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WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption

JimFive Re:end-to-end doesn't mean they can't read it (93 comments)

I would add that WhatsApp is already at both ends of the communication as well. So, even without a stolen key or MITM, WhatsApp can read any message at either user's end and do something with that information. (Simple idea, scan messages for references to pop culture event and send that information to the ad servers). So, sure, the message is encrypted end to end, but so what.
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JimFive

3 days ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

JimFive Re:Responsibilitiy (137 comments)

and "free speech" shouldnt be a protection against those laws. kind of like using the 1st Amendment to protect the practice of discrimination, as some have been wont to do recently)

The first amendment contains more than the right to free speech. It also contains the right of free association which is what is used to defend discriminatory practices.

It also contains freedom of the press which I think much more closely fits the situation of Google's search results algorithm. Google is allowed to publish what it wants however it wants, within the bounds of libel/slander and related (e.g. fraud) laws. So, while the results of the algorithm may not be "speech", Google's right to publish those results seems like it should be protected.
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JimFive

4 days ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

JimFive Re:Where is the seat of consciousness? (112 comments)

I shouldn't bother but here goes:

A very fundamental question that no one has answered yet and few people even ask is this: does the brain produce consciousness/mind/spirit or is it the other way around?

This is not an interesting question. You are essentially asking if the universe is based on physics or mysticism. Idealism is absurd, Dualism leads to unanswerable questions and Materialism seems to be working out pretty well for us.

It is a known experimental fact that in quantum physics a conscious observer changes the outcome of the experiment. Why is this?

The observer doesn't need to be conscious. While quantum physics is weird, it is not mysticism.

There is no way to find out the function of the software in a computer, no matter how minutely the hardware thereof is examined, unless the complete computer is functioning correctly. Software is a product of the mind and is not physical even though it requires physical hardware to execute the software.

You can if you include the HD and it's magnetic contents as part of the computer hardware. There is nothing non-deterministic about the way a computer loads and executes software.
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JimFive

5 days ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

JimFive Re:The ice cream method (167 comments)

Person 1 scoops 3 bowls, person 2 can either choose a bowl or scoop into 2 bowls, person 3 likewise can choose or scoop into 2 bowls. Persons 1-3 pick bowls if they haven't already.

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JimFive

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

JimFive Re:Bad design leads to problems. (613 comments)

I just want to point out that there is at least one exception to this idea. In personal calendars, for example in outlook, someone may have a recurring appointment on Wednesday at 11 am. This time should not change with daylight savings time, it should stay 11am regardless of what the UTC offset is.

Having said that, I agree that everything should default UTC and exceptions such as personal calendaring should be well thought out.
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JimFive

about three weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

JimFive Re:I welcome the Death Spiral (392 comments)

I disagree. The pricing won't be $50/channel. It will be something like:
Connection Fee(possibly includes local OTA): $30/mo
Basic Channels (each): $5/mo
Premium Channels (each): $10/mo
Supreme Channels (each): $20/mo
ESPN: $50/mo

And every channel you actually want is going to be Premium or Supreme. So your 4 channels are still going to cost $70-150 every month
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JimFive

about three weeks ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

JimFive Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (287 comments)

That's easy. The stoplight is above you. [...] plus the stoplight is not on the side of the road

There are places where the stop lights are on posts at the side of the road and only slightly above you, about the height of the lights on a Semi trailer. If the road is divided there may be a light on each side of the road indicating instructions for particular lanes. I saw this most often in Paris, but I've also seen it in Chicago.
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JimFive

about 1 month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

JimFive Re:Enough with the concern trolling (786 comments)

for whatever reason

Since this is the entire point, I find it suspicious that you gloss over it.

If the reason that women don't want to go into tech is due to social systems (education, media, etc) that discourage women by treating women is a biased way then those social systems should be changed to eliminate that bias. Why should they be changed? Because social systems are supposed to provide equal opportunity and treating people in a gender biased way fails at that. That failure means that society is not getting the best value from its populace.

Alternatively, if the reason is that the "culture" of technical workplaces is hostile to women, then that culture should be named and shamed until it changes because it is morally reprehensible to treat people badly, even if the current members of that culture don't think they're doing anything wrong.
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JimFive

about a month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

JimFive Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

Can you now spout off some more righteous anger about that fact that male veterinarians are rapidly becoming extinct?

Are they?

Are young men being kept away from the field by social pressure and estrogen fueled sexual harassing female vets?

I haven't heard of any men proclaiming that they had left a large veterinary project due to rampant sexism and harassment. I have heard that from women on programming projects.

Or is that just the way it needs to be because women are better than men?

Or is there some other professional area(s) that men are moving to which they see as a better field than veterinary medicine that for some reason women aren't pursuing?

Equate the two situations, is your challenge.

Red herrings and false dichotomies are red herrings and false dichotomies.

about a month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

JimFive Re:1..2..3 before SJW (786 comments)

I just listened to this story and one of the key points was that male college freshman had been given computers as toys and already had several years of tinkering with them before college while the profiled women had not had that experience. They posit that this disparity was due to computers being advertised as toys for boys in the early 80s. The one woman also implied that the college professors were expecting that the students would have that computer experience before entering the program.
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JimFive

about a month ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

JimFive Re:Another way to beat the paid/delivery issue. (342 comments)

I don't think this works out. People would buy all the tokens they think they'll need for the event up front and then just turn in the tokens to get ice as they need it. That way they only have to wait in the money line once. If the delay is in the money handling then tokens and separate lines are probably a good idea, but if the delay is in the actual transfer of the ice then having money separate from delivery doesn't really change anything.
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JimFive

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

JimFive Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Those would be per item rates. And sure, buying parts instead of assembled goods would remove some of the "progressiveness" of that system, but would only be reasonable if the cost of assembly was less than the additional tax.

Again, I'm not endorsing this type of system, but if someone wanted to create a progressive consumption tax, they probably could.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

JimFive Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

How do you implement a progressive consumption tax?

The easy way would be to have different tax rates depending on the cost and/or type of the good.
An example rate schedule might include:
Groceries: Exempt
$0-50: 2%
$50-100: 4%
$100-1000: 6%
$1000-10000: 10%
Automobile < $30000: 6%
Automobile 30,000-100,000: 10%
Housing: < $200,000: 5%
etc

This is not an endorsement, I don't like the idea of replacing income taxes with consumption taxes, but this is a way to make a progressive consumption tax. The problem is, however, that once someone is wealthy enough, they don't have to buy their goods within your borders. They'll buy the $500,000 yacht somewhere that won't tax them for it.
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JimFive

about a month ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

JimFive Re: So... (253 comments)

But it's simply not $0.70 on the dollar when comparing apples to apples.

This is true.

You cannot complain about wage discrepancies between different professions

But you can try to figure out why professions that attract women pay less than professions that attract men. Are the professions attractive to women really "worth less" than the ones that attract men or is there a bias in society that leads to the discrepancy?

The data seems to show that there are at least two distinct issues involved in gender wage discrepancies. One being the overall lower value placed on jobs that are primarily held by women while the other is the approximately 7% discrepancy when you "compare apples to apples". You can't address gender wage discrepancies without at least investigating these things. Now, it may be that professions that attract women really are less valuable over all than those that attract men. However, it's possible that women are being actively discouraged from more valuable professions.

Denying the discrepancy is unhelpful.
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JimFive

about a month ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

JimFive Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

In order to rent the vehicle it would have to be registered (have a license plate) and would no longer be able to be sold as new. The real issue with the "test drive" event is that in Iowa only dealers can have unregistered vehicles on the road. I suspect this is true in many/most states.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

JimFive Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (385 comments)

Saves $40/mo for as little as they have to do at my bit of the street.

You might want to check on if they have a "per bag" rate (probably unadvertised). My parents switched after they found out about it and save quite a bit every month.
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JimFive

about 2 months ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

JimFive Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

The thing that bugs me the most is when the driver in front of me stops at the yield before the roundabout because someone is approaching (not in) the roundabout from the left or just got in the roundabout from the right. The whole point is that you can get on the roundabout AND the person to the left can get on the roundabout at the same time. It's not a one car at a time thing.
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JimFive

about 2 months ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

JimFive Re:Obviously. (291 comments)

Isn't the entire point of this article, and nutrition research in general, that we don't have a clue what constitutes "a well balanced diet". It's all very cute and snarky to say "eat right and exercise" but when the topic is "What does it mean to eat right?" it isn't a very useful response.
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JimFive

about 2 months ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

JimFive Re:Gibbs Free Energy (211 comments)

The point that confuses me is: the energy on the outside lens surface can't light a fire, but the energy produced by the glass can. What work was done on the outside energy? It was redirected inside the lens, but how is that work? Doesn't work in thermodynamics reduce to the lifting of a mass in a gravitational field? How is the lens doing any work, in that sense?

There is (approximately) the same amount of energy on both sides of the lens (presumably a small loss into the lens itself). If you measure that energy directly off of the lens on both sides there won't be much difference (you can touch both sides of the lens without getting burnt), but because the direction of the energy has changed, the density of the energy at the focal point is higher than at the lens. So, there is more energy per square mm at the focal point, and presumably less energy per square mm in the area around the focused light than in the ambient area unaffected by the lens shadow (I wonder if that is measurable).
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JimFive

about 2 months ago

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Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes

JimFive JimFive writes  |  about three weeks ago

JimFive (1064958) writes "

A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, officials said. Two pilots were aboard the spaceship, which was undergoing its first powered test flight since January. It was not immediately known if they were able to parachute to safety.

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Flying Cars

JimFive JimFive writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JimFive (1064958) writes "For years we've been waiting for the flying car to arrive. The FAA has made an exemption that moves this one step closer to reality. Terrafugia has been granted a weight limit exemption for a "Roadable Airplane". Next up is passing the federal highway safety tests. The press release is here.."
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