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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

Orgasmatron Re:Steve Scalise did NOT speak to KKK group (418 comments)

My hat is off to you sir. You managed to troll me. For a while there, I was seriously thinking that you were honestly failing to understand the difference that I have now clearly described three times.

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

Orgasmatron Re:Steve Scalise did NOT speak to KKK group (418 comments)

You still don't get the distinction, do you? You are still turning adjacency into participation, and confirming that he was adjacent into confirming that he was participating.

Do you have anything that contradicts the version of the story where he gave a speech to a group that was unaffiliated with (but also had some overlap with) the EURO convention? I'm looking for a quote, or something written by him or his staff that unambiguously states it, not just an article where the author (like you) misrepresents his statement.

I once "appeared" at a comic book convention. I gave an informal talk in a hospitality room in the same facility, the same day. I was actually there for the bitcoin conference next door (the non-floor spaces were shared between the two portions of the facility), but by your logic, I just "copped" to being part of the comic book industry.

about a week ago
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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

Orgasmatron Re:Really Neat (139 comments)

My first thought is that this is based on information.

** Crackpot speculation alert **

c seems to be a limitation on the speed of information more than anything else. When a random photon comes in, the information arrives at the same time as the photon. If the photon has been selected in some way that allows you to make predictions, the information would arrive slightly early. To prevent this, the photons need to slow down so that the early information doesn't arrive before it should.

about a week ago
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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

Orgasmatron Re:sounds great... (139 comments)

I don't think it does.

The Lorentz equations use the constant c, which happens to be the same as the maximum speed of light in a vacuum. Tricking some light into going slower doesn't change the constant, and it isn't a big deal to go faster than some particular light (see Cherenkov Radiation), but it would be a big deal to go faster than c.

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

Orgasmatron Re:Steve Scalise did NOT speak to KKK group (418 comments)

Perhaps your google skills are better than mine. I keep finding articles like these:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

The quotes in those articles support the scenario above. Am I missing something?

If you give a speech to a group of people, and find out later that a portion of the audience were also members of an unpopular group, then acknowledging that you gave the speech, and accepting that you should have looked into the group a little closer, is not the same thing as admitting to being on center stage in a white hood yourself.

Do you get that distinction?

I haven't been following this in detail, and I personally don't give a shit if this guy was a card carrying Klansman or just some dude that didn't bother vetting a group that wanted to hear his speech on a topic that he was passionate about. What I do care about is people making unsubstantiated claims, and so far I haven't been able to find anything else.

So, if you have something more, please let me know, and I'll shut up. Otherwise, perhaps you should ask yourself why you are so willing to make this leap of faith.

about a week ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Orgasmatron Re:with permission, you are interacting with the r (228 comments)

It will display the temperature preferred by the woman, but control the air handler based on the man's preference. Because the man wrote the software for the thermostat.

At least that's how mine works.

about a week ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Orgasmatron Re:Where is the line on other health aspects thoug (663 comments)

Were you out sick from school when the immune system was taught?

Nothing (NOTHING) has a 100% infection rate on exposure, largely because your immune system fights off most of the crap that you are exposed to, often without you even noticing. Having a well functioning immune system will indeed improve your odds when you are exposed.

Vaccines work by boosting your immune system. They aren't a magic shield that turns away pathogens before they land on you; they help your immune system respond faster and stronger by teaching it, in advance, how to deal with a pathogen it hasn't seen previously. And they aren't 100% effective either. If they were, no one would give a shit if other people were vaccinated or not. If that last part isn't obvious to you, think about it for a minute or two.

So, in summary, vaccines are one thing, out of many, that help your immune system and reduce your chances of infection. If you assign liability, or worse, criminality, to not boosting your immune system in one way, why not the others too? Or why not to people that do things intentionally that reduce their immunity? (Keep in mind that there exists in the west a protected class of people, membership depending on choosing behavior that has astonishingly powerful negative effects on the immune system.)

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

Orgasmatron Re:Steve Scalise did NOT speak to KKK group (418 comments)

For those with weak reading comprehension:

1. EURO organizes a conference.
2. Knight, acting for EURO, books a hotel's conference facilities.
3. The facilities include a hospitality room, generally like a lounge.
4. Knight uses the hospitality room for other purposes, before the EURO conference starts.
5. One of those other things is a meeting for a neighborhood association.
6. Scalise spoke at that meeting, in the hospitality room.

Now make sure your tinfoil hat is on good and tight because the next step is a doozy:

7. Lamar White, Jr. asks three or four people if they've ever heard of the association in question, and they haven't.
8. Lamar White, Jr. assumes that any time a group of 3 or more people gather they must obtain government permission and get recorded on the state registry of corporations and DBAs, so he queries that database and finds nothing.
9. Lamar White, Jr. thus concludes that the whole thing was made up to hide Scalise's involvement.

Note also that step 6 involves "speaking at an event HOSTED by", but not "speaking TO a conference of".

about a week ago
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Early Bitcoin Adopters Facing Extortion Threats

Orgasmatron Fireworks (106 comments)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2012...

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroo...

He was charged for selling agricultural fireworks (to scare away pests) on ebay. Turns out that the manufacturer was making them too powerful and/or not following regulations that limit their sale to farmers, ranchers, and growers.

He was also the only person prosecuted over the incident, despite the same fireworks being sold all over, including Cabelas. (Ken Shearer is mentioned in the CPSC press release, but his case is unrelated.)

about 1 month ago
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How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us To Greater Harm

Orgasmatron RMS got it right yet again (116 comments)

It must be rough for those that rejected Stallman as "too extreme", catching up to where he was in the 80s.

about a month ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

Orgasmatron Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (141 comments)

This is the "No true Scottsman" fallacy.

Most people consider a person or group's values to be what their actions show, not what their words say.

There is a war waging inside the Republican party right now. There are two main branches, the conservative branch (think Reagan) and the Democrat-lite branch (think Bush family).

The conservatives are fighting to make small government one of the values of the Republican party again. As it is now, the best you can say about Republicans (as a whole) is that they favor government slightly smaller than the Democrats, but still not really "small".

about a month and a half ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Orgasmatron Re:Best Script Ever? (299 comments)

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

about a month and a half ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

Orgasmatron Good to know that Slashdot follows the rules (379 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 month and a half 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months ago

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