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FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

MaskedSlacker Re:Transparency (139 comments)

Compare Ellsberg to Snowden. Obama is worse than Nixon.

about a month ago
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FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

MaskedSlacker Re:Transparency (139 comments)

Troll harder buddy. Troll harder.

about a month ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

MaskedSlacker Re:Good (342 comments)

What fraction would you say is on basic science? I expected 30%. More like 4%

Why? LANL is EXPLICITLY a nuclear weapons design lab. That is it's purpose.

about a month ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

MaskedSlacker Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (342 comments)

You've worked very hard to make that impossible. Your whole political position is based on the idea of giving people stuff. You give people free healthcare, free food, free housing, free education, free transport, free cell phones, free anything and everything.

You sure seem to know a lot about what everyone does and thinks and says. Do you work for the NSA or are you just full of shit?

about a month ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

MaskedSlacker Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (342 comments)

What does this have to do with scientists conducting research? The bureaucrats handing out loans are completely different people. It's unlikely they even know each other exist except in the loosest sense (like I know people in Bangor exist, but I don't know a single person there).

about a month ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

MaskedSlacker Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (342 comments)

Now you're going to sit there and attempt to be smug by claiming that the scientists are only doing their jobs and only pushing out the facts

Well, that is IN FACT what they're doing. I'm sorry if you find this unpleasant, but that's the reality of the situation.

That's fine. You're playing politics and it is in your political interest to make that point. I'm being honest, unlike you

Lay off the magic kool-aid buddy.

about a month ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

MaskedSlacker Re: Watch the F-35 get blown out of the skies (184 comments)

You might want to look at how many F-35s are actually being ordered. They could very well be outnumbered 12 to 1 in a given engagement with, for example, China or Russia.

about a month ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

MaskedSlacker Re:Elmer Fudd (184 comments)

I'm in my 20s and I saw that cartoon a hundred times as a kid. It's probably still being shown.

about a month ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

MaskedSlacker Re:Hope and Change (242 comments)

Since your parent poster is probably a European where liberal means something different.

about a month ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

MaskedSlacker Re:First question (102 comments)

The Confederacy was dedicated to the overthrow of the US Government and hundreds of thousands of them actually bore arms against that government, and they were less poorly treated than the "Communists" in the 1950s despite having been a far, far greater threat.

So yes, it was a witch hunt. Just because a handful of them existed doesn't mean the measures taken were reasonable or proportional to the threat (which was zilch).

about a month ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

MaskedSlacker Re:Robo-Polygraph? (102 comments)

just clench your buttocks at the right time

At least some polygraph operators use pressure-sensitive seat cushions to detect gluteal muscle movement during a polygraph since that episode of P&T. (source: brother who took a polygraph for employment).

about a month ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

MaskedSlacker Re:Brought to you by the same people (102 comments)

This is a murky field. A polygraph does present useful information; it's just not necessarily whether the person is telling the truth. The major decision part of any polygraph system is the operator, and they need to have sp,e training in physical psychology to be predictably any good at using the equipment.

That's nice bullshit sandwich wrapped in pseudo-science bread you've got there.

Polygraphs only work in the way that swinging a five dollar wrench at someone works. It convinces them to tell you what you want to know on their own because their afraid of it. That's it.

The phrase "He failed/passed a polygraph" is the biggest load of shit in "law enforcement."

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MaskedSlacker Re:The problem is the other way round... (962 comments)

*counts Disney films with princess* *checks dates*

Um....you might want to try that again. This'd be more like the third such generation, if not the fourth.

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MaskedSlacker Re:Occams Scalpel (962 comments)

An email that included her address in the text of the email.

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MaskedSlacker Re:How do you (962 comments)

I remember Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit getting a lot of hits when arguments got emotional. It doesn't happen so much anymore, because there's a large influx of people making highly emotive arguments but without much discipline in reasoned arguments

It doesn't happen much any more because the demographics of the net have changed. There are (proportionally) far fewer people with science backgrounds who've read that book than there used to be.

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MaskedSlacker Re:Pft (962 comments)

and if he grabbed a man by the throat, what would've happened?

If the victim reported it, same thing (in any workplace I've ever entered). OR ...

what if she assaulted him?

He probably wouldn't have reported it. Men don't usually report minor (in the sense of no visible physical injury) incidents of assault and battery unless they were looking for any ammunition they could use against someone (i.e. they really hate the attacker and want to get back at them).

what then?

Unreported crimes generally go unpunished. That doesn't make them stop being crimes.

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MaskedSlacker Re:Pft (962 comments)

The only "special" insult they make to women is rape

Men get threatened with rape while playing/discussing video games all the time. It's one of the reasons I do not spend much time playing FPSs any more. Not because I was afraid of them making good on it, so much as I can think of dozens of things more fun to do than clicking buttons while some 14 year-old with his voice audibly cracking threatens to ram his genitals down my throat.

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MaskedSlacker Re:Pft (962 comments)

Half the time I don't think they even read the summary.

In all fairness, not reading the summary can only INCREASE your understanding of the article.

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MaskedSlacker Re:Pft (962 comments)

Did you RTFA? The very first case cited is arguably a felony:

Later that day, someone texted me my address — telling me they’d "See me when I least expected it."

This is waaaaaay beyond ITG.

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MaskedSlacker Re:Pft (962 comments)

Unfortunately, the summary doesn't really make ________ clear.

This should be the first post on EVERY /. article.

about a month ago

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