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Scary Toothbrush Prompts Shutdown of World's Busiest Airport

Oxford_Comma_Lover Re:The first rule... (284 comments)

Nine times out of ten it's an electric razor. But every once in a while it's a dildo. Of course, it's company policy never to imply ownership in the event of a dildo. We have to use the indefinite article, "a dildo", never "your dildo."

Parent is a Fight Club reference, for those who haven't seen it.

All-in-all, this is a step up if we didn't also arrest the person whose toothbrush it is.

about a year and a half ago
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US Firms Race Fiscal Cliff To Install Wind Turbines

Oxford_Comma_Lover Actually... (98 comments)

Everyone under the sun is racing to get deals done before the new year. It's not just one tax credit.

about a year and a half ago
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Autonomy Chief Says Whitman Is Watering Down HP Fraud Claims

Oxford_Comma_Lover SEC Filings. (117 comments)

Someone is lying

Also, Nobody is actually meant to read SEC Filings. They are really only looked at if there's a lawsuit--and then they are looked at reluctantly.

about a year and a half ago
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Coral Reefs In Grave Danger, Say Climate Simulations

Oxford_Comma_Lover Yes, but... (313 comments)

the anachronistic definition is cool. The modern definition is kinda lame.

about a year ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

Oxford_Comma_Lover Re:cue jokes about RieserFS (1719 comments)

Normally "Machine language" refers to the 1's and 0's that are readable by a machine or virtual machine (or hybrid thereof), not the context-free-grammar that is a human-readable computer language that can be interpreted or compiled.

about 2 years ago
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Just Say No To College

Oxford_Comma_Lover Re:Did Zuckerberg ever have to get past HR? (716 comments)

Psst. If you consider arrogance as a ratio, it is much more fun.

Also, the relative harm of overly strong self-confidence or self-reliance as opposed to lack of confidence and codependency depend, necessarily, on the situation and degree. Codependency may be helpful if working in a team, for example, where you are actually codependent. Some limits on confidence may be helpful if you have a boss who likes to do things a certain way.

about 2 years ago
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Iran Claims To Have Downed Another US Drone

Oxford_Comma_Lover Analyst (219 comments)

Analysts will post on slashdot. Some of them. Sometimes. Operations people are less likely to.

Professional liars work in law, public relations, lobbying, or politics. And not everyone in those professions qualifies. Relatively few intelligence analysts are professional liars. Some have unusual worldviews, but it's not the same thing.

about 2 years ago
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Legislators Call On Twitter To Ban Hamas

Oxford_Comma_Lover Groupthink and Peace (486 comments)

The ignorance of what happened less than a decade ago is astounding.

Actually, it's a really great lesson on groupthink. If you listen to even the most *educated* people from both sides of the conflict--the ones who know every detail since the '47 war and before--it is AMAZING how different their story is based on which side they're on. And it's (usually) not that they're wrong, it's just that their vision is so incredibly polarized.

I once listened to a lecture by the director of the Israeli counter-terror institute and then a lecture by a Palestinian Professor from either NYU or Columbia. They talked about the same peace treaties and the same events, but the stories they told and the perspectives they had on those events were *radically* different. Obi Wan Kenobi was right--a great many of the truths we cling to depend a great deal on our own point of view.

Both sides do things that are really uncool, and both sides have things done to them that are really terrible. It makes it easy for both sides to perpetuate their narratives of hate. As long as that happens--as long as there is no real incentive and genuine effort on *both* sides to see the conflict from the other's point of view and to *stop* it--the conflict will continue.

It has continued for fifty years so far.

about 2 years ago
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FBI Asked Megaupload To Preserve Pirated Files, Then Used Them Against Dotcom

Oxford_Comma_Lover It's evidence. (241 comments)

It's evidence. You expect the FBI to tell them to destroy the evidence?

about 2 years ago
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U.S. Denies Using Flame Malware To Spy On French President

Oxford_Comma_Lover Re:Closed Source dangers (52 comments)

Do you really want national intelligence agencies to be focusing their efforts on linux spyware?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Geekiest Way To Cook a Turkey?

Oxford_Comma_Lover Re: Order Turkey Sandwich on White at Subways (447 comments)

First, it was by comparison to Voyager. Second, B5 broke a *lot* of ground, but TNG was also quite good, just a very different sort of show. And for its time it was excellent--just not as revolutionary from a sci-fi perspective. (E.g. the broad story arcs of B5, and Stracynski's talent at the best moments). On the Trek side, there was the Wounded, the Measure of a Man, Chain of Command... there were quite a few good episodes in there. One lesson from both, of course, is get a Shakespearean actor in there. Andreas Katsulas and Patrick Stewart did great jobs. But there were also strong casts, especially on the B5 side. (On the TNG side, even Marina Sirtis had one particularly good episode, Face of the Enemy.)

about a year ago
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Fox News Parent NewsCorp May Face Corruption Investigation

Oxford_Comma_Lover Re:Well one thing is certain... (145 comments)

Well, to a businessman, he *does* look like the victim. He's not, but he looks like it, because the FCPA basically makes the company responsible for every bribe one of their employees pays to get something done. This results in many companies greatly curtailing the business they do overseas, especially in countries where bribery is the rule rather than the exception. I'm sure it costs the US billions every year--effectively, a price of morality. As it turns out, most businesses are more concerned about profits--it's very easy, when you're looking at making money, to overlook the broader policy concerns with bribery.

And that's in addition to the "screwed because of what one guy in Britain did"

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Geekiest Way To Cook a Turkey?

Oxford_Comma_Lover Harvest festival. (447 comments)

It's a harvest festival. The genocide was incidental.

about 2 years ago
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How Free Speech Died On Campus

Oxford_Comma_Lover Re:Wow, don't have opinions online.. (530 comments)

Any "university" or "college" that can't tolerate non-PC opinions isn't a college at all.

The policy we're talking about isn't about "tolerating" opinion, it is about using taxpayer funded resources to promote and advertise those opinions. That is not OK.

In class, you should be able speak your mind in whatever PC or non-PC way you like.

Actually, it is okay, up to a point. Constitutional Law has rules about what you're allowed to do at a limited public forum. And about what you're allowed to do in a fully public forum, like a sidewalk. Sidewalks are also taxpayer funded resources, but they still enjoy constitutional protection. The same goes for a plaza or public park, like Boston Common. There are limit on free speech that apply even in those places, but the rule isn't a cut-and-dried taxpayer funding issue.

about 2 years ago
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CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Affair

Oxford_Comma_Lover Re:Job Performance (401 comments)

not everyone vaguely connected to the government is a clandestine CIA operative.

Of course not! The people who "work" for the "CIA" aren't really operatives at all, they're just there to dupe us into thinking the rest of the government isn't clandestine operatives. Actually, the real intelligence arm of the United States Government is the Department of Agriculture. Anyone can do SIGINT work, but what really matters is who controls the milk.

*Cue X-files theme*

about 2 years ago
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CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Affair

Oxford_Comma_Lover Re:Job Performance (401 comments)

Your ability to keep your word is the prime qualification for any high security job. You break you word in one aspect, why should you be trusted in any other. Stop and think for a change.

Because sneaking behind your boss's back to post on slashdot isn't the same as selling company information to a competitor.

Fundamentalist, categorical thinking is fundamentally and categorically closedminded! =) Seriously, though, the fact is that lots of people will lie in one context to one person, but not in another or to another. Even in courts, the question you look at to determine credibility of a witness is the habit of lying under oath--you can't just bring in evidence willy nilly saying that the witness happened to lie to her friend about her age so she must have been willing to lie about [topic]

about 2 years ago
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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

Oxford_Comma_Lover Riiiiight (707 comments)

Because there is so much more corruption on the federal level than the state level. Oh, wait....

about 2 years ago
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Atlantic Hurricane Season 30 Percent Stronger Than Normal

Oxford_Comma_Lover Re:Nonsense....look at the 1950 hurricanes in the (448 comments)

Fair, although the observation has been made about highly destructive hurricanes in the past, and is a result of certain established weather patterns and geography. When those weather patterns change and two years in a row of hurricanes do something which has always been unusual, it's enough to take notice.

The hurricane that came in in the forties was disasterous--a woman swam across the sound and announced long island was sinking. A man went to the post office to return his new barometer, which he though twas defective, and while he was gone his house blew away. The National Weather Service thought the storm wouldn't be any problem because it left Miami relatively unscathed, and then downtown Providence was under water.

about 2 years ago
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Atlantic Hurricane Season 30 Percent Stronger Than Normal

Oxford_Comma_Lover Re:Nonsense....look at the 1950 hurricanes in the (448 comments)

It's not the same behavior, albeit similar in many respects. North Carolina is not New York--the coast is a different shape, the weather patterns are different, and the chance of a storm going inland are different. This was New York, where storms are much less likely to turn inland.

about 2 years ago

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MSFT levies antitrust charges against Google

Oxford_Comma_Lover Oxford_Comma_Lover writes  |  about 3 years ago

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) writes "Microsoft is alleging that Google overcharges them as much as fifty-fold for advertising prices as compared to other buyers, in violation of United States Antitrust Law. The FTC, one of the agencies that regulates anti-competitive practices, is investigating. Interestingly, Microsoft Stock has dropped 3.7% as compared to Google's 1.4% even though the investigation is against Google. While stock prices obviously don't change in a vacuum, one wonders if "Microsoft" and "antitrust" being in the same stories has spurred a lot of data-mining-based trading programs to order stock sales."
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McCain decries "Hobbits," accused of ringbearing.

Oxford_Comma_Lover Oxford_Comma_Lover writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) writes "Senator McCain decried Tea Party "Hobbits" on Wednesday for their failure to support the GOP's debt deal, at times reading from a WSJ editorial that began the analogy. The Tea Party fired back, with a prominent member noting on CNN that McCain had been corrupted by the ring of power. The full text of his floor remarks should be in the Congressional Record later today."
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Modern Human Slavery - Nerd Causes

Oxford_Comma_Lover Oxford_Comma_Lover writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) writes "The 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report is out. We nerds remember freeing the slaves in the Copper Coronet, watching Sam Beckett fight slavery's vestiges in Quantum Leap, and Doctor Franklin's Underground Railroad, but sometimes do not know the twelve-year-olds at risk or actually enslaved in our own town. As well-educated, gifted, and capable people, should we learn and read about modern slavery and spend a little time fighting it, as fictional heroes did? Or was Sam only Don Quixote, tilting at windmills behind a somebody-else's-problem field?"
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BP Loses SSNs for everyone suing them

Oxford_Comma_Lover Oxford_Comma_Lover writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) writes "CNN Reports that BP lost a laptop with the name, address, DOB, and SSNs of everyone who filed claims related to the big oil spill last year. In other words, everyone asking for money from them based on the spill just got their private info misplaced. There has been no allegation of bad faith."
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Bing copies Google; Google calls that unfair.

Oxford_Comma_Lover Oxford_Comma_Lover writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) writes "Bing has been copying, or at least mining, Google's search results in the long tail. Google's search algorithms, for those not keeping track, are mostly closely guarded secrets--not patents. Whereas patents are disclosed to the public in exchange for a limited monopoly, trade secrets are usually (absent contract) not protected by the courts against reverse engineering (YMMV, consult a lawyer). So Google, having decided to forego much legal protection so it can avoid disclosing its algorithms, is now resorting to calling Bing unfair."
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Obama's Twitter Account "Hacked"

Oxford_Comma_Lover Oxford_Comma_Lover writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) writes "A 24-year-old living with his mother in France was arrested for "hacking" into Obama's twitter accounts. Apparently he guesses the answer to a question related to password recovery in order to break into the accounts of famous people; he has no computer science training or financial motive. He posted screenshots to a few boards and twitter found out within a few hours, either from a tip or from noticing when someone from France logs onto twitter as the President of the United States. (He did not actually tweet as POTUS, but just wanted to show he could break into the account.)"
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Software Engineer Dive-bombs IRS Building in Texas

Oxford_Comma_Lover Oxford_Comma_Lover writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) writes "Joe Stack, a contract software engineer and musician from Austin, flew his single-engine Piper PA-28 into an office building in Austin that houses the local office of the IRS. He claims his taxes cost him tens of thousands of dollars and ten years of his life while allowing corrupt executives to walk away with millions. Two software companies he started in California in the mid nineties--Prowess Engineering Inc. in Corona and Software Systems Service, Inc. in Corona--were both suspended by the state tax board, and a recent tax audit by the IRS uncovered $10K plus of unreported income. "I know I'm hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand," Stack wrote, according to the AP. "But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure (sic) nothing will change."

His ISP has taken his statement off-line, in part due to bandwidth concerns, but links to a copy at the Smoking Gun."

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Chinese Human Rights Orgs hit by DDoS

Oxford_Comma_Lover Oxford_Comma_Lover writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) writes "IDG News Service is reporting that several human rights orgs focusing on china have been hit by DDoS attacks this weekend, including Chinese Human Rights Defenders and Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch. The latter works on issues of mental persecution (dissidents being thrown into mental hospitals where they were forced onto medication or beaten with electric batons) and eminent-domain type problems (seizure of farmland or urban land without remuneration when the government is working on a project). A human rights org isn't a classic DDoS target because they don't have a lot of money to extort; anyone want to be this is related to the Google hack last week?"
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