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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

Jonner Re:Now we know (501 comments)

So, why don't we need to worry about White Walkers from Canadia?

about a month ago
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Physician Operates On Server, Costs His Hospital $4.8 Million

Jonner Re:Typcial (143 comments)

In addition to the impermissible disclosure of ePHI on the internet, OCR’s investigation found that neither NYP nor CU made efforts prior to the breach to assure that the server was secure and that it contained appropriate software protections. Moreover, OCR determined that neither entity had conducted an accurate and thorough risk analysis that identified all systems that access NYP ePHI. As a result, neither entity had developed an adequate risk management plan that addressed the potential threats and hazards to the security of ePHI. Lastly, NYP failed to implement appropriate policies and procedures for authorizing access to its databases and failed to comply with its own policies on information access management.

The details are sparse, but it doesn't sound to me that the specific doctor was any more to blame than the IT people. It's hard to imagine how deactivating one machine would expose private information if that information were on properly secured systems in the first place. The scenario I'm can easily imagine is that the machines with private information were accessed with insecure protocols and all the doctor in question did was to plug them into a more public switch or router.

about 2 months ago
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N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Jonner How many in a humanity? (325 comments)

I have no doubt that the North Korean government is repressive, murderous and generally not nice guys. However, whenever someone uses the phrase "crime against humanity," I wonder exactly how many humans are in a humanity. Do the Russian and Chinese governments manage to come in just under the limit, while North Korea goes over? That seems extremely unlikely, given the relative populations of those countries. Maybe it's defined by a fraction: a government can repress up to half of its citizens and just be seen as somewhat evil, but 51% becomes a crime against humanity?

about 5 months ago
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How Role-Playing Games Arrived In Japan With Black Onyx

Jonner Re:License? (50 comments)

Gorodki, Konek-Gorbunok, Magistral, Balls.

I'm sure there are more.

I don't suppose you have any links to back that up? I suppose the failure of communism at the state level means we'll never be able enjoy the plethora of video games uncorrupted by capitalism.

about 6 months ago
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How Role-Playing Games Arrived In Japan With Black Onyx

Jonner Re:License? (50 comments)

"Rogers went on to license Tetris to Nintendo, though, so he did just fine." That's the most interesting part of the story - how the best video game product of communism got sidelined into the capitalist computer paradigm.

That's a very odd way to put it. Most of us would never have heard of Tetris if it hadn't been "sidelined." It's not as if the Soviets were exporting copies of Tetris all over the world to support the global struggle against oppressive capitalism. Also, the use of the word "best" implies there was some competition. Can you name any other "video game product of communism?"

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

Jonner Re:Pardon (822 comments)

I partly agree. I think he should be charged, convicted, then pardoned. Snowden should be charged and convicted because what he did should not be generally legal. He should be pardoned because he broke the law out of necessity, doing a great service to every citizen. I think the trial would be very informative. We would learn things like why the "official channels" Snowden didn't use wouldn't have produced the necessary result.

about 6 months ago
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James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

Jonner Re:Forgetting OpenOffice.org (223 comments)

Yes, Oracle probably hasn't been as bad a Microsoft with regard to changing things that don't need to be changed. From what I understand, most of the frustration which resulted in LibreOffice forking from OpenOffice was because people didn't think Sun and then Oracle allowed contributions at a sufficient rate.

about 6 months ago
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James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

Jonner Re:Forgetting OpenOffice.org (223 comments)

Everything you laud was there before Oracle got ahold of it and remains in both OpenOffice and LibreOffice. Are you saying that Oracle should be praised for not destroying OpenOffice? That seems like a pretty low bar.

about 6 months ago
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Are New Technologies Undermining the Laws of War?

Jonner Re:Nothing new in essence (317 comments)

Newer technology applied by one side in a conflict have cause important victories before throughout history.
The ability to totally outclass an adversary is from a military point of view desirable.

I did skim the linked article, one issue is that of proportionality, but still, those who win do not really care.

That's exactly why the idea of rules for war has always been a bit silly. At most, they should be thought of as suggestions.

about 7 months ago
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Study Linking GM Maize To Rat Tumors Is Retracted

Jonner Re:Read the definition of corn... (341 comments)

Gan: Corn is defined as a small hard grain/seed

Wheat is corn
Rice is corn
Rye is Corn
Millet is Corn

Maize is also corn

The term Corn used in supermarkets is actually slang....

If you are going to be a vocab critic then at least get the vocab right!

Though "corn" has meant any kind of grain for most its history, it has now come to mean "maize" in America. This has been standard usage and not just slang for well over 100 years. If someone says "corn" in the US, it never means "wheat," "rye," "barley," "rice," or "millet." In an international context, it is most clear to use "maize," but to call "maize" "corn" in America is no less correct than to call a fluffy wheat bun leavened with baking soda a "biscuit."

about 8 months ago
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Study Linking GM Maize To Rat Tumors Is Retracted

Jonner Re:maize?? (341 comments)

See also the Scandinavian languages, where "korn" means "grain(s)", and "mais" is yellow and comes on cobs. (Wheat is "hvete".)

I hate to burst your bubble, but the word for the plant in question, whether spelled "maize," "mais," or "maiz," comes from Spanish, which originally borrowed it from the language of the Caribbean Taíno people. All European languages got some form of that word via Spanish. The words "corn," "korn," and "grain" are related and much older in European tradition. Also, maize comes several colors, including white and purple.

about 8 months ago
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Study Linking GM Maize To Rat Tumors Is Retracted

Jonner Re: maize?? (341 comments)

After the processing they look quite unlike their source crop.

Are you saying it's reasonable to expect a grain product to look like the grain when it first came off the plant? By that logic, you should look more askance at bread as you do at corn flakes.

about 8 months ago
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Study Linking GM Maize To Rat Tumors Is Retracted

Jonner Re: maize?? (341 comments)

I call your "research" into question since you seem to have come to several conclusions which are completely incorrect. You are correct that two Kelloggs experimented with grains including wheat before trying maize. You are incorrect when you say that "corn flakes" were ever made of anything but maize. In America, "corn" never means wheat or any grain other than maize. The original flakes of wheat were called "granose."

You are also incorrect when you say that it was a non-Kellogg who added sugar. In fact, corn flakes were originally marketed by Will Keith Kellogg's Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company and contained added sugar from the beginning.

Will's brother John Harvey Kellogg, who was not part of the business, was not in favor of adding sugar. John's objection to adding sugar had little to do with modern ideas. He thought spicy or sweet foods would increase sexual urges.

about 8 months ago
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Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought

Jonner Not surprising at all (445 comments)

I'd never seen a statistic of 22%, which sounds high based on my experience. 12% sounds much more plausible to me.

about 8 months ago
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Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

Jonner Re:Bipartisanship (494 comments)

When both parties work together toward a common goal, we can put a man on the moon.

When both parties work against each other, and try to stop each other every step of the way purely for their own political agenda, we can't even launch a damn website.

Don't forget that the common goal was not something lofty like scientific discovery, but to beat the commies. So, it may have not been a partisan issue in the US, but it was a political agenda.

about 8 months ago
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Beer Drinking Networks In Amazon Tribe Help Explain Altruism

Jonner Manioc is nothing like a sweet potato (157 comments)

Anyone who's eaten manioc (also known as cassava) and sweet potatoes knows that they're plants with starchy tubers and that's where the similiarities end. Not knowing the difference could be deadly since much cassava is of the "bitter" variety and must be carefully prepared to remove dangerous levels of cyanide.

about 8 months ago
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How Science Goes Wrong

Jonner Re:Anti-science? See, now you have proof! (316 comments)

Aaaand this is exactly the kind of thing that young-earth creationists and climate change deniers will jump on to show that science (and scientists) can't be trusted.

People who've made up their minds about something often jump on things they think support their position. If you'd read the article, you'd know that's one of the human tendencies that often leads leading to bad science. Science is a process and set of tools for avoiding such human mistakes but since it's humans implementing it, it's a constant struggle.

about 9 months ago
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GNU Make 4.0 Released

Jonner Re:Lua for GUILE? (179 comments)

I still say it has nothing to do with Make. I guess I shouldn't have replied to a post responding to an AC.

about 9 months ago
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GNU Make 4.0 Released

Jonner Re:I'm ready to replace Make (179 comments)

There are millions of replacements for make, which is part of the problem. I doubt there will ever be one canonical replacement, but Scons is a good choice for many projects IMHO. I'm trying to replace the use of make where I work with Scons, which especially makes sense we use Python for the application code. I think a Scheme-extensible replacement for make could be a very good thing, but adding more languages to the ugliness of Make is not the way to go.

about 9 months ago
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GNU Make 4.0 Released

Jonner Re:Lua for GUILE? (179 comments)

From http://www.gnu.org/software/guile/:
"In addition to Scheme, Guile includes compiler front-ends for ECMAScript and Emacs Lisp (support for Lua is underway),..."

So unless that page is inaccurate I guess that means it's still underway.

Where in the announcement of Make 4.0 is there any mention of Lua?

about 9 months ago

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