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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Headw1nd Theaters are not worried about 9/11 (508 comments)

Regal Cinema et al. are not really worried about terror strikes. Muslim terrorists have made threats against various movies for decades and it hasn't stopped anything from being shown, and this is from groups that have proven experience blowing things up.

What these companies are in fact scared shitless is the kind of cyberattack that Sony suffered. As bad as Sony security might have been, I guarantee it was heads and shoulders above what any of these theater chains have in place. Sony was able to shrug off millions in damages, but for AMC it could be lights out. At the very least it would beat out the profits of showing a mediocre comedy. This is why they're scared to show the interview - concerns about "terror attacks" are a smokescreen.

yesterday
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Headw1nd Re:Mass production ? (186 comments)

The article actually seemed well researched, and involved interviewing or questioning at least a dozen people in the field. I'm pretty sure they used google somewhere in the process. I realize it's hip to bash reported for lack of thoroughness, but your comment seems out of place, as the New Yorker is not usually one to skimp on research.

3 days ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Headw1nd Re:Mass production ? (186 comments)

Did you read the article? In it they talk about a process to make graphene from anthracite coal with a 25% yield rate. The problem is not making graphene, any idiot with a pencil can do that, it's making large sheets of graphene. They go over this more than once. You really didn't read the article, did you?

3 days ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

Headw1nd Hyperbole extravaganza (416 comments)

All of the arguments here about "suppressing knowledge" are incredibly off base. No knowledge is being suppressed, just a particular presentation of that knowledge is being dis-associated with a particular school. This is not research, these are lectures on established academic topics. The man in in question is free to post his lectures elsewhere, and for its part I am sure that MIT has or will soon have alternate lectures available on the same topics. Whether the allegations are founded or not is certainly a question (one which I am sure is answerable), but let's not pretend this is some sort of massive crime against knowledge akin to a book-burning. MIT is exercising their right not to be associated with this individual based on their view of his character. That's all.

about a week ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

Headw1nd Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

Then the OP has used the zombie survivor fallacy, assuming that what he uses will be what will survive. Chances are every site he visits, including this one, would be part of the 99% that is gone. Unless his fantasy web is some sort of early 90s Geocities flashback, it requires advertising to exist.

about a week ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

Headw1nd Re:Greasing Palms. (280 comments)

You don't seem to realize most cities do not use medallions. Also the concept of regulations for carrying people around for money predates cars by a longshot. Take a look at hackney coaches and you'll see a slew of regulations, dating back to the 1600's. I'm not sure why you would think regulating things, especially in cities, is some kind of new concept.

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

Headw1nd Re:Lewandowsky, SF, etc. (692 comments)

I don't think he's bemoaning the loss of crackhouses, just pointing out that even the worst of the low income housing stock is being converted. Soon there won't be anywhere for low-income people to live, and if you think that just includes criminals, you're foolish. It includes service workers, recent immigrants, and artists. Without those groups, San Francisco will no longer be a very attractive place to live.

about a year ago
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Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

Headw1nd A much different reaction to other predictions (385 comments)

This seems on the balance to be much less accurate than the "Ladies' Home Journal" 100 year predictions we were talking about a few years back, and I recall those being kind of ridiculed. I suppose it's all a matter of authorial intent: do we want to play up the predictor as a visionary or play down the foresight of our ancestors to assuage our insecurity?

about a year ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

Headw1nd Re:the (re)definition of troll (406 comments)

No, no , a thousand times no. You really think that a dedicated troll is going to give in to your arguments? He isn't in this to win, he's in it to make as much disruption as possible. You'll respond, and 15 other people will respond, and the troll will just rephrase his argument and repeat it. He doesn't care that it doesn't make sense, in fact he knows it's wrong, but he'll just say it again. His game is literally this: to make you type as much as possible with as little effort on his part as necessary. If you see a troll post, treat it like an Xbox 360. Just do a 360 and walk away.

about a year and a half ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

Headw1nd Re:Yes but... (406 comments)

I wish someone would mod this up, because this is exactly the kind of thing we are talking about. How are you supposed to have any reasonable debate about anything when this guy is guaranteed to show up to spout of this shit?

about a year and a half ago
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US Mining Data Directly From 9 Silicon Valley Companies

Headw1nd Re:Slashleft (404 comments)

It's true... Looking at the right and the left right now you can see them subtly trying to steer the debate back to the same old "scandals", and away from this story. This is not the time for partisan politics, I'm a die hard lefty and I would love to see the administration taken to task for this.

about a year and a half ago
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US Mining Data Directly From 9 Silicon Valley Companies

Headw1nd Re:Other interpretations.. (404 comments)

There's a very real chance that this is a "leak" designed on the fly to discredit those currently talking about the verizon leak. If that is the case, it well may backfire as I doubt they will actually be able to discredit it in the public's perception, it's just too plausible. Assuming it is a false leak, they might also use it to put pressure on Google et al to cooperate, a "Everyone thinks you're a ho so now you might as well sleep with me, and I'll look after you" kinda thing. Or it could be a total hoax, which changes nothing except where it came from.

about a year and a half ago
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The New Transparency of War and Lethality of Hatred

Headw1nd Re:So they pissed on the enemy (591 comments)

and Muslims are supposed to be better than dragging burned mutilated corpses through streets. Just pointing out that your point B is irrelevant since America is as much represented by these soldiers as the Muslim population is represented by that mob in Fallujah.

Are you seriously suggesting that the US Marine Corps doesn't represent the US? Maybe you think they just happen to be over there on vacation, but I'm pretty sure they were sent, armed, paid by the the US government. They are acting on the authority of the United States of America, and as such everything they do, good or bad, reflects on the integrity and honor of the United States, and the Corps as well. If this was some group of jackoff civilians in Detroit you might have some kind of point, but when it comes to soldiers, you don't.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook a Factor in a Third of UK Divorces

Headw1nd Cited in, not cited as the cause of. (189 comments)

Wow, this is some poor reporting. At first I thought the summary was to blame, but no, the articles themselves have it wrong. Facebook is being cited in 33% of all British divorces, but not as the cause. When they say cited, they mean just that: That something from Facebook was brought up in the courtroom. That could be, and in fact seems to frequently be something from well after the couple has separated, brought up as part of custody or property hearings.

more than 2 years ago
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PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade

Headw1nd Re:Don't pick a fight (419 comments)

Don't pick a fight with a big company or with people with money or power. Great. In other words, if you are the small man, you are fucked.

This is actually very true. As the small man, you need to do one of two things:
1) Go get money and power and come back later
2) Find someone sympathetic to your cause who has money or power

Dave with a V chose option #2

more than 2 years ago
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Half Life of a Tech Worker: 15 Years

Headw1nd Everyone's concentrating on the ones who leave... (473 comments)

Let's think a moment here who has it the worst. The poor guys in the 6.25% who still have to work at 80.

Though one 1 out of 4 of them will live to 110, so I guess it isn't all bad.

about 3 years ago
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Skilled Readers Recognize Words By Shape

Headw1nd Re:Stupid Article is Stupid (420 comments)

Man, if you're wxxxxxg, I don't want to hear about it.

more than 3 years ago
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The End of the Gas Guzzler

Headw1nd Re:Automakers have seen the light, sorta. (897 comments)

Some one needs to drop some mod points on this post, it should be "+5 insightful" with a flashing neon border. Examples of this kind of regulation are all too common, where business secretly welcomes regulation just so the government can play the heavy and they can pretend that they had no choice but to comply. Smoking bans are are good example. What restaurant wants to tell loyal customers that they can't smoke because they've chosen to cater to a larger contigent of nonsmokers? It's much easier if smoking is banned in all restaurants, and then it's not your fault if a customer can't light up.

more than 3 years ago

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