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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

Peter Simpson "The theory is that 'something' should be done" (216 comments)

Politicians aren't the right people to be handling this. You can legislate all the laws you want, but they don't fix the problem. It's illegal to burgle houses, but it happens all the time. Sony got burgled. Better luck next time. Buy better locks, build a more secure IT infrastructure, and be thankful that nobody died. Nobody even lost real money, as I read it, except, of course, for the costs of the cleanup.

Although the thought of all those Sony employees filling out paper forms with typewriters is kinda humorous...

about two weeks ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

Peter Simpson Oh, shut up, for God's sake. (183 comments)

I'm tired of politicians beating the {jihadi|pedo|copyright} drum. You can use a pipe wrench to provide clean water or you can beat someone to death withit, but that's no reason to outlaw pipe wrenches.
You can also use telephones to arrange contract killings. Let's ban them.
On second thought, maybe we could use our phones and internet servers to get rid of annoying politicians.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Peter Simpson from the Institute of the Blindingly Obvious (454 comments)

"Many in the tech industry are using it for cheaper, indentured labor..."

Gee, you think?
Seriously, as a working engineer, the fact that this hasn't been emphasised this has annoyed me for years. There is no shortage of bright, hard working engineering talent in the US, and the our schools are (and have been for years) capable of turning out as many well-educated engineering graduates as the industry requires. It's just that they want to make enough money to live a good life (and pay back the cost of their education). Graduates from the Farkistan Institue of Technology are *so* much cheaper. And they don't ask for raises or threaten to change jobs...because they would get sent home.

Do you seriously believe that a foreign H1B with an MS, working for $35k is equivalent to a US graduate?

about three weeks ago
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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

Peter Simpson Re:Put the glasses on, stupid. (200 comments)

I had my glasses on, and read it the same way.

My second thought: Does the minifig have an insatiable desire to go shoe shopping? :-)

I believe I need another cup of coffee this morning...

about a month ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

Peter Simpson Re:related (438 comments)

Well, *that* goes a long way towards explaining why someone with an MS in computer science doesn't know who Kernighan and Ritchie are. And why they're working here for $45k.

about a month ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Peter Simpson something, something... (429 comments)

...a whale and a small bowl of petunias.

about a month and a half ago
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Bats Can Jam Each Other's Ultrasonic Signals

Peter Simpson Bats are interesting creatures (50 comments)

Even better -- they eat mosquitos. Something else that should endear them to us.

about a month and a half ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

Peter Simpson Reason #14 not to intern at Discovery Channel (164 comments)

Interns are snake food.

Has anyone mentioned yet that this sounds like a stunningly poor idea?

about a month and a half ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Peter Simpson Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

From what I understand, the (Diebold, etc) are basically special-purpose embedded PCs or tablets. Now try this: take your PC, tablet, whatever, and put it in your basement for 2 years, then pull it out and try powering it up. Honestly, I'm surprised *any* of them work. I'm sure they're stored in better locations than my basement (at least, I hope they are), but even with proper storage, electronics, especially cheap electronics, don't age well. Batteries have basically a 4-year lifetime, whether or not you use them.

Paper ballots, machine and human readable. Spend some money for a few ballot counter boxes, instead of four to ten times that number of voting machines. You get automatic counting, machine readable totals and the indisputable, original, individual voter-marked paper ballots, which should always be the final authority of votes cast.

Technology alone doesn't solve problems. *Intelligent use* of technology can.

about a month and a half ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Peter Simpson Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

Same in my town, and its fun to have a bit of a chat with the ladies, whjo don't get paid for sitting there all evening...at least not much.

about a month and a half ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Peter Simpson Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

There will always be errors. Paper ballots minimize them.

about a month and a half ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Peter Simpson Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

My town uses paper ballots. Make your marks heavy and black, fill in the bubble completely...just like in grade school. Automatically counted, but the voter marked originals can still be counted manually. Voting machines are fixing a non existent problem. Just like voter ID laws.

about a month and a half ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Peter Simpson Re:Refreshing (669 comments)

(you should NOT immediately kill all witches, homosexuals, and people who don't believe the same as us, even though the book says the Lord clearly instructed you to do this).

Sometimes god is delivering instructions. Sometimes someone is claiming that god delivered instructions. The bible is unclear as to which the author felt was the case in each situation, probably not least because of the centuries of translation, adaptation, and manipulation. Some of those apparent contradictions probably aren't supposed to be contradictions at all, but they are now.

This is going to come as a shock to those who believe that "God said it. It's in the Boble. I believe it. End of discussion."

about a month and a half ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Peter Simpson Refreshing (669 comments)

On one hand, Religion, with its [many versions of the] One True Book of Divine Origin (which may not be questioned, even a little bit, on pain of death), filled with many tales of dubious historical accuracy and many internallly inconsistent moral pronouncements (you should NOT immediately kill all witches, homosexuals, and people who don't believe the same as us, even though the book says the Lord clearly instructed you to do this).

On the other hand, Science. Trying to come up with a logical explanation for how we got here and why those lights in the sky keep moving around. Also, why we get sick and die and how do we stop doing that?

And the guy who is in charge of [one brand of] the fairy tales, whose job it is to interpret them...is saying the fairy tales aren't all there is in life. Science and rational thinking, questions which can't yet be answered, and fairy tales are all important, but you have to figure out for yourself how important each one of them is to you. And while you're doing that, be nice to each other and help those who are less fortunate.

Maybe there is hope for this world after all.

If we can only ignore those guys who are convinced their brand of the fairy tales tells them to kill everyone who doesn't think the way they do... [sigh]...

about 1 month ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

Peter Simpson Charitable interpretation (117 comments)

Jordan is operating on a shoestring, paying in advance (with his customers' money) for units he intends to modify with his own code, then ship to customers. The results are not surprising.

about 2 months ago
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Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

Peter Simpson UI processor for a commercial product (146 comments)

We're using it to do a web page-based UI for a commercial product. The RasPi people are looking for commercial users, so we decided to try it out. It's far less expensive than other commercial SBCs, and being Linux based, it's a known quantity (no nasty proprietary OS or API to deal with), and the RasPi has a large user base, so hopefully, no unannounced obsolescence. Only drawback is that we need a HDMI converter board between the RasPi and the bare TFT panel. We still come in at around $200 for the entire display subsystem.

about 2 months ago
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First Man To Walk In Space Reveals How Mission Nearly Ended In Disaster

Peter Simpson Reakl reason he had trouble getting back in. (122 comments)

His huge testicals.
Soviet or US, those space pioneers deserve a lot of credit for taking those risks.

about 2 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

Peter Simpson Re:The "City of London" - A Lawless Square Mile (302 comments)

That is certainly rich. The "City of London" is a lawless square mile in the center of London that is not subject to the laws of England. It is the center of all the tax evasion secrecy jurisdictions around the world. If you think of the rampant and lawless tax evasion that goes on in places such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey, they are all directed from this cesspool of lawless behavior known as the City of London.

Oh, no...you see you don't understand...it's not a crime when *we* do it!

about 3 months ago

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