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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Jawnn Prove it. (167 comments)

I was outside yesterday. It was a nice day and I didn't seen any climate change protesters. In fact, I have seen any all year. I think that the whole "climate change protester" thing is just a myth, started up by some gubamint researchers tryin' to make sure their research gets funded next year.

4 hours ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

Jawnn Re:There is no "controversy" (101 comments)

This, precisely and completely, is what's really going on here, and you'd better believe that there is a lot, and I mean a staggering sum, of money being spent by the ISP's and cable companies to ensure that things go their way. "What is your stance on net neutrality?" should be the question most frequently asked of aspiring and incumbent politicians because this is a very, very big deal.

4 hours ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

Jawnn Re:The people (101 comments)

What you describe, in typical quasi-Libertarian fantasy manner, is a recipe for chaos. Let everyone who wants to string their own copper, or fiber, or fire up their own wireless infrastructure. Right? What could possibly go wrong?

4 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Jawnn Re:Your employer (157 comments)

CEO: "What happens if we don't, and they stay?"

CFO: "We get to keep a productive employee doing the things he's been doing well, without having to pay for his continuing education and a networking opportunity that may wind up drawing him away from us. I.e., we save money both by not paying exorbitant rates for professional conferences (who charge both the attendees and the exhibitors and thus make money from both ends of the candle), and by not having to go through the hiring process for his replacement. He's also easily replaceable and posting online that he's happy here, so the chances of having to find someone new are low and the cost of doing so is also relatively low. We may even be able to replace him with an H1B and pay less overall. "

This is what's wrong with the tech industry's HR practices - the failure to fully appreciate the value in those "resources" and (very much mistakenly) assuming that they are "easily replaceable". We spend a lot of time and money getting our staff up to speed on all the things they can't learn anywhere but by working here. Some of that is cultural, some of it is technical, all of it is valuable. So spending money on adding to their knowledge is a much better bet that throwing them away and hiring some inexperienced kid with the "skill of the week".

4 hours ago
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Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

Jawnn Re:Keep your important data on current storage. (111 comments)

JPEG wasn't standardised until 1992. THere are no 25-year-old JPEG files. Things have changed a lot since 1989.

So what's your point? I have GIF images that predate 1989. The still render just fine. I could convert them if I felt the need. I don't, because the format's are indeed "stable".

2 days ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Jawnn Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (456 comments)

I can't think of a single profession which doesn't seem to have a "problem." Makes one wonder.

Makes you wonder what, exactly? That this is not a "problem", because "everybody's doing it?" WTF? Look pal, the "problem" is narrow-minded, clueless misogynist views like that.

Wow! Just wow! I was thinking the same thing myself, except I put "this is a societal problem, not one just in the academic community," after 'Makes one wonder'. Way to go in projecting your fears and negativity on others.

Um, no... Observing that the "problem" is indeed widespread (i.e. a "societal problem") and that this in no way excuses any single community's misogyny is hardly "projecting" anything.

2 days ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Jawnn Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (456 comments)

I can't think of a single profession which doesn't seem to have a "problem." Makes one wonder.

Makes you wonder what, exactly? That this is not a "problem", because "everybody's doing it?" WTF? Look pal, the "problem" is narrow-minded, clueless misogynist views like that.

3 days ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Jawnn Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

They're not a utility....

Well there's yer problem.

about a week ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Jawnn Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal.

They have no evidence of you doing anything illegal, they cannot prove that everyone using Tor is a criminal, but even the hint of suspicion is apparently enough for them to cancel your subscription. I must ask, however, if such behaviour is "so-to-speak legal?"

Legal? Yes. Ethical? Arguable. Should this industry be regulated as a common carrier so such bullshit tactics are ended? Absolutely.

about a week ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Jawnn Re:It's getting hotter still! (625 comments)

Well given that 5 years ago Al Gore said in 5 years time the Arctic will be completely ice free and it's completely covered in ice still, I would say they have a point. Back to the drawing board with the models at least. If there is one. Which I doubt.

So let me get this straight. Some grandstanding politician makes some dumb-ass statement about climate change and, by your logic, all climate change science is broken. Have I got that right? Or did you have a point that was supported by some kind of actual logic?

about a week ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jawnn My Android Phone... (599 comments)

Unlocks after an average of about 2.5 swipes. That's fine, for my phone, most of the time, and it would be fine for a weapon, most of the time, which makes it a viable mechanism... none of the time.

about a week ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

Jawnn Re:Good (81 comments)

Maybe the FCC can finally do their job.

Which would be, what? Doing the bidding of those who grease the most palms? There hasn't been anything stopping them so far.

about two weeks ago
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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

Jawnn Amateurs (110 comments)

As a U.S. company, youse can't engage in bribe and corruption in other countries. Youse have to engage in bribe and corruption in this country first. If youse don', t'ings could happen. You know, t'ings.

about two weeks ago
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Journal Published Flawed Stem Cell Papers Despite Serious Misgivings About Work

Jawnn So, you're saying that... (35 comments)

...the peer review process for publication actually works? You just have to use it? Who knew?

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Jawnn Re:Maybe driver vs passenger doesn't matter (364 comments)

While having to wait for text messages on a road is a tad irritating, it might be worth it if it saves some lives. Kind of the very definition of a first world problem...

"Might?" As someone who has been injured and had a vehicle totalled by by some fuckhead who was texting at the wheel (never even hit the brakes before plowing into me) I am here to tell you that we need much harsher penalties for this supremely irresponsible behavior.

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

Jawnn Re:Damn it, hire hackers as security professionals (111 comments)

It seems to me that the core problem is that companies won't hire actual experienced hackers

Most likely the problem was the exact opposite: They did hire a black hat, and this was an inside job.

No. If history is any indicator, and it usually is, this is just another case of system admin ass-hattery. In other words, bad practices; giving LAN access to the HVAC contractor, allowing remote desktop access by the POS system contractor, etc. All things we've seen before in other high-profile breaches.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

Jawnn Re:Switching is too hard? (145 comments)

Sarcasm is so hard to convey in text. Oh, wait. You were serious? Then you're an idiot. I've lived in metro and suburban areas for the last 20+ years. The vast majority of that time, I had one choice for broadband to my home. One. Yes, I could get DSL instead of Comcast, and I did just that for several years, until the carrier oversold the backhaul so badly the entire neighborhood stopped working. They were quite clear, "Piss off. Upgrades cost more than your business is worth." That, my friend, does not count as a choice.

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

Jawnn Re:Why? Simple bullshit is why. (107 comments)

I would agree that brute-force attacks are hardly news. The door-rattlers have always been there, but the news that over a billion user accounts, that is working credentials that grant access to something, are in the hands of organized criminals, is something else again. The wave of snowshoe spam we've seen over the last few weeks lines up nicely with that news, and our analysis is that compromised user accounts on a widespread assortment of services/hosts appears to be a fundamental part of the campaign. That is news. If we use our imagination a bit, that same trove of credentials could be used for other purposes as well. Owning some accounts with one or more services like namecheap.com would be a a very useful tool. I'm glad that namecheap has been as forthcoming as they have been vigilant.

about three weeks ago
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Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

Jawnn Needlessly long? (130 comments)

Because, yeah, planning for things like nuclear plants is obviously a needless extravagance.

about three weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Jawnn Re:I can't believe we're afraid of these assholes (542 comments)

Actually, it is very difficult to believe atheism would lead to anything, positive or negative. Atheism is the absence of belief...

Captain Pedantic here..., and I am going to stop you right there. Atheism is not the absence of belief. It is the absence of any theistic belief. In a case where "the truth" is pretty much unknowable, that position is itself a belief. While the atheists I know are largely reasonable and intelligent people, an awful lot of them arrogantly refuse to acknowledge that inconvenient fact.

about three weeks ago

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EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

Jawnn Jawnn writes  |  about a year ago

Jawnn (445279) writes "The Washington Post reports that the EFF has filed suit in Federal Court in San Francisco, on behalf of multiple groups. Those groups include, "...Rights activists, church leaders and drug and gun rights advocates..." Apparently, not everyone out there is believing the "If you have nothing to hide..." excuses being offered up from various government quarters."

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