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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

MrNaz Re:Are you kidding (723 comments)

In many European countries, citizens' rights are upheld, they are not treated like cattle for the crime of wanting to travel through an airport, they are not taxed to breaking point to fun pointless wars that enrich a tiny, politically connected clique, they have access to free education and healthcare and they have faster access to the internet.

You can argue about definitions of "aristocracy" and who is or is not in de facto control until you're blue in the face. However, the outcomes speak for themselves.

yesterday
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The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

MrNaz Re:Bicycle! And motorcycle. (163 comments)

Haha, I was typing "make excuses to procrastinate" and didn't delete enough words when revising the post.

2 days ago
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The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

MrNaz Re:Bicycle! And motorcycle. (163 comments)

When I want to go somewhere and it's too much trouble, I make procrastinate until it's too late to make it to whatever appointment I was going for, and that way I don't even have the bother of traveling anywhere at all.

2 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

MrNaz Re:Fuck this shit! (426 comments)

Wrong again.
You can't make any predictions about a single lottery draw. You can make reasonable predictions about 100 lottery draws, better ones about 1,000 lottery draws. You can make extremely accurate predictions, within a fraction of a percent, about 1,000,000,000 lottery draws.

3 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

MrNaz Re:fixing the parent posting (307 comments)

Oh yea, and also... They would not need foreknowledge of the desired value as the ratios they use are sound. They would only need confidence in the random distribution of holes in the target.

3 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

MrNaz Re:fixing the parent posting (307 comments)

I don't think they'd need to game it that much. They'd need a random dispersion of a large number of holes on that square to achieve the result, and I don't think that getting close to that ideal would be difficult given a large number of discharges at the target using fine shot shells. The law of large numbers would be in their favour.

3 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

MrNaz Re:Why do people listen to her? (582 comments)

Do you have a citation to that medical paper and a robust dissection of it? It'd be great to know from where all this nonsense started.

3 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

MrNaz Re:Fuck this shit! (426 comments)

Predicting local perturbations from data is very hard. Identifying long term trends is, by comparison, easy.

3 days ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

MrNaz Re:Human beings are not born with smartphone attac (184 comments)

I'd trust a 16 year old on a cellphone over a self driving car and roads that look like a battlefield here in Massachusetts.

Have another look. Self-driving car tech is a lot more advanced than people realize.

3 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

MrNaz Re:Does this mean no more Gnome desktop? (679 comments)

For many years, Gnome was the most popular desktop environment. Many of the people who got into Linux on the desktop moved into a Gnome environment. It provided a familiar UI with standard metaphors. While the Linux desktop has moved on for better or worse, the fact remains that it was Gnome that provided the soft landing for many when they jumped ship.

Pay some respect to those who went before and the work they did.

3 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

MrNaz Re:Does this mean no more Gnome desktop? (679 comments)

The open source movement owes much to the Gnome foundation. Yes, they have alienated their core support base, and perhaps this situation is a result of those cows coming home to roost. Nonetheless, a gutted or even dead Gnome foundation hurts the whole community, if only because it highlights the fragility of open source focused organizations as going concerns.

(Yes, yes I know it's supposed to be chickens.)

3 days ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

MrNaz Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

I cannot reply to that without Godwining the thread.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

MrNaz Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

Boiling down free speech to nothing more than a constitutional guarantee is to denude it of all meaning.

Free speech is a principle which society bakes into its core values as expressed by the unwritten social contract. It manifests itself in legislation because that is where it needs to be formally documented. However, it is a mistake to think that the written law is the beginning and end of the values that we uphold.

Actually, the thinking that the law as written is the sum total of all values is one of the main problems of today. Because the black letter of the law is taken as the only gospel, then finding loopholes and ways to manipulate the wording to your advantage is just fine. I think a short look around the state of the world today will reveal that that is not fine.

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

MrNaz Re:Oh goodness me, non-military means! (173 comments)

They hate us for our freedom. Underhanded manipulation of their local political system for our own agenda has nothing to do with it.

about two weeks ago
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

MrNaz Re:OwnCloud (161 comments)

Well, it's a fairly major project. There are a lot of very skilled developers, and it has commercial backing. If you're really, really paranoid and want to use it for something mission critical and highly sensitive, then don't expose it to the internet and access it via VPN only.

All problems have a solution :)

about two weeks ago
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

MrNaz Re:OwnCloud (161 comments)

OwnCloud is open source software. You download it and install it on your server. What are you talking about?

about two weeks ago
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Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War

MrNaz Re:My kingdom for mod points. (120 comments)

enormous problems caused by prohibition

And...

smaller problems caused by whatever marginal increase in usage repealing prohibition causes

See, the problem is that there is no evidence to support the proposition that the increase will be marginal, and that the harm will be less. All of the arguments rest on the retelling of the 1920s experience with prohibition and essentially say "well we had all these problems with gangsterism in that period, but look, we made alcohol legal again and all the alcohol related problems went away".

There is a *lot* of research suggesting that the overall social problems caused by alcohol are vastly understated, itis just hidden because it happens at the family and individual level. The social symptoms of alcohol just don't make for interesting reading or spectacular Hollywood movies the way prohibition rackets do.

Finally, comparing the ability to enforce a law in the 1920s to today, a century later, is just folly. The circumstances are wholly different. The real problem underlying the ineffectiveness of today's drug "prohibition" is a lack of political will, conflicts of interest and outright corruption.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

MrNaz Re:April Fools? (274 comments)

Sounds like a free and just society to me.

about two weeks ago

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How to educate government agencies about security?

MrNaz MrNaz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MrNaz (730548) writes "Here in Australia we are supposed to have one of the most IT heavy health care systems in the world. Yet, over the years, the general lack of IT savvy has been a problem I have butted up against repeatedly. For example, I was recently involved in a government program which required sending a list of certain patients to a government department for processing. The list had patient names, addresses, Medicare numbers and a few other details. In the instructions that I received from the department, I was instructed to generate the list as a MS Excel file, and then password protect it before burning it to a CD and mailing it. Now, we all know the folly of relying on Excel passwords to protect lost CDs from becoming an ID thief's wet dream, but how to educate the government about this? Anyway, how does this even happen? When deciding on a procedure, whichever suited bureaucrat came up with the idea could have and should have at least consulted the IT guy down the hall. How can we instill a practice whereby decision makers at least bring it up with someone in the know before making an on-the-spot decision that could result in disaster?"
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DIY Production Server?

MrNaz MrNaz writes  |  about 5 years ago

MrNaz writes "We need to build a file server with very specific physical dimensions. We do not have a lot of space to play with, and the weight must also be kept to a bare minimum. Server cases, especially those with 8 or more HDD bays, are far too heavy for our application. After about 30 minutes of musing constructing my own chassis from sheets of PVC, I realized that what I was contemplating amounted an ill-conceived combination of backyard DIY and deploying a server into a production environment. It seemed like a terrible idea, but for no specific reason. Having built countless PCs and servers over the years I am thoroughly familiar with thermal management issues and the importance of protection against dust and other foreign matter and have even dealt extensively with noise reduction, but perhaps there are aspects of case construction that I am not familiar with. So I thought I'd ask the Slashdot community; Are there any reasons that building a server box like this is a bad idea? Has anyone in the Slashdot crowd built their own production server box like this?"
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Online multi user file sharing and sync

MrNaz MrNaz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrNaz writes "For personal and work use, I have 2 laptops and a desktop. All of them are dual boot Windows and Linux, and I also have several VMs that I use. I want to be able to access my files from any of these machines and OSes. I've given up on maintaining a synchronized file repository, as it gets too convoluted when this many sources of change exist. So I've decided to move all my documents to be primarily stored online. At the moment, under Linux, I'm mounting a remote directory using SSHFS, and under Windows I'm mounting it using WebDrive. These solutions work, however I'm looking for a more scalable way to do this so if I wanted to provide remote file spaces for, say, 10,000 users, I could. So I ask Slashdot: What are the options for a scalable, secure remote file hosting platform that is seamless to the OS, easy for the end user and completely open source? Bonus points if there is a way to maintain local copies for offline work, and then sync with the server easily while providing an effective conflict resolution mechanism."
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Misrepresenting science for good?

MrNaz MrNaz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrNaz writes "I recently received an email from the WWF asking for donations to help pandas affected by the recent earthquake in China. While I both support the mission of the WWF as well as the need for generosity in the face of natural disasters, I find myself offended by the misrepresentation of the facts of the scenario. Is the general level of education really so poor that the average person would be fooled by such a blatant play on emotion? Am I being reasonable in my quest for intellectual honesty or should I just allow white lies like this to pass given that the cause is admirable?"
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A journey in i18n

MrNaz MrNaz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrNaz writes "I have recently been doing a lot of work in i18n, and have become more and more frustrated by just how badly it is currently done on the web and in software in general. I have decided to share my experiences in this area in the hope that other developers may be inspired to pay more attention to this increasingly important aspect of software development."
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The most amazing Chuck Norris fact ever!

MrNaz MrNaz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrNaz writes "Chuck Norris facts have been circulating the Interwebs for some time now. Given that the only ones that really get around are those that are the most extreme and outrageous, it would seem obvious that they are a gag. However, Le Chuck has now decided that it is necessary to sue somebody to ensure that people aren't falsely duped into thinking that his tears cure cancer or that his sidekick is not capable of altering the Earth's orbit. Chuck Norris Fact 37,342: Chuck Norris is so awe-inspiring that he has to sue to make sure people don't think these facts are true!"
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