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Supreme Court Says Gov't Employee Texts Not Private

Ingolfke Re:Simple. (263 comments)

Why would I want to pay for a second phone I don't need?

One reason might be so your company doesn't have legal access to your texts asking your mom if you can have some friends over to play D&D this weekend.

more than 4 years ago
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Staying In Shape vs. a Busy IT Job Schedule?

Ingolfke Move out of mom's basement (865 comments)

Moving out of mom's basement would allow you to cut your commute time and would give you the opportunity to work out regularly. A move would also allow you to control your diet. Mom's breast milk is realy high in fat content.

about 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

Ingolfke Re:Meanwhile over in Congress (311 comments)

False assumption.

Back on topic... What morality? Yours? Mine? If we all take responsibility for our own morality, whose to judge which morality is better or more succinct or rational? It seems like a meaningless statement without some external measure. But whose to agree on the external measure? And even when agreed to... whose to enforce the measure?

more than 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

Ingolfke Re:Meanwhile over in Congress (311 comments)

Yes, but your long run isn't all that long and it's easy enough to promote good behavior while carefully doing whatever you need to get what you want out of life. Evolved limitations that restrict you should be challenged, use your mind to overcome your own weakness whenever possible. Evolution is just to slow and big... it may have given you something to start with that worked generally for humans thousands of years ago, but that's just a general starting point... why accept that, why not pursue whatever you specifically find enjoyable? People have all sorts of natural hard-wired limitations they suppress and train out of themselves... we just don't like to acknowledge that empathy and overeating may be equally worthy of trying to suppress.

more than 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

Ingolfke Re:It's weird (311 comments)

How do you understand genocide?

more than 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

Ingolfke Re:Meanwhile over in Congress (311 comments)

Responses:
1) Yes, absolutely you should behave in such a way that other perceive you to be trustworthy... until it suits you to not be.

2) I think this is potentially an inborn weakness in many people... similar to eating disorders... you want people to think you're thin so you behave totally irrationally and harm yourself... being perceived as "good" is useful, but if you tie yourself up in what other people think of you then you end up handing over your satisfaction to others which is a risky proposition. Avoid it at all costs, work to minimize those emotions if possible.

3) I agree... you'd want everyone else to follow the rules, be nice, fair, etc... but why play along when you have the opportunity to gain more than you might lose?

more than 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

Ingolfke Re:Meanwhile over in Congress (311 comments)

Humans have an amazing capability to identify basic limitations and use their minds to overcome those limitations. True compassion, real felt regret, or the stress of empathizing with someone else's pain can limit your ability to achieve personal satisfaction. So to the extent possible, why wouldn't you train these things out of yourself as best as possible. Sure, you'd want to be able to fake them... they serve a wonderful social purpose... but when the opportunity arose to greatly further yourself it'd be just lazy or weak to not have tried to achieve that.

more than 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

Ingolfke Re:Meanwhile over in Congress (311 comments)

Evolutionary traits should have little bearing on your decision making other to accept certain starting points. You only have one life to live and you have fortunately evolved a mind to be able to make decisions beyond what your evolved capabilities might entail. For example, you can choose not to accept a failing heart and seek out a heart transplant. You can choose to drive a car created by other minds in order to overcome your very limited speed and stamina. Why would uncontrolled cooperation be any different, sure you need to cooperate with people to maximize your opportunities, but when that gets in the way you're just giving in to an evolutionary limitation.

You can of course choose to be irrational, or just accept it. It's lazy, but people are very lazy and it generally serves those who aren't quite well.

more than 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

Ingolfke Re:It's weird (311 comments)

Now you've peaked my interest... your existence isn't just some random chance... but it's not created either? What is it then... an illusion?

more than 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

Ingolfke Re:It's weird (311 comments)

It's weird that people who think they were created by random chance think they or anything else is worth more than a pile of shit.

more than 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

Ingolfke Re:Meanwhile over in Congress (311 comments)

I have never understood this type of statement... "I find it worrying that people only behave ethically out of fear of having to answer to some "higher power".

Morality is based on power, always. It's God, or god, or social, or individual, or psychological, or whatever... but it's always power. If there is no power over me then why would I do anything other then behave in a way that brings me pleasure? I might say "behave ethically" but why would I actually do so, other then possibly fear of some power punishing me for my actions?

more than 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

Ingolfke Re:Meanwhile over in Congress (311 comments)

What morality... that's just some sort of oppressive construct you've created to feel better. Power is morality in all systems, if you have no power over me then you are useless and have no rights.

more than 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

Ingolfke Re:Meanwhile over in Congress (311 comments)

Which is more important to me... the shit I took last night or you? The answer... the shit. You're useless to me. If had a choice between taking a good shit and your existence, based on your premises, I would be a fool to not choose the shit.

more than 5 years ago
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Congress Mulls API For Congressional Data

Ingolfke Use git (121 comments)

They should use git.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Handle Corporate Blackmail?

Ingolfke Copy your reviews; then tell them to fuck off (675 comments)

Make copies of your reviews and other feedback. Then politely tell them you will be leaving on the date you originally notified them.

Also, you may want to make posts on Glassdoor.com, jobvent.com or other sites that allow you to anonymously provide feedback on the employee experience with specific companies.

more than 5 years ago
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Science's Alternative To an Intelligent Creator

Ingolfke Re:Atheism vs Agnosticism vs Creationism... all wr (683 comments)

Our understanding has zero bearing on reality. The fact that your conscious of your existence is notable, but does not alter the fact that you exist.

The questions are then just questions about what we can and cannot know... and even then, without complete knowledge of all time and space we cannot be truly certain about anything, so we really just ask questions about what we have seen and learned, make propositions based on that learning, and make decisions based on the reliability of those decisions. In all of that, there is still reality, and as time progresses we face the reality of our decisions.

Plato's Cave illustrates our predicament... we watch the wall from our viewpoint and believe what we see and understand is real. We construct language and thought patterns based on what we see and how we understand it, and yet there may (and in the case of Plato's cave there is) be a greater reality beyond what we see.

Subjecting reality to the logical and linguistic constructs we've deduced from experiencing reality is useful, but not definitive.

We then fall back on having to use what we have learned to determine how the universe is... no answer is provable... we simply make the best decisions we can based on the information we have. Some may believe that a man born 2000 years ago is the Son of God, is God, and has told us about what will was and what will come... others might believe we're in a karmic force and that good and evil struggle for control of existence... others may believe the whole conversation is pointless and refuse to even think about it or discuss it. Either way... as time progresses the truth or folly of their choices will be proven out (although it's certainly possible that no one will know or care).

I think agnosticism is a comfortable and perhaps even logical philosophical position to accept in that it requires no faith, just existence. The hope for an agnostic is that their choices are not in conflict with reality.

more than 5 years ago
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Science's Alternative To an Intelligent Creator

Ingolfke Re:Atheism vs Agnosticism vs Creationism... all wr (683 comments)

Your argument against creationism based on the idea that you can't have something from nothing fails under your logic for agnosticism. One could be agnostic as to the origins of god/God/gods/force/universe (I'll call this thing God... it depends on your religious/philosophical views what terms and understanding are applied) and use the same basic argumentation you used for the universes existence.

A Christian creationist might argue that God existed, that his being defined the concept of existance and that out of that existence something else was created and that thing was our universe... our little closed box of existence. I think we'd agree that if you existed in a closed system you cannot know anything about anything outside of that system (even whether there is or is not anything) without information from outside of your system being made available to you. This is the typical religious argument... that God has made Himself (or whatever) known in some way. The test of course is how reliable are the claims, are the based in knowable reality, are they somewhat testable, are the claims consistent, etc...

The key point in all of this discussion is that our inability to know has no bearing on the actual truth of the matter.

more than 5 years ago
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7th-Grader Designs Three Dimensional Solar Cell

Ingolfke Early draft of his plan looks something like... (719 comments)

1) Develop 3d nanotube solar cell
2) Win science contest
3) Complete manufacturing tests
4) Manufacture
5) Become billionaire...
6) Jill Smith will like me! x0x0x

more than 5 years ago

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I go this
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I'm not sure if I should be offended or proud or sick to my stomach for all of this posting.

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Here is the text of my 1000th post.
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This is my 1000th post on /. After 1000 posts I've learned that language is quite possibly the most horrible invention known to man. It can be used for good... but mostly, as demonstrated here, it's a microscope into the human mind... the self-absorbed, illogical, ignorant, dumb, arrogant, fragile, and generally horrifying human mind. Read posts here long enough and you think... what a bunch of dumb asses. Yeah, there are a few smart ones or people with strong opinions and the intelect and facts to back those opinions up... but the vast majority of the public (here and elsewhere) can be safely classified as "the unwashed masses". Couple language with a communication tool like the Internet that allows these unwashed morons to meet likeminded idiots and spew their ill concieved and self-indulgent opinions upon the rest of the unwashed hordes and you have a recipe for... well whatever it's a recipe for it makes me ill.

So after 1000 posts I give you this bit of wisdom... shut up, it is statisically likely that you will save yourself from looking like a complete ass.

Until /. has electrolytes it's not safe for your consumption.

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Slashdotters have earned their reputation as biased arrogant idiots (not me, see wikipedia). It's predictable. Post a Microsoft story... foaming a the mouth, "MS is evil", "MS sucks", "Bloatware", "OO is better", "I like the command line way of doing it better because it's like really open source, dude!". Lame, just plane lame.

5/23 - I've now learned that Ticketmaster will ellict a response of "Pearl Jam", "Evil", "Monopoly" and other ignorant responses from the unwashed illeterate masses.

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Seriously... wouldn't it have been awesome if in feudal Japan they would have had airships, and the ninjas would quitely drop down from those airships onto their unsuspecting enemies below using a myriad of long ropes? And if they could make the airships out of kevlar I think that would stop the shurikens.

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Calling out ad hominem attacks on /. is all the rage these days... well maybe not, maybe I'm just noticing it more or maybe it's gotten so bad people are growing tired of it and calling out the morons who rely on it.

Anyways... /. is a veritable petri dish of logical fallacies. Logic professor's should send their students here for class assignments... see how many logical fallacies you can identify in their natural habitat.

I'm not perfectly logical myself... I try to be... or at least try to be reasonable and understand when I've made an argument that isn't defensible. Anyways, if you're interested in learning more about logical fallacies and improving your arguments check out this website.

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I posted a comment that made a humorous (in my opinion) comparison between Linus Torvald's activity with the LMI to a mob extortion racket. I was modded Troll & Flamebait (sounds like a good law firm name). And thus I have learned that thou shouldst never besmirch the reputation of the glorouis Torvalds.

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Well, my post, which I just wrote about was -1 trolled. This is an appropriate response, but it's amusing to me how inconsistant we are in are advocacy. We'll support FOSS and wage a giant virtual flame war against, or mod down, anyone who dares to question its goodness or proposes violating the license agreements, but we'll quickly support copyright infringement in small or large part. This is hypocrasy; plain and simple. It makes a case for arguing that the underlying motive behind most of the arguments for sharing copyrighted materials without permission and outside the bounds of the law is simply that "I want too, and no one can stop me." It's greed and selfishness wrapped in a mantel of self-righteous david-vs-goliathism, sprinkled with FUD about DRM, big corporations, and how government does exactly what the money tells them to.

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I posted this, under the same heading as this journal.
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The GPL is a flag for Open Source software developers to rally around, but it has no teeth and anyways by violating the GPL no one is actually harmed in any way. In fact, much of the software that is developed by violating the GPL is in fact useful to end users so they're more likely to use a FOSS product in the future.

I have heard that there is a small startup (in Oakland?) that is developing software that will take source code and manipulate it so that source code and compiled output are different enough from the original to be nearly undetectable. In addition to this software I believe they're planning on providing consulting and development services to take the Open Source code and manipulate it even further to obfuscate the code.

This is exciting, because most FOSS software isn't accessible to the general public, but by reducing the costs required to produce software by using an existing code base we should see many new products that are actually afordable and useable by the end user population. Of course, I'm sure some people will copy and distribute this software over the Internet, but that's not a big deal either as we've already established.

I was talking with a good friend of mine from Bratislava about this a couple weeks ago and he was pretty angry. He thought this violated the rights of the people who wrote the code and the end-users because the software wasn't free as in speech. I argued that this may be the case, but it doesn't really matter because the producers would have developed the software anyways, and the end-users are in 99% of the cases not going to even want to manipulate the source code. Furthermore this is a civil issue, so if there is a coypright violation that has real impact on a developer then they'll just take it to the courts. My friend couldn't argue with this one. He agreed that many open source developers, particularly in the U.S., have day jobs that pay them 10x what he makes and are so wealthy that they can easily hire a lawyer to defend their IP rights. He was concerned about the rights of the myriad of developers around the world who don't make as much as the uber-rich American developers. I agreed that it would be very very hard for the "little guy" to properly defend his IP, but suggested that by using GPLed code and releasing it as a closed source product, they could in fact create a small revenue stream that would help them advance their education, research, or general standard of living. He liked that idea a lot.

It's a very exciting time.
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This reads like a troll, and probably is in the strictest sense of the term. Trolling isn't my intention though. Copyright violators justify their copyright infringement in so many illogical ways and yet are extremely hypocritical about any other violation of copyright or software licensing. They argue against the wealthy powered corporations, they argue that it's all for the greater good, they drag out straw men from what must be the world's largest straw man factory... they keep coming so rapidly. My point with the post is that you can rationalize violating the GPL or any other license very very easily, and that most of the arguments I've made are just as sound (read not sound) as the arguments for violating copyright.

That said, there are many concerns about how the government has responded to IP issues in general, and I've seen some reasoned responses that have made me think. Unfortunately the reasoned responses are drowned out in the sea of illogical and inconsistantly implemented arguments.

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  about 9 years ago

I have 561 posts as of this journal entry. I'd say 60% are total rubbish, and 39% are mostly rubbish. Leaving about 5 posts that are actually worth reading. Most people would feel pretty bad about having a 1% readability rating, but actually that's 1% better than most of the posters around here (you know who you are GNU hippies, left/right/middle/X wing propagandizers, Australians, Canadians, Americans, and Europeans, with the exception of the Irish, and people who post on Tuesdays).

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  about 9 years ago

Many of us have heard about patterns and their application to programming. It's the new rage for all the kids these days. Being the pragmatic programmer (substitute crappy for pragmatic if you'd like) I've taken the concept of patterns and refactoring and applied it to Slashdot troll posting.

We're all familiar w/ troll patterns on Slashdot. "In Soviet Russia", "Old Korean People", "Imagine a Beowulf cluster of those" (a personal favorite of mine) and the old classic "Hot Grits". So anyways... I've taken the BSD is dead troll (not limited to Slashdot) and refactored it to be a little bit more relevant and yet still interface well w/ the old-timers still comfortable w/ the original BSD is dead troll. Basically it works like this...

Someone posts anything about a current technology, say technology X... and you post

Sounds like "X" is following Gentoo and BSD down the path to oblivion.

This ticks of the BSD folks because you've just assumed that BSD is dead and it confuses the hell out of the Gentoo-fanboys because they thought their distrobution was thriving (it may be... I don't really know or care). Anyways it's oddly entertaining.

Here's a lame example.

So now that I've explained my troll technique... I'm clearly very "ghey" (as the kids say these days) and I hate you all.

please love me.

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  more than 9 years ago

It seems that I've managed to squander all of my good karma on meaningless drivel, stupid "jokes" about BSD, and ill contrived attacks against the Slashdot zeitgeist. Or in more clear terms, I've been a smart ass. Time to build that karma back up.

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm writing in this thing too much... I may end up becoming one of those unwashed masses. I've had my Slashdot ID long enough to be... well not a newbie, but journal writing and frequent posts... I may be losing it.

On to my topic. I posted a comment about George Lucas' lifetime achievement award. The comment was silly, suggesting that Lucas would combine elements from the Dukes of Hazzard, the A-Team and N-Sync in the next 3 movies. But I got the response I wanted... well the response I wanted in this case. Anyways, some AC posted LMAO (Laughing My Ass Off). I think it's odd that I'm gratified by the repsonse of someone I don't even know. An AC even. Odd.

In related news I'm actually consider using a wiki for a project I'm working on. FlexWiki (yes yes I've sold my soul). I actually found a use for the wikipedia and had question about wiki vandalism answered.

And since this might even be considered a blog... well the next step is to stop my personal hygiene routines, and start talking about my cooling systems for my beowulf cluster.

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I made a comment about how I didn't get the wiki craze... even commenting that I might "be on the outside looking in" and got modded as a flamebait. I don't really care... and oddly enough, I'm not actually that surprised, but it just seems odd.

My point about wiki's and blogmania, I think, are still accurate. Everyone's tuned into the hype. It's the next best thing... go man go... I wonder if they'll be so omnipresent in 5 years. Are these technologies the winners like HTTP and Instant Messaging, or are they duds like Gentoo and BSD (now see... that's flamebait).

Who nows... but this "journaling" is probably like "blogging" and pretty soon I'll find a use for a wiki and all I will talk about it getting the words wiki and blog tattooed on my fingers (hold fast).

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Ingolfke Ingolfke writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I've noticed, over the past several months, that my posts have degraded into attempts at humor revolving around social norms within the /. (like that one) crowd. I get decent karma from the ones that are funny... but wonder if it's getting kind of pointless. The news around here hasn't been all that interesting as of late. Comments are occasionally interesting, but frequently not... especially those moderated as "insightful". The trends in the herd are amusing. I wonder if anyone ever did a study on them... and if they did... man that sap had too much time on his or her hands. So... is watching the trends and commenting occasionally from a cynical perspective a good use of my time... and do I even care. And why do I keep saying that BSD is dead when it isn't? And what is so extremely funny about wanting a beowulf cluster of anything? I don't know...

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