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The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

PaddyM Re:Damn (188 comments)

You forgot a towel. *shakes his head at noobs*

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

PaddyM Re:Predictable (484 comments)

But this inadvertently prevents people from renting very small apartments (i.e. the size of an antenna is too small to be an apartment). Apparently an apartment must be over a certain size to be allowed to watch TV without violating copyright. The next loophole would be to rent cheap apartments in the cheap areas in town (an apartment that fits a bed and a TV and a DVR). I'm not sure if this could be done for $8/month, but maybe it could. If I rent an apartment in some city for $8/month that happens to receive OTA broadcasts and I have a DVR and set it up, would I be in trouble then? If not, does that outlaw renting apartments? I can rent apartments, but I can't provide a DVR or cable TV as terms of the rent?

about 3 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

PaddyM Dice Trolls Slashdot User Community Again (222 comments)

Clearly this summary is trolling for posts. Robots have killed, and there is a compelling reason to be wary.
http://www.wired.com/2007/10/r...

Not because robots are going to gain self-awareness and kill mercilessly, but because the human beings using robots for killing are way less careful than they should be. To the fighters in Yemen and Afghanistan, whether the drones are self-aware or not doesn't make a difference to the fact that they are targeted for termination. This is the life they are born in. They are fighting robots which are trying to wipe out their albeit misguided way of living.

Right now people are making the decisions, but what if people lose the stomach? What if the President had the capability to deploy drones which could discern on their own which people are likely to be a threat to US interests? This is almost too close to reality. In fact, the false positive rates of the robots are likely to be lower than people who may be impacted by seeing firsthand what has happened to their fellow soldiers. But does that make it any less worrisome?

about 4 months ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

PaddyM Re:Remember pay toilets? (135 comments)

I think pay toilets are bad and am thankful of groups which did away with them. However, even though I avoid using WIFI at the airport because I'm cheap and/or have a hotspot, I don't see a competitive reason not to charge for the wifi at the airport. People are not there that long, it's not like we need a bunch of hipsters hanging out at an airport to use the free wifi. I'm not annoyed by hipsters at the neighborhood starbucks, but bringing more people to the busiest airport in the world who might not be flying seems like a bad idea. I guess they'll make up the difference in price gouging foods, but I have no doubt that Uber will soon have food trucks pulling up at airports for hipsters and everyone up in arms. Not that I don't aim to be a hipster.

about 4 months ago
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

PaddyM Shark (213 comments)

Am I the only person who saw the title and wondered what shark had been roaming around recently and scarfing world leaders?

about 4 months ago
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Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?

PaddyM Bubble Car Tautology (190 comments)

Google's car reminded me of Steve Urkel's car, which is in fact a BMW Isetta, so maybe this is BMW's Isetta revisited?

about 4 months ago
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Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

PaddyM Petition from George Santayana (224 comments)

I'd like this quote to be removed from its association to me.
"Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it"

I didn't quite say it that way and it seems irrelevant now.
-- George Santayana

about 4 months ago
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Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

PaddyM Re:even former criminals have rights (224 comments)

How are you going search for the sites which right now are publishing untrue criminal accusations about Slashdot user Tom (822) and sue them for libel and/or defamation? Thanks to the so-called "right to be forgotten", you can't use google. So how will you find those sites?

about 4 months ago
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R Throwdown Challenge

PaddyM R Julia beats both R and Julia (185 comments)

We all know Raul Julia as M Bison beats them both. And Raul Julia's reading of "Mystery on the Docks" on Double "R" (Reading Rainbow) lives on in my mind as one of the great renditions.

about 4 months ago
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Victoria Livshitz, Cloud Pioneer and Serial Entrepreneur (Video)

PaddyM Slashdot (36 comments)

Slashdot has been called the "mother(*&^%$ of editing". For good reason. Her last name is Livschitz.

about 4 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

PaddyM Re:Driverless Cars Are Boring (255 comments)

...They don't cut off cyclists in the bike lane. They don't get impatient. They don't get frustrated. They don't get angry. They don't get sleepy. They don't get distracted.
"[they] can't be reasoned with, [they] can't be bargained with [they don't] feel pity or remorse or fear and they absolutely will not stop. Ever. [They just drive, in a deliberate, controlled, and entirely boring fashion.] Until you are dead."

FTFY

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

PaddyM Re:FCC (173 comments)

Well, you see, when I retire from the FCC, I will have a paid position at AT&D and as a consumer I will be able to have more choices. And my money trickles down to the rest of the country, growing the money supply for everyone. This is how capitalism works and I can't really see how blocking the merger would benefit anyone. It clearly wouldn't benefit me. -- Any FCC Commissioner

about 4 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

PaddyM Re:Comply with the law (370 comments)

If your information is out there, it's out there whether Google indexes it or not. This is an unenforceable law. It's as simple as that. I mean, I could mention somebody's name right here and say they went bankrupt. We all know who I'm talking about. Should slashdot be shutdown as a result unless they remove my post?

How about you comply and delete your comment? I don't like it. Even though you posted before me, and had no intention of addressing it to me, it is insulting to me and I don't wish to see it ever again. It pains me. If I lived in Europe and asked them to remove your comment, would they do it? I'd argue they shouldn't. But it really does pain me.

And finally, if I do business in Europe, how am I supposed to know what I can publish? Am I allowed to publish everything and just wait for the requests to come in? Or will there be some list of facts which may not be published on the internet? I wonder if anyone, such as yourself, could compile such facts into a book, or some sort of index of some sort to help new businesses comply with the law. Such a list would surely help prevent people from publishing facts no one needs to know. Oh the irony!

about 4 months ago
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Gen. Keith Alexander On Metadata, Snowden, and the NSA: "We're At Greater Risk"

PaddyM Re:probabilities? (238 comments)

That's what I don't understand. All this metadata, and yet they couldn't prevent Boston bomber? This is a guy who got away with murdering people. He should have been in prison. Instead "statistics say we need to invade everyone's liberties". I haven't seen a single reporter ask about the metadata they had on the Boston bomber. If they couldn't prevent that attack, what attacks are they actually preventing?

about 4 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

PaddyM Re:Cloud needs server huggers (409 comments)

Instead of "server huggers" we think of cloud sysadmins as Lakitu, a helpful koopa that rescues your applications when they've gone off track. Lakitu also throws spiny eggs at those suspender-ed and unshaven hackers who try to penetrate your kingdom's defenses. True, Lakitu can be knocked offline allowing such hackers to steal your bitcoins easily while your cloud floats along unattended, but this rarely happens. Given the success rate of Lakitu in the literature, I think we can easily agree that it's koopas all the way up for cloud computing.

about 4 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

PaddyM Re:Monopolies are only part of the problem (286 comments)

Is Title II going to work? I see it prevents unreasonable discrimination, so I'm not sure how that's different than what we have today if the government thinks its reasonable to charge netflix more.

about 4 months ago
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EU Court Backs 'Right To Be Forgotten'

PaddyM Google.eu Homepage (153 comments)

Dear Europe,
      You have been forgotten by Google.

Seriously, that's what I would do. How long would this law stay around? I mean I understand there are people who wish annoyingly stupid things in the past weren't tied to their names, but the legalization of the right to forget is a slippery slope (i.e. Stalin photoshopped Trotsky out of his photos) with plenty of examples of why revisionism is a bad idea. I sympathize with the originator of the idea, but if we are led to believe that most people are honest and decent, then a simple explanation is all that would be in order to understand his plight. To those ignorant who would see something on Google and blindly discriminate against individuals forever, I think it says more about society's inability to have mercy, then the need to enforce an unenforceable right to be forgotten. What next? When we determine how to erase memories, everyone will have to sit in the chair to forget about stuff like this?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

PaddyM Re:Can't Tell Them Apart (466 comments)

I hear you. It was hard for me to get past the technical interviews even when I was fresh out of school. My brain doesn't work that way at all. I had one question where they asked me about biographic numbers, and I struggled for 30 minutes about. Got back to the hotel afterward and solved the problem in about 5 min. on paper. Or many times the answer is some kind of way of breaking the problem down into a part that can be recursed, but I have trouble with those in a short time too.

Yet I'm very good at taking some theoretical complicated models and putting them in code. It's harder for me to come up with samples because I really only have proprietary software from work. But I agree that is beyond frustrating they won't even look at your code.

about 5 months ago
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USPTO Approves Amazon Patent For Taking Pictures

PaddyM Re:Our patent system is totally broken (152 comments)

Well, time and stamp and possibly a 5% royalty to me for my recently patented method of submitting prior art to the patent office in a white envelope. I'm working on the different colors, but that's a trade secret.

about 5 months ago

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