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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Jesrad Dubious because facts (182 comments)

Marc Rogers disagrees strongly, and poitns at a long list of evidence that make it much more likely that it was a vengeful inside-job badly disguised into a Nork attack for unrelated publicity added-value:
- elements of language that do not fit north-korean lingo
- hardcoded filepaths indicating insider knowledge
- social-network savvyness unlike anything the DPRK ever did
- no mention of The Interview movie until after the possible tie with DPRK was suggested ... and more.

3 days ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

Jesrad Re:it can be air filled (198 comments)

Also mind the day duration: the Venus sidereal day is 243 Earth days. That makes for a worse than polar night, solar panel-wise, and that's not even counting the permanent, thick cloud cover. There just is no point in reaching the venusian ground and its lead-melting heat. It's far better to hang in the high atmosphere, well above the sulfuric acid clouds, and loft around in the 200 mph winds, circling the planet every 4 or 5 Earth days.

3 days ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Jesrad Re:America, you stink. (772 comments)

You are referring to the islamists you funded and trained in your war against the soviets, right ?

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Jesrad Re: Really? (772 comments)

Of course Hitler won. He won the moment the same antihumanist ideas that formed most of his ideology were also adopted by your very own top social class and government executives back in the 1920s and 1930s.

Look at the names of the founders and forefront proponents of every "population control" organisation that arised back then, and read what they wrote, it's all the same: the focal point is about exterminating and/or sterilizing the "genetically inferior races" and the "feeble-minded", at an industrial scale, in order to "improve" the human race "stock" and preserve its natural environment from overuse and exhaustion.

Then look at the conditions enforced on third-world countries in exchange for foreign US aid and world bank aid back in the 60s and 70s: programs of mass (often forced) sterilisations for the poor populations, that were done in unsanitary conditions.

The nazis have won, and today they're in charge of most of your foreign aid programs and environmental protection programs, they have been exterminating for decades, they still are at it right now.

about two weeks ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Jesrad Re:Time travel (107 comments)

Boring. I might head there next week-end if I can bother, or maybe the one after. Time travel means I can procrastinate indefinitely.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Jesrad Re:She's _4_ (584 comments)

That and more. I've been trying to sneak some of the wilder Doctor Who references through, too.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

Jesrad Re:No, it's not even possible (181 comments)

Your mind is a process that exists through a tangible substrate. Therefore it can be reproduced artificially.

I am not saying that souls do not exist, I'm saying that souls actually exist in objective reality as complex bundles of (neg)entropic processes, that arise from the right sort and amount of physical phenomenon.

It's only a matter of time before we can measure, copy, move and alter them.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Jesrad Re:She's _4_ (584 comments)

Maybe the father can give his daughter examples of actual princesses' lives and deeds, since it seems to be such a spontaneous center of interest for her. Like the bios of Grace Kelly, Diana, Margaret of Snowdon, Beatrice of York, etc.

Full disclosure: my 5 year old niece is a prime piece of Disney'dest princess-wannabe, and I regularly take great delight in trolling her with facts about real princes and princesses, and alternate versions of her favorite stories.

about two weeks ago
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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

Jesrad Re:IQ is not a simple measure (68 comments)

534 is a red, rounded corner box containing a green rectangle with a blue blob inside. Which makes it rather pungent than gingery.

about 1 month ago
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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

Jesrad Re:Not a jet pack (55 comments)

I still wonder how hard it would be to just use a pair or triplet of AMT Titan microjet engines to make an actual jetpack ? That's the smaller-is-better approach "Jetman" has followed, with success.

about a month ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Jesrad Re:Most severs shouldn't be vulnerable (245 comments)

I'm trying to get them to block-list all of Nigeria off the Webmail. With 120000 users we get about a couple compromised accounts each month, which I think is actually good. And 99% of the time it's from a 41.xxx address.

about a month ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Jesrad Wonder what planet the 'extra' cocoa comes from (323 comments)

Chocolate deficits, whereby farmers produce less cocoa than the world eats, are becoming the norm. Already, we are in the midst of what could be the longest streak of consecutive chocolate deficits in more than 50 years. It also looks like deficits aren't just carrying over from year-to-year—the industry expects them to grow. Last year, the world ate roughly 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than it produced.

So last year we imported 70 000 tons of cocoa from... outside Earth ? Or are there long-term stocks of cocoa somewhere ? Because if the latter, then getting rid of those stocks year after year and moving to a tighter production chain makes a lot of sense, and fits in the trend of decreasing transaction costs. It could also be a sign that producers expect their cocoa products to sell less well in the future, or raw cocoa to become cheaper. In any case, the claims in TFA make little sense.

about a month ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Jesrad Re:Most severs shouldn't be vulnerable (245 comments)

A well configured server will behave this way on the *submission* port (587) but if the MX port (25) were configured this way then you would be blocking a lot of legitimate email from old servers on the internet that do not support STARTTLS

That's what we do here on the big-gov't email servers. Filtering for non-auth'd relays curbs spam quite cheaply. We already have an answer for ISPs who'd complain about rejection: "Tough."

about a month ago
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Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

Jesrad Re:ENTITLEMENTS, NOT RIGHTS (95 comments)

Yes, like someone who loses the right to sell you bottled water because you are entitled to drinkable tap water (for a very low price).

No one is entitled to drinkable tap water. When that ressource comes short, everyone gets rationed. And if you won't pay the bills the tap gets cut off. In fact it's ubiquitous in our countries because it's both cheap and vital to so many. But getting there was, actually, a capitalist initiative: the work of persistent entrepreneurs. So yeah, choosing this example undermines your argument.

Granting everyone a "right to" internet access won't make Internet available to everyone. Developping technical solutions and financing their implementation to allow widespread, cheaper access to the Internet will. Just like with access to water.

about 2 months ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

Jesrad Long Now does it better (272 comments)

The Long Now Foundation has been covering this issue pretty well, too, with its 'Manual for Civilisation project'. They actually built a place with airtight shelves and started stockpiling actual books, which beats piling PDF files in a webserver anyday in long-term storage and techno-breakup resilience. They even store spores and seeds of all kinds of useful plants, and have a project for preserving animal DNA & eggs too.

about 2 months ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

Jesrad Re:I'm still waiting... (161 comments)

This was recently covered by The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

When criminality problems are being made fun of in comedic talk shows, you know your government has a big denial issue.

about 2 months ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Jesrad Easily done: (331 comments)

Japan never had a gun problem in the first place. Maybe the USA should indeed imitate them to solve its own gun violence issues ? It would be simple, too: just go back several centuries in time, and get heavily prejudiced against guns from the very beginning by emphasising the moral and cultural values attached to swords for a couple centuries, then go lose a world war and dismantle most of your armament producing capability under scrutiny by an occupying force.

Also, it'll help if you become an island.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

Jesrad Another Missing Option (238 comments)

...is the infamous "The top N [weirdest,ugliest,funniest,coolest] $whatever". Oddee is my personal crack dealer.

about 2 months ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Jesrad Re:Nothing new here ... (292 comments)

An absence of correlation is a pretty strong hint for an absence of causation.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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Privately-funded study to test coconut oil as treatment for Alzheimer's

Jesrad Jesrad writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jesrad (716567) writes "Following the growing viral popularity of Dr Mary Newport's reported success in treating her Alzheimer's Disease-stricken husband with coconut oil, and some positive results of in-vitro tests, come news of a clinical trial of coconut oil as a potential treatment for halting and reversing symptoms of the neuron-destroying disease."
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Going from traditional DVD distribution to direct Internet sales and streaming

Jesrad Jesrad writes  |  about 9 months ago

Jesrad (716567) writes "Independant documentary producer Tom Naughton recounts how going with a traditional DVD worldwide distribution of his movie 'Fat head' almost bankrupted him, and how he turned the situation around by going with direct Internet sales from his blog and with Hulu/Netflix distribution instead. The account shows just how badly middle-men of the movie industry and Hollywood accounting can burden up independant film-makers, and how short-cutting them using the Internet can let them finally get a dime from their own work. Jump to below the photos for the edifying read."
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Leaked document details ADA's plan for internet nutrition censorship

Jesrad Jesrad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jesrad (716567) writes "Using two leaked internal documents, Forbes' Micheal Ellsberg offers a deep look into the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetics Association) plans to stifle competition in the diet counsel and nutritional advice market, up to and including severe internet censorship, in a manner reminiscent of how they had previously treated Steve Cooksey of diabetes-warrior.net.

The documents outline a detailed policy of surveilling and frequent reporting of citizens who provide nutrition advice publicly, providing continued justification for licensure laws through 'continual incidents to investigate'. The wording makes it extra clear that the goal of their lobbying for restrictive licensing laws is not concern for the public's health or safety, but rather 'adding member value' in order to further and strengthen their practice's scope."

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Jesrad Jesrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jesrad (716567) writes "While looking for away to heat up and destroy cancerous cells using radiowaves, Sanibel Island resident John Kanzius was surprised to see his saltwater sample ignite and produce a big flame instead of just heating up. It seems the apparatus radiolyses water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, which can immediately recombine and burn. It's not known yet how energy-efficient the process is, but it could make hydrogen production cheap and fast."
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EULAs and the risk of corporate law-making.

Jesrad Jesrad writes  |  more than 11 years ago

The more I think of EULAs (End User License Agreements), the more I think they are a tool designed to take away law-making from law-makers, into the hands of copyright holders everywhere.

They make it possible for copyright holders to force insane clauses on unsuspecting customers, after all.

Are EULAs enforceable ? In countries such as Holland and Norway, they are not. They have no legal value whatsoever. In the USA, the DMCA makes it possible, provided you incorporate some "copyright protection" (ROT13 could qualify), you can enforce whatever EULA you bundle with your copyrighted work. In many other countries, the issue is not clear, and EULAs stand in a state of legal limbo. Some companies take advantage of this fuzzy situation, like Oracle, who uses EULAs to frighten their customers into not reverse-engineering their software _even though the Law explicitly grants them this right_. Would a judge be convinced ? I don't think so.

Some corporations have been abusing these EULAs to extort money from other organizations (i.e. Microsoft with schools, enforcing its nefarious "audit" right they granted to themselves in the EULA). This means it is URGENT to have law-makers everywhere clear this issue once and for all.

The two solutions (Holland/Norway solution of stating EULAs are void of any legality, and the US solution of enforcing terms of the EULA through "copyright protection devices") have their own advantages and inconvenients.

The US solution gives copyright holders the possibility to make their own laws for enforcing their EULAs' terms. The Holland/Norway one gives customers back their fair use rights and protects them from abuse and some forms of extortion.

The US solution is, IMHO, a very bad one. But the Holland/Norway solution has one major issue: the voiding of EULAs means that software editors are liable for their products. This threatens the very existence of the software industry, by making them pay for bugs and security breaches. It could sink Microsoft, it could sink Red Hat, it could sink Apple, it could send Linus Torvalds or RMS in jail or financial oblivion.

Of course I have a solution to this problem... Pass a law that makes EULAs explicitly void of any legal enforceability (like Norway Law does), and that mandates a minimal guarantee on software that consists of a full refund and/or access to the source code.

What ? Me biased in favor of Open Source ?
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Disclaimer: IANAL, but I studied national and international Intellectual Property Right with lawyers in College. If you have legal precedents concerning these issues to give me, you are Very Welcome to post them here.

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