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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Microlith Re:Who profits from West slowing down? (760 comments)

what is far from settled, is whether the humanity's impact is anything to speak of

The only way it's "far from settled" is to play willfully ignorant and deny the fact that humanity is not a trivial force on this planet.

Arctic ice should've disappeared this summer — instead, it has grown.

Don't go citing the Daily Fail as if they had credibility.

The profits of fossil fuel corporations are not endangered by the "green" moves at all

I see you don't think long term.

But for the government folks — those, who are sincerely convinced, they know better than their subjects — this is a perfect way to expand their control.

Oh the paranoia! Please, cite some more credibility-free sources, would you?

about a week ago

How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Microlith Re:Who profits from West slowing down? (760 comments)

though there are still perfectly valid debates in almost any other branch of science (dieting, economics, pedagogy, biology, and even computers — you name it — it is all in flux),

Sure, sure...

the science of climate is "settled" and anybody doubting the line pushed by the governments must also believe, the Earth is flat.

Utter nonsense. What's settled is that the climate is changing at the hands of man, what's open to debate is what the impact on us will be in the short and long term. The "consensus" is the same as the "consensus" that supports the modern understanding of evolution - it is a refinement and agreement across the field on the gross mechanism for something, and all the arguments lie in the details.

Kudos for tossing in the pinch of anti-government paranoia, it has to be that and not the desire for massively profitable fossil fuel corporations to defend said profits.

about a week ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Microlith Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

Such a shitty troll.

She riles people up by creating the most offensive and inflammtry, and MISLEADING videos then cries to the press "help, people are being mean to me". She asked for it and she got it.

No, if you disagree with what she posts then you create your own counterpoints and deconstruct her arguments in a sane and rational manner.

What she's getting now is beastly bullshit, and you're basically saying "she shouldn't have dressed that way, it's her fault for getting raped."

Do your homework on her before being a SJW (ending your 'people be being mean to her because she woman' )

So it's being an "SJW" to suggest people shouldn't be right pieces of vile shit towards others when they disagree with someone's opinions?

and you will quickly understand the hatred for her.

I could understand disagreeing with her. The hatred is vile and baseless.

about two weeks ago

For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Microlith Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

And paying salaries to U.S. employees who pay income tax on it and spend their money in the US, thereby also paying US sales taxes.

The 1% pushing the tax burden off on the 99%, who can't play international games with their finances.

Which only makes sense, since the US is one of the few countries in the world to tax people's oversea earnings.

No, that's not relevant. They play a shell game to make sure that all earned profits are earned in areas with little to no tax, then claim they made no profits. Or, if you're GE, you claim you made a $1B loss while reporting billions in profits to your shareholders.

If tax policies in the US were more reasonable, Microsoft wouldn't have to do that.

Like what, pledging fealty to corporations and letting the people of the country subsidize their existence?

On which those Americans pay sales tax.

Which helps local municipalities only - ignoring that sales taxes are regressive.

But as you said in your first part: the tax credits are for R&D, not for making profits!

Indeed, they claim the tax credits and losses in the US, but the profits outside. It's a massive scam, really.

about three weeks ago

Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

Microlith Re:Tivoization (117 comments)

And no one can "steal" a BSD product and make it proprietary because the original still exists

No, but they can starve the original of users if:

the only thing proprietary would be the modifications.

Said modifications drew the users away.

about three weeks ago

Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

Microlith Re:Downgrades (117 comments)

LGPLv3 is moving away from that model.

Only for the DRM-fetishists trying to build a walled garden with which to monetize their users by using their property against them.

about three weeks ago

Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

Microlith Re:GPL is about User/Owner Freedoms (117 comments)

What about libraries?

What about them? The rule is the same, so either you attempt to get a specially licensed version not under the GPL, you comply with the license. The LGPL wasn't made so you could use things in tivoized systems, it was so you could use a library with a closed source program.

You can still do that, but not also include that library in a tivoized system.

All Tivoization did was teach commercial developers that FSF is an ornery as ever and to avoid GPL software (or any open source) and buy a proprietary package instead.

People who push tivoized systems are not your friend, and having them use Free Software makes a mockery of the entire concept.

Tivo did everything right according to the letter of the license, and everything right according to the spirit of many open source developers

Hardly. They complied with the letter of the license, but particularly in the case of the GPL, which seeks to protect the recipients of binaries generated from GPL sources, they took a huge shit on the spirit.

they did nothing sneaky or underhanded.

Tivoization is underhanded.

If they had used a closed proprietary operating system no one would have cared at all, they were only punished for using open source.

They weren't punished. They were criticized and their lock down was recognized for what it was. But yes, had they used a closed, proprietary platform no one would have cared and they wouldn't have gotten the "omg these guys run Linux" attention that they didn't really deserve.

about three weeks ago

Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

Microlith Re:Uninsured? (171 comments)

Too bad we couldn't fix it the right way. But that would be eeeeevil soshialisums even more than the not-actually-socialism socialism that Obamacare put into place.

The poor should just die in the streets of preventable illnesses, right?

about a month ago

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Microlith Re:Homeschooling is... (421 comments)

They learn real science untainted by PC sensitivities.

Ooh ooh, I gotta know. What "real science" is tainted by "PC sensitivities?"

about a month ago

Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

Microlith Re: Why is (201 comments)

Can you make Chromium work with Netflix?

Unlikely, unless you do a pipelight-style solution. The HTML5 support won't work because the CDM is only part of the closed source Chrome builds.

about a month ago

Digia Spinning Off Qt Division Into New Company

Microlith Re:Can't beat the Micro$oft Machine (59 comments)

Blizzard uses it for their integrated launcher application, just to name one that's probably extremely common.

about a month ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Microlith Re:Double standards (533 comments)

most conservatives don't claim to be open and inclusive

All the more reason to ignore them. You can't run a country when a group that is finding itself headed towards being a minority wants to exclude the rest of the country.

Liberals do, and then bash anyone with different ideas or beliefs as neo-conservative warmongering science-denying ultra-fascist teahadists.

And "conservatives" like to pigeonhole anyone they disagree with. Of course, "conservatives" have a problem with their side being actually full of the people you describe.

It's perfectly possible to be open to ideas from both sides of the spectrum.

True, but that does not mean all ideas deserve equal consideration.

It's called being a moderate.

Being a moderate doesn't mean you have to listen to and accept every idea that comes across your radar. And very little out of the Republican party these days is truly worth consideration by any moderate.

about 2 months ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Microlith Re: Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

So the credit rating was lowered because the Republicans eventually capitulated, not because they "shut down" the government.

Not because they "capitulated," but because it was obvious that they'd play stupid games like that without actually making useful moves towards controlling the debt. Make no mistake, the GOP didn't cause the shutdown because they were concerned about the debt. They were annoyed that they didn't get their way to the exclusion of all others.

about 2 months ago

FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band

Microlith Re:So who is behind this? (112 comments)

This isn't going to take away your precious, no need to get your panties in a knot.

You say this as we watch a train wreck of unintended consequences fall out from a 21 year old law.

about 2 months ago

Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

Microlith Re:Really? (293 comments)

And, cleverly, not a single link to substantiate the claim. Really, is it so hard?

about 3 months ago

Why United States Patent Reform Has Stalled

Microlith Re:Politics (139 comments)

they are more apt to paint a negative image to the Tea Party without trying to show their virtues.

That would require the Tea Party to reveal and promote its virtuous attributes, rather than stumping for candidates that advocate for killing gays as if we were Saudi Arabia or some other theocratic shit hole.

about 3 months ago

Why United States Patent Reform Has Stalled

Microlith Re:Politics (139 comments)

aying there's "no evidence" is a stunningly strong claim. Impressive citation needed.

You implied that somehow her immigrating illegally had an impact, but no evidence was provided that suggests that there was any actual connection.

I believe most or all jobs require that an employee submits a SS# for tax purposes. So are you saying illegal immigrants (a) don't work, or (b) somehow obtain valid SS#'s, or (c) something else?

A lot work without any valid documentation and are paid under the table.

Say that to someone looking for an over-the-counter job in construction or restaurant work.

Then fix the laws. Oh, no, we can't have that. We can't let any bills get passed while Obama is in office!

Again, it's a very strong claim you're making, and I don't believe your post adequately supported that claim.

And your post lacked any substantiation of the points you made.

about 3 months ago

Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

Microlith Re:Sorta plausible (346 comments)

No offense, and I guess this goes to the rest of Slashdot, but if you're going to link to an article and it's from the Daily Mail or (worse) Free Republic, find a second source for it and link that instead. Neither the Daily Fail nor Free Republic carry any credibly as they write things explicitly to enrage and inflame their readership.

about 3 months ago

Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

Microlith Re:Linux soon? (202 comments)

Firefox may bring the EME interface to Linux, but it's up to Adobe to make the CDM work on Linux. I suspect they won't be allowed to due to the lack of platform level DRM.

about 3 months ago

Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

Microlith Re:Silver lining? (202 comments)

The module will undoubtedly enforce the use of Microsoft's Protected Media Path to try and protect the buffer. At least on Windows.

about 3 months ago



Microsoft Taking Aggresive Steps Against Linux on

Microlith Microlith writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Microlith (54737) writes "Microsoft has updated their WHQL certification requirements for Windows 8, and placed specific restrictions on ARM platforms that will make it impossible to install non-Microsoft operating systems on ARM devices, and make it impossible to turn off or customize such security.

Choice quotes from the certification include from page 116, section 20: "On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enable." which prevents users from customizing their security, and in section 21: "Disabling Secure MUST NOT be possible on ARM systems" to prevent you from booting any other OSes."

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No Custom ROMs for DROID X, 2

Microlith Microlith writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Microlith (54737) writes "According to Tom's Hardware, the bootloaders for the DROID X and DROID 2 will be encrypted and signed, much in the same fashion as the Motorola Milestone (GSM DROID) as well as their other handsets. If they cover their bases, unlike last time, this will bar owners from installing 3rd party ROMs."
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