GodInHell Re: Her work (1262 comments)

Cool - it's not an issue for you. You don't agree with her point. Your response appears to be "that's not important to me." That is a perfectly acceptable response.

Can we agree death threats and rape threats are not an appropriate response?

about three weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

GodInHell THESE PEOPLE? (1262 comments)

Who are *these people* who cannot be provoked? People that play video games? Are we really going to say that we cannot even talk about video games now without signing our own death warrants? Is that your point?

Take her work at face value or call it part of a conspiracy - all she's doing is speaking into a camera on the internet. Ms. Sarkesian is *not* a legislator, she's not out there suing companies and telling them what to do or what not to do. She's just stating her opinion and raising what she considers issues with the messaging of video games.

WTF is wrong with you?

about three weeks ago

Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

GodInHell Re:I doubt it even makes it to the atmosphere (273 comments)

It's almost like slashdot summaries of full articles cut out much of the context and content required to fully understand the thesis of the story.

about a month ago

When Drones Fall From the Sky

GodInHell 400 out of how many flights? (97 comments)

Good point. Also - without knowing how many flights? There are hundreds of thousands of car crashes every year - but there are millions upon millions of miles traveled by car every year, so crashes are relatively rare. If there were 1000 drone flights and 400 crashes the article would have a point, but there were probable hundreds of thousands of military drone flights in the last 10 years.

Also, Military aircraft do tend to crash very often around the world. see Wikipedia List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (2010–present). Note the string of fatalities caused by those crashes.

about 3 months ago

IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

GodInHell Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

Same - on a year I filed a tax return. They gave me several credits I did not claim after an audit, paid me back quite a big chunk of cash.

about 3 months ago

U.S. Democrats Propose Legislation To Ban Internet Fast Lanes

GodInHell Re:Just do SOMETHING (190 comments)

At least he has openly declared that he "is not a dingo."

about 3 months ago

$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

GodInHell Re:Because they can. (252 comments)

The law school I am familiar with leaves the choice of text up to the prof. Some of them will avoid these textbooks because of the ethical challenges, some won't. Of course, my school also ran its own bookstore and probably made quite a lot of profit off reselling used books, so there's that too. On the other hand $200.00 is not very much for a law school text.

about 4 months ago

'weev' Conviction Vacated

GodInHell Re:sad day for those who don't like 4chan trolls (148 comments)

Then why are people in jail for smoking pot, or being in the wrong location while black?

Wait -- back up. You know that one of those two things is actually on-the-books against the law and the other is not, right? I hope. Please?

about 5 months ago

P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe

GodInHell Re:Say what? (199 comments)

Nature is a big fan of brute force solutions to complex equations - it just does shit and reports the result.

about 6 months ago

Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

GodInHell Re:Doubt it. (282 comments)

Let's stick with the laws I know, which are Illinois - so here is Illinois' mattress law - that's in addition to the regulations that come out of our executive branch: (but hey, I'm just a lawyer, wtf do I know, right?)

about 6 months ago

Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

GodInHell WTF? Both are eyewear therefore the SAME! (108 comments)

The use cases for google glass (overlaying information ontop of really - i.e. augmented reality) and Oculus Rift (a VR display that supplants and replaces your view with a different view - i.e. virtual reality) are entirely different. That would be like buying a car manufacturer to help catch up with SpaceX in building heavy launch vehicles - yeah, both are things you catch a ride in - but the technology that powers them doesn't cross pollinate.

about 6 months ago



Elon Musk Releases Logs to Rebut NYT Reporter's story on Tesla S.

GodInHell GodInHell writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GodInHell (258915) writes "On February 8, 2013 the New York Times ran a story by John Broder reviewing the Tesla S and the "Supercharger" stations that Tesla Motors is setting up along the East Coast. In that article (previously slashdotted here) Broder said that he tried to preserve the battery life of the vehicle: "I turned the climate control to low — the temperature was still in the 30s — and planted myself in the far right lane with the cruise control set at 54 miles per hour (the speed limit is 65)" and later "as I limped along at about 45 miles per hour I saw increasingly dire dashboard warnings to recharge immediately." Elon Musk took to twitter to rebut the claims made in that story, alleging that he had data logs showing that Broder made a number of false claims in his report. Broder responded yesterday, challenging Musk to prove his claims. Today Musk delivered, posting a number of graphs using data from Broder's trip which, if accurate, directly contradict Broder's story."
Link to Original Source

GodInHell GodInHell writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GodInHell (258915) writes "The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that charges have been filed against an 18 year old high school senior of Asian decent for using violent imagery in a creative writing essay.

"Lee said Thursday he was "completely shocked'' to be arrested Tuesday for his essay, especially because written instructions told kids not to "censor'' what they wrote." "[T]he father would not comment on whether he believed authorities acted quickly because his son is of Asian heritage, as was the Virginia Tech campus shooter."

Can we arrest Quentin Tarantino for the same crime? He's certainly written a few hyper-violent stories."

GodInHell GodInHell writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GodInHell writes "The Sunday Telegraph reports that:

Mankind has had less effect on global warming than previously supposed, a United Nations report on climate change will claim next year.
Global warming doubters will probably make alot of hay of this. The report still focuses on human activity as one of the main causes of global warming, but the numbers are being adjusted "due to better data on how climate works rather than a reduction in the risk posed by global warming."

The FUD cometh."

GodInHell GodInHell writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GodInHell (258915) writes "The New York Times is running an article with a few (sketchy) details about the planned implementation for the "$150" laptop.

For instance — internet access:
The project leaders say they will employ a variety of methods for connecting to the Internet, depending on local conditions. In some countries, like Libya, satellite downlinks will be used. In others, like Nigeria, the existing cellular data network will provide connections, and in some places specially designed long-range Wi-Fi antennas will extend the wireless Internet to rural areas.

and, power usage:
The ultra-low-power operation is possible because of the lack of a hard drive (the laptop uses solid-state memory, which has no moving parts and has fallen sharply in cost) and because the Advanced Micro Devices microprocessor shuts down whenever the computer is not processing information."


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