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Snowden Claims That NSA Collaborated With Israel To Write Stuxnet Virus

Grygus Re:For a field that is compartmentalized... (491 comments)

Why does everyone assume that this is a first-person account? If you have access to things, you probably know other people who have access to other things. Perhaps these people talk to one another. Snowden could know these things the same way we know them: someone else spilled the beans.

about a year ago
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Microsoft To Shut Down TechNet Subscription Service

Grygus Re:This is mostly outdated service (280 comments)

We are! The key is to use words in a certain way. You just won't listen, and that is why you keep dying. It is heartbreaking, really.

about a year ago
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How Facial Analysis Software Could Help Struggling Students

Grygus Re:What they need is FINANCIAL analysis (90 comments)

If everything comes down to a cost benefit analysis, we lose everything that isn't profitable. Have you ever worked for a company that valued its "profit centers" at the expense of the rest of the workforce? It is a narrow and short-sighted viewpoint, divorced from reality. Not everything needs to be approached as a business.

about a year ago
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You Will Get DirectX 11.2 Only With Windows 8.1

Grygus Re:Sheeple follow their games (403 comments)

Direct X is for games. And people who want to play their games will give up all sorts of important things in order to play them.

Recently, the always-online and amazingly intrusive Microsoft eye have caused Microsoft to back off on some things and that's encouraging, but the behavior is obvious and Microsoft wouldn't try it if they didn't think they could get away with it.

"Oh, I hate Windows 8...I'll never use that... oh? What's that? The next release of my favorite game? Only on Windows 8? I hate Windows 8... oh well... Windows 8 'just so I can play my game.'"

It seems to work the other way around; game developers look at their audience and build to that. The scenario you describe already didn't happen - nobody bought Vista, so very few games required DX 10, so nobody bought Vista.

about a year ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Will You Replace Google Reader?

Grygus Re:Google Reader? (335 comments)

Neither did anyone else; Google had a technical solution to a problem that some people had, people liked it, now it is going away. There are other people with similar solutions, and we're each trying to figure out which one fits our needs best.

My use of a reader solves a slightly different problem; I personally do not follow all that many sites but many of the ones I do follow update irregularly, so it is easier for me to simply be notified when they do update than to uselessly visit a page that has nothing new. Even the ones that update regularly but not daily lend themselves to a feed reader for me; I don't need a scheduled stop on M-W-F for Site A and M-F for Site B, and just Mondays for Site C; they all just pop into the reader whenever they update, and I don't particularly care when that is. A reader also makes sure I don't miss anything, because it keeps track of what I've already read.

Meanwhile, bookmarks work just fine and none of this impacts you at all; what's the problem?

about a year ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Will You Replace Google Reader?

Grygus Re:the old reader (335 comments)

I've been on Feedly since the announced shutdown of Google Reader, but just switched to The Old Reader because it's simple, fast, and clean. Thanks to the people who recommended it here.

about a year ago
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Watching the Police: Will Two-Way Surveillance Reduce Crime?

Grygus Re:The ONLY Way this should work is... (309 comments)

Everyone is always defending themselves, that's the magic of combining Selfishness with Point-of-View.

about a year ago
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Google Glass: What's With All the Hate?

Grygus Re: Well now (775 comments)

That doesn't make sense in the long run; if the result is that ubiquitous, then the stigma will become less severe. It is difficult to achieve widespread notoriety in a world where everyone is posted online, all the time - witness the lengths YouTube attention whores have to go to already, and you'll see that someone recording you eating like a pig at Uno's just won't be newsworthy at all.

about a year ago
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Electronic Arts Slashes Workforce

Grygus Re:EA is burning (188 comments)

That trade-off (losing rights to gain happiness) is the basis of our civilization.

about a year ago
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'Bankrupt' Australian Surgeon Sues Google For Auto-Complete

Grygus Re:Libel? (305 comments)

Most people, even in the incarceration capital of the world, make it to their 30s without being arrested at all. This makes the event (somewhat) notable, doesn't it? Notable things are the things we talk about.

I think your point is that this crime is trivial enough to warrant expiration, but then where do you draw the line? I believe that the published lists of sex offenders is abusive and contrary to what are supposed to be American values, but a moratorium on talking about it at all seems equally unjust. Who decides how much time must pass before being bankrupted is no longer relevant when talking about a businessman? Do we have a list of crimes, or does this situation only apply to rich people, each of whom can decide for themselves when their reputation should no longer be marred by their actions? Should a convicted drug dealer be able to not only legally conceal the fact on his resume, reasoning that he hasn't dealt drugs in a while, but also be able to prosecute anyone who reveals the fact to his prospective employer? How about a thief applying to a security firm?

The fact is, his complaint is that a salient business event in his life is affecting his business. Isn't this exactly as it should be? How is this not a ludicrous complaint?

about a year and a half ago
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Why Ray Kurzweil's Google Project May Be Doomed To Fail

Grygus Re:Ah! (354 comments)

I think you missed his point.

His point was that, if he executed the program manually, he could communicate in Chinese just as the AI does. He would be performing the exact same steps and getting the exact same answers, and yet he would not, in the process, learn Chinese. The point being that the AI could be capable of communicating in Chinese without understanding anything it was saying. In that event, the AI would not be a mind, because communication without understanding isn't intelligence.

about a year ago
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Stanford-NYU Report: Drone Attacks Illegal, Counterproductive

Grygus Re:Persecution of Christians (362 comments)

I guess I don't understand your point. Let's say you are completely correct; so what? Aren't we, as Americans, supposed to hold ourselves to higher standards of behavior, particularly in terms of tolerance of different races and belief systems? Saying that a militant theocracy acts in a certain horrific way doesn't mean we get to act that way, too;. it means that it's a good thing we're not a militant theocracy. Additionally, criticizing another nation for not adhering to our standards of behavior seems pointless to me, while criticizing ourselves for the same reason seems like a good idea.

What am I missing?

about 2 years ago
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Overconfidence May Be a Result of Social Politeness

Grygus Re:It's all that old "Self Esteem" nonsense. (263 comments)

No, but not because it's the nice thing to do. I wouldn't say that because art is about expression, not competition. It doesn't matter at all that her sister is better.

about 2 years ago
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Overconfidence May Be a Result of Social Politeness

Grygus Re:It's all that old "Self Esteem" nonsense. (263 comments)

It is fear; what you are seeing is overcompensation. Americans have been bombarded constantly with fear by our media, politicians, and even entertainment for a couple of decades now, at least. We are a terrified nation, and that is why we have so much bluster. There are things for which we can rightly be proud, but we've lost all perspective. There is no purposeful evil behind it; it has made a few people very, very wealthy. That's all.

about 2 years ago
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Overconfidence May Be a Result of Social Politeness

Grygus Re:spoonful of sugar (263 comments)

If the student failed to learn, the teacher failed to teach.

about 2 years ago
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Senate Cybersecurity Bill Stalled By Ridiculous Amendments

Grygus Re:Oh I see (233 comments)

It would never pass; to defeat it, opponents could simply add unrelated and unacceptable riders, which wouldn't yet be illegal. And to be completely fair, some lawmakers did attempt to solve this problem, but it didn't work.

about 2 years ago
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How Apple v. Samsung Was Explained To the Jury

Grygus Re:Here's how it was explained (330 comments)

Listening to an argument is meaningless when you do not understand the concepts involved. All the judge did was provide a brief glossary for pertinent terms, like "design patent" and "ornamental design." There is nothing underhanded going on.

about 2 years ago
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Teenager Arrested In England For Criticizing Olympic Athlete On Twitter

Grygus Re:He wasn't arrested for the criticism. (639 comments)

Okay, let's forget empathy. The problem with pointing it out, logically, is that it is a complete waste of time and energy. The athlete is already aware of his medal status. If he feels that he let his father down, then he already knows that, as well. Pointing either of those things out serves no logical purpose at all; the only likely effect is to make the athlete feel worse, which does not change the outcome and is unlikely to improve future performance.

In short: if you truly do not (or cannot) care what other people are feeling, then perhaps there is nothing wrong with doing it, but no reason that you would. If you would send such a message, then you do care; that's why you're doing it.

Applying your standards to others' actions, and vice-versa, simply does not work; surely you learned this long ago.

about 2 years ago
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Adding Free-To-Play Option In November

Grygus Re:WoW killer eh? (135 comments)

Barring some completely new innovative MMO, there is only one game that can kill WoW, and that is WoW. It made a fine attempt around the release of Cataclysm and lost a lot of people, but then righted itself in time. Could still happen, but it won't be "WoW done better," it'll be "WoW got worse."

about 2 years ago
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MIT Creates Car Co-Pilot That Only Interferes If You're About To Crash

Grygus Re:Confusion (238 comments)

I did not miss your point. However, if the computer does actually prevent accidents, which I assume would have to be the case for people to become so complacent, the number of accidents may well decrease even with lowered human alertness, i.e., the type of accidents that are increased may be fewer in number than the type of accidents mitigated. In that case, lives are saved, damage is lessened, and it is an overall gain. Your position seems to assume that the computers do not actually work.

more than 2 years ago

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