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Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed

Max Threshold April Fools! (62 comments)

There's the trouble. Google's disclosure came on a day when nobody believes what they read on the Internet.

3 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Max Threshold Maybe they should stop sucking. (686 comments)

Users might be more inclined to support them if they stopped ignoring what users want.

4 days ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

Max Threshold Nintendo Hard (179 comments)

The original NES must have raised a generation of cold-blooded killers.

about two weeks ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Max Threshold I write my own apps. (240 comments)

I don't spend money, just all my free time.

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

Max Threshold Antimatter galaxies (392 comments)

The article makes the point that there's a significant amount of matter in the interstellar space within our galaxy, which suggests that if other stars in our galaxy were made out of antimatter instead of matter, we would know about it because we'd detect annihilations. But can we say the same about intergalactic space? The article glosses over this question and skips to pointing out that we don't detect annihilations within other galaxies. What if those other galaxies are mostly antimatter, but there's essentially no matter to annihilate in intergalactic space? (Perhaps because it already annihilated in the early universe. Could that be the source of the CMB?)

about two weeks ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Max Threshold Well, it worked. (512 comments)

Lists of best and worst things always omit something obvious or include something stupid as a way to make discussion of the list go viral.

about three weeks ago
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3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman

Max Threshold Re:Its transparent.... (132 comments)

That would be awesome until the first time your brain got sunburned.

about three weeks ago
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3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman

Max Threshold Sweet (132 comments)

Can I get a bulletproof one?

about three weeks ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

Max Threshold Not just misspelled, but misspelled *differently* (275 comments)

Neither "Tsarnaev" nor "Tsarnayev" is the correct spelling; the correct spelling is "ЦÐÑнÐÌÐÐ".

As another commenter mentioned, utility companies solved this problem decades ago with technology like Soundex. Our intelligence apparatus is apparently crippled by incompetence, laziness, haste, provincialism, or all of the above.

about three weeks ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Max Threshold Re:bullshit (278 comments)

Maybe before we had three generations of stupid parents taught by stupid teachers...

about a month ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Max Threshold Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

That argument works until you start allowing people to trademark things like colors.

about a month ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

Max Threshold Re:How to get through to anti-vaxxers (747 comments)

It's not an absurd notion. Refusing to utilize available technology is an error of action, not an error of inaction.

"You certainly have no right to violate the integrity of anyone else's body by forcing drugs into their bodies."

Fair enough. The other option is to quarantine them. They can exercise their freedom, but they will not be allowed to leave their own property, ever, for any reason, until they have been vaccinated. If they demonstrate a proclivity to violate this restriction, the penalty will be forced vaccination.

about a month ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Max Threshold Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

"ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse for breaking it" - It should be. If smart laypeople can't figure out the law, the law is wrong, period.

about a month ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Max Threshold Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

"Their target market is kind of niche" - Niche or not, their target market is the people who are saying they should give Sparkfun a break. 2 + 2 = ?

about a month ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Max Threshold Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

That's a bullshit rule that trademark lawyers invented to protect their own jobs. Common sense and human decency should override it.

about a month ago
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Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA

Max Threshold We already have a group to watch the NSA. (143 comments)

It's called The People. Stop withholding relevant information from the responsible watchdog organization, and everything will work itself out.

about a month ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

Max Threshold Re:How to get through to anti-vaxxers (747 comments)

It's not a "self-righteous crusade", and it has nothing to do with "higher morality". Anti-vaxxers threaten my family in a very real way. Merely taking their kids is better than they deserve.

about 1 month ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Max Threshold Re:Why all the fuss about Common Core? (273 comments)

Then the problem is the algorithm used to evaluate those teachers, not the fact that they are being evaluated.

about 1 month ago

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Giving physical reality to virtual particles

Max Threshold Max Threshold writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Max Threshold (540114) writes "In a vacuum, virtual particles constantly blink in and out of existence. Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in coaxing those particles to become real/a, with the aid of a virtual microwave mirror vibrating at a quarter the speed of light. So far they've only produced photons, but other particles might be possible with higher energy transfers. Star Trek replicators, anyone?"
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Bug Reports: Ignore them and they'll go away?

Max Threshold Max Threshold writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Max Threshold (540114) writes "I've been using F/OSS for about a decade, and though I'm not much of a software developer, I pride myself on contributing what I can in the form of clear, concise bug reports. Over the years, I've started to notice a disturbing trend among higher-profile F/OSS projects: a tendency to reduce their open bug counts by brushing things under the rug. I've seen the severity of bugs that could potentially damage hardware arbitrarily downgraded to 'minor', and even seen confirmed bug reports closed without a fix because the users who originally reported them stopped using the software and did not bump them after a release... only to be reopened later when someone else came along to report the same issue.

Do others perceive this as a problem? And if so, what solutions would you offer?"

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