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Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

Ixokai Re:Works as designed (190 comments)

QFT.

I don't have mod points but that'e exactly what I was gonna say, so.

about a week ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Ixokai Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (873 comments)

There's too much to count.

I have some questions if historical Jesus existed, but the idea that he popped over to North America is absurd. There's evidence that there were Jews in the particular areas where Jesus was at the time of his possible story, and maybe one had ideas and gave rise to things-- son of god or not, there was perhaps a Jewish Rabbi who splintered his faith into a new one. If he preached to the Native Americans, he did a pretty shitty job of it, and the whole thing is absurd.

I have some questions if the Gospels were written by people at the time of historical Jesus, or were handed down through vocal tradition and changed with passage, but the idea that some guy thousands of years later wrote a book in Elizabethan English is absurd on its face. Either the tablets he found were in a proper language spoken by Jesus-- aramaic, for instance, or perhaps Navajo because if he was preaching to native americans he surely spoke their language-- or they were in the modern language by some grace of God, but the fact that they matched the otherwise out-dated dialect of Elizabethan English rings the fraud-cault bell quite strongly. The only reason to put the Book of Mormon in those terms is to lend it legitimacy so it sounds like the common-at-the-time translation of bible, but that's fundamentally deceptive.

The list goes on.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Ixokai Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (873 comments)

I'm not confusing them at all.

I am friends with people who I deeply disagree with over religion and beliefs.

I don't smile in their faces and curse them behind their back: to their faces I say what I believe, and we argue over it from time to time. We agree to disagree, often, but at least we respect our individual beliefs, and we can recognize that there is a great deal more we agree on.

My Grandfather was a devout Christian, and fairly conservative: he loved me until the day he died, and I know every day he prayed I'd hear God's grace. We would never see eye to eye on this, yet his belief was not hatred, it wasn't rejection, it wasn't disavowal of my life and happiness. Yes, there was something between us like a wound that couldn't heal, and it never did heal, but it didn't stop him loving me, and it didn't stop me loving him, and it didn't mean he was mean, cruel or even rude to me or my boyfriend.

We argued about God, the world, goodness, evil, sin, grace, and we disagreed and were stronger for our arguments. My beliefs are stronger, clearer, more meaningful to me because of our disagreements.

I wish I could have convinced him to believe in a world that was just slightly different, but I couldn't -- but that doesn't mean he wouldn't have done, without hesitation or consideration, anything at all to help me if anything happened that I needed his help on.

It makes me sad now that he's passed, that I know the last time he prayed, he prayed for my soul, believing I was on a path away form God.

Yet, we agreed on so much more then we disagreed on. We agreed on the value of good works and what it meant to help people and leave the world better then we find it. He was proud of me for my accomplishments, my successes, and when I was sad he comforted me.

There isn't this wall between us and them: we are all far more alike, with far more concerns alike, then what separates us.

That's just one relationship, but its not the only one by far. I can be, have been, will be, friends with those who are strong in their faiths that diverge from my own. Its a choice. You can choose to make them the enemy, or you can choose to recognize your shared humanity. Choosing to be friends with them is how you can begin to show them that you are a human being just as they are, and not just some other.

The alternative is to demand recognition and deny their own humanity because it doesn't embrace you. Its your right, you don't have to be the better person, but the world would be a much better place if we all gave it a try first.

That doesn't mean you stop fighting for your rights, but that struggle doesn't have to make people who disagree into enemies -- even if they can't see themselves as anything else.

Change one mind, show one person there's such a thing as you, who is a real, thoughtful and good person, and you change the world a little bit.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Ixokai Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (873 comments)

Its not stupid at all.

I can coexist quite well with Catholics who think my being gay is a sin; we can do good works together, have lunch, be friends. I can coexist quite well with Seventh Day Adventists who think alcohol is sinful, too. We can all be friends. Heck, I can coexist with people who have a religion I think is patently absurd (I'm looking at you, Mormons), because when it comes down to it -- everyone has beliefs, and things they think are right and wrong. As long as it goes no farther then their skin, we can all be friends.

Tolerance doesn't mean you beat someone until they agree with you, its that you recognize peoples differences and don't try to force them to change. Now, where a minority of Catholics and I part ways and will have problems being friends is at the point where those Catholics try to enshrine their beliefs into law.

It has nothing really to do with my sin being a choice at all (for the record, it obviously isn't), but at the line between beliefs and mandates.

Hate the sin all you like, I don't care. Teach that the sin is against God's given path all you like, I don't care. If that's what you believe, all power to you to believe whatever it is. I'll argue the other side and we'll see who is more convincing. Try to mandate that the State give you special rights that I don't have, there I start caring. Try to argue for violence or discrimination based on your beliefs, there I care a lot.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

Ixokai Re:The longer you live...Cancer could be your rewa (272 comments)

Its true that cancer is an almost inevitable consequence of simply living, and the longer you live the more likely you'll have it -- but many cancers are treatable, depending on the particulars of the strain. You think these people aren't prepared to pay top dollar for the best treatments when/if the time comes that their longevity has a consequence?

about two weeks ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Ixokai Re:And I'm so tired of this (190 comments)

Again: That's one element of many. The design patent is not infringed on by having one element similar/the same.

about a month ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Ixokai Re:Uhhuh (190 comments)

Ugh. I'm so tired of this ignorance.

The "rounded corners" were not a utility patent -- it was a design patent, and only one element of it. Those are completely different things. Obviousness has nothing to do with design patents. Design patents are not solely based on a single trait, but a number of traits that are not essential to the function of a thing which, taken together, represent a particular design.

Obviousness is one of the reasons you reject a utility patent, as utility patents are about functionality. Design patents are NOT -- they cover only those parts of the design that are not functional, and only when taken as a whole with all the particular elements (not just rounded corners, but certain ratios, with certain colors, placement of logo, number of buttons, packaging, and so on and so forth) and are meant to protect knock-offs that confuse consumers (as opposed to utility patents which are meant to give temporary monopolies in return for releasing technology to the public).

That said, patents get rejected for obviousness all the time. They just don't make slashdot. This one is so obvious anyone who has ever taken Econ 101 should have considered it obvious so it takes very little in the way of domain knowledge to figure out its obvious -- some other obvious things are maybe obvious to us techies but harder for patent examiners to figure out, especially in the murky world of business method patents (which are all crazy).

about a month ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Ixokai Re:Deals? (191 comments)

No, I mean the customers who are party to the suit -- Apple's customers. Yes, there was other channels they could have gotten music, but the catalogs were not exhaustive and were just as locked down as anything Apple ever did.

ITMS wasn't the first to try to do legal online music, I'm not arguing that. They did get all the paranoid labels on board and made it easy, and at the time that was a big deal. I remember I *could* buy music online at the time, but it was mostly a pain in the butt from most sources -- it was no real competition to the illegal napster route. Then ITMS made things easy and had everything I wanted, so I started using it to buy my music online.

Had they not made the DRM deals, ITMS would never had much of a selection and that would have harmed me as a consumer.

about a month ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Ixokai Re:Yes this is Terrible. (191 comments)

That's awfully weird considering Apple dropped DRM from its music store before Amazon opened their music store.

Your memory and reality are having a somewhat awkward dissonance.

about a month ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Ixokai Re:Deals? (191 comments)

Your analogy is dumb.

The customers would never have had access to the music catalogs of the major music labels were it not for deals to implement DRM and patch holes when that DRM is exploited.

Real exploited a hole to create fakely-DRM'd content, and Apple had to close it or they'd be in breach of contract and suddenly the ITMS has no content.

(At least, in theory. In reality Apple got big enough by this point that they were able to muscle the labels into letting them un-DRM the entire catalog, which seems quite the opposite of illegally screwing customers.)

about a month ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Ixokai Re:Yes this is Terrible. (191 comments)

DRM is so terrible that.... Apple did away with it on the music store years ago.

Its the content industry that is keeping it on the movie and tv stores. I am against DRM too but remember who requires it in their contracts to distribute.

about a month ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Ixokai Re:Huh? (191 comments)

You can use non-apple devices with iTunes and the iTunes music store just fine. You have always been able to do so. I don't know why you'd want to because as far as mp3 managers go it kinda sucks, but you could plug a random mp3 player in and provided its not going out of its way to be weird, iTunes will detect it and list it on devices and it'll happily copy any non-DRM'd content to it.

All you could not do was use non-Apple devices with DRM'd music-- but no music is DRM'd anymore, so that's not relevant.

You also couldn't use DRM'd music from other services on Apple's devices, and you still can't, but that's not relevant either because there's no obligation for Apple to support anyone elses DRM.

The case is not about supposed non-existent DRM between iTunes and iThings, its about Real hacking Apple's DRM on files and trying to copy such hacked DRM'd content -- instead of plain straight up mp3s that iTunes always supported fine -- into an iThing. Apple closed the hole in their DRM and such hacked content was no longer valid.

But, that's not relevant anymore because Apple doesn't use that DRM on any music anymore. (They _do_ use it on non-music stores still, though)

about a month ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Ixokai Re:Huh? (191 comments)

The claim is very weird, yes, but the premise isn't -- the case has absolutely no bearing on the industry. Not because MP3s and iPods have been replaced by streaming and iPhones or whatever other device people use instead of a dedicated iPod, but because the DRM has long since been dropped in the music space.

Worst case scenario, Apple pays the lawyers involved some number of millions of dollars and a pittance to consumers (as in all class action cases), and changes nothing because its all entirely moot at this point.

about a month ago
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Stephen Hawking's New Speech System Is Free and Open-source

Ixokai Re:SiwftKey? (56 comments)

Yes, damn all those disabled people who might benefit and have a more meaningful life as a result of this system, because you lost out on a few dollars that one time on one component of it.

about 2 months ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Ixokai Re:Baby meet bathwater (289 comments)

The morning after pill is not an abortifacient, point of fact.

It prevents pregnancy, it does not abort nor induce a miscarriage. Fertilization and implantation (ie, a pregnancy) does not always or even usually happen immediately after sex, it can take hours or days to happen which is why it "may" work -- the morning after pill prevents pregnancy from happening, it doesn't abort a pregnancy already established.

about 2 months ago
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How To End Online Harassment

Ixokai Re:The right to offend ... (834 comments)

Did you miss the point?

I think you did.

Its not about what its OK to be offended about: its that THREATS of EXTREME VIOLENCE are not okay.

It is quite possible to define a set of rules that do not include committing violence, particularly here, sexual violence, against someone. If you can't get behind that, you're part of the problem.

This isn't about made up offense and political correctness and differing cultural norms. We're talking about threats of rape and extreme violence here. Its not okay to threaten to rape someone. Its not okay to threaten to murder someone. The topic is not a joke. You're the problem if you think otherwise.

about 2 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Ixokai Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

If your debit card is a Visa/Mastercard, you get the same protection as a CC unless you use it 'as' a debit and enter the PIN and someone steals your PIN, I suppose. Then again I don't ever use it as a debit card, always over visa/mc.

I've had my debit card 'stolen' online twice. Once I got a call from Visa and had it reversed by them once before I noticed, and the second time when I noticed and called my bank, they reversed it all with no problem at all.

No need for 'proof', except that the bank mailed me an affidavit I had to sign -- but they reversed the charges immediately including all bank fees caused by these transactions (granted, provisionally; if I didn't sign the affidavit and get it back to them I'd probably expect to see the charges re-appear).

I think you're overly paranoid about debit cards.

That said it's a cold day in hell where I let anyone have direct access to my bank account.

about 3 months ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Ixokai Re:Good luck with that. (558 comments)

For one thing, you're only counting the middle steps.

First, you have to get your wallet, get your card from wallet, swipe it, wait, then either sign or enter a PIN, put card away, put wallet away. You're ignoring the setup and teardown steps.

With Apple, its pull out phone, hold it near device, tap, put away phone.
I am not familiar with the Google Wallet version of NFC-compatible phones but I assume it is quite similar (since Apple Pay is mostly a NFC device except how its setup and the arrangement with the banks to secure the transactions)

More importantly though, the regular credit card use leaves that number everywhere you use it, just begging to be stolen which has happened repeatedly of late.

With Apple Pay, the credit card is not stored on the device, instead its a per-device number arranged with your bank when you set it up -- and when it transmits it also transmits a dynamic authentication code and that pair can only be used once. (I don't know what it uses to generate that code but I suspect its something like a software time based token).

They don't get your name, your credit card number is not vulnerable, they don't get any of your personal details. They just get paid.

about 3 months ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

Ixokai Re:don't really like that term (169 comments)

Eh? How is it not renewable? Every day it starts anew. You don't ever run out, it never stops producing. Sometimes its production is lower and sometimes its higher, but it never runs out.

Granted, coal is sorta technically "renewable" but only on a geological scale that renders the term pointless. We'll mine it all and run out of it all long before any more comes.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Ixokai Re:individual vs carrier sales. (206 comments)

All of them. Apple always reports actual end-user sales, not channel movement.

about 4 months ago

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Crack the Cyber Command's Code

Ixokai Ixokai writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Ixokai (443555) writes "Apparently, in addition to whatever else they actually do (a question that seems to be hand-waved more then a little bit), the new US Cyber Command also embeds little codes into their logo, and WIRED reports it actually decodes to something meaningful. Anyone else interested in cracking it?"
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