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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

Miseph Re:Slippery slope... (208 comments)

Time for the militant misogynistic, homophobic white guy brigade to raise hell until they're the only ones represented again.

Personally, I find the world to be much more interesting when it is populated with different, interesting people who aren't exactly like me in every way. I'm also a Crazy Person, so that might just be me.

about 6 months ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

Miseph Re:Plastic ceiling? (208 comments)

Can't imagine it would matter much, it's not like they'd want to fuck you either way.

about 6 months ago
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US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

Miseph Re:Part, but not the whole (306 comments)

In summary: if you're talented and exceptional and want to make the most money you can, you become a specialist in the art of making money, not in the art of making code. The business people are the ones calling shots and signing checks... any genius should be able to see how this leads to them getting all the shots called in their favor and all of the biggest checks being written out to them.

about 7 months ago
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Why Hollywood's Best Robot Stories Are About Slavery

Miseph Duh. (150 comments)

"Robot" means "slave". That's where the word comes from. The best robot stories HAVE to be about slavery, because tautology.

about 7 months ago
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Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

Miseph That's nice, now how about more relevant stats? (269 comments)

99% of malware targeted Android. Neat, but it doesn't really mean anything.

What percentage of mobile malware infections did Android account for? What is the infection rate for those devices? How serious have most breaches been? These are all more meaningful security metrics than "number of times targeted". In particular the rate is extremely telling: if there are, say, 100 infections per 100,000 for Android, and 85 per 100,000 for iOS, that is certainly troubling for Android, but hardly damning.

about 8 months ago
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What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For The Big Bang Theory

Miseph Re:Not for Nerds (253 comments)

Someone said there isn't? When?

about 8 months ago
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Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

Miseph Re:There is their big mistake. (399 comments)

I suspect that the plan is to integrate smartwatches into the already existing smartphone ecosystem, rather than try to lure anyone away from it.

about 8 months ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

Miseph Re:They elected Rmoney (97 comments)

As a Massachusetts resident with a pretty clear memory of Romney's campaign, election, administration, and effective resignation, I feel pretty good about saying the OP has a reasonable point. I never had the slightest doubt that he was a lying scumbag, and I have nothing but contempt for the people who bought his ridiculous schtick. Frankly, the only thing he kept any promises on was that he told us from the get-go he wanted to gut the schools and destroy our public education system... thanks a shitload.

I'm still pissed that his response to Goodridge was to go on FOX News and insult the state and everyone in it. He couldn't even have the good sense to shut his stupid pie hole and try to undermine it from a position of professed disinterest like a modestly competent sleazebag politician... he just went straight to badmouthing his constituents on cable news as part of his preliminary presidential run. What a jackass.

about 8 months ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

Miseph Re:As an EMC employee in Massachusetts... (97 comments)

If his choices were to sign a non-compete or not be employed in the industry, that's not a real choice.

And violent coercion? Bullshit. If you violate a non-compete, who the hell do you think the company goes to for enforcement? We allow, and even expect, government to interfere with contracts all the time: either because they have no meaning without some third party to actually enforce them, or because some contracts are so reprehensible that we as a society do not allow them to be made. Do you believe that government should not interfere with a contract that, say, grants ownership of one human being to another?

If you're going to be dumb enough to spew anarcho-capitalist nonsense, at least have enough self respect to be good at it.

about 8 months ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

Miseph Re:Catch? (97 comments)

It's neither. He has announced that he will not run because he doesn't want to serve another term as governor, not because he can't due to term limits.

about 8 months ago
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Astronauts' Hearts Change Shape In Space

Miseph Re:Spinning Space stations (113 comments)

I always just assumed that Tie Fighters and X-Wings had vaguely aerodynamic designs because they weren't pure spacecraft, but rather transatmopspheric dogfighters. Given how often both are shown to do precisely that in the films, it never seemed like much of a stretch.

The X-Wing's variable geometry does make some degree of sense from that perspective as well, with the X formation providing greater fire variability and the flat providing better aerodynamics and lift in dense atmospheres, as well as a better profile for evading fire. Of course, they never seemed to give a damn about that part in the films, so maybe I'm way off base.

I strongly suspect that both of those theories are completely invalidated by the non-movie canon... in which case, I still don't care about the extended SW universe.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

Miseph Re: We the Customers (150 comments)

What "free market" are you referring to here? We never had one with regards to the telcos, and the content side can only barely pretend to show some semblance of free-ness. Get a grip.

about 9 months ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

Miseph Re:A new law in not what is needed (519 comments)

You're right, 6' tall is a bit taller than median, but well within the fat part of the bell curve. I am somewhat tall, but not particularly.

If you don't believe that your son has ever unintentionally seen down a woman's shirt, you are simply incorrect. Either that or he has never spoken to a woman shorter than about 5'6" wearing a low(ish) cut shirt. It just happens.

As to my being a pervert who can't get dates... I don't have that particular problem, and while many members of society dislike me for a variety of reasons, I have no evidence to suggest that undesired ogling is one of them.

Good luck with the bizarre moralism you've cultivated, I hope it serves you well.

about 9 months ago
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Study: Elephants Have Learned To Tell Certain Languages Apart

Miseph Re:How fine is this distinction? (62 comments)

"Dogs read our emotions by looking at our facial expressions and other body language. They can then associate those with the words we use. It might seem like the dog understands what we say, but it's just Pavlov up to his old tricks. "

You know that is exactly how humans do it as well, right? The only difference is that we have a larger vocal recognition center and possess human vocal chords.

about 9 months ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

Miseph Re:A new law in not what is needed (519 comments)

"Their definition makes it legal to look down shirts as well as up skirt"

As a 6' tall Resident of Massachusetts, I'm very glad to hear that. I very often find myself looking down shirts despite having no intention to do so, because I am otherwise unable to look at many women at all from normal conversational ranges. If they had made it illegal for me to speak to women, that would have sucked. I actually can't make it through most days without doing that at least once.

about 9 months ago
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A Corporate War Against a Scientist, and How He Fought Back

Miseph Re:Sounds like he was enjoying himself! (253 comments)

Don't forget all of the hard work he put into being born extremely wealthy in the first place. That's a pretty significant accomplishment.

about 10 months ago
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Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

Miseph Re:!HP (474 comments)

So you're saying that release is less important than *starting* design? Really? Do you think that HP just magically intuited what Apple was doing, then spat out a product, without any planning or development, in order to beat something that didn't really exist yet to the punch? I'd actually be impressed if they did, but that just doesn't seem possible.

about a year ago
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Google Glass User Fights Speeding Ticket, Saying She's Defending the Future

Miseph Re:Reinforcing the term (464 comments)

"(4) A visual display used to enhance or supplement the driver's view forward, behind, or to the sides of a motor vehicle for the purpose of maneuvering the vehicle."

Wow, it's almost as if they thought of that and included a clause addressing it. Weird.

about a year ago
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A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin

Miseph Re:Bitcoin is vulernable to government manipulatio (396 comments)

Stocks are terrible at being currency, which is why they are virtually never used as such.

You can't correctly follow the logic if the very first thing you do is ignore it.

about a year ago

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Windows 7 Test

Miseph Miseph writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Before Microsoft pulled access I downloaded a copy of the Windows 7 beta and got a product key for it. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to install until today because, well, I was out of blank DVDs. Since my Intrepid Ibex install on my secondary drive died a sudden death (I rebooted into it after a session in XP and X.org just wouldn't happen anymore... I'm not good enough with Linux to have figured it out without a lot of work, but I'm lazy and a wee bit apathetic so I didn't feel like it), I even had a nice empty drive to install it on for a quick test before making what I assumed would be a quick transition to what all of the glowing reviews make out to be the new hotness.

Boy am I glad that I didn't skip the testing phase and "upgrade" on blind faith. Windows 7 sucks, it sucks hard and it sucks long. Everything was slow as molasses to load, response time on simply opening context menus or switching window focus was atrocious and even basic web browsing was laggy and slow. Unless a dual-core AMD64 with 4gb of RAM is below the recommended resources to open Windows Explorer in 7, it's just a dog. In fact, even if that last thing is true, that's completely ridiculous, and it sucks because of it.

So anyway, back to checking out Linux distros in search of one that won't mysteriously bork.

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In Soviet xkcd...

Miseph Miseph writes  |  more than 6 years ago

On March 29th my girlfriend and I went to a small but relatively well-funded convention at Smith College (one of the Seven Sisters schools). One of the panelists in attendance was Randall Munroe of xkcd, and I had the chance to chat (not on IRC) with him for a while.

It came up that I wished there was some way I could truly pwn people who link to xkcd rather than make their own jokes. We started thinking of what it would say, he mentioned that it's about as creative as "in Soviet Russia..." jokes, and at the end of the conversation this photo was taken. Randall is on the left, and I'm on the right (as indicated by my name tag).

As for why it took so long to get this out there... I just haven't seen many xkcd links in the past month (you slackers), just one by an AC way down in a story that was too many hours old for anyone to actually see it, and I simply forgot about the very existence of journals until today. In any case, this seemed like a solid use for my first (and if I use it about as often as my LJ account, probably last) journal entry.

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