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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

PhilHibbs Re:Why the cloak and dagger? (136 comments)

Because it can cause embarrassment to the company to admit that their software is in peril. Maybe this guy doesn't have the authority to make announcements to the public on behalf of his employer.

yesterday
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

PhilHibbs Re:Can we filter sperm/eggs before making embryos? (366 comments)

That's not an ethical issue, it's a moral issue. I see no ethical difference between a sperm and egg that have not combined, and a sperm and egg that have combined and undergone a small number of cell divisions. In my opinion, until it has neurons that are firing, there's no ethical dimension.

about a week ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

PhilHibbs Re:Don't over generalize (717 comments)

If you sincerely believe what you said then it's high time for YOU to be on the receiving end of a proper trolling, and not the silly childish trolling you'd get on a brief 4chan thread, but the kind we're talking about. Your tune will change right quick once you understand what we're talking about.

No, he probably won't, because a rape threat to a man is very different to a rape threat to a woman. Just like a racial slur levelled at a white person is very different to a racial slur levelled at a black person, and an mental capacity jibe against a neurotypical person is easier to ignore than one at an autistic, cerebral palsy, or downs syndrome person. In all three cases the first is easy to brush off and ignore, the second not so easy.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay

PhilHibbs Re:Irony (144 comments)

Not all segregation is sexist. Women-only gyms, all-girls schools, female sports teams and competitions, none of these are ghettoes that women are forced into.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay

PhilHibbs Re:Irony (144 comments)

I know that "public" has opposite meanings in the UK and US, but I didn't know "private" did. Her school is independent, as in not state-owned. It's a charity. And I don't see why it's ironic. "Girls should have the right to get an education" and "Education should only be provided by the state" are two entirely orthogonal statements.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

PhilHibbs Re:Don't over generalize (717 comments)

Really? Then burn a Koran on national TV right now...

Oh wait... then the extremist muslims have won.

Where did that come from, and what does it have to do with women being attacked just for being women on gaming forums? "If you want to have the right to campaign to get Jane Austen on British banknotes, then you also have to be prepared to burn a Koran" is something of a non-sequitur.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

PhilHibbs Re:Don't over generalize (717 comments)

You take basic precautions and do your best to avoid being a target. As to who is more or less likely to be a target? Anyone being obnoxious tends to get some focus.

I disagree. If a small group of trolls are being trolls, and you "do your best to avoid being a target", they've won. A small group of trolls have had a chilling effect. We need to do more to uncover and punish that kind of behaviour. And, was Kathy being obnoxious when she was targetted? I don't see any evidence of that, and even if she was, I don't care. That's no excuse for death and rape threats.
The thing that astonished me most about trolling is, there was a case over here (UK) where someone was targetted with rape threats for organizing a campaign to get a woman onto our banknotes, and one of the trolls sent to jail for it was a woman. Which tells me it's nothing to do with sexism, and all about personal power. Sexual threats are just a tool in the box.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

PhilHibbs Re:Single-language platforms (547 comments)

Knowledge of a variety of programming languages, even if some of them are dead, will always help. Even if it's just in "I remember when Perl was still a thing" bragging competitions.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

PhilHibbs Re:phase change (295 comments)

Sure, I agree, I'm just explaining where the attitude comes from. If global warming really is the threat that some people believe to be, then the danger may seem to be too great to be calm and polite about. And that doesn't help, because as you say if you act like a raving loonie then people will treat you as a raving loonie. It doesn't get the job done. "We", those of us who think that warming is a real threat, have to take the risk of taking a softly softly approach to addressing a desperately dangerous threat. And that's difficult. Put any animal in a life-threatening situation, and the instinct is to bare the teeth and snarl.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

PhilHibbs Who cares? (547 comments)

Some people like to make a big deal over languages dying, particularly if the language is one that they never really liked. I say, why make a fuss? Sure, some languages will decrease in popularity, but they're still there to use if you want, and there will always be a die-hard community of fans that keep it alive. Why hold a big whoop-de-doo circus to celebrate the ebb and flow of language popularity?

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

PhilHibbs Re:phase change (295 comments)

Yes, the historical (archaeological?) data does show that CO2 levels rise after warming, but that in no way disproves that CO2 also causes warming. If the permafrost melts, and if the methane hydrates on the sea bed are released by ocean warming, then that will release an enormous amount of trapped CO2, so yes, warming caused by greenhouse gas is predicted to also cause CO2 release. No contradiction there.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

PhilHibbs Re:phase change (295 comments)

As long as you claim that, and you're right. It's a tough call, I admit. And, the only reason that I don't support such measures is the George Carlin theory - the planet will be fine. Better off without us, probably, so if we trash ourselves through stupidity, then so be it.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

PhilHibbs Re:phase change (295 comments)

Could be free as soon as 2010 or 2015, as against the 2050 that the IPCC had forecast. Sure, it's not as bad as the very very worst possibility that one expert has warned. We're not out of the woods yet.

This is how science happens. You study, you theorise, you predict, you measure, you GOTO 10. If you don't publish your predicitons, then nobody learns and science cannot progress, especially in a long term field like climatology. We may well not know what the truth is behind CO2 and AGW until well past my lifetime. But if scientists don't publish their results, then we cannot learn anything. And some of those results will be extreme worst case predicitons, and most of those by definition will be proven to be false. And that's a good thing, as long as we don't rush blindly in the opposite direction whenever one worst case scenario fails to happen.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

PhilHibbs Re:phase change (295 comments)

Who is to say when this period we're so familiar with ends, our fault or not?

If and when it ends, it will end for reasons. There will be some set of physical processes that drive the cycle or rhythm or rollercoaster or whatever you want to call it. We're trying to figure out what those processes are, and we've discovered that CO2 in the atmosphere seems to be having a bad effect as far as our comfort is concerned. So, I guess, scientists will be those who say when it ends, if we let them figure it out, and right now most scientists are saying that too much CO2 is a bad thing. Sure, there was tons of CO2 and maybe no ice caps in the cretaceous period, and maybe if we increase the CO2 we can grow to be the size of dinosaurs, or maybe elephants will take over the world, but I'm not keen on either of those outcomes. I don't want to be cretaceous, they didn't have iPhones.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

PhilHibbs Re:we get it (295 comments)

You do realize that carbon dioxide is quite literally PLANT FOOD, don't you?

Yeah, but there's not much we can do about that. "People breathe, therefore it's ok to dump another half trillion tons of carbon out of the ground into the atmosphere" isn't really a convinving argument.

You do realize that carbon dioxide is quite literally PLANT FOOD, don't you?

Yes. Sure. Maybe some of that trillion tons (the half trillion we already liberated, and the other half trillion that's following on rapildy) will be absorbed by plant life. After all, it was plant life that it came from. Maybe if we take the carbon that had been captured by plants and stored over hundreds of millions of years as fossil fuels, and release it into the atmosphere in a few decades, maybe plant life will be able to keep up with that. Or maybe not.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

PhilHibbs Re:phase change (295 comments)

I deliberately chose extreme examples, and I deliberately chose one example that I have sympathy with (that AGW presents a threat to the western way of life) and one that I do not (that there is a god).

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

PhilHibbs Re:phase change (295 comments)

Yeah, it's not a constructive attitude to take. But, if I'm convinced that global warming is going to wipe out the human race, then anyone who is arguing on the other side is directly contributing to the extermination of humanity, and that's not going to endear me to them. And in a broader sense regarding "liberals", tolerant people can't be expected to be tolerant of intolerance. Same with religion - if I'm convinced that anyone not worshipping God is helping the devil to destroy the world, then I'm not really going to be sympathetic to atheists or other religions. Of course to someone who disagrees with me on any of these positions, I'm just some nutjob. But if I'm right, well, what otherwise outrageous actions are acceptable in order to save the world?

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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UK company creates free energy

PhilHibbs PhilHibbs writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PhilHibbs writes "The Daily Mail and Wired Blog Gadget Lab are reporting on an apparent free-energy device from British company Ecowatts. Scientists are "still not clear about the science involved here, because the physics and chemistry are very different-to everything that has gone before", but independent tests carried out by Jim Lyons at the University of York "were getting 150 to 200 per cent more energy out than we put in, without trying too hard." It "involves passing an electrical current through a mixture of water, potassium carbonate (otherwise known as potash) and a secret liquid catalyst, based on chrome." So, stick that in your pipe and... get hot water out of it, I suppose. Maybe."

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"Why have you made me a Foe?"

PhilHibbs PhilHibbs writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Because your comments contain something that I object to. Not the content, I'm happy to read your differing opinions, but something in the structure of the comment. Most likely, your comments contain a "sig" that is not removed by the "Disable Sigs" checkbox. If you insist on overriding my preferences and adding a sig to the body of your comments, or you indulge in any other formatting tricks that spoil the slashdot experience, then you are my foe.

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Which? on CD copying (story submission)

PhilHibbs PhilHibbs writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Computing Which?, an entirely independent UK consumer magazine, is running a report on Apple, Sony etc.'s confusing stance on copyright. "Rip, mix, burn", but "The products that we produce ... are licenced to use for material for which [the consumer] holds the copyright". The article advocates the explicit legalisation of personal CD copying. (Can anyone work out what the BPI are saying in the last paragraph?)

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