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Raided For Running a Tor Exit Node

Nigel Stepp Re:ISPs as well? (325 comments)

You can only be charged with negligence if you fail to perform a legal duty. I'm not sure there is a legal duty that's broken by enabling anonymity, especially without any particular intention.

about 2 years ago
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Slashdot Anniversary: Santa Monica, CA, US

Nigel Stepp here a bit early (12 comments)

I got here a little early. So if you come there will be at least one other person here.

Also I have shirts!

about 2 years ago
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Slashdot Anniversary: Santa Monica, CA, US

Nigel Stepp Re:Venue and such (12 comments)

You're welcome to get an early start. On the main party list you select attending next to the one you want to go to.

more than 2 years ago
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Slashdot Anniversary: Santa Monica, CA, US

Nigel Stepp Re:such and such (12 comments)

Happy mutants are welcome.

more than 2 years ago
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Slashdot Anniversary: Santa Monica, CA, US

Nigel Stepp Re:awesome! (12 comments)

In the interest of full-disclosure, I mostly played Angband, but I think all rogue-likes can be friends ;) After all, we all know the panic that can be stricken by a simple letter of the alphabet.

Hope to see you there.

more than 2 years ago
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Slashdot Anniversary: Santa Monica, CA, US

Nigel Stepp Venue and such (12 comments)

So! The Daily Pint is a great little place with interesting beer and a *huge* scotch menu. I did say little though, but I'm banking on a distribution of arrival times. In any case, I checked with them and they are cool with a bunch of people showing up. They also have pool tables and some other games.

By the way, I'll plan on wearing my nethack shirt.

more than 2 years ago
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World IPv6 Day: Most-watched Tech Event Since Y2K

Nigel Stepp Re:Google logo (243 comments)

They used to have a dancing google logo (letters bounced every now and then) on ipv6.google.com. I was hoping they'd put that on the main page, but no.

more than 3 years ago
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Australians Look To SkyNet For SKA Telescope

Nigel Stepp SKA (59 comments)

The telescope was originally going to be called "Save Ferris", but they couldn't work out the acronym.

more than 2 years ago
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Aldebaran Robotics To Open Source Nao Robot Control Software

Nigel Stepp Re:Am I the only one... (26 comments)

One of the preprogrammed demos is it acting out the scene where C3PO was telling a story to the ewoks. So there's a star wars person there somewhere.

more than 3 years ago
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Citation Map Shows Top Science Cities

Nigel Stepp Re:One of these things is not like the others. (167 comments)

Excellent, I'll risk providing nourishment for a troll just *once* more to show how this particular layfolk has illustrated my point. Psychologists are hardly at all related to psychiatrists, making that an ill-posed analogy. One branch of psychology is "clinical psychology". That branch deals with analysis and such and is what most people think of as "Psychology", and is indeed related to psychiatry. The rest of psychology, however, has nothing at all to do with that. So, the completion to the analogy may well be "lobsters".

more than 3 years ago
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Citation Map Shows Top Science Cities

Nigel Stepp Re:One of these things is not like the others. (167 comments)

For those reading who aren't trolls: If you happen to think this way, then your definition of psychology probably comes from elementary school, TV, or a college intro course (which too often amounts to about the same thing). There are many branches of psychology; the least scientific of which seem to be the most well known to layfolk. Although I do agree that some fMRI studies of the brain can be pretty close to phrenology.

more than 3 years ago
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Watch IBM's Watson On Jeopardy Tonight

Nigel Stepp Re:Yes, Thank Turing We're Not the Media Hype Mach (293 comments)

In fact, the assumption that cognition is computational or mechanistic is where the mind-body problem comes from (right from the 17th century). If it's all just syntactic, then explaining semantics is now a problem, and you have problems like dualism. Non-algorithmic doesn't mean magic, by any stretch. If you don't assume algorithmic, then there is no mind-body separation about which you can have a dualist stance.

If you think that the universe in general is algorithmic, e.g. that the evolution of the sun is an algorithmic process, then we might easily only disagree about terminology. Those who do not follow computational theories of mind might say that the complexities of intelligent behavior are more like the complexities of the sun than anything you will get out of a turing machine.

There are a frightening number of different issues once we go into details, and there is a long history of people attempting to address them. I don't think a slashdot thread is capable of holding it all. And of course, the more one learns the more one realizes that the answers are far fewer than the questions.

more than 3 years ago
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Watch IBM's Watson On Jeopardy Tonight

Nigel Stepp Re:Yes, Thank Turing We're Not the Media Hype Mach (293 comments)

You're making a *huge* assumption that humans operate algorithmically, which is exactly the problem being discussed in the debate between Searle, Dennett, Haugeland, and others. Getting a handle on "understanding", or more specifically the origin of meaning, is the larger question that these folks are addressing. So you're entirely correct about needing more than intuition, and that is what people have been trying to do using these means for many, many years.

more than 3 years ago
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Common Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin

Nigel Stepp Re:We don't use sudo? (592 comments)

That's funny, using sudo for administration always makes me think of ubuntu, speaking of noobs in the basement.

Seriously though, I don't like giving a regular/admin user easy access to root like that. If my user password is compromised by some means, the sudo thing means root is also compromised. I'd rather have the authentication and environment separation.

more than 3 years ago
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Cisco Linksys Routers Still Don't Support IPv6

Nigel Stepp Re:I don't see Linksys as core equipment. (380 comments)

All NAT devices have a stateful firewall; tracking state is how NAT can happen at all. If you remove NAT, you are still left with a firewall with rules to deny inbound connections unless initiated from inside.

That is, the security you're talking about is not provided by NAT, but by the firewall underneath NAT. That's not going anywhere.

more than 3 years ago
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Comcast Activates IPv6 Trial Users

Nigel Stepp Re:This is ridiculous (214 comments)

So it will actually be fairly common for end users to get a /48, or 64Ki /64s. Businesses will likely get a /48 per-site. :)

That was the plan, but it was walked back by draft-ietf-v6ops-3177bis-end-sites-01. I still like rfc3177 and think everyone should get a /48, but who knows what we'll actually see people do.

more than 3 years ago

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Vint Cerf Warns Users of IPv4 Depletion

Nigel Stepp Nigel Stepp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nigel Stepp (446) writes "The reason IPv6 has not been deployed after a decade is still hotly debated. Vint Cerf has now publicly cited lack of ISP support as the primary roadblock, which has been one opinion. Coverage of the IPv6 issue in mainstream media has been rare, and such a notable figure publicizing it in these terms will most likely shape how the next few years unfold.

From the BBC News article, 'Internet Service Providers urgently need to roll out the next generation of net addresses for online devices, internet pioneer Vint Cerf has said.'

Specifically, Vint seems to think creating user demand is essential: 'The reason [ISPs] haven't — which is quite understandable — is that customers haven't asked for it yet," said Mr Cerf, adding, "my job, whether with my Icann hat on or not, is to persuade them to ask for it.'"

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Simpson's Premier Town Announced

Nigel Stepp Nigel Stepp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nigel Stepp (446) writes "It has recently been announced that the winner of the Simpson's Springfield Contest is Springfield, VT.

I don't necessary think this means Springfield, VT is the "official" Springfield. What it does mean, however, is that the movie will premier there on July 27th.

The Illinois Springfield suggested that the competition "Eat my shorts", however, it looks like other shorts will be eaten instead."
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Nigel Stepp Nigel Stepp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nigel Stepp (446) writes "If you updated IE7 on WSUS recently, and were expecting an English version, you may have received a Spanish one instead. It appears that there was a problem with language classification that caused the Spanish version to be labeled as English.

A Program Manager from Microsoft says that the problem is being worked on."

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