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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Orgasmatron Re:Best Script Ever? (294 comments)

You aren't looking forward to seeing Rick Deckard and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls?

4 days ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

Orgasmatron Good to know that Slashdot follows the rules (378 comments)

The rules of good journalism clearly state that when the story is positive, no party affiliation mentioned means Republican. If the story is negative, no party affiliation means Democrat.

So, you may have guessed that "Justin Amash" is "Justin Amash (R-MI)"

about a week ago
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Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

Orgasmatron Re:Matters of Scale (213 comments)

I suspect that what you mean by "the common good" is your own personal preferences for how other people should live their lives.

If that is the case, then it is completely proper for people to disregard it, though contempt would be even more proper.

If you imagine it to be some universal preference, then I refer you back to my second reason why central decisions are not possible: there is no general solution for ranking or ordering those wants and needs. A refutation of this point requires proof of such a solution, and since this is a practical matter, you can't build it out of unobtanium and you can't crew it with angels.

Under all other sensible definitions of the words involved, "the common good" is exactly what capitalism produces as a side effect of masses of individuals (the common) improving their own lives (good).

Your last line reminds me of a mob protection scheme. The power hungry and their army of useful idiots cite their own sabotage as proof that free markets can't work and insist it is necessary to cede control of our lives to them. The proper response in both cases is a punch in the nose.

about two weeks ago
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Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material

Orgasmatron Re:sane units - FYI (129 comments)

In case anyone was wondering, shooting is essentially an American hobby, so basically all ballistic information you'll find will be in feet per second and foot-pounds.

Regardless of your feelings about American units of measure, if you want to compare these numbers to the tables in reloading handbooks, to the numbers on a box of ammo, or to the advertisements in magazines, you'll need to convert one or the other. Makes much more sense to convert the numbers from the article to the system used by the largest shooting culture than to convert thousands of existing tables into SI.

about two weeks ago
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Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

Orgasmatron Re:Matters of Scale (213 comments)

Who modded up this middle school crap?

Capitalism isn't about making or trading. It is about satisfying needs and wants. It is merely the distributed solution to that problem, while collectivism is the centralized "solution".

You may have noticed that solution was in quotes back there. That is because a centralized solution is not possible. First, there is no mechanism to accurately report wants and needs to a central authority. Second, there is no general solution for ranking or ordering those wants and needs. Third, the only way to enforce the central power's decisions is through violence, which around half of us reject.

The distributed solution, on the other hand, works pretty well, to whatever extent people want to implement it. The market is a tool for both finding and reporting on the relative worth and scarcity of things, which is to say, "the price". Also, the decisions are done at the local (individual) level, which is also the only place where a ranking of needs and wants is possible. Further, there is feedback. Those that do well at satisfying the needs and wants of others accumulate control over more resources. Those that do poorly lose their ability to mismanage things.

The reason that collectivism works in families and other tiny groups is because people can identify a small group as "us", and detect and punish cheaters through other social means. Somewhere around 50 to 75 people though, and the trust breaks down, hard.

about two weeks ago
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Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material

Orgasmatron sane units - FYI (129 comments)

No one but a reporter talks about bullets in miles per hour. 2000 MPH is about 3000 feet per second.

A typical handgun bullet (9mm, 45 ACP, etc) is going to be around 1000 to 1500 fps. Shoulder arms (223, 308, 30-06, etc) tend towards the 2500-3000 fps range.

The MJ/kg figures refer to Specific kinetic energy. To convert it to foot-pounds, you need to multiply it by the mass of the projectile to find the energy in joules, then multiply by 0.73756 (or do the dimensional analysis the hard way).

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Orgasmatron Re:I just don't understand (1128 comments)

A trial would have been a waste of time.

The grand jury is stacked against the defendant in several ways. First, there is no defense. Second, the standard is "probable cause" instead of "beyond a reasonable doubt". Third, the grand jury only needs 9 votes to indict, while the trial needs 12 votes to convict. If the three quarters of the grand jury doesn't find, using very low standards, and without and defense opposition, that there was enough evidence to even warrant a trial (which would be done with very high standards, and an active defense team), then there was pretty much no chance that a trial would result in a conviction. This is really the whole point of the grand jury system. It is a high-pass filter, rejecting cases that are seriously lacking in merit.

In this case, the physical evidence has pretty well debunked the various execution fantasies. Even with a trial, we'd never have a perfectly accurate story of what happened, but we can be nearly certain that there was no murder, nor any manslaughter. All of the evidence and testimony will be public.

about three weeks ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Orgasmatron Easy (135 comments)

STOP GIVING OUT CABLE MONOPOLIES.

That's really all you have to do. There is no competition in most markets because competition is banned by government decree.

I live in a town with two cable companies. Actually, I live 5 miles out of town. Both cable companies have fiber optic networks here, both have great customer service, high speeds, low prices, etc.

The city I lived in previously had granted a monopoly to Charter. Charter has a coax network, lousy customer service, low speeds, high prices, etc.

Cable + DSL is not a meaningful competition, so having 2 monopolies is not the way to go. Stop granting cable monopolies and you will have competition.

P.S. Both companies have fully developed fiber networks in the ground (and on poles in some places) so don't try claiming that the monopoly is necessary for physical reasons. It isn't.

about a month ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Orgasmatron Re:Requiring encryption server-side (245 comments)

Typically, the mail server won't even advertise the AUTH command until after the connection is encrypted.

If your mail client is sending unadvertised commands, you should probably file a bug report.

about a month ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Orgasmatron Missing the point. (127 comments)

This isn't (just) about trying to dodge liability by having defined standards to meet.

The big retailers are all spending shitloads of money on security because they have to. Now they want regulations that require everyone else to do the same.

A few million each year for security compliance is nothing to Target or Walmart. It is a dagger in the heart of their local and regional competition.

about a month ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Orgasmatron Public school education? (551 comments)

You might want to check your history a bit. For example, various Civil Rights Acts since 1866 were passed over Democrat objections. Even the 1964 act had much stronger support from Republicans than from Democrat.

http://www.black-and-right.com...

about a month and a half ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

Orgasmatron Re:Correlation does not imply causation (132 comments)

No, it almost never happens in science. That error is typically a symptom of pseudoscience.

about a month and a half ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Orgasmatron Re:It's in the license! (572 comments)

If you park in a ramp, the back of the ticket says that the ramp's owners/management disclaim responsibility for damage to the cars.

That means that you shouldn't complain to them if the guy that parks next to you dings your car with his door. It doesn't mean that the employees expect that they have permission to walk down a row of cars smashing out headlights with a hammer.

about 2 months ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Orgasmatron Re:Pseudoscience Lunacy (366 comments)

So, what you are saying is that you are unaware of the mountain of research into this field, and prefer to rely on something you heard from someone who was equally uninformed, but which sounded "right" to you?

Intelligence is wildly complex, and even the one part of it that we measure as IQ is beyond our current comprehension, so I wouldn't bet much money on the results of selecting for it genetically, based on our current knowledge of the subject. But if you think that IQ is "dubious", you are telling us about your biases, nothing more.

about 2 months ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Orgasmatron Re:Citation please... (366 comments)

Don't be too hard on him. I read the same story a while back. It may have even been linked up here on /., but I don't remember exactly.

I spent a couple of seconds looking for it too, but can't find it. Doesn't matter though, it was from a soft "science" that places no value in reproducing results, has no tradition of introspection, and a tendency to stretch results (occasionally real, but usually statistical artifact) into sensational claims. And just imagine how much worse it gets when the press gets involved...

Usually these are done by picking a "proxy" for X, a "proxy" for Y, torturing the data until it provides a small p value, and then claiming that X causes Y. Note that you can't reliably determine an infant's political views, so a proxy for Republican-ness is necessary unless you are willing to wait a couple of decades after measuring the thing that you are going to pass off as "fear".

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Orgasmatron Re:Overrated... (839 comments)

"sit on their money and let it grow" ? Really?

I've got $100 in my wallet right now, and I'm sitting on it. I don't use cash much, so it's been there for ages. But it has not grown and never will. (Though if we had honest money, natural deflation would make things cheaper, which is sorta like growing, but not the same.)

If I want it to grow, I have to take a risk with it. I need to give it to someone else, in return for a promise that they will return it and more. Or I need to spend it myself on something that I think will be a productive asset.

(I'm not making an argument for/against consumption or capital taxes here. I'm just pointing out a gross error in your post and/or thinking.)

about 2 months ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

Orgasmatron Re:Slackware (303 comments)

You are doing it wrong. Slackware isn't for gurus, it makes them.

about 2 months ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Orgasmatron Re:Why a fixed hostname? (191 comments)

Mostly.

I moved a while back and have fiber now. The ONT is powered by a special UPS, using some unusual power connector. So, I didn't set up the relay box.

But the scripts still run, they still harvest IPs and monitor them. Fortunately, it hasn't needed a reset yet. My few problems have been at the head end: their DHCP server died once, and they had routing problems one other time.

about 2 months ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Orgasmatron Why a fixed hostname? (191 comments)

Old cable modems sucked. Mine would often lock up, needing a power cycle to resume working. Very annoying when I was at work.

The quick and easy solution is to monitor the connection status and flip a relay to reboot the modem. But how to monitor the connection? Setting a single host or IP seemed like a bad idea because it would have added an extra, and totally unnecessary, single point of failure.

Instead, my home router (slackware box with 2 ethernet cards) collects the IPs that I connect to (by watching the conntrack stuff in /proc/ ), and if it can ping them, adds them to the ping list. It then pings random selections from that list to verify connectivity. IPs are removed if they are unreachable for a while (until it decides the connection is down; no point purging the whole list because of an outage).

Took me a couple of hours to set up and debug, back in like 2002 or 2005 or whenever I wrote it. I presume that there is some free software to do the same task by now.

Monitoring a single fixed hostname is foolish, at best. And this is like the 3rd or 4th big story (that I can think of) about home routers acting badly because of hardcoded values.

about 2 months ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

Orgasmatron Re:Two words (425 comments)

Obama already tried that. His decision to pull out without leaving a residual force is why we now have ISIS on the news today.

Are you suggesting that we should invade again, so that we can flee a second time? Or do you think we should pull out-er than we've already pulled out?

P.S. There were no false pretenses and at one point we had won and accomplished something close to political stability. Obama really snatched defeat from the jaws of victory here. I don't know what to make of your other claims.

about 2 months ago

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