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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

MrLint Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

So if I go "Totenberg,Totenberg,Totenberg" it will summon her into existence form inside of radio space:)

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

MrLint Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

As long as the trailer and voiceover bits are done by Nina Totenberg

about 2 months ago
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Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Work With Most Devices

MrLint Pre (114 comments)

I don't really understand why nearly 5 years after the palm pre, this isn't a built in feature at this point. The market is running more and more toward unopenable, and unserviceable phones anyway. The inductor back panel for my pre was exactly the same size as the factory one.

That being said, webOS let you do things current phones cant to... :|

about 2 months ago
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Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

MrLint Half Life did it first... (123 comments)

So HL2, came out in back in 2004 had this quote in it, from the character of Dr Breen : Are all the accomplishments of humanity fated to be nothing more than a layer of broken plastic shards thinly strewn across a fossil bed, sandwiched between the Burgess shale and an eon's worth of mud?

While certainly this is not a surprise consequence to anyone in a scientific field(s) involved. I find it somewhat ironic that the sentiment (no pun), showed up in a video game.

about 3 months ago
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Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

MrLint Changing the rules, except the permanent ones (288 comments)

It seems that the logic here might not be applied consistently.

If we are shortening password change time for poor passwords, under the argument they are easy to crack; then likewise hard passwords that would take a "forever" to crack should have no expiry. The rules have decided to be altered, except for the ones that are established orthodoxy, those must blindly be followed without adjudication for all time.

Perhaps the real pavolvian behavior here is the bell that rings every 90 days.

about 4 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

MrLint Crusade (276 comments)

Will the plot summary for the end of the show be published ever again?

It was up briefly years ago but seems to have fallen into the memory hole.

about 5 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

MrLint Re:States Rights (665 comments)

All science, including the technology robots are built on, is an outgrowth of the scientific method. Research, reasoning, and altering your path based on data. If you wish to reject that method when building robots, that's cool. You are going to get a shitbot. You want to reject one of the consequences of scientific research, I call on you should reject all the outputs of scientific research. To assert that the method of gaining knowledge only works as long as you get to ignore the parts that you don't think you "use", or "agree with". Well then you'd a damned fool, and I suggest you return to the stone age animal herders afraid of the night.

about 6 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

MrLint Re:States Rights (665 comments)

While I don't dismiss trade style training programs or apprenticeships, no part of US high school education make you an expert in anything. The idea, however, of forcing every student into advanced section of every topic is foolish, few people do well in all areas all the time. I excelled in the hard sciences, I could have also excelled in history, but I just didn't care; now oddly I have a not insignificant interest in politics and policy, while my job is IT.

Short version, calculus isnt for everyone, and trying to make every child pass calc is a filing venture. However having basic exposure to the whole set of topics breeds a better base for success than trade only (excluding everything else) programs.

about 6 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

MrLint Re:States Rights (665 comments)

Unfortunately, it will take the child until they are 20 or so to feel the full effects of being poorly educated, worse, being denied the tools of critical thought. At that point bringing that person up to the capability to deal with the technology of the workplace that will face them in 2030 will be nearly insurmountable.

The mere fact that someone should be able to assert that any old idea they have, has equal supportability because of what they assert semantics of words to be, is wrong at best, and megalomaniacal at worst. And we all know that this isn't about "alternate 'theories'" this is about attacking things that don't support the christian creation myth.

I challenge *any* "teach the controversy" supporter to lay out their syllabus and rubric for *ALL* alternative science theories. As it has been stated above, it would have to include astrology, and alchemy, probably phrenology, humors, and I guess demonic possession.

You cannot be honest in this "teach the controversy" thing and only do one piece. Doing so is really a lie to yourself, and everyone knows it.

about 6 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

MrLint Nothing better to do? (1034 comments)

If this is the kind of thing the FBI has time to spend agents and hours on, we have way too many FBI agents.

about 7 months ago
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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

MrLint Re:This just in, spy wants spy rules to stay (316 comments)

"It makes me wonder why the NSA is pushing so hard to keep unconstitutional spying programs in place"

CYA? Seriously, leadership never takes responsibility. When you dump every possible thing on the table for the leaders to look at, at no point can the phrase "we didn't know" be said honestly.

about 8 months ago
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German Court: Open Source Project Liable For 3rd Party DRM-Busting Coding

MrLint Waxing cynical (178 comments)

What I think is most disturbing about this is that a company could seed/pay some fly by night person to upload come code to an OSS competitor and basically bring the project to a close, killing a competing product.

about 9 months ago
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CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

MrLint Re:Where's the outrage?! (255 comments)

Hmm Imagine if lenovo or dell put that in their warranty.

about 9 months ago
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CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

MrLint Re:Where's the outrage?! (255 comments)

How about being outraged on the premise that installing of software is a warranty violation. I'd not be at all surprised that Verizon was involved.

about 9 months ago
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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

MrLint Seriously? (786 comments)

Because its neither a simple system or is it "just" a web site. This is a false equivalency (propagated by whom, I don't know) that seems to 1) imply that a 'website' is equivalent to Bob's geocities html page from 1992 and 2) thats all that is going on with it.

I have to really wonder if any of the 'concern trolls' have actually tried to deploy a database drive web portal in which 1) all parts are under your control and 2) without other regulatory overhead, and 3) has to handle more than a few hundred people.

But hey, if it really is that "simple", then the market is ripe for your technical prowess. Seize the opportunity.

about 10 months ago
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Whirlpool Ditches IBM Collaboration Software, Moves To Google Apps

MrLint Re:My company changed software too (101 comments)

Because the ramp you have to take to break away from Lotus Notes is very steep indeed. There is also a massive amount of inertia.

about a year ago
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Former DHS Official Blames Privacy Advocates For TSA's Aggressive Procedures

MrLint Re:Everybody whines after years of safety (325 comments)

Well it could start by not ignoring actual reports of people doing things, instead of being reactive and banning water.

about a year ago
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Former DHS Official Blames Privacy Advocates For TSA's Aggressive Procedures

MrLint The fluidity of terror (325 comments)

So which, pray tell, personal data would they take as sufficient to allow water to be carried again?

Of course as we know all those potential explosives (that are too dangerous to allowed on a plane) are disposed of.. on site.. in a trash can.... at the screening station.......

about a year ago

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City laws only available via license

MrLint MrLint writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MrLint (519792) writes "The City of Schenectady has decided that their laws are copyrighted, and that you cannot know them without paying for an "exclusive license" for $200. This is not really the first time things of this nature has occurred, Oregon has claimed publishing of laws online is a copyright violation (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2008/04/oregon-publishing-our-laws-online-is-a-copyright-violation.ars). As the internet continues to make inroads as the primary, or sole source of information for people, will we end up with a society where all the laws are behind a paywall? Will the inability to find out the law become a reasonable defense?"
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Buffalo gets new trial on WiFi patents

MrLint MrLint writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrLint (519792) writes "Its been a long nearly 2 year of silence since CSIRO won a patent battle against Buffalo Tech, causing an injuction preventing the sale or wireless routers On September 19th, 2008 a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that CSIRO patent claims are invalid and Buffalo is getting a new trial. With any luck we can get out grubby hands on low cost wifi routers again!"
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MrLint MrLint writes  |  more than 10 years ago

For the first time, i think, i have been conflicted on how to moderate a post.

Usually as I am reading through the comments and its my turn to say yea or nay, i get a gut feeling on how I feel about a post. This time was harder, as the comment was wrong in every conceivable respect. And the problem wasn't merely being factually wrong, but it was aggressive ignorance bordering on stupidity.

How do you flag this? There is no out and out 'wrong' moderation. This leaves 3 options: overrated, flamebait, troll. In a case like this you can make an argument for any one, or all 3.

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MrLint MrLint writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The other day I lambasted some fool for not only advocating giving drugs to children to keep them calm, but making up information along the way about said medication.

What was the result? The clown gets modded up as 'informative', and im a troll.

What can we learn from this? Possibly that people who read /. dont bother to read the boxes that their cold medication comes in. Or perhaps they are too busy taking to much of it. Its kinda frightening.

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