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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

NeutronCowboy Re:All Good Laws Have Costs (109 comments)

You can scream and shout all you want, but corporations are merely collections of people organized for a purpose, no different than a union or political party.

I think you might want to revisit what a corporation is. It's a legal construct designed to shield individuals from losing everything if their business goes belly-up.

As for your idea that a corporation is exactly the same thing as a political party... well, it certainly explains the cluster fuck in this country. Congratulations, you ARE the root problem.

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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

NeutronCowboy Re:Overkill! (112 comments)

I'm wondering: is your car a 1960 VW Beetle or 2CV? Because those are the only cars I can think of where the seats can sag enough to make this a worthwhile proposition.

Or, much more likely, you actually don't do any of this.

2 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

NeutronCowboy Re:Race baiters (474 comments)

A little hint: "GottMitUns" is German and translates to "GodWithUs". Which just so happens to be the motto of the German military army (and a few other groups) until the end of WW2. Generally, it's fairly safe to assume that someone still sporting that motto has some serious hang-ups with German military and groups from 1900s to 1945.

3 days ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

NeutronCowboy Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (142 comments)

Congratulations, CaptainLard gets it. Sycodon doesn't. I'll make another sweeping generalization: "conservatives can't read". This is fun! I can do this all day.

about a week ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

NeutronCowboy Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (142 comments)

Do I also get to make sweeping generalizations about conservatives because you don't like government interference except to:
- control what I do in my bedroom
- control my social life
- control what I talk about
- control who I do business with
- control where I go
- control what I believe
- control what business I'm allowed to engage in

Just asking whether the "idiots are everywhere" and "generalizations are fun" rules can be abused in the other direction as well.

about a week ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

NeutronCowboy Re:This article is useless (91 comments)

you need active champions, community managers, and a strategy to nurture the community continuously.

Spot on. Every single failure I've seen of an internal communications tool that wasn't Email or IM failed because of a lack of one of the three things you mentioned. They are tools, but they need to much more help to grow than something that everyone has to use, like a case system or a CRM.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

NeutronCowboy Re:Nope (91 comments)

I worked in the past at a company that did something similar to a "Facebook at work". The number one rule to get people to use it: never, EVER call it "Facebook for work". Call it "Shining Communications Turd", "Chainsaw through productivity", "Free Crack", just don't call it "Facebook for work".

I think Facebook might have a bigger uphill battle here than it thinks.

We've had people walked out, fired, for using Evernote in meetings.

Where did you work, the NSA?

about two weeks ago
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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

NeutronCowboy Re:Algorithms Can Be Patented (164 comments)

Erm, what? I know how PageRank works because I read about it as a technical paper in a Computing Journal in 1998, before Google was started as a company. That said, I don't know what came first - the paper or the patent. Pretty sure though that the paper came first, or was at least simultaneous to the patent filing. Finally, most of the stuff in the Google ranking mechanism is as much an algorithm as a kernel is an algorithm. It's a host of ranking modules, tweaks, weights, heuristics, clean-up jobs, maintenance jobs, spider jobs, and a whole crap-load of IT work to make it hum like it does.

about three weeks ago
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Pianist Asks Washington Post To Remove Review Under "Right To Be Forgotten"

NeutronCowboy Re:As many have pointed out... (257 comments)

it could easily apply the same to personal data to be flagged

Please do enlighten us how it could easily apply algorithms to categorize data to distinguish between personal, protected data, and data of public records that belong to someone else. Just for shits and grins, please create an algorithm that would distinguish between the Washington Post article and the original bankruptcy article.

It's perfectly possible to have both- no one is expecting perfection, but ultimately just because Google may never get it perfectly right doesn't mean they should be freed from the law altogether.

Wow. So that means that now laws that cannot be followed every time are a good idea? In the case of Google, it means a perpetual fine that cannot be escaped, is completely arbitrary, and applies only to Google.

Everything you posted so far is a damning indictment of exactly why this law is terrible: it's not possible to fully comply, it's arbitrary, it's open to abuse from all sides, and its target is also completely arbitrary.

Technically, you are accurate in your description of why Google needs to follow the law as it is written. However, the discussion we're having is about whether the law should exist in the first law. On that, you're digging your own hole.

about three weeks ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

NeutronCowboy Re:congratulations america, theyre still winning. (339 comments)

Considering the over-reaction we're getting from a lot of people around Ebola - and that includes people who laugh about bureaucrats' overreaction to blinking lights in Chicago and WiFi network names - I'm going to guess that most people are just scared shitless of stuff they don't understand and willing to sacrifice everything to feel safe again.

That doesn't make it any better, but it gives us a better shot at fixing the issue (educate people) than the conspiracy theory approach.

about a month ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

NeutronCowboy Re:Well... (425 comments)

His duty is to the president, not the public. I have a lot of respect for him that he gave the president his opinion, the president disagreed with him, and he kept his mouth shut in public. I also have a lot of respect for him that he isn't just bashing Obama, but merely strongly disagreeing with him on some decisions the president made. On others, he is actually openly agreeing with him (see his position on "Enhanced Interrogation") - or at least, showing far more agreement than a standard republican would.

Yeah, Panetta was a republican, through and through. He was a security hawk, and never made any bones about it. At the same time, he fully supported the president while he was in office. Just for that, he deserves respect.

about 1 month ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

NeutronCowboy Re:Much of the failure was in explaining... (336 comments)

Big infrastructure projects lead themselves to being natural monopolies, with or without government interference. So removing government regulation unfortunately does not solve the problem.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

NeutronCowboy Re:please no (423 comments)

Meanwhile the assertion that models fit past events is near irrelevant since that is data which is already known and it is expected that the models would have been adjusted in the first place to fit that data). For example, I can construct an interpolation of any temperature (or other numerical) data to perfect precision using an even degree polynomial of sufficiently high degree, yet it'll be completely irrelevant once I attempt any sort of extrapolation into the future (odds are good, about 50% I'd say, that it'll predict temperatures far below absolute zero by 2100).

Shockingly, scientists are aware of that issue, and have developed methods to test models against existing data. They do that by training on one chunk of the available data, and testing against another.

You're making two more mistakes in your analysis.
One, you complain that models that fit old data perfectly are wrong because all they do is fit data. Then you complain that the models don't fit the data perfectly - precisely because they don't just fit data. Which is it? You can't have it both ways.
Two, you think that we have direct measurements for everything. We don't. We'd like to, but we don't. And even the direct measurements we have need to be transformed into data that can be compared across measurements. All of that is subject to being wrong.

This profound inability to admit error is why I don't trust current climate models or the doomsday predictions they spawn in the least. That's why I'm going to wait a few decades and see what happens. If it genuinely is as bad as claimed, then we'll see something by then.

Unfortunately, that inability to admit error is only in your head. The models have been changed countless times over the last decades, and have gotten better in response. Lastly, if you wait a few decades, it'll be too late to head off any meaningful changes. As the joke goes: what if we'd make changes for a better planet when it's not necessary?

about 2 months ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

NeutronCowboy Re:Not just college applications (389 comments)

If you're applying for a programming job, that will never come into contact with customers, why the hell should you need to demonstrate an ability to sell stuff?

You're always selling something even if you're programming. During the interview, you're selling yourself. While working, you're selling your ideas and proposals (even if it is just prioritizing features and putting time and numbers to them).

Sales is part of life in general. And this is coming from someone who has tried to stay away from sales as much as possible.

about 2 months ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

NeutronCowboy Re:In Business for the Wrong Reasons (185 comments)

I think #1 was probably the key driving factor here. People became emotionally invested in their business, and started to identify with it. When the business went south, they had invested so much into it (personally - the financial investment was probably secondary) that they had nothing to fall back onto. At the risk of assuming something of people I never met, I'm going to guess that they justified everything with "if this is gonna make it big, it was worth all the sacrifices I made". And when the business went bust instead of boom, they realized they made sacrifices that were never going to be recouped.

It's worth repeating: you are not your business; you're not your income. If you are, get ready for a short life full of regrets.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Ready To Get Into Healthcare

NeutronCowboy Re:Wow. (99 comments)

Because when you're looking for highly accurate, trustworthy information, you think of Facebook!

That's really the only comment that's necessary here. Fine, use Facebook for advocacy. The ALS challenge clearly demonstrated Facebook is actually good at that. But getting medical advice from Facebook? All I know is that the medical advice I see dispensed on Facebook would make a snake-oil seller from the Wild West blush. As an absolute edge case, I can see support pages for people with specific conditions, but I'll be a two-faced goat from Nepal if people stick to just being supportive, and don't start peddling homeopathic crap.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

NeutronCowboy Re: Scientists don't *NEED* to be trusted! (460 comments)

Science is absolutely not about proofs. It's about gathering facts and comparing them to a prediction, along with the use of math to transform data sets into comparable sets.

To paraphrase: science is about the search for facts. If you want truth, philosophy is down the hall.

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

NeutronCowboy Re: Competition (907 comments)

For the used car market to be close to pure capitalism, the buyers would have to have near perfect information about the cars in question. Which they most definitely do not. Either because they don't know cars, or because the car dealers actively lie.

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

NeutronCowboy Re: Only single females? (907 comments)

On average, less physical strength and higher desirability as a rape target than a single male.

Shall I also explain to you why fire can be bad, and why eating is generally important?

about 2 months ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

NeutronCowboy Re:Robert Cringely (132 comments)

Correction: it says much about the general public about what they know about the technology that powers their life. For most people, it might as well be Magic.

about 2 months ago

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FTC looking into charging Google with Antitrust suit

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "From the yahoo story:
"The majority of top decision-makers at the Federal Trade Commission believe that an antitrust case should be brought against Google Inc, meaning the search giant could soon be headed into tough negotiations, three people familiar with the matter said.

Four of the FTC commissioners have become convinced after more than a year of investigation that Google illegally used its dominance of the search market to hurt its rivals, while one commissioner is skeptical, the sources said.""

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Blizzard might have to refund purchases of D3 in Korea

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "From Gamasutra: "The Korean government is investigating allegations that Diablo III developer Blizzard Entertainment is violating the country's commercial laws by refusing to offer refunds on its latest game."
It will be interesting to see how Blizzard will approach this, and whether this will force a chance in the rest of the world as well. If you can get refunds for a D3 license, can you resell it? This might stop the current trend of making games unsellable and unrefundable."

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Verizon blocking Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "Verizon Wireless is blocking Google from including Google Wallet in its flagship smartphone, the Nexus Galaxy S. This is likely tied to Verizon's own efforts in the area, called Isis.

Verizon Wireless, which is controlled by New York-based Verizon Communications along with Britain's Vodafone Group, said in a statement sent to Bloomberg News that it barred Google Wallet "for the best security and user experience."

The open question is whether Google is just prevented from including Google Wallet in the phone sold by Verizon stores, or whether it will simply not work on the Verizon network."
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Couple raises virtual child.. and starves real one

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "According to CNN.com, a South Korean couple was arrested for allowing their baby to starve to death while they were out at an internet cafe. One of their activities there: raising a virtual child in the online game "Prius Online." While a South Korean professor calls it a case of Internet Addiction, it's probably more a case of bad coping mechanisms: they were jobless and had apparently little to look forward to."
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Creationists take advantage of GW skepticism

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "According to a NY Times article, Creationists in a few states like Louisiana and Kentucky are taking advantage of an increase in skepticism towards the science of Global Climate Change to promote their own brand of skepticism towards the science of Evolution. It's partly a legal strategy to counter the argument that they're focusing on evolution vs creationism, and therefore breaking down the separation of church and state. But it's also a PR strategy that ties itself to the increasing distrust in the US towards climate science. It looks like "teaching the controversy" is going to become more common in the near future."
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