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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

JimFive Re:life in the U.S. (255 comments)

Competition and/or expanding access would go alot further to bettering the internet than increasing the broadband definition.

This is true, but I suspect that there is some sort of money involved in being classified as "broadband" by the FCC and that money is the reason that Verizon and Cable companies don't want to be defined as not broadband. If that's true, then this is the mechanism that the FCC has to encourage companies to improve their network speeds.
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3 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

JimFive Re:Yes. (663 comments)

No, "Innocent until proven guilty" also applies in civil trials. "Preponderance of evidence" vs. "Reasonable Doubt" is a statement of what certainty is required to establish that guilt.
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JimFive

about a week ago
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The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

JimFive Re:"inescapable conclusion" (231 comments)

Great post and thanks for the explanation. I do have one nitpick, though

(which is what the equation that governs the cosmological expansion of spacetime)

The equation does not govern the expansion, the equation describes or models the expansion. In the same way that the map is not the territory, the math is not the universe.

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about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

JimFive Re:This is nonsense (323 comments)

Eliminate, no. But they could do a lot to alleviate it if they would actually investigate incidents instead of falling back on "zero tolerance" rhetoric that punishes the victim of bullying when they finally lose it and fight back. Additionally, these are minors in a school, they're supposed to monitored most of the time. If long term bullying is happening at the school and the school doesn't know about it then it is probably because they don't want to know. Online bullying within the school could be monitored just as all network communication can be monitored. However, off-site, including off-network, bullying isn't really within the purview of the school and the school can't and shouldn't be trying to get in the middle of it, that's up to the parents and, ultimately, the police depending on the escalation of events.
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about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

JimFive Re:what is your return on investment? (189 comments)

You realise that leaving all your lights off and letting your neighbors know you're gone is more secure, right? If a light comes on then your neighbors know there is something wrong. With automatic lights your neighbors just ignore it.

(This, of course, assumes that you trust your neighbors.)
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JimFive

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

JimFive Re:Conform or be expelled (320 comments)

I think this is where the problem lies. In the US, if you are not within a city then there is no "local council" that deals with these issues. These HOAs are basically built on subdivided farm land that isn't under the jurisdiction of a city. Hence the HOA is the "solution" to dealing with unruly neighbors.

That said, HOAs are de facto local governments and should be held to the same standards as other local governments, including incorporation of Constitutional Rights. Any civil rights lawyers up for a long, drawn out, unpaid, fight?
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JimFive

about three weeks ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

JimFive Re:Time to mourn another passing... (156 comments)

Sorry, $200,000 still not enough to pay for content (that's about 3 full time people).

about a month and a half ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

JimFive Re:Time to mourn another passing... (156 comments)

2 cents per page view for 10 million views is a whopping $100,000. That is not anywhere near enough to pay for a year of content.
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about a month and a half ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

JimFive Re:Hit me with your pet shark (244 comments)

I thought it was "Just like the whirlwind does..."

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

JimFive Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

The short answer is because there are no Federal elections. All elections are State elections. So, any voting right is defined at the State level, not the Federal level. This changed after the civil war with the amendments guaranteeing equal protection.
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JimFive

about 2 months ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

JimFive Re:IdIoTs (196 comments)

No, actually, my argument is that this particular example won't happen because the car manufacturers and their licensed mechanics won't let it.

about 2 months ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

JimFive Re:IdIoTs (196 comments)

As far as I can tell the IoT is about home automation. The reason people don't use home automation is because it isn't easy to set up, it is pricey, and isn't desired, probably in that order.

As for the car example, is this the O2 sensor that is in the same car that won't tell me why the service engine light just blinked on and off? And is this the same dealer that keeps telling me to change my oil every 3000 miles even though the car oil sensor doesn't come on until 6000 miles and the manufacturer says to rely on the sensor?

The IoT is about selling people new things. Look at the NEST learning thermostat ads. Replacing your existing programmable thermostat with a retro looking thermostat that can be controlled from your phone and hopefully learns your habits well enough to replicate the programming of the thermostat you replaced.
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about 2 months ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

JimFive Re:Where is the seat of consciousness? (114 comments)

You don't have to believe in "mysticism" or "idealism" to know that consciousness exists.

I never said, nor implied, that consciousness doesn't exist. Your comment seems to be based on this mistaken idea. I also want to point out that I used Idealism in the philosophical sense in which it is the opposite of Materialism, not in the sense of being starry-eyed.

Cartesian dualism might produce unhelpful consequences , but you can't handwave it away simply by saying there's no such thing as mind or consciousness.

The problem with dualism is that mind and body need to be able to interact in some manner. In order for that to happen we have to posit a mechanism for that phenomenon. Until such a mechanism is discovered, or in some other way found to be necessary, then Occam's razor says to ignore it. (Note, that doesn't strictly mean that it doesn't exist, just that you don't posit something you don't need.) Additionally, I never said that there is no consciousness. I said that the question of "Does consciousness cause the brain" is not an interesting question.

If consciousness can't be explained by pure materialism, then pure materialism is an incomplete theory.

This is question begging.

As for the rest of your comment: Positing a spirit/consciousness that exists separate from (and prior to) the material body is magical thinking in exactly the same way as talking about gods and souls and we can write that off as imaginary. The experience that we have of consciousness is not separate from nor prior to the material body. In fact, my experience of consciousness began some years after my experience of body; which is to say that in my earliest memories (experiences of consciousness) I know that I already had a body.
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about 2 months ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

JimFive Re:Where is the seat of consciousness? (114 comments)

Disclaimer: I am not a quantum physicist.

I think the word 'observer' is misleading

I agree with that, I think environment might be better. However, I don't think that the double slit experiment can be explained by saying "something got in the way". That the method of observation affects the results seems pretty clear there. But that doesn't mean that the response to the environment is mystical.
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about 2 months ago
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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

about 2 months 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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about 2 months ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

JimFive Re:Where is the seat of consciousness? (114 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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about 2 months 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 3 months 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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about 3 months 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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about 3 months ago

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Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes

JimFive JimFive writes  |  about 2 months 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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